Author Archives for Lisa Hawkins

fat loss, weight loss, fitness, strength, fitness journey

IT ALL STARTS WITH DAY 1

March 28, 2019 4:14 pm Published by

   After a period of not training I came in and threw myself back into it. After only a few weeks of not training consistently I was left sore and very stiff in my muscles. I wasn’t surprised but it got me thinking about how daunting it is to start exercising again after a long period off; or for some the challenge of starting for the first time.   The first steps to getting back into fitness whether it be to lose weight or just get fit and strong can seem like the hardest. Thinking about exercise and ways to reach your goals is a great start but at some point, we have to action it and get going.  ... View Article


fat loss, weight loss, fitness, small group pt, personal training

ENJOY THE JOURNEY

March 28, 2019 4:11 pm Published by

  To get long term results from exercise you at first have to enjoy it. It doesn’t matter how good your programme is, how amazing the equipment is, how much you lift etc What matters is are you enjoying it enough to stick with it. When you find a place, you feel welcomed. Training takes on a new meaning. It becomes part of your day to day life. You start to make it a priority – you build a routine – that breeds consistency. Then you start to see and feel the benefits of what you’re doing. Then you start to see results.   Of course; in the long term it does matter that you have great coaches to guide... View Article


fat loss, weight loss

DO IT FOR YOURSELF

March 28, 2019 4:08 pm Published by

DO IT FOR YOURSELF   If you are ever looking for a reason to get a bit healthier, lose a bit of weight and get a bit fitter then start by doing It for yourself.   We can have things that motivate us externally to exercise but we also need an internal drive that gives reason as to why you have chosen to change your lifestyle and put health and fitness high up on your list of priorities.   You may do it for your family – so you can be healthier to make life special. You may do it as part of a work group or a challenge that’s in the office or with friends as a bit of... View Article


energy balls, healthy recipes, simple nutrition

ENERGY DATE BALLS

February 18, 2019 3:17 pm Published by

  If you fancy a sweet treat using all natural and healthy ingredients and sugar, try these.  So delicious, simple to make and just 5 ingredients. They will keep for a week in the fridge in an airtight container or can be frozen.   Ingredients: 200g (1 cup) almonds 400g (2 cups) medjool dates 4 tbsp raw cacao powder 2.5 tbsp almond butter 2 tbsp coconut oil (I add flax seeds and protein powder if desired)   Method: Pulse almonds in food processor/nutri bullet until they are crushed. Add dates and coconut oil and pulse till mixed. Add almond butter and cacao and mix again. Take a tablespoon of mixture and roll into a ball and continue until mixture is... View Article


healthy eating, healthy recipes, deserts

APPLE AND PEAR PIES

February 18, 2019 3:12 pm Published by

Apple and pear pies:   A low fat, natural sugar sweet treat. 109 calories per portion.   Serves 2. Ingredients: 1 medium apple 1 pear 1 tbsp lemon juice 2 tbsp finely chopped figs (or dried figs) 1 tsp honey 0.5 tsp ground cinnamon 2 sheets filo pastry Coconut oil cooking spray (can add Oppo low fat ice-cream on side)   Method: Preheat oven to 180C Peel, core, thinly slice apple and pear and combine with figs, lemon juice, honey and cinnamon in a bowl. Divide mixture between two small ovenproof shallow dishes and cover with foil. Bake for around 10 mins until fruit starts to soften. Remove foil and place a sheet of scrunched up filo pastry on each,... View Article


healthy recipes, optimal health, overnight oats

OVERNIGHT OATS

January 22, 2019 8:13 pm Published by

OVERNIGHT OATS – Banana, Strawberry and Vanilla This is a great breakfast alternative that you can prepare the night before and take with you to work. You can create different flavours depending on what you like and create variety so you don’t get bored. You can use any jar or nutri bullet cup with lid so they are easily portable. To make these all you have to do is mix the ingredients the night before, shake them up and leave them overnight; ready for the morning INGREDIENTS – ½ cup jumbo oats (50g roughly) ½ cup almond milk or alternative (100mls oat milk, the rest water to make ½ cup) 1 small ripe banana (75g roughly) 50g chopped strawberries 1... View Article


optimal health, personal training, Winchmore Hill

MAYBE ITS TIME TO SHIFT YOUR THINKING

January 9, 2019 11:01 am Published by

GETTING YOUR PRIORITES RIGHT – MAYBE ITS TIME TO SHIFT YOUR THINKING   I think New Years is a great time to reflect on the year that’s passed and set some goals for the year ahead. For most people its weight loss and it’s a cycle they repeat year in and year out with no real success. We focus so much on weight loss that we forget about our own health. Dieting is hard, and most of the diets are so restrictive you can’t sustain them. Dieting doesn’t teach you about Optimal Health; It’s main goal is losing weight on the scale and sometimes it comes at the expense of our health.   Optimal health comprises 6 main areas –... View Article


personal training, fat loss, weight loss, Winchmore hill

DO IT DIFFERENT THIS NEW YEAR

January 3, 2019 10:00 am Published by

NEW YEARS – GROUND HOG DAY   This time of year is renowned for new year resolutions You decide you have had enough and want to lose weight, get fit or tone up. Each year you make the same promises to yourself. You get really motivated (which is great) – You join the gym. Do a detox. Go running. Go on the latest fad diet. You start off so motivated. But then the motivation wears off. The diet becomes harder to stick to. You start to compromise and become complacent. You come up with excuses for not training. And soon enough you are back to your old ways. Struggling to see how everyone else can do it but why can’t... View Article


POST CHRISTMAS BLUES – GET YOURSELF MOVING

December 26, 2018 11:00 am Published by

The build-up to Christmas is usually filled with parties, lots of celebration drinks and meals out. Running around sorting out presents, wrapping them, organising the food, prepping it, cooking it and eventually sitting down to a meal with family and friends. It can all seem a bit much even though the time invested is usually worth it.   While I don’t suggest following a diet over the Christmas and New Year period (although sensible eating is advised), the stress and frenzy of the season can see your exercise fall away as your days become busier in the build up to Christmas Day.   Add to that the extra alcohol and food you consume you may feel like you have undone... View Article


personal training, weight loss, fat loss, Winchmore Hill

ENJOY YOUR CHRISTMAS – GUILT FREE

December 10, 2018 11:00 am Published by

ENJOYING CHRISTMAS – NO GUILT   The hardest part of the year to be trying to lose weight is the 2 weeks from Christmas to New Year. It’s getting colder, the days are shorter, you crave stodgy warm food and leaving the house to exercise seems like the hardest thing to do.   Add to that Christmas Parties and celebration drinks after work. The meal you eat Christmas day and the rest…. The New Year’s Eve celebrations and pretty soon your gaining weight not losing it. You feel depressed that you failed and indulged in things you wouldn’t normally do, you feel fat, lethargic and not motivated to move.   BUT   It doesn’t have to be that way. I... View Article