Posts Tagged ‘ireland life coach’

No time to get fit? Nowhere to do it? No Excuses…

06/01/2010

Cold and snowy outside? Here’s a video of me training, with kettlebells, in my kitchen!

Anna



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If you want to achieve your goals this year you need to STOP DOING THIS

04/01/2010

If you are making resolutions and you are thinking about all the things you want to stop doing, like…

I have to stop drinking so much, I must give up chocolate, I should stop smoking, I shouldn’t spend that much money, I need to lose weight

Then stop, because it is not going to work for you.

You may have heard the saying “whatever you focus on you get more of”.

This means that if you focus on what you don’t want, you’ll get more of what you don’t want.

So, if for example,  you want to lose weight, and you are thinking things like:

I hate the way I look, I feel so heavy, I look horrible, I have huge thighs, my tummy looks disgusting…

Then you are probably also thinking:

That’s it, I can’t have bread any more, I am not allowed to eat chocolate, I shouldn’t eat pasta, I have to stop eating take aways, no more cake for me…

Then you have to realise that all you are doing is making it even harder for yourself, because you are focusing on all the stuff you don’t want.

If you are spending all your time thinking about all the things you don’t want, can’t have and shouldn’t do, then when are you thinking about what you do want?

Before you can make any changes in your life, you must change your mindset. You must change the way you think.

Otherwise, no matter how much you wish for something, how much you hope it happens, you will not get it.

Your mind doesn not recognize all the don’ts, shouldn’ts, can’ts… you are thinking.

It only recognizes positive commands.

So, when you say things like “I can’t have chocolate”, your mind processes “have chocolate”.

When you say “Don’t eat those fries”, your mind recognizes “eat those fries”.

And then you try and fight that command with will power alone? Pretty much impossible.

Unless you stop focusing on what you don’t want, you are wasting your time and setting yourself up for disappointment.

You must stop cluttering your mind thinking and talking about what you don’t want.

Anna

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Want to feel great and lose weight? Avoid these foods!

29/12/2009

People tend to think about food in terms of what it does to their bodies, i.e. it makes you fat, it keeps you trim… many don’t stop to think about the effect food has on their minds.

Food can make you full of energy, positive, razor sharp focused, clear minded, motivated, relaxed… or it can make you feel like crap, chronically tired, depressed, anxious, negative…

The following foods are so bad for your mind, and body, that I really can’t see any reason to eat them.

Not only do they have close to zero nutritional value, but they also give your body a nice dose of harmful toxins.

Avoid these at all costs and start to feel boundless energy and zest for life. Not to mention the slimming effects…

MICROWAVE POPCORN

Chemicals, including perfluorooctanoic acid, in the lining of the bag, are part of a class of compounds that may be linked to infertility in humans. In animal testing, the chemicals cause liver, testicular, and pancreatic cancer. Studies show that microwaving causes the chemicals to vaporize  and migrate into your popcorn.

In fact, getting rid of your microwave altogether is probably one of the best things you can do to improve your overall health.

WHEAT

Many people buy wheat bread as opposed to white bread because they believe it is more nutritious.

What they don’t know is that wheat is often contaminated with toxins and no matter what the form, wheat, whole wheat, cracked wheat, sprouted wheat… they will all be capable of causing the same problems including: celiac disease, IBS, rheumatoid arthritis, headaches, infertility, and developmental delay in children.

Intolerance to wheat is far more common than doctors typically recognize. The human body hasn’t evolved to digest it. Wheat, and nearly all other grains, convert to sugar in the bloodstream, and rapidly accelerate aging and chronic illness in most people.

Most of us should limit or avoid wheat altogether.

SUGAR

An average doughnut will give you about 200 to 300 calories, mostly from sugar, and few other nutrients.

It will throw off your blood sugar and won’t stay with you so you’ll be hungry again soon.

Apart from the numerous negative physiological effects of sugar, which I won’t mention here, it can cause a rapid rise of adrenaline, hyperactivity, anxiety, difficulty concentrating, and crankiness. It can reduce learning capacity, and increase in delta, alpha, and theta brain waves which can alter your mind’s ability to think clearly. It can  also cause depression, increase your risk of Alzheimer’s disease, worsen symptoms of ADHD, and even cause antisocial behaviour.

One can of soda, for example, has about 10 teaspoons of sugar, 150 calories, 30 to 55 mg of caffeine, and is loaded with artificial food colours and sulphites. The diet varieties are also problematic as they are filled with harmful artificial sweeteners like aspartame.

Studies have linked soda drinks to osteoporosis, obesity, tooth decay and heart disease. Plus, drinking all that sugar will likely suppress your appetite for healthy foods, which paves the way for nutrient deficiencies.

If you regularly drink soda, regular or diet, eliminating it from your diet is one of the simplest and most profound health improvements you can make.

FRENCH FRIES & CHIPS

Potatoes are bad enough when consumed in their raw state, as their simple sugars are rapidly converted to glucose that raises insulin levels and can devastate your health. But when they are cooked in trans fat at high temperatures, all sorts of interesting and very unpleasant things occur.

Anything that is fried, even vegetables, has the issue of trans fat and the potent cancer-causing substance acrylamide.

Foods that are fried in vegetable oils like canola, soybean, safflower, corn, and other seed and nut oils are particularly problematic. These polyunsaturated fats easily become rancid when exposed to oxygen and produce large amounts of damaging free radicals in the body.

These oils can cause aging, clotting, inflammation, weight gain and even cancer.

Due to its high saturated fat content, coconut oil is extremely stable and is not damaged by the high temperatures of cooking. This is why coconut oil should be the only oil you use to cook with.

ORANGE JUICE (AND ALL FRUIT JUICE)

Fruit juice has about eight full teaspoons of sugar per eight-ounce glass. This sugar is typically a fruit sugar called fructose, which is every bit as dangerous as regular table sugar since it will also cause a major increase in insulin levels.

Many commercial orange juices are contaminated with mould from damaged fruit that are processed. So if you drink commercial orange juice regularly you will be exposed to these mould toxins.

This doesn’t mean that you should avoid fruit, just fruit juice. When the fruit is intact and whole, its fiber will somewhat moderate the release of fructose into the bloodstream as well as somewhat moderate insulin release.

Avoid  eating these foods and start to notice a surge in energy, mental clarity and a slimmer figure, in as little as 7 days.

If it doesn't grow in a field..

Start feeling great right now and let me know all about it!

Anna



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Shopping for after Christmas sales? The best buy ever starts with Y…

26/12/2009

We got lots of useful beliefs, and tons of inspiration and motivation!

Too late, too old, not ready yet, not clever enough, too dear, too hard… what is your excuse for not setting out to get what you want in the new year?

Your ability to turn excuses into more useful beliefs will determine your success in 2010.

When you start to think more usefully, things will start to change for you.

When you think about the goals you want to achieve, you will feel differently about them. They will simply seem more doable.

Whatever it is that you want, whether you want a more successful career, better relationships, more money, love, a healthier and fitter body

You can have it when you get yourself in the right mindset, identify the skills you need to make it happen, and take consistent and focused action.

How can you do this? Well, here how you can get started…

Take a couple of minutes to write down all the negative things you usually tell yourself that have been keeping you from taking action in a particular area. Then turn this into more useful  beliefs.

For example: Getting a new job

Negative beliefs Useful  beliefs
– I am not good enough at public speaking

–  I am not a good sales person

–  I am not qualified enough for the job

–  I am not confident enough for the interview

– I can become better at public speaking by…

–  I can become a better sales person by…

– I can be more qualified for the job by…

– I can be more confident at the interview by…

The endings you choose for your “useful beliefs” statements, will give you an idea of the  skills you need to get better at.

Your objectives will seem more real and achievable once you have identified what  it is that you need to improve.

This is why the best investment you will make this year is in improving Yourself; getting the necessary skills  for you to achieve your goals more quickly and effortlessly.

Nothing will ever be as rewarding, long-lasting and good value for money. Talk about bargains!

One of my clients  was made redundant from her job this year and came to me for help.

We discussed a number of ideas, all of which she turned down. She said she was too old to start over. She is in her early sixties.

So we googled away, and this is a shortened list of what we found out:

  • Verdi composed his Ave Maria at age 85.
  • Harlan Sanders started Kentucky Fried Chicken at 65.
  • Ronald Reagan didn’t get into politics until he was 55.
  • Laura Ingalls Wilder (author of Little House on the Prairie) published her first book in her 60s.
  • Rodney Dangerfield didn’t start doing comedy until he was 45.
  • Cezanne’s most highly prized paintings were done in his 60s.
  • Alfred Hitchcock’s best films, including Vertigo and Psycho, were done in his late 50s and early 60s.

Not only was she shocked, but she was also deeply inspired.

After this, we worked together on turning her excuses into reasons why she wanted to start over doing something she loved.

Then we identified the skills she needed to acquire in order to do this, and we put together an action plan that worked for her.

She took action straight away, and to this day she emails me telling me how she feels happier and more accomplished than ever.

See, when it comes to personal accomplishment, as George Washington once said, ninety-nine per cent of the failures come from people who have the habit of making excuses.

So, remember, if you have things you want to achieve in the new year, quit making excuses and avail of the best special offer ever: The opportunity to improve yourself and the quality of your life.

Anna



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Want success? Then you need to fail more

20/12/2009

Last week I  attended a webinar given by legendary  personal and professional development speaker Brian Tracy.

As he spoke from the States, his webinar started at 11pm Irish time and, even though it went on for an hour an a half and I had to get up early the following day, there is no way I was going to miss it!

When Brian speaks you have no choice but to listen and trust his words implicitly.

Brian has helped thousands of people around the world achieve personal and professional success.

He spoke about his own journey, and about how if you want to be successful in life, whatever success means for you, you need to get more comfortable with failure.

He said successful people make more mistakes than less successful people because they take more risks. And taking more risks involves more chances for failure.

These people are not different to you or me, they simply refuse to focus on things that make them feel fearful.

They shift their focus to everything around them that is going well, and everything that can go well.

Fear of failure paralyzes people and they start to think things like “I Can’t” or “I won’t be able to”, which is a lifetime recipe for failure.

But as you know, when you work out, you get stronger. When you learn new things, you get smarter.

And  when you make mistakes, you get more successful. All you have to do is learn from your mistakes and try a new approach.

If you fall, make sure you fall forward, so when you get up you are closer to your goal.

Brian’s recipe for success?

Get started, and never ever quit!

Find out how you too can learn to re-program your mind for success. Vanish fears in an instant, and start to think like a successful person!

Download my new Report “WHY YOU’LL NEVER GET WHAT YOU WANT UNLESS YOU DO THIS” at http://www.delite.ie

Happy Christmas!

Anna




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Have resolutions for 2010? Why you won’t stick to them unless you do this

14/12/2009

By definition, a resolution is a commitment that an individual makes to a project or the reforming of a habit.

Resolutions are often linked to a lifestyle change that is interpreted as beneficial. These commitments tend to go into effect on new year’s day and remain until fulfilled, or abandoned.

Some of the most popular ones include:

Losing weight, getting fit, eating right, quitting smoking, reducing stress, getting organised, getting out of debt

However, recent studies show that only 12% of people who set new year’s resolutions actually go on to achieve their goals.

– How come, year after year, millions of people all over the world swear over and over again they will stick to their resolutions,  only to give them up, as most people do, a few weeks later?

– How can people abandon such important and beneficial goals they have set for themselves, so easily and quickly?

The answer is simple. The haven’t mastered the art of setting well formed outcomes.

Most people don’t know how to set goals. They like to daydream about what their lives would be like if things were different, they like to think about and talk to other people about ideas, things they would like to do, things they should do…

These are not goals. They are just thoughts. In order for you to achieve your goals, you need to take consistent and focused action. And unless you follow the steps I am going to reveal now, you may find it extremely hard.

If you are serious about sticking to your resolutions this year, make sure you follow these goal setting strategies:

1/ A well formed outcome needs to reflect your values. Your values are your beliefs about what is most important to you in life. These provide inspiration, govern your levels of motivation, and guide every decision you make. They are the standards you live by.

If, for example, health and fitness is one of your values, then this will be imprinted in everything you do. You will behave in a way as to ensure you are healthy and fit, as you will not accept your life any other way.

When you set goals that reflect these, you’ll  want to start taking action right now, never mind waiting until the new year!

2/ If your goals are long term, it is useful to break them down into smaller more attainable mini objectives, so you can realise your progress more easily, and get a sense of accomplishment that will in turn keep you motivated and focused.

If you have a few goals in different areas in life, avoid overload and overwhelm by prioritising and concentrating on those goals that are most important to you right now.

3/ Tell people about your resolutions. Studies show that people who have a supporting family and friends reach their objectives faster , and also live happier and longer lives! This is why support groups of all sorts have proven to be so popular and successful.

If your family and friends are not as supporting as you’d like them to be, finding like-minded people who share the same or similar goals will help you get what you want faster and more easily. And you’ll get to enjoy the process more too.

4/ We are creatures of habit and often get stuck in  particular behaviours that can seem impossible to break, unless you know how to.

In order to build new effortless and lasting habits, you need to crush limiting beliefs, create new more resourceful ones, and attach these to your goals, together with  a bucket load of emotion  and some super effective goal setting tools.

Thinking that you will be able to do this relying solely on will power is a big mistake that will only bring you frustration and disappointment.

Even the most successful entrepreneurs, artist and athletes have coaches, like me, to help them with the necessary mind skills to help them achieve their goals.

If you want to find out what these mind skills are, and the 7 essential steps you need to follow in order to achieve your goals this year, stay tuned for my upcoming coaching programme “7 steps to getting what you want”, out in January!

Anna




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Determined

What I am getting myself this Christmas

08/12/2009

Hello again!

Christmas is getting closer and, as always, I like to treat myself for “having been so good this year”.

If you have been following my posts then you know about the importance of treating yourself well and making time to do the things you really enjoy doing.

Training is one of my passions, and high up on my list of priorities. I am always researching the most cutting edge systems and trying them out.

I have been training with Kettlebells for the past year and have dramatically changed my body shape.

I have never been this toned and strong (not even when I was a Fitness Trainer!), and I have never felt better either! Here’s a short video to show you what I have achieved following this system:

Many friends and clients ask me how I do it and they are always shocked to hear I train only 3 to 4 times a week for about 45 minutes. That’s it! And I don’t do any cardio!

This is what I love about  kettlebells. You can train anywhere, anytime that suits you, and you can get an amazing fat busting workout in no time!

If you, like me, want to get in shape fast and in the comfort of your own home, treat yourself to some kettlebells and this workout book this Christmas. I can’t wait for mine to arrive!

Kettlebell fat loss workouts you can do at home

<– Click here to find out more about Kettlebell fat loss workouts you can do at home!

Inspirational person of the month – December 2009

07/12/2009

Daniel Holfeld  is a photographer practicing in fashion, beauty, advertising and art based photography (www.danielholfeld.com). Photography is his first passion and after that comes yoga, which he has practised since he was 16.

A few months ago he started practicing Bikram yoga, a 90 minute cardiovascular work out of 26 postures done in a studio heated to 40.5°C.

For the first time the European Yoga Championships were being held in Dublin last month and Daniel decided to go forward and compete. He got placed and will continue on to represent Ireland in the Yoga World Cup on the 13th February in LA.

A: Daniel, why did you decide to take part in this competition in the first place?

D: At first I was quite shy about competing. I had never heard of a yoga competition before! But I slowly began to change my mind when I saw the other Irish competitors training and pushing themselves to reach their goals in time for the competition. So I signed up and joined the training. Also I thought, “why not!”. I have practiced since I was 16, so it was time to take on a challenge and see just how far I could go with it. Also I wanted to represent the guys, because I think people tend to think of yoga as a girls sport!

A: How do you fit training for a competition like this around your working life?
D: It wasn’t easy. In the run up to the competition I was practising every day after work in the evenings and then doing extra advanced classes on the weekends. So, on a Friday evening and Sunday I would be doing about 5 hours of yoga. It took up a lot of my time, but it was rewarding and great to see the results in my body, using different muscles and seeing a deeper practise just encouraged me to keep going no matter how much it ate into my free time. I think you’ll find the time to do anything you love and where you can see the results!

A: How do you discipline yourself to train when you’ve had a bad day, for example?
D: The hardest thing to do with any training is to start the session. So, if I’ve had a bad day I always say to myself “just start” and the rest will take care of itself. And it does, within the first 10 mins you are having a great session. Often the times when you feel the worst you end up have the best training. In order to keep up the regular discipline my body reminds me, because you feel so good with regular training and with anything good, you don’t want it to stop. Also, the group morale in the studio is great, we encourage each other a lot, which really helps.

A: What motivates you to keep going?
D: I’m motivated by setting new goals for myself. With yoga you can always learn new things about your body and how it reacts to more training. The results you get show just how malleable the body is and how much it can actually handle. For example, whenever I think I can’t go any further I always try, even if it means stretching a few more inches, then you see that you can do it, so the next time you try again. Also, I remind myself of how good I will feel after the
training, which is great motivation.

A: What inspires you?
D: This competition was a huge inspiration, setting myself this goal as something to work towards. The current two world champions came over and held classes and did demos. Seeing Courtney Mace move was definitely inspiring. In fact I will be going to NY to practise with her before the competition in LA. Never thought my holiday would consist of training but it’s really given me something to aim towards and the opportunity to train alongside a world champ is too good to miss!

A: What is the biggest challenge you have overcome, and how?
D: A few years ago I fell skiing, I went over some ice and my ski didn’t come off. Basically my ski went one way and my body went the other way! I tore my Anterior cruciate ligament. The challenge here was being disabled. At the time I was doing daily ashtanga practice so being bed bound when I got back was difficult for me. But I did the physio and lots of yoga and now its as though I’ve never had anything wrong with my knees. It hasn’t limited me in any way, largely because I stuck to a good physio routine and combined it with my yoga practice.

Inspirational

Every month, I will be interviewing an inspirational person. It could be a friend, a client or it could be you! If you know of anyone who qualifies and would like to inspire others, contact me at anna@delite.ie

Thanks,

Anna

Your cravings are not your fault

04/12/2009

Don't... eat it...

Take a look at the history of food marketing and find out how it has affected you and why your cravings are not your fault!

In the early twentieth century several US retailers hired a man called Edward Bernays to advise them on how to boost sales in a post war economy.

Bernays (non other than Sigmund Freud’s nephew) taught them to link the purchase of goods to people’s ego needs: status, success, prosperity, sex…

Before this, people bought things for practical purposes only. You wouldn’t buy a pair of shoes unless the pair you had were completely worn out. And most people’s food habits had nothing to do with ours today. They had more to do with survival than entertainment.

Bernays helped turn this behavior around though. He taught sales staff to make people who bought the “right” brands of food feel successful, more prosperous, sexier and more worthy. And those who bought the “wrong”  brands feel not good enough.

In today’s economy, advertisers use far more complex and subtle marketing techniques to make us buy the “right” foods, regardless of the health implications.

We are continually bombarded with subliminal and sometimes direct messages such as:

– Feeling down today? Drink this and you will feel great in no time!

– People who eat this food are more attractive…

– Only the most successful people buy this special product.

These messages are often accompanied by images and sounds that deeply anchor them in our subconscious. So, every time we see or hear the advert, or the product, an emotion is automatically triggered.

What do you feel when you hear the brand names:

  • Snickers
  • Ferrero Rocher
  • Carte D’or
  • Coke

Every year millions of euro are invested in advertising so these messages become even more powerful. Everything, from the shape of the product, the packaging material’s flashy colours, the highly addictive ingredients… to the aisle and the shelf you find them on at the shop… everything is meticulously premeditated so you find them harder and harder to resist.

Things that in the past were luxuries are now considered necessities. Foods that were once available only to the  very rich are not consumed by everyone, all the time. Our minds have been influenced to the point that we  can’t imagine living without these foods any more. We just can’t  give them up.

This is why fighting food cravings with will power alone is practically impossible. And this is why NLP is been proven so effective at getting to the heart of the matter, that is your subconscious. NLP can help you by reprogramming your subconscious with new and healthier messages about food so you can bust those nasty cravings for good.

If you have found this post helpful, feel free to post your comments or any questions you may have.


Thank you,

Anna

Cigarettes – give them up without putting on weight

01/12/2009

If you are a smoker and are worried that you will put on weight when you quit,  you don’t have to worry any more.  Putting on weight is one of the many misconceptions about what will happen once you have stopped smoking.

There are only 2 reasons why you should put on weight after you have quit smoking:

1 – If you wanted to put on weight

2 – If you needed to put on weight

Let me explain the latter. If you have been skipping meals or using cigarettes as  appetite suppressants… then what do you expect to happen when you quit, and start eating properly again?

What happens to people who crash diet? They tend to quickly put all the weight back on, and then some more. The same thing can happen when you quit smoking.

The good news is you can avoid this when you discover how your body works and start to respect its rules.

Your body is a supremely intelligent machine with an innate ability to get what it needs for optimal function: regular intake of nutritious foods and fluids.

If you deprive your body of these, you will gain more weight in the long run.

Because when you decide that you will start eating again, which does happen sooner or later, your body will take every single calorie you ingest and store it as fat.

So, here is what I recommend my clients and what you can begin to do too: instead of waiting until you have already decided to quit smoking, now you can start to counteract some of the harm you have caused your body.

Research shows that when you eat 5 to 6 small healthy meals a day you speed up your metabolism, which in turn helps you burn more fat. Introduce 3 to 4 exercise sessions a week (make sure you get out of breath) and you are well on your way to a healthier, leaner you.

Not only will you stay in shape after you’ve quit cigarettes, but you will start to think and feel differently about yourself too.

Some of the amazing presents your body gives you as a thank you for treating it right are: increased clarity and focus, stress reduction, no cravings, better sleep, improved breathing, more energy, reduced cellulite, healthier skin…

Treat your body like the most valuable possession you have. Because it is.


Anna