Just a short note to anyone who is interested in any more of my insights. I have been posting through Facebook rather than blogging here, so please like my page and catch up on some light reading there ;-)
I chose to continue my blogs from there as it's easier for us all to engage.
Any questions just get in touch.
We have recently set up a unique healing space in our North Brisbane clinic, dedicated to providing you with incredibly powerful infra-red, amethyst-crystal-driven thermotherapy which can be used to enhance all health and wellness-improvement journeys from all walks of life, including:
This therapy is now available for your use, so please visit our BioMat Thermotherapy page to discover everything you need to know about it and how you can book in for a session!
If you have any questions drop me a line anytime.
This is where I have been.
Hello! I’ve been off the social radar for quite some time. Sorry I have not been in touch although I have thought of you often. I want to thank you for being a part of my world and for placing your trust in me by following me and perusing information I have shared with you over time. You deserve to know what has been going on with me over the past year or so, as I begin the process of reconnecting with you. Here are some outlines – it’s not all pretty but it is the truth:
SOCIAL MEDIA DETOX:
I took myself off social media two years ago, coinciding with moving from Sydney to Brisbane. My obsession with social media was affecting my relationship with my young family as well my confidence and the ability to think for myself. I became overwhelmed with what other health professionals were doing on social media and started believing I wasn’t good enough. Standards and expectations of myself became too high and too broad. I used to religiously scroll Facebook during moments that I should have been connecting with my family, and when my husband confronted me I used to snap at him in denial. At other times my husband would be talking to me and I would be so buried in Facebook that I learned to engage in conversation with him without realising we were even having one. Later when he would refer to the conversation I would have no recollection of even having had it! I am embarrassed thinking about it now.
Finally I acknowledged I was addicted and needed a social media detox. I realised I was living more in an online world than my real one. I had to stop looking at what everyone else was doing and place more focus on my own journey. I needed to be present again and ultimately practice more of what I preached…
Two years later I am still apprehensive about going back on social media, however I feel it is time as I miss connecting with you! I have so many new perspectives to share as during the past couple of years I have continued challenging myself with my businesses, ongoing education and self-development. I have become more realistic. I have more questions than answers, I am more humbled by what I learn and I’m more empathetic toward others.
I have been quite ill the past year, which was brought on by trying a new therapy to ‘reprogram’ my immune system that backfired, instead bringing a dormant and damaged immune system into a full state of overwhelm and overstimulation. In hindsight I am glad it happened as I wonder how much worse I might have become over time if I hadn’t have been confronted now with issues that were evidently embedded deeply into my system. I developed intolerances and hypersensitivities to so many substances and stimuli that it got to a point where I felt I would flare up from just looking at food. I have been diagnosed with asthma, pyrroles, adrenal fatigue, gastritis and an inflamed lower bowel.
My immune system had been damaged in so many ways in the past and I used to keep pushing myself through the need to recover after suffering various traumas. I believed I was invincible. My body reached a point where it could no longer cope. A flare would put me into a state of extreme and debilitating pain more intense and unrelenting than labour. Each flare had a cumulative weakening effect so over time it became worse, longer lasting and activated by smaller stimulus. A spec of chilli in a meal could bring on a full state of flare. This affected my ability to function, focus and connect. I had nothing to give at those times and couldn’t look after my kids. Trips were cancelled, funerals missed and I struggled through social events. If there was a time of being truly present I suppose it was then, as nothing else could be focused on at those times.
CONFRONTING MYSELF AND OWNING IT:
My weight training and bodybuilding took a back seat as it became non-existent. On a good day if I as much as looked at weights I risked wiping myself out. I lost the muscular look I took so much pride in building and realised my strong-looking body and the emphasis I placed on ‘walking the talk’ to promote my business of being healthy formed the majority of my professional identity as an inspiring health and fitness mentor; so losing both of these elements at the same time made me feel like I was failing myself and misleading my peers.
I had to confront the insecurities I developed from losing my physique and general wellness. Some of my greatest strengths have risen from these weaknesses, over and above any strength I could gain during a training session. The first lesson in bouncing back from my depleted identity was acknowledging that I am only human – for someone who has always been extreme, this has been most humbling! I learned to surrender to being out of control, and that freedom and strength can be built from being able to roll with these punches and to keep going with your head up.
GETTING OFF MY HIGH HORSE:
I started meditating on a mantra that being fit doesn’t always mean being healthy. From having been such a high energy ‘all or nothing’ person I have become much less of an elite fitness freak and my approach to coaching has grown alongside this transition. I have become more supportive of a broader range of situations and solutions. I have enabled myself to see further into clients’ personal situations so I am better equipped to help them as they are and not just as I am.
NEVER DOUBT YOURSELF, QUESTION EVERYTHING:
I did lots of research to try to piece my confusing health puzzle together, unfortunately no thanks to various doctors I had seen up until about a month ago when I met one who offered understanding, wisdom and open mindedness. He verified my research and did assessments of his own to form more suggestions and solutions. Since meeting him I’ve not experienced a single hint of a flare and I’ve been able to resume a normal quality of life, which is probably why I feel strong enough to reconnect with you, share my experience and move on. I still have a distance to travel with sorting out my health but I’m glad I never gave up on searching for solutions and I’m feeling positive about the future.
I learned to never give up, never stop asking questions and never stop doubting your own instincts – don’t settle for the first answer if it doesn’t make sense. Any information you are exposed to deserves to be questioned, as nothing is absolutely certain.
I was forced to refine my life priorities into two words: Happiness & Health.
Everything else is just a practicality. All the practicalities are much more effective when you have happiness and health. It’s in your best interest to focus on these two priorities in the context of your own life, in your own time and space. Moving forward my coaching is now shaped around these two words and I am more focused now than ever to help people facilitate their own version of health and happiness.
OTHER THINGS KEEPING ME BUSY:
OVERALL I HAVE LEARNED:
Now that I have updated you on myself, I can focus on YOU in my upcoming blogs! Thank you for your time to read this. Looking forward to being in touch again soon.
We are rapidly transitioning towards another new year, phew! Hopefully you have started thinking about what you would like to achieve for 2017 and regardless of your plans be sure to include some downtime and rewards for all the efforts you put in as well as to get you through any tougher times and avoid exhaustion.
It has been a massive year for me, including studying naturopathy, health coaching, starting an online health shop, adopting another dog, adapting to living in a new state, being a mum with toddlers and battling my own set of health issues. I have not been very communicative in the social media world this year, and although I have missed you this was a choice I made after acknowledging a need to be more present in my own world with my own family. I am extremely grateful for the year I have had and I am also passionate about practicing what I preach (improve equilibrium = improve happiness / health = improve vigour to achieve goals) so my focus on being more present has helped me to evolve into an even better coach.
My coaching philosophies have evolved significantly over the past decade, from focusing on enhancing fitness or fat loss goals using a ‘more training, less calories’ approach; to coaching real-life people how to improve their 'whole health and happiness' situation and achieve their goals whilst still acknowledging their real-life challanges. My job and passion is to integrate your goals into the logistics of your world and provide a refreshing and rewarding solution that is sutainable long-term.
My health coaching solutions are based on stripping your concerns down to basics and provide realistic strategies to progressively re-educate and transition you (e.g. how/what/when to eat or exercise or how to do your grocery shopping, based on what you can realistically manage). You receive customised guidelines that are specific to making immediate changes and tell you exactly what to do, as well as for making changes into your future even after you complete your journey with me. I take pleasure in providing plenty of health and lifestyle 'hacks' to make it easier to become the change you want to be. I also take into account others living at home so everyone has the opportunity to benefit, and in turn they can support you more. My strategies are empowering, encouraging and empathetic.
If you are perhaps feeling a little unfulfilled with where your health, fitness or your family's overall health is at, contemplate a complimentary 10 minute phone chat with me - tell me about what you would ideally like to achieve and I can tell you how I might go about helping you to do that!
Feel free to:
1. Review my Initial Package
2. Check out Feedback from previous clients
3. Book a Complimentary 10 Minute Phone Consult
So when you are planning your goals for 2017, plan in a free 10 minute chat with me!
Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and thank you for your support throughout the year.
PS. Like my Facebook page and be sure to keep in touch to take advantage of the various offers and packages that I will be bringing out over the Festive season.
Inspired By The Release (and the Controversy That Has Come With It) of Dr Kelly Brogan’s Latest Book About Depression - Must Read
“One of the most important books in the history of psychiatry and natural medicine has been published by HarperCollins, who unique among their mainstream publishing competitors, had the guts to release it completely uncensored.”*
If you are not familiar with Dr Kelly Brogan, she is a Manhattan-based psychiatrist who is heavily qualified in her field, well respected in the mental health and functional medicine circles - especially for adapting both these areas of health together to offer better solutions to help her clients and followers heal and recover from mental conditions.
Dr Brogan recently wrote a book for women and depression - encouraging them to look further into their conditions and not just accept this as a blanket term "illness". She outlines other possible underlying causes that often get overlooked or perhaps never even addressed in the modern medical world where drug therapy to manage such conditions are quite influential and now sadly, very common.
She provides a lot of supporting evidence and even exposes how evidence has been suppressed over time in order to solely favour drug intervention. The book can be quite controversial and political, perhaps if you have never considered health from a different perspective that the modern medical treatments but may be suffering (or surely know at least one person suffering) from a mental illness, wouldn't you at least try opening your mind to what other possibilities are out there to help you (or them)?
I personally have grown up being exposed to a lot of different mental-related illness or chemical imbalance in the brain, which is why this book and article has really struck a cord.
It’s interesting to note that those I know who chose to search for other ways to address their condition (e.g. addressing gut, adrenal, genetic and other nutritional imbalances, lifestyle factors, deeper neuro-emotional or subconscious factors) over and above drug therapy as a sole treatment, have made incredible improvements. I often wonder how these people might have been in another couple of decades if they didn't discover the necessary supportive health treatments which went undiagnosed, which were also a REALLY BIG DEAL.
Another thing that makes me feel so much more compassion towards those suffering from depression, anxiety, mental illness etc, is we don't know what we don't know, while our bodies are still trying to adapt to the Modern Day Lifestyle where our health can be compromised more and more each day, it is any wonder it feels more common to be suffering something, or not know if there is hope for a long term "cure" – in a society where it is all about the dignosis and the cure but not necessarily the cause. People who are diagnosed with conditions then risk being harder on themselves, especially in a "big giants" society.
I am merely Health Coach qualified :) but even with this qualification (not to mention the years of study and countless courses I HAVE actually done, studying under some of the best functional and traditional medicine practitioners around the world) I can identify in many of my own clients from just listening to them, that there is more to them than meets the eye (or their diagnosis) and even though they come to me for “fat loss” the warning bells come up, as it is not always about fat loss! Especially in situations like: feeling like they can't cope, feelings of despair, being medicated for depression, anxiety etc, and generally feeling helpless - and also being hard on themselves.
I refer these clients onto more qualified practitioners that I trust will look after them properly, but often wonder how long these people might go on feeling like this (and being told "You are perfectly healthy, your blood test results are the best i've ever seen! Stop being silly") before realising that it's not ok to be ignored, especially if they don't feel ok! This is sadly common. I see it all the time. It's a safe bet that most of these people have had no prior exposure to other possible causes of their feelings or underlying health issues. This is sad because this just further risks a suppression of their happiness. (And from my perspective also it hinders their ability to drop body fat without it being laziness or anything like that).
Did you know that 90-95% of serotonin is made in the GUT? This is just one example of indicating that you address possible gut related imbalances and you have a higher chance of improving the way the brain functions as well.
The body is intrinsically connected. We have been conditioned to believe that if there is something wrong with an organ or tissue, direct treatment is the target (we will go for a scan or biopsy or get the relevant blood or stool tests JUST for this specific location/symptom) - this sort of treatment can be extremely useful in acute conditions (e.g. I am REALLY grateful to have had my hip plated back together when I broke it! Thank you doctors, surgeons and nurses!), HOWEVER in plenty of chronic conditions, where is the focus on possible manifestations leading the person to their symptomatic condition? Symptoms manifest in different ways in different people. Where is the second and third opinion before you blindly accept your first diagnosis and drug therapy without assessing other factors? A symptom is a sign that something else may be out of balance and thus needs to be addressed. If you want to know more about this, you must get Dr Kelly Brogan's latest book.
My discussion of the above is just one of the reasons why I started studying Naturopathy, so I too can be a part of helping people like this to find answers with their health, help them to detect underlying manifestations and show them how to heal in conjunction with whatever else they may be doing, so all bases are covered and their chances of improving are better. Not only can a diagnosis (e.g. depression) be a relief, so too can other underlying causes and the discovery that more can possibly be done than just being medicated.
After the release of Dr Kelly Brogan's book, she was black-listed by the media due to the book being "too controversial". Let's face it, there are plenty of controversial issues going on in the media and in politics, medicine, environment etc - did you notice that these controversies are often selected and depicted subjectively? Maybe you are not even aware of this! It is very clever manipulation!
Another interesting thing to note is that this book became a top seller even before it hit the shelves.
Please peruse the link provided below from Green Med Info about Dr Brogan's release (and as mentioned, the controversy that came with it) if you are feeling open-minded and would like to know more about what actually happened with Dr Brogan after she released her book:
You can also learn more about the book itself - it might help you or others you know who need it!
I have a lot of respect for Dr Brogan for speaking out (and writing a book about it). These are the sort of people we should be looking up to and adding books like this to our bookshelves whether you a practitioner or are a patient considering a broader perspective on seeking treatment.
If you didn't work it out yet, this is a BIG deal! I also believe this book will be earmarked in history.
If this resonates with you, consider buying the book (then photograph yourself with it and tag it in your social media streams to help others become aware to their possibilities, refer here for more info: http://kellybroganmd.com/join-my-grassroots-effort/), share this article around and have a great day.
* Extracts and links shared directly from the article titled “Why Is The Media So Afraid Of This Woman’s Work?” by GMI Reporter, 14th March 2016 from GreenMedInfo LLC. This work is shared with the permission of GreenMedInfo LLC. Want to learn more from GreenMedInfo? Sign up for the newsletter here http://www.greenmedinfo.com/greenmed/newsletter
Endurance Athletes / Triathletes in particular, please take note:
Anyone who is likely to spend hours in a day most days of the week training for a triathlon, but not giving your body what else it needs in order to recover and respond optimally, now is the time to reassess your thoughts on potentially punishing yourselves into adaption - which we like to refer to as fitness…
Sure, quantity is important in many cases; especially where the volume of your race means volume during training is likely required. But are you training as efficiently as you can AND giving your body the rest it needs to adapt properly to all the load, given that most of us are quite busy people even without the training?
We are conditioned to take on HUGE amounts of stress in our lives, so much we may not even realise how stressed we are due to such adaption. This is not just work, emotional or family stress but amongst many other things, also the huge physical loads of endurance training on top of all this can decrease our bodies’ response to stress over time (which can link to disorder and dysfunction). Particularly, if we are not nourishing our body with ample recovery, nutrition and balancing potentially imbalanced mechanics at the same time (anyone suffering from that “niggly injury” that randomly keeps re-appearing?)
By increasing the physical load, it is even more essential that we are giving it the nourishment it needs in order to recover from it.
By taking a more holistic approach with training, you take on more of a nourishing over punishing attitude. You tend to treat your body with more of the respect you deserve. You are responsive earlier and have a preventative rather than reactive attitude. You think about how you will pull up in the long term of your life and plan this NOW. You don’t have a die-hard attitude because you don’t really want to “die hard”. Your mental strength mantra is “less is more, not more is more”. AND most importantly you get the results and are fitter, happier and more balanced for it.
How do you nourish your body so it becomes stronger, not weaker over time? How do you get results you truly desire, not just throw yourself blindly into a training regime and hope for the best, even if you may not be able to cope?
Do you understand how incredibly important rest, sleep, ample nutrition and conditioning your weaknesses are compared to just training in itself? Training should be a term, which encompasses all of these attitudes, not just focusing on the meal the night before getting up at 5am for a long ride (with your ration of GUs, Endura and water to get through the ride) then eating a feast afterwards and maybe doing a couple minutes of stretching while trying not to pass out.
That’s a reactive attitude. You simply may not realise just how much your body needs to do outside of this, before and afterwards. And how much of a difference it would make to how your body copes, even when it is not training.
Do you treat each of your training sessions with as much importance as the race you are training for? If not, WHY NOT?
If you have a pelvic misalignment or weaknesses in muscles surrounding the hip/femur areas and are doing loads of running, then have a niggly and ongoing knee injury do you think just treating the knee will solve the problem? This is another example of a reactive attitude.
I always say, what’s the definition of insanity? Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. If this applies to you with your training, body composition, race results, injury or dysfunction, news is you either don’t listen to your body enough, or don’t know what to listen to or what do to – that’s not your fault, but I’m here now to teach you how to listen to it and what to do. Invest the time and efforts into your sanity and the rest will follow, as you grow wiser to what you should actually be doing, for YOU, not anyone else.
We all have one body to look after. Most of the issue is we are not equipped with a manual and our society is of quite a competitive, quick fix nature. Competitive is fine, if you are not trying to train like your counterparts who may have incredibly different biomechanics and biochemistry to you. Do you know how to train efficiently for your body and according to your biomechanics? Quick fix mentality is usually money-driven so don’t buy into it (if you know what you are looking for)…
A nurturing, proactive, quality over quantity attitude is not a sign of weakness. It means empowerment mentally and physically. It is an attitude of the elite. It provides a greater chance at being healthier, going for longer in the long term, as well as getting better results.
If you want to talk more about this, I will be happy to answer any of your questions. I look forward to helping. You can book online here.
The main purpose of my coaching when it comes to endurance athletes in particular, is to infiltrate a more balanced attitude towards training, and a more nourishing attitude towards your body in order to help you to achieve greater efficiency, a more balanced life and better results. I am here to teach you about what else to look out for, what signs you might not realise you are ignoring that you need to address, when it is better to take a rest day rather than to keep going, and I’ll talk with a paper bag over my head under water about the human stress response - and more importantly WHY it is so important to you as a triathlete, how your training load affects it and how it affects so many other aspects of your life.
Things I put particular focus on when assessing endurance racing and training:
When I first see a client, I often recommend them to book themselves into their doctor and order a standard blood test (plus some extras which don't traditionally come with a routine blood test - ask me for the list next time you go get one). I like to get a copy of the results and look at them against optimal levels then work out relationships between results which might stand out... I never diagnose anything, it is just to help me get a better idea which potential areas that could be useful looking into or further testing. I also ask LOADS of questions in the first session (and after where necessary, even if via email/text) so we can get a much better idea what might be happening and how the relationship from results might link with the situation/symptoms/lack of optimisation with regards to a certain area of one's health.
The blood test coupled WITH an HTMA test is even better. It provides such a huge array of results and markers to look at, and here we can further find stronger relationships that link between these two tests. I highly recommend to get both tests done then carefully review results, pin-point anything that may be flagged on both which don't come out as "optimal" (not necessarily just according to the reference ranges provided on a typical blood test) then look at further questioning/testing from there IF necessary (for example if on your blood & HTMA test it indicates stress to the adrenals or excess cortisol production, I would then recommend to get a salivary cortisol test so we have even MORE data to work with).
Regardless of the situation, the more data the better, the more we have to work with to make improvements on or adjustments to. The more TANGIBLE the results, the changes and the guidelines to follow to make improvements which we can now MEASURE! The human budy always leaves us guessing, but this means a little less guessing. Better to know than just to guess, right? Faster changes, faster results and it is highly individual so no other person will have the same procotol as you because no other person's physiology is quite like your own.
With regards to the latest InterClinical Laboratories e-newsletter, here is their take on getting a HTMA test done:
Let's look at it a different way - on a cellular level; what do you think would be your mineral status? High copper to zinc ratio? High levels of mercury? Low lithium levels? Are you a fast or slow metabolic type? Whatever people may think about their health status, isn't it always better to know for sure?
Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis (HTMA) allows insight into the levels of minerals, heavy metals and additional elements within cells stored in the body. The differences between HTMA and blood or urine testing are many. Urine testing shows only which elements are being excreted. Blood testing shows evidence of what is happening within the cells that minute, and does not represent long term stores. HTMA is like a blue print of cellular storage; 4cm of hair reflects 12-16 weeks of metabolic activity and mineral stores within the body.
Additionally, HTMA is a non-invasive, inexpensive and effective tool which can add an invaluable amount of data to the diagnostic assessment of your patients. HTMA can provide a practitioner with volumes of information on a patients levels of heavy metals, essential minerals and additional elements and indicate metabolic tendencies, areas of concern and predisposition.
What have you got to lose? It is a well-worthy investment which really does tell you SO MUCH about your health and mineral/nutrient status and if heavy metals need to be addressed. Or where you need to focus your attention on, and/or where else you might want to test to get further into the search for your own individual optimal state of health.
Any enquiries about these options and how I can help you please get in touch!
Nutrition is a wildly diverse science. Every expert seems to have something different and even contradictory to say. But, if you’re interested in fresh ideas and a cutting edge approach to nutrition, then join Host Marc David, founder of the Institute for the Psychology of Eating, for the 1st Global Online Future of Nutrition Conference!
I’m pleased to be able to let you know about this unique online event which starts in just a few days, from January 27-31. You can sign up for FREE!
The Future of Nutrition Conference is hosted by Marc David, founder of the Institute for the Psychology of Eating. If you’re ready for cutting edge ideas and a fresh approach to nutrition, then please join in! Did I mention it was FREE?
Be a part of a future that celebrates what truly nourishes us on all levels - body, mind, heart and soul.
Get inspired by speakers from a variety of disciplines who have something unique and innovative to share.
There’s an amazing line-up of over 45 fascinating presenters who’ll be sharing unique insights into what the future of food and nutrition truly have in store. Some topics include:
What you need to know
Dates: January 27-31, 2014
Where: Sign up online HERE!
Today I have had so many lovely compliments on my figure (thank you to all those lovely people) so cool to have this all in the one day and all so randomly too. I wanted to share this, not because I am full of myself, but because it got me thinking - to back to where I started, and the journey I have had to get to this point where my figure is noticeable enough to attract compliments like this.
Sure, I have had a keen involvement in sports most of my life and from this have kept relatively fit, so in just this respect I may be called "lucky". But that is bullshit. I come from predominantly an endurance background but this year I upped the anti with my strength training and started exploring the world of bodybuilding AND most importantly made changes to my food - THIS is where I have gotten most of my results in such a short time compared to the rest of my entire sporting life, regardless of how many countless hours I have spent on a bike, or how many times I tried a different type of diet (calorie restriction, low fat, vegetarian, soy - you name it, yes I too have tried)…
I too have suffered many ailments and symptoms of greater underlying physiological problems, like so many of you out there. If you want the list, well off the top of my head, I have had thyroid problems, anorexia, irritable bowel, intolerances, asthma, countless dental cavities with a mercury filling, PCOS, several major and minor surgeries, trauma and several extremely stressful life situations, concussion, vertebral and other bone fractures, two pregnancies, two premature births and several accidents including head injury, just to name a few!
So, I am definitely not one of the lucky ones by any means in order to be complimented on my figure today. A lot of work has gone into "today". And it is not a matter of finding the magic diet or pill, it is ever changing depending on so many factors of the present, the past, whatever particular goal I have at the time and how my body changes with different stimulus and results over time.
There is nothing superhuman about me and I have to work just as hard as everyone else to maintain and make optimal my health, and reverse damage that I have caused from the past. I have spent countless hours and dollars in educating myself, and this has turned into such a huge passion that my responsibility and role in society today is to help others to make changes to their health too, get results, feel better, and in turn help their families and friends with the tools I have given them. I am passionate about making a change and sharing information to make us wiser about our health.
I wanted to share this because I want you to all know that ANYONE can get to the point of receiving compliments. Does not matter what your background is, whether you have loved sports all your life and keenly participated or never really gotten into it but might be curious or even a little scared to try. You work out what it is you want, give yourself a timeframe, find out what the hell you have to do to get there and who will help you, plan it with your support person or people then make it happen. Get the support, have accountability, educate yourself about nutrition because most of the results are right there, keep the support and win. Simple in context, but not easy - as Charles Poliquin always says.
I am constantly working on myself (bonus: it means I will always have something new to share with you) and I still suffer from “symptoms” - in my belief - including intolerances and asthma, but I will NEVER ever give up working on the goal of healing (am now starting to get results on my asthma, slowly but surely). If one thing does not work, I will try something else and I will keep on trying, and trying, and trying again. Sometimes it is a process of elimination and the process can be long. And during the process you can gradually build strength so I believe that trying something is not a lost cause.
Symptoms and problems usually take a while to manifest in the body, so patience is key in learning and healing as well. I have the same attitude with my clients so those who suffer from physiological ailments, metabolic problems or other greater underlying issues which might be affecting health and/or body composition, PLEASE DO NOT GIVE UP!!! I have seen to much frustration on so many faces. Keep trying, keep learning, keep looking for quality help and trust your instincts, if anyone ever says you have to just learn to deal with something, and you don't really believe or want to believe this, then don't! Then go and find someone who doesn't agree with this attitude.
Your body has the ability to create a symptom/ailment from a series of bad stimulus, in my belief has the ability to heal itself too, we just need to find the correct series to reverse this problem. Some situations can be extremely complex and serious requiring specialised medical help of course, and some we can work through together and utilise other practitioners to get to a better state.
Get out there and start making changes today. It can take a while if you need to get your head in the right place, so have patience, just do one new thing every week or couple of weeks until you get it right, and only when it's right then move onto the next. Or do more if you know you are capable of it. It sure is a journey but keep aiming high and imagine the compliments when you start making those changes - it is worth it for more than just aesthetics, trust me ;)
I absolutely LOVE working on training and nutrition programs for clients, working alongside different training requirements, taking into account someone's existing physiology and mindset and tweaking along the way. I communicate with my clients throughout their journey of progress to make sure we are on the right track always and keep tweak, tweak, tweaking as progression occurs.
A typical situation is an initial 1.5hr consultation where we go through a comprehensive medical history and lifestyle questionnaire, and do your Biosignature then discuss your goals (or help you to define, set and categories them), then write you up a nutrition and fitness program for 4 weeks.
We meet every 4 weeks to do your Biosignature measurements and touch base about how your motivation, goal setting headspace and commitment is travelling and where your head is at with regards to adhering to your nutrition and fitness goals. We use Biosignature and discussion to tweak nutrition and reassess training for the following 4 weeks, which by then most people are more than ready for a new plan (just ask pretty much all of my clients already!). So, we define your next 4 weeks of goals then I write up your next training plan to give your body a new set of challenges.
This happens every 4-6 weeks, follow up consults usually take around 30-45mins so it is a small investment for a massive ongoing result, alongside ongoing support throughout these blocks of time. My prices and timeframes and my attitude is transparent (read: no BS, no fads).
Another scenario is for individuals e.g. athletes with rather insane amounts of training - we do Biosignature and check ups every 2-4 weeks and tweak tweak tweak as we go. Based on your individual requirements and size of your goals, this determines how often you feel comfortable and motivated to do repeat measurements and visits - I can help you to determine the best bang for YOUR buck situation for YOU.
I do these sorts of program combos for all types of people ranging from fat loss and improved health goals or recovering from illness, through to endurance or bodybuilding athletes, including those wanting to bulk and lean up. I also love females who want to achieve that hot, sexy and toned look, it is right up my alley!
PM me if you would like to organise a consult and get started on the journey of leading a healthier fitter, happier, sexier, more energetic life and feel really, really, ridiculously good looking...
ANYONE can make a transformation. Our physiology enables us to do this, once the headspace allows. It is up to you to make a start, believe you deserve it and then ask for help - if you think too much and have a habit of self sabotaging then talking yourself out of something (often with regret or uncertainty) yet you secretly wish you could do it then try to "fake it til you make it" and ring cold turkey when your hand moves towards the phone against your head pleading you yet again you not to. Or, if it helps to think more about it, so much that you find you become completely obsessed with the dream and you can't NOT do it nor can you sleep any longer thinking about it, then call me!
If you want more information or to discuss any uncertainties, or wonder what the hell I am talking about here, feel free to PM or call me under no obligation whatsoever. I am always more than happy to chat about this sort of thing with a paper bag over my head, under water...