Getting Through Christmas and New Year

With Christmas and New Year fast approaching, a lot of the conversations seems to be about ‘getting through’ the holidays and then ‘getting on’ with pursuing health and fitness goals from January 1st.
Nothing wrong with that, of course (though personally, I find that those who achieve the most impressive and rapid results are always those who start TODAY), after all, people are busy, they’re distracted and they have all manner of obstacles preventing them from getting what they want when the holiday season rolls around. (read excuses)
But here’s the interesting thing.
Considering people are waiting til ‘the time is right’ to get started on pursuing their goals (presumably ‘right’ meaning that there’s nothing standing in their way), there still seems to be a lot of discussion about avoiding the disappointment of failure by not setting goals too high and not over reaching.

In effect, these conversations are saying “Don’t go for what you REALLY want, go for what you think you can get”
I can understand why people think this way.

They’re scared of ‘failing’ at their diets, their exercise programs, their performance goals and their dreams so instead they play it small by choosing to rationalise and justify their goals instead of going for what they really want.
What they REALLY dream about.

Instead of dreaming the big, amazing, inspiring dreams they settle for what’s ‘realistic’.
In other words, they settle for what someone else has told them either is or is not possible.

I see it all the time at FitterFaster where people who really, desperately want to lose 15kgs set goals of only 5kgs ‘because it’s more realistic’ and who, in doing so, rob themselves of all the power, passion and purpose required to not only achieve the big goal but, ultimately, the small goal too.
It’s true!

Most of the people who set themselves smaller goals because they’ve rationalised them to be more ‘realistic’ have just as hard a time bringing these small goals to life as they would have had if they’d committed to the big ones.
Strange but true.

And here’s why;
Small goals are all fine and dandy but, the truth is, most people aren’t looking for small improvements in their lives. They want big, Huge, ENORMOUS, life-changing things to happen to them rather than small, incremental and often inconsequential goals.

Big goals get you out of bed on cold, damp and dark winter mornings. Small ones have you telling yourself “Go back to sleep, you can do it later”

Big goals have you sticking with your healthy diet no matter what. Small goals have you saying “Well, ONE piece won’t hurt…”
Big goals have you thinking and acting big. Small goals have you thinking and acting… small!
It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure this out does it?

The key to making big, dramatic changes to your life, whether they be in your weight, your fitness, your relationships, your finances or anything else is to set yourself goals that would literally revolutionise your life rather than those that only serve to rationalise why you can’t have more.
The word ‘revolution’ comes from the Latin ‘Revolutio’ and means literally ‘a turn around’. Your life turns around by thinking big, powerful, passionate thoughts of what you WANT from your life and then taking the steps to make that happen, NOT by containing your thinking only to those things that you believe are easy.

The truth is, those things that are easiest to do are also the exact same things that are easy NOT to do.

Pushing your plate away when you’re full is easy to do… but easy not to.

Taking 15 minutes a day to exercise is easy to do… but easy not to.

Saving $1 a day is easy to do… but easy not to.

There’s no power, passion, purpose or promise in the small goals that don’t really get your juices flowing. The real power is in those big, scary, exciting goals that, once achieved, would literally turn your life around.
In other words, Revolutionary Goals NOT rational ones.

Think big.
Then, when you’ve thought big, think BIGGER!

Design the grandest, highest, most perfect vision of your goal in your mind THEN take action to make that goal become a reality.
Set a revolutionary goal TODAY. Don’t wait for New Year or for after Christmas.

Set it today and you’ll have almost 3 weeks toward your goal in the bag before the first day of 2016.

Not to mention that I’m not taking new clients in the first 2 weeks of January 2016.  I want anyone who is serious about changing their bodies to commit now.

Contact me today to book a look around, a chat and an assessment.  Start your $49 JumpStart program before Christmas (28 days unlimited training) and I will give you the entire month of January free!  (you’ll finish your 28 days after January 31st)

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My Top Tips For Effective Dieting and Awesome Results

Firstly, let’s clarify what I mean by ‘dieting’.

Everyone has a diet. A diet is basically what you’re eating each day.  Whether it’s loads of crap, take away and processed rubbish in massive quantities.  Or whether it’s lettuce leaves and carrots, it’ still your ‘diet’.

So what should your diet look like if you want to be lean and healthy?

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WATCH WHAT YOU DRINK

Drink water or black tea and coffee only
Drink water or black tea and coffee only

There are a few drinks I recommend and pretty much stay away from anything else:

  • Water – obvious.  Drink 2-3 litres every day.  Search my previous blog posts for ‘whys’ if you don’t know this by now
  • Tea – black tea has many health benefits.  Herbal teas are great as well.  Drink either without milk or sugar or honey or any other sweetener no matter how good the marketer made it sound.
  • Coffee – drink black if you can too.  A spoonful of full cream milk won’t kill you however.  A couple of cups of coffee per day also has health benefits.  It’s when you’re downing 4,5 or more per day that you run into problems.  Yes, that’s you if you guzzle coffee, especially espresso several times per day.  Again, as per tea – NO SWEETENERS of any kind

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EAT MORE REAL FOOD

Eat real food!
Eat real food!

You have to stop eating out of wrappers, boxes, packets and jars.  Get back into your kitchen and start making food from scratch.  It really, really doesn’t take much effort or time, not nearly as much as you think.

Choose your meals from fruits, vegetables, any meats (not processed), chicken, fish, eggs, nuts, seeds and natural or greek yoghurts.

Eat other foods occasionally.

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MOVE YOUR BUTT MORE OFTEN – AT LEAST DAILY

Yep, exercise daily!!  It’s absolutely vital if you want a healthy body.  Not exactly anything to do with your diet, but necessary nonetheless.

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EAT ENOUGH

How often you eat is not as important as what you eat.  I usually eat 3 larger meals per day and sometimes have a snack morning or afternoon.  I prefer it this way but most of my clients, especially those making huge changes to their diets, have better success with 3 main meals and 2 snacks each day.

However often you eat, make sure you eat enough.  Yep, if you’re eating real food you should be eating quite a lot. Probably much more than you are now even.

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STOP DRINKING ALCOHOL

Save it for special occasions
Save it for special occasions

Gee, I hope I didn’t lose you with this one.  Stop drinking alcohol. That’s a big ask for many I know. But, it is making you fat and it is putting you at risk of so many diseases and conditions I just don’t know where to start.

It is also ageing you – yep, making you look and feel old!!

Limit your alcohol consumption to once per week maximum and even then, limit the number of drinks you are consuming to 1 or 2.  Also, be mindful of mixers and additives in drinks.  See Tip 1.

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Improve your ratio by eating foods high in Omega 3 and limiting those high in Omega 6
Improve your ratio by eating foods high in Omega 3 and limiting those high in Omega 6

SUPPLEMENT WISELY

To be honest, there’s really only one supplement that I would say is vital for most people.  Omega 3 supplements.

Fish oils are the cheapest and easiest way to improve your Omega 6 to Omega 3 fatty acid ratio.

You’re probably consuming more than enough Omega 6 fatty acids.  The problem lies in the ratio of Omega 6 – Omega 3.  For lots of people it’s something in the vicinity of 20 – 1 or even worse.  We want to aim for a ratio of more like 3 – 1.

The more Omega 6 you consume, the more it drives away the Omega 3 as well, so you really, really need to do more than consume fish a couple of times per week.

Take fish oils every day AND eat oily, wild caught (not farmed) fish as well as eat foods like quinoa, chia and flaxseeds to help boost your Omega 3 levels.

Doing so will improve your health and help you to shed unwanted body fat as well.

To get a full list of foods you CAN eat, fill out the form below

If you’d like to train with me and find out how to combine all of this in real life, check out my coaching packages HERE

The best way to get started is with the 28 Day JumpStart coaching package that includes a whole month of unlimited training, assessments and your nutrition for just $79  Details can be found HERE

What You Can Do About Your Modern Day Life Making You Fat

Life these days in many ways is much easier than it was before.

We have convenient ready-cooked or prepared meals available, automatic washing machines, remote everything, the internet and mobile phones. We have cars and public transport, updates from around the world on absolutely anything we need to know.  Information is available on any topic 24/7.

You can buy food ready to eat on almost every corner, or if you like to ‘cook’, you can buy edibles in boxes, jars, packets and containers that simply require the addition of 1 or 2 ingredients or just some heating up and viola, a ready to eat meal or snack done with hardly any effort at all.  You can even buy food-like substances in bar form meaning no preparation required at all.  Just open the wrapper and consume.

The downside to all this is that we are much less active, we generally work more in our paid jobs, we do less stuff like housework, gardening and mowing the lawn and we certainly commute in less active ways.

In fact, most of us have to set aside time to ‘be active’ such as attending an organised training session (such as those we run at FitterFaster) or ‘going for a run or walk’ simply for the exercise.

Other lifestyle factors contributing to your excess body fat are:

  • You’re chronically stressed
  • You don’t get enough sleep
  • You sit down too much

Combined with the factors mentioned above:

  • Not being active enough every day
  • Eating less than ideal food because it’s easier/faster/more convenient

But all is not lost.  There are lots of things you can do to ensure that your modern lifestyle has the lowest impact possible when it comes to storing excess fat or stopping you from getting rid of it.

Not being active enough

Inactivity will cause more deaths this year than smoking
Inactivity will cause more deaths this year than smoking

The most obvious way to make a difference here is to start some type of exercise routine.  It could be a daily walk or jog (or combo), using and exercise video in your own home, using a downloaded training routine at home or outside or attending organised fitness such as classes and training sessions or Personal training offered at fitness centres, gyms or by personal trainers.

What is less obvious, despite being pointed out to us regularly over the past 10-15 years, is just being more active in the things we do every day.

Could you walk to work?  Really?  Are you that far from your workplace?  I remember walking to work regularly in my younger days in high heels and my skirt-suit.  I could easily have driven (and did if it was raining) but it only took about 20 minutes each way and was an enjoyable part of my day – I have a strange thing about checking out peoples’ gardens.  I still do it now.

If you really do live too far away to walk, could you park further away and walk a few blocks?  Could you carpool with someone close by and at least walk to their place?  Could you get off the tram or bus a few stops early?  Adding 20 or more minutes of walking into your day really makes a difference.

During the day, take the stairs, walk to other peoples’ offices instead of calling or emailing.  If you need to visit another workplace or the post office, walk there if you can.

Offer to do the coffee run and walk again.  There are lots of little ways you can add more activity into your day.

Eating lower quality food

Does your shopping trolley look like this?
Does your shopping trolley look like this?

This is a trap a lot of us fall into while we tell ourselves we are just too busy or tired to cook a meal from scratch.  But honestly, cooking meals at home really doesn’t take that long.

If you do a bit of preparation on the weekend, you can have meals partly or even fully made ahead of time which makes it even easier.

I’ve written about meal preparation and make ahead meals and snacks several times before.  Check out these posts for ideas on being organised and for different meals you can make quickly or ahead of time.

Quick, easy and nutritious breakfast meals for those on the go

Meals and snacks you can prepare ahead 

More easy ways to have food prepared ahead of time

You sit too much

I solved this problem for myself in a few ways:

First, I purchased an adjustable desk.  My choice was a Varidesk which sits on top of the desk I had and is adjustable to a seated height or a standing height. I actually keep mine up at the highest setting and lots of my computer work standing now.

Secondly, I downloaded a timer and I make sure I stand up, walk around or do a quick set of squats about every 15 minutes.  Yep, that often.  It takes a minute or 2 at the most and I found that once every hour or so just wasn’t often enough.  Getting up out of my seat clears my head as well and I’m more focused as well as the health benefits of getting out of the seated position regularly.

You’re chronically stressed or you don’t sleep enough

Do you feel like this from time to time?
Do you feel like this from time to time?

I’ve put these 2 together as often (but not always) they go hand in hand.

A lack of quality sleep means automatically that your CNS system is being overly stressed, so the first stop here is to make sure you’re getting an absolute minimum of 7 hours good sleep each night.

Ways to make this happen for you include:

  • Going to bed earlier – duh!  Obvious but not as easy as it sounds.  Get into a routine.  Having the same bedtime and wake time each day really helps with falling asleep more easily and having more restful sleep.  If you’re in the habit of going to bed too late, setting an alarm to tell yourself it’s time for bed now is one thing that works for some of my clients.  Slowly bring your bedtime forward by 15 minutes or so each week till you’re actually going at a decent time.  The old wives saying of every hour before midnight is worth 2 hours after midnight is true.  It’s all to do with our bodies natural cycles and rhythms.  So sleeping 7 hours from 9.30pm – 4.30am is much more effective than 7 hours from midnight to 7 am.  Heck, if you’re managing to get to bed at 9.30pm, you can probably easily get 8 hours or more.  Unless you get up at 4.30am like me!
  • Turn off your gadgets and screens at least 30 minutes before bed time.  This is vital.  The light emitted from your screens will stop you from falling asleep quickly.  Just make it a habit not to have your phone, tablet or computer on after 8.30pm.

Chronic stress is a major factor in our society generally being fatter than it was a decade ago.  A stressed body and mind doesn’t just make it hard to make good food choices or to have enough energy to do some exercise.

No, it’s much deeper than that.  On a cellular level, a body that is stressed all the time produces hormones that inhibit fat burning and cause more fat to be stored regardless of what you’re eating or if you’re training.

This is so common even in some of my clients.  They eat really well, they train hard and consistently, but they neglect the recovery and stress reducing side of things and wonder why results are so hard to achieve.

Read this article for awesome ways to reduce stress and to even recognise if you are chronically stressed – I bet you are.

Stress management- find out if you’re stressed and what to do about it

The above article is quite lengthy, but set aside 30 minutes to work through the questions (I think you’ll see yourself in some of the signs of chronic stress) and then read the very practical ways to start coping better.

You’ll see a difference in your results by following all the steps above, and really, there’s nothing there that you cannot do.

Is Breakfast the Most Important Meal of The Day?

A lot of people think they are saving calories by skipping breakfast.  But you should think again.  What usually happens is that you end up starving  by mid-morning, are unable to think clearly and concentrate and you will more than likely replace those missed calories and more sometime later in the day.

Eating more earlier in the day (within reason of course) usually means eating less later in the day.

I see this time and time again in food journals. The binge more happens more often than not, after skipped morning meals because you simply got hungry due to the lack of calories consumed early in the day.

Having said all that, it’s important not to overeat at breakfast time too and you can do that by eating low energy density foods.  This basically means choosing foods that have a high volume/lower calorie ratio.  Or, in other words, they are filling but provide less calories than other choices.

This is the basis (along with eating real food) of all the FitterFaster meal plans.

Yep, eat heaps and lose body fat because calories are lower overall.  Never be hungry because you are simply eating too much food.  The biggest and most common complaint I hear is; “There’s too much food, do I have to eat it all?”

So what does this mean in practical terms?  What should I eat for breakfast?

Higher fibre foods are great.  Foods with high water content are great.  Real foods are fantastic and if you combine all these, you’ll get the ideal breakfast for everyone.

A well balanced meal includes ample protein, low energy carbs (usually in the form of vegetables or fruit) and healthy fats.

One of FitterFaster clients’ favourite recipes is FitterFaster Muesli.

FITTERFASTER MUESLI

100g greek or natural yoghurt

1/4 cup rolled oats

1/4 cup almonds/walnuts or 1 tbs of FF Seed MixIMG_0827

1 serve of quality protein (chocolate and vanilla are awesome)

1 cup berries (fresh or frozen)

 

Mix everything together, adding the berries last so you don’t squash them.

A fantastic option for breakfast is eggs. You’re probably thinking you don’t have time to prepare eggs, but there are ways around this.

I make a massive quiche on weekends for my kids to have for breakfast a few times during the following week.  You may scale this down for your family:

 

BUTLER BREAKFAST QUICHE

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40 free range eggs (we have our own chooks)

3 large carrots grated or diced finely

10-15 mushrooms sliced thinly

half a large bag of spinach roughly chopped

1kg tomatoes diced

bacon (we use anywhere between 500g – 1kg depending on what I have on hand)

2-3 large onions diced

2-3 large capsicum diced

any other veggies I have on hand, all diced

I simply chuck everything in and mix it well.  Add salt and pepper and sometimes I also add some spice mix.  I have used the Morrocan spice from Masterfoods but other good ones come from the Your Inspiration At Home range that I’ve just started using.  Mix it up for variety.

I grease my roasting dish with butter and cook in a 180 degree oven for anywhere from 55-70 mins. As you can imagine, a 40 egg quiche takes some cooking.

I take it out just before the centre sets and let it sit in the dish till cooled.  It’s always cooked perfectly without being burnt on the edges this way.

The kids just cut a piece off in the morning and heat in the microwave.  They also sometimes have it cold.

My favourite breakfast takes just minutes to cook and I usually do it while I’m making school lunches.

JO’S BREAKY SCRAMBLE

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I roughly dice up 1-2 zucchini and chuck it in a warm pan iwth coconut oil.  After about 1-2 minutes, I add half a bag of spinach.  That cooks for about 30 seconds and then I crack 2 large free range eggs on top.  By then the pan is nice and hot, so a couple of quick tosses and a scramble with the spatula and the eggs are done. Its a big green-eggy-scrambly mess that tastes delicious.

Again, I turn off the heat just before the eggs are fully cooked.  That way if I need to leave it in the pan because I’m busy (who isn’t in the morning) it won’t overcook.

If I feel like it, I chuck in some herbs or spices, mixing it up each day or having it plain.

You could do this with any veggies and its super fast and very easy.

One last breakfast idea is the PLM. Or Precision Liquid Meal.  This is a ‘shake’ made from real food with the addition of protein powder to round it out.

PRECISION LIQUID MEAL

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1 serve protein powder

1 cup fruit (banana or berries are my favs)

1 tbls flaxseeds (linseeds) or 1.4 cup almonds/walnuts

Whiz the seeds or nuts till ground well.

Add the fruit and protein along with 150-200ml water. Blend till smooth. A magic bullet, nutri-bullet type machine is best for this.  Adjust the water to suit you. Do  you prefer to eat with  a spoon or drink?

So there you have it. Some easy ideas for the perfect breakfast.

The Formula For Success

I have good news and bad news.

First the bad news: you can’t do it all.

That long to-do list you have staring at you? Working harder, longer and more frantically will not help you get all your boxes checked. The reason is because more tasks, more responsibilities, and more activities keep piling on. But the harder you try to do everything, the more frustrated you become.

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The hard truth is that there simply isn’t enough time to do everything there is to do.

Of course we know this intuitively, but for some reason we keep on trying to do it all—probably because we don’t really know what else to do.

And if you are like most people, one of the first things to go is your own fitness and health. Who has time to go to the gym when you are buried under 6 weeks of backlogged to-do’s?

Now for the good news: there is a way out.

You see, when you try to do everything, the most important tasks get mixed up with the least important tasks. The result is that you end up spending precious time on things that do not move you toward your goals.

If you are doing things that do not move you toward your goals, you are, in fact, moving away from your goals.

You only have so much energy, and you only have so much time. The key is to make sure that you are focusing on the most important tasks.  How??

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Set goals

The only way to sort through your to-do list and decide which tasks are the most important is to know where you are headed.

What are your goals?  What things do you want to change?  Where do you want to be in 6 months, 2 years, 5 years, 10 years?

What is your goal in relation to your kids, your wife, your job?

How is your health? How fit and healthy do you really want to be?

We’re looking at your top goals right now: the big ones.

This doesn’t mean that you do not have other goals, but these are the ones that get priority no matter what else is going on.

Stop doing some things

Once you know what your goals are, you can take a critical look at how you spend your day.
Each day, you do a lot of things and you expend a lot of energy.

Where are you focusing most of your best energy and concentration?

Every task can be assigned a value—it is either a high value task or it is a low value task.

High value tasks are those tasks that move you in the direction of your established goals.

Low value tasks are those tasks that do not move you in the direction of your goals.

It’s that simple.

So in order to reach your goals, you must open up more time for those high value tasks that propel you forward. And the only way to do this is to stop doing some of your low value tasks.

Of course, this is easier said than done.

Some of those low value tasks may be important, just less important than others. This is where you will have to get creative.

If you can eliminate it, just toss it out.

For example, if your goal is to decrease your diabetes medication by exercising more, get rid of the low value hour you spend daily checking facebook and watching the nightly news.

Think efficiency: can you systematise it?

Checking email may be important, but checking several times a day uses valuable time and energy.  This is something I’ve done which literally saves me hours each week. I check first thing and then 2 other times per day during the week. I’ve stopped checking in the evenings too and honestly, I’m so much more efficient.  Weekends I usually just check once per day now.

Let your clients/work mates know that you will only be checking email twice a day, and tell them what time you will be doing this. This will free up time for more valuable activities such as working out or preparing nutritious food.  Make sure that you actually close your email account and turn off notifications so that you’re not tempted by that little red circle with the number in it.

Pass it along: delegate it!

There are some things you can stop doing because you hand them to someone else. Can your son start mowing the yard for you? Can you hire someone to do some of your tasks more cheaply than you can do them yourself?

Remember: every second you spend on activities that do not move you toward your goal takes you in the opposite direction from your goal. Live intentionally!

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Now GO!

You are now positioned for success. You have set your goals, you have stopped doing the things that don’t move you toward those goals, and you have freed up energy and time to focus on the highest value tasks.

Your to-do list should look a lot different now. It should be, well, doable as opposed to a bottomless pit of never finished pressures.

The only way to get fit is to make it a top priority.

It should feel urgent. It should be one of your top goals. Why? Because if you squander your health, you will be forced to give up much of what you love and enjoy. But keep your health and you stay positioned for success.  Great health and fitness does not happen by accident.  Make it a priority or you’ll never get there.

Spend time TODAY deciding what you can stop doing so that you have the time and energy to live with intention and direction.

Get ready to change your life.

Why Isn’t It Working? I’m still fat!

I recently shared an article on Facebook that was shared with me by the AFL Community.  You can read the article here for more info   The article got lots of likes and comments so really hit a nerve, particularly with coaches and teachers I noticed.

The article specifically talks about having a Fixed Or Growth Mindset in children playing sport, but it applies to all of life no matter what the age or situation.

Here’s another resource about Fixed and Growth Mindset

This video is also about kids and academic results, but again, the Fixed Growth Mindset applies across the board.

If you’re reading this article, you are the kids that these articles are talking about, only your journey concerns fat loss, fitness and/or health improvement.

When you don’t succeed with your weight or health goals, you see yourself as a failure most times.  But I like to think of it as ‘not yet’.  You just haven’t succeeded YET.

Just because you’ve tried things in the past and they haven’t worked, it just means that you haven’t found YOUR SOLUTION YET.

Maybe you need more accountability and structure.

Maybe you need less.

Maybe you need to stop ‘going it alone’

Maybe you need to add training to the mix

Maybe you just need to be more consistent.

The fact that so many people see themselves as failures in the weight loss/fitness world is one of the main reasons I’ve started to coach most of my clients from a habit-based-maintenance approach.

I’m trying to teach them to maintain before they attain and to have successes along the way so that they get closer and closer to success and further away from NOT YET.  So they can stay in that Growth Mindset and keep moving forward till their ‘not yets’ are nonexistent.

What do I mean by ‘maintain before attain’?

We all know that if you cannot maintain your fat loss program after you’ve lost the weight, no matter how much weight or how much fitter you got, you will go backwards and end up right back where you were before you started or worse.

How many times have YOU done this before?

How many programs have you started and stopped before you even got results?

My nutrition programs are based on MAINTENANCE MODE.  I don’t think I’ve ever told anyone that before, even though I’ve hinted at it over and over again.

MAINTENANCE MODE (MM) will get great results for you straight away.  But the main benefit of MM is that you can keep doing it forever.  By MM, I mean able to be maintained pretty much forever.  So not only will you get great results, but you get to keep them too.

So what is MM?

>>Its healthy eating.

>>Its real food that you buy from the supermarket.

>>Its doable in most situations because its pretty flexible.

>>You can do it forever (with a few optional tweaks once you reach your goals)

>>Your whole family can (and should) eat in a very similar way. You should not be cooking 2 or more meals for different family members.  All meals can be easily altered, without cooking different meals to suit your whole family – yes really!

My basic program for females is 5 meals per day, including protein and fruit/vegetables in each one and healthy fats a couple of times per day.

>>It does not mean eating food you don’t like or have intolerances too.

>>It does not mean you have to have a huge budget for groceries, supplements or other ‘add ins’

>>It does not mean you should be hungry.  In fact, the most common complaint I get is that there is too much food!

>>It does not mean you can never eat ‘X’ ever again

Once you learn to eat this way, we can tweak it for;

  • better results when/if you reach a plateau
  • different meal/snack timing in case you work shifts, don’t get breaks etc
  • changing food combos for allergies or intolerances
  • of course likes and dislikes – you have to enjoy eating, its one of life’s pleasures

Some of you do really well following a strict, set out menu, while others do much better focusing on changing habits one or 2 at a time.  Others can start out with a series of new actions which will later become new habits, but start more slowly with the meal plan or vice versa.

Either way, the goal is to learn the MM way of eating so that you can keep attaining and then maintain forever.

I run shorter online group programs on a regular basis where you can start your MM journey with support and accountability within a group setting.  These programs are run online and go for anywhere between 28 days to 12 weeks.  If you’d like me to let you know when my next one starts, fill out your details in the box at the top of this page.

I also do personalised online nutrition (and/or training) programs that you can start whenever suits you.  More details about personalised online nutrition and/or training programs can be found HERE

Or, you may be interested in my in person training and nutrition programs.  If that sounds like you, complete your details in the box on the right hand side of this post OR if you’re on your mobile device, scroll down to the box that says ‘Get more information about training at FitterFaster’ and complete your details there.

The thing is, you have to maintain a Growth Mindset if you want to get better at anything.

Always working towards being better, being stronger, being more accountable to yourself and your coaches or mentors.  If you have a Fixed Mindset, or if you believe you’re a failure because you didn’t achieve something the first, second or even the 50th time you tried, you will never succeed.