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Mel Collie | Is it true? You are a biased liar…

Mel Collie | Is it true?You are a biased liar…!

I’m moving house…its all happening over the next few days

Moving house is the most stressful thing..

And last night it snowed..today we should be packing, cleaning , and all that stuff..but we want to go outside and play in the snow

On top of all that my legs are aching from yesterdays 5 hour walk amongst the mountains of Snowdonia

I could do this easily:

  1. stay in the house, complain about my aching muscles and pack up the house, feeling sorry for myself..

or

  1. change my story

I chose to loved those aching muscles, a result of a fabulous walk over great mountains and wonderful scenery…then the distress over having those aching muscles just vanishes, along with the painful ache..

The packing can be done tonight, tomorrow and Friday…we don’t have a lot of stuff…no big pieces of furniture, just a landrover full of bags and boxes.

All I did was ask myself if I believed my story

Turns out I didn’t

I was lying to myself, finding excuses as to why I couldn’t do something…

We do it all the time..I bet you do it too..why you cant lose weight, why you cant eat healthily, why you cant just have 2 biscuits, why you cant just eat 1 square of chocolate, why you cant go for a daily walk, why you cant go to bed earlier, why you cant spend more time on yourself…etc

Its one of the hardest things you will do in your lifetime

You believe you hate heights..its a lie

You believe you cant do it..its a lie

You think you should have the abs of a 20 year old …its a lie

You give up because its too hard…its a lie

Looking to have instant results? Its about the long term vision. It has to fit into the lifestyle you already have, its a recognition that you aren’t the same person that you were, its about asking yourself  …does this work for me..are you looking for a new method. a new way, a new way of thought?

Change the way you think, which changes the way you act

Change the way you do ..which changes the way you think

They lead to the same thing

A new and improved you

If thats what you are searching for…

Its basic human nature to want, looking around the next corner..wondering whats next.

Our software has evolved not to wait for anything, forward plan..

Thats why 14 day fat loss programmes sell, they sell you the instant result.

Does it last?

Probably not…does that mean it could take more than that to get results?

Yes

Are you believing that you wont be happy until you are skinny? Thats a lie…

You have to wait for a “new you”

Come January, its all about the fast fix, come February most people have given up.

They don’t want to put in the effort..lets face it, you can go and have plastic surgery these days and get it done super quick, instant gratification..

We get moody if we have to wait a couple of seconds for broadband to work! Waiting behind 2 people in a queue is annoying!

If we get like that with people we don’t know, imagine how moody you are with yourself!

If you lying to your personal trainer/your other half/best friend,  then you are most definitely lying to yourself..all day long..and you are THE most important person!

Questions you can ask yourself about your story: Is it true? Can you ABSOLUTELY know that its true?

How do you react , how do you feel, when you believe that thought?

Who would YOU be without that thought?

Where would you be?What would change?

Get back to me when you have answered those questions…

Its a massive realisation when you question yourself..all the time..life changes, results change, you change.

For me..I realised that a flat belly wasnt what I wanted, realised that post menopausal was the stage in my life where I was at, I realised that my hormones needed some help, I realised certain foods weren’t serving me anymore, I had to change a few things if I wanted to have health, energy and less cravings.

I chose willpower training too

I chose to try having just one or 2 bites of a dessert, then leaving the rest

I chose to have 2 sips of coffee, then leaving the rest

I chose to have a couple of slices of pizza, then leaving the rest

I chose to have a handful of walnuts/almonds, then leaving the rest

I chose to have 2 biscuits, then leaving the rest of the packet (which I would normally devour!)

I chose…I changed my story..I asked questions..

Your choice

Its all down to you

 

Mel

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Mel Collie |Lies in the Fitness Industry

Mel Collie |Lies in the Fitness Industry

Theres so many lies in the fitness industry, so many, I don’t know where to begin, I’m also worried that once I start ranting about them, I won’t stop and might just bore you to tears…so I will limit this post to just 3 of the main ones that really get to me:

  1. Adverts – if you believe the hype you need to wake up . Theres a company currently selling a thick double belt that you wrap around your waist to hold in your fat and make you appear slimmer. FFS. The tightness of this belt will compress and disturb your breathing patterns, and you will use your neck muscles to breathe, creating pain and dysfunction in your neck and lower back..expect that to happen if you buy it. Expect, also, to lower your self esteem even further by thinking that you will be a better person by being slimmer. Accept yourself as you are. Then change anything you want to by moving your body, its designed for that, rather than paying just under £20 for a belt that wont help you out at all…however, if you find movement difficult because of your size, start with changing your brainiest, your thoughts. This post hasn’t got the scope to discuss that in depth, but it doesn’t have to be complex, it does though involve a lot of realisation and acceptance, which can be really tough to do, if you choose to see it that way, many of us choose the path of least resistance , making excuses, blaming others, finding comfort in eating, realising that theres no one else to blame expect ourselves is a tough and bitter pill to swallow. Byron Katies work on managing your thoughts and beliefs and having realisations that will rock your world are available for free on her website and many videos on You Tube plus her books are very helpful – Loving What Is could just change your life. Once you realise something though, accepting it and releasing it can be the hard lessons.There could be tears shed along the way, but remember, to climb the mountain and get to the summit, you have to earn it, train, research, accept truths that flip flops and shorts aren’t the things to wear and you have to invest in some real equipment, ask those who have already been there and done it, ask for help, take the bits that work, discard the rest…every journey to the summit starts with one step, and each step takes your further to your goal, those steps are the most important, don’t lose sight of them.
  2. Movement & Muscles. Its a shame that the industry touts pink small weights and shake weights (really…?)  for women. Lift weights, you don’t have enough testosterone to bulk up. Muscle burns fat, movement creates a better functioning skeletal frame and more stamina. This works its way into your life. Everyday tasks become easier, Walking becomes easier. Breathing becomes better. However – if you are a person with a desk bound job as many of us are, me included, I do a lot of writing, photo editing and research on my laptop, you are deluded (Im being polite) if you think you can just get up and move and function well. It doesn’t happen. If you’ve ben stretching tight hamstrings for months, why aren’t they stretched by now? If you’ve been stretching tight hip flexors for ever, why are they not stretched by now? If your lower back twinges when you stand up, why is that? If your feet roll inwards and your knees hurt, what can you do about it, do you really need orthotics, is there anything else you can do to work your foot muscles? What happens to your glutes when you sit, do they stretch, why is that, and why don’t they work when you stand up, what does their job instead? Is a herniated disc a cause…or a symptom? Is plantar fascia a cause…or a symptom? Why is having a tight toned ab section more important than having a functioning body that moves well so you can keep moving well with no pain well into your old age? Because tight toned abs sell dvds and make money. However..a tight toned muscular area doesn’t mean those muscles are working well. Form doesn’t equate to function . Being sold a toned ab fitness class doesn’t mean those abs doing their job. I’ve seen tight over worked neck muscles for dysfunctional core muscles. I’ve seen tight necks for poor foot mechanics. I’ve seen a class full of men and women doing sit ups so fast they are all using their necks to complete the move. This really gets me. Form is key. In every single rep you do. Unless you have a great reason as to why the 3rd, 4th or last rep isn’t as important as the first.The hardest thing is keeping awareness throughout each repetition.
  3. I cant think of a third…theres no many more..but, well, when I trained to be a  Pilates instructor, I was so fortunate to have a wonderful tutor, Joanne Cobbe of J Pilates. I had a few wobbles on the course, I was unsure of my path and unsure if Pilates was the be all and end all, her advice was that this was ok, its normal to doubt, but to examine why and if I believed Pilates wasn’t for me, then to seek what was. Now, 7 years later, I still teach Pilates. However. It isn’t the be all and end all. It is for some, but so is Yoga, running, climbing, swimming, rowing, weight lifting, canoeing, hang gliding  etc etc Finding what works for your body is key. If you do what you loathe you will end up cancelling sessions, turning up late, feeling demotivated and end up blaming yourself. Bootcamps are all the rage, I was fortunate to go to some workshops run by Paul Mort, I learned a ton of truths from him, and still do from his emails and Ive been a member in his monthly marketing group. he too bemoans the lies in the industry. I ran a bootcamp on a beach. Then i started to realise that getting up early to train wasn’t the right thing for some people whose sleep was being affected by hormonal imbalances. Theres calories in stress and sleep…but these wont sell dvd’s..should you get your sleep and stress sorted out first before signing up for a Bootcamp course. Sure you should. Will you? probably not, but if you go to a great bootcamp instructor who knows about hormone balance, nutrition and cycles of the body, you will learn  that success comes from working from within. This may mean changing some things about your routine – black out blinds in the bedroom, no mobiles/laptop use an hour before bed, no caffeine after mid day(if that works for you, you may have to change that to 9am) reading a book before bed to help calm the mind, keeping em and paper by the side of the bed to write down thoughts when you wake up during the night, eating more fat and protein closer to bedtime if you regularly wake at 4am because blood sugar releases stress hormones, meditating, breathing exercises, going for daily 20 minute walks to de stress and calm the nervous system, practicing 5 slow deep breaths before eating to help improve digestion and calm the nervous system…..stuff like this can be taught at bootcamps, so if you are attending one that just shouts at you to do more sit ups and eat less food, move on…if its not something that you love or thats lasting, or that fits into your routine, you wont stick at it.

Rant over…

Conclusion – don’t believe the hype, stop doing stuff that doesn’t serve you on Facebook ( a great procrastinator!)  listen to people who have been there and done that..got the scars and can help you move on, don’t follow the sheep – find what works for you, your metabolism is unique, what works for your mate (or what worked for you last year…) wont necessarily work for you, spend time on you, be kind, loving , laugh, play, have fun, enjoy life, but most of all, realise your body is a instrument, learn its tune, how to play it, be in harmony with it rather than against it, stop grabbing your spare tyre and hating it, this reinforces negative self talk, but massage it, learn to accept that its just the result of loving what you have eaten, once you accept yourself, change becomes easier, you work with it rather than against it.

Life is worth living. Go live it. With no excuses.

x

Mel Collie | What should you have for breakfast?

Mel Collie | What should you have for breakfast?

We want cheats and short cuts towards a leaner healthier body. As a health and fitness consultant, one of the common questions is ‘What should I eat for breakfast? ”

As you a dieter, always searching for the solution to your problem, cutting foods, exercising more, wanting fast results in the shortest amount of time…is a dieters approach which you may have done before, and found yourself back at square one again. Frustrating isn’t it?

Body change is not linear or predictable…nor is it fair…damn it!

You are unique, I’ve said that to you before though… because its true.

It takes time, change takes time, and effort, and your results will be different to your best friends efforts or even those results you got last time. Because life has changed, you may have more stress now – with the kids, the house, the job, your relationships, your finances have changed…all these everyday life things affect your hormones which in turn affect your cravings and energy levels.

Your metabolism changes all the time, its not static, the world turns, things change, always.That means you change, every day, you are never the same person twice.

Be flexible in your approach to your diet, your lifestyle, your mindset because you don’t want a one size fits all approach..you are different.

Accept that, then you can truly untie the knots and listen to what your body is saying, what cravings are, if your sleep isn’t happening…why, if you are hungry after eating a carb rich breakfast …why, if you are tired after eating a sandwich at lunch time..why, if drinking coffee is a must to keep you awake and get you going in the morning…why..

Know what your struggles are, where it falls down and begin your journey of being a detective.

I’m not a breakfast person, Im not hungry in the morning, if I do have breakfast I would like to have protein(eggs – omelette/scrambled/poached) and greens (kale/watercress/spinach)- because they fill me up and keep me full until late lunchtime – thats 1 or 2pm, and even then I’m not feeling so hungry that I feel I have to eat something, I can go on until dinner and not eat, just drinking water to keep me hydrated. This means that the protein and carbs I’ve eaten has kept my cravings and energy in check, I’ve found what works for me.

These are my personal preferences, doesn’t mean that it works for you though, you have to be a detective and find out what works for you.

Awareness is key, because you do what works for you.

Mel

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Mel Collie | Computer Says…

Mel Collie | Computer Says…

Uh Oh…Ive just been completely bored out of my tiny mind by doing one of those Facebook personality tests thats come up in your Facebook feed..

What a waste of time

However, what gets me more is that so many people believe them

Everything we read on the internet has a source

Theres loads of information out there in inter web land

Diets. Exercises. Meditation. Coaching. Stretches. How to do anything …and how to self diagnose

I’m guilty of putting information out there in the past on my blog

But now?

I’ll write about stuff that gets your brain thinking

Wondering

Searching for answers

But I won’t give you the answers, because I don’t know you personally

If you are searching for the perfect stretch of your hip flexors, your quads, your neck…I will post stuff, useful information, things that will get you thinking , but I wont tell you that its the perfect and only answer for you

Because it won’t

You are unique

Your painful hip may not need stretching, it may be pissed off because some other muscle in its group isn’t pulling its weight, its telling you, but you are still stretching the hell out of it, weakening it, and it keeps coming back telling you off.

If it isn’t working, why are you still doing it?

Do you drive down the wrong road every day expecting it to take you to your destination

Do you eat cake and donuts everyday and never exercise but expect to have the perfect body

Do you never drink water because its boring and wonder why your body refuses to work well for you

Do you stretch your hamstrings and wonder why you are always stretching them

Do you believe the results of the Facebook (other social media sites are also available..) personality tests, even though they have never ever met you or even give a monkeys who you really are?

You have way more intelligence than that

If you don’t, you can change that.

Stop doing Facebook tests and spend that time doing stuff that enriches you

I’m not going to tell you what that is, but I will bore you with what that is for me:

…spend time with my beloved other half

…be nice to myself (and that can be along the lines of going to bed earlier, read a book that teaches me something or helps me switch off from the noise of social media, go for a walk, have a relaxing bath, massage my feet and do my nails, have a facial, do a gentle mobility exercise or two – after all, we say we have no time for ourselves…)

..be generous to others by giving more and expecting less

..slow down

After all, we tend to expect so much of ourselves and beat ourselves up when we don’t succeed. expecting more from ourselves by pouring more fuel onto the fire…more on that in my next post on what happened when I got stuck on an easy climb yesterday afternoon..yes, I was rubbish, and what that taught me.

Have fun !

Mel

x

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Mel Collie | Posture Update Week 3

Well, the beginning of week 3 is here, testing out my pattern defectiveness with NKT on my wonderful volunteer case study

This week was pretty much the same homework for her, as she had seen great results from the gluteal, pec minor and Psoas home exercises, reporting a much reduced pain level and more movement in her shoulder which she noticed in her Yoga class this week.

One unorganised relationship to look at next is tightness in the Pectinous which seems to do the work of the Rectus Femoris and Psoas, which are much bigger hip flexors. She notices a tightness in her upper inner thigh area when she cycles, but as she’s not cycling at the moment, we decided to not challenge this for now, but to focus on the original issue of the SI Joint compression and the unorganised relationship with the glutes.

So the homework for this week remains the same as last week.

Looking good though!

Mel

 

NKT Week 3