It’s so easy to repeat the same old patterns, to get ourselves in a rut and have the ‘what’s the point’ attitude

One of the hardest things we can do as human beings is to change but, if we don’t change ourselves, we can’t expect our lives to change and sometimes that’s exactly what we need. It’s so easy to repeat the same old patterns, to get ourselves in a rut and have the ‘what’s the point’ attitude, especially as we get older. For many people the thought processes change from ‘what can I do next’ to ‘I’m too old for all that’ and, as we lose our dreams and our expectations, we strive for less and eventually reach a point of stagnation but it doesn’t need to be like that……..


This video shows the journey of a 48 year old guy from fat to formidable. He didn’t go to the gym, didn’t have a personal trainer and worked out in his garage at home. What he did have was massive determination to succeed.

He worked out six days a week, 3 days with weights and 3 days of cardio, and he stuck to a sensible diet plan for those 6 days. On his day off he ate what he fancied and didn’t train – the results after just 18 weeks will amaze you.

This woman explains how, at the age of 50, one really awful photograph motivated her to get in shape. She started just by changing what she ate and she started to see results which prompted her to start exercising. She began with walking, then power walking and then long, all day hikes.

Although she had lost a lot of weight, she decided after a few months that her body didn’t look quite the way she wanted it to so she joined a gym, hired a personal trainer and dedicated herself to transforming her body.

At 50 years old she now has the body of a 20 something – as she says “50 is the new fabulous”!

Transforming yourself requires motivation first so think about the things that will improve in your life if you begin to transform your body:

  • You will have more energy
  • You will have more self-esteem
  • You will be healthier
  • Your digestion will improve
  • You will sleep better but need less of it

The next things you will need is determination and that’s all on you; even if you hire a personal trainer, unless you are determined you will find yourself giving them excuses as to why you can’t exercise after a couple of weeks.

But that’s really all that you need if you want to change your life – motivation and determination – if you have both those things you will achieve whatever you want to achieve.


You Can’t See Me

Perhaps there’s a team of elves that sneak around exchanging people’s healthy salad options for a double burger and fries with bacon and extra cheese?

As human beings we don’t literally stick our heads in the sand but we do have a tendency to do it metaphorically; it’s in our nature to mentally side step those things that we don’t really want to think about and avoid doing those things that we don’t want to do. Unfortunately, the media (both social and mainstream) seems to have encouraged this trait to a point where the responsibility for our actions always lays with someone or something else. How many times do we see “the Government should…..” or “the police should” or “teachers should”? This is a great example of that kind of buck passing; people are eating far too much unhealthy food but they ‘have been tricked into it’!

Perhaps there’s a team of elves that sneak around exchanging people’s healthy salad options for a double burger and fries with bacon and extra cheese? Perhaps there’s some sort of magic afoot which makes a double burger with fries, extra bacon and cheese look like a healthy salad??  No? Then maybe it’s just the case that we’re all well aware when we’re eating too much unhealthy food but we just stick our heads in the sand until something happens to make us realise that we haven’t made the best choices.

There’s nothing wrong with eating what you want to eat as long as you are happy with the consequences and are prepared to take responsibility for them. If you make your choices consciously then what’s the problem…..

This is a really useful site to help you work out how many calories you should be eating every day, how many you eat to lose weight and how many to gain weight; there are too many factors to consider for it to be 100% accurate but it will certainly give you are really excellent idea. Let’s say you’re a 50 year old woman, 5ft 6 tall, you weigh 160llbs and you do little or no exercise – your calorie intake to maintain your weight will be around 1635 per day, if you eat 1000 calories per day more than this you will gain around 2llb per week.

Cornflakes, toast and butter, orange juice   And black coffee: About 430 calories

Tuna Mayonnaise baguette: Around 520 cals

1/4lb burger with cheese and fries:  Around 800 calories

So that’s it, your 1635 calories blown totally out of the water with fairly average breakfast, lunch and dinner. Of course that’s without any drinks and snacks:

Chocolate bar = around 200 calories

A glass of wine = about 125 calories

Cappuccino = another 120+ calories

And there you go, if you have a couple of cups of coffee in the morning and a couple of glasses of wine at night your calorie intake has topped 2500 and, if you don’t do any exercise you could find yourself putting on up to 2llb per week or 100llb in a year; that’s 7 stone.

There are some great sites on the internet that will tell you how many calories you’re eating and others that will tell you how many calories you burn when you exercise so there’s really no excuse not to lose weight if you want to. If you don’t want to that’s fine as long as you are aware that your lifestyle means that you will probably continue to gain. It’s really up to you; no-one else should be able to tell you how to live your life, as long as you’re happy that’s all that matters. This is just to give you some awareness and insight so that, if you decide to make some changes, you can do it a little more easily.