Inspire News December 2017 - Healthy Inspirations

Inspire News December 2017

Here we are at the end of another year, and as we prepare for perhaps the busiest time of the year, it’s good to look back over the past twelve months.

Our Healthy Women of 2017 awards have been decided, and they were by no means easy choices. The diversity of the entrants was really interesting: attending Healthy Inspirations from 4 weeks to 7 years; weight loss successes ranged from 4 kilos through to 30+ kilos; and ages ranged from early 20’s through to 70.  More important were the health improvements seen by so many entrants, with their changing lifestyle improving cardiovascular health, joints, mood, diabetes, and blood pressure. Over the next year, we’ll be bringing you some of these success stories.

If you haven’t popped into your nearest centre for a while, you may have missed the Silly Season Survival Guide. It’s full of great tips for navigating the end-of-year parties and functions, as well as a fabulous menu with recipes for a delightful festive lunch or dinner. Each day on Facebook you’ll find a tip or strategy, and the recipes also feature so click here for inspiration.

We’d like to thank all our members for a fabulous year. It wouldn’t matter how wonderful our programs are if we can’t reach those who’ll benefit, so rest assured that love helping you achieve your goals.

Have a lovely festive season, a safe and happy New Year, and we look forward to working together in 2018.

Slimming Story of the Year 2017

Karen C, Lower Hutt, NZ

Lost 28 kilos & 75 cm – more than 25% of her body weight!

I have come from walking around with a cane at age 51, and a hip replacement operation in October 2016 after suffering from arthritis for 8 years, to having the energy of a 30-year old.

I have become a very regular gym goer and attend classes 5-6 times a week, sometimes three classes after work a couple of days a week. I cannot believe how much energy I have now and the transformation this year has been amazing. I look for ways to increase activity during the day which is a complete turnaround for me.

I make mostly sensible food choices and drink lots of water and try to get a decent amount of sleep. I really enjoy exercise now and can see it continuing to be an important part of my lifestyle.

The weekly coaching has been a huge factor in my success. I try to help others who ‘fall off the wagon’ by stressing how important it is to still visit even when you have gone off plan. The staff at Healthy Inspirations Lower Hutt have been fantastic and are full of encouragement and have great suggestions when weight loss sometimes stands still for a few weeks.  Their knowledge is very impressive. The staff also fully participate in gym activities and there is a group of us doing our first marathon next year, runners and walkers alike.


1. Don’t put it off. The sooner you start the sooner you will look and feel better.

2. Know that the staff are there to listen and help with any challenges.

3. Religiously fill in your diary. It is great to look back at weeks where a good loss occurred to remind yourself what worked and to be accountable for everything you eat and drink.

~ Karen C ~

Take some time to look after yourself

If you’re like most of us at this time of your, you’re running around busily getting everything organised for the end of the year. Like most, you’re probably not taking time to nurture yourself.

Here are some ideas:

“Thinking about” losing weight doesn’t lead to results

Most women have had conversations with friends that go start with something like “I really want to lose weight and I need to __________.” Three weeks later, they have the same conversation. Thinking about it, or knowing what to do, doesn’t work unless action meets intention.

So, how do we stop thinking and start doing?

  1. Decide exactly what you want to achieve.

You need to start with your ‘why’. This is the true, underlying reason that’s important to you. Thinking about your ‘why’ often starts with superficial wants, but ultimately gets down to your driving force: the hidden and deeper reasons. Ask yourself these questions:

  • Why does losing the ___ kilos matter?
  • How will reaching my goal weight make me feel?
  • What will I do then that I don’t/can’t do now?
  • What will happen if I don’t achieve this goal?

There’s no point having a goal of “losing weight”. Would you be happy to lose 5, 10, 20 kilos? Would you be happy with a 100g loss? Each represents weight loss, but unless you’re specific you can’t measure progress.

  1. Make mistakes

Many people see mistakes, especially when losing weight, as failures. In their disappointment at making a mistake, they forget that we can’t be perfect. Making mistakes means that you’re doing something. You’re no longer just thinking, you’re doing!

Success takes time, learning new skills, making mistakes and learning from them, and eventually creating a new behaviour and choice system that allows the change to be permanent.

Don’t allow a mistake or two to make you give up and lose sight of your ‘why’.

  1. Surround yourself with like-minded people

Imagine you’ve started a new diet, and you’re sitting with friends who are drinking beer and eating pizza. A little extreme, perhaps, but you get the picture.

Now imagine you’ve started a new diet. You’re sitting with friends, have a glass of sparkling mineral water, and someone is passing the platter of cheeses, vegetable crudites, and home-made dips.

Clearly, one situation will make it easier to stick to your new diet.

While you can’t avoid all contact with those who don’t align with your goals, you can develop a plan for avoiding the pitfalls of the former situation. You can also develop a support network with like-minded people so that you’re there to help each other, especially when temptation and sabotaging events occur.

  1. Learn something new

Consider your goals and where you want to be. For whatever reasons, your current knowledge has not helped you achieve your goals, so it’s time to learn – or relearn – something new that will be more effective for you now.

Our bodies and our circumstances change over time, so the things that you know worked years ago may not be appropriate now. Get help to figure out what’s right for your body now, and start seeing the results you desire.

Will all of this require effort? Absolutely.

Will it require willpower? Perhaps.

Will it require determination? Yes.

Will it be worth it? It depends on how well you’ve identified your ‘why’.

If you’re like most people, the New Year offers a chance to start afresh and achieve your goals. Spend some time now evaluating your ‘why’, and considering how you’d like to make your goals happen.

The bottom line is this: Stop thinking and start doing.

Layered salad

 Serves 12 

  • 1 can corn kernels
  • 2 red capsicum, diced
  • 1/2 telegraph cucumber, diced
  • 1 large carrot, grated
  • 4-6 cauliflower florets, riced
  • handful basil leaves, chopped
  • 2 punnets cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 cup grated cheddar cheese
  • 2 Tbsp sesame seeds
  • 1 avocado, sliced
  1. Using a large clear glass salad bowl or trifle dish, create layers with the corn, capsicum, cucumber, carrot, cauliflower, basil, and cherry tomatoes.
  2. Sprinkle the cheese over the top, and sprinkle with sesame seeds. Finally, arrange the avocado slices on top.
  3. Cover and refrigerate for a couple of hours, or serve immediately.


How many minutes?

Popular fast foods, snacks and drinks may be very tempting but give some thought to the number of minutes of exercise you will need to set aside, on top of your normal exercise, to burn off the extra energy they provide. Even a very small ‘treat’ can have a negative impact on your weight loss success.

Question: How many extra hours/minutes of activity does it take to burn off a (69 g) fruit mince tart?

One tart contains over 40 g sugar: more than 10 teaspoons!

Strenuous Aerobics: 36 minutes
Social Golf: 48 minutes
Energetic Dancing: 36 minutes
Jogging 8 kph: 48 minutes
Swimming: 73 minutes
Walking: 73 minutes

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