3 Home Workouts Guaranteed To Test You Regardless Of Your Ability – Guest Post By Jess Robinson of Lazy Girl Fitness

There are many reasons why it’s not always possible to get to the gym. It could be your kids, absent partners, lack of time and/or lack of motivation to walk through those often intimidating gym doors.  I am often relegated to my garage to train  and so I am always on the lookout for nifty little workouts that I can pull out and use.

Lucky for you guys, I asked my good friend Jess from Lazy Girl Fitness for a selection of workouts so you can start doing the same thing.  It doesn’t matter how fit you are! Here is an example of a beginner, intermediate and advanced workout to get you started.  I tried the advanced one with a good friend last week and it wasn’t pretty, we were a sweaty mess by the end of it, but it was fun and we felt amazing all day!

So give at least one of these a go this weekend and let me know how you feel after!  Thanks Jess!!!

We were a sweaty mess but it was loads of fun!

We were a sweaty mess but it was loads of fun!

3 Home Workouts Guaranteed To Test You Regardless Of Your Ability

By Jess Robinson of Lazy Girl Fitness

No matter where you are on the spectrum of fitness, planning a workout can be tough. How long should the session go? What body parts should I work? Why am I having a complete mind blank on ideas?

We’ve all been there.

Luckily, putting together workouts is one of my favourite things, so today I’ve done not one, but three for you! All are no-equipment bodyweight workouts that can be done anywhere – from the gym to your backyard or even your living room. And everyone’s a winner because I’ve designed a beginner, intermediate and advanced session.

No excuses guys!

Beginner Workout

This total body workout is a great place to begin, full of simple exercises that will get your heart rate up and your muscles into gear, When you’re just starting out, it’s important to include ample rest time in your program. As you progress, feel free to increase the intensity of the workout by decreasing your rest time and/or increasing the intensity at which you perform the exercises.

Lazy Girl Fitness Workout For Beginners

Lazy Girl Fitness Workout For Beginners

 

Intermediate Workout

OK we’re starting to really work now. Part one of this workout will send your heart rate skyrocketing. Part two is all about intensity – go as hard and as fast as you can (while keeping good form) and try to better yourself with each round. This workout isn’t a long one, but you should be dripping with sweat by the time you’re done.

 

Lazy Girl Fitness' Intermediate Workout

Lazy Girl Fitness’ Intermediate Workout

 

Advanced Workout

Yikes. You know that any session starting with five minutes of burpees is going to be a doozy! It’s a 45-minute full-body HIIT session that focuses on big movements for maximum calorie burn and finishes with a cheeky little abs circuit. If you don’t curse me by the end then I’ll be a bit surprised.

Lazy Girl Fitness' Advanced Workout

Lazy Girl Fitness’ Advanced Workout

 

Hope you enjoy them!

About The Author:

Jess Robinson is a certified personal trainer, outdoor fitness instructor, writer and sub-editor, based in the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney. She created Lazy Girl Fitness in the hopes of building a positive online community where everyone – from the fitness-crazed to the fitness-phobic – can come together for workout ideas, conversation and empowerment. She also needed somewhere to post pictures of her dog.

You can read more on her blog here, follow her on facebook at here or twitter/instagram @LazyGirlFit

PS – Jess is holding a Get Set For Summer 6 week bootcamp in Sydney in November – if you are interested please check out the link here.

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Mimi’s Double Chocolate Muffins (gluten, dairy, nut and refined sugar free)

Mimi’s Double Chocolate Muffins (gluten, dairy, nut and refined sugar free)

Today’s guest post has been written by my friend and cooking mentor, Robyn Goldin.  Robyn is amazing in the kitchen and her beautiful boys’ voracious and varied appetites is a credit to her clever cooking and creativity.

Last week I made Robyn’s Double Chocolate Muffins and they were wolfed down by my entire family!  Absolutely delicious, they are gluten-free, nut free (so perfect for school lunches), and refined sugar free.  I made mine with coconut milk rather than yoghurt so they were dairy free too.

They are rich but make a popular treat – I hope you enjoy!

  Mimi’s Double Chocolate Muffins

written by Robyn Goldin of Mimi’s Kitchen

I am delighted to have been asked to guest-blog on The Shrinking Hubby this week and share one of my kids’ favourite recipes!

I thought I would start by telling you a little bit about myself.  I am not a chef or a nutritionist, I call myself a ‘professional eater’ who loves to cook. For as long as I can remember I have loved food. Most of my memories are centred around food as it was an integral part of my childhood. My parents are both excellent cooks and I grew up eating wonderful, interesting food.

I only started cooking at the age of 23 when I got married and I didn’t really have much of an idea about what I was doing. But I was once told that if you can read you can cook, and so I set about following recipes from the pictures that took my fancy! I vowed not to be scared to try something new and so my love of cooking began.

Cooking became my passion, and I started Mimi’s Kitchen in 2012 after many requests to share my recipes.  I have the pleasure of sharing my love for cooking with many people through cooking classes (both adults and children) and catering for small occasions.

Most importantly, I am a mum (or Mimi as they call me) to 3 very busy and hungry boys. Sometimes if feels like my sole purpose in life is to feed them and I have made it a bit of a mission of mine to ensure they learn to eat a wide variety of foods. Recently I have been interested in introducing them to foods that are lower in  refined sugar and as wholesome as possible, in the hope that the higher the quality of what they consume,  not only is it healthier but it will keep them fuller for longer.

I try to include my boys in as much of the preparation as I can and they all really enjoy watching the process and eating the spoils.  I find that the more involved they are, the more likely they are to try something new.

I made these Double Chocolate Muffins the other day. I find the minute you tell kids there is chocolate in it, they will eat it without hesitation! Little do they know there is so much other goodness in these muffins for them. My kids loved them and they even tasted great the next day as their texture changed and became quite fudgey.

I hope you all have a go at trying these muffins. Let me know what you think. You can find me on Facebook – www.facebook.com/cookinmimiskitchen or Instagram @mimiskitchen_ or my blog www.mimiskitchen.org

Happy cooking

Robyn

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Mimi's Double Chocolate Muffins (gluten, dairy, refined sugar and nut free)

Mimi’s Double Chocolate Muffins (gluten, dairy, refined sugar and nut free)

 

How To Get Your Kids To Eat More Brain Boosting Salmon (Guest Post)

How To Get Your Kids To Eat More Brain Boosting Salmon (Guest Post)

Today’s guest-post is written by a friend of mine Mandy Sacher of  Wholesome Child, who is a qualified nutritionist specialising in children’s health.

As a busy mother of 3 young children (8, 5 and 4 years old) who are very fussy eaters, I struggle to come up with healthy and varied options at mealtimes that actually get enjoyed.  As Mandy explains in her  article below,  Salmon is a wonderful super food that can really benefit the health of our children.  She has shares some great tips on how to include more salmon into your family’s diet.  You will also find below my recipe for The Shrinking Hubby’s Miso Poached Salmon and Noodles our go-to favourite salmon recipe – one of the few dinners that gets demolished every time.  I hope you enjoy this post!

How To Get Your Kids To Eat More Brain Boosting Salmon

By Mandy Sacher of Wholesome Child

Salmon is a super brain boosting food for babies and children.  It is rich in omega-3-fatty acids (DHA and EPA) which are essential for developing brains. These types of oils are found in breast milk and are always added to infant and follow-on-formulas. Recent studies show that children whose diets are rich in these essential fatty acids achieve better results at school – especially in the areas of reading and memory performance. Evidence has also shown that children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and related behaviour/learning disabilities are more likely to have diets which are low in omega-3’s and would benefit from increasing their DHA levels.

Not only are these essential oils important for brain health, they are also crucial for healthy eye development and strong immune systems as they ward off inflammatory childhood diseases. One of the best ways to ensure they are getting enough of these fatty acids in their diets is to bump up their salmon intake.  However, when choosing salmon – especially for babies and small children – it is important to take note of where it comes from and how it is fed.  Many farmed salmon are fed pellets which contain genetically-modified grains and fats such as soy, corn and canola oil.  Synthetic dyes may also be added to their feed to give their flesh that attractive pink colour and there is a widespread use of antibiotics and other chemicals which are not found in high quality premium grade salmon such as wild salmon or organic salmon.

Most parents reading this article are thinking “I am aware of the health benefits of salmon but how do I get my children to eat more of it?”   Here are Wholesome Child’s Top 10 ways to get kids to eat more salmon.  Many of these recipes are perfect for healthy lunchbox meals.

  • The Shrinking Hubby’s Miso Poached Salmon with Noodles (see below or click here for recipe)
  • Coconut crumbed salmon nuggets with dipping sauces such as home-made tomato sauce, tzatziki or beetroot hummus.
  • Spelt pasta spirals with creamy salmon and cheese sauce (great for winter, if your school does not heat food up send in a thermos).
  • Tasty salmon hamburger patties served on a sourdough spelt bun or in a wrap.
  • Savoury salmon and veggie mini- muffins.
  • Home-made cooked salmon sushi rolls.
  • Goat cheese, pumpkin and salmon mini-quiches
  • Rice paper rolls with cooked salmon and buckwheat soba noodles.
  • Salmon sandwich: layer sandwich with flaked salmon, crème fraiche, Dijon mustard and sweet potato puree
  • Salmon Shepherd pies are a great alternative to meat.
  • Salmon lasagne with plenty of vegetables.

So which is the best salmon for kids?  Many parents who are concerned about mercury levels, taste (compliance – getting their kids to eat it) prefer organic salmon to commercially farmed salmon and wild salmon.

Organic Norwegian Salmon is reared in the ocean in their natural habitat and there are 50% less salmon per habitat than non-organic salmon. They are free to eat natural occurring food sources within the ocean that flow into their estuaries and they are reared on 100% organic feed, which is fit for human consumption (100% sustainable).  There are no pesticides, no chemicals, no synthetic dyes and no nitrates. It’s really important when recommending fish for pregnant women, infants and children that we know exactly what the mercury, dioxin and PCB levels are and where our salmon come from.

About The Author:

Mandy Sacher is a paediatric nutritionist and health writer, who sources quality products for her clients.  She has had over 15 years of experience in the health industry and is the founder of Wholesome Child – helping parents to feed their children RIGHT from the start!

Mandy stocks the best quality organic salmon and is located in Rose Bay, Rozelle and delivers to St Ives on Tuesday.

You can find out more about Mandy at her website www.wholesomechild.com.au, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Wholesome-Organic-Salmon or you can contact her at mandy@wholesomechild.com.au

The Shrinking Hubby’s Miso Poached Salmon With Noodles

What you will need:

  • 1-2 fillets organic salmon
  • 1/3 cup of good quality brown rice miso paste (found from organic health food shops or whole food shops)
  • 1 packet Vietnamese Rice Pad Thai Noodles (or you can use buckwheat or soba noodles – adjust cooking time according to instructions.)
  • A couple handfuls green beans (topped and tailed)

How to pull it together:

  • Bring a medium-sized saucepan to the boil.
  • Add the miso paste and using a whisk mix together well.
  • Add the rice noodles (which generally take around 8 minutes to cook or if using different noodles adjust cooking time accordingly).  Cook for 2 minutes.
  • After 2 minutes, add the salmon fillet/s to the miso and noodles.  Cook for 4 minutes.
  • After 4 minutes add the beans and cook for a further 2 minutes.

Dish out into bowls, ensure to add a couple of ladlefuls of nutritious miso broth to the mixture and serve.

Notes:  For a more grown up version – this is delicious drizzled with some tamari, a little sesame oil and sprinkled with toasted sesame seeds.  You could also add some chilli oil for a kick.

 

 

Vitamineral Green – My Favourite Greens Supplement AND GIVEAWAY!

I have mentioned on here a few times how much I love drinking my daily green juice.  The benefits of daily juicing are such that if I go even a few days without my green juice I notice that I start feeling a bit blah.  I have written about daily juicing and shared some tips and recipes  here.

If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram you might have noticed that I have posted a few times about a greens supplement that I use called Vitamineral Green.  It is a wonderful product which adds even more oomph to my green juice and in the 9 months that I have been taking it I have really noticed a positive impact on my general well being.  I suffered a nasty calf injury last June and I believe that my recovery which has been so effective is in part due to the nutrients that this supplement enables my body to take on a daily basis.

For more information on this and the many other wonderful products available through Balanced Living check out Balanced Living Oz’s website here.  If you email Balanced Living Oz (info@balancedlivingoz.com) to order and mention ‘The Shrinking Hubby’ you will receive free shipping for the month of February.  (You can order directly through their website but to qualify for the free shipping you need to email directly.)   If you don’t live in Australia you can email Balanced Living Oz to find out how to contact your local supplier.  I am excited to announce that I will be giving away 2 X 300 gram bottles of Vitamineral Green!  For information on how to enter see the bottom of this article.

I have asked Danae McDonald, who is the sole distributor in Australia of Vitamineral Green,  to share why she loves this product.

Why take Vitamineral Green

By Danae McDonald

About 10 years ago a Naturopath said to me… with our busy lives and hectic schedules, sometimes it is hard to eat a well rounded nutritional diet. Even with the soil depletion we are not able to gain all the nutrients our body requires.

She said “Danae… if you take nothing else just take Vitamineral Green every day” so I have been taking this amazing supplement for over 10 years and now my 2 boys also love their ‘green juice’ every day. It is an amazing product that not only makes you feel great but also prevents illness in my view. It contains over 30 nutrients from the land, waters and oceans. I love and feel so passionate about the product Balanced Living has been given the exclusive distribution rights for Healthforce Nutritionals in Australia.

These products are in a league of their own… far more nutrient dense and superior to any other product currently available on our shelves. I challenge you to look at what you are currently using as your ‘green powder’ and check for the ingredients that you are paying for but are not actually the expensive greens eg “fillers… like pea protein isolate, flax seed powder, rice bran powder, lecithin, fruits, maca etc….” not bad but certainly NOT green.

Vitamineral Green contains no synthetic or isolated nutrients (ie not excreted as expensive yellow urine) it is 100% Raw, 100% Organic, 100% Vegan, 100% Gluten free with 100% Nutrient protection (Amber glass jar to prevent from outgassing of harmful plastic containers, a unique nutrient lock metal lid and an oxygen absorber).  Importantly it contains no artificial sweeteners.

Essentially it is “Natures Multivitamin” perfectly balanced nutrition packed with vitamins, minerals, trace elements and healing phytonutrients.

“Green foods are perhaps the most healing foods on the planet, and the single most important addition to a diet you can make”

Getting ready to make some green juice with my Vitamineral green

Getting ready to make some green juice with my Vitamineral green

Vitamineral Green Giveaway!

We are very fortunate to have 2 X 300 gram bottles of Vitamineral Green (worth $69.95 each) to give away to my followers.  I am going to give one away through my website and one through my Facebook page.  All you need to do is comment below ‘I’d love to win!’ and I will randomly choose one entry.  To increase your chance of winning make sure you head over to my Facebook page and like and comment on the competition photo there too (it is pinned to the top)!  Hurry – all entries must be in by midnight Friday 28th February – I will select the winner on Saturday 1st March.

I want to point out that I am not affiliated with this product, nor am I making any commission on any sales.  I just like to share what works for me and this product really does.  

Forceful Delight – guest post by Charby Ibrahim, The Ancestral Body

Today’s guest post, by Charby Ibrahim of The Ancestral Body is a great read!  For those of us who try and eat well, sometimes it’s those awkward social situations that let us down, and not necessarily by choice.  Please read and enjoy, and be sure to check out his website The Ancestral Body.  Charby’s story is inspirational and you will really enjoy reading his posts.  He has some great workouts and recipes on there too!

(PS – If  after reading Charby’s story you are looking for some healthier cake options – I have a few on my website.  You might like to try my quick and easy carrot cake here, my apple and zucchini loaf heremy vanilla cupcakes here or my chocolate protein balls here.  You don’t need refined sugar and grains to enjoy a sweet snack!  Enjoy!)

Forceful Delight

By Charby Ibrahim, The Ancestral Body

An overly firm handshake, a boisterous greeting, a forceful slap on the shoulder, a little banter. Ok, where’s this going? He may as well have lifted his leg and used me as a lamp-post. Yup – Awkward. Even when he makes fun of my shirt, questioning my sexuality, I smile and nod… compliment his ‘lovely’ house. Clare, his wife, shoots me an apologetic glance, served up with a warm hug. I remember why I’m here. We’re old friends; great friends! Geoff comes with the package these days though. I can handle that. “9 beers in, mate!” Geoff announces, interrupting the embrace. “You’ve got some catching up to do, CH-arbs!” A harsh CH- sound, and we’re in nickname territory. I don’t correct him. It’s a different story in my head, a few expletives added. SH-arby! “I’m ok, Geoff. Maybe I’ll grab a glass of red wine in a minute,” I reply. Clare, as though reading my mind, steps in. A brief reprieve – “Speech time guys. The cake is ready!” Time for Geoff to shine. His 15 minutes of fame. Laden with slurring jagged tangents, and anecdotes from his ‘playing days’ – Aussie Rules Football, that is. His son, whose birthday it is, gets the odd mention too. Made in the image of his mother, the kid smiles bashfully between sips of the black fizzy stuff.

Flash forward – “Just eat the f@#king cake, mate!” Two tiny balls of spit fly in my direction. They’re homing in… one lands on the already infamous piece of sweet spongy cream, and the other assaults my left cheek. I wipe it away with an exaggerated gesture… I’m not sure why. Actually, yes I am. I want him to know that he’s out of control, that there’s a strong chance he’ll regret this tomorrow. I even throw him a cheeky smirk. So often I’m the mediator, keeping the peace, politely navigating my way through awkward situations. Not today – I’m not about to be bullied by a man taking umbrage over a piece of bloody cake. Geoff fires up again – “So what… You think you’re pretty good ay? Standing around judging us all. It’s my son’s birthday. It’s my son’s birthday cake! What’s a bloody Health Coach do anyway? Please!” The plate, and a smear of pink cream, now pressed up against my chest. “No thanks, Geoff.” He holds it there firmly, glaring through me. The pointed edge of the square plate digging in hard now. Still, I don’t flinch. Instead, I take a slow sip of my wine, breathing in through my nose. My first glass. I must be miles behind now.

The birthday boy is wrapped around Geoff’s leg, and I spot Clare’s look of concern over Geoff’s broad shoulder. She’s been here before. “Eat. The. F@#king. CAKE!” he thumps. The room falls silent. A pause in the music. An audience to boot. Growing up as a Lebanese kid, I was no stranger to having food forced on me – and even more recently, I know I’ve rubbed the odd host up the wrong way with my ‘peculiar’ food choices. Most of the time though, they could care less. I tend to load up before arrival, pick at what takes my fancy, and we get on with the party. This time it’s different. I’ve been drawn into a one-sided cock-fight, and folks seem more interested in the spectacle than dragging this bloodied rooster away.

“This is my house!” he declares proudly, staring me down. Judging by the football trophies lining the walls of his ‘man-cave’, he isn’t lying. It’s definitely his house. Confirmed. Team photos from 1995 through to 2003. His face growing sterner, tougher, as the years progress. He was promised a long career, but it just didn’t eventuate. One can’t help but wonder if the subtle limp he carries around has anything to do with it. I figure it’s best not to ask at this juncture. A big frame, strong, towering over me, taking up space; much like the houses he grudgingly builds these days. A solid bulging barrel chest, and a round belly way out in the front cabin- not in any of the photos, but a new addition – not quite lived in. “It’s OUR house!” Clare promptly reminds him, “…and you’re being a dick… AGAIN!” They lock eyes for a few seconds, and I’m almost relieved that the attention has shifted, and the pressure eases off my sternum. A new feeling of unease though; the fight response kicks in. What might transpire between the happy couple when the crowd disperses eventually?

Clare’s stare is harsh and piercing. She wears him down. Geoff’s hand forgets that it’s holding the plate. Slowly falls limp. His body folds into itself, starting at the navel. He just about disappears – The cake is sliding slowly off the plate. I watch it with gleeful anticipation, instead trying to stop it. SPLAT! He wears it well down the length of his left leg and shiny shoes. Time for this guy to exit stage door left. I finish the last sip of my wine, grab for my coat, and I get the proverbial truck out of there.

All this talk of cake has my sweet tooth crying out. As soon as I arrive home I snap into action; a fresh batch of gluten free, honey sweetened, dark cacao brownies. Down the hatch with a very generous serve of raw cream, and a handful of mixed berries. You might be asking ‘why’ then? Why didn’t you just eat the damn cake, Charby? The truth is, I really do love a sweet treat, but the refined sugar and the gluten really punish me these days… AND I have an aversion to being bullied. We are social creatures though, and even I turn a blind eye to food quality when I’m out at restaurants, BBQs, functions, and parties in the name getting along. I don’t want to know what kind of oil they’re using, whether the veggies are organic, and what kind of life the animal on my plate lived. I might never leave the house otherwise. So, I compromise. There are some non-negotiables though, and sometimes I say ‘NO’… kindly. A three day gluten hangover just ain’t worth it for this sensitive little monkey. So, I’m making a stand here and now. I’m saying NO to forcing cake on unsuspecting guests. Just say NO… thanks!

PS – The very next morning I received the loveliest apology… from Clare.

Disclaimer- In order to protect the people mentioned in this story, I have changed their names. In order to protect the integrity of the cake, I changed its colour.

About the author:

Charby Ibrahim is the man behind ‘The Ancestral Body’ – Nutritional Health Coach, Personal Trainer, Teacher, Speaker, and Writer. A graduate of The University of Melbourne, The Institute For Integrative Nutrition, and The Australian Institute of Personal Trainers, he has written countless articles for prominent online publications and blogs, is a proud member of Physical Activity Australia, and engages in education programs at both local schools and The Royal Children’s Hospital. Charby’s journey has been a personal one from the outset. He went back to ‘Eating Real Food’, lost a stack of fat, got fit, and is now using his own life skills and experience, on-top of over a decade in education, to help others find the combination of lifestyle factors that best suit their needs. Charby is also a co-host of The Primal Shift, one of Australia’s most popular health podcast shows.

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How To Start Living A Healthier Life Today – By Jess Robinson (Lazy Girl Fit)

Today’s guest-post is written by a friend of mine Jess Robinson who is as passionate about health and fitness as I am.  It’s got some great advice about how to get started.  For most of us who are overweight or have friends or family or a partner who is struggling, it’s getting (us or them) started that’s the hardest part.  There is always next week, Monday, next month, next term, next year.  Our minds can come up with a million reasons why not to start today, but once you have made the commitment and taken some action it doesn’t take long to reap the rewards.  When we eat well and exercise, life is so much more enjoyable than when we eat badly and live a sedentary lifestyle.  Focus on getting healthy, and your waist line will reward you.  Here are some great tips on how to do just that!  I hope you enjoy this great post!

How To Start Living A Healthier Life Today

By Jess Robinson (Lazy Girl Fit)

Whether you’ve got 7kg or 70kg to get rid of, there’s no doubt that losing weight is a daunting task. No wonder it’s so often pushed to the back of your consciousness – a problem for Future You to deal with. But what happens when there’s no more procrastinating, what happens when Future You becomes just You?

The fact is, being overweight is a contributing factor to many chronic illnesses. It can also make it harder to keep up with your kids and more difficult to conceive in the first place, not to mention being downright uncomfortable. I’m sure this is nothing you haven’t heard before, but I say it anyway because I want you to realise that it doesn’t have to be this way – you can stop being overweight, you can feel good about yourself and you can foster healthy habits.

In my opinion, the best way to ensure you get the results you want is to stop focusing on weight loss and start focusing on health gain. Here are a few tips for getting started.

1.  Set yourself small, weekly goals.

‘This week I will take five 20-minute walks’; ‘I will eat green, leafy vegetable with dinner each night’; ‘I will workout three times this week’. Make these smaller goals achievable and tick them off the list once they’re done.

2.  Set yourself big goals.

In my opinion, these goals shouldn’t be weight related. Think ‘I will be able to run 3km/5km/10km by this particular date’; ‘I will be able to do 5/15/30 toe push ups by this date’; ‘I will finish a fun run by this date’. It doesn’t really matter what the goal is, as long as it’s tangible, and it stretches you outside your comfort zone (but not so far you go running for the hills!)

3.  Keep a food diary.

I know – it’s scary. But sometimes you need scary to help you move forward. I would suggest two weeks of diarising all food and drink you consume.

4.  Don’t go on a diet; make a lifestyle change.

Spending hours on a treadmill each day and starving yourself for eight weeks will help you lose weight, but it’s not good for your body and chances are you’ll pile the weight back on as soon as you start eating like a normal person (which inevitably you will do).

5.  Enlist the help of a professional or two.

Nutritionists, personal trainers, psychologists, doctors – there are plenty of qualified people out there who would relish the idea of helping you. You just need to ask.

6.  Drink more water.

Kickstart your metabolism first thing in the morning with a glass of warm water and a squeeze of lemon juice. A glass of water before each meal can also help you to feel satiated.

7.  Get the whole family involved.

If you’re trying to make positive changes in your life, it makes sense that your family should be involved. Not only will they benefit from the lifestyle changes you make, it also gives you a live-in support network to discuss any achievements and issues with.

8.  Small lapses should not equal large punishments.

Nobody is perfect all the time, and punishing yourself for having ‘bad’ food by binging on more food is not the answer.

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The human body is pretty amazing, and being fit, strong and healthy is the best way to show your appreciation for it. To help you kickstart your journey to better health I’ve put together a simple, no-equipment circuit that you can do in the comfort of your own home. I hope you try it out!

At-Home Circuit for Beginners

 [30 seconds per exercise]

  •  Jogging on spot
  • Push ups – your choice of wall, incline, knee or regular push ups
  • Static lunge – left leg
  • Supermans
  • Bridge
  • Crunches

[Repeat 3-4 times; rest 15-45 seconds between exercises)

Static Lunge

Static Lunge

Wall Push Ups

Wall Push Ups

About The Author:

Jess Robinson is a certified personal trainer, outdoor fitness instructor, writer and sub-editor, based in the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney. She created Lazy Girl Fitness in the hopes of building a positive online community where everyone – from the fitness-crazed to the fitness-phobic – can come together for workout ideas, conversation and empowerment. She also needed somewhere to post pictures of her dog.

You can read more on her blog lazygirlfitness.com.au here, follow her on facebook at facebook.com/lazygirlfitness here or twitter/instagram @LazyGirlFit

Jess Robinson and Lou www.lazygirlfitness.com.au

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www.lazygirlfitness.com.au

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