Are you doing everything right and not losing weight?

Are you caught up in the vicious cycle of trying everything and not losing weight? Sure youre doing everything right but not seeing the results you want to see?

Lets look at some of the variables that could be influencing your weight loss.

Sure you’re doing EVERYTHING right? Lets see.

What are you eating? – No really, WHAT are you eating? Has your sugar in your morning coffee crept up from one to two teaspoons? Has that 4 pm cookie or chocolate become more daily routine than occasnal treat? Do you have any idea what portion sizes are, and are you sticking to them? Most of us go along on ” guesstimates “. That is a recipe for disaster.
Keep a food diary for 7-10 days, write down absolutely everything that goes into your mouth! Sugar and milk in coffe/ tea, wine, water, food, sweets, gum, everything. Make it detailed, try to include volumes or grams of food. Once you know what’s going in, you have better control over what’s going wrong.

What are you doing? – Has your workout become less frequent, shorter, easier, or has it fallen by the wayside? Invest in a heart rate monitor and set yourself a goal of burning a certain amount of calories every day. Ask a trainer to shake up your programme, shocking your body and kick starting your metabolism.
If gym isn’t your thing, play a sport you enjoy. Swimming, tennis, action cricket or soccer with the kids will get you into better shape in no time. Walk the dog, walk to the shops, walk or cycle to work one or twice a week. Get off the bus one or two stops before your destination each time you ride and walk the rest of the way. It all adds up!

What’s up,Doc? – Pay a visit to your GP and make sure there’s not a medical reason for your weight. Have your hormones checked out- this does not just mean ladies. Men can also suffer from low hormone levels that can affect weight loss. Have your thyroid, growth hormone and insulin levels checked.

Lastly, don’t confuse SLOW weight loss with NO weight loss! Weight loss of 300g- 500 g per week, on average, is the healthy way to do it. Some weeks will be more, some will be less, some weeks you will stand still. Weigh yourself once a week, on the same day, at the same time, in the same clothing. Keep track of your weight. Don’t get obsessed. Weight fluctuates from day to day.
The closer you are to your goal weight, the more difficult it becomes to lose, and it becomes more important to be precise in what you do.

In future blogs we will look at the above reasons in more details, and we will also look at other reasons why your weight loss might be stagnating. Until then, keep calm and carry on!

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28 days to Happy

There’s someone out there in the twittersphere who coined the term “gratituesday”, an amalgamation of,obviously, gratitude and tuesday. Every tuesday, I get a little reminder to be grateful for what I have.

This is not the first time I’ve observed the “attitude of gratitude”. A while back, there was an internet following for the 28 days of gratitude, the idea being that every day for 28 days, you should make a list of 5 things that you are grateful for, and after 28 days, your life would be different, better. Would your life actually change for the better? I don’t know. But after 28 days of being consciously grateful for everything you have, whether material, physical or spiritual, it certainly would feel better. We take things for granted and this is an opportunity to realise how fortunate we are.

Whenever I make my gratitude list, I start with my health, and also that of those I love. As I see friends and family grow older, I’ve come to realise that health is a real blessing, and all too often we take it for granted. We neglect ourselves all through our youth, thinking we will always be immortal, never paying attention to what waits for us further down the road.

Instead, let us use this time to build a foundation of health. Consider where you want to be in the future, health wise, and start building on it. Its never too late, or too early, to start taking care of yourself. An investment in your health is the same as a financial investment, the sooner you start, the better.
And every day, be grateful for what your body does for you, and treat it with respect.

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How much weight can I lose by friday?

We’ve all done it- postponed the weight loss until we have only a month, a week, a few days left until the self-imposed deadline we have set. Sometimes it’s for a holiday, a birthday, or some other special occasion. Other times, just the start of summer is enough to get us running for the hills( or the treadmills).

Then we realise we’ve left it too late, and resort to the ridiculous, bizarre and sometimes unsafe methods to shake those last few kilograms. Even those of us in the industry often succumb to laziness and neglect, and its all too tempting to go over to the dark side!

Then the topic of fat burners raises its ugly, albeit skinny, head. I was asked about fat burners today and seeing as how I haven’t been in the market for them for a while, I had to do some research before I could offer an answer. If anyone out there has tried that recently, you’ll know that you are entering a minefield.

Firstly, the majority of the info out there is supplied in the form of advertisements either by the product maker, or by those stocking the products. We all know how objective this information would be, right? Everyone is touting their product as the best, the supplement shops list all the products available with no indication of which ones work, or might be harmful for certain people.

The reason I have not been in the market for these is that I have a thyroid condition which can be irreversibly damaged by stimulants. Most successful fat burners contain stimulants. They work on the central nervous system and if not used with care, can cause long term damage to your metabolism. This is why most companies recommend you “cycle” your fat burners, taking a few days off in between each cycle, giving your body a chance to reset.

After a whole lot of research which turned up, well, nothing, I’ve decided to go the old fashioned route. I’m sticking to a low GL diet, adding some weight training to my programme to build lean muscle, and throwing in some interval cardio sessions.

How much weight will I lose by friday? Not much, today is already thursday! But by next friday, I will be 8 days into my healthier eating plan and setting myself up for a lifetime of weight management, not weight gain followed by weight loss. And I’ll be looking good in time for
summer !

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How much weight can I lose by friday?

We’ve all done it- postponed the weight loss until we have only a month, a week, a few days left until the self-imposed deadline we have set. Sometimes it’s for a holiday, a birthday, or some other special occasion. Other times, just the start of summer is enough to get us running for the hills( or the treadmills).

Then we realise we’ve left it too late, and resort to the ridiculous, bizarre and sometimes unsafe methods to shake those last few kilograms. Even those of us in the industry often succumb to laziness and neglect, and its all too tempting to go over to the dark side!

Then the topic of fat burners raises its ugly, albeit skinny, head. I was asked about fat burners today and seeing as how I haven’t been in the market for them for a while, I had to do some research before I could offer an answer. If anyone out there has tried that recently, you’ll know that you are entering a minefield.

Firstly, the majority of the info out there is supplied in the form of advertisements either by the product maker, or by those stocking the products. We all know how objective this information would be, right? Everyone is touting their product as the best, the supplement shops list all the products available with no indication of which ones work, or might be harmful for certain people.

The reason I have not been in the market for these is that I have a thyroid condition which can be irreversibly damaged by stimulants. Most successful fat burners contain stimulants. They work on the central nervous system and if not used with care, can cause long term damage to your metabolism. This is why most companies recommend you “cycle” your fat burners, taking a few days off in between each cycle, giving your body a chance to reset.

After a whole lot of research which turned up, well, nothing, I’ve decided to go the old fashioned route. I’m sticking to a low GL diet, adding some weight training to my programme to build lean muscle, and throwing in some interval cardio sessions.

How much weight will I lose by friday? Not much, today is already thursday! But by next friday, I will be 8 days into my healthier eating plan and setting myself up for a lifetime of weight management, not weight gain followed by weight loss. And I’ll be looking good in time for
summer !

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A point well made. Very little is ever achieved while sitting. Get up, make the change you want to see.

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“No one has ever stumbled onto an opportunity while sitting down. Go ahead; try to stumble while you sit.”

Life offers us many new ideas, plans and directions. We process, we think, we plan, we decide, we even dream and then ….. we tend  ….. to wait.

We wait for the “time to be right” or “a sign” of some sorts. We make excuses and justify our fears – all nicely bubble wrapped in words like “security” or “risky”. We opt for comfort, familiarity and safety while knowing full well that these options make us miss out or even give up. We get caught up in the chaos, we become too busy and we call it “adapting” to our lives. 

There is no safety – there is only you limiting what’s possible. Life in itself is a risky business.  To be alive is to be at risk, to be free is to be at risk, and…

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Hello world!

My name is Sian and Sapphire Wellness Solutions is the name of my business. I am a professional health coach and Pilates instructor. We work closely with other health professionals to provide education, motivation and support to people trying to lead a more balanced lifestyle.

We try, as far as is possible, to provide holistic solutions for hectic lifestyles. The aim of this blog is to serve our clients and other interested parties as we provide support for healthy living, and also to keep everyone up to date with what’s new and exciting in the health field. We pride ourselves on being down to earth and sensible, we offer no quick fixes or fads, and we aim for balance in everything we do.

We will blog about tips and trends in the wellness industry, offer links to interesting sites or other blogs that correlate with our beliefs, and even include motivation and humor, and other interesting current events as we believe these, too, form an important part of a balanced life.

I am new to blogging so this is a learning journey for me, but I believe it is important to keep learning throughout your life. I’ll be glad for your company if you wish to come along for the ride!

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