Category Archives: Exercise

Exciting new Home Workout – One Ten Toned

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The day has finally arrived! Hooray!

I’m so excited to be able to launch my new book…

One Ten Toned

– An easy exercise plan for a fast metabolism and a healthy toned body.

It’s been a labour of love and there are a few people to thank, but first you may be wondering, “Why exercise, isn’t food your thing?

Yes indeed it is, but for real health, exercise is part of it too. However just like extreme diets, people have been going whacko over extreme exercise like Cross Fit, marathon running, super heavy weights or exercising twice a day for an hour at a time, and all it’s doing is breaking people down and damaging their bodies. They think it’s healthy or helps with weight loss and actually for most, it’s not true.

So I would look at all the fit people plastered all over Instagram and the workouts they do and just think, “well no, I don’t want to do any of that.” Even yoga which I love, and have a mat and I know how to do it, because my friend Maryanne and I used to go to classes for years when I lived on the Gold Coast – even given all of that, just the thought of having to do it now for 20 or 30 minutes doesn’t appeal at all, despite the benefits.

Anyway, one day I remembered my chapter on ‘ooh ahh just a little bit’ in my first book. It’s about tackling something bigger by just starting with a little of something. It just changes your whole brain somehow and removes the barriers. So I set my timer for 10 minutes, put on some fast paced music and thought, “what if I just do this?

Then a week later I realised I’d done it every day for a week! And then a month! Just too exciting not to share.

So to read more about what’s actually in the book see the One Ten Toned page here.

A big thank you to my husband Adrian for his support, all the photos in the book and the upcoming YouTube videos on my new channel starting Saturday 7th July, at 10 am (Australian time) – please be kind, I’m sure I’ll get better at it as I go! His production is brilliant but there is only so much you can do with a ‘deer in the headlights’ presentation style! (Ha, ha.)

Also sending a big bunch of appreciation to my proofreaders, my sister Lindy and friend Pam for taking the time to help out as well. The book is much better thanks to their suggestions and is easier to read; so thank you very much ladies.

So if you are keen to get going, it’s available to purchase now only AU$9.95 which is about US$7.50. It’s a PDF immediate download, 86 pages and a 22 mg file.

Available here.

So get out all your favourite songs that you love and start feeling great, ‘cos that’s what it’s all about.

It’s my life; it’s now or never! – Bon Jovi

Happy dance.

Kristy x

Exactly why EAT LESS AND EXERCISE MORE is bad advice for long-term weight loss.

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You hear this line thrown out everywhere – “Just eat less and exercise more” – as the magical answer to everyone’s weight issues. The problem is it doesn’t actually work if you do it incorrectly (which most people do) and makes the issues worse, as you will see in this story…

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Kayla Itsines – BBG – thinning hair & stretch marks

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So interestingly, after my last blog post – Does low carb dieting making your hair fall out? – all over the news in the same week, there was this confession from workout queen Kayla Itsines:-

“My natural hair is actually super short. I have genetically really thin hair,” she wrote, adding that her grandmother and her mom have thin hair as well, and that there is a family history of female pattern baldness. “I can see my hair getting thinner and thinner the older I get.” See articles below.

Health.comTeenVogue.com; Cosmopolitan; FoxNews.com

And in most of these similar stories, the reason given for it is Female Pattern Baldness that runs in her family. The message of being happy and proud no matter what your issue is commendable. (I learned long ago that worrying what other people think is a waste of a happy life.)

So far so good.

However then in another two articles, there is a mention of hypothyroidism….

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Making slim your lifestyle

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Image by www.adrianalfordphotography.com

So I was chatting to a social media follower, let’s call her Betty and we got to talking after she commented on one of my posts where the theme was ‘I walk because I hate running.’

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5 reasons why your weight loss program isn’t working…

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I have been reading a few books lately mostly specifically about sugar, grains and weight loss and the interesting thing is that they exactly mirror my beliefs on this subject. My beliefs of course stem from my own experience but also of witnessing the plight of others who keep trying to do the ‘diet and exercise’ advice and fail spectacularly for years, some never succeeding and spending most of their lives miserable. (After dishing out hundreds of dollars on programs that can never work.)

So let’s take a look at what is wrong here…

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Weight loss – setting yourself up to win.

danceHaving experienced many failed attempts to lose weight over the years, there is one important snippet of advice I wish I knew way back then…

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How many calories do we use just living?

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When researching the post on exercise for weight loss, I came across this piece which showed why the hour a day or 3 times a week exercise regime that most of us are doing, isn’t doing much for our weight loss goals.

It’s partly to do with what happens for the rest of our 23 hours per day and also the fact that poor eating choices do far more damage than can be rectified by moderate exercise.

It has to be something like 90 mins of intense exercise daily to have any effect on your weight and many of us can’t keep that up – or like me, I don’t want to, it’s just not the life I want to lead.

So let’s check out this daily calorie usage just by living thing…

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Exercise for weight loss? Not quite the remedy we’ve been led to believe.

Image by www.adrianalfordphotography.com

Image by www.adrianalfordphotography.com

The articles published recently about the questionable effective relationship between exercise and weight loss mirror my experiences.

It’s funny because I have worked things out for myself for a long time now regarding weight loss based on how it feels for my body, and it has led me to the place I am now – happy, healthy the weight I want to be without much effort at all.

It helped me wade through the information overwhelm which is mostly conflicting and arrive at my truth. First it was about sugar which is now mainstream, then it was grains thanks to the Paleo crew who made that more well known and here is just another thing that my body taught me first.

The new paradigm is…

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‘It will be hard but it will be worth it’… really?

If I received a dollar for every instagram post with this supposed motivation quote on it, I would be a rich girly. Every time I see it though, I get a little irritated like being poked in the ribs.

My question is… why? Why does it need to be hard?

Are we talking about the same thing? I’m talking weight loss, what are you talking about?

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Muscles help burn calories faster – apparently…

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Image by Adrian Alford Photography

 

Muscles help burn calories faster so therefore you should get muscles first to lose weight – apparently…

Ok so it’s no secret that I don’t like going to the gym; just doesn’t do it for me from a number of angles and now despite the fact that the fitness crew out there still blast away that it’s the best thing ever and many, many weight loss programs insist that you must go to the gym to lose weight, I am finally at peace with the facts that:-

a) I don’t need to go any where near a gym to lose weight

b) I don’t need to feel bad, less than or hopeless because I don’t go

c) it’s perfectly fine to know what you don’t like and it doesn’t mean you are lazy

d) some people love it – so go for your life! Just leave the rest of us alone.

(In fact truth be told, apparently the stats are that only about 10% of the population go to the gym, so there is way more of us who don’t – interesting!)

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