Are you regular or haphazhard?

Most people when you talk to them will be enthusiastic, if a little vague at times about their exercise programme, and their eating programme. As you know, the goal that really works for you should be regular, consistent training. The same should be true about eating, with good nutritious food forming the core of your eating programme, with occasional treats thrown in now and again.

Many people will tell you they “belong” to a certain gym, and when asked when they go, they will often reply that although they haven’t been for a few weeks or months, they are determined to get right back into it, AS SOON as they get new trainers, or they finish work earlier, or their “training partner” starts back again, i’m sure many of you can add many more excuses to that list!

With their eating plans, many people will tell you that their new eating plan starts “next monday”! Or maybe after christmas, or after their works party or when they get “motivated”, again there are many excuses involved in these answers of course.

Choosing to get back into a healthy lifestyle “someday” is not really good enough if you want some decent results, there’s an old saying that “the road called someday leads to a town called nowhere”! Surely now is the time for all of us to be honest and admit how much we have slipped or congratulate ourselves that we actually ARE doing fantastic!

Back to the title of this thread, being regular and really consistent with your training really is key. If you miss the odd week here and there, it can really de-rail your progress, if you miss the odd month, then you really need to re-evaluate if you want to be fit and healthy or not!

Most experts will tell you that if you miss a week, then it takes 1-2 weeks to get back to normal, if you miss a month of training, then it will take 1-2 months to get back to normal and so on. Unless you are ill, you really have no excuse not to keep the promises you made to yourself when you first started!

Having a “haphazard” or irregular training schedule means you have given in and resorted to making excuses for a living, and you need to dig deep and get back on course. Human beings don’t do well when they have no direction or goals in life, every one of us needs something to go for in life, the difference between being successful in that pursuit and  not being successful is simply DOING IT and TAKING PART.

There’s often no magic formula, you have all the information on what you need to do, and if you don’t, let me know. Don’t make it complicated, get a decent set of trainers, eat some fresh healthy food when possible, get some good sleep and just PARTICIPATE!

Let me know how you all get on, because you all have it in you to do well!


Gym memberships, the truth

A number of years ago, i was talking to one of the manager’s of the biggest gym in the area, and he proudly boasted that they had 6000 members. I looked around at the training area and asked him, “what if they all show up”?, he replied “oh there’s no chance of that”, i then told him that at best you couldn’t fit more than 60 people (at a push) in the gym area, so asked him again, what if even 10% show up, he told me again “there’s no chance of that”! That would still be 600 people (10%)!!

I told him its a sad situation when if you get 60 people, you’re at your maximum, and that’s only 1% of your membership!!! He replied that they rarely had that and most people never showed up after their initial couple of weeks. He went on and told me that the gym machines were all rented and they needed at least a couple of thousand members to pay the overheads and staff.

They would employ sales staff to attract people in supermarkets, getting them to sign direct debits, and this was a process that happened 4-5 times per year, constantly looking for new people because a large percentage would cancel their membership once they realised they never went!

I found out over the years that this practice was common throughout most big scale gyms, and was saddened to see so many people signing up for the new gyms, only to share their dissatisfaction with me when they found out they didn’t use their membership, like i warned them before they signed.

If you’re part of my programme, or using this site to further develop your physical and mental potential, you know you’re not going to get short-changed, given “fancy” advice, or diets that are in fashion for a few weeks. YOU KNOW that you will get tried and tested advice, common sense and a programme that will last you for life!

You may have been a victim of gym mis-selling, been members of countless weight loss clubs, or just not had enough confidence to get into great shape once and for all? Whatever your situation, you can be sure this is the forum where you can get the answer to any question you have, as well as being able to write your own story/experience to inspire others!

Keep your thoughts coming in,


family menu ideas

As the response to yeserday was very positive, here’s some actual menu’s that seem to work really well in practice so let me know what you think again?

Some simple ideas for a simple, full of energy week!

  • Monday
  • Breakfast Porridge with blueberries and strawberries. Glass of apple juice
  • Mid-morning banana and tangerine
  • Lunch wholemeal wrap with chicken and salad
  • Afternoon Apricots and almonds
  • Supper chicken stir fry with couscous and salad
  • Tip 1  when you’re making healthy food, make it tasty by being  more creative, use different flavours such as spices herbs and make your own sauces more or use lower fat versions. This will then feel as if healthy food is finally tasty for you!
  • Tuesday
  • Breakfast porridge with a little honey and sultanas for flavour. Glass of orange juice
  • Mid-morning-3 oatcakes and an orange
  • Lunch turkey and veggies stuffed into a wholemeal pitta bread
  • Afternoon a fruit salad
  • Evening mashed sweet potatoes with some trout stuffed with peppers and peas in sliver foil
  • Tip 2 let children decide what evening meal is which makes food choices more interesting
  • Wednesday
  • Breakfast-muesli with chopped apple and blueberries. Glass of orange juice
  • Mid-morning a small handful of almonds and a banana
  • Lunch jacket potato with tin of tuna and a green salad
  • Pm fresh fruit and yoghurt smoothie made night before from fridge put in cooler box
  • Evening prawn stir fry with jacket potato
  • Tip 3 let kids pick veggies and prawns and help cook the stir fry as it’s so simple
  • Thursday
  • Breakfast porridge with grated apple and cut up dates. Glass of red orange juice
  • Mid morning wholemeal muffin with apple
  • Lunch scrambled eggs in school on wholemeal toast with beans, no spread
  • Pm strawberry smoothie in cool box
  • Evening  home made cawl, broth full of veggies with pieces of ham or chicken
  • Tip 4 limit or eliminate salt in cooking or on food
  • Friday
  • Breakfast poached eggs on wholemeal toast with beans and glass of pineapple juice
  • Mid-morning pieces of pineapple
  • Lunch two wholemeal  turkey sandwiches with little spread and plenty of salad
  • Pm natural yoghurt with berries and nuts in cool box
  • Evening salmon fishcakes with potato and green beans
  • Tip 5-frozen fruit, veg, chicken, fish are as good as fresh food so having a good freezer supply is vital
  • Saturday
  • Breakfast scrambled eggs on wholemeal toast with glass or orange juice
  • Mid-morning apple and small flapjack
  • Lunch tuna, potatoes, olives, red onion, green beans, boiled egg
  • Pm dried cranberries and walnuts
  • Evening butternut squash and soya bean risotto with broccoli
  • Tip 6 Keep plenty of snacks available, fruit, nuts and more natural snack bars
  • Sunday
  • Breakfast 2 boiled eggs with whole wheat bread to dip in and glass of orange juice
  • Mid-morning fave veggies with hummus dip
  • Lunch traditional lunch but try to reduce gravy a little bit
  • Pm frozen fruit and yoghurt smoothie
  • Evening salmon and prawn casserole with mashed potato and spinach

Tip 7 use a variety of foods throughout the week, and remember to keep your shopping trolley mostly full of fresh, nutritious food but with the occasional treat. Everything in moderation works and this way you will keep your cravings at bay.

See how you get on and let me know any problems/advantages you find with it.