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Lisa Barwise

Why I count macros, not calories, for fatloss

Why We Count Macros, not Calories

When it comes to fitness and fat loss, we all have that moment of realization: that aha-moment where we realize we are ready to strive to be the best version of ourselves. For me, it started in earnest after Josh was born. I decided I was going to be one of those mummies that got their figure back. I began to look for every diet and detox and after a quick Google search provided with everything I needed to know about revealing my very own set of abs: the age-old art of counting calories. Basically, if you consume X amount of calories depending on your age, weight, height, and activity level, you will see Y results. Great! I felt like I had just found the Holy Grail of post-baby body hotness. Using an online calorie calculator, I found my recommended daily calorie intake was 1,200 to lose 1 lb a week. The encouraging part about counting calories is that it is easy. You just keep track of your daily caloric intake and apps like MyFitnessPal make it easy to do that throughout the day and all exercise gets adding meaning you can eat even more if you want. For the…

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Is your diet mindset keeping you from having a body you are proud of over 40?

Is the “middle-age spread” taking over? Today’s blog is inspired by the story of one of my clients. They said,  “the middle-age spread” is taking over as they move past 35 and get into their 40s. We all know, it’s getting harder to lose weight in the hips and stomach area and really it was starting to get them down. So they did what they always thought they needed to do which was to cut back on what they were eating and reducing the size of their portion and hitting 1200-1400 calories every day. They also came to the gym and were working out with me 5x a week. But still, nothing was working. They were not losing weight if anything they gained a little bit of weight. The felt like a total failure.  It’s not your fault. I want to talk about here is our diet mindset or what we have been told by those diet ads, social media posts or advice we have been given. How many times have you been given advice by a friend or by a doctor or some sort of medical professional that they kind of just implied that you’re lazy and that you’re…

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Is this one excuse holding you back?

Is this one excuse holding you back

This particular excuse that I want to talk about today is kind of like a little snake in the grass. It’s probably not even an excuse that you hear yourself say, it’s probably not even an excuse that you really see is an excuse, and in fact, you probably just think that this is normal. But what I’m here to tell you is that this is not only an excuse that I have fallen prey to but also a lot of my clients would as well and I kind of think that nearly everybody I know in some way falls prey to it and I’m going to give you one strategy today. One way for you to overcome it that might not necessarily be easy but it’s definitely simple. So this one excuse this little snake in the grass has lots of different ways that it manifests or shows itself but in my experience is one of the biggest excuses or biggest barriers that we have to body shape change and into achieving your body goals and your lifestyle goals. The one that I hear all the time is, “I am feeling stuck so, therefore, I’m not going to move…

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You are in control of your schedule, your body and how you feel

You are in control of your schedule, your body and how you feel

For today’s topic, we’re going to be talking about a response I see  that comes up time and time again. The response: “I don’t have the time”. I don’t have time First of all when people say to me “I don’t have time” my answer is always: “You do have time we all have the same amount of time. We all have 24 hours in our day but you’re just choosing different things with your time and that’s okay.” It’s not that what I’m trying to say here is that you’re a bad and wrong person because you’re making those choices. What I’m trying to say is that you do in fact have the time you’re just prioritizing to make different choices with what’s going on for you and in your life. What I generally ask people to do at this point when they get that sort of feedback from saying “I don’t have time” is to really just ask yourself: What is important to you in your life right now and is this your season for that change? So if you’re somebody who says, “Okay this is the time I really want to focus on changing my body shape, I…

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Lean after menopause? Is it even possible?

Lean after menopause

Want to know how to change your body shape and achieve a lean, strong and curvy body even in your 40s or 50s? Hormones are your superpower or your kryptonite Hormones can be either your superpower or your kryptonite when it comes to being lean in your 40s and your 50s and the thing that tends to happen with women is that in my experience of dealing with women and working in the health and wellness industry for the last 15 years is that women mostly have been on a diet for most of their life. In fact they’ve been on a diet for decades and decades and the impact that that has on our hormones, metabolism and thyroid can really make a massive impact on how well you’re going to maneuver through the menopause, not just your overall health but also your body shape as well. Often women don’t see the effects of what decades of the eating choices has inside their bodies. They have been under eating calories (and nutrients) or they have been binge eating and eating toxic foods. What that does is it put the body’s version of homeostasis in major disrupt. This puts a lot…

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How to build your inner promise

How to build your inner promise so that you will always do what you'll do

How cool would it be to say, “I am gonna go and workout today” and then you do it or how cool will it be to be able to say, “I’m gonna eat and follow my plan today and stick to my plan.” Related: Lacking motivation? You need to hear this.   So the first question I want to ask you based on this is can you remember a time when you just felt really good in your body? Can you remember a time when you were feeling more energized or you felt like you were really on it? When did you feel like you were in control? When did you feel like you were empowered? What did that look like for you? So for me when I think about the times when I’m really feeling really good, really focused, really confident, really like on a roll, really high energy, it’s generally when I have created a series of really healthy habits  that when I do those habits I am able to achieve the thing that I want. I’ll give you an example and one of the big things that I did in my life is to do with running….

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What to do if you are just not motivated

What to do if you are just not motivated?

What is motivation?  Are you naturally motivated? If you’re not naturally motivated what can you do about it and how can you get yourself going? Related: Lacking motivation? You need to hear this. So first of all I’ll share a little story of my own. Anybody who knows me or knew me say 15 or 20 years ago would be absolutely dumbfounded to find out that I’m a not only a personal trainer but that I have my own strength and fitness studio where we have over 60 members and over 300 attendances a month. And that I teach 18 classes a week. I mean from the outside I must look like somebody who’s highly motivated but really I’m still that same girl from 15 years ago and the only way that I have achieved what I have achieved is to learn how to get motivated. Let’s unpack this…   So based on certain personality tests that exist there are people who are internally motivated and people who are externally motivated.   (Note: I couldn’t remember the name of the most recent test I did on the video but it is called Enneagram and you can take the test for…

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You don’t have time for a nutrition or fitness programme huh?

You don't have time for a nutrition or fitness programme huh cover

I hear these things all the time: “I don’t have time”, “I’ve got four kids”, “I’ve got a full-time job”, or “How am I gonna make time?” “I work shifts.” So what I’m going to talk about today specifically is not really so much about the time but about the motivation. What I found time and again with regards to women is that we’re just the busiest people on the planet. We’ve got so many plates in the air, so many different things that we have going on, so many things that we have to look after. We’re responsible for kids and maybe we’re working 9:00 to 5:00 or whatever, we’re just the busiest people. In fact, I don’t think there’s anybody as busy as women. If you don’t make time to look after your body now, you’re going to have to spend more time later looking after being sick. There is something that happens when women focus on their health and their nutrition in terms of having an impact on all aspects of their life. But more importantly, looking at your nutrition now, looking at your body shape change, looking at losing that excess weight that you know it’s…

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The number 1 thing women get wrong with weight loss…and it is not what you think it is

The number 1 thing women get wrong with weight loss...and it is not what you think it is

Here’s the number one thing that women get wrong about weight loss…and it is not what you think it is! It is the promise that they make to themselves and breaking those promises. Have you told yourself every beginning of the week that you’re gonna start the diet on Monday, that you’re gonna start training and exercising, that you’re gonna drink more water, that you’re gonna go to bed early…that you’re just gonna gonna gonna. I can give you all the exercises and training and other advice I could give but it all boils down to the crook of the problem. The promise to yourself is the biggest barrier to your weight loss. Could you imagine that how you talk to yourself is how you would talk to your best friend? So if you said to your best friend, “Hey, let’s meet up and do a workout together.” But then you changed your mind and you tell her,” Actually let’s not do that, I wanna watch TV and binge-watch Game of Thrones.” What do you think of that person if they said that to you? Maybe they say it once. Maybe five times. It’s not that they’re choosing self-care over…

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Live Workout Yoga HIIT

Time to grab your yoga mat and join us for a follow along workout What the heck is Yoga HIIT? Well, you see Yoga is done more slowly. It activates slow-twitch muscle fibers, which give us longer holding power and  endurance-based strength. It helps practitioners gain balance, and holistic flexibility in muscles and joints. HIIT, or High Intensity Interval Training, is done at a more fierce pace. It activates fast-twitch muscle fiber activation, which yoga alone doesn’t do. HIIT is what defines, tightens, lifts and sculpts your muscles. HIIT gets the heart rate up higher than yoga can, in specific ways to optimize cardio, or how you intake and process oxygen. HIIT also can raise your metabolism up to 15% and burn calories and fat for 48 straight hours! YOGA HIIT is the way that Tabata Training was meant to be done for Beginners – without weights – using fast and fierce body weight movements focusing on shoulder, core and leg strength and muscle toning to whittle that middle! Join us for our FREE Follow Along LIVE Workout below. It’s perfect for beginners, only 30 minutes and all you need is a Yoga mat. Join myself and Bronagh Taylor for…

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