Transformation Is An Inside Job

We all know that a big part of losing weight or maintaining our health comes down to things like exercise, eating right, getting enough sleep, and managing stress.

But did you know that what you think and believe also affects how your body looks and feels?

There’s a strong link between what you believe and the outcome you achieve in any area of your life because of this sequencing…

What you think affects how you feel.

What you feel affects how you take action.

And ultimately, how you take action (or not) creates your result.

The result then feeds back into your thoughts & beliefs…

So – we need to work on the internal as well as the external

You cannot outperform your self-self-identity. Your self-identity is underpinned by your beliefs…

Have a think….

  • What beliefs do you currently have about yourself that are helping you towards your goals?
  • What beliefs do you currently have about yourself that are not helping you towards your goals?

We cannot erase beliefs, we must replace them with a new belief…

Only when we start adopting the new beliefs and nurturing them with aligned action will we get sustained success.It really is an inside job. I’d love to hear what new belief about yourself you’d like to start living….

The Midlife Method

The Midlife Method: How to lose weight and feel great after 40 by Sam Rice is a new diet book aimed at midlifers.

We haven’t managed to grab a copy yet but we’re flattered the publishing house named the approach after our Midlife Method transformational programme.

However, those of you that know us will know that diet is only a part of the weight loss solution, and in fact, not the most important part.

Good eating needs to be combined with movement to create not only a healthy calorie deficit to aid fat loss. Note, fat, not weight – we actually want to add muscle at midlife to offset the natural physiological changes of ageing.

This needs to be supported with a change in habits, beliefs and mindset to make this a true lifestyle change that is sustainable.

Meaning you can lose the fat, AND keep it off, without spending hours exercising, pinging from diet to diet or making big sacrifices.

This is exactly what we coach on our 8 week Midlife Method 8 week programme which is also gives you accountability and support via a private group and regular group calls.

To hear about the fantastic results it’s got for our clients read and watch what they’re saying here: https://themidlifementors.com/happy-clients/

If you’d like to learn more, then please book a call with us here: https://calendly.com/themidlifementors/30min

You Got This

The news that lockdown is back across the whole of the UK and Ireland will have disheartened many.

The forecast that for England at least it’s set to last until mid-February or beyond will offer little in the way of comfort. Right now Spring feels a long way off.

In the first lockdown we had longer days, sunny weather, and it was a novelty. Now for many it truly is the winter of our despair.

Yet nature offers us some comfort.

The season’s remind us that nothing is forever. That everything renews.
Please hold onto that comfort in the coming days.

Please also remember that you have in your control your reaction to the forces you cannot control. You ultimately get to decide how you will meet this challenge…

I’d urge you to acknowledge and allow whatever your feeling. Don’t push it away. It’s okay to feel down, it’s okay to feel anxious, BUT don’t stay there.
Make a plan, soothe your sub-conscious by building a routine for your days, your weeks. Start projects, work on yourself, learn something…

Don’t feel pressure to be “better” or to have achieved something, but giving yourself a goal and structure through this period will help you.

If you can incorporate regular movement into your week. Exercise has many benefits, including the release of feel good endorphins. Fuel your body with good nutritious food, focus on building a positive mindset and connect with like minded people to keep accountable and support each other.

We’re with you. We’ll continue running free workshops, posting content in our free facebook group, producing our podcasts and supporting those of you that want to transform physically, emotionally and mentally.

Let’s do this together.

Free Vision Setting 2021 Workshop

I’m not a big fan off new year’s resolutions – newsflash, studies show 80% of us fail in them anyway…

Why wait for a specific time once a year to make positive changes to your life?

We’ll often fail because our resolution is a wish without a plan, and a goal without a plan is just a wish.

The other big reason we fail is that we don’t take time to think about our emotional connection to the goal.

Sorry to break it to you, but without that emotional “why” and the intentions and plan to achieve it, you’re almost doomed to fail. 

After the year we’ve had though, this is a great time to set perhaps not a resolution (which is kind of wishy washy), but a clear vision for your life in 2021.

Here’s how to do it:

Start with the overall vision of what you want to achieve by the end of 2021

Work back the steps to get there

Plan and set your deliverables

Anticipate the roadblocks and your strategies for overcoming them

Figure out what habits and beliefs you’re going to need for the journey (and which ones to ditch)

Get super clear on all the above

Then connect with the emotional “why” of why you want the goal

Visualise, or as I like to say, future rehearse, the achievement of the goal with as much emotion as possible (this is the secret sauce)

Go grab your dreams!

If you’d like to do this with Claire and I then we’re running a free Vision Setting workshop on Saturday 3rd January at 10am UK time via Zoom.

We’d love you to join us and make 2021 the year you smash your goals and start living the life you deserve.

Sign up here: https://join.themidlifemethod.com/vision

What’s Your 2021 Goal?

Winter Solstice means we’ve now moved into lengthening days as we begin the journey towards summer.

Claire Davis and I celebrate this as our New Year and take stock of the year gone and set intentions and goals for the year ahead.

It’s hard to find all the words to describe 2020. While there have been challenges there have also been great upsides if we look for them.

While it would be very easy to focus on all of the negatives, as so many memes and social media posts will have you do, here’s our wish for you.

We hope that this year has taught you more about yourself than ever before.

That you learned about your strength & resilience and that you hold onto those things for the rest of your life.

We hope you’ve learned how resourceful you are and that you now have a new level of trust in yourself that you can figure ANYTHING out.

That you’re going to be ok.

That you can handle anything.

What would make 2021 special for you?

How To Cheat Death! Well, Almost…

We all want the miracle cure. The pill, the potions, the surgery – anything that might make us look and feel younger.

Well – we thought we’d let you into a science backed secret that’s pretty important you know about. We’re nice like that 🙂

If you remember, last week I wrote about science based ways to train that improve short term Human Growth Hormone production. It’s an incredibly important hormone for longevity of life.

Why? Because HGH leads to increased strength, lean muscle mass, decreased body fat, improved bone density and a faster, more efficient metabolism, as well as having other regenerative benefits. Oh and it also improves mood, energy, sleep and skin tone.

As we age however, it reduces dramatically. Meaning the benefits we get from it begin to diminish.

But we can cheat it.

So how…?

Well, exercise in general will give a short term boost in HGH and the great news is – specific ways of training can amplify the effect for best results.

To recap that is short bursts of HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) of no longer than 20 minutes. Followed by resistance training (weight bearing exercise) straight after if possible.

What’s exciting is two more studies not only reinforce the health benefits of varied training that we’ve mentioned above, but actually link exercise to life longevity in a HUGE study.

The first study looked at 4400 adults aged 50 or older who had their strength and muscle mass assessed between 1999 and 2002. The study checked in 2011 who was still living (I know a bit grim sorry!)

Incredibly those assessed with low muscle strength were over twice as likely to have died…

Interestingly muscle mass didn’t have an effect, it was purely the strength result. So functional strength decreases your mortality risk, as well as having plenty of other all around health benefits.

The second study looked at data from 80,000 adults in England and Scotland who’d completed surveys about physical activity during the 1990s.

The headline from this study is that those who’d done any kind of strength training were 23 percent less likely to have died during the study period, and 31% less likely to have died of cancer.

However, before you ditch your cardio and start lifting the weights, you might want to know this fact: those who did strength training and aerobic exercise had a 29% reduction in mortality. That’s almost a third…

In summary, mixing up strength training with aerobic activity not only gives you all kind of hormonal and health benefits, but can significantly reduce your mortality risk.

You’ll live longer, and because you’re training this way, you’ll have a better quality of life too.

This is exactly how we train, how we set up our programmes, how we train our clients. We’re looking for varied, challenging training that’s fun, and not only meets aesthetic goals, but delivers health goals over the long term. Now the data suggests it can also prolong your life.

Love to hear your thoughts and questions, so feel free to give us a shout.


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