Where did that weight come from?

insta-ring-picThis happens to be a common question I get asked about!!! ‘I had the kids and over the years, and I have struggled to shift the weight” !!

It can be quite frustrating for a lot of people.  This is clearly one of the unfortunate realities of getting older that, as we get on in life, it is much harder to keep the weight off.

At one stage, one could get away with weekend overeating and binges at 20 or 30.  After that, it seems as if every bite finds a place on the body as one progresses into the next few decades of life.

The fact is we need less energy (calories) to survive at 50 than we did at 30’s or even 40’s and this decreases as we get older !!

So the big reason is down to our Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR) which is influenced by our lean body mass, sex, age, hormones, etc. and how much energy is needed by the body to function, based on the fuel we give it.  Ultimately, as we get older, our metabolism slows down, which is impacted by our BMR.  This does not mean we cannot influence it to a degree.

Gone are the days when adults actively hunted and walked for miles, searching for food to put on the table.  Today, more and more adults live sedentary lifestyles and would only need to click a button to get food, use of ‘Drive Thrus’ etc.  Therefore, standard calorie intakes would need to be reduced.  One major solution is to take in food and drink that are highly nutritious and less calorific, including foods that will increase lean muscle tissue.  In addition, carry out exercises that will impact on strengthening muscles and a person’s BMR more effectively.  There are other ways to boost one’s metabolism effectively.

If you would like individual 12 week consultations or take part in my Group Nutrition and Lifestyle Courses, then please contact us / submit form below

 


What makes habit changing stick?

The art of changing habits can make or break one’s aim of getting healthy, whatever their goal.

Just like any goal, it takes commitment and a willingness to take the first step or decision to not only start, but to do everything that is required to make that change. It takes commitment and a fresh outlook on living a healthy lifestyle. That is why my approach is entirely one that is tailored to the individual and their programme. Then it’s a case of taking them through the journey. Understanding the underlying reasons why people eat in a certain way or eat certain foods and drink is crucial.

We will evaluate your body composition and discuss meal plans, but the key is making an impact through an understanding on both sides. An understanding of key principles that will underpin their behaviour moving forward and the key phylosophy that makes it work.

Some of the the wins obtained on our 5 Day Eat Clean and 21 Day Challenges have come about as a result of gradually changing habits in nutrition, fitness and all the support and guidance they take and apply. I am always so proud of those who make the commitment for real change. It takes discipline, commitment to learn and a change of attitude. Afterall, health is the most important of all, without which we can do very little.

I give a MASSIVE Respect to everyone who is involed, as not everyone will stick at it, but those who do, reap the results and health that comes with gradually changing habits forever❤.

If you are interested in a private consultation, or in joining our 5 Day Eat Clean or 21 Day Challenge or Flat Belly Challenge Project, please send me a message or contact us on 07725685090.

Gaye has lost 59 Ibs so far and feels so much better

Elvira’s journey

Beginning of 2019 I wanted to join a fitness class as I wanted to lose weight and feel good in myself. I was feeling bloated and uncomfortable in my clothes. With ongoing support from Aba, I have lost some weight, lost inches and definitely feel much better in myself.

It’s a great lifestyle change for me.


Kettering Business Awards 2019

So last night was a wonderful evening! The first time we put in for an award and came Finalist for Health and Fitness Business of the Year 2019! Thank you to our customers and members who support us everyday! Without you, we would not be here. #KA19 #ketteringawards

Proud to say we were also Category Sponsor, supporting other businesses.


So why flat belly challenge?

I love this time of year. It’s not too cold and not too hot. Flowers are starting to show and its so pleasant and beautiful.

Yes we like to look good all year but preparing for Summer can be extra special… something to look forward to. A little exciting body project for you!

So are you looking for

*More energy

*Fit into a smaller Dress size

*Lose weight

*Gain muscle

*Learn some great habits

Our next Flat Belly Challenge starts 29 April. Message us for more information on how to join.

You will get :

*Feee coaching, *meal plans, *nutrition advice, *workouts and *motivation.


More than a Health walk…Great for mental health

So week in week out since June 2014, we have been doing our lunchtime walk with our wonderful participants. I do not only lead it because of the obvious health and fitness benefits it brings people who attend, but also for the simple reason of meeting some amazing people from all walks of life. It also improves mental health….

The happy and not so happy stories we share, the interesting experiences, the brand new recipe, the various cultures we explore, the ‘getting to know people bit’, all make it worthwhile. Just priceless!

Today, it was beautiful to see our swan again nesting and just talking about that was interesting and a great learning experience.

All about swans….Did you know that swans symbolize beauty and grace on many levels? In Roman mythology, swan was sacred to Venus, the goddess of love. Swans can get aggressive. If you approach a swan nest on the river, they might get a little aggressive and flap their wings to scare you away. They are only trying to protect their own.

If you would like to join our FREE walk, we meet at the Corn Market Hall, Kettering most Wednesdays 12.30pm. Dogs on leads and babies in buggies are welcome. Please contact Aba on 07725685090 for more information.


Something to nibble on?

When the sun comes out, nibbling on celery sticks can be really beneficial. Not only is it great for its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, high fibre content, plus its low calorie count (16 calories per 100g), but it can also help you reduce your wasteline and stress levels when combined with a healthy and active lifestyle.

If you cut them up and put them into a container with water in the kitchen or wherever you spend time day and night, you will find yourself heading for this instead of chocolate, biscuits or cake!

Enjoy💚



People make the difference…

By Aba Wilson-Morkeh

I love Challenges not only because of the routine and structure it brings, but more because of the people and the fun they bring. People join a group and do not really know each other, but there is a common purpose that draws them together. The purpose of becoming better than the old self!

What is even more rewarding is the thought that someone you least expected to stick to a programme would go on and smash it because of the sheer encouragement and support they get from others, among other factors.

So our next Challenge – the 4 week flat belly challenge is going to be a friendly competition amongst people to see who will get the most results. However, its really about competing against oneself and getting into better habits than before.

It kicks off on 5 November for 4 weeks and the aim is to focus on changing some old habits, eating healthier but yummy meals and doing more regular and slightly different exercises than say walking alone. For some people, this is not going to be easy. It will take a degree of discipline and positive attitude to get through, but it will be worth it in the end.

All the £10 entry fee will go towards the prize money which will go to the top three winners.

Please contact us if interested in participating.


The ups and downs of my 90 day challenge…

This was my second wave of #thesixpackrevolution and it started in January. I was committed to sticking to plan. This time I felt much stronger and was ready to face the burpees!!

I knew it would not be easy though because there was a birthday and a couple of celebrations to add to the mix. Imagine being on holiday and being a total teetotaler! I was also in Italy where I would normally succumb to at least one or two delicious pasta dishes and melt in your mouth pizzas! Indeed I was told that Naples makes one of the best pizzas and I would be mad not to try them!

That beautiful holiday was one of my biggest temptations ever. We nevertheless enjoyed it unscathed! It helped that the accommodation was self catering and indeed, it was part of the masterplan, so that I could prepare my delicious, quick and healthy snacks. Eggs, chicken, fish, cottage cheese, olives and vegetables were easy to obtain from a supermarket nearby.

After all this was my lifestyle and I was determined not to let anything ruin my challenge. Breakfast and lunch were sorted as I had my Herbalife with me – Life saver!

Dinners were easier than I thought. The highlight of my day was to search for restaurants that made simple grilled chicken or fish and side veg. No desert for me but then I knew I would have meal number 6 back at the apartment. My husband as usual was very supportive and did not offer me wine or prossecco!

The workouts were fun and easy to do too! I remember doing the abs, daily squats and press ups and Spartan bodyweight challenge twice in our apartment in Sorrento and once at the gym in our Naples hotel.

So anyway after holidays, we came home and was faced with more celebrations when our daughter arrived home after a long trip! But again I put my lean team mentality cap back on and managed it. Meal prepping and freezer stocking up meant no room for temptations. On the night when we went out, I picked a delicious Thai seabass steamed dish with ginger and veg.

So all in all, I would say the most challenging wave for me but it was thrilling at the same time. There were not going to be any excuses. I was determined to go around and hop over the obstacles, as Scotty would say.

So to me, having a fairly high social life means I need my 90 Day Challenges to keep me in check. Here is to my next Challenge to start in May and I cannot wait. Join me….. Lets do it!