New Year, New you….for how long?

So you’ve indulged in roast dinners, snacks, choccies and feel like January is the best time to start the ‘new you’. You may have already started!Many people choose fad diets at this time of year as a QUICK FIX but let me tell you that is not the answer— why not make small long term sustainable changes that will get you the results you are looking for AND  transform your health.

DITCH THE YO YO DIETING FOR GOOD

It is all about finding a balance where you feel HAPPY and CONFIDENT in yourself- not un achievable goals that just make you upset. We suggest starting with breakfast… then onto lunch… then onto dinner etc.

Don’t forget to work on time for YOU and SELF LOVE. Once you find yourself and your happiness you will find that you no longer compare yourself to others.

Embrace every part of your body and work on small lifestyle changes that you feel PASSIONATE about.

If you don’t feel passionate about it- you won’t stick to it- FACT.

DITCH the scales.

Scales are your worst enemy and not a true representation of your results- instead use measurements or don’t measure at all and work on how you feel. We love using pictures as it is amazing to look back on through your journey.

Remember your journey to self-love and body confidence doesn’t happen over night, you still have to work for it! AIM FOR LONG LASTING RESULTS.

I hope this has inspired you today!

What is Veganuary

What is Veganuary?

This is a fairly new movement that was launched in January 2014 by a registered charity that encourages people to try veganism during the month of January.

Many people around the world have been looking more towards a plant based diet already and there are many reasons to stop eating animal-based products.

I used to think people became vegan for purely ethical motives, but I have now realised that there are also compelling environmental and health reasons.

Some of the reasons are; reducing greenhouse gas emissions, reducing water consumption, the belief that animal products may not be as healthy and reducing animal waste.

If you are looking to reduce your consumption of animal-based products and replace them with alternative ingredients make sure you are still getting all the nutrients you need in your diet- many people lack these when they turn to plant based.

It may be a bit of a shock to your system if you decide to go vegan from one day to the next. Instead, you might start by replacing dairy with plant-based milks and yoghurts, and cooking a few plant-based meals during the week.

Here are some great ideas :

 

 

Motivation Waning?

So is your motivation dropping?
The winter can be a tough time to stay motivated when you are feeling tired and craving carbs!

Here are some quick tips to battle the blues:

1. Realistic Planning

Can you and will you prep all those meals on a sunday night or do you need to do it the night before each day instead? Realistic planning will prevent you from feeling like you’ve let yourself down. If you lose faith in your ability to achieve your goals you are far less likely to stay motivated.

2. FACE the cold.

The cold can be miserable.. FACE IT. Get outdoors and embrace it! Once you’ve made the effort to put your exercise clothes on, open the front door, exit the house and begin – the rest is easy. Your body will adjust and you will feel warm once again.

3. Start doing more group exercise

Most people find exercise more fun in a group, and the set timetable for classes means you’re less likely to drop out and can easily plan your week. Having a teacher do the motivating for you is always an easy solution too.

4. What are your whys?

In those moments when you have to drag yourself up in the morning just remind yourself WHY am I doing this? What are your goals?

Exercising on those dark cold days will actually help boost your body’s ‘feel good’ endorphins to help blast away those winter blues. Healthy nutritious food can also boost your energy levels and help you feel positively amazing 😁

Kick Start Top Tips for Keeping Fit during the Festive Season

Kick Start Top Tips for Keeping Fit during the Festive Season

What’s the best exercise plan for the Christmas period?

It’s inevitable with parties, gatherings and other social situations over the festive period that that your fitness regime will take the back seat!  It is all about balance 🙂

 

There are lots of things you can do to keep up your exercise programme at home.  Remember you don’t need to spend time travelling to and from the gym during the festive period!

What should I do about ALL the food?

It’s best to keep party snacks to a minimum and eat (and drink) in moderation. We love the sandwich scrape- leave the bread and eat what is inside it- go for salads instead of chips and make kick start clean treats.

It is important to drink lots of water during the party season.  It will help offset the hunger feeling that comes with dehydration from over-indulging on the alcohol!

There’s bound to be a few heavy nights drinking over the festive period, should I exercise the following day?

Avoid exercising early in the morning following drinking the night before.  You will be dehydrated and your body will not be in the best state to perform exercise.  Make sure you drink lots of water and exercise later in the day if you really want to train.  Even then you should reduce the intensity of your normal workouts; try walking.

If I miss weeks of exercising I find it really hard to get back into training, any tips?

The easy answer to this one is don’t!   STICK TO IT. If you miss a day then make sure you don’t miss again the next day. Our workouts are only 10 minutes which can be fitted around the busiest of schedules.

Are there any exercises you suggest to do at home to at least ensure I keep my training up?

The best exercises to do at home are bodyweight ones like squats, lunges, crunches, press ups and tricep dips on the edge of a chair or bed.  Use our selection on Youtube or live on Facebook to keep you inspired!

 

Enjoy the festive period!

This is me

Thank you Rachel, Kick Start creator, for my bio

 

Andrea is the Coach for Leeds and Abfabfitness, a healthy eating chef extraordinaire, lover of the outdoors and animals and a fantastic mentor !

Her mission?

“Changing people’s health, shape and mindset, one meal/workout/day at a time.”
Andrea is a specialist in everything natural; beauty, food, and is also a menopausal health expert.
Keep an eye out for her fantastic blogs!

 

Andrea is the brain child of our famous lemon drizzle cake and many other delicious Kick Start recipes- she is so inventive with food!

Andrea has had wonderful results in her club:

“Alex joined my 2 week online plan with the goal of fitting into a specific dress. Embraced the whole concept and used the Facebook group for support and motivation.”

Andrea is the Coach for Leeds and Abfabfitness, a healthy eating chef extraordinaire, lover of the outdoors and animals and a fantastic mentor !

Her mission?

“Changing people’s health, shape and mindset, one meal/workout/day at a time.”
Andrea is a specialist in everything natural; beauty, food, and is also a menopausal health expert.
Keep an eye out for her fantastic blogs!

Andrea is the brain child of our famous lemon drizzle cake and many other delicious Kick Start recipes- she is so inventive with food!

Andrea has had wonderful results in her club:

“Alex joined my 2 week online plan with the goal of fitting into a specific dress. Embraced the whole concept and used the Facebook group for support and motivation.”

Are your dreams suffering

There’s nothing quite like a good dream but unfortunately, dreaming is becoming a lot more scarce, according to what one doctor is calling a “dream deprivation” epidemic. This then leads to health issues.

Rachel Holmes KSFL

A severe lack of sleep is silently leading to many health issues, from diabetes and obesity to depression.

There are the obvious problem-causers, alcohol and sugar, in addition to others like prescription medications, light from your phone, and laptop, which can all disrupt REM sleep. Even alarm clocks are culprits, often interrupting your dreams right when things start getting exciting!!

So what can we be doing to stop this? Kick those shut-eye-stealing factors out of your life. Keep stress as low as possible aiming for 8 hours and allowing your body a little more time to rest in the mornings.

Cut down your computer/ phone usage in the evenings and get into a sleep routine to ensure you get QUALITY nights sleep.

Will you take the challenge for your health?

Unexpected benefits of weight loss

Losing weight does far more to your body than you may think!
Dropping just 5 to 10% of your body weight can improve your overall health and reduce your risk for chronic conditions.

Here is what Kick Start can do for you :

Your energy levels improve
A big boost in energy is often the first thing people notice when they start dropping weight. This is because you use less energy to simply go about your day and the food your are eating is fuelling you far better!

 

Your memory may improve
The brain can become more active while storing new memories and therefore needs fewer brain resources to recollect stored information.

 

Your relationship will be tested and hopefully for the better!
Losing weight can make you feel sexier, but your slimmed-down body—and that newfound confidence—won’t necessarily strengthen your bond with your spouse but hopefully it will!

Your body transformation may force your significant other to consider his or her own health choices!

 

Your risk of disease will be lower
Being overweight causes inflammation. By losing just 5% of your body weight you can significantly improve your health and decrease your chances of disease.

 

Your mind set will change
Does being overweight make you depressed? Most people feel happier after they’ve lost weight and this is mainly due to a new found confidence and the nutrition changing how you feel.

 

Foods may taste different
Losing a lot of weight in a small amount of time may alter your taste buds. When you cut out sugar and other processed foods for a long enough time you will find them far too sweet if you go back to them!

 

Working out will be more fun
Once you start to slim down, exercise will start to feel less like a chore and more like the fun, energizing experience that it should be!

 

You may be able to reduce your meds
Maintaining a healthy weight can protect you against diabetes and heart disease—but what if you’re already overweight and suffering from these conditions? Slimming down can still help.

 

Your sleep will improve- great news!
Better sleep also helps your body burn fat more efficiently, so getting a good night’s sleep means you’ll be more likely to keep those pounds off.

 

COMING IN 2018