Posts made in December, 2014


Mel Collie | My Top Diet Tip


Posted on Dec 14, 2014

Mel Collie | My Top Diet Tip    Have you seen the date? Its not only nearly Christmas, its not that long to New Years Eve and those New Years Resolutions. Most of us are already aiming to joining a  gym or workout more in Januarys after eating all those goodies over the holidays. Those “New Year New You” adverts will start to come out, though whatever would inspire you not to be you in the first place is beyond understanding, because you are you, and thats unique, how lovely is that?  Anyway… With that in mind , this is my nos 1 top Diet tip, that I use all the time since I started teaching Bootcamps a couple of years ago, studied meditation, studied nutrition, studied neuroscience, read all the books I could get my hands on that covered all those things as if I was trying to find the answer . Theres so many diet types out there, so many people telling us to eat this, eat that, dont drink that, dont eat that, take this supplement, dont do that exercise, dont meditate, do meditate, etc etc…makes you stop and change all the time, your inner self has no idea whats going on and is very confused, so gives up and tells you its digging its heels in until you stop messing about and do something it can understand. This is it…are you ready…drum roll… 1. Be Happy . Thats it Did you groan then and look up to the heavens? Good 🙂 So , imagine a person who goes to the gym in January, trains hard, works hard, feels pulled from all directions, hates working out, stands at the back of the class because they dont feel they fit in with the “clicky” crew at the front of the class, feels awkward in the gym, doesnt really know what to do but beats themselves up the joy you feel moving towards your potential Joy experience in ups and down. when the crap happens when the sleep doesnt come when the cravings happen when the dips stay its all growth Happiness isnt all red roses and smiles and rainbows. The crap is all a part of your path. Embrace it, step back and see it for what it is. Mel x www.melcollie.com www.melcolliewellness.com www.melcollie.co.uk...

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Mel Collie | 3 ways to cope with stress levels this Christmas The words stress and Christmas are hard to write in the same sentence, unless is “stress free”  or  “reduce stress”. You know deep down that Christmas is supposed to be joyful time of celebration and remembering friends and family, helping others, yet each year we place an unmanageable amount of stress on ourselves… why is that and how can we help ourselves reduce or at least cope with it? Heres my 3 ways, I hope at least one of them helps you out this year. 1. Stress is ultimately a reaction to our thoughts, that means we have thoughts that arent in line with what we want or who we are deep down. Our anxieties about what others expect from us are from our thoughts . We are worried about not having enough food on the table, the right food that looks and tastes good, worried about not spending enough on presents, worried about not being a Scrooge, worried about appearances, being judged for our decisions, worried about money. We are all the same with our worries and concerns.  Recognising that its our own thoughts we have from beliefs we have from our upbringing or from peers that create such stresses. Step back and look at what it is you are anxious about this Christmas. Is it the same as last year? How did that go? Did you hate every minute of it? Is that true? Is it really true? How would this year be different without that thought. Without those thoughts of “It wont be good enough, I dont have enough, I cant do enough, they will not like me, they will judge me, I have to buy this or they wont speak to me again.” How do you know thats all true? Really, do you know it to be true? Where would you be without all those words in your mind? Now for he hard bit … turn it all around…maybe YOU wont like you if you don’t do all that stuff, maybe you will feel like you have let yourself down, maybe you are doing all of this because its the way you believe it should be, maybe its not “them” who create your worry, maybe its YOU beliefs and values you hold so dear that are stressing you. Take a few moments to look inside your mind and your beliefs and values. Are YOU important to you? 2. A great calming influence is a nice cup of tea..but wait a sec, not just a cup of Typhoo….I mean a hormonal calming tea, one...

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mel collie | How many times a day ?


Posted on Dec 4, 2014

mel collie | How many times a day ? If I asked you what movement or exercise you did the most per day you might say that you walk a lot, or that you sit a lot because of your job and that prevented you from exercising as much as you would like to..But you wouldn’t consider that breathing is the most common movement pattern we perform everyday – we all breathe about 25,000 times a day…thats a lot isnt it? Many of us breathe shallow quick breaths, and maybe because of sitting, injuries, fear, anxieties, our breathing changes,our rib position affected, many a section of our rib cage that doesnt move as effectively as the other side for example. Rib mechanics can easily be checked and altered in a matter of seconds. However, without doing an assessment on you personally, heres what you can do to help your breathing improve: Lie down on your back, knees bent, pillow under the head so you are comfortable. Place one hand on your belly, between the navel and the pubic bone. Place the other hand on the part of the upper chest by the collarbone, as you breathe see which hand moves first. Is it the top hand? For most of us it is as we use the smaller shoulder and neck muscles to breathe, instead of utilising the diaphragm Now imagine the lower hand is a heavy book, use the tummy to push the book up to the ceiling as you breathe in, and lower it as you breathe out, no need to suck the tummy in, just breathe. Practice for 10 breaths, 4 times a day, without squeezing your bum or clenching you jaw or moving your shoulders off the floor. The diaphragm is an often overlooked muscle in training but s simple breathing exercise can bring it back to life simply and effectively to help improve posture, balance, strength and confidence. Mel x  ...

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mel collie| are you surrounded by idiots? I dont man that title of this blog post to be rude, you may take offence to it, if you do take offence though,  do you also take offence to people around you who tell you that you are stupid, shouldnt be doing that, why arent you doing this, shouldnt you be wearing that, why are you wearing that at your age, im sure you should be slowing down at your time in life, shouldnt you be eating that? Advice…is it advice? …can be debilitating, overwhelming…negative.. When you listen to others opinions, even if they think they are well meaning, well, they can stop you in your tracks and doubt yourself from taking the next step forward. Surround yourself with positivity, positive places, people, food, stuff that makes you happy, not stuff that makes someone else happy. When you start to do that, your life falls into place.piece by piece, like a jigsaw. When I sold my house earlier this year, I had my doubt and fears, loosing the security of it, but its all a story I believed from listening to how we should be living our lives as we grow older. Its all a story. I’m still here, living, enjoying life, with a lot less stress. (no more B & Q on Sundays! yay!) I’m now training for the 3 Peaks challenge in 2015. Walking up Snowdon, Scafell Pike & Ben  Nevis in no more than 24 hours. Knowing that this has been done many times before comes as no surprise but knowing others have done it in 12 hours, is daunting, makes you think ..well..I might fail, I might not do it in 24 hours, what if I dont, what will people think of me, what if.. ..all those thoughts stop you in your tracks..stop you ..from being you.  And when you see they are just thoughts, that arent true, because you dont know the end result, until you try it… Who would I be without those negative thoughts? Id be walking up those peaks and I would be training every day, without fail, and looking forward to the next trekking challenge Who would you be without your negative thoughts? What if…? Mel x Balance Confidence is a new course starting in Portreath, Cornwall on Monday night at 7.30 . Using your eyes and head movement to strengthen your balance, posture, leg strength, core and breathing, it certainly helped me stay on my feet as I walk 6 – 10 miles a day up and down the cliff paths . Contact me for more info: 07800797300 or just book...

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Mel Collie | Three ways to overcome Fear   Earlier this year I sold my 4 bed 200 year old house, which I loved, but after a split in a  relationship, it was time to sell the house, which was far too big for me, and downsize, have less money worries and more time for me. So here I am, a few months later, working less hours, even though I’m fortunate to absolutely love what I do, I dont have to work every morning and every evening and worry about paying a rather large mortgage. The time came that even though I now teach only a couple of Pilates classes a week, I needed a challenge for me. So after checking out a few charity websites, I decided on a trekking challenge. My bloke mentioned the 3 peaks challenge which sounded like fun, and a great way to see those 3 peaks, the views, and get fit at the same time, we drew up a training programme which meant I would be walking, a lot .every day (currently at week 3 of training and walking about 6 miles a day, ( 10 miles today though) and circuit training for extra stamina using weights and interval training . Now, I am the same as you, and have my doubts and when the fears creep in, I can easily convince myself that it isn’t important, I can slow the training down, in fact I can do it and not train at all, but you know what? I’m training, not just for this challenge, but for future trekking challenges I want to do, like an Icelandic and a Sahara desert trek 🙂 Its interesting when you have a deadline each day to see how hard you can push yourself and if you do listen to that negative voice in your head telling you to stop, telling you to go no further, telling you that you are crazy and its nicer to sit at home and be comfortable. well, yes it is 🙂 But , thats listening to the voice of the fear of failure, the voice that tells you that others will judge you a failure if you cant do something, even if you fail once, that it, you are a failure at everything. What a load of rubbish Its those who fail, pick themselves up and go again that are the ones who are the strongest, those who have had the struggles are the ones most qualified to help others. Many times we ask ourselves – can I do this? What if I fail? What will people think of me? Heres...

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