By understanding why you do what you do, we can help you recreate habits and patterns by understanding how your brain works in relation to food choices and exercise.
The first two weeks of my transformational programme is called the BASECAMP. This is where the magic happens where I learn about each different client and help them correct their form and technique, crucial if they want to succeed in their overall goals. ( I will speak about why form and technique is a necessity on any fitness regime on another post)
You get married. Have a baby. Move across the world. Start going to night school so you can get a degree. All of these are life-changing events that make you a different person. But did you know your life can change significantly just by spending some time strength training?
That’s right—if you’re willing to commit to strength training, your life will change significantly in seven ways. Here they are.
This one’s obvious for anyone who has ever stepped inside a gym. When you add strength training to your routine, your body shapes up quickly. Working with me, you can determine an appropriate strength-training regimen that will give your body the look you desire. When you look better, you feel better and more confident. But lifting weights isn’t just about looking good…
Want to reduce your worry factor significantly? Then start lifting weights. When you do, you’ll find your body has better defense against the common cold and other everyday sicknesses. But that’s not all. By lifting weights and staying healthy, you’ll be better able to sidestep countless diseases that plague so many—from diabetes and cancer to heart disease and stroke.
Ever just want to crash and burn after a hard day at work? Wish you had the stamina to play a game of kickball with your kids on the weekends? Lifting weights will help you improve your stamina so you can do just that. Once you’ve lifted weights for a while, your muscles grow stronger and you learn how to power through even when you’re feeling a bit worn out. Going longer, however, isn’t reserved for the athletic field.
Lifting weights may not transform you into some sort of sexual maniac, but it will do lots of good things for your body that in turn translates to good things for your sexual abilities. One way strength training does this is by improving blood flow throughout your body, which is important for sexual function. On top of blood flow, you will feel better about your body and become less likely to struggle with sexual dysfunction.
Meetings aren’t the most exciting events in the world. They drone on for hours, and your involvement does little to help those you’re meeting with find solutions. Until you start lifting weights. Suddenly, your brain is getting the blood flow necessary for optimal function and your brain even grows new cells. Once your most important muscle kicks into overdrive, you’re ready to be alert and thoughtful.
Life is not easy. And when it comes at you full force, the stress can be too much. When this happens, you may find yourself spiraling into a bout of sadness or even depression. Lift weights regularly, however, and you’ll experience something the prescription-producing world doesn’t want you to know. Lifting weights gives your body what it needs to fend off depression. And you don’t need a doctor’s appointment for a weight-lifting session.
It is good to plan and know what you’re doing with your life. However, if you spend all your life worried about what you’re going to do with yourself when you retire in 23 years, you’re missing out on something very important: the here and now. When you lift weights, you’re forced to focus on the task at hand.
Otherwise, you’ll never get that final rep in. By incorporating strength training, your life is changed for the better, because you finally learn to live in the moment, a skill that translates to increased life satisfaction.
Sound good to you? Give me a call or shoot me an email today to get started on a fitness routine that’s custom tailored to your needs.
So I hear you ask “so what?”
Coffee has had so many controversial debates whether it is good or bad, or how much we can consume, and so on.
Anyone who knows me knows I love coffee.
I love the morning ritual of waking up and thinking about the smell of the thing in the jar, I love how it tastes and how I feel after wards.
For over a decade it has helped me wake up and come alive. I also had a very good belief about my coffee addiction which was “I simply DO Not function without it first thing in the morning”.
Coffee was the drug I needed to feel energized and mid day I will need another hit like a cocaine addict needs their fix.
My SELF BELIEF about coffee was actually causing me more harm than good.
Let me explain.
This soothing hot drink is what powers me to maximize my energy in the gym and give me that little ooomph for life. The thought of not sipping it in the morning used to frighten me. It’s the thing that also made me look like a mad hatter doing 10 things at a 100 miles per hour and not completing one task in the end.
I realized as I was growing up things used to agitate me more and the feeling of nervousness was over taking my life. I put this down to my job as a coach running around constantly looking after clients.
But it was at Anthony Robbins seminar I became aware of my addiction and how it wasn’t so great for me after all. I mean as a Coach I know everything in moderation is good for us and if I drank enough water to the ratio of coffee intake I would be fine. Somehow this wasn’t working for me.
The shift started when I was crewing at the Anthony Robbin’s “Unleash The Power Within” at the end of March 2015. Not only did Tony speak about the elimination of coffee but for those four days I was waking up at 6am there was no COFFEE in the house.
I had a full on 13 hour day ahead of me and there was no coffee.
On the first day I remember telling myself “I will only have that coffee at 12pm and lets see how I cope in the morning”
Bizarrely enough , I was just as hyper and energetic from the time I woke up till I had that it. So it made me think, If I have been this energetic without the need of a coffee then why do I drink it and rely on it so much and why am I in this state of thinking that if I don’t have a coffee I will not function ?
You know it only went hand in hand with what Anthony Robbins was talking about the whole weekend at the seminar,
1) Our belief system creates habits for us
2)Our thoughts to a situation can create so much good and bad
3) And our perception of things allow us to view things in a positive or a negative way
And so there it was that little voice that said to me “you do not need the coffee you are just as mad without it”
Boy was I glad to hear that voice and actually experience the full effects of my own natural energy through the next few days without any coffee. To feel my own energy without any external substance was a huge deal for me.
In the weeks to come, I replaced coffee with hot lemon water and then juiced every morning. I wasn’t tempted to drink coffee and it turned out to be a small challenge to see if I had the discipline and power to not drink the beverage anymore.
Each day to replace the old habit was a triumph for me, each day I realised I wasn’t as weak as I thought I was. Each day I used that to channel my focus and energy in other areas of my life.
I was more energetic than the days I had coffee, I realised I wasn’t as agitated or anxious. It is very rare for me to get those mid day energy slumps now and my workouts are just as hard and intense without the kick start of coffee.
So I realized it was ALL IN MY HEAD. The story I had been telling myself for so many years had finally changed. And this is also the same thing we do when we are faced with certain situations in our lives when it comes to change or uncertainty.
Our story about a situation prevents us from progressing, for example
Everything is very scary at first but if we can change our belief system and wire it to something better, we can gain maximum results from a small change to everything in our lives.
My new belief is “I can drink coffee if I want to but right now I choose not to”
And I am now also saving almost £48 per month by not purchasing flat whites and cappuccino’s in the coffee shops.
Holy crap that’s the first time I calculated that. £48 per month? What joy is it to eliminate an expensive addiction to his liquid?
We have to remember that habits can never be eliminated, it stays with us but the good news is that it can be replaced.
Challenge for you:
Find something that you love but could also be preventing you from reaching your goals, for example your love for chocolates or cakes could be stopping you from getting to your desired weight.
In the first week decrease the amount that you consume. If you feel this is making a change and is going well, eliminate this in the following week. If this is too much and you feel unhappy and need the cake or chocolate fix you can try to substitute it for dark chocolate or gluten free rice cakes. Not everyone likes dark chocolate (at first) but try different ones. My ultimate favourite one is Lindt dark chocolate with hazelnuts and I know people who hate dark chocolate but have fallen in love with this one.
Be creative and play around with it like I did for a few weeks with lemon, lime water and even juicing.
Everything about me has changed. I am able to do things I never thought I was capable of doing. Nazia taught me how much I was limiting myself emotionally and physically. Every penny has been worth it, she sticks with you like glue and that’s what has made the real difference. Her knowledge in understanding me has been mind blowing. I wished I had met her earlier.
Being a lawyer means I am always in the public eye and I had to ensure I present myself a certain way. Working with Nazia has been a breath of fresh air. She really goes the extra mile even when she does not have to. I encourage all females to work with Nazia given the chance.
Somebody recommended Nazia to me, the process is so much fun, I feel like she and I have been friends for years. My confidence has increased, I have lost weight, I feel great and look amazing. I have gained my life back and definitely feel REBORN. Amazing to learn how much can be achieved in just seven weeks. I loved this journey and have learnt so much about myself.
After pregnancy I was in a lot of pain especially from the weight gain. Nazia was eliminate my neck pain in just one session, something which i had been trying for a long time. I nearly cried when i was able to turn my head around in the car and see my daughter in the back seat with no pain. She is able to recreate habits in ways i did not think was possible. I feel like I found the old me again and have learnt so much about myself in the process. I dropped two dress sizes but it was more than just that, I transformed in other areas of my life too.
Nazia is just amazing at what she teaches. I was very impressed with her knowledge and how different she is from other trainers out there. If you want to really see a difference in mind, body and spirit I would definitely recommend Nazia, you will not regret it. She goes out of the her way to ensure that her clients get the best out of her.
Since starting to work with Nazia, loving myself has now seeked in very well from eating well, feeding my mind, walking away from negativity, I feel very energetic, happier with how I look and most importantly I eat without feeling guilty. The past few weeks I really feel like I have been REBORN, and feeding myself to be a better me. Nazia Embodies what her mission is about. Nazia makes the session enjoyable yet it is hard work, she never tells you what to do but allows you to decide making you be in control which has given me more power over the choices I make now.