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24 minutes | Jul 21, 2021
How To Come Off Type 2 Diabetes Medication
In Ireland, there is not a lot of published information on how weight loss can directly and positively help type 2 diabetes patients to reduce of come off type 2 diabetes medication. We’ve been doing our best and over the years have published some useful advice on preventing type 2 diabetes and also on how to deal with it. See resources section below. As you are probably aware, losing weight is good for your overall health and it extends your life expectancy. One of the big benefits of losing weight is that it enables type 2 diabetic patients to reduce or come off type 2 diabetes medication entirely. In today’s podcast, Aisling is joined by one such patient, Valerie Shaw, who has experienced just that. Valerie has lost just under 2 1/2 stone / 15.87 kilos with Motivation. Prior to joining Motivation, Valerie had to deal with cancer, was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, a hip problem and high cholesterol. What made Valerie touch base with Motivation? Two things: Valerie saw herself in a mirror in a cafe and what she saw troubled her. As she herself says, “I looked like an old overweight person.” My GP contacted me and said my blood sugar levels were so high that (classic Type 2 diabetes symptoms) she was placing me on her type 2 diabetes register. The combination of seeing her image in the mirror and realising that she was a ticking time bomb spurred her to make a decision, and Valerie says: It’s all very well in theory knowing these things but it’s actually wanting to do something about it or getting a fright to say, listen you have to something about it. During her pregnancies, Valerie was advised that she may develop gestational diabetes but that did not come to pass. As life progressed, she was always conscious of her health and her blood sugar readings were always within the healthy range. There was never any indication or red flag that there was a health issue to be addressed. Valerie didn’t notice anything amiss that would indicate type 2 diabetes symptoms. A confluence of physical ailments changed all that and altered Valerie’s life for the worse. Valerie was diagnosed with cancer. She was successful in treating the disease but it did leave her with a compromise – the chemotherapy weakened her hips and as luck would have it, she fell and this led to a prolonged bout if inactivity. This in turn led of overeating and subsequent weight gain. As a nurse, Valerie is only too aware of the medical complications associated with type diabetes: delayed wound healing, kidney and heart problems, ulcers and most frightening, amputations. As Valerie assessed her overweight condition and her doctor’s prognosis, she saw two options: One route is to sit back and say no, to eat cream cakes and take the medication. You’re not preventing the side effects from happening. Or, I am a type 2 diabetic and I’m going to do something about it. I have a chance. Type 2 diabetes is reversible in most instances. From Valerie’s viewpoint, from where she is now, free from type 2 diabetes, has come off type 2 diabetes medication, she has these words of advice: You have to be committed to it. You have to be in the right place. Put yourself in the right place and say, there is never going to be an ideal time for anything, so it’s time for yourself. It’s time to say right, this is my time. I want to feel better, look good and be healthy.” There is an absolutely fantastic cameo appearance by Irish humour in Valerie’s podcast. We won’t spoil it by telling you here. We are very proud of Valerie’s achievement and the amazing transformation that she has enabled, through Motivation, to take place in her life. We hope that readers of the blog post and listeners of the podcast will find comfort and strength that they too and break free from type 2 diabetes and go on to lead happier and healthier lives. Please note: you should contact your GP should you feel that you may have type 2 diabetes symptoms. It is a regular occurrence for us to have GP’s refer their type 2 diabetic clients to us so that we can assist with weight loss. As Valerie says, the GP will tell you that you have to lose weight but you must also want to. Here at Motivation, we provide the infrastructure and support to help you achieve your weight loss goal. If you want to, we can help you to say goodbye to type 2 diabetes. Type 2 Diabetes Resources How To Avoid Or Manage Type 2 Diabetes How To Manage Type 2 Diabetes Type 2 Diabetes – Are You Or A Loved One At Risk? How To Come Off Type 2 Diabetes Medication – podcast below – just click the play button The post How To Come Off Type 2 Diabetes Medication appeared first on Motivation Weight Management.
14 minutes | Jun 29, 2021
Adolescent Relationships With Parents
Welcome to the third podcast in our Connecting the Dots series. Adolescent Relationships With Parents is today’s title and I’m delighted to be joined again by Stuart Wilson of Zest Life. When adolescents come into our clinics, they complete a Mental Weight report and from that we identify those habits, behaviours and attitudes that are the root cause of the overeating. In that report, we look for triggers, those events or issues that are a catalyst for change from regular eating patterns, to ones where overeating* becomes an issue. *It may well be a number of issues combined. One of the key triggers we look for is the adolescent relationships with parents. As Stuart points out, and this is important: the therapeutic style as we once knew it is long gone – that time where you dropped your child and came back at a later hour to pick them up. Now, it’s more of a collaborative approach, akin to the one here at Motivation, where the parent(s) are engaged in the process to support the life space (the world of the adolescent and how they are growing up, the connections and relationships within their world). The job of the therapist is to connect (the dots) and collaborate where possible to support, encourage and help heal the life space so that they can walk through and develop the correct procedural aspects of developing as a young person. This developmental aspect is a critical component of growing up and it’s covered in detail in our second podcast of the series – Understanding Risk Taking & Peer Pressure in Adolescents. Embedding Disembedding Interiority Integrated Adulthood Sometimes we delay in seeing the adolescents as we first have to support the parents before anything can be done (potentially) with the adolescents. One of the most common things we talk about is parenting styles – are you in unity about how you parent your children. It doesn’t mean we have to agree on everything but it means, what we present, we have to be in unity over. Children will always say, “I can go to mum for this for dad for that”. They know which buttons to press. That’s what parenting is: to increase and assist the life space of the young person. That’s not always possible because there are different parenting styles. The next few paragraphs may make for uncomfortable and upsetting reading as they will challenge you to define the style of your parenting. Remember the Connecting the Dots refrain: You are not alone. Reach out, talk about it. The wonderful thing about being an adult is that we are in our fully developed brain. Our brains are neuroplastic, we can change, we can crate, we can adjust, so it’s never too late. Parenting Styles Receptive: will do anything for their child Non-receptive: they are not setting out to be non-receptive, it’s just that the business of their lives has gotten in the way – pressures of work, illness, business issues, etc. By therapeutically scaffolding the parents, they can move into that more receptive category. Hostile parenting: parents who never going to be there for their children. This parenting style has two sub-categories. Directly hostile Indirectly hostile because they are going through severe trauma themselves. If we want a relationship with our children in the future, it’s never too late to look at that and to change it. NOTE: There is no judgement in any aspect of the above. It simply is. We need to get the guidance and help so that we can move into being receptive parents and to work in a collaborative manner. The path is an easier one if the parent is in a collaborative manner. Can you show up for them? That is the really significant thing. This is the ultimate example of making a bid for you kid. It’s a huge gesture and sometimes, that all it takes. _________________ To listen to this most engaging podcast, Adolescent Relationships With Parents, just click below. _________________ For last week’s Motivate Me, click here – Are You Trapped In The Interiority Stage? The post Adolescent Relationships With Parents appeared first on Motivation Weight Management.
24 minutes | Jun 25, 2021
Understanding Risk Taking & Peer Pressure in Adolescents
Welcome to the second episode of Connecting the Dots, a three-part podcast series that aims to help parents and their adolescent / teenage children to understand and address some of the most pressing issues they face both at home and in society today. The theme or title of today’s podcast, Understanding Risk Taking & Peer Pressure in Adolescents, is a natural progression from the 1st podcast where we looked at body image and self-esteem. I’m absolutely delighted to have Stuart Wilson from Zest Life back in the chair with me and I have to say, Stuart’s input is invaluable. My message to parents and adolescents: please tune in, you will be so much the better for it. We may not have all the answers but oftentimes, knowing how to identify the problem and being able to handle it in the most appropriate and effective way is the critical part. Also, if you think you are the only parent / adolescent facing these challenges. Rest assured; you are not. There are communities out there with support frameworks to help you. Remember….. You are not alone. So, to the topic at hand – understanding risk taking & peer pressure in adolescents. Risk taking is actually part of the process of developing as a young person. Before we get to risk taking, we need to spend some time looking at the various development stages from baby through to adulthood. As toddlers, kids are embedded. That is, they are utterly dependent on their mother and father for everything. At the age of 5 or 6 when they start school, they are starting to disembed a little. The disembedding is an entirely natural process where the child is learning how to decide for themselves and make their own choices, be it friends or activities that they prefer. This is normal behaviour and it’s good, though naturally, for some parents it can be emotionally challenging. This disembedding stage lasts a while and leads into the interiority stage. Typically, this is around the first year in secondary school. This is where the adolescents begin to define their own friendships and groups. It’s all about fitting in and belonging. This interiority stage lasts for 5/6 years from which they progress to the integrated stage, where they feel they’ve landed, kind of know who they are and perhaps, know what they want to do with their future. Then they launch into adulthood. Depending on how embedding, interiority and integrated went, this has a defined impact on whether the launch into adulthood is a good one or a bad one. Adults can get trapped in the interiority stage and addressing that issue requires assistance. ____________ Adolescents want to speed through interiority. They will try to fit in with various groups and to do so, may engage in risk taking or activities deemed appropriate by the group – alcohol, vaping, sexual encounters. So, they will take risks and it’s important to note that risk taking is normal. It’s good that they are in this state but as parents / adults we have to be careful of the risks we allow them to take. You are not alone. What can we do that will help our children move safely through the interiority stage where risk taking is part of that life? Talk. Talk. Talk. As obvious as it may seem, talking is the most important thing you can do. Parents can often feel that their children don’t want anything to do with them during the interiority stage. The opposite is the case and you bridge this by bidding. Bid for their time by continually offering your time to listen and to help. To be there. Be consistent and keep bidding. You will love your children as you were loved yourself when you were a child – hugging and/or verbal affirmation. But that may not be their language. We need to reach them appropriately, not the way we way but the way they need. If we make the bid but there is no response, remember they are still hearing you. You are not alone. There are more useful takeaways in the Understanding Risk Taking & Peer Pressure in Adolescents podcast below. Just click the play button. The post Understanding Risk Taking & Peer Pressure in Adolescents appeared first on Motivation Weight Management.
24 minutes | Jun 23, 2021
Why Adolescents Are Overeating – Body Image / Self Esteem and the Influence of Social Media
This podcast series, Connecting the Dots, is about awareness and trying to find out why adolescents are overeating in the first place. We find that there are three main reasons or triggers that are at the root of why adolescents are overeating. Bear in mind, overeating is but one of the escape or safety valves that adolescents may turn to. In today’s podcast we will deal with the first trigger and that is Body Image / Self Esteem and the Influence of Social Media. We need to be very real about what is happening to our young people and how challenging the environment is for them to be growing up in. Adolescents are growing up in a world of social media and can only see one world. The parents grew up prior to this super connected, always-on world, so they can see two worlds. Parents can call this the online world or the internet world but for the adolescents it simply is the world. Body image is hugely impactful on your people’s lives. This manifests itself in two ways: How they see themselves and what they think of themselves when they see themselves in their world. You are not alone. The culture in which adolescents are growing up is a pressurised and instantaneous one. So, pretty much everything that see thy can get their hands on pretty quickly. There is a keen competitiveness attached to that – FOMO. Parents have inadvertently added to this. If you’re like me, you are coming from a generation that grew up knowing what it’s like to have to do without. We naturally want the best for our kids – there is a genuine goodness and kindness behind it but as a consequence, we are adding to the pressure. Also, incorrectly, we used to think that body image was exclusively a female issue but it’s very different now and body image is a significant issue for boys. The pressures of what they look like or should look like is incredibly difficult to deal with and manage. As parents, rather than managing or criticising that culture, we need to understand it. ‘Culture’ is used to encapsulate the world of the adolescent. Their world. Culture today is ever-on, it has no down time. From a generational aspect, say 30 years ago, you had to go out of your way (that is, get off your backside) to find information on any given subject, be it to your library, newsagent or to borrow a book or magazine from a friend. Today, that search and discover cycle is shortened to an on-demand model with an over-supply of near perfect bodies and superstar lives. Mobile phone usage is not an adolescent issue – it is a household issue. There are various levels of addiction but a basic level, many teenagers are addicted to their phones. Protracted absence from the phone, in most instances, leads to an inability to think straight other than to get the device back. As parents, we have to role-model this. So, the big question for parents – when and how often do you use your mobile phone at home in front of the family? You are not alone. This leads on to the concept of the numbing effect. Th numbing effect originally came from watching TV. You simply zoned out or got engaged in something that was showing on the TV, resulting in a numbing effect. Remember, 30/40 years ago, many households had one TV with only 1 or 2 channels). But with mobile phones, the numbing effect has an impact on the central nervous system. This is due to the back light on the mobile or tablet device screen. This back light leads to an over production of cortisone which leads to increased stress levels. Our serotonin levels also drop and to counteract the stress and the lowered serotonin levels, we look to paths of least resistance which leads to coping strategies, and one of them is……..eating. For adolescents this is a problem. As mentioned previously, the adolescent brain is still developing and it does not have the ability to rationalise what is happening. Your response is purely an emotional one. This response, given what we know is correct and proper and this needs to be understood by both parent and adolescent. Therefore, having a grasp of the mobile phone issue by both parent and adolescent will go some way to discovering and understanding why adolescents are overeating. I’ve already told you that you will continue to develop your central nervous system until the age of 25 (and beyond in some instances.) The rational part of the brain is a slow developer – that’s human biology at play. Adults think with the prefrontal cortex, the brain’s rational part. This is the part of the brain that responds to situations with good judgment and an awareness of long-term consequences. Adolescents process information with the amygdala. This is the emotional part. _______________________ As I close, and I hope you take this on board, the Connecting the Dots refrain: You are not alone. It is so important to remind both parent and adolescent that your journey is shared by many other families – both Motivation and Zest Life are here to provide support and assistance. The post Why Adolescents Are Overeating – Body Image / Self Esteem and the Influence of Social Media appeared first on Motivation Weight Management.
24 minutes | Jun 18, 2021
Body Image, Self Esteem & The Influence of Social Media on Teenagers
Hi there and welcome to this week’s Motivate Me where the focus is body image, self-esteem and the influence of social media on teenagers. Earlier in the week, Christiano Ronaldo, arguably one of the greatest footballers of all time, caused a sensation at the Euro 2020 championships. Was it something on the field of play? Was it a red card? No, at a post-match press conference, he ‘moved’ two bottles of Coca-Cola from the press table at which he was seated to one side. Then, he held up a bottle of water, underlining his preference by declaring: “Agua”. Important to note that Coca-Cola is one of the main sponsors of UEFA’s Euro 2020 tournament, but a tournament spokesperson defended Ronaldo, saying that everyone “is entitled to their drink preferences.” Also causing a stir was Paul Pogba, the French star. Pogba is a practicing Muslim and doesn’t drink alcohol, so that explains why he wanted the Heineken removed prior to his post-match press conference. The UEFA machine went into overdrive trying to placate both camps – the sponsors and the ‘preferences’ of the players. There was a marked (over) reaction to Ronaldo’s actions and nervous investors divested themselves of Coca Cola stock thereby knocking over €4 billion off the value of Coca Cola. Remember last week when I wrote about mimetic behaviour – ‘Once the first stone is thrown, the second stone becomes easier to throw.’ Will other sports stars follow Ronaldo’s lead? Can government’s follow Ronaldo’s lead? Can parents follow Ronaldo’s lead? This is my cue to introduce a three-part podcast series called Connecting the Dots. This series covers a range of issues facing both teenagers and their parents. Part 1 is in the can and you can listen to it here. This podcast series will challenge you and will ask some big questions but on the flip side, it also offers compassion and a warm embrace. My co-host on the series is Stuart Wilson of ZestLife, a behavioural psychotherapist specialising in youth and adolescents and family therapy, and he too is a parent and as we both readily admit, we are not perfect and we too are always learning. Our children don’t live in a bubble and they too are exposed to many of the challenges that your children face. Don’t cancel out of this email just because your kids have grown and flown the nest, it’s doubly important to note that the adolescent stage can extend beyond 24 years of age. In addition, the manner of our open and frank discussion on the podcast stands in stark contrast to Ireland of the 1980s and 1990s when much of what we talk about in the podcast was off limits and not for public discourse. Why do I mention this? Off air, Stuart told me he has a client who is 80 and is attending Stuart’s clinic so as to bridge a faltering relationship with his 60-year-old son. Trust me, there is invaluable insights from Stuart no matter what age you are; be it the teenager, the parent, the grandparent, the aunt or the uncle, the takeaways from this podcast series are life enhancing and life enriching. The influence of social media on teenagers is the first step and I look forward to sharing the second podcast early next week. And a big shout out to teenager, Eoghan Brennan who’s 6 stone weight loss played a key role in helping me to ‘Connect the Dots’ and put this particular podcast series together. You can listen to Eoghan’s weight loss story here. ___________________ For last week’s Motivate Me, click here – Penguins And The Act Of Mimetic Behaviour The post Body Image, Self Esteem & The Influence of Social Media on Teenagers appeared first on Motivation Weight Management.
18 minutes | May 5, 2021
My Son’s 6 Stone Weight Loss Journey
The following podcast was unplanned and as it so happened, we ended up with a cracker. A really big shout out to Rosin Redmond for telling her story. To give some context to Roisin’s podcast, ‘My Son’s 6 Stone Weight Loss Journey.’ Eoghan, Roisin’s son, lost 6 stone on the Adolescent Weight Loss programme at the Motivation Weight Management clinic in Swords. Eoghan took pen to paper and wrote to our clinics director, Aisling Connolly. Eoghan wanted to help other teenagers that are struggling with their weight just like he had for many years. A podcast was a natural outcome and you can check our Eoghan’s podcast, ‘A Teenager’s 6 Stone Weight Loss Journey’ here. Roisin had accompanied Eoghan for the podcast recording and as she was present, it seemed like a great idea to afford her the opportunity to tell the story from her perspective. Roisin’s story is all too familiar: a general health system that is not equipped to deal with teenage overweight and obesity, and as a result fails her and most importantly, her son. The purpose of this blog post is not to address the underlying conditions that lead to overweight and obesity. What’s the point? You’re probably reading this because you’ve passed that stage and your son / daughter has a BMI that places them in the obese / morbidly obese category. You need solutions to the problem, not the causes. There is no doubt that the successive lockdowns have played havoc with the general metabolism of teenagers. Deprived of many of their sporting and social outlets, it stands to reason that they are less active. For many, the overweight was probably there prior to lockdown but now it’s something that has to be addressed. As we pointed out in the blog post that accompanies Eoghan’s podcast, you are not alone. There are many other parents in Ireland that are stressed over the same issue. If weight gain is addressed in a controlled and safe environment, such as the one we provide, then weight loss is facilitated in a fast and efficient manner. Eoghan lost 6 stone with Motivation. Both Roisin and Eoghan realise that significance of the 6 stone weight loss and it’s not lost on either of them. For Rosin, a mother and a loving one at that, she’s very proud of her son’s achievement but reminds us that the reason Eoghan succeeded is because he wanted to. A mother’s love and determination counts for little if your child is not committed. Sometimes a lack of commitment can be misconstrued because the teenager is unable to fully articulate their feelings. At Motivation, we provide an adolescent / teenager weight loss programme that has helped many young people such as Eoghan to lose weight and to reengage with society on their terms. ‘My Son’s 6 Stone Weight Loss Journey’ is a great podcast and should prove to be a valuable resource for any parent looking for information on how to handle teenage weight gain. The post My Son’s 6 Stone Weight Loss Journey appeared first on Motivation Weight Management.
11 minutes | May 5, 2021
A Teenager’s 6 Stone Weight Loss Journey
This is the remarkable story of Eoghan Brennan who lost 6 stone with Motivation Weight Management. Eoghan, who just recently turned 16, was topping the scales at just over 19 stone / 120 kg in 2021. Over the course of his weight loss programme in our Swords clinic, Eoghan shed an amazing 6 stone / 38 kg. Eoghan tells his story in the podcast below and it’s aptly titled, ‘A Teenager’s 6 Stone Weight Loss Journey’. There are two audiences that this podcast is aimed at. First of all, and the most important is other teenagers who are struggling with their weight. For you, this is an important reference point as there is hope and there is a way out of your current situation. One thing to note – where you are now is only temporary. Fix that in your mind. It’s temporary and we can help you lose that weight and move on to where you want to be. Listen to Eoghan’s story and you’ll find it parts of it should resonate with your own situation. Secondly, the parents of the teenager that probably has had several false starts in trying to lose weight. It’s a story that’s played out over and over so you and your child are not alone in this. It’s not easy and the traps are many but with the right guidance and framework it is manageable, and your son / daughter can lose that excess weight in a controlled and safe environment. You too should listen to Eoghan’s story and hear what the story sounds like from a teenager’s perspective. As adults we’ve forgotten what those teenage years were like so it’s important to listen to Eoghan. At just over 10 minutes, his podcast, ‘A Teenager’s 6 Stone Weight Loss Journey’ is short but it’s well worth the listen. In addition to the podcast, please feel free to download our short eBook, ‘Teenage Weight Gain: What You Can Do?’ On the day that we recorded Eoghan’s podcast, his mother Roisin was in attendance. Aisling Connolly, our clinics director and chief podcaster-in-arms, asked if Roisin, as she was in the clinic, would she like to tell how she viewed Eoghan’s 6 stone weight loss from the mother’s side. Roisin agreed and what followed is another great podcast. A parent’s perspective is also a critical consideration for any other parent in a similar situation and we are very grateful to Rosin for donning the microphone and telling her story. The post A Teenager’s 6 Stone Weight Loss Journey appeared first on Motivation Weight Management.
30 minutes | Mar 5, 2021
The Laura Grant Story
The Laura Grant story is a story for the ages. There is something in this story for everyone, small and big nuggets of advice that will help you in so many aspects of your life – weight loss, physical and mental health, and being able to face up to and overcome issues of confidence and self-belief. Laura Grant joined Motivation in 2019, just after the birth of her third child. As Laura herself noted, it is a very stressful, busy and full life being a mother of a baby (x3). Her immediate experience of Motivation was the me-time, that time and space she now had to herself. For the first time, she realised how manic your life can be, as she herself says, “how busy, not only your head, but how life itself is.” Through her weekly consultations, it was evident that stress was a significant contributor to Laura’s overeating. Motivation helped Laura to identify her stress triggers and to take on board new coping mechanisms to deal with stress. This transformed Laura so much so that when I describe the stressed individual I first me, she replied by saying that she didn’t recognise that woman any more. As Laura remarked, “It’s as if you are talking about someone else.” Laura quite rightly points out that she still gets stressed but she doesn’t let it implode on her anymore. She’s now able to identify her stress triggers and is able to manage them very well. It’s important to note that stress occurs naturally in all humans. It’s how we cope with it that is crucial to our physical; and mental wellbeing. I mentioned triggers above and this leads me quite nicely into the next part of Laura’s story. Laura was aware of issues in her life – she was overweight so there was obviously something amiss but she couldn’t quite put her finger on it. With our help, Laura identified four key triggers that were at the root of her overeating: Loneliness Stress Perfectionism Guilt Laura is one of eight children and she’d describes herself as a socially orientated kind of person so she was astonished when loneliness was identified as an issue. Laura’s Mental Weight report identified loneliness as an issue and when she saw it in ‘black and white’ it made her, for the first time, question what was happening and going on in her life. Words can sometimes not do the justice that such a revelation deserves. For over 25 years, I’ve sat with thousands of clients who’ve had those light bulb moments, when like a flash of intense bright light, they are startled and awakened to a whole new world, a world in which they are now in control. When I asked Laura about negative and positive motivation, she agreed that when she started with Motivation, she was engaged mainly with negative motivation, that is thoughts and behaviours associated with failure and lack of self-belief. Laura has tried any number of weight loss programmes – she’d tried everything and nothing worked for her. Her next thoughts were noticeably negative – am I setting myself up for failure, again? or will I be able to do this? Laura’s fears are not unique to her and fear of failure is normal. As humans, we are predisposed to being influenced by how good or bad events or experiences went for us in the past so it should come as no surprise that fear of failure with weight loss is so common. The tools we use and share with our clients are the tools that equip you for life. Weight maintenance is a journey and our programme enables you to embrace milestones (weddings, special events, holidays), not fear them. Laura now feels empowered as she no longer has that fear of not having achieved what she set out to do. What she now has is a sense of purpose and positivity that sees her through and beyond those significant milestones, whatever they may be. Laura’s Covid-19 Experience Laura, her husband and three children, all contracted Covid-19. Laura tells how she was unprepared for what Covid-19 did to her; it stripped her of energy, so much so, the even the simplest of tasks like putting one of her children to bed, became an exhaustive ordeal. Laura was not one of those fortunate enough to only present and suffer from a mild Covid-19 infection. Laura went through three very difficult and unforgettable weeks. It was at this stage of thee podcast that Laura repeated that by losing weight, that she’d given herself a gift. In relation to Codivd-19, that gift was that she’d removed a burden from her body (the weight) and inadvertently had given herself a much better chance of dealing with Covid-19. Breast Cancer There is a history of breast cancer in Laura’s family so when she discovered a lump, she went to her GP who immediately referred Laura for a mammogram, the results of which were of no immediate cause for concern. A message from Laura: “For anyone listening, please go to your GP. Don’t put it off. They are open and are referring if needs be.” At the follow-on meeting in the hospital to review the results of her mammogram, Laura met two doctors independently of each other and she says she “experienced something remarkable.” Previously, doctors had congratulated her at the birth of each of her three children but here were two doctors congratulating her on her 4 stone weight loss. The importance of these positive comments reconfirmed what Laura already knew; that losing weight is such a great thing for your body. Laura believes she would not have found the lump had she not lost the weight. For more information on breast cancer awareness, please check out this HSE resource. Laura’s New Business Laura’s journey, her weight loss, her Covid-19 and health experiences, all had a significant impact on her confidence to set-up her own business. Laura is passionate about reusing and recycling. With three young children, she often remarked to herself on the amount of new clothes that she was buying or was getting as gifts. She further remarked, this time to her husband on one of their regular walks, what if she was to stop buying new clothes and perhaps look to purchase some beautifully pre-owned and pre-loved children’s clothes. Off she went and began to research all the options online and in her wider community. As she found out, there was no shortage of options and by buying clothes this way, Laura was comforted by the fact that she was not contributing to the manufacturing of new textiles. At the heart of her mission was protecting the environment: she was now not contributing to what is called ‘fast fashion’ or ‘micro fashion’, where retailers stock new lines on a regualr basis so there is a lot of pressure to turn over stock which equates into aggressive pricing. This is the nub of recreational shopping – buying products, children’s clothes in this instance, because it’s an affordable and pleasurable experience. There is no emotion invested into thinking about the environment. Laura felt the stir of a drive to do something more rather than just dip in and out of various websites to purchase pre-loved clothes. She knew she was doing something positive in her small way but she wanted to do more but just wasn’t exactly sure what that something was. On another walk with her husband, Laura broached this subject again and she told him that she wished there was just one place where she could buy those pre-loved clothes for their kids. She was jumping from site to site and it was time consuming. Her husband let the conversation hang and Laura filled that vacuum by suggesting she set up a business and a website that would do just that – provide a one stop shop for pre-loved clothes for all you kids. Laura reflects on how her husband let her make that significant suggestion as he felt it was obvious what the solution was but if had to come from Laura so she could take ownership of it. As Laura said, it was a light bulb moment but she couldn’t just go on a hunch as much as she believed in it. Laura has already crossed paths with the amazing and helpful Samantha Kelly, aka the Tweeting Goddess and founder of the Women’s Inspire Network. With Samantha’s advice and extensive network reach, this proved crucial to the primary market research. Laura generated over 500 detailed market research responses. To put this in perspective, Samantha remarked in advance of sending out the market research request, that they normally generate around 100 responses. This demonstrated there was genuine interest out there and the feedback was instrumental in guiding Laura to the next stage – setting up a new business. Laura registered her new company, LovelyThings.ie and when I asked her why she called it Lovely Things, her reply was succinctly beautiful, “because that’s what we sell.” LovelyThings.ie will officially launch on March 18th which is also Global Recycling Day. While Laura acknowledges the support of her husband and the all the contacts and learnings through the Women’s Inspire Network, she places her confidence to follow her dream down to doing the Motivation programme. She saw the new-found confidence as a gift and that came about by using the Motivation tools and 1-1 private sessions with her weight loss advisors. Let’s not forget that, in the process, Laura also lost over 4 stone. To round off this post, I want to say how grateful I am to Laura for sharing her story with me. Like all of our other clients who have come on our podcast series, it takes courage to do so, but in so doing, they demonstrate how you can change your life in so many positive and rewarding ways. I simply titled the podcast ‘The Laura Grant Story’ but it is so much more. Listen to it and you’ll find out why. Laura Grant started her life-changing journey by clicking a link just like this one. The post The Laura Grant Story appeared first on Motivation Weight Management.
19 minutes | Nov 25, 2020
The Motivation Initial Assessment
In this Motivation Assist Podcast, we turn the table as Meabh Coyle becomes the interviewer and Aisling Connolly the interviewee. The subject of the podcast is the Motivation Initial Assessment. Every person that comes through the door of one of our clinics has to complete an initial assessment. That initial assessment is a critical step in helping clients to reach their desired weight and just as important, to maintaining their desired weight once they reach their weight loss target. The podcast walks you through what you can expect at your initial assessment and provides great insight into how useful and beneficial an assessment it is, all for only €25. In fact, while we call it an initial assessment, it is in fact a 45-minute consultation as you walk away with a wealth of information about yourself and aspects of your life that you can adapt or change straight away. The first thing you do is to complete a Personal Impact Form in the clinic and we use this as a discussion document so that the weight loss consultant can get some background to your lifestyle and eating habits. It’s important to understand this as we tailor each weight loss programme specific to each client’s lifestyle and personal circumstances. We will look out for the key trigger(s) that made you book the assessment and examine what you feel are the key reasons behind your weight problem. We also look at WHY you want to lose weight. This can be for an event like a wedding but the WHY can also be an emotion such as wanting to feel better or to have better self-esteem. Interestingly, there is a marked increase in those people attending for health reasons; in that they are more aware / better informed as to the health risks from being overweight. The initial assessment caries out a number of key measurements: Body Fat Analysis With the body fat analysed, we identify what more and more people are interested in finding out about and that is visceral fat, that internal fat which is the most dangerous to your health. We measure your visceral fat with our Tanita Scales (this can be done regularly so you can enjoy watching the visceral fat rating decrease and come into the normal category, which is 1-12). A rating of 13 or above is a warning sign, which we always point out in your initial assessment. Height and Weight for BMI or Body Mass Index We measure you BMI which is an estimated healthy weight for your height. If you’re 14 stone or 89 kilos and a 6ft tall man, you’re probably a healthy weight, but if you’re the same weight and much shorter than that, like a 5ft tall woman, you’re going to be overweight. One thing is for sure, the ideal weight certainly isn’t one size fits all! Metabolic Age Your metabolic age is how your basal metabolic rate (BMR), or how many calories your body burns at rest, compares to the average BMR for people of your chronological age in the general population. BMR is just one measurement of a person’s overall health and fitness. Blood Pressure Blood pressure is an accurate indicator of overweight and we take your blood pressure at every consultation and along with the other measurements, map them and as with most clients, watch them fall over time to within in a healthy range for your height and weight. For most people taking the initial assessment, we find that this is the first time that they have been able to open up and talk about their weight issues. By and large this is not a planned outcome but the private and personal nature of our 1-1 initial assessment affords people the opportunity to talk about how they really feel about being overweight. For many, being overweight is a deeply personal issue and the group-based programmes are not the ideal venue for this type of discourse. What we generally find is that the initial assessment helps to lift that often oppressive mental weight that people are carrying. From that, the programme kicks in and the physical weight falls off. The initial assessment with Motivation costs only €25 and at the end of the consultation you are under no obligation to sign up to any of our tailored weight loss programmes. If you are interested in booking an initial assessment for yourself then please click here. Perhaps your journey to this page was to help a loved one or family member. In that case, you might consider an initial assessment gift voucher. You can buy one in any of our clinics nationwide or click here to buy one online. The post The Motivation Initial Assessment appeared first on Motivation Weight Management.
15 minutes | Nov 19, 2020
What Is Weight Loss Procrastination?
This is a podcast about weight loss procrastination. Before we dive in, what exactly is procrastination? Procrastination is the action of delaying or postponing something so it’s not just a weight loss issue, it can be anything. How many of you have said something like this, “Here I am, 4 stone over weight. If only I had done something about this when I was just a stone heavier.” Obesity over the years has been described as a disorder or a disease of procrastination. Why do humans often procrastinate and in particular, why do overweight individuals put this off and not fix their weight problem sooner, rather than later. There is no one easy answer but there are common thinking patters that Maebh points out in this podcast. She opens by (briefly) taking the discussion away from weight loss procrastination and instead focussing on something else that you must have put off doing. For Maebh it was putting off cleaning her attic for the last 18 months. She argues that when we’ve negative connotations associated with the activity we are about to undertake (it’s hard, it’s boring, etc), this in effect acts as a block and causes us to …… procrastinate. Now apply this negative connotation approach to your own weight loss efforts. If you package the same negative thinking, then you’ll probably think: it’s going to be hard I’m going to have to give up things that I enjoy It’s going to be boring Now, try and switch it up and think of what’s going to be good about doing it: If it’s Maebh’s attic: It’s going to be clean She’ll be able to see stuff She’ll have a sense of satisfaction of a job well done She’ll feel more on top of things It’s done With weight loss, it can be any or all of the following: You’ll have more energy straight away You’ll start to feel in more control You’ll feel more youthful You’ll be able to do more things You’ll be able to wear nicer clothes A lot of people procrastinate because they have a fear of failure. They are waiting for circumstances to be just right before they do something. Jump onto the Weight Loss Procrastination podcast below and listen to Aisling and Maebh as they provide some solid advice on how overcome procrastination and move forward with your weight loss efforts. The post What Is Weight Loss Procrastination? appeared first on Motivation Weight Management.
36 minutes | Nov 16, 2020
How To Lose Weight And Keep It Off For Life Podcast
Over the past 25 years, Aisling Connolly has consulted with thousands of men, women and teenagers on a face-to-face basis in our clinics here in Ireland, and overseas via our online weight loss programme, On The Go. In that time Aisling has amassed a wealth of first-hand experience and knowledge in weight loss and weight management, and in this aptly titled ‘How To Lose Weight And Keep It Off For Life‘ podcast, she has distilled that experience into 6 key points for you to consider. For those of you that have tried any number of previous diet regimes or programmes, then this podcast will ring true on so many levels. You are not alone and that is such an important point to make. The challenges you face are not unique to you and are shared by many other people who find themselves in the exact same situation. Aisling provides great insight into these 6 critical issues and if we were to recommend one thing it would be this – please set aside 35 minutes as that is the time you’ll need to listen to this podcast from beginning to end. Pick a spot at home that is quiet and a place that you will be relaxed and away from the hustle and bustle of life. Why? It’s important to invest the time in YOU. For so many people, they put themselves last and selflessly ignore their own emotional needs. This podcast requires your attention so that you can begin to make those lifestyle changes that YOU need. Learn why you feel motivated at the start of your diet but then lose motivation after a few weeks, usually after a slip. How to control STRESS/EMOTIONAL eating during these challenging times. Learn how to stop procrastinating and making excuses as to why you won’t start your diet plan. Understand why most diet programmes fail as they only treat half the problem, treating the symptoms not the cause. Why fast weight loss is clinically proven to help give better long-term results. Learn about your LIMITING BELIEFS, how they may be holding you back and how to overcome them. This podcast was originally broadcast as a webinar on November 12th and for ease of playback we have saved the audio part of the webinar as a podcast file. The How To Lose Weight And Keep It Off For Life Podcast also references our FREE ebook, ‘Break the Cylce of Yo-Yo Diets.’ The post How To Lose Weight And Keep It Off For Life Podcast appeared first on Motivation Weight Management.
19 minutes | Nov 16, 2020
Jennifer Wilson's Amazing Weight Loss Story
This is a remarkable weight loss story! Jennifer Wilson was born with spina bifida. She endured many operations in her early years but kicked on and enjoyed a working and family life, the same as you and I. Jennifer never had an issue with her weight but about 18 months after her daughter was born, she began to have significant discomfort with her right hip. As Jennifer says it was “bone on bone” and as her mobility was dramatically reduced, she began to lead a very sedentary lifestyle. The lack of movement lead to a feeling of despondency and that in turn lead to eating the wrong foods and too much of them – take aways and comfort foods. There was a reluctance on the part of the medics to replace her hip until she was a little but older – at this point she was only in her mid-thirties. Eventually her hip was replaced in her early forties but despite her positive outlook and feeling better, she had a bad fall and this caused a major set-back. She withdrew into herself and didn’t go out much. The poor eating habits returned and her weight began to creep up again. Also, not that she’d never thought about managing her weight better, she just didn’t commit herself to doing anything about it. Her pattern of feeling low and comfort eating was an all-consuming depressing cycle. At this point, Jennifer was tipping close on 18 stone / 114 kilos. Bear in mind that Jennifer is 5ft 1 inch / 154 cm. Jennifer’s BMI reading was 47.6 and her official BMI result: At this BMI, your risk of weight-related health problems and even death, is severe. Jennifer began to look online for options and advice on what to do about her life-threatening situation. What’s interesting and also so, so familiar about Jennifer’s research is the ever-present fear of failure that paralysed her many attempts to pick up the phone and call Motivation. What’s revealing and also so, so familiar is how happy and content Jennifer was at having made contact and attended the Beacon clinic for her first assessment. As Jennifer says, “It just felt great. I knew that I’d made the best decision, you know, that this was going to work for me. And I haven’t looked back. This is the best thing I’ve ever done for myself.” This podcast reveals the inner turmoil and excruciating pain that Jennifer endured in the months and years up to her losing over 7 stone / 44 kilos with Motivation. Jennifer’s story is one of remarkable perseverance and an indominable personality that once it was channelled correctly, was able to, literally, move mountains. Join Jennifer Wilson as she recounts her incredible weight loss story in the podcast below. Before you do, a question: What’s holding you back? Think of this when you listen to the podcast. The post Jennifer Wilson – A Remarkable Weight Loss Story appeared first on Motivation Weight Management.
16 minutes | Oct 20, 2020
Mother and Daughter Weight Loss Story
This is a great mother and daughter weight loss story. Jeanette O’Sullivan & Sarah Doyle, our mother and daughter combo, share their experience of losing weight with Motivaiton. This podcast was recorded in October 2020 and was our first podcast since the March 202 when the first of the two lockdowns was announced. The post Mother and Daughter Weight Loss Story appeared first on Motivation Weight Management.
16 minutes | Feb 11, 2020
What Is A Weight Loss Plateau And How To Deal With Blocks
This podcast will address what we call a weight loss plateau, the reasons behind it and some of the tools we have that will help you to deal with it and successfully move on. What is a weight loss plateau? A weight loss plateau is where you are losing weight and then it stops for some unknowable cause / reason. According to the Oxford Englsih disctionary, to plateau (out) is to ‘stay at a steady level after a period of growth or progress.’ In this instance your progresss would be the week-in, week-out steady weight loss until you plateau. Plateaus are a normal part of the weight loss process. When we look at the weight loss graph of clients it is generally not linear, it will be in step-wise fashion – lose weight-plataeu-lose weight-plateau. This is normal but for some people this plateau can be naturally frustrating where, despite you best efforts, there is not weight loss in that week. What’s going on? First of all, do not panic. Have faith that this plateau will pass and that you will continue to lose weight. Because it will pass. Switch things up. Open your Motivation Food guide and look through the rich array of foods that you can add to your weight loss regime. Try new vegetables. Check out the Motivation website or the mobile app for new recipes. Change is key. Try new protein sources. You may be getting most of your protein from meat and chicken. Try fish or plant-based proteins. We do know that when pope change their food that it tends to kickstart the metabolism as well. Shake up your routine in terms of exercise. It is not a requirement to exercise to lose weight but if you do it will considerably improve your weight loss results. Are you keeping track of things by using your Food Diary? If you are not keeping track of your intake then calories can easily creep back up, thus undermining your weight loss efforts. We can’t stress how important it is to maintain your Food Diary. Those that do are 50% more likely to lose weight and to maintain that weight loss. Complacency is a common occurrence – ‘I know everything and I’m doing ok’. Take the opportunity to go back to the clinic, weigh in, reinvigorate your enthusiasm with the help of your weight loss advisor. Check your fibre intake! Variety is important so look to broaden the range of vegetables that you eat. Cut back on salt. We advocate an unprocessed diet but we acknowledge that due to time constraints, people may have to elect for processed food on occasions. If so, pay particular attention here as salt-rich foods can lead to water retention which can act as a foil to your weight loss efforts. Are you drinking enough water? A bad day for a client might be one glass or water or none at all. Overlook water intake and it will have a detrimental effect on your weight loss efforts. Dehydration causes fatigue and you won’t be as motivated to exercise and in addition, and we don’t know why, but when you are hydrated, your metabolism fires at a higher calorie burn rate. Are you overwhelmed or stressed? This can happen during a plateau and the negative voice can creep back in. You can spend a few days becoming aware of your negative thoughts or perfectionist ways of thinking. Try and note them in your daily diary and you might be surprised how often they are coming up. Your audio programming files are important here. Reconnect asap with your weight loss advisor and they will help you address this issue. If you’ve fallen off the wagon altogether, don’t set yourself excessive or unrealistic goals. Don’t say you are going to hit the gym five days a week. Start small and build on that. Commit to small changes and celebrate each one along the way. All these successes add up. GET EXCITED! Get excited again about why you started your journey. Visualise the new you, not just how you look but how you feel. Get inspired by others. Look on our blog, listen to our client podcasts and success stories for inspiration. Think about the benefits, not the challenges. Think if all the things you are going to gain on this journey. Accept that plateaus are normal and you’ll get through it. What are you waiting for? Click the play button below and listen to ‘What Is A Weight Loss Plateau And How To Deal With Blocks’. The post What Is A Weight Loss Plateau And How To Deal With Blocks appeared first on Motivation Weight Management.
18 minutes | Jan 31, 2020
Slip And Learn: How To Deal With Perfectionism And Guilt
This podcast title Slip And Learn: How To Deal With Perfectionism And Guilt is probably one of the more important podcasts we’ve recorded. The first and probably most import thing to note – everyone has them, slips that is. Let’s get that out of the way – you’re not on your own. We learn from our mistakes and it is inherent in the human condition that we don’t always get things right, be it at the beginning, middle or close to the end of any programme (weight loss, stop smoking, etc). It is how we deal with these slips that is crucial to our long-term success (and happiness). At Motivation, from day one with new clients, we get them so sign a commitment form and we let them know there will be slips along the journey – you are only human. We show them how to think about slips differently as most clients will have tried and failed any number of conventional weight loss programmes due to quitting after a slip or series of slips. Thinking about slips or failure differently empowers our clients to be able to slip, to learn and to move on without missing a step. No pangs of guilt of feelings of failure. As Maebh points out, when somebody relapses, it’s not if but when and it’s either going to go one of two ways: If they have been listening to their weight loss advisor and if they have been using their Motivation tools, they will react quite well to the slip. Most importantly, they will recognise and see it as part of the process and they will just carry on with their journey and get back on track. Learning to deal with perfectionism and guilt is a core aspect of the programme. The other option is those people who beat themselves up. They too are perfectionist but unfortunately haven’t used the tools and worked on the issues. Critical to this point is Maebh’s observation that perfectionism is a trait that can be worked on; people do change and you can work on this side of yourself. The perfectionist’s outlook is that if they are not doing it perfectly well all of the time then they shouldn’t do it at all. The reality is we all relapse or slip. The reality is that as weight loss advisors we know that when clients stick to the programme 70/80% of the time they will be successful. You will deviate and you will relapse and it’s important that when this happens you act with compassion towards yourself. How do you know if you are a perfectionist of if you suffer from feelings of guilt? For Maebh, her perfectionism and feelings of guilt were both identified and confirmed when she completed the Mental Weight Questionnaire. Maebh adopted the mantra that it’s ok to make mistakes but as she points out, it took a while to trickle down from the head to the heart. Now, Maebh is able to park a mistake (be in parenting, eating, whatever) and get on with it. This podcast runs to just over 18 minutes and it’s an invaluable tool in helping you to learn about slips and relapses but most importantly, how to deal with perfectionism and guilt. The post Slip And Learn: How To Deal With Perfectionism And Guilt appeared first on Motivation Weight Management.
13 minutes | Jan 23, 2020
How Best To Approach Setting Weight Loss Goals In 2020
This podcast covers how best to approach setting weight loss goals in 2020 and it’s also worth noting how it covers the challenges new year goals bring. Key to getting the most from this podcast is taking on board Maebh’s assertion that change is a skill that has to be learnt and practised. It takes time and as Maebh points out this is not what the general public want to hear. They want change and they want it now – why not as that’s what all the quick fix and fad diets claim. The genuine reality is that, and maturity most definitely tells you this, is that is takes time and you can’t rush these things. It’s important to point out that losing weight is a positive change that you are making and it’s important to try and enjoy the journey rather than seeing it as an endurance test. If you pigeon hole it as an endurance test you may well be setting yourself up for failure. You frame of mind is critical to success. Be careful of guilt and perfectionism. If for some reason you slip up don’t throw the towel in. Slips are common and happen to most people. It’s how you deal with the slip that is important. They key is to see the slip for what it is and move on. We will help you with that process. As both Aisling and Maebh point out, your ambition or goal to lose weight is best approached by breaking it down into a series of small steps. What’s important to recognise is that when you start out on your weight loss journey, we will be there for you, supporting you on every step. While the end goal will be ever present, we work with you to focus and celebrate the many minor achievements along the way. We will help you to feel better both physically and mentally. Another important consideration for people when looking to a new year goal is to think about how they want to feel rather than the goal itself. If you were able to achieve that weight loss how would that make you feel and how would that transfer into your daily life: Better health More energy Less stress Feeling really proud All these things are far more effective that focussing on the end weight loss goal as such. Underlying this is our approach to changing the habits and behaviours that are causing you to overeat in the first place. By working on those habits and behaviours you will come to notice significant changes in your mental wellbeing with the physical weight loss as a very happy companion. Setting weight loss goals in 2020 need not be so daunting or off-putting. Previous years and previous failures can be consigned to the past by signing up to a Motivation Weight Management programme. Enjoy the podcast. The post How Best To Approach Setting Weight Loss Goals In 2020 appeared first on Motivation Weight Management.
14 minutes | Jan 17, 2020
The Truth About Sugar Podcast
After years of fat being health enemy number one, we now know that sugar is the main cause of obesity and the overweight epidemic. And it’ a highly addictive substance that the body has very little use for it. The World Health Organisation has lowered its recommendations for daily intake for both adults and children. Some key takeaway from The Truth About Sugar Podcast: We don’t need sugar. There is no nutritional value in sugar. It provides empty calories and we already get sufficient calories from our food. Reactive Hypoglycaemia. A lot of Motivation clients, when they start, will say they have a problem with sugar. They don’t realise that physically what they are doing is taking a drug every day and by consuming sugar they are feeding their addiction. What happens is their blood sugar soars through the roof. They feel a bit better which is then followed by a crash and they don’t realise they when they are experiencing a low that it’s their body craving sugar. Many products in our supermarkets are pumped fill of sugar. We now know that this is a significant contributor to obesity but on top of that, heart disease as well where the arteries are hardened. The average Irish person downs about 100 grams of sugar per day. This equates to 25 teaspoons of sugar and the WHO says, at most, we should only be consuming 6 teaspoons per day. For a child, two Weetabix biscuits contains about half of one teaspoon of sugar but a bowl of Frosties contains about 9 teaspoons, already above the recommended daily intake. There are ten teaspoons of sugar in a tin of coke. There are thirteen spoons of sugar in a large tin of Red Bull. All this excess sugar is a significant contributor to heart problems, issues with immune systems and it accelerates ageing. If you want to begin to look after your weight, then start by checking your body mass index or your BMI here. Scientific research and evidence support the claim that sugar is as addictive as cocaine. Sugar hijacks that part of our brain that deals with dopamine and reward. So, basically, what happens is our brain gets a lovely little pleasure kick after the sugar and it feels good (like cocaine). You get that kick and the body gets used to that amount of sugar and the brain craves more of the same drug to get the same effect. We hold our client’s hand as they come off sugar and we’ve lots of helpful tips: Sugar is sugar so don’t replace it with other forms such as honey, for example. Have replacements that we know are very low in sugar such as our own Motivation protein bars. Anything that has 5g or less per 100g of sugar of product on the labels is a low sugar product item. Alcohol. If you are going to go sugar free you need to park alcohol for a while. It would be a disaster and will lock you into your sugar addiction. Exercise. It’s one of the best things to do when you are coming off sugar. Even a little bit on a regular basis. Forget processed foods in jars or tins. They are very high in sugar. Use natural products where possible. Eat often so you don’t get the blood sugar dips. Please note, it’s only a matter of a couple of days and you’ll feel so much better. Our advice is to take step back today and make a conscious decision to tackle your sugar habit. It will be one of the best short-term and long-term health decisions you will make. Listen to The Truth About Sugar Podcast below. The post The Truth About Sugar Podcast appeared first on Motivation Weight Management.
21 minutes | Dec 13, 2019
Sinead’s Weight Loss Story and The Importance of Maintentance
This is Sinead’s weight loss story and how important it is to stay in touch with your clinic so as to help maintain your target weight. Sinead started with Motivation and weighed 10st 10lbs. She comfortably hit her target of 9st 6lbs and then we didn’t see Sinead for a while. Summertime came and Sinead disappeared. As Sinead says, “I thought I’d manage ok but one of my triggers (for overeating) is lack of routine and in particular, having the kids off school.” Sinead found it difficult to set aside the time necessary to look after her weight maintenance or self-care as she calls it. When Sinead returned after the summer her weight had crept back up to 10st 3 lbs and more importantly, her Mental Weight read 14st 10lbs. For Sinead, the Mental Weight was crucial in helping her to pinpoint the root causes of her weight issues. Her key triggers are guilt and perfectionism that she admits she continually has to work on and as she says, “if I don’t carve out that self-care, I find that it just creeps back in so easily.” Over the summer break Sinead let the old habits creep back in and chief among them was reward eating. It was only when Sinead returned after the summer that she realised that she had been focusing more on the scales rather than “what I’m thinking and why I’m doing it.” Sinead says she wouldn’t have figured that out without coming back and connecting with the professional help here at the clinic. Sinead had lost her way completely with hypoglycaemia. As she remarks, hypoglycaemia is a very effective way of addressing the issues raised by the Mental Weight report. Namely, how’s she’s feeling and the choices and behaviours that she can and will make when she has hypoglycaemia under control. What’s interesting listening to Sinead is how much she underestimated the negative impact of not managing hypoglycaemia. Once she got that under control lots of positive things started to fall into place. Sinead was absent for just over a month and as Aisling points out, it’s illustrative of the damage you can do to your weight loss efforts in such a short amount of time. Aisling quite rightly points out that it is critical not to let guilt prevent you from picking up where you left off. Obviously, the sooner you get back on track the better but even if it’s been some time, it’s never too late. Sinead’s parting words of advice: keep in touch because your clinic team will provide the support to help you though this journey. And it is a journey. As we always say to clients, weight loss is a journey because once you reach your target weight then it’s all about maintenance. Our maintenance programme, that Sinead will attest to, provides the regular maintenance check-ups that are key to helping her stay on track. You can listen to Sinead’s weight loss story below. The post Sinead’s Weight Loss Story and The Importance of Maintentance appeared first on Motivation Weight Management.
14 minutes | Dec 6, 2019
Dangers of Intermittent Fasting and The High Fat Keto Diet
In this podcast, the ‘Dangers of Intermittent Fasting and The High Fat Keto Diet‘, Aisling and Maebh talk about intermittent fasting and the high fat keto diet and in particular, why they are not recommended for anyone looking to lose weight. The results are only short term and the overall effects are negative. Maebh starts by pointing out that the attraction of these extreme diets is that they appeal to the quick-fix desire that exists in most people: I want to lose weight and I want to lose it now. Maebh adds that here at Motivation we do not prescribe or follow any quick-fix solutions because they do not work. This isn’t just a Motivation point of view, our viewpoint in the shortcoming of these quick fix / extreme diets is proven from research from across the world; research that clearly demonstrates the ineffectiveness of these diets in maintaining weight loss in the long-term. Intermittent fasting With regard to intermittent fasting, our bodies are not designed to fast. We are not designed to go long stretches of the day without eating or taking nourishment. A great way of visualising this is to think of our metabolism as a fire that must never go out. Here at Motivation we believe in continually stoking that fire to keep it burning. On top of this there is the hunger that you must endure. This is counterintuitive to how our bodies work. We need energy to function, to carry our commitments at work, at home or wherever. How can you be expected to be functioning properly if you are denying your body the fuel it requires to maintain its core functions. There is any number of different intermittent fasting regimes. Some skip breakfast, some skip lunch, some skip dinner, some skip all meals for a day or two. The Snickers ad hits the nail on the head but for all the wrong reasons. If you do not feed the body you will suffer from hypoglycaemia and you will, as sure as night follows day, crave sugary foods – cue Joan Colins. Protein is like petrol or the fuel on the fire. Deny your body the core and primary fuel and the fire will fade and lack the heat to keep you going. Food is energy. Food is fuel. This is an undeniable fact and yet there are proponents of intermittent fasting that promote and advocate for these extreme, quick-fix and ultimately ineffective regimes. High Fat Keto Diet At Motivation we recommend a ketogenic diet but is must be stressed that our ketogenic diet is not to be confused with the high fat keto diet, a diet we do not approve of. The high fat keto diet is reliant on really high saturated fat-rich foods. What’s alarming is that so many people will stick to this extreme diet without first consulting with a healthcare professional. The high fat keto diet was made popular by professional cyclists that follow this regime not to lose weight but to maintain their body weight and build energy reserves that they can draw upon to deal with the excruciating pain and physical demands of races such as the Tour de France or the Giro d’Italia or any of the one-day gruelling criterion races during their racing year. The high fat keto diet is another extreme and highly restrictive diet and we do not recommend it. Maebh puts it succinctly when she says, “the high fat keto diet is a disordered way of eating.” With close on 25 years in business, the Motivation ketogenic plan is scientifically proven to be healthy, sustainable and highly effective for weight loss in the long-term. List to the ‘Dangers of Intermittent Fasting and The High Fat Keto Diet’ 13-minute podcast below. The post Dangers of Intermittent Fasting and The High Fat Keto Diet appeared first on Motivation Weight Management.
31 minutes | Nov 29, 2019
Noeleen’s Weight Loss Story – Every Cloud Has a Silver Lining
Noeleen’s weight loss story is one of unimaginable sadness but through all her suffering, as she says herself, she is on the mend. Noeleen lost her only son to cancer in 2015. The loss was compounded by the fact that he was fit and active, played sport, didn’t smoke or drink. How could cancer strike her son down? As brave as he was and as incredible a fight that he put up, he eventually succumbed to the disease after a three-year fight. They were four in a family and it was now down to three. They were devastated. In dealing with the grief, Noeleen turned to food. In Noeleen’s mind food was the lesser of two evils so she consciously chose food over alcohol. Inevitably the weight piled on. As it so happened Noleen’s daughter was a target member at Motivation and she could both see and understand what was happening to her mother. The cycle of eating to comfort-fill the void was further compounding the problem as Noeleen was not able to get a good night’s sleep due to sheer volume of food she was eating. Her daughter, from time to time, would gently nudge Noleen to contact Motivation but to no avail. The penny dropped for Noleen one evening when as she was looking at a picture of her son and up popped an ad for Motivation. The realisation of her situation and the emotional turmoil literally poured over her and she broke down and cried. Fast forward to Noeleen’s first consultation and as she says, “because my weight loss consultant had me so focussed and I felt there’s help for me here and that I wasn’t on my own.” Noeleen, with the help of Motivation and her own one-to-one weight loss consultant, changed her relationship with food and reached target with a weight loss of 2 1/2 stone / 15.87 kilos. However, Noeleen then let some of her old habits creep back in and she noticed the weight begin to creep back on. She realised that she not only needed to lose the weight but also needed to understand how to maintain the weight she had lost – Noeleen got back on plan and more importantly, back on target. Between the jigs and the reels, Noeleen’s job circumstances changed and as it happened, Motivation was looking for a consultant for its Beacon clinic. Today, Noeleen is a weight loss consultant here at the Beacon. She brings her life’s experiences, empathy, deep understanding of the programme and her very good nature to help Motivation clients unravel their tangled relationships with food and to reach and maintain their target weight. Noeleen’s weight loss story is one that will continue as life itself does and if there is one key takeaway from this story it is Noeleen’s’ resolve and determination to live a healthier therefore happier life. For our part here at Motivation, it is somewhat humbling to be both a facilitator for Noeleen’s weight loss journey and in helping her to find comfort during the dark days. The post Noeleen’s Weight Loss Story – Every Cloud Has a Silver Lining appeared first on Motivation Weight Management.
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