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How to have a healthy holiday

Posted by Joanne Neville
Joanne Neville
Energetic lifestyle coach specialising in weight related issues, loving the outd
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on Tuesday, 01 July 2014
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How to have a healthy holiday?

Holidays are fun, relaxing, exciting and for most of my clients are a time to unwind, take time out and stop thinking about work, home, but more importantly for them they stop thinking about healthy eating and exercise.  Yes, it’s the time of year when you want to indulge a little, have a few drinks, try a few desserts and forget the scales.  But for many this mind set can mean a whole heap of trouble when it’s time to go home.  The holiday blues come with weight gain, no routine and lower fitness levels.  So, how before you jet off this year could you plan to beat the holiday bulge?

First change how you see your holiday.  It is a time to relax and enjoy yourself, but that shouldn’t mean going mad at the buffet or the bar.  Think about healthier options most of the day with have a little of what you fancy now and again. Jillian Michaels’ from the TV show ‘Biggest Loser’ has some inspiration on her website.  Secondly, if you’ve lost weight and are exercising before you go away, you need to think that healthy eating and exercise are part of your life – all the time.  People who maintain their weight don’t see being sensible on holiday, whilst still enjoying the odd treat, as a problem.  They see it as part of who they are and what they do. The story or conversation they have in their head is ‘I can have a few more drinks and will choose lower calorie one’s’ , ‘There isn’t a gym but swimming or playing with the kids is fun so I’ll make that my exercise, or I could do a few lengths of the pool each day or take a long walk’ or ‘it’s nice to eat out and not have to cook, but I’ll keep the portions small and just taste some of my favourite puddings’.


So plan ahead, think about how you can exercise and be active, enjoy your treats and favourite things without pilling on the pounds and relish all the other things there are to enjoy about a trip away…

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Creating new habits and breaking old ones

Posted by Joanne Neville
Joanne Neville
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on Wednesday, 04 June 2014
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I’ve decided that my habit of pressing the snooze button has to go and I’m replacing it with a habit of getting up at 5am to join the club of apparently happy, healthy and highly successful people who rise at this unearthly hour.


As a coach I know creating new habits and sustaining the change can be a big problem for any client wanting to live a healthy life.  So how am I getting on with my own challenge 3 weeks in?

Problems and excuses to give up, are just as load and clear from me as they are from clients when things aren’t perfect or something is challenging. 

1.      Monday mornings are too difficult, I can’t get up at 5am on Monday’s

2.      I’m going to bed earlier to be up at 5am so there isn’t much time for healthy eating when I finish work at 9pm.

3.      How do I do this at weekends?  I’m failing if I’m not doing it every day.

So how do I work with these issues and stay on track?

A.     Firstly, reflect on the things that have improved through the change, so that you can balance your feelings about the whole subject.  I’m finding some real benefits to getting up at 5am, so I want to consider these too.

B.     Changing one thing will often have a knock on effect on another. Be prepared to adjust more than just one thing.  So I’m going to bed earlier but have more time in a morning, so perhaps I could try changing my diet and healthy eating to ‘breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dine like a pauper’ with more calories and my bigger meals being earlier in the day.

C.     Be realistic about what to expect – life is rarely the same from one day to another and our own performance daily will no doubt vary.  Listen to your internal conversation, are you being too tough on yourself, would you expect someone else to get the changes right every time, all the time?  Telling yourself you aren’t doing it right, or perfectly, will lead to feelings of disappoint and failure which can lead to stress or even giving up. So I’m accepting the progress I’m making on weekend mornings and seeing any earlier starts as an improvement!

See me at 5am on this clip and I’ll share the benefits of my early mornings later.




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Can getting up early improve your health and wellbeing?

Posted by Joanne Neville
Joanne Neville
Energetic lifestyle coach specialising in weight related issues, loving the outd
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on Wednesday, 14 May 2014
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angry women with alarm clock

5am and rising...would getting up at this hour of the day make a difference to my wellbeing?

I’ve often wondered how some people jump out of bed at the crack of dawn feeling refreshed and ready to get on with the day. Frankly, I don’t feel that way very often.  And I know that could be down to all manner of things, too much coffee or wine, a sleepless night, eating late, that my body clock is wrong, that I work late evenings with clients...

So after a number of my friends reminded me how they were up at 5am and feeling good and telling me I was more likely to:

Eat breakfast & exercise more readily

Feel more optimistic, positive, calmer and relaxed

Be purposeful and productive

And be more successful in my life

I thought, I’ve got to at least give this a try! But first I had to get over my nagging doubts and excuses that ‘I couldn’t do it, that it wasn’t for me, that those that did get up at 5 were mad!’

My barriers to this crazy idea were:

I work late and don’t get home until after 9 a few nights a week

I like my social life at weekends, so how will it work then - what about my nights out?

I’ll be really really tired (getting the right amount of sleep & quality – BBC news 13/5/14)

But the more I looked into it, the more I found research and reports that the benefits to being up with the lark were true. I read ‘The Ultimate Guide To Waking Up Early – How to start your day at the crack of dawn and transform your life by Gordon Sharp (Real Cool. Media)’ which was a great little E-book and also looked at some of the successful people past and present who attributed their success to an early morning start.

So now how was I going to do it- time for action!  5am may be a step too far to start, but how about 6:30am?

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