Do You Have Health And Fitness Goals?

Since I started FitterFaster, lots of things have changed locally.

Outside of FitterFaster there has been the addition of lots of other fitness facitlities in town, more online training and nutrition options that local people can use, more sporting opportunities and a massive increase in awareness of fitness and nutrition in general.

I’d say that overall, there are many, many more local residents that are fitter than 8 years ago and many more aware of how to improve their health, even if they haven’t quite got a handle on taking action yet.

I’ve tried to keep evolving FitterFaster from the beginning.

Building a new gym and court area to train was a major improvement from training solely on the dirt like we did in the beginning.

Adding many more classes to our timetable was another.  This has evolved and changed over time to meet the needs of my current clients and is something that I look at regularly to make sure that the times I offer suit most clients.

I’ve also added new classes – first Box Out (45 based on fitness for boxing) Then semi-private Personal Training sessions that we now call PeakFit which offer small indoor PT sessions to a maximum of 6 clients at a time.

We also have other coaches now which at first was something I couldn’t get my head around.  But having them on board means more sessions for you while I still get to work my business around my life and not the other way around.

Continuing Education and Learning

Over the past 8 years I’ve completed many courses and attended work shops to get new ideas, keep up to date and increase my knowledge in fitness and nutrition.

In early 2017 I completed my 18 month Precision Nutrition qualification which has changed the way I coach nutrition and transformation.  I’m studying a 12 month MindMap course at the moment which is teaching me more about how our minds work, why/how we make decisions and how to coach change and transformation in different people.  I’m learning so much.

I’ve also updated my Pregnancy and Post Natal qualifications currently too which is an area that I’m really interested in and something that comes up in my business time and time again.

A new area of interest that is so important is Metabolic Syndrome and I’ve just about finished updating my qualifications about treating that with lifestyle modifications in consultation with other health professionals.

I regularly ask  for feedback  from current and past clients so that I can make sure my next lot of changes to FitterFaster meet clients and prospective clients where they are and take them to where they want to be.  I email to past clients and leave feedback forms in the gym for current clients to complete.

So that’s me.  What about you?

Almost all of us have some health and fitness goals that we are yet to acheive.  Whether it is losing some body fat, increasing your strength or muscle mass, taking part in an obstacle event, fun run or triathlon, taking up a new sport or improving performance in one you already do, there are a million different reasons to take part in health and fitness programs.

Every year in December, I let everyone know that I won’t be taking new clients in the first 2 weeks of January.  There are 2 reasons for this, the first being that I’m usually away and being the owner of FitterFaster and the one that manages all client details and programs, I need to be here when new clients start.

The second reason is even more important.  It’s something that drives me crazy.  And that is, that people need to wait till January 1st to do something about their health and fitness.

So I’m putting it out there to those of you thinking about new years resolutions now. No matter what month it is when you’re reading this, think about what you want to achieve and start working on it NOW

 

Why not get your act together and get started now?

Why wait?  You could be well on the way in another 4-5 weeks instead of another few kilos heavier.

You could have improved your fitness by January so that training when its hot is not so hard.

Believe me, starting a training program in the hottest month of the year is actually not that smart.

To find out how to get started at FitterFaster, complete your details in the form below.  I will send you all the details in a no obligation email.  If you decide it sounds awesome, which it does by the way, you simply let me know and we’ll go ahead and get you started.  But its all okay if you don’t.

Yes, I know you have many birthday, work, and other functions on, but you’re going to have them every year.  No matter which month you start, there’ll always be a reason that it is not the best time.

Even holidays coming up are not a good reason.  So you’re going away in soon?  Big deal. In fact, if you start now, you’ll be able to maintain your new fitness level while you’re away with some quick and easy workouts you can do wherever you are.  I supply clients with holiday programs hwenever they go away.

 

What if you’re really unfit and a bit scared to start?

That’s not a problem at FitterFaster,  We have a full Rookie program when every new clients begins with workouts targetted at their individual fitness level.   There’s extra long breaks, shorter sets and modified exercises to make sure you don’t do too much too soon.

It’s all about getting your technique right first before we add intensity.

What if you are fit already and just want a change or want to get even fitter?

Because we cater for all fitness levels, you will start where you are currently at.  We’ll take a couple of workouts at a lower level just to check your form and technique and then if you’re up to it, you’re right to go. All of our coaches  can work with you to set your level of progress.

From unfit to fit.  Or from fit to fitter.  It all depends on YOU

To find out more about the 28 Day JumpStart Program, complete the form below or email me direct at jo@fitterfaster.net.au

 

Dumb It Down If You Want Results

The health and fitness industry has gone crazy.  Add the billion dollar weight loss industry  to that and it’s no wonder hardly anyone is actually achieving anything.

Facebook, current affairs programs, magazines, blogs, even newspapers and your neighbours are all pushing this program and that.

Do this, no that’s wrong now, do this instead.

That’s the message you’re hearing.  It really is no surprise that the majority of people like you have no idea where to start or how to keep going long enough to actually get anything out of any program you start.

You know what the real secret is?

The real secret to success is to keep it simple.  Yep, dumb it down till it is impossible to fail.

Here are 3 ways you can simplify the steps to amplify the results you achieve:

MAKE FOOD AND NUTRITION EASY

So pulling into the local drive-through may be easy, but that is not going to cut it.  How can you make food selection and preparation easy?

The simplest way I’ve found when it comes to helping clients sort through the crap, is to look for real food that has been processed as little as possible.

  • Unprocessed, real food usually does not have an ingredients label.  Real foods are the ingredients themselves.
  • Real food can be picked, dug up or cut down.  Or it had a mother!  Think plant foods such as fruits, vegetables and tubers or meats, poultry and fish.  Nuts and seeds fit this category, as do eggs, herbs and spices.
  • You’ll usually find real food around the perimeter of the supermarket.  Or at Farmers Markets or at local green grocers or produce store.
  • Real, unprocessed foods still look the same as when they were harvested.  Of course meat is an exception.  I don’t know about you, but the butcher is one step that is perfectly okay by me!

What about food preparation and cooking?  Mostly it is about combining foods and flavours that you like.  There used to be special rules like; dill goes with fish and rosemary goes with lamb.

While these are still true, feel free to experiment as much as you like.  One of my families favourite vegetable dishes combines an assortment of different veggies with pineapple and garlic!  Who would have thought?   I’m sure we are breaking more than one ‘rule’ with that combo.

 

 

STICK TO BASIC TRAINING

If you were an Olympic athlete, you’d be on a very structured and detailed training program.  You’d be combining different types of training, recovery and skills sessions in a carefully periodised plan to allow you to peak once ever 4 years.

You can forget that if fat loss and overall fitness is your goal.  Especially if you’re totally new to training or have been training for less than about 6-12 months.

BASE YOUR TRAINING ON COMPOUND MOVEMENTS

Squats, lunges, overhead pressing and plank type core drills should form the basis of your plan.  While you should progress over time with resistance, in the early stages especially it is more important to focus on your technique and form so that you actually train the muscles you’re trying to target.

Add in higher intensity cardio, not necessarily running, although you can run if you enjoy it.  Use cardio drills such as step ups, kettle bell swings, burpees and mountain climbers, sprint or cycle intervals and even lighter resistance at a faster pace with drills such as thrusters and squats.

At FitterFaster, we use all of the above drills (and others) because they work.  We focus on perfecting technique before anything else and then quite simply, help you to progress till you can lift more and/or do more in a set time period.

Those that are more advanced can add other techniques, but it really is unnecessary for those yet to achieve results from a program.

Keep it as simple as you can for as long as you can.   If you stop making progress (and are being consistent), that’s when you can add more detail.

REDUCE STRESS OR YOU’LL NEVER BE HAPPY WITH YOUR RESULTS

Bare with me here because this is where I may lose you.  What on earth does stress have to do with improving fitness or losing body fat anyway?

A hell of a lot actually.  And I could name several clients right now that do everything else right, but because they have so much going on in their lives, are not achieving the results they’d like.

Sure, they’re much fitter than when they started.  And most have lost significant body fat as well.  But to get to the next level…….. it’s just not going to happen until they reduce the stress their bodies are under.

How??

  • GET MORE QUALITY SLEEP Especially before midnight.  This may mean leaving some of the housework or even employing someone to help you a couple of times per month.  It may mean missing that TV show that you can’t seem to do without.  Or more likely, getting off the internet and Facebook and going to bed instead.  If you’re not getting a minimum of 7-8 hours every night, you’re not getting enough – no matter who you are.
  • IF YOU REALLY HATE YOUR JOB OR OTHER STUFF YOU DO EVERY DAY, change it.  This might not be something you can do tomorrow, but it’s key to improving your health and to losing body fat.  If every day you hate what you’re doing, this is affecting your health and your waist line big time.
  • TAKE TIME OUT Almost every day (if not every day) you should take at least 10-20 minutes out to relax.  I like to walk – outside not on a treadmill.  Out in nature is best.  But you could read – a novel, not the Facebook feed.  You could garden – another of my favourite activities.  Have a massage, sit down for a cup of your favourite tea or whatever. But make it ‘down time’. NO checking emails or your phone.  No Facebook or other social media.  Switch off properly and give yourself some time out from the constant connection and chatter.
  • FIND A HOBBY THAT YOU LOVE.  This is closely related to taking time out.  If you can find a hobby you love, it will be so much easier to switch off from everything else.  As I said above, reading, gardening and walking are favourite activities of mine and I make time nearly every day to do at least one of them.

You have to make time.

This is the key.  You will never just ‘find time’.  You need to make it.  Everything you do each day will fill the entire day up.  There’ll be no ‘spare time’.  It’s just how it works.

If you decide to go to the hairdressers or go on a holiday, you just make time and do it.  You don’t wait for spare time to appear.  You book these things in and then like magic, time appears on the day you’re going.  You suddenly have the time because you MADE THE TIME.

Start making time to switch off and reduce your stress levels.

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Why Wait 3 Months For Your New Body?

October is the new January!

I’m serious.  Imagine yourself 3 months from now.

It’s January 1st.   What do you feel like?  What do you look like?

If you’re like most people, you’ll be thinking about everything you want to achieve over the next 12 months.  A better job??  Better fitness??  Better health??  Better body composition – with less fat and more muscle perhaps??  Earn more money??  Spend more time with the kids or your partner??  You know, all the usual stuff that you always intend to do.

You’ll probably set some fantastic goals. They’ll be S.M.A.R.T   (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, Time-Based)  But you know how this story ends.  Yep, a few weeks in (if you’re lucky to last that long) and you’ve forgotten what you set out to do, let alone actually done very much about it at all.

If this was going to work, you would have already achieved all your goals by now.  Because let’s face it.  You set pretty much the same ones each year.

How about we look at achieving your goals differently.

What if 3 months from now, you were well on the way to achieving your dream body.  Whether that’s one that looks better, feels better or works better (or all 3)

What if, instead of promising on January 1st to stop eating crap, cut down on  alcohol, train regularly, stop snacking on crap, get more sleep, give up sugar and basically become a walking talking health saint, you started now.

What if you took just 1 or 2 of the things you know you need to change and work on those starting today.

Once you have those habits in place and you’re feeling pretty comfortable with them, then you add others.

Each day, each week you focus on just those 1 or 2 things.  And yes, you will start to see results.  By the time January rocks around, you will already be gaining momentum and instead of thinking about all the things you should do (or not do) you’ll have a sense of achievement about what you’ve already done.   Not only that, but you’ll actually be well on the way or even be there already.

So instead of another 3 months of not loving your body.  Of not loving the way you look and feel.  Of living with another 3 months of negative feelings about yourself, imagine how you could look and feel and how great that would be.

Don’t waste another 3 months planning what you’ll do next year.

You don’t have to wait.  October is the new January

What are you going to do about it?

I can guarantee you results if you follow my programs.  And they’re not way out either.

No broccoli and chicken breast or fish every day. Nope, you get to eat a great variety of delicious foods and train in a sensible manner (3 times per week) to see fantastic results.

To find out how, complete your details below.  I’ll send you free and no-obligation info about my JumpStart To A New You Program so you can learn exactly how to get fitter, healthier and leaner at any time of year

 

This Is What Fit and Healthy Looks Like

 

I recently commented on a photo that a friend posted on Facebook of herself and her sisters.

The girls were all dressed up, looked super happy and were obviously in what most people would refer to as ‘great shape’. I also happen to know that all 3 of them are super active, have families, play sport, keep fit and are super busy like everyone else.  And before you think I was promoting my business, none of these ladies are clients at FitterFaster (although they’re welcome any time)

My comment was something along the lines of ‘ Wish I could wolf whistle ……..Great picture lovely ladies.  This is what being fit looks like’.  It was a genuine compliment to the hard work that these ladies put in to be good role models to their children via sport and fitness, and be happy with how they look and feel (which was evident in the photo) not an attack on anyone else.  This comment was NOT supposed to be promotional or otherwise.  Just a compliment to friends.

Mostly people agreed, which is fine, but there was a comment which I actually didn’t see but was told about.  (It has since been deleted)

The person disagreed with my assessment of what fit looks like, which is perfectly fine.  We all have our own opinions and rightly so.  What I see as fit, is obviously different in this case and we have agreed to disagree.  I was also not trying to shame anyone who doesn’t look like those in the photo.

The ladies in the picture epitomise fitness as I see it.  They look fit, feel fit, heck they are fit and I love that.

To ME, being fit means many things;

  1. A healthy and reasonably lean body fat percentage is one of them because quite simply, carrying excess fat comes with health risks despite what you tell yourself or why you believe you are overweight.  I repeat, being fat (even slightly fat) comes with health risks.
  2. Being active.  Whether it’s cross-fit, boot camp, FitterFaster, body building, sport, videos at home or whatever, being active is the ONLY way to claim ‘fitness’ as one of your attributes.  We have so many great options to improve out fitness in out little town (Lauren’s YouFit, Earls Gym, Brads PT, Trina and Penny’s Funky Fitness, The Sports and Leisure Centre, Samara’s On Road Fitness and others as well), not to mention all the sports options and the lovely spaces we have to walk or run.
  3. Eating healthy foods more often than not.  What you see on the outside is not always indicative of what’s happening on the inside.  The ONLY way to claim good health is to make a habit of choosing healthy foods way, way, way more often than you choose junk.
  4. Even if you’re not ‘sick’ and you don’t look overweight, does not mean you are fit and healthy.  (You also need to minimise alcohol consumption, quit smoking and a myriad of other things too but that’s another article)
  5. Being HAPPY.  When I looked at the photo in questions, this was the first thing that jumped out at me.  These ladies looked so HAPPY.  Happy with themselves, happy to be so fit and happy in their bodies and happy to be in such great company together with their sisters.

I am always supportive and always aim to help clients achieve their goals by working on the above areas, whatever those goals may be;

For some, that is achieving the look in the photo.

For others, it is getting to a certain clothing size (I’m trying to avoid goals of a certain body weight for most), competing in an event such as a fun run, getting fitter for their sport and/or reducing measures of health they’ve received from their health practitioner such as cholesterol or blood pressure levels.

My focus to achieve all of this has always been centred on health and improving performance (for sport and/or everyday life).  Gaining both a healthy body and a healthy mind.

Most people come to me because they want to lose body fat, but pretty soon into my programs, they are also thinking about getting fitter, healthier and much more.

They start off just thinking about what they look like, but end up thinking of the many other measures of progress, such as getting fitter, stronger, more energetic, sleeping better etc.  I wrote an article about some of these other measures recently:  Gauge your progress

While many people including many of my clients have real issues with body image and also other mental health issues, a lot do still want to achieve certain size or weight goals and I do my best to help them with this.  Pretending there is not an issue does nothing to help them.

The body and mind DO NOT WORK INDIVIDUALLY.   They work together, and improving the condition of one usually leads to improvements with the other. Actively doing something about your health and fitness yields big improvements in mental health even before anything ‘happens’ to the body and vice versa.  I’ve seen this time and time again.

If you have issues with your health and fitness, don’t put them off.  Start doing something about them and you’ll find that just taking the first step leads to taking another and then another.

But you have to take real steps.

You actually have to make better food choices.

You actually have to get active.

Googling, researching and reading about ways to improve will do absolutely nothing.  It’s not until  you put all that information into practice every day, every hour and every minute of your life that you’ll see results.   It’s actually not that hard once you decide to get started.  And you do not need to be a ‘saint’.  Just one small step leading on to the next is all it takes.

To find out how I can help you on the road to your version of health and fitness, email me at jo@fitterfaster.net.au or call/text me on 0429 612975.

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Thank you for reading

Jo

Better Ways To Gauge Progress Than Those Stupid Scales

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So you’ve decided that you need to lose weight.  Summer or that wedding, holiday or other special occasion is approaching and you are absolutely not looking forward to finding something to wear.

Or you caught your reflection in a window (or have been studying it in the bathroom mirror) and you just don’t like what you’re seeing.

Whatever the reason, you’ve decided that on Monday, you are starting your new diet and fitness program.

If you regularly read my blog, you’ll know how I feel about diets, but that’s another discussion.

For the moment, let’s imagine that you’ve started your new program (whatever that may be) and you’ve been ‘good’ for like absolutely ages now.  But no matter how many times you get on and off, those damn scales are just not showing any (or much) weight loss.

What gives?  You’ve been so ‘good’.  Why hasn’t your weight changed?

I’ve made up a list of 5 ways you can test that progress is happening, even if the scale tells you otherwise.

Note, that if you are not seeing the following signs of progress, perhaps you should check your program. Maybe it’s not right for you.  (Or perhaps, you have not been following it as closely as you thought)

Get off your bathroom scales.

 

You have more energy and/or are sleeping better

This is one of the first things new clients at FitterFaster notice.   When making the right changes to what you eat each day and training with workouts that are appropriate for YOU in terms of intensity, frequency and modality, an increase in your energy is one of the key indicators that you are progressing.

This is because eating more nutritious foods supplies your body with much more than just energy (calories).  You’ll be consuming nutrients that you need to feel energetic all day every day.  Vitamins, minerals, essential fats and proteins are all abundant in the right sort of plan.

Add an effective training plan to that and you’re on a winner for avoiding those mid-afternoon energy slumps.

Your Clothes Feel Looser

Along with more energy, it is amazing how quickly you notice this. Your belt can go in a notch or two.   Your pants are less snug around your butt and legs.  That tightness across the back of  your work shirt – all but gone!

I would love a dollar for every client that comes in for their second assessment that bounces in telling me about how they need to get a new uniform and how they fit into their old jeans etc.   They’re excited and amazed at the changes in just 3-5 weeks.

But then, I ask them to step onto the scales (something I have to do to assess body fat percentage).    It is like a switch as been flicked.  They glance at that number in disbelief.  “But how can that be?  How can I be only ‘X’ kg lighter when I feel and look so good?”

How your clothes are fitting is a much better indicator than changes on the scale for lots of reasons.  Here are some:

  • Muscle weighs more and takes up less space than fat.  So when it goes up and fat goes down, you get smaller while your scale weight stays the same or even goes up
  • You are more hydrated.   A good program includes improving hydration in your body and yep, you guessed it.  That extra water weighs more too.
  • Your bones are getting heavier.  This can happen especially to people who have not been exercising for some time and then start a good program of resistance/impact training.  This is also a good thing; denser stronger bones are heavier.

This is why I couple body weight measuring with girth measurements with a tape measure AND body composition assessment. So you can track changes in dehydration as well as body fat and lean weight by percentage and in kilos/grams.

What a tape measure tells you, is much more important than your bathroom scales.  So if someone is not doing the measuring for you, make sure you take all your body measurements and use certain clothing as a gauge instead.

Your Moods Are Better

Along with having more energy, an increase in good moods is super common.  “I really used to be so cranky?” is a common catch cry at FitterFaster.

This is partly due to the fact that you are actively doing something to improve your life, which gives you a winning sense of achievement even before results happen.

Other changes that occur when you improve your nutritional intake and start exercising are on a more cellular and hormonal level.  Yep, your hormones become more balanced and this leads to improved moods and a better outlook on everything.

The latest research has put good nutrition and exercise right up the top of the treatment list for depression.   I’ve seen and experienced many clients who have been able to move off or drastically lower medications that they may have been taking for years to treat anxiety and depression.

(Please always consult with your medical practioner.  I am absolutely not recommending making any changes to medications prescribed by him/her)

You’re Feeling Like It’s Not A ‘Diet’ Anymore

You’ll experience this on a good program only.  If the changes you’re making on the program you’re following are not feeling like something you could do forever, you’re on the wrong program.

When you make the right changes and add the right new habits, you’ll feel so good and they’ll just totally make sense that you will just want to continue.  If you’re having to exercise for hours and hours (especially if you’re not enjoying it) or you are hungry, this is not sustainable.

If however you feel like it’s all becoming easier, you know that you’re making progress.

You Feel Satisfied and You’re Not Hungry

Perhaps this should have been at the top of the list.  The right program will have added so much more food and so many more nutrients to your current plan, that you can’t possibly feel hungry.

Every meal and snack should leave you feeling satisfied on a day to day basis.  And while cravings may still come along occasionally, you’ll notice that they get less and less frequent and that you’re actually able to have a bit of your favourite treat without the need to devour the entire box every time you think about it

Being hungry on a ‘diet’ is a massive clue that this is not working.  Sure you may lose a few kilos in the early days, but if you are hungry, you will not be able to sustain the program and therefore progress will halt and you’ll most likely regain any weight lost because you haven’t learnt strategies to maintiain the loss.

We all have the discipline of monks when it comes to what we are going to eat

What Does Jo Eat In A Day?

I wrote recently about how most people think that I eat like a saint, that I must always feel like training and that I remember to drink enough water, take my supplements and never give in to eating junk food.

This could not be further from the truth.  I eat chocolate a few times a week on average (although one block doesn’t go that far between 7 of us) and I treat myself to coffee and cake with Caitlin or my mum or indulge in a homemade dessert if any of us can be bothered making one every few weeks.

But mostly, my ‘average’ days are what you would probably describe as ‘pretty good’.  That, and the fact that I am really fit, allows me to have those treats without feeling bad about them or having to punish myself by skipping meals or training to ‘burn off the calories”.  Both tactics that don’t work anyway by the way.

So what does a day look like?  Mostly when I’m home (I work from home for those that don’t know) my days are fairly similar.  On weekends they almost the same, except, I’ll pack my lunch and/or snacks because I’m mostly out all day at sporting venues.  And we know that canteens are generally the absolute worst places to find anything much that actually resembles whole or real food.

My Breakfast

Most days I’ll have eggs and veggies.  Some days I feel like plain eggs, so I’ll either cook the veggies on the side (such as mushrooms and tomatoes) or I’ll have a piece of fruit with my fried eggs.

 

A breakfast that is super easy to have ready-made are breakfast muffins.  While I don’t usually eat these for breakfast (preferring to have them at lunchtime) my kids eat these or my left-overs quiche during the week before school.  You can find recipes here

 

This is my usual favourite breakfast; eggs with spinach and zucchini. At times I will add herbs or spices, but right now, I’m loving it without.  Often if I’m really rushed, I’ll just scramble the whole lot together in the pan to save cooking time.

Lunch

Lunch for me often consists of left over from tea the evening before.  It could be left-over soup or some a slow-cooker dish, both always made from scratch.  Or it could be left over chicken and veggies which is what I had today.

In the summer I prefer to make  a fresh salad and always make sure that I have some left over (or specially prepared in bulk) chicken, fish or other meat to go with it.  The salad below is one I whipped up in a few minutes and enjoyed outside.    The key is to make sure you have fresh salad ingredients in your fridge at all times.

 

Snacking

Often I will just grab a piece of fruit or a carrot (no need to peel or chop) and a handful of nuts.  Because I make sure I eat plenty of real-food protein in my main meals, I do not need to worry about including it in every snack.  I do try to avoid eating fruit on its own though, unless I’m just about to or have just finished training.  This helps to keep my blood sugar more even and prevent sharp drops that can result in cravings.

My absolute favourite snack is the FitterFaster Muesli or greek yoghurt, berries and almonds or walnuts.  The Muesli is pretty much the same but with the addition of a quality protein supplement – chocolate being my favourite.  How good does this look, packed ready to eat at the football while watching my kids play?

 

If I”m at home it looks a little less ‘messy’.  Plating up your food properly not only makes it taste better, but gives you more satisfaction and enjoyment from eating.  Try it, it really makes a difference.

 

Tea

Our family all eat the same thing, although serving sizes vary a lot.

We’ll always have a large salad or vegetables with whatever we have.  Some of our favourite dishes are FitterFaster Recipe items such as Caramelised or Coconut Chicken, Butter Chicken or Lamb, Pumpkin and Lamb/Chicken Stir Fry or Sri Lankan Coconut Chicken.

The kids also love wraps and I serve up loads of salad ingredients which we all pile in.  A sauce of greek yoghurt and spices finishes these off nicely.

 

Here are a few pictures of typical evening meals at our place.  Remember that I almost always make left-overs that I can have for lunches or even another evening meal.

 

 

 

The key take-aways (pardon the pun) here are not the actual recipes themselves, but how I eat real, fresh food every day.  I cook from scratch almost all days, but still have treats without feeling guilty.  I also do not spend hours in the kitchen.

We usually have take away up to once per week where I will choose a chicken salad from My Pizza and Pasta or for a treat I’ll have a Lamb Souvlaki from the fish and chip shop.

It’s not about giving up everything that you love, but about making better choices every day.  You will actually find that you’ll start to crave healthier food when you eat it regularly.  You really can retrain your taste buds easily.

 

All clients at Fitterfaster receive a full 300plus recipe book full of my own recipes tried and tested in a real family and made from healthy ingredients. I also do full nutrition plans for all clients if they require them.

From time to time I run nutrition challenges online.  You may like to take part in one and learn exactly how to plan meals and snacks and put together a full nutrition plan.  Subscribe to my newsletter list to keep updated on when I hold my next one.  You can subscribe by popping you in your details below:

Alternatively, check out my totally free fitness program; Get Fit Maryborough which also includes recipes, workouts and nutrition tips. You can find out more about that here:  Get Fit Maryborough