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Just Eat The Cake!

Right. You’re out for a meal with your friends. You’ve done the main course and now waiter’s coming around, asking if you want dessert. You do. You’ve really got your eye on that sticky toffee pudding. But, your friend Sarah is on some new crazy diet so she’s being all good and saying “No thank […]

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What is the best way for women to train when they want to lose weight & tone up?

One of the most disheartening things that may happen is when you put all your effort in to a workout plan and don’t see ANY changes. You eat what you think you should, workout loads, give up your social life and still don’t see the results you want. Gutted. This happens more often than not […]

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Are you baffled by what to eat?

Clean eating, keto, IIFYM, paleo, 80/20, Dukan, weight watchers, Atkins…….. to name but a few There are so many options out there, each claiming to be the best no wonder people are just down-right confused about what to do for the best! The thing is, the right meal plan is different for everyone. What works […]

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2 Things Way More Important Than Money

My priorities were all wrong Being in business on your own is tough. You start out with visions of doing the job you love, flitting from meeting to meeting, having time to do-lunch with friends, building an empire, having to turn clients away The reality is, its bloody hard. Clients don’t just com flocking, there […]

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4 Week Nutrition Plan

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What Is Your Weight Loss Gremlin Part 2

So did you figure out your weight loss Gremlin? If you did you have taken a massive step forward in winning this game and this post will show you how we squash that little fecker. So lets take an example, and say Client A has struggled with her weight for years. Done every diet out […]

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How To Find And Keep Your Motivation

One of the main reasons ladies come to our gym is to find motivation. So many of us struggle to stay on track when it comes to healthy eating and exercise. Now while there isn’t a magic solution to this there are things you can do to help make the process much easier to handle […]

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19 Day Sugar Cleanse

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Why you know you really want to lose weight but still cant stick to your plan

Getting back on my own health and fitness journey it has really helped me to develop an understanding of how hard it can be. It was a long time since I last had to get in shape and the fact that this time around I am a few years older doesn’t make ti any easier! […]

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The Believe & Achieve 3-Step Transformation Programme

At Believe and Achieve we specialise in working with ladies over the age of 40 and over size 16 Why? Because generally these ladies have tried everything to get the bodies they want. They have tried every diet, bought every DVD and read every book. Many of these attempts have involved extreme measures and strict […]

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How To Lose Weight Without Giving Up Your Social Life

Let’s face it, life is far too be short to be stuck on a diet that leaves you fed up, missing out and hungry. After many years in the health and fitness industry I firmly believe HEALTHY SHOULD NEVER MEAN HUNGRY I see so many ladies get started on a strict new diet, and yeah […]

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What Is Your Weight Loss Gremlin? Part 1

What do I mean by that? A Gremlin is a nasty little bugger that causes chaos and mayhem. We all have them. They are our negative thoughts we have built up over time that take over our heads and really knock us off track. They can show up in all areas of life but we […]

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Your Free Booklet

Click to Download Your Copy Of HOW NOT TO PILE OF THE lbs THIS CHRISTMAS BUT STILL HAVE FUN!

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The Results Are In

I just wanted to share a recent success story form one of our clients. Sarah joined us for 8 weeks and you can see her results are bloody brilliant! 13cm or 5 inches form her waist in 8 weeks!  So chuffed for her I also wanted to share a snippet from her email to us […]

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Why I could have cried while getting ready to go out

So I want to share something with you today. I have been in the fitness industry since around 2011/2012 and it all started off as a bit of fun because I loved exercise. I loved finding out more about how to challenge the body, the effects of food and I loved getting fitter and stronger. […]

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Do Our Results Last?

Just over a year ago Louise joined Believe & Achieve desperate to lose weight before hitting the big 50. She was fed up, tired and pretty blooming miserable and needed help.   She committed to joining us for 12 weeks. Yes it was a big investment and as a nurse not money that could be […]

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Challenge Accepted!

We are delighted to be putting together a team for next years Xrunner. To think that most of our ladies havent exercised in years before joining us and now they have the confidence to join our team! Its amazing to see the changes in our clients week after week. Yes it will be challenging and […]

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO US!

Today we are 3 years old! I cant quite believe it. I cant decide if the time has gone really quick of it has been the longest 3 years EVER! Either way we made it and I am so proud of everything we have achieved over the last 3 years. We have gone from it […]

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200 Burpees? You are having a laugh

Now anyone who knows me, knows I am not a 200 burpees-broccoli-eating-up-at-dawn-PT.   Far from it.   I love food, I love socialising and I love making the most of life.   I believe in balance – healthy eating with a few treats + exercise = a happy balance.   But if I am honest, […]

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You Have To Stretch That Comfort Zone If You Want Things To Change

This morning I went networking to the rather lovely Copthorne Hotel in Sheffield (apologies to any Owls!) . It was well out of my comfort zone, fortunately I saw a few people I already know so it was lovely to see some friendly faces. But I still had to stand up and introduce myself and […]

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Do You Ever Stop To Admire The View?

Sometimes it is so easy to get caught up in the running of life. We can be so busy chasing deadlines and goals that we forget how far we have come.   We can be so busy running after the next challenge that we forget to celebrate everything we have achieved so far.   Being […]

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Are you getting hungrier as is gets colder?

The tendency to overeat during the winter might come down to basic biology and our primitive impulses urging us to stockpile for the cold months ahead.   In addition, during winter we have less daylight. Your pineal gland responds to lack of light by producing melatonin, the sleep hormone, which makes you feel sleepy and […]

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Every felt really fed up?

I have!   Weeks when work is crap, friends aren’t there for you, you have no money, your relationship is on the rocks and you honestly cant see how it will get any better.   You feel like everyone else has it sorted and here is you flapping about just trying to get through each […]

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5 Simple Ways To Make Life A Little Happier :)

Addressing negativity “What iffing” just escalates problems that haven’t even happened and creates a lot of stress. What we focus on expands. Interrupt the pattern and focus on a positive outcome. Flip it. An attitude of gratitude Take time to appreciate everything you already have. Gratitude is a powerful positive emotion. The more we give […]

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It’s All About The Habits

We are what we repeatedly do. How we look and feel is down to our habits Our daily habits decide whether we are strong or weak, promoted at work or not, comfortable with money or skint, tired in the morning or full of energy. What’s the difference between the woman who is healthy and toned […]

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Brrrrrrrr its getting chilly

Top 5 tips on how to stay healthy as we say goodbye to summer 1) Eat plenty of Veg and fruit. Notice how I put veg first? Your ratio of veg and fruit should be 3:1. Yes fruit is healthy but also full of natural sugars so it is important to up those vegetables. When […]

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Girl Power

Check out our ladies after a fab session this morning! Although Im not sure if it was hard enough with all the giggles I could hear!! Ladies Only Personal Training Gym Sheffield

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And I Thought I Was Always Positive

I do consider myself to be a positive person. I always know that no matter how crap things get there is ALWAYS a solution.   I am a very independent 42-year-old woman who is pretty good at taking care of myself and my little world.   So a victim? Me? Never   Until I read “The Big […]

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It doesn’t have to be all or nothing!

Right its Monday morning, hand up who has started a new crazy-this-time-I’ll-do-it-I-am-totally-on-it-diet?! I’ve been there done that so many times! You get to a point where you are so fed up and feel so rubbish that you have to make changes and you have to do it now. So before we know it we have […]

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Ladies Who Lift

If it doesn’t challenge you it doesn’t change you! Many women avoid heavy weights as they think it will bulk them up. This makes me laugh as I have been trying to develop muscle definition for months and I wish it did happen that quickly! Lifting heavy weights won’t make you become the next Incredible […]

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Fed Up? You Have 2 Options

Have you noticed how people really only complain about the things they CAN change I hate my job My thighs are too fat I am sick of being single I never have any money My mother is doing my head in I have no social life   Each and every one of them can be […]

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Our Early Birds

Great session this morning at 6.30am. And the ladies are still smiling Claire Ladies Only Personal Training Gym Sheffield

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Ladies who lift

One of our ladies smashing it at the gym this morning #ladieswholift Claire Ladies Only Personal Training Gym

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Designed Specifically For You

The beauty of our small sessions and each session being designed for each client we are able to support our ladies with any specific requirements they may have. Today our ladies had a few lower back niggles so we added in some extra stretching time to help ease out any aches and pains. Claire Ladies […]

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Portion Control – How Much Should You Be Eating?

So I asked around my clients what things they find confusing when it comes to eating healthy and many said they know they are eating healthy but they arent sure if they are eating enough or too much! So lets have a look at portion control………….. The brilliant thing about eating natural whole foods is that it […]

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Just Regular Women Getting Healthy & Happy

Just normal women wanting to finally get healthy and happy ^^^^^^^   Yes I want to help women lose weight.   Yes I want to help women get fitter   But more importantly I want to provide a safe, friendly, supportive place that ladies of all age, ability, size, experience can come and feel comfortable. […]

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A Little More About Our Gym

I know it is scary to start something new! Check out what some of our clients say about Believe & Achieve Ladies Gym – just regular women wanting to feel healthier and happier

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Why Do We Do it To Ourselves?

The other evening I saw a friend who I hadn’t seen in a while.   She said “You look different”   My immediate response “What older?!”   I hardly had time to think about it. The negative comment about myself literally fell out of my mouth. Why do we do that?   Why are we […]

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Posh Shepherd’s Pie

Well, we can all pretend to be a bit posh cant we This recipe cam about by total accident! My shopping list just said ‘beef’ it should have said ‘beef mince’ but I bought the posh meat instead, and hey presto……a bloody lovely Shepherd’s Pie. Enjoy Ingredients—Serves 6  1 tsp coconut oil  ¼ […]

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Why Cold Feet Have Got It Right

Have you been watching the new series? I love it. It is like they have never been away It is great to see them back on the screens and it does make me laugh. But I also think the Pete story is very relatable to most people. Not everyone suffers from depression but Id bet […]

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You Dont Need To Jump, Just Stretch!

** DAILY HEAD CHECK ** When was the last time you stepped out of your comfort zone? We call it ‘comfort’ zone because it is what we are used to, it feels familiar and almost safe. Im pretty sure if we are unhappy with stuff there aren’t many of us who would describe that as […]

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Time To Be More Nellie

The favourite part of my day are the dog walks with Nellie Noo. We have a few field at the end of my road that are always pretty quiet so I can let her off and she has a good run around on her teeny tiny legs One of her fave things is to chase […]

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Gremlin or Mogwai?

You see that little voice in your head can be either…..it can be a mogwai saying nice things, being kind, being calm. Or it can be a gremlin and be bloody awful and make your life a misery! We spend a lot of time at Believe & Achieve trying to help or ladies get more […]

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My 3 Favourite Quotes

So to end the week on a high I thought Id share my 3 favourite quotes that can help pick me up if Im feeling a little low or if things aren’t quite going right. “She believed she could so she did”  R.S. Grey   “The question isn’t who’s going to let me; it’s who […]

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Why Perfect Is Nonsense

Did you know that in America a baseball player (that’s rounders for us Brits!) is considered a champion with a .4 batting average. That means they hit the ball 4 times out of 10 4 times out of 10! Not even 50% of the time and they are considered champions So why do we expect […]

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Why the diet you started yesterday will probably fail

If you are anything like me you probably went out for lunch on Saturday, had way more drinks than you planned, woke up Sunday feeling shocking and vowed to “Get back on track this week” I never learn! (But it was good fun) But back to this week, Im feeling a little rubbish – tired, […]

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When was the last time you took a gamble?

  When was the last time you took a bit of a gamble? I took one last night. I am moving the business to the next level and hiring a Head of Fitness and choosing to move away form the gym floor. … I will still do some sessions as I believe it is good […]

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I have an addiction….

  …….to notebooks. Seriously, the number of notebooks that I have bought, written in 2 pages and then left is quite scary. I’m an absolute sucker who keeps Paperchase in business. But the new is…..I have found THE BEST NOTEBOOK EVER!! Now if you like setting goals, making lists, keeping track then you will LOVE […]

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The Circle Of Progress

Keeping it simple today with this brilliant diagram. I didn’t invent it so can’t claim the credit! Read it somewhere but can’t remember who, where or what?! Anyway this sums up perfectly why most people fail/give up/settle when trying to make changes…. Here’s how it generally goes….. We get an urge to change something We […]

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8 Tips To Success

8 Tips For Success Start saying No It’s so easy to end up doing things that others want rather than what you want. You may ruffle a few feathers at first but you will soon start to feel more in control. Watch your language Language can be destructive or empowering, words like can’t, should, hope, […]

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There is no such thing as good food and naughty food

After working in the health industry for many years one thing I realise never ever works is extremes, you know the kind I mean…. “This week I am just eating a grapefruit each meal”… “Im on a juice fast” “Nothing but cabbage and water for me please” We have all been there, well maybe not […]

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Life aint all sunshine and rainbows

As much as I love my mum, I inherited one not-so-great thing from her…..the worry gene! Crikey I can sit with my own thoughts and before I know it my head is like the worst scene from Eastenders, Emmerdale and Corrie all rolled in to one.   I have this knack of being able to […]

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Simple but effective goal setting

Goal setting can be a bit baffling. Here is a really easy grid to help outline and assess any goal. I have added an example so you can see how it can be filled out. My Short Term Goal To drop from a size 18 to size 16 Deadline 4 weeks How important is this […]

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See My Personal Transformation

If you are wanting to lose weight, get fit or just feel healthy there are a number of choices out there for us all 1) Do nothing. 2) Starve yourself on a crazy FAD diet and fall off the wagon two weeks into it. 3) Join a gym and barely attend – (that happens a […]

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Our Secret Sauce

What makes Believe & Achieve different to all the other gyms out there? Most gyms focus on exercise and nutrition…..or course they do, that’s the main part isn’t it? I don’t think so no. For me the main struggle that all our ladies have is MOTIVATION or WILL POWER or MIND SET. Whatever you want […]

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Now I go on about stress a lot and how it hinders progress with regards to weight loss. I know about the cortisol levels and the problems it creates but I got another insight to it recently – MAGNESIUM. I have always known magnesium is an incredibly powerful supplement but now I know its even […]

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Seafood Courgette Pasta

Im not the best cook, not great at measuring or timing, Im more a common sense ‘that looks right’ kinda person. But this is still pretty straight forward. A very tasty recipe that once the cashew nuts are soaked took me no more than 10 minutes to make. Simple, healthy and tasty – cant ask […]

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Why Our Meal Plan Includes Wine & Cheesecake

There is no nutrition plan at B&A. I do provide all our clients with 4 weeks worth of recipes that I enjoy and that I know make me feel good. But there is no longer a ‘You will eat this plan’ Why? Because as soon as you put in any restrictions you have ensured failure. […]

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Yes we are expensive

I had a Facebook ad running for the last week offering a free session, now I did this as I know joining a gym can be a bit scary and I am so proud of what we do and the results we get, I love people to come and check us out to see how […]

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Emotional Eating Part 2

I thought it was worthy of a few more tips to help you really deal with this issue. (Remember if you want any specific advice just for you, please e mail me any questions and I will get back to you today) Ok here we go – 10 tips that can help overcome emotional eating […]

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The End Of Emotional Eating

Ever found yourself dreaming about food? Thinking about what you are going to have for tea even when you are still having dinner? Lifting your fork ready for the next mouth full before you have even swallowed the previous one? Getting excited about the treats in the staffroom? Why do some foods seem to have […]

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Is Under Eating Making You Fat?

Ey? How can under-eating make you gain weight? Been having a good chat with some clients this week who are struggling as they feel their results are slowing down. First things first, this is perfectly normal, lets face it if it was easy then we would all be a size 0 and strutting down the cat […]

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We work out because we love our bodies not because we hate them

Quite often when we start on a new diet or gym plan we do it because we are unhappy with how we look and who we are. We look in the mirror and start picking out all the parts we don’t like, even hate.  We speak to ourselves in such a horrible way, words that […]

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Is one arm weaker than the other?

It is perfectly normal for one arm to be stronger than the other, its very common for personal training clients  to find one arm gives in quicker and it is certainly nothing to cause concern. YO may want to follow the next few tips to help get that weaker arm up to speed If one […]

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Do you drink enough water?

Chances are the answer is no. The fact is around 75% of the population are dehydrated and we dont even realise. We top up on tea, coffee (guilty!) juice and pop and think we are getting plenty of liquids. Problem is none of these actually hydrate us. We need water and lots of it. We […]

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Size 20 to Size 16 in 7 weeks :)

7 weeks ago I started my believe and achieve journey, today I have tried on, fitted into and bought, a pair of size 16 jeans. 7 weeks ago I was wearing a size 20 pair of jeans. In addition, I have more energy, I’m sleeping better, and (this is the most unbelievable!!!) I’m enjoyin exercise!! […]

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How Clare From Steps Finally Beat Her Weight Struggles

Its pretty simple really, she has found something that is more important than any chocolate bar, any bag of crisps or any alcoholic drink. She has found her Big Enough Reason Why. When we really want something we fire up a passion in ourselves, this passion drives us to stay on track, it gets us […]

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Tick Tock Tick Tock

What if I told you I could unlock an extra 10 hours in your week ? Sound like a pipe dream? It’s not. President Eisenhower discovered a clever trick he used to chop down to-do’s like a lumberjack with an axe. Meet the Decision Making Matrix. It goes like this: You draw a box, cut […]

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A little task to help you stick to that diet

Are you struggling to stay on the track with a healthy nutrition plan? Yep – we have all been there. Here is a little trick I use to help me stay focused.   So imagine the situation, you are having cravings for a biscuit (ok maybe 5 biscuits) with your cuppa. Now before you grab […]

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Mind Your Language

If you have had a few treats over Christmas this week can be blooming hard work. You know you need to get back on a healthy plan but those cravings are little buggers always making you think about stuff you are trying so hard to avoid!! Our voices in our head and language play a […]

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What we can learn from the TV show Miranda

The TV show Miranda finished at New Year after 5 years of being on our screens.  As it was showing I spotted a few friends commenting on facebook not willing to hide their true feelings “I hate Miranda” pretty much summed up on one side with “Absolutely gutted Miranda has finished, best thing on TV by a […]

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How to set goals that work!

8 Tips that will ensure you achieve your goals in 2015 Did you know that 80% of people have no goals. 16% of people think of goals but never write them down 4% of the population write their goals down 1% of the population write them down AND review them regularly How to make sure your […]

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2 Books To Help Smash 2015′s Goals

With the New Year just round the corner you may already be thinking about your goals and what you would like to achieve over the next 12 months. I have found two amazing journals that just may help you out a little. Here is their blurb PASSION PLANNER   Passion Planner is the life coach […]

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Time to relax and unwind

DETOX BATH Things are about to get hectic ladies, if we are not careful the Christmas craziness takes over and we end up more frazzled after this holiday than before. We need to make sure we take some time out so we can keep our sanity! This detox bath is a great way to unwind. […]

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A little bit of extra Christmas sparkle

The festive parties are already starting, we all want to be able to walk in feeling fabulous and full of confidence, Here are a few tips from Annie Ashdown from the Life Coach Directory that just may help. 1 – Always have a small ego and a large soul. 2 – Stop putting others on […]

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Christmas is a time for celebration, a time to relax, unwind and be grateful for everything we have. Unfortunately while relaxing many people acquire an extra 8-10lbs over the     festive period and start the New Year feeling pretty rubbish. It doesn’t have to be this way. You can still have a great Christmas without piling […]

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Thursday

Breakfast: Sesame & chia seed drop scones Dinner: left over shepherd’s pie and green beans Tea: tomato soup Snacks: banana Exercise: 30 minute weight work out at the gym Daily Affirmation: I choose nourishing, healthy foods Today was a day of leftovers for meals which makes life nice and easy, I love that. Big clean out at home today, such a […]

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Wednesday

Breakfast: Buckwheat Granola Dinner: Grilled salmon & Courgette Noodle Stir fry    Tea: Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie & Greens Snacks: Banana Exercise: None Daily Affirmation: Life is good On a mission at the moment to get photos of all the meals in our clients nutrition manual so I am doing LOTS of cooking at the moment, great for variety but I […]

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Tuesday Day 9

Breakfast: Power shake Dinner: spinach omlette Tea: Grilled chicken & salad Snacks: Slice sprouted wheat bread Exercise: 90 minute dog walk & Tabata Daily Affirmation: I am glowing with health and wholeness Finally back to normal! Great nights sleep last night and nice to wake up feeling good again. Still feeling bloated though and its so obvious that Saturday […]

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Monday – Day 8

Breakfast: Quinoa Porridge with banana and honey Dinner: Tomato soup Tea: Chilli from the freezer Snacks: Apple Exercise: Body Pump Class Daily Affirmation: I am strong and secure Still feeling pretty crappy after drinking on Saturday evening…..the days of being able to drink and then feel fine the next day and long gone. Hangovers now seem to go on […]

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Day 6 & 7 -The weekend

Well the weekend was certainly about the happiness rather than health. It was all a bit crazy, my parents were visiting and we had a DIY weekend. The house was in chaos, dog was a nightmare and I had a night out with the girls. Knocked me off track a bit but that’s life, things […]

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Day 5

Breakfast: Power shake Dinner: Tomato soup Tea: Chicken & avocado salad Snacks: Banana Exercise:None Daily Affirmation: I am getting stronger and healthier every day Crazy day today, parents are visiting and helping with a few DIY jobs, whole house seems to be in chaos and we are having a good clear out so getting ready for the final […]

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Day 4

Breakfast: Banana Dinner: Chicken salad Tea: Salmon hash brown & spinach Snacks: Handful almonds Exercise:60 minute dog walk Daily Affirmation: All is well I was a bit rubbish this morning, didn’t plan or prepare so just had to grab a banana on the way out. Not enough, I was hank marvin very quickly. Not to […]

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Day 3

Breakfast: Power Shake Dinner: Scrambled eggs, salmon & spinach Tea: Chicken & Avocado salad Snacks: Nak’d Bar Exercise:90 minute dog walk Daily Affirmation: I am full of energy and vitality and my mind is calm and peaceful. So no gym exercise today (my aching hamstrings were grateful) instead I headed outdoors with the lovely Oscar for a […]

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Day 2

Breakfast: Power Shake Dinner: Sweet potato wedges, scrambled eggs, salmon and spinach Tea: Homemade  tomato soup Snacks: 1 slice sprouted wheat bread, handful almonds Exercise: 30 minute circuit class Daily Affirmation: I love life and life loves me ooooooooffff a few aches and pains after last night’s BodyPump class. A lot of people tend to avoid exercise if they are […]

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Day 1

Breakfast: Quinoa Porridge Dinner: Handmade bun-less Burger Tea: Homemade  Soup Snacks: Banana Exercise: BodyPump Class Daily Affirmation: Every passing day my body becomes more energetic, more healthy Day 1 yeah!!! We are off ladies…….. Now I am not going to focus too much on weight loss, that will just be an added bonus as we get healthier, […]

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100 Days of Health & Happiness

It’s coming……… Ok so confession time for –  one reason and another I have not always made smart choices with regards to my diet over recent months…….You mean I am a personal trainer that doesn’t live on chicken and broccoli?? Yep. Sorry. I am a pretty average woman who has cravings, lazy days and bouts […]

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Sometimes it’s better to take the scenic route

There is a Chinese story of an old farmer who had an old horse for tilling his fields. One day the horse escaped into the hills and, when all the farmer’s neighbours sympathised with the old man over his bad luck, the farmer replied, ‘Bad luck? Good luck? Who knows?’ A week later the horse […]

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So much for my sun lounger and cocktails

So I am technically on holiday this week, there are no Buddy Up Sessions as we have finished August and our next 4 week block starts 1st September. The plan was to have a complete week off somewhere hot and sunny before the run up to Christmas but with fostering a dog, improving systems at […]

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What’s on your plate?

So I asked around my clients as to any topic they would like me to cover in today’s e mail and the subject of portion control cropped up. It’s a good one, so here goes…….   The brilliant thing about eating natural ,whole foods is that it takes away all the calories counting and strict […]

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The key to weight loss

If there was one thing I would say is the key to weight loss it would be PLANNING & PREPARATION I work closely with dozens of women every week and I can tell which ones will have a ‘good’ week by Monday. I would love to say it is my psychic abilities but it is […]

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Emotional Eating Part 2

So yesterday we looked at ways to become more mindful about the food that we eat. When we become more aware of our eating habits it makes it easier to make smart choices. One reason that we comfort eat is called ‘Displacement’ a posh word for ‘takes your mind off other stuff’ Basically when we […]

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Ever polished off a packet of biscuits in one go?

We have all been there, the bottom of any empty biscuit packet wondering where they have all gone. You were only going to have a couple but before you knew it the packet was done and the guilt kicks in.  Although cravings can sometimes feel overwhelming there is in fact a scientific explanation to it. […]

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Your Happiness List

I’m a bugger for having loads (and I mean loads) of notebooks, you know the pretty kind that you cant resist, then never want to use cos they are so nice? I do use some and I found one the other day that reminded me of a really simple technique to help make each day a little […]

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Kim Kardashian and your fitness plan

They’re bloody everywhere those Kardashians aren’t they, even in your daily B&A e mail! So what has the lovely Kim got to do with you and your fitness plan? Now Kim is often regarded as one of the most beautiful or sexiest ladies in the world, that is some title. But I keep reading articles […]

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Food Glorious Food

Most of my clients are ladies who have tried every diet going. Many have spent years trying new ideas, old ideas, crazy ideas in the hope of getting the body shape they desire. Let’s face it, its the norm now isn’t it? I bet it is one of the top topics of conversation between you […]

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Are you a Rolls Royce or a Bentley?

Well I cant lie ladies, August is a slooooooooooow month for me. Totally understandable and very much expected. People are on holiday, the kids are off school so there is less free time, there are BBQs, parties days out so many people have the ‘I’ll start again in September’ attitude. I get it, I really […]

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Ooooooft things are getting a bit tight

Well I am the first to admit that August can be a blooming tricky month to stay on track with nutrition and exercise, we get busy with days out, holidays, kids off school etc Add to the fact that we are kind of past the whole ‘I must get summer-ready’ and we can easily lose focus […]

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Bring on the champs

We got a new delivery today! Some very special B&A merchandise At the heart of everything B&A does is positivity. We are proud that our studio makes everyone feel secure, comfortable and welcome no matter what their fitness levels, ability or experience. Starting next month we will be awarding a Champion Of The Month. This champion will be […]

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Lessons we can learn from Oscar

I’m fostering a dog at the moment. Oscar. He has had a pretty crappy start to life but the great news is as of September he has a new forever home to go to. His new mum isn’t able to have him over night until she moves to her new home so he is hanging […]

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Elle Macpherson and YOUR body

So have you seen  Elle Macpherson’s new product SUPER ELIXIR. This is a powder that you can mix with water, almond milk or coconut water and with its 45 ingredients claims to be a super food containing the most carefully selected super greens that are easily absorbed into the body. The idea is that in […]

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Give yourself a break

Chances are you have been working hard at the gym and on your eating plan for an up and coming holiday. You probably started a couple of months ago to watch what you eat and go to the gym a few extra times so that you could feel good on the beach or by the […]

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Cake, Haribo and a cheeky biscuit

Confession time! I am finding it really chuffing hard to lose/maintain my weight since hitting the big 40. It’s like someone came along and slapped an extra 7lbs on my ass and now it’s an uphill struggle to try and shift it.  I eat well and train three times a week so what’s going on.? […]

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Awwwww Chezza got married

So after only 3 months of dating Cheryl has been to the chapel, tied the know, got hitched. After only 3 months of dating!! Needless to say there has been plenty of opinions banded about “She’s crazy” “It will never last” “What is she thinking?”   But do you know what, she has followed her […]

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A little story about poop

So how many times do you poop a day? once? Twice? Not that often? Don’t panic Im not expecting you to send your answers on a postcard and this isn’t some really dodgy competition but there is some info here that may just help you have a healthier gut and a healthier gut = a […]

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I have a confession

I’ve had to join a gym. Ey? Why would someone who owns a gym pay to join someone else’s??? Not sure if all of you will know this but I only became a PT about 2 years ago. Prior to that I was a primary school teacher for 12 years. I actually got in to exercising […]

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Its Ok to not be Ok

Thought long and hard before posting this but I figure if it helps someone else then it’s worth it. I am over the whole ‘What will people think’ thing as well so here goes….

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Crabs?

I still am a bit naive with all this social media stuff and often shocked by the negative comments some people choose to share. A couple of recent events have made me question why people feel the need to share their opinions when they are going to potentially hurt or upset someone. I find it very hard to comprehend because I would never intentionally hurt anyone, I am very much a ‘Treat others as you would like to be treated’ kinda gal. And pleased to say that all my friends are the same.

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Are you a leading lady?

4 day weekend! Whoop whoop, what you gonna do? Where you gonna go? So nice getting a bit of extra time off. I have actually closed the gym today and Monday, first time I have had a bank holiday off since I started as a PT. I remember being told when I first started…….oh you’ll […]

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A turn of the screw

There was an industrialist whose production line inexplicably breaks down, costing him millions per day. He finally tracks down an expert who takes out a screwdriver, turns one screw, and then – as the factory cranks back to life – presents a bill for £10,000. Affronted, the factory owner demands an itemised version. The expert […]

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Do you really want it?

I often have people chat to me about their goals, hopes, aspirations. They seem to be at a bit of a loss about why they havent achieved things, why they are still chasing. These people are often fed up, ready to quit and plain old cant be arsed anymore. When I first started out in […]

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Disco Inferno

I took a big step this week, you see since becoming a personal trainer I have always worked for another gym and taught classes. It was where I started, I absolutely love it, it gave me the experience I needed and the opportunity to meet so many fab people. I cut my hours once I […]

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Chick-flick Heaven

Hope you had a fab weekend. Get this ……I had a WHOLE day off yesterday! Its a miracle!! Haha. Since opening the studio there has been a never-ending to-do list and I just didn’t feel right taking time off when I had so many jobs still to tick off the list.  But I am sure […]

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Gary was right

Can you believe we are half way through January already? When I first qualified as  PT I braced myself for my first January. Ready for the mad rush I was already spending the money before I actually earned it. Then reality hit……no one has any money in January. Yeah, course people have weight loss goals […]

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Oh dear, oh dear

Well all the secrets are coming out now!  This is like my daily therapy, you are saving me a fortune on counselling! You see I am in a right old tangle today. Saturday saw a night with my best friends. Every year we have a secret santa party where we get together share pressies and […]

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Buddy Up

Not sure I should be admitting this but we are friends right?!! The thing is its amazing the amount of paperwork that goes on to run a gym. There is always a programme to write, an email to send, a blog to put up, a sales pitch to deliver. Now the problem is, having a never-ending […]

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Enough is enough

  So I happily admitted that I enjoy a cup of (proper) coffee every day. But things have got a bit dodgy. You see with the time off and more time at home and more time to relax, the number of coffees I have been enjoying has slowly started to creep up. I am not going to put a number […]

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Hunky dory?

Having had a bit more time off recently I have spent a bit more time on Facebook as well as sending these daily e mails. I am a real sucker for those photos with the positive quotes, the ones that get you all fired up and raring to go. I enjoy reading them and when […]

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Eat that frog

Don’t panic – its not some new crazy fad diet!! Let me explain……… I have had a crazy weekend. And not crazy as in wild nights, hot men and dancing on tables. Oh no, crazy as in work, work chuffing work. But before you all start feeling all sorry for me  it is all my […]

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Are you strong enough?

Awful lot of talk about willpower at the moment. People searching for it in order to get through the New Year New You diets. January is gonna be a looooooooooooong month for some. It got me thinking, Most people will openly say ‘I don’t have any willpower’ But imagine if I asked you to lift […]

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Sticking your head in the sand?

I am the first person to hold my hands up and admit I am rubbish with anything technological, it just confuses me and can quite often make me cry or throw the lap top across the room. Or both for that matter. Now when things are confusing or complicated you have a few options 1) […]

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All I need is a rocking chair and 26 cats

Biggest achievement is certainly opening up my very own gym, I still can’t quite believe it and it still makes me smile every time I walk in to my very own little empire But if I am honest, life has become a little one-tracked. Correction – I have LET life become a little one-tracked. You […]

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Welcome to our new website!

Welcome to the new look Believe and Achieve, have a look around the site and watch out for our upcoming events and news.

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