Is your body crying out for help?

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Your body asking for help can start as a whisper.  You add a few pounds here and there and then over the last 5 years, it becomes 20lbs. It is part of ageing, the meno tummy there is nothing I can do,  so you grab a bag of crisps or a bar of chocolate. Maybe make that promise: tomorrow you will make healthier choices. Is your body dialing 999, Are you sleepwalking through your day. Perhaps you are not paying attention to the food choices you make, the exercise you need.

If your life is stressful, chronic stress leads to chronic health problems like heart disease and opens the door for other more serious health issues and there are any number of stories we tell ourselves as we set the cruise control on our lives. Let’s look at a few of the big ones.

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1. “I have to take care of everyone else first”

My friend Fiona is a mum of 3…and a nurse. I met her at one of my Pilates classes  she described herself as “fat, 53 and diabetic.” I get it, caring for kids and a job it’s easy to see why Fiona is last on her list.

Putting yourself last is self-neglect.

Exhaustion is not a badge of honour. You can’t give others what you don’t have to give. Put your own seat belt on first, before you look after others.


2. “I don’t know where to start”

Fiona wanted to lose weight and get her diabetes under control. That’s a tall order for even the most motivated folks. It’s easy to see how planning to reach this goal could lead to paralysis before she even gets started. But the truth is she only needs to take one step in the direction she wants to go. Start by walking….

Don’t try to take 10 steps at a time just take one

Maybe it’s a small change in food choices or leaving work earlier 2 days a week to create some time to walk. It doesn’t really matter what you choose to do as long as there is action! Baby steps create momentum and set you up to succeed.


3. “I don’t have time”

It’s a challenge to fit everything in, and too often, despite your good intentions, self-care ends up at the bottom of your priority list.

That is why I started recording my #selfcaresundays on Instagram.

We all have the same number of hours in a day. And you choose how to spend it.

Consider how you could create some ongoing structure around your self-care. Schedule walking dates or program your daily gratitude journal time into your phone (so you’re reminded). Create a system that reminds you that you’ve committed to taking better care of yourself.

Where will you be in 3 months or 1 or 5 years from now if you continue living your life as it is?


4. “It won’t happen to me”

You want to believe you’re invincible. But ignoring the small signs and choosing the wrong foods is not bode well for a good long-term healthy future.


Want to be a Healthy Old Lady?

Are you concerned about the illnesses that your parents died from? Where will you be in 5,10, or 20 years if you continue living your life as it is now? Are you on the path you want to be on….and if not, what can you do today to start creating the health you want for yourself?

Your health is the biggest asset you have. We create plans to manage our money into retirement. How about creating a plan to manage your health? As a trained exercise and nutritional coach that is what I do best. Not sure if this is right for your then  Book some time for you x

Speak soon

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Find out what other clients have to say…

I’ve been Get Gorgeous- ing for about a year too and I’ve noticed all sorts of changes. when I joined I too was hoping for a quick fix despite having read the blurb I still wanted the weight to drop off by magic! anyway I have moved away totally from weight as a measurement -we have no scales in the house.

I feel as though I am in a good place. I too look forward to exercise and I actively seek out new ways to exercise and new people to exercise with. actually doing enough cardio is something I need to work on in the weeks when life gets in the way of my cycling to work (I need to timetable some HIIT workouts more regularly) but I’m great at getting my 10k plus daily steps in and doing pilates and yoga weekly – I’m managing 1 run a week I want to up that to 3 short ones (and I still haven’t done my park run watch this space) I feel that I am actually looking after my body (and my soul with help from Adele Stickland) at last.

The emphasis every day in my head is on putting good things in to fuel and support and nourish my body not on depriving my body of anything. I feel proud of how strong and toned my body has become. I struggled a bit at first with the earning of the carbs but now its just a genuine habit – I don’t eat starchy carbs unless I have exercised I eat bolognasie or chilli etc without pasta or rice on those days and cheese it up – its delicious. planning ahead is becoming ingrained too and we always have enough veg in the fridge for a tasty salad – we add cooked green beans and asparagus and all sorts of variations on a theme and I’ve become a lidl /Aldi convert for their great selection of fresh fish. even the kids are eating fresh fish now! this post is too long but you get the idea. keep the faith and the rest will follow xxxxxx

(“free your mind and your ass will follow” is Julian Cope’s version)xxx

Helen Clegg Solicitor and mummy of two 14th July 2017


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