Stress Less…and feel the difference!

Stress-Less Today!Have you ever had ‘one of those days‘ where you get out of bed and everything just seems to go wrong? It’s like a snowball effect where more and more things go belly up as the day progresses and it’s like there is nothing you can do to stop it?.

These days can be very stressful and if we’re not careful this stress will build up and get stored within our central nervous system and remain there, causing a number of damaging side effects that we probably do not even associate with the initial stressful situation.

While some events which are pretty stressful, are hard to avoid and which we all may have at some point or another, (like moving house, a death, divorce or a breakup) – others in our day to day life we can effect and lessen the damaging effects. A lot of it is having the strength of mind to change our thought process. This is not easy. Sometimes when we have a situation in our lives we seem to just go over and over it it our minds…it can drive you crazy! I unfortunately I have a couple of these situations occurring at the moment and yesterday I had one of those ‘snowball‘ effect days…and I could feel the stress levels increasing dramatically in my body and there was nothing I could do to stop it as I was getting more and more frustrated with the unfolding events- culminating by my running home in the rain late for a really important appointment, only to be completely drenched by a passing car speeding straight through the massive puddle on the road (I was sure on purpose!) – Well, I made it to my appointment (an appearance on a live TV show, of all things!) – so I then HAD to change my thoughts away from my ‘disastrous day’ thoughts which were on repeat in my head.

The show went really well and afterwards I realised that my day had totally changed. While I still had lots going on, the tortuous thoughts had ceased, I felt calmer and the drive home was smooth (even through peak hour!). I then had to go to the hospital to visit a very good friend of mine who is very sick at the moment, and you know what, I realised as well that no matter how bad your day may seem, there are always those who are worse off – my friend, despite her pain, remains positive and with a sense of humour in tact, and I thought if she can do it, I’m damn sure I can – and YOU can too…

Stress can have many damaging effects, but a main one is Obesity. Clients have often said to me they are eating well and doing their exercise routine but not seeing results – stress, for whatever reason will often be the culprit – the hormone cortisol is released and this will inhibit weight loss and actually make it harder to lose those extra pounds.

There are many different ways to handle your stress levels, different things work best for different people – above is a list of easy things you can try if you find yourself caught up in the repeating thoughts that just won’t dissipate. I have talked about meditation before, either by itself or through the practice of Yoga – this can train the mind to be more prepared for these situations when they occur and also deal with them better when they do. Here’s a link to my previous blog to better explain it – “Meditate for Motivation”.

But don’t give up – and don’t forget, “Think, Act…Be”

Think, Act...Be

Bianca’s Baby Blog – Part III

B&GSO, here we are just checking in once again with Bianca to see hows she’s doing with baby Georgie (aka B&G !!) – we are now over 6 weeks in  (about 2 months to be exact!), so this is the time you can really start to get back into your fitness regime – if you chose to, and if you have the time and if you have the energy…

Continue On…

Blast Your Belly Fat (Exercises) Part II..

Welcome to Part II of my ‘blasting your belly fat’ blog! As mentioned in Part I, to start this process you MUST change your diet, this is essential to losing the fat around your middle – it doesn’t matter how many Ab exercises you perform, they are simply never gonna show with that layer of tummy flab. So once you have the calories ‘IN’ under control you need to look at calories ‘OUT’ i.e energy expenditure. blast away press here to cont…

Top Tips for Meditation Practice..

In my last blog I talked about about meditation and how, for many people, it has changed their lives, in both their perception and reaction to, well anything…. the problem is that most people who try it don’t actually succeed or stick with it long enough to see the benefits – because it’s hard work! But, if you can persevere the rewards can be great. I have put together a few tips to help you if you feel like it could be beneficial to help you achieve your goals.. press here to read on…

Meditate for Motivation…and results!

So we’re two weeks into the New Year, we have started our new way of life, we are going to the gym and we haven’t been pigging out on the naughty stuff – Great! I know this is happening because the gym has been so much busier this week! However, I also get a feeling of Deja Vu as this happens every year..as we near towards February it quietens down again. Why..relax, press to cont..

Focus on your Fitness…& achieve your weight loss goals in 2012!

So its ‘that’ time of year again – it always seems to have gone by so quickly, no matter what we have or haven’t done! It is often a hectic time, generally more socially than workwise, but it is also a great time for reflection. Sometimes to move forward effectively, we need to look back at what we have wanted to do, congratulate ourselves for our achievements, but more importantly look at what we perhaps did not get done and assess the reasons why, to try to ensure that we do not repeat past mistakes? press here to cont..

Give the gift of Fitness this Christmas!…

…My last blog before Christmas, I was wondering what to write about, trying to tie in fitness with Christmas and then thought what better than taking a leaf out of my own book by trying to inspire and motivate someone you care for by giving the gift of fitness! press here 4 ideas…

Yoga…Explained – Part One.

YOGA…. it has become a household word and is now practiced by millions around the world, but in the western world in particular, is still misunderstood or thought of in the wrong terms.

In translation it has many meanings but is derived from the Sanskrit word “yuj” which means ‘to control’, ‘to yoke’ or ‘to unite’. Many people today have misunderstood the practice of ‘Yoga’ to be just a series of different postures (asanas), with various kinds of breathing or meditation involved – however it is so much more than that – it is a philosophy, a way of life…of being & thinking, allowing you to reach a state of higher consciousness, of ‘enlightenment’. It talks about:,