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My Name is Gail & I Am A Sugar Addict

December 16th, 2014 | Posted by Gail in So Lean And Clean - (Comments Off on My Name is Gail & I Am A Sugar Addict)

My name is Gail and I AM A SUGAR ADDICT

Yes its true, I am coming out.
These are the words I had to say four years ago when I realised sugar was dominating my eating habits.

Breakfast:
I open the cupboard , scanned for the sweetest food.
No cake there so lets go for the porridge, honey and yep raisins should just about make it right. = SUGAR

Mid morning: I’m STARVING! How can that be after such a large bowl of porridge?

Mullerlight yoghurt & fruit as a snack it is then. =SUGAR

I would then get one hour on and again be opening cupboards seeking for food.

Lunch
Ready supermarket spit roast chicken with a sweet crunchy salad and pineapple chunks =SUGAR

See where this is going. It all sounds healthy yes? But a dollop of sugar on or in EVERYTHING.

Drinks
Get this !!! HOT blackcurrant squash , low calorie/sugar of course 😉 I would no way have full fat! kidding myself and know it or what!?
About four cups a day. =SUGAR

Fruit snack between dinner and tea
Banana =SUGAR

Evening Meal

Not that hungry will just have a bowl of chopped apple, mandarin, pear with a pot of yoghurt & honey!! =SUGAR

I realised I had a problem, things had to change, the weight actually was staying the same so thats good right?

NO. The impact is on the internal organs, placing the pancreas, under stress and a whole load of other issues .

8 reasons sugar is bad for you

1.Added sugars (like sucrose and high fructose corn syrup) contain a whole bunch of calories with NO essential nutrients.

For this reason, they are called “empty” calories.

2. When repeatedly eating large amounts of sugar this can lead to non alcohol related fatty liver disease and all sorts of serious problems. There has been and increase of in the UK for fatty liver disease.

3. Sugar can cause insulin resistance , a stepping stone towards diabetes & metabolic syndrome.

4.Insulin resistance can progress to type II Diabetes.

5.Due to its effects on the brain & hormones sugar can has unique fat promoting effects.

6.Because sugar causes a massive high of dopamine release in the brain sugar is highly addictive.

7.Sugar is a leading contributor to high levels of obesity in adults & children.

8. Studies show that sugar releases triglycerides, small dense LDL, and oxidise LDL , raise blood glucose and insulin levels & increase belly fat in just 10 weeks . That is also abdominal fat surrounding the vital organs remember,MAJOR RISK FACTORS FOR HEART DISEASE.

So am I cured?

No, My addiction will always lie there . Do you recognise the symptoms?

I kicked it, you can , it isn’t easy but can be done.

I can help you on So Lean & Clean online.
Explain the trigger foods, what not to do, how to prepare against challenging days.
How to recover quickly from a blip and more..

My typical day now goes like this:

Breakfast

Spinach omelette with a crunchy side salad

Lunch

Chicken breast with broccoli and a tablespoon of homemade hummus.If EVER use shop bought always check the back to be sure for tahini, chick peas and olive oil. NO SUGAR

Dinner

Homemade stew with sweet potatoes and parsnips ( This satiates the brain as the veg are dense carbs and not fast insulin producing , a slow release into the blood stream )

Occasionally I will buy some green and blacks or natural quality chocolate, sweet substitute.

DRINKS

WATER LITRES OF, GREEN TEA, alcohol once a week .

If you check back you will see the alcohol I recommend if you don’t want to give up your tipple.

No cravings.

I will be writing more on the consequences of sugar in the diet & what the guises sugar comes in. It helps keep me in track too !

Have a great week.

Gail x

How To Bounce Back After The Holidays

September 20th, 2013 | Posted by Gail in So Lean And Clean - (Comments Off on How To Bounce Back After The Holidays)

 

Fitness Business

Fitness Business

Hi
I hope you are all enjoying the Christmas break?   I have been testing some new styles of training on line and I have recruited some companies during December to the skype training a system to enable people to workout on line during their lunch break.Combining that with my So Lean And Clean Plan SoSpa corporate fitness is ready for business in 2014.  This year I am speaking at conferences and consulting businesses to be more productive whilst also cutting staff costs

2014 also launches the So Lean And Clean LIVE chat consultations so even if you are in another country I can offer specialist one on one advice.Helping those with little confidence and maybe health issues that they feel prevent them participating on a group level.  Please mail info@sospa.co.uk if this kind of training appeals to you.

Finally I have a special sunsaver offer for a June 2014 SoSpa Fitness holiday to Lindos Rhodes Greece.
I will be taking 10 persons on June 11th for a week (just 4 places left, This offer ends January 31st
Gold Package includes Flights and accommodation
Transfer from Rhodes airport to the resort return
3 group training workouts a day bespoke to your requirements
Initial movement assessment and one-on-one follow up discussion*
One-on-one reassessment at the end of the course
Holiday price £980.00 p/p (usual price starts from £1479-00 )

Have you just returned from your Christmas holibobs?
If you have been enjoying the freedom of holiday’s, maybe you are starting to feel a mood crash and the sun really has gone down too quickly, then you need to focus on creating some small healthy lifestyle habits to ease you back into the flow.

Hold on To That Chilled Feeling
Hopefully you are feeling refreshed after your break and been able to create some empty head space whilst on holiday. It’s great to have thoughts flowing and ideas to move the business forward and you will be keen to put those ideas into action. To optimise that feeling first put yourself and your health to the top of the list. Once you have a program in place to take care of your own needs, you will feel confident, strong and relaxed .A great recipe for productivity and gaining clients.

Be kind to yourself
Try to build in reward breaks between hitting the ground running. Make sure you have your escape strategy in place from the full on staff and client demands.
Where possible take short walks from the car to work or during lunch hour through an area you find attractive or tranquil.

Create positivity
Your own self talk is crucial to how motivated you remain on your return. Watch out for the negatives especially these when you have been back for three days “I don’t feel like I have had a holiday” “I wish I had never gone, there is more work to do now.” Ditch these thoughts and remind yourself of all the things you learned and loved whilst away and how you intend to reach your goals.
Remember to say give thanks for the wonderful break you had and for the opportunity to make a fresh start.
Listen to your favourite holiday music on the way to work. Replace the photos with holiday pictures.

Begin that new activity you have been promising yourself – something that will energize you, make you feel good and stimulate your mind.
Eat well
Usually when on vacation you eat out a lot or foods the body are not used to. Craving some clean fresh food and eliminating alcohol is often the response to over- indulgent holidays. It is a perfect time to embrace this feeling and create some healthy lifestyle changes.

Start this new work season with good fuel for thought.
Invest time in preparing a healthy protein and veg breakfast and ditch the packets. Take a 2 litre
bottle of water into work and cut down or cut out the coffee and tea .
If you must snack choose a few berries, a handful of almonds or veg crudités with hummus. It is frequently thought that snacking on fruit is good for you but remember fruit contains sugar, therefore energy crashes can occur after consuming large amounts. Better still when the 3.30- 4pm craving occurs take a walkabout. The brain is just searching for a endorphin lift and exercise will satisfy, whilst training your mind to resist reaching for sugar.

Follow these tips and you will be amazed at the benefits, feel your energy levels hit sky high. Combined with more daily work movement you will feel alert, avoid the holiday crash and slide back into routines easier.

Have a fun New Year break
Stay fit and healthy

Gail x

Fitness Training using Skype

August 5th, 2013 | Posted by Gail in PT - (Comments Off on Fitness Training using Skype)
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Global Training

Fitness Training using Skype

Keep on track with Skype and Face Time Personal Training sessions.  Wherever you are in the globe  I can keep in touch with you at all times, keeping you motivated and working out together with me or one of my online trainers.

Skype can be used for your group training session or 1 to 1. A great way of breaking down the frequent time barriers to fitness. You will be supported all the way to your goals at times that suit your busy lifestyle, just dip out of work onto skype for your session. A fab tool for reps with just small hotel space. All you need is your laptop or ipad, even an iphone, a skype account which is free and you are on your way!

You can even take me to your gym via the ipad or phone and using Face Time to look at gym equipment at your health club  a programme can be planned for you to follow, that is specific to your goals. The possibilities for training on line are endless.

Its often said by clients that they wish they could take their personal trainer everywhere to watch them well now you can! Beware of my fridge spot checks!!

You can have Corporate lunch time workouts to wake you all and refresh you to continue the day. Book for Yoga stretch, Pilates Back desk workout, 20 minute HIIT training.  Great prices for multiple bookings . Call for a consultation.

Global workouts
Global workouts

 

October 2012 Fitness Break- what we got up to

November 19th, 2012 | Posted by Gail in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on October 2012 Fitness Break- what we got up to)
Fitness and Fun Holiday

Yes on our fitness and fun breaks you can have a drink !!

Love, Love, Love SoSpa fitness breaks. This one was a bespoke package one on one with Julie Hines for 14 days, yes!! 14 days of workouts and dancing pm because that is what Julie wants.
The breaks are all about YOU.

A typical day would be to wake and go and do a circuit (all outside as we want to absorb the wonderful atmosphere of Lindos). Followed by a swim cool down in the tranquil waters of St Pauls. The water in October is a wonderful 32 degrees temperature and this time we had extraordinary weather for Rhodes as it entered into the 30’s.
After workout and having worked up an appetite it was down to the local village cafe for a tasty greek salad and spinach and bacon omelette as we like to eat clean.
Hitting the beach around midday for a sunbathe and catch up on relaxation time.

Kayaking in Lindos

Julie has bags of energy and about an hour in is twitching for the next workout so its a water based fitness maybe a plyo circuit or with water weights. The sea bed is completely flat on Lindos main beach and can walk out quite far until the water reaches the waist height. It creates excellent workouts to change the body shape. Its fun and cooling – a welcome break from lying down at this point.

We then go and see the guys on the beach bar for some chat and find out the local news , where the best entertainment is going to be for the evening and a drink of something refreshing and back for some R n R on the bed!

Late afternoon is a final workout for the day and we enjoyed going out for an hour and exploring the caves around the bay an simply feeling the freedom of being in the open sea. All these are Julie’s choices that she makes before we go out to Rhodes and there are many options of what exercise can be done. I enjoy Yoga at sunrise or sunset .

Evening is a local taverna, I never do fully inclusive hotel food because there is such a lovely variety of restaurants in Lindos and the welcome and hospitality from the owners make an evening perfect.
We are often invited to dine with the locals on fresh from the boat to the plate fish and really experience the true Greek way of living.

We returned,jeans hanging as always and complete, Mission accomplished – straight home to book for next years Fourth SoSpa holiday !

Delicious Greek Salad

August 2012 A Busy Month !

August 31st, 2012 | Posted by Gail in New Website | PT | So Lean and Clean Fat Loss Plan | Uncategorized - (Comments Off on August 2012 A Busy Month !)
So Lean and Clean Fat Loss and Fitness Online 21 day plan

So Lean and Clean Online Fat Loss and Fitness 21 day Plan

August is often the quietest month for me and I generally get away on holiday but this year have worked through as it has been surprisingly busy. With my So Lean and Clean Online Fat loss group growing every three weeks when we renew, PT in my Studio is booming thankfully and I’m a little overwhelmed with admin at the moment as have to keep this blog up to date (haven’t had much chance in last six weeks).But there are so many achievements coming through from clients I can’t update fast enough.

So my goal over the next two weeks is to get some of those client results on and you can see for yourselves how great they are !

Corporate Fitness in Oxfordshire.

July 14th, 2012 | Posted by Gail in Corporate | New Website | SoSpa Fitness and Fun Holidays - (Comments Off on Corporate Fitness in Oxfordshire.)
Weston Manor Hotel Oxfordshire

Corporate Fitness at Weston Manor

On 11th and 12th of July I was asked to go down to Weston Manor and create and host an orienteering event and a circuit session and Run  for a Midland Company.

I love to shake things up in my business as it keeps me fresh and motivated working with my Personal Training Studio on one to one and small group training. My fitness holidays in the UK and Greece and SoSpa Corporate.

The Weston Manor Hotel is set within 12 acres of private land so there was plenty of key places I could place my control points and to make it a little light hearted I ran a Trivia Quiz along with the walk.

The following morning I took a HIIT training session with the guys and a 25 minute run around the beautiful grounds followed by a short Yoga session. Fortunately this rainy July weather held off for a couple of hours and we had a lovely refreshing sunny workout. For more information on the benefits of exercise in the workplace read my Weekly Fitness letter on my home page – Fitness Pays,

http://www.sospagreece.com/corporate/

Corporate Fitness Event

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July Summer Fun and Fitness

July 14th, 2012 | Posted by Gail in New Website | PT | So Lean and Clean Fat Loss Plan | Uncategorized - (Comments Off on July Summer Fun and Fitness)
Chinese Fat Loss food Personal Training

Delicious food and good company

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The month of July has kicked off a fun month with a few of the ladies from the So Lean and Clean Plan meeting up and going to the Ruby Chinese Restaurant in Lichfield Staffs, The Ruby knows all about the cooking methods and oils that we use on the plan and prepared us some great tasty dishes. I wanted the ladies to meet up if they wished as all talk daily to each other and its great to have a person to put to the picture on our fat loss site. It also helps to get out and have some fun and show how easy it is to fit the plan around a social lifestyle as so many people think that losing weight means also fore going entertaining and fun nights out.. Not so the case with So Lean and Clean and the next event of ours is  a theatre night in Birmingham to see the amazing  show from the movie Dirty Dancing .

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So Lean and Clean at The Ruby Lichfield

 

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Chinese food cooked clean from the So Lean and Clean Plan

Flaming June!!

June 25th, 2012 | Posted by Gail in Beginners Running | New Website | PT - (Comments Off on Flaming June!!)
The so run for fun logo. Running club that meet twice the week plus working online

So Run For Fun Running Courses

So Run For Fun Team Event June 2012

The So Run For FunTeam at Sutton Fun Run

Well June News so far. It may have been a bit of a wash out the last few days but I think we had the heat all in one day for the Midland Sutton Fun Run.
A few of us decided to run the 12.5 k Course the first weekend of June and all did excellent even though one of the team had her trainers shrunk in the dryer the night before and caused a blister half way round.. Lesson there !!

They all did marvellous and had loads left in the tank which is how I wanted it for them as its only the second race.

Next on the schedule is the Shenstone Fun Run this coming Sunday 1st June and My beginners are coming out too for a trot. I love to get them out to have a go as it is a great motivator and you feel a great sense of achievement when completed. It doesn’t matter to if we have to walk/jog/ walk. Just to feel that we are in a positive environment and moving the body is a major high and boosts the morale.

We meet Sundays for intermediate for anyone who has run more than 4.5 miles) And Beginners on a Monday 7.15pm for up to 4.5 from walk/jog.Just £36.00 for four weeks.
I also started the NEW VIP So Lean and Clean Fat Loss membership . A 3 month sign up for those who have been on the plan once and wish to continue learning, maintaining or continuing to enhance fat loss and fitness and get cookery ideas.
Our next So Lean and Clean Kicks off on Monday 9th July for 21 days just £57.00 Take a look a some of this months fab pics. We are hitting individual targets of 2.5 stone in just 9 weeks and 1.7 in 7 weeks its phenomenol and I am ecstatic over the success of members health and

fitness results.I want everyone to experience this fat loss plan!!

Post So Lean and Clean ONLINE Fat Loss Plan

Post Plan Back shot

So Lean and Clean Fat Loss and Fitness Online Plan

Jo 1 stone loss post Plan

May 2012 wow what a hectic and fun month!

May 30th, 2012 | Posted by Gail in Recipes | So Lean and Clean Fat Loss Plan - (Comments Off on May 2012 wow what a hectic and fun month!)

I have had a fantastic exciting month with my business.
Launched the So Lean and Clean Fast food unit at the Lichfield Half Marathon. My On Line Fat Loss program continuing month on month and having just the most amazing results.
I am so ecstatic about the plan and can see big things happening with it as so many people are now wanting to know how my people have achieved their results it is just snowballing and I’m loving the self esteem and confidence it is bringing to members.
I have also set up my So Run For Fun clubs with now an intermediate and beginner level continuously running o a Monday and Sunday. We have that also On Line as a club to keep you in the loop daily with other members of the team.
As I write I can’t believe actually how much has been achieved! I have just returned from Lindos Rhodes on one of my bespoke Fitness and Fun Holidays and you can read more of that on my blog.

I have so much I want to do to improve my business and help keep clients just as excited about their fitness as I am with my industry.
The fitness industry is progressing at a mega fast rate now as we are so much more able to reach out to clients now through many means. I feel that if I can just get one more person a little bit healthier by one of my posts or vlogs then the work has been worthwhile as I am so passionate about the power of exercise in people’s lives and how it can help people to quit many unnecessary medications.

I am now in the process of working on some e books for my So Lean and Clean Recipes and in the Autumn I am launching my Auntie Gail’s Family Fitness Program.
Hope you are enjoying the weather.Have a fab Jubilee week

I have recorded a personal workout session of mine so you can see a few of my favorite workout moves I am posting all this week. You can see I like to work hard and heavy with the weights. ps this is a light workout x

Are We Really Giving the Kids a Treat- Lollipops if only it were that simple..

May 14th, 2012 | Posted by Gail in So Lean and Clean Fat Loss Plan - (Comments Off on Are We Really Giving the Kids a Treat- Lollipops if only it were that simple..)

When educating clients about how many processed foods ie ready meals, cereals, yoghurts,breads,drinks and the list rages on, most or shocked and surprised when they stop and think about exactly how many foods that are purchased apart from the obvious cakes, pastries, ice cream, chocolate and sweets they consume or give to the children that contain so many hidden poisons.

I have four children and have through my years of motherhood totally changed how I think about feeding the children along with myself.

I have a vast amount of resources thanks to the internet , seminars and courses to keep me up to date with current research.

However I really feel for Parents who are trying to give the very best of foods to their children and being falsely led by commercials.So really how can we start to reduce the sugar in things if we don’t know how to identify the toxic substances. Sugar comes in many guises and all different names. Take a look at the following videos to help start to understand a little more and I will post more info over the next few weeks.