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🌟Lean vs Lean 🌟⠀
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"You are lean all year round - you don't need to cut" - is something ectomorphs will be used to hearing. But as any ectomorph knows it's relative no matter how 'lean' you are perceived to be by others. 🙆🏼⠀
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There is 4 months between these photos and 3kg down (August to December), and regardless of body type you don't get that naturally without a lot of hard work, diligence, perseverance and dedication. 👊🏻⠀
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The photo on the left isn't a before photo either - it's after 12 weeks of hard work in a controlled and planned surplus with the goal of putting on lean muscle. After 12 weeks of tracking and measuring every calorie and mouthful and not missing one goal or training session. And it worked. I put on lean muscle and minimised the fat I gained by not doing what so many people do thinking a surplus = 'bulking' and an excuse to eat everything under the sun. 🍟⠀
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People think that I am still too controlled with my food and stay too lean all year round but this couldn't be further from the truth. Yes - I like having rules and boundaries around my nutrition but use it to my advantage by experimenting to see how far I can push my body to change instead of always using it to restrict. 😩⠀
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Putting on weight doesn't scare me or make me feel uncomfortable - I loved myself just as much in the first picture as I do in the second. Because I don't judge myself on how I look, and secondly I know I have the choice to make changes and go back to being lean if I want. ⠀
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Just like losing weight doesn't mean you won't put it back on again; gaining weight doesn't mean you can't lose it again. The choice is always available to you if you have the tools and knowledge to do so. ✨⠀
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Bottom line don't make assumptions about others and their journey and think it is easier / harder than your own. I work hard to have the body I want, I'm not scared to go out of my comfort zone and have the same hurdles to jump as 'normal' people do. ⠀
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So next time you find yourself judging someone else, stop and use that energy to put back into the only person that matters - you. 💗
@allenmao90 @flex_success
🌟Lean vs Lean 🌟⠀ ⠀ ❤︎⠀ ⠀ "You are lean all year round - you don't need to cut" - is something ectomorphs will be used to hearing. But as any ectomorph knows it's relative no matter how 'lean' you are perceived to be by others. 🙆🏼⠀ ⠀ ❤︎⠀ ⠀ There is 4 months between these photos and 3kg down (August to December), and regardless of body type you don't get that naturally without a lot of hard work, diligence, perseverance and dedication. 👊🏻⠀ ⠀ ❤︎⠀ ⠀ The photo on the left isn't a before photo either - it's after 12 weeks of hard work in a controlled and planned surplus with the goal of putting on lean muscle. After 12 weeks of tracking and measuring every calorie and mouthful and not missing one goal or training session. And it worked. I put on lean muscle and minimised the fat I gained by not doing what so many people do thinking a surplus = 'bulking' and an excuse to eat everything under the sun. 🍟⠀ ⠀ ❤︎⠀ ⠀ People think that I am still too controlled with my food and stay too lean all year round but this couldn't be further from the truth. Yes - I like having rules and boundaries around my nutrition but use it to my advantage by experimenting to see how far I can push my body to change instead of always using it to restrict. 😩⠀ ⠀ ❤︎⠀ ⠀ Putting on weight doesn't scare me or make me feel uncomfortable - I loved myself just as much in the first picture as I do in the second. Because I don't judge myself on how I look, and secondly I know I have the choice to make changes and go back to being lean if I want. ⠀ ⠀ Just like losing weight doesn't mean you won't put it back on again; gaining weight doesn't mean you can't lose it again. The choice is always available to you if you have the tools and knowledge to do so. ✨⠀ ⠀ ❤︎⠀ ⠀ ⠀ Bottom line don't make assumptions about others and their journey and think it is easier / harder than your own. I work hard to have the body I want, I'm not scared to go out of my comfort zone and have the same hurdles to jump as 'normal' people do. ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ So next time you find yourself judging someone else, stop and use that energy to put back into the only person that matters - you. 💗 @allenmao90 @flex_success
I swear it’s been like 10 times in the past hour 😫🤷🏼‍♀️
I swear it’s been like 10 times in the past hour 😫🤷🏼‍♀️
🌟Are Body Comp Goals Over Christmas Achievable? 🌟⠀
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I had it all planned out - Photoshoot Friday allowing me to be a lenient with my nutrition over Christmas and New Year and my lunch out today - but as always the universe has other plans and now my new challenge is maintaining body comp over the festive period for a new shoot in Jan (weather permitting!) ☀️⠀
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So is maintaining body comp goals over the festive period achievable? And is it even something we should be striving to do? There is so many conflicting opinions out there it's hard to know. Log onto SM and you will see a post telling you that you only live once - enjoy the time with your friends and family, then scroll down and another post will be telling you not to blow out and how to stay on track. 👌🏻⠀
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The answer is there is no right or wrong, and you have to figure out what approach is best for you both physically and mentally. Half my clients have goals to be more relaxed and lenient with their food over the next few weeks, and half are still tracking ensuring they stay on track for their body comp goals starting the new year. It really just depends on the person and their goals. 🙌🏻⠀
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For me? I don't know how I will find the next few weeks .. but if my prep leading into this shoot is anything to go by it will be pretty cruisy to keep on track. When I first started tracking every day I found it so restricting - now with 6 months behind me it gives me the freedom to not miss out on foods I want (socially and mentally) and still stay on track. So watch this space! 😁⠀
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But before you read one more post trying to sway you to either let go or be strict over Christmas, sit with yourself and figure out what you really want first. What fits in with your mental, physical and health goals and then figure out how best to approach that. 💗⠀
🌟Are Body Comp Goals Over Christmas Achievable? 🌟⠀ ⠀ ❤︎⠀ ⠀ I had it all planned out - Photoshoot Friday allowing me to be a lenient with my nutrition over Christmas and New Year and my lunch out today - but as always the universe has other plans and now my new challenge is maintaining body comp over the festive period for a new shoot in Jan (weather permitting!) ☀️⠀ ⠀ ❤︎⠀ ⠀ So is maintaining body comp goals over the festive period achievable? And is it even something we should be striving to do? There is so many conflicting opinions out there it's hard to know. Log onto SM and you will see a post telling you that you only live once - enjoy the time with your friends and family, then scroll down and another post will be telling you not to blow out and how to stay on track. 👌🏻⠀ ⠀ ❤︎⠀ ⠀ The answer is there is no right or wrong, and you have to figure out what approach is best for you both physically and mentally. Half my clients have goals to be more relaxed and lenient with their food over the next few weeks, and half are still tracking ensuring they stay on track for their body comp goals starting the new year. It really just depends on the person and their goals. 🙌🏻⠀ ⠀ ❤︎⠀ ⠀ For me? I don't know how I will find the next few weeks .. but if my prep leading into this shoot is anything to go by it will be pretty cruisy to keep on track. When I first started tracking every day I found it so restricting - now with 6 months behind me it gives me the freedom to not miss out on foods I want (socially and mentally) and still stay on track. So watch this space! 😁⠀ ⠀ ❤︎⠀ ⠀ But before you read one more post trying to sway you to either let go or be strict over Christmas, sit with yourself and figure out what you really want first. What fits in with your mental, physical and health goals and then figure out how best to approach that. 💗⠀
🌟Sponsored Posts🌟⠀
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If you are a regular follower of mine you will know the number of sponsored posts I do is minimal - maybe even zero - and that's because the ONLY reason I have this page is to educate, inspire and empower other women. My page is about being totally authentic, and for that reason unless I am already using or could see myself using a product I would never do the campaign. 💟⠀
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So when @chobaniau contacted me I was actually genuinely excited - I think it's the first time I have been approached by a product that I already use regularly for myself and recommend to my clients. The majority of my clients have Chobani FiT included in their diet plans on a daily basis and it is a regular afternoon snack of mine most days (which you will know if you regularly follow my stories). 💁🏼⠀
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Because one of the hardest but most important things in our diet is hitting our protein target, without fail it's the one area new clients struggle with the most and the thought of consuming 3 or 4 servings of lean protein a day just isn't feasible (mentally and financially). I generally have a @chobaniau FiT in the afternoon for my 'sweet hit' and post workout snack as a way to ensure I still hit all of my protein targets for the day. And the thing that appeals to me most (especially currently being in a caloric deficit as are most of my clients), is it comes with all the protein and none of the fat. I also find these yogurts sit well on my stomach and not as hard to digest as some traditional yogurts due to their low lactose content. 😍⠀
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I would always make sure my clients get the majority of their protein intake for the day through lean sources that contain a wide spectrum of amino's, but once you have accounted for this @choabniau FiT is a great complimentary snack to any diet. 🙌🏻⠀
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So although you won't start seeing me doing regular collaborations (unless it's with Chobani) - know that when I do I speak my truth and 100% back and believe in what I am promoting. And if you are interested..my favourite flavour is by far the vanilla topped off with some fresh berries - delicious! ❤️ #chobaniFIT #ForTheLoveOfFit #chobanipartner ⠀
🌟Sponsored Posts🌟⠀ ⠀ ❤︎⠀ ⠀ If you are a regular follower of mine you will know the number of sponsored posts I do is minimal - maybe even zero - and that's because the ONLY reason I have this page is to educate, inspire and empower other women. My page is about being totally authentic, and for that reason unless I am already using or could see myself using a product I would never do the campaign. 💟⠀ ⠀ ❤︎⠀ ⠀ So when @chobaniau contacted me I was actually genuinely excited - I think it's the first time I have been approached by a product that I already use regularly for myself and recommend to my clients. The majority of my clients have Chobani FiT included in their diet plans on a daily basis and it is a regular afternoon snack of mine most days (which you will know if you regularly follow my stories). 💁🏼⠀ ⠀ ❤︎⠀ ⠀ Because one of the hardest but most important things in our diet is hitting our protein target, without fail it's the one area new clients struggle with the most and the thought of consuming 3 or 4 servings of lean protein a day just isn't feasible (mentally and financially). I generally have a @chobaniau FiT in the afternoon for my 'sweet hit' and post workout snack as a way to ensure I still hit all of my protein targets for the day. And the thing that appeals to me most (especially currently being in a caloric deficit as are most of my clients), is it comes with all the protein and none of the fat. I also find these yogurts sit well on my stomach and not as hard to digest as some traditional yogurts due to their low lactose content. 😍⠀ ⠀ ❤︎⠀ ⠀ I would always make sure my clients get the majority of their protein intake for the day through lean sources that contain a wide spectrum of amino's, but once you have accounted for this @choabniau FiT is a great complimentary snack to any diet. 🙌🏻⠀ ⠀ ❤︎⠀ ⠀ So although you won't start seeing me doing regular collaborations (unless it's with Chobani) - know that when I do I speak my truth and 100% back and believe in what I am promoting. And if you are interested..my favourite flavour is by far the vanilla topped off with some fresh berries - delicious! ❤️ #chobaniFIT  #ForTheLoveOfFit  #chobanipartner  ⠀
🌟How Stressed Are You?🌟⠀
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This week has been a big week - I knew it would be and planned as best I could for but even with the best planning in the world stress can get on top of us. 😵⠀
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And although I have been stressed I've found it super interesting to watch how my body has responded even with daily time out and meditation:⠀
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1. I have almost totally lost my appetite ⠀
2. My resting heart rate is about 20 beats per minute faster⠀
3. I have had trouble concentrating and focusing on the task in hand⠀
4. I have had trouble sleeping (even with massive days) ⠀
5. I have had a breakout on my face ⠀
6. I notice I am constantly clenching my jaw, especially when I go to bed ⠀
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This isn't something I would usually experience, especially not all at once - and it's been a real eye opener. Mainly because I know that this is how a lot of people spend days or months on end. I know this is just my bodies way saying that I have let stress get the better of me, and I am in my fight or flight response/ sympathetic nervous system. It is a massive red flag and something I am trying to manage this week - and make up for next week with some serious R&R. 🙌🏻⠀
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What is the biggest eye opener however is that people can spend months feeling like this without doing anything about it - this uneasy feeling, nervousness, lack of sleep and appetite and increased muscle tension are some people's norm. And that is no quality of life. ❌⠀
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Don't get me wrong, I experience stress like anyone else day to day but in general through well established healthy habits and routines I can stay grounded and keep myself in my parasympathetic state fail easily. 💫⠀
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This time of year it's normal for us all to feel the pressure, but if you have been experiencing symptoms like this for longer than a week t's something that needs addressing. Whether that be self care better habits, or a complete life overhaul and letting go of some responsibilities. 📝⠀
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Use this time of year to reflect on the past 12 months and really address them - laying down some strong foundations to start off the new year. Your future self will thank you for it. 💗
🌟How Stressed Are You?🌟⠀ ⠀ ❤︎⠀ ⠀ This week has been a big week - I knew it would be and planned as best I could for but even with the best planning in the world stress can get on top of us. 😵⠀ ⠀ ❤︎⠀ ⠀ And although I have been stressed I've found it super interesting to watch how my body has responded even with daily time out and meditation:⠀ ⠀ 1. I have almost totally lost my appetite ⠀ 2. My resting heart rate is about 20 beats per minute faster⠀ 3. I have had trouble concentrating and focusing on the task in hand⠀ 4. I have had trouble sleeping (even with massive days) ⠀ 5. I have had a breakout on my face ⠀ 6. I notice I am constantly clenching my jaw, especially when I go to bed ⠀ ⠀ ❤︎⠀ ⠀ This isn't something I would usually experience, especially not all at once - and it's been a real eye opener. Mainly because I know that this is how a lot of people spend days or months on end. I know this is just my bodies way saying that I have let stress get the better of me, and I am in my fight or flight response/ sympathetic nervous system. It is a massive red flag and something I am trying to manage this week - and make up for next week with some serious R&R. 🙌🏻⠀ ⠀ ❤︎⠀ ⠀ What is the biggest eye opener however is that people can spend months feeling like this without doing anything about it - this uneasy feeling, nervousness, lack of sleep and appetite and increased muscle tension are some people's norm. And that is no quality of life. ❌⠀ ⠀ ❤︎ ⠀ ⠀ Don't get me wrong, I experience stress like anyone else day to day but in general through well established healthy habits and routines I can stay grounded and keep myself in my parasympathetic state fail easily. 💫⠀ ⠀ ❤︎⠀ ⠀ This time of year it's normal for us all to feel the pressure, but if you have been experiencing symptoms like this for longer than a week t's something that needs addressing. Whether that be self care better habits, or a complete life overhaul and letting go of some responsibilities. 📝⠀ ⠀ ❤︎⠀ ⠀ Use this time of year to reflect on the past 12 months and really address them - laying down some strong foundations to start off the new year. Your future self will thank you for it. 💗
🌟Current Stats 🌟⠀
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✎ Weight: 54.0kg⠀
✎ Calories: 1,450⠀
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✎ Protein: 150g⠀
✎ Carbs: 100g⠀
✎ Fats: 50g⠀
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✎ Training: 5 x Weights ⠀
✎ Cardio: 2 x 10 Minute HIIT⠀
✎ Steps: 15,000 ⠀
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I'm getting ready to take a week off from my coach over Christmas. Not because I want to binge after being strict, but because it's the one time of year I have to force myself to go a little easier. ⠀
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I never fear blowing out because I take certain actions to avoid it: ⠀
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1. I'm boring 😅⠀
I like a glass of wine but could happily have about 5 glasses over the whole of the festive period and not feel deprived⠀
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2. I stay in a routine. 📅⠀
I still train 5 times a week, have a step goal, get a certain amount of sleep and drink my water. ⠀
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3. I stay within guidelines with my food. 🍉⠀
I still hit my protein target, opt for foods which I know will make me feel good (I always ask myself ' How will my future self feel within an hour/two hours/12 hours of eating this?) and I listen to my body to tell me when I feel full. ⠀
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4. I avoid a binge mentality. ⚠️⠀
Instead of thinking "I'll eat all this now and go back to my clean eating tomorrow' which can lead to feelings of restriction, anxiety and self sabotage, I instead think "that food will still be here tomorrow if I want it again". Giving myself the option to have that food again takes away the anxiety of having food in abundance. ⠀
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5. I don't give in to peer pressure.😥⠀
I have taught myself not to feel rude if I turn down a homemade desert or meal if I know it doesn't serve me. It's easy to get caught into feeling like you 'have to' eat certain things to please others, but this is a time of year where you need to put yourself first over pleasing others. ⠀
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6. I keep at the forefront of my mind 'how do I want to start of the next year?' as opposed to focusing on going out on the end of the year with a bang. 💥⠀
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Of course we all deserve a little downtime - but some R&R doesn't have to mean excessive food and alcohol. Instead think of it as more sleep, fresh air, exercise and nourishment for your body and you will go into 2019 feeling more refreshed and positive than any chocolates will give you ✨
🌟Current Stats 🌟⠀ ⠀ ❤︎⠀ ⠀ ✎ Weight: 54.0kg⠀ ✎ Calories: 1,450⠀ ⠀ ✎ Protein: 150g⠀ ✎ Carbs: 100g⠀ ✎ Fats: 50g⠀ ⠀ ✎ Training: 5 x Weights ⠀ ✎ Cardio: 2 x 10 Minute HIIT⠀ ✎ Steps: 15,000 ⠀ ⠀ ❤︎⠀ ⠀ I'm getting ready to take a week off from my coach over Christmas. Not because I want to binge after being strict, but because it's the one time of year I have to force myself to go a little easier. ⠀ ⠀ I never fear blowing out because I take certain actions to avoid it: ⠀ ⠀ 1. I'm boring 😅⠀ I like a glass of wine but could happily have about 5 glasses over the whole of the festive period and not feel deprived⠀ ⠀ 2. I stay in a routine. 📅⠀ I still train 5 times a week, have a step goal, get a certain amount of sleep and drink my water. ⠀ ⠀ 3. I stay within guidelines with my food. 🍉⠀ I still hit my protein target, opt for foods which I know will make me feel good (I always ask myself ' How will my future self feel within an hour/two hours/12 hours of eating this?) and I listen to my body to tell me when I feel full. ⠀ ⠀ 4. I avoid a binge mentality. ⚠️⠀ Instead of thinking "I'll eat all this now and go back to my clean eating tomorrow' which can lead to feelings of restriction, anxiety and self sabotage, I instead think "that food will still be here tomorrow if I want it again". Giving myself the option to have that food again takes away the anxiety of having food in abundance. ⠀ ⠀ 5. I don't give in to peer pressure.😥⠀ I have taught myself not to feel rude if I turn down a homemade desert or meal if I know it doesn't serve me. It's easy to get caught into feeling like you 'have to' eat certain things to please others, but this is a time of year where you need to put yourself first over pleasing others. ⠀ ⠀ 6. I keep at the forefront of my mind 'how do I want to start of the next year?' as opposed to focusing on going out on the end of the year with a bang. 💥⠀ ⠀ ❤︎⠀ ⠀ Of course we all deserve a little downtime - but some R&R doesn't have to mean excessive food and alcohol. Instead think of it as more sleep, fresh air, exercise and nourishment for your body and you will go into 2019 feeling more refreshed and positive than any chocolates will give you ✨
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🌟Instagram Others vs Reality You🌟⠀
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Time for #realtalk. This is me sucking my stomach in for all it's worth and trying my hardest to flex AND I still have rolls. I was feeling pretty lean, covered in fake tan (we all know this makes us look instantly leaner!) AND I still have rolls. I am naturally very lean, have abs AND still I have rolls. Because it's totally normal. 👍🏻⠀
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Had this photo been taken 15 years earlier when I was 19 or 20 I wouldn't have had these rolls. Because when I was younger I was one of those girls who could eat whatever I wanted and never put on weight. But now I'm 35 and it's a different story, and that's absolutely fine. I know I am healthy, fit, train hard, and most importantly those rolls don't define me. This is my body and I love it. I can stand naked in front of the mirror, look myself in the eye and say 'I love you' and mean it. 🙋🏼⠀
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Having said that I don't go out of my way to try and make myself feel bad either, and it breaks my heart that so many do. They scroll social media scrutinising women who have different natural body shapes to their own, are a different age and have a different lifestyle and beat themselves up they don't look like that. I don't get it. It would be like me comparing my body to my 19 year old self and feeling like a failure for how I look now, even though physiologically I am a totally different person. Sounds stupid right? And that's because it is. 😕⠀
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They say a picture tells a thousand words but I disagree. Because a picture is ambiguous and can be interpreted as the observer wishes, each with their own agenda. Those that want to believe the images they see are real life, untouched, unedited, realistic and attainable will and those that want to compare themselves against those will 🙆🏼⠀
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So just a reminder that it's normal to have rolls, and it's also normal not too. It's normal to be lean, and it's normal not to - what matters is what is normal to you right here, right now, Stop wasting time comparing yourself to others and more time figuring out how to love the person you keep trying to put down and shame and you will never look back. 💗
🌟Instagram Others vs Reality You🌟⠀ ⠀ ❤︎⠀ ⠀ Time for #realtalk . This is me sucking my stomach in for all it's worth and trying my hardest to flex AND I still have rolls. I was feeling pretty lean, covered in fake tan (we all know this makes us look instantly leaner!) AND I still have rolls. I am naturally very lean, have abs AND still I have rolls. Because it's totally normal. 👍🏻⠀ ⠀ ❤︎⠀ ⠀ Had this photo been taken 15 years earlier when I was 19 or 20 I wouldn't have had these rolls. Because when I was younger I was one of those girls who could eat whatever I wanted and never put on weight. But now I'm 35 and it's a different story, and that's absolutely fine. I know I am healthy, fit, train hard, and most importantly those rolls don't define me. This is my body and I love it. I can stand naked in front of the mirror, look myself in the eye and say 'I love you' and mean it. 🙋🏼⠀ ⠀ ❤︎⠀ ⠀ Having said that I don't go out of my way to try and make myself feel bad either, and it breaks my heart that so many do. They scroll social media scrutinising women who have different natural body shapes to their own, are a different age and have a different lifestyle and beat themselves up they don't look like that. I don't get it. It would be like me comparing my body to my 19 year old self and feeling like a failure for how I look now, even though physiologically I am a totally different person. Sounds stupid right? And that's because it is. 😕⠀ ⠀ ❤︎⠀ ⠀ They say a picture tells a thousand words but I disagree. Because a picture is ambiguous and can be interpreted as the observer wishes, each with their own agenda. Those that want to believe the images they see are real life, untouched, unedited, realistic and attainable will and those that want to compare themselves against those will 🙆🏼⠀ ⠀ ❤︎⠀ ⠀ So just a reminder that it's normal to have rolls, and it's also normal not too. It's normal to be lean, and it's normal not to - what matters is what is normal to you right here, right now, Stop wasting time comparing yourself to others and more time figuring out how to love the person you keep trying to put down and shame and you will never look back. 💗
🌟Are You Grateful For What You Have? 🌟⠀
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Today marks the 2 year anniversary of @jackhammered_ ’s motorbike accident. 😭⠀
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2 years since Jack was riding his motorbike to work, came off and went under a Ute leading to two broken femurs, a shattered ankle, a broken tib/fib and broken hip. This would be devastating for anyone, but what made it worse was he was an athlete at the start of a successful sprint career with dreams of competing at the olympics. 💔⠀
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I had never experienced anything like that before and it was definitely a day which changed a lot of peoples lives forever. Jack will tell his own story, but for me the biggest change was how I viewed my life and the world around me. Up until that day I was a princess who fought to control every aspect of my life. I thought I could control my thoughts, feelings, people around me and their actions, and most of all the path my life was taking and what my future held. 👸🏼⠀
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But that day I realised no matter how much I fought to control or plan for the future it could all be ripped away in a second without having really appreciating what I actually had to start with. 🙌🏻⠀
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We live in such a goal driven and task orientated world it's easy to overlook what we do have daily in the pursuit of always wanting more. And I'm not saying it's a bad thing to strive for better, but it means nothing if you can't truly step back and love every single thing in your life right now. 💗⠀
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So don't be someone who needs something terrible to happen to realise how much they had to start with. Because there is always something we take for granted every day which if it changed tomorrow we would wish we had made the most of - ESPECIALLY the people in our lives. 👫⠀
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So I ask just two things of you: 1: Stop and think of 3 things you are truly grateful for today, that if you didn't have it tomorrow your life would never be the same again. And 2: Tell someone important to you in your life how much you love them. ❤️⠀
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It really will change your mindset even if for one second - but done every day could make the world of difference to how you view the world. 💫
🌟Are You Grateful For What You Have? 🌟⠀ ⠀ ❤︎⠀ ⠀ Today marks the 2 year anniversary of @jackhammered_ ’s motorbike accident. 😭⠀ ⠀ ❤︎⠀ ⠀ 2 years since Jack was riding his motorbike to work, came off and went under a Ute leading to two broken femurs, a shattered ankle, a broken tib/fib and broken hip. This would be devastating for anyone, but what made it worse was he was an athlete at the start of a successful sprint career with dreams of competing at the olympics. 💔⠀ ⠀ ❤︎⠀ ⠀ I had never experienced anything like that before and it was definitely a day which changed a lot of peoples lives forever. Jack will tell his own story, but for me the biggest change was how I viewed my life and the world around me. Up until that day I was a princess who fought to control every aspect of my life. I thought I could control my thoughts, feelings, people around me and their actions, and most of all the path my life was taking and what my future held. 👸🏼⠀ ⠀ ❤︎⠀ ⠀ But that day I realised no matter how much I fought to control or plan for the future it could all be ripped away in a second without having really appreciating what I actually had to start with. 🙌🏻⠀ ⠀ ❤︎⠀ ⠀ We live in such a goal driven and task orientated world it's easy to overlook what we do have daily in the pursuit of always wanting more. And I'm not saying it's a bad thing to strive for better, but it means nothing if you can't truly step back and love every single thing in your life right now. 💗⠀ ⠀ ❤︎⠀ ⠀ ⠀ So don't be someone who needs something terrible to happen to realise how much they had to start with. Because there is always something we take for granted every day which if it changed tomorrow we would wish we had made the most of - ESPECIALLY the people in our lives. 👫⠀ ⠀ ❤︎⠀ ⠀ So I ask just two things of you: 1: Stop and think of 3 things you are truly grateful for today, that if you didn't have it tomorrow your life would never be the same again. And 2: Tell someone important to you in your life how much you love them. ❤️⠀ ⠀ ❤︎⠀ ⠀ It really will change your mindset even if for one second - but done every day could make the world of difference to how you view the world. 💫
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✎ Weight: 54.3kg⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
✎ Calories: 1595⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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✎ Protein: 150g⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
✎ Carbs: 125g ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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The best thing about this fat loss phase is it's been so gradual I have hardly noticed it. Calories coming down by a few hundred every few weeks means the fat loss might not be fast but it has been sustainable and manageable. ⠀
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But I haven't been without my moments, and still find myself fighting between 'this should be harder and I should be pushing more'- to 'this is the best prep ever I love how laid back it has been' 🙌🏻⠀
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My coach @allenmao90 hit the nail on the head in his email to me last week when I was thinking the former: ⠀
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Not only is this the sign of an awesome coach who has my best interests at heart, but it really is true. Why, every year before - have I literally done just that? Let my business suffer, my personal life suffer and my health all for the sake of some shots which I end of over analysing anyway? ⠀
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So I guess what I am trying to say is twofold:⠀
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One, if you push back on your coach and they give in to your every need that's not necessarily the sign of a good trainer. Find someone who stands their ground and has your best interests at heart no matter how much you bitch and moan .🙋🏼⠀
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Two, even I sometimes still get caught up in thinking 'more is better'. But something this prep has reminded me is sometimes that couldn't be further from the truth ✨
🌟Current Stats🌟⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ❤︎⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ✎ Weight: 54.3kg⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ✎ Calories: 1595⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ✎ Protein: 150g⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ✎ Carbs: 125g ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ✎ Fat: 55g⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀ ✎ Training: 5 x Weights Sessions⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ✎ Cardio: 2 x 10 Minute HIIT Sessions⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ✎ Steps: 12,000 per day ⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀ ❤︎⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀ It's crazy what the body can do. I am eating almost 1000 calories fewer than I was a few months ago and my body has adapted really well and I'm feeling great 😃⠀ ⠀⠀ ❤︎⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀ The best thing about this fat loss phase is it's been so gradual I have hardly noticed it. Calories coming down by a few hundred every few weeks means the fat loss might not be fast but it has been sustainable and manageable. ⠀ ⠀ But I haven't been without my moments, and still find myself fighting between 'this should be harder and I should be pushing more'- to 'this is the best prep ever I love how laid back it has been' 🙌🏻⠀ ⠀ ❤︎⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀ My coach @allenmao90 hit the nail on the head in his email to me last week when I was thinking the former: ⠀ ⠀ "Whilst the goal is to bring you into the best possible shape I'm not willing to run you into the ground and make your personal life and business suffer, and disregard everything just to get you to be photoshoot ready and make a cool before and after" ⠀ ⠀ Not only is this the sign of an awesome coach who has my best interests at heart, but it really is true. Why, every year before - have I literally done just that? Let my business suffer, my personal life suffer and my health all for the sake of some shots which I end of over analysing anyway? ⠀ ⠀ ❤︎⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀ So I guess what I am trying to say is twofold:⠀ ⠀ One, if you push back on your coach and they give in to your every need that's not necessarily the sign of a good trainer. Find someone who stands their ground and has your best interests at heart no matter how much you bitch and moan .🙋🏼⠀ ⠀ Two, even I sometimes still get caught up in thinking 'more is better'. But something this prep has reminded me is sometimes that couldn't be further from the truth ✨
🌟 This Is me 🌟⠀
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One of my clients made a comment the other day that I don't share anything personal and I have to agree. I share a lot about me, what I have been through, my journey, knowledge, goals, thoughts - but not me - Kylie Gilbert - Sister, daughter and girlfriend. 💁🏼⠀
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So I thought I'd share a little more about the 'real' me ​because I'm all about authenticity 💫⠀
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1. My full name is Kylie Lauren Gilbert (hence the L in my handle. I hated my name growing up, I was born before Kylie Minogue was famous and my parents chose it because it was different and unique. Suddenly Kylie Minogue was everywhere and I got teased a lot - I considered changing my name to Charlotte but decided against it. 😅⠀
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2. I have one older sister Gemma who is 2 years older and the reason I moved to Australia. She moved out with her husband two years prior and I fell in love with the place as well as missing her immensely. We used to joke growing up we were twins we were that close. 👯⠀
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3. I have a beautiful niece Summer who is 4, I adore but chose to keep off social media. ❤️⠀
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4. My parents spend 6 months in the UK and 6 months in Sydney and kick me out of my Manly apartment 👨‍👩‍👧‍👧⠀
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5. Growing up we had horses, I did ballet (and blame this for now having a duck walk), rode my bike everywhere and lived in the English countryside 🐴⠀
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6. I didn't move out of home until I was 28, which is when I moved to Australia 🇦🇺⠀
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7. As a kid I used to get so homesick I didn't go on any school trips or stay at friends houses until I was 17 😭⠀
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8. I have a very close amazing group of friends in England who I miss every day - they are the only thing missing from my life here 💟⠀
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9. I never wanted to work for myself and was never driven by money. I just wanted to do a job I enjoyed that didn't feel like work. 🙌🏻⠀
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10. I have been with @jackhammered_ for 2 years. We only officially got together when he had his motorbike accident and a bit of fun turned into something very serious very quickly 👫⠀
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So hopefully you feel like you know a little but more about me - Kylie Gilbert, 35, English, with a very small family but a very big heart. ❤️
🌟 This Is me 🌟⠀ ⠀ ❤︎⠀ ⠀ One of my clients made a comment the other day that I don't share anything personal and I have to agree. I share a lot about me, what I have been through, my journey, knowledge, goals, thoughts - but not me - Kylie Gilbert - Sister, daughter and girlfriend. 💁🏼⠀ ⠀ ❤︎⠀ ⠀ So I thought I'd share a little more about the 'real' me ​because I'm all about authenticity 💫⠀ ⠀ ❤︎⠀ ⠀ 1. My full name is Kylie Lauren Gilbert (hence the L in my handle. I hated my name growing up, I was born before Kylie Minogue was famous and my parents chose it because it was different and unique. Suddenly Kylie Minogue was everywhere and I got teased a lot - I considered changing my name to Charlotte but decided against it. 😅⠀ ⠀ 2. I have one older sister Gemma who is 2 years older and the reason I moved to Australia. She moved out with her husband two years prior and I fell in love with the place as well as missing her immensely. We used to joke growing up we were twins we were that close. 👯⠀ ⠀ 3. I have a beautiful niece Summer who is 4, I adore but chose to keep off social media. ❤️⠀ ⠀ 4. My parents spend 6 months in the UK and 6 months in Sydney and kick me out of my Manly apartment 👨‍👩‍👧‍👧⠀ ⠀ 5. Growing up we had horses, I did ballet (and blame this for now having a duck walk), rode my bike everywhere and lived in the English countryside 🐴⠀ ⠀ 6. I didn't move out of home until I was 28, which is when I moved to Australia 🇦🇺⠀ ⠀ 7. As a kid I used to get so homesick I didn't go on any school trips or stay at friends houses until I was 17 😭⠀ ⠀ 8. I have a very close amazing group of friends in England who I miss every day - they are the only thing missing from my life here 💟⠀ ⠀ 9. I never wanted to work for myself and was never driven by money. I just wanted to do a job I enjoyed that didn't feel like work. 🙌🏻⠀ ⠀ 10. I have been with @jackhammered_ for 2 years. We only officially got together when he had his motorbike accident and a bit of fun turned into something very serious very quickly 👫⠀ ⠀ ❤︎⠀ ⠀ So hopefully you feel like you know a little but more about me - Kylie Gilbert, 35, English, with a very small family but a very big heart. ❤️
If I only have one piece of advice to my clients 🍏🍎
If I only have one piece of advice to my clients 🍏🍎
🌟 Group Classes or PT? 🌟⠀
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Summer is just around the corner and that brings new motivation for all things health and fitness. 💪🏻⠀
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But how should you get started and what's right for you? Group Classes? Online programming? A PT? Making the right decision can be over whelming. 😩⠀
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of course I am a massive advocate for personal 1on1 training but that doesn't mean I don't see a benefit of other avenues. So below are my advantages and disadvantages of each to help you decide what's best for YOU:⠀
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✓ 100% Personalised to your needs, goals and lifestyle⠀
✓ No second guessing - you have a coach, a cheerleader, a tutor and a friend making the best choices for you ⠀
✓ Accountability in all areas of life⠀
✓ Education/empowerment so you can take what you learn into every day life from training to nutrition ⠀
✓ Specific nutritional guidance personalised and periodised for you ⠀
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❌ Expensive ⠀
❌ Locked into specific appointments ⠀
❌ Doing it alone with no 'community' feel⠀
❌You can lose motivation if you thrive off competing against others⠀
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✓ Great atmosphere⠀
✓ Motivational ⠀
✓ Community Aspect⠀
✓ Flexibility ⠀
✓ Cheaper ⠀
✓ Good for beginners ⠀
✓ Element of competition⠀
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❌High chance of plateauing⠀
❌No one to hold you accountable ⠀
❌Lacking education and life skills ⠀
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PT would suit those who are looking for long term results, getting educated along the way and having someone to hold them accountable on a daily basis. Group classes would suit those who just need to move, thrive off a fun and competitive atmosphere, enjoy making new friends and feeling like part of a family. And if you sit somewhere in the middle (and of course have the money) do both!💞⠀
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There is exercise out there for everyone, just make sure you spend your money wisely in the short term so you don't have to make up for it over the longer. What do you prefer? Comment below I’d love to know 😊✨
🌟 Group Classes or PT? 🌟⠀ ⠀ ❤︎⠀ ⠀ Summer is just around the corner and that brings new motivation for all things health and fitness. 💪🏻⠀ ⠀ ❤︎⠀ ⠀ But how should you get started and what's right for you? Group Classes? Online programming? A PT? Making the right decision can be over whelming. 😩⠀ ⠀ ❤︎⠀ ⠀ ⠀ of course I am a massive advocate for personal 1on1 training but that doesn't mean I don't see a benefit of other avenues. So below are my advantages and disadvantages of each to help you decide what's best for YOU:⠀ ⠀ 💁🏼 PT ⠀ ✓ 100% Personalised to your needs, goals and lifestyle⠀ ✓ No second guessing - you have a coach, a cheerleader, a tutor and a friend making the best choices for you ⠀ ✓ Accountability in all areas of life⠀ ✓ Education/empowerment so you can take what you learn into every day life from training to nutrition ⠀ ✓ Specific nutritional guidance personalised and periodised for you ⠀ ⠀ ❌ Expensive ⠀ ❌ Locked into specific appointments ⠀ ❌ Doing it alone with no 'community' feel⠀ ❌You can lose motivation if you thrive off competing against others⠀ ⠀ ❤︎⠀ ⠀ 👯 Group Classes⠀ ✓ Great atmosphere⠀ ✓ Motivational ⠀ ✓ Community Aspect⠀ ✓ Flexibility ⠀ ✓ Cheaper ⠀ ✓ Good for beginners ⠀ ✓ Element of competition⠀ ⠀ ❌Not personalised⠀ ❌High chance of plateauing⠀ ❌No one to hold you accountable ⠀ ❌Lacking education and life skills ⠀ ❌Little to no support with diet and nutrition ⠀ ⠀ ❤︎⠀ ⠀ Both have their merits and group classes have their place as a cheaper alternative to PT.... it's better to be doing something than nothing! ⠀ ⠀ ❤︎⠀ ⠀ PT would suit those who are looking for long term results, getting educated along the way and having someone to hold them accountable on a daily basis. Group classes would suit those who just need to move, thrive off a fun and competitive atmosphere, enjoy making new friends and feeling like part of a family. And if you sit somewhere in the middle (and of course have the money) do both!💞⠀ ⠀ ❤︎⠀ ⠀ There is exercise out there for everyone, just make sure you spend your money wisely in the short term so you don't have to make up for it over the longer. What do you prefer? Comment below I’d love to know 😊✨
🌟Are You Connected With Your Heart?🌟⠀
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One thing that has come up for a lot of my clients lately is being stuck in their heads and unable to listen to what their heart really desires. 💓⠀
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It can lead to anxiety, conflict, lack of motivation etc. The good news is there are plenty of techniques and tools to stop you getting too caught up in your thoughts - but then where do you go from there? Unless you are well connected with your heart you could soon find yourself right back in your head. 💭⠀
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Which is where heart breathing comes in. I'm not an expert my any means but it's something I was taught a few years ago, still practice and pass onto my clients. It's a way to bring breath and awareness to the heart and great for checking in and finding out how we are really doing. Heart breathing is great for relaxation, meditation AND connecting with our hearts - something that can be all too easy to ignore given half the chance. 🙆🏼⠀
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And it's something you can do every day BUT it can be tough. It can make you feel uncomfortable and silly - but once you get connected it feels amazing. 💫⠀
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It's accessible to you anywhere simply by closing your eyes, putting your hands on your heart and saying out loud 'How are you?', 'Do you need anything from me?' or 'Is there anything I can do for you right now?' I ask my clients to do this morning when waking, walking, taking a shower etc, just quick check in's during the day can make all the difference in keeping you grounded. 🙏🏻⠀
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Sounds simple right? Asking the questions is - but connected with the heart not so much. The key is to WAIT for an answer. When I first started for a long time the dialogue didn't come. But when it does you will instantly be filled with love, compassion and emotion. And sometimes the answer is as as simple as telling yourself you are enough, you are worthy or you love yourself (try saying that to yourself in the mirror naked and see how you feel) - not as easy as it sounds! 😥⠀
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Heart breathing is confronting and scary - but then any self growth is worth it in the long term. So give it a go, and keep practising - what do you have to lose?! 💞⠀
🌟Are You Connected With Your Heart?🌟⠀ ⠀ ❤︎⠀ ⠀ One thing that has come up for a lot of my clients lately is being stuck in their heads and unable to listen to what their heart really desires. 💓⠀ ⠀ ❤︎⠀ ⠀ It can lead to anxiety, conflict, lack of motivation etc. The good news is there are plenty of techniques and tools to stop you getting too caught up in your thoughts - but then where do you go from there? Unless you are well connected with your heart you could soon find yourself right back in your head. 💭⠀ ⠀ ❤︎⠀ ⠀ Which is where heart breathing comes in. I'm not an expert my any means but it's something I was taught a few years ago, still practice and pass onto my clients. It's a way to bring breath and awareness to the heart and great for checking in and finding out how we are really doing. Heart breathing is great for relaxation, meditation AND connecting with our hearts - something that can be all too easy to ignore given half the chance. 🙆🏼⠀ ⠀ ❤︎⠀ ⠀ And it's something you can do every day BUT it can be tough. It can make you feel uncomfortable and silly - but once you get connected it feels amazing. 💫⠀ ⠀ ❤︎⠀ ⠀ It's accessible to you anywhere simply by closing your eyes, putting your hands on your heart and saying out loud 'How are you?', 'Do you need anything from me?' or 'Is there anything I can do for you right now?' I ask my clients to do this morning when waking, walking, taking a shower etc, just quick check in's during the day can make all the difference in keeping you grounded. 🙏🏻⠀ ⠀ ❤︎⠀ ⠀ Sounds simple right? Asking the questions is - but connected with the heart not so much. The key is to WAIT for an answer. When I first started for a long time the dialogue didn't come. But when it does you will instantly be filled with love, compassion and emotion. And sometimes the answer is as as simple as telling yourself you are enough, you are worthy or you love yourself (try saying that to yourself in the mirror naked and see how you feel) - not as easy as it sounds! 😥⠀ ⠀ ❤︎⠀ ⠀ Heart breathing is confronting and scary - but then any self growth is worth it in the long term. So give it a go, and keep practising - what do you have to lose?! 💞⠀
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Time for some #realtalk - I know how to pose to make the most of my body. These photos were taken 36 hours apart. The left is my check in photo with my coach @allenmao90 taken last Sunday afternoon with no tan, posing or retakes. The right was Tuesday morning first thing, after I had tanned, and one of 10 photos I took to get that shot. ⠀
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The left photo is a far better representation of me than the right, because it would be impossible for me to walk around constantly posing to get that look.😅⠀
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One of my best features and something that comes quite easily for me (my upper abs) is also my hardest to change (my lower stomach), but that's my body shape and I have learnt to love and accept it (and pose around 😂). ⠀⠀⠀
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If you read my post yesterday I talked about how our bodies have a natural set point and for me, to have my stomach slightly distended when the rest of me looks lean is natural (as it is for a lot of women). The same can be said for my legs - my natural set point is to have little definition in my quads and hamstrings. And that's fine. Instead of trying to fight it, I work around it and focus on the areas I know I can improve easily such as my glutes and abs. That doesn't mean I don't still train these areas or look to improve them - but I don't fixate on them or let them define me. 💫⠀
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Learning to work with instead of against my body has given me much more appreciation for what it can do and allows me to focus on what I love rather than what I'm not as happy with. We all have a tendency to want to change those parts of us we like the least but it can lead to unhealthy fixations and wasting a lot of negative energy.  Instead if we just focused on what we could improve or change AND the good bits about us it would lead to a whole lot more loving and a whole lot less hating. 💞⠀
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And remember, IG is only a snapshot of real life. Even me, someone who preaches realtalk, posts my best pics. But I hope by throwing some of these images in the mix, it won't stop you viewing those carefully picked ones, but it will help you to view them in a different light. 🙌🏻⠀
🌟Current Condition🌟⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀ ❤︎⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀ Time for some #realtalk  - I know how to pose to make the most of my body. These photos were taken 36 hours apart. The left is my check in photo with my coach @allenmao90 taken last Sunday afternoon with no tan, posing or retakes. The right was Tuesday morning first thing, after I had tanned, and one of 10 photos I took to get that shot. ⠀ ⠀ The left photo is a far better representation of me than the right, because it would be impossible for me to walk around constantly posing to get that look.😅⠀ ⠀ ❤︎⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀ One of my best features and something that comes quite easily for me (my upper abs) is also my hardest to change (my lower stomach), but that's my body shape and I have learnt to love and accept it (and pose around 😂). ⠀⠀⠀ ⠀ ❤︎⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀ If you read my post yesterday I talked about how our bodies have a natural set point and for me, to have my stomach slightly distended when the rest of me looks lean is natural (as it is for a lot of women). The same can be said for my legs - my natural set point is to have little definition in my quads and hamstrings. And that's fine. Instead of trying to fight it, I work around it and focus on the areas I know I can improve easily such as my glutes and abs. That doesn't mean I don't still train these areas or look to improve them - but I don't fixate on them or let them define me. 💫⠀ ⠀⠀⠀ ❤︎⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀ Learning to work with instead of against my body has given me much more appreciation for what it can do and allows me to focus on what I love rather than what I'm not as happy with. We all have a tendency to want to change those parts of us we like the least but it can lead to unhealthy fixations and wasting a lot of negative energy. Instead if we just focused on what we could improve or change AND the good bits about us it would lead to a whole lot more loving and a whole lot less hating. 💞⠀ ⠀⠀ ❤︎⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ And remember, IG is only a snapshot of real life. Even me, someone who preaches realtalk, posts my best pics. But I hope by throwing some of these images in the mix, it won't stop you viewing those carefully picked ones, but it will help you to view them in a different light. 🙌🏻⠀
🌟Do Our Bodies Have A Natural Set Point?🌟⠀
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Losing weight for most people is the easy part. The hard part is maintaining it. Which can be frustrating when you have spent months or years getting to a certain point only to be unable to stay there. 😕⠀
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But instead of beating ourselves up that we are weak or lazy for being unable to maintain - could the real reason we fight with how we look be because our bodies have their own natural reference point where they feel happiest and will do everything they can to stay there?  Almost like the way the body maintains it's body temperature. 👌🏻⠀
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I was speaking with @em_wizzfit about it the other day ... why some girls manage to maintain their bodies without effort, whereas others constantly struggle. The simplest answer is their bodies are at their set point whereby they simply don't need to think or act on it. Where the frustration comes is  women who constantly fight against theirs. You might be able to for a certain time for sure - but over the long term? Probably not. 👎🏻⠀
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Take me for example. If I didn't try I would probably sit at around 58 - 60kg (4- 5kg heavier than I am now) without having to give it a seconds thought. Instead, I go through phases of changing my body comp for a shoot or summer etc. I know however that maintaining at that composition without constant diligence and hard work just isn't an option - it's not where my body wants to sit. 🙆🏼⠀
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The same can be said for body parts; I know my ability to develop quad or hamstring definition naturally would be almost impossible - for others not so much. The problem is media has given us a 'perfect body image' and lead us to have an obsession with changing our bodies or parts of our bodies that genetically don't want to be changed.💪🏻⠀
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Maybe the key to finding contentment and love for ourselves and our bodies isn't trying to fight against what it naturally wants, but instead learn to embrace where it wants to be. That doesn't mean we can't change ourselves for a specific goal, it just means we don't value our self-worth on it, or beat ourselves up about it if we can't maintain it. 💟
🌟Do Our Bodies Have A Natural Set Point?🌟⠀ ⠀ ❤︎⠀ ⠀ Losing weight for most people is the easy part. The hard part is maintaining it. Which can be frustrating when you have spent months or years getting to a certain point only to be unable to stay there. 😕⠀ ⠀ ❤︎⠀ ⠀ But instead of beating ourselves up that we are weak or lazy for being unable to maintain - could the real reason we fight with how we look be because our bodies have their own natural reference point where they feel happiest and will do everything they can to stay there? Almost like the way the body maintains it's body temperature. 👌🏻⠀ ⠀ ❤︎⠀ ⠀ I was speaking with @em_wizzfit about it the other day ... why some girls manage to maintain their bodies without effort, whereas others constantly struggle. The simplest answer is their bodies are at their set point whereby they simply don't need to think or act on it. Where the frustration comes is women who constantly fight against theirs. You might be able to for a certain time for sure - but over the long term? Probably not. 👎🏻⠀ ⠀ ❤︎⠀ ⠀ Take me for example. If I didn't try I would probably sit at around 58 - 60kg (4- 5kg heavier than I am now) without having to give it a seconds thought. Instead, I go through phases of changing my body comp for a shoot or summer etc. I know however that maintaining at that composition without constant diligence and hard work just isn't an option - it's not where my body wants to sit. 🙆🏼⠀ ⠀ ❤︎⠀ ⠀ The same can be said for body parts; I know my ability to develop quad or hamstring definition naturally would be almost impossible - for others not so much. The problem is media has given us a 'perfect body image' and lead us to have an obsession with changing our bodies or parts of our bodies that genetically don't want to be changed.💪🏻⠀ ⠀ ❤︎⠀ ⠀ Maybe the key to finding contentment and love for ourselves and our bodies isn't trying to fight against what it naturally wants, but instead learn to embrace where it wants to be. That doesn't mean we can't change ourselves for a specific goal, it just means we don't value our self-worth on it, or beat ourselves up about it if we can't maintain it. 💟
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🌟Are you comfortable with being uncomfortable?🌟⠀
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A few years ago I tried to control everything - from how I looked, my environment, circumstances, what other people thought about me and how I felt. And this wasn't even during my eating disorder - this way way after.. ⠀
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I was in a bad place emotionally but refused to admit it -  instead doing everything I could to try and stop feeling the way I was. Instead of sitting with the emotions to understand why I was experiencing them I did everything but. I fought. I tried to change my circumstances and people to make the bad feelings go away. But the reality was I had no control and the universe had other plans. If I had just sat with the emotions and seen through the storm I could have reassured myself that I was going to get out of the other side in one piece (and better off for it). 💁🏼⠀
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I am a big believer in everything happens for a reason and that period in my life taught me a lot. Eventually I realised that nothing lasts forever, even the worst times of our lives when we feel our most vulnerable, lost and sad. We will come out the other side and we will be better human beings for it. 🙌🏻⠀
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This mentality is now something I use with my clients. I push them to a point of uncomfortable where they want to give up, forget their goals and dreams and go back to what's comfortable - but it's once I've got them there I know I am really starting to make progress. 💥⠀
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Of course no-one wants to feel uncomfortable - but sometimes it's necessary to move forwards and get out of a rut or bad situation we find ourselves in. You might feel worse in the short term but in the long term the universe always has a way of working itself out. 🌍⠀
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If I had known then what was waiting for me the other side I would have handled that whole period in my life a lot more gracefully. Hindsight is a wonderful thing. ⠀
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So now instead I have learnt that if I ever feel upset, or uncomfortable instead of trying to change or run away I now sit with it, embrace it and delve headfirst into it knowing it is trying to teach me something and I WILL come out better the other side - and so will you. 💗
🌟Are you comfortable with being uncomfortable?🌟⠀ ⠀ ❤︎⠀ ⠀ A few years ago I tried to control everything - from how I looked, my environment, circumstances, what other people thought about me and how I felt. And this wasn't even during my eating disorder - this way way after.. ⠀ ⠀ ❤︎⠀ ⠀ I was in a bad place emotionally but refused to admit it - instead doing everything I could to try and stop feeling the way I was. Instead of sitting with the emotions to understand why I was experiencing them I did everything but. I fought. I tried to change my circumstances and people to make the bad feelings go away. But the reality was I had no control and the universe had other plans. If I had just sat with the emotions and seen through the storm I could have reassured myself that I was going to get out of the other side in one piece (and better off for it). 💁🏼⠀ ⠀ ❤︎⠀ ⠀ I am a big believer in everything happens for a reason and that period in my life taught me a lot. Eventually I realised that nothing lasts forever, even the worst times of our lives when we feel our most vulnerable, lost and sad. We will come out the other side and we will be better human beings for it. 🙌🏻⠀ ⠀ ❤︎⠀ ⠀ This mentality is now something I use with my clients. I push them to a point of uncomfortable where they want to give up, forget their goals and dreams and go back to what's comfortable - but it's once I've got them there I know I am really starting to make progress. 💥⠀ ⠀ ❤︎⠀ ⠀ Of course no-one wants to feel uncomfortable - but sometimes it's necessary to move forwards and get out of a rut or bad situation we find ourselves in. You might feel worse in the short term but in the long term the universe always has a way of working itself out. 🌍⠀ ⠀ ❤︎⠀ ⠀ If I had known then what was waiting for me the other side I would have handled that whole period in my life a lot more gracefully. Hindsight is a wonderful thing. ⠀ ⠀ So now instead I have learnt that if I ever feel upset, or uncomfortable instead of trying to change or run away I now sit with it, embrace it and delve headfirst into it knowing it is trying to teach me something and I WILL come out better the other side - and so will you. 💗