A quitter’s guide to not quitting

It’s January, many people start manically exercising, and eating well, and going to the gym, every day, and mediating everyday, and eating no meat, and going vegan etc etc, you get the picture. I’ve seen it time and time again, I’ve been in this industry for 23 years now and every January is the same. Don’t get me wrong, it’s brilliant that people want to start to get fitter etc, but many quit. There goals and aspirations do not fit with their lifestyles. If this is you… firstly you are NOT a bad person.

So, you’ve been known to quit in the past. In years gone by, you’ve promised yourself that you’re going to make big, lasting changes to your life, but it hasn’t been long before you’ve given up.

And that’s totally understandable. I don’t know about you, but I’ve got a pretty short attention span.

I get excited about something for a while, but I soon run out of steam, or my attention gets grabbed by something else, and before I know it all the plans I’d made have been pushed aside in favour or something else.

That, or I just lose all motivation.

Over these 23 years, though, I’ve come up with a few ways to stop myself from falling off the fitness bandwagon, and actually develop healthy habits that I stick to, permanently.

Does that sound like just what you need?

Then read on for a few tips to help you catch yourself just before you fall off the fitness bandwagon, and keep moving forwards towards all the goals you’ve set.

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How can I shift this extra weight around my middle?

Many 40+ women experience unexplained weight gain — especially around the waist and hips — despite their best attempts to diet, exercise like crazy and eating next to nothing.

And suddenly, the usual weight loss tool box is empty.

“Meno-middle” is one of the most common complaints of perimenopausal women. Yet most women have been told that an extra 10–20 pounds is simply a rite of passage at this time of life and they should just accept their “middle-age spread.”

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‘Bad’ day? Week? Month? Here’s what to do

It’s been one of those days. You have the best intentions, but you just didn’t manage to live up to them today. Or yesterday. Maybe you’ve been struggling to meet your health and fitness goals at all this week, or maybe you’re looking back on the month just gone and wondering where it all went ‘wrong’.

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Making the Choice to Change in 2019

New year always throws up so many overwhelming messages.

Time to change, what are your resolutions?

Have you set any goals…  They can sometimes leave us feeling inadequate and useless.

Then there is the endless TV programs on how to lose weight, quickest, cheapest, the best blah, blah blah.

On the16th January it will be my 23 year anniversary of working in the fitness, health and wellbeing industry.  Hard to believe I have been helping ladies (of a certain age!) to feel better about themselves, enjoy a strong fit body and to have fun whilst doing it for a whole 23 years!  There is one thing for sure, every January I have heard the same messages, the same promises from diets and gyms, the internet etc.

In my experience the ladies who DO challenge themselves and DO set goals and DO change are the ones who have the right mindset from the outset.  What makes them different?

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Susan’s top 5 suggestions for your Christmas Present list 2018

1. Book – Paleo Primer by Keris Marseden – this book is both informative and has excellent easy to do recipes for the cleanest eating ready to hit all your New Year goals. £14.99 GET IT HERE

2. Spiralizer – these are a must have kitchen gadget for 2016. Make courgetti (spaghetti style courgette), spaghetti style cucumber and carrot to help replace the carbs for veggies instead. £12.85 BUY ONE HERE

3. ALIVE The 7 Day Detox – Start 2016 with a big clean eating boost. This is a brand new online delivered 7 day detox with YOU in mind. (Discounted price £15 for a limited period) MORE INFO
Everyday I will post into a private facebook group, what to eat and a video of the exercise you should do and a motivational video. You can view and look at all of this stuff as and when you like. People will post photos of what they are eating, chat and discuss motivational tactics etc. It works really well, it’s like a virtual class with people from all over the world doing the same diet and exercise over a period of 7 days. At the end of the 7 days, I will give guidelines on how to continue to maintain your weight loss.

4. Relaxing Back massage or Reflexology – I highly recommend Calmer Life Therapy’s to help you to relax your way into January. Get your vouchers from £20-£40 from Dawn. CLICK HERE

5. Boudoir Photo shoot – This, I found, was so much more than ‘just and photoshoot’ Amanda knows how to capture the most inner beauty in any woman. Hair and make-up is wonderful in itself, and the finished photos where tasteful, classic and truly works of art. I definitely recommend this for any woman. Loved it – more of an experience than a photoshoot. Email Amanda for prices www.amandamcconnellphotography.co.uk

Winter Nights are here…


How many of us have managed to do some regular physical activity and been reasonably sensible about our diet during the Summer when it’s light till late?

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Finding the Time to Exercise

I recently asked the ladies in my free facebook group for 40+ women what main issues they were facing at this changing time of their lives.

One of the most answers was….

‘I have difficulty finding time to fit in regular exercise’

Before I let you have some tips to solve this problem, I firstly want to let you into a little confession…

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Head Hunger versus Stomach Hunger

Ask “Hands up if you ever eat when you are not hungry?”

Whether it’s a meal, or eating at any other time of day or night, eating when you are not physically hungry can be a big factor in the trouble people have in controlling their weight.

It is ok to eat when you are not hungry – some of the time.  However if this goes too far it is easy to over eat and gain weight – or stay overweight.

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Your Food Beliefs

If you want to make the best choices effortlessly then this is the challenge for you!

My food philosophy: I feel very passionate about the food I eat. I have strong values surrounding my choices and what helps me make decisions. Being really clear on this will help you carve how you want your lifestyle to look and feel. Here are some examples of my food beliefs and values:

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You can have anything you want, but you cannot have everything.

A goal is ‘the object of a person’s ambition or effort.. a destination… an aim’. Everyone must have an aim, a destination that they are trying to arrive at. Let me quote a simple but truthful cliché: A person going nowhere gets there.

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