Many of us spend years going on and off diets, yo-yo-ing our way through life, longing for a better body, more confidence and a better relationship with food.
It seems like there are just so many ways to lose weight and build muscle, so much information, so much confusion!
What is it that’s holding you back from a better body?
The reality is that all of us face these obstacles on our way to optimum health and fitness.
In this blog we are going to share with you 10 things that you can do to overcome these hurdles.
We know that you can do this because at The Shake UP we see people just like you achieving amazing things all the time! The success stories that we would like to share with you today are people who have very busy lives, working parents of whom most have spent their lives yo-yo dieting.
The coolest thing about these transformations is that these people enjoy eating loads of delicious food, all the time! These people have shed fat and know how to never find it again!
That’s what it is all about!
1. Take the plunge with your partner
When you introduce positive changes into your life, you are far more likely to succeed if you and your partner share the journey.
Bruce Adams was our Spring 10 week Challenge winner, stripping 10kgs and creating rock solid positive eating habits. Bruce’s success wouldn’t have been possible without his wife Sally doing this with him. This inspiring couple are looking amazing and have the skills to make it last, all because they created a shared vision for a healthy, happier life!
2. Surround yourself with inspiring friends
If you are looking to lean up, improve your fitness and sharpen your mental toughness, you must spend more time with people who are living it and will encourage you to reach your best!
Quentin McCarthy understands this very well and is fortunate to have a wonderful core crew of people around him that he looks to for inspiration. Stripping 10kgs in our Spring 10 week Challenge, Quentin shared with us that his secret to success was that he has a handful of legends around him who always encourage him to be his best!
3. Decide it’s time to do this for YOU!
So many of us go through life, caring for loved ones, building families and putting our own well-being last. Often this type of life situation becomes our story. The weight stacks on, fitness diminishes and we use
this as a barrier to better health. If this sounds familiar, you will love Michele Alker’s Story. Michele is a mother of 3 and has
spent the best part of 25 years being an amazing mum. Michele was unhappy with her body and decided that our Spring Challenge was her chance to put herself first. 10 weeks on and Michele is 10kg down, 10cm leaner around her waist and just can’t get the grin off of her face!
4. Find a VERY tangible target!
When Sally Adams threw herself into our Spring 10-Week Challenge she had a pair of jeans that she loved but hadn’t found the confidence to wear for years. Today she is 7kg lighter and sporting those jeans with pride! This is what it’s all about! Find what motivates you, keep it measurable and real, then enjoy that body confidence feeling!
5. Eat delicious food!
Rob Morse loves good food. He loves entertaining and sharing great dining experiences with his family and friends. When
Rob began his challenge journey he was concerned that clean eating would disrupt his kitchen mojo. This certainly wasn’t the case at chez Morse. Once Rob learned our simple eating guidelines he discovered that he could continue producing delicious, healthy meals while shedding 13kg of fat and boosting his energy levels.
6. Get off the booze for 10 weeks!
Unlike macro nutrients such as proteins, carbohydrates and fats, alcohol supplies what is often referred to as empty calories: calories without nutrition. To make matters worse, it is the first fuel to be used when combined with the ever illusive 3am kebab, postponing the fat-
burning process and contributing to greater fat storage.
Andrew Brenchley is the life of the party and this legend loves a beer with the boys as much as us all. What we love most about Andy’s story is that he knew it was time to restrain from drinking and smoking in order to get his health back on track. So that’s exactly what he did! The Winter and Spring 10 week challenges provided Andy with a platform to create some space between who he was being and who he wanted to be. He quit smoking, ditched the booze and got ripped over a 6 month period.
7. Learn how to eat well in any environment!
One of the great obstacles for many of us is falling victim to social pressure or simple circumstance when it comes to food choices. Once we understand basic nutrition principles and prepare ourselves for any situation, we discover an enormous sense of confidence.
Samantha Lloyd is a travelling professional and a busy mother of 3.
Sam did what so many in her situation struggle to do, she got her shit together, learned that she can make great food choices on the road and now finds herself 7kg lighter with a smile from ear to ear!
8. Plan and prepare for success!
You have heard it time and time again, plan and prepare or prepare to fail!
Is there any truth in this exhausted old expression?
You bet your ass there is! This is the single most powerful strategy we can implement on the quest for body confidence.
Soonah Walkom is the busiest woman we know. 3 bustling boys under 4 years old, a legendary husband that acts like a 4 year old, she runs 2 businesses and still finds time to prepare a weeks worth of delicious, nutritious meals. Soonah is 8kg lighter and on an inspiring journey back to her pre-baby body.
9. Eat the right carbohydrates at the right time!
If you are looking to shed fat and build lean muscle, permanently, you need to learn the power of nutrient timing. So many of us freak out about carbs and cut them out of our diet in an attempt to lose weight fast. Instead of being concerned with eating too many carbs, we are better off focusing on eating the right carbs at the right time.
Michelle Fontana is diabetic and has had trouble with carbohydrate intolerance most of her life, resulting in fluctuating weight. Michelle recently completed our Spring Challenge and after 10 weeks of a strategic approach to carbohydrate intake, she is 8kg lighter, her insulin sensitivity has improved and she is tolerating carbohydrates better than ever!
10. Choose a sustainable path!
Did you know that 95% of diets fail outright or we lapse back into our old ways within 12 months!
Diets don’t teach and develop great habits, skills and strategies that ensure the best foods are consistently available. It’s all about creating a ‘new normal’! A life that has you excited about the way you look, enjoying cooking with the family and rediscovering the vitality to make it all happen. Leanne Kelly jumped on our Spring Challenge because she wanted to look better in a bikini and she wanted to wake up daily feeling more energised. Guess what…she did it! This amazing mum is loving her bikini body and has found the much needed energy to function optimally.
Are you looking for a simple eating system that fits into any lifestyle? When you have a better understanding of the foods that you are consuming and their effects on your body shape, exercise recovery and your energy levels, you will change the way you and your family view food, forever!