Pete’s MANSformation Story …

By Jamie Houghton, Head Coach at Lifestyle Performance Transformations NCC

“The sense of achievement you feel when you’ve been working hard and the results reflect that are brilliant!”. That’s what Pete told me when I was talking to him about his results following our 6 week MANSformation challenge.

Pete has been kind enough to share his FULL story below…

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About Pete first..

“I’ve been married 24 years this year, I have just turned 48 and am a proud father of two grown up kids. I’m self employed running my garden maintenance business & been going 10 years, very busy at this time of the year through to November. 

“Before I started I was trying to find reasons why NOT to do it.”

Sound familiar?

“The typical excuses…getting up early etc etc. but I soon realised that I wasn’t going to improve my fitness by sitting back and doing nothing. After all it hasn’t worked so far!”

I spoke to Pete on the phone after he completed our MANSformation application form and I could tell he wanted to change, lose weight and get fitter but has always managed to find an excuse. It’s too easy to keep doing what you’ve always done….right?

“After my first session with Jamie, Matt and Noah, I realised how unfit I was but also realised how friendly and supportive everyone was too. Waiting in the reception area was more daunting, not knowing what to expect but after the session got under way I started to relax”

Being able to jump over that first hurdle of ‘fear of joining a new group or starting something completely different’ is the possibly the hardest thing.

Your mindset is the enemy here. It’s what got you where you are today.

Mindset is purely ‘A set of assumptions and beliefs that are so powerful that your behaviour conforms to them’

Which means you probably believe that if you eat less and move more you’ll lose weight…

^^ More on that another day

This is something we personally coach our members on – changing your mindset that has let you down so many times in the past.

Anyway, back to Pete…

I asked Pete what he learnt about our exercise coaching…

“The biggest thing I have learnt about exercise is that its better to do a little than none at all. The sense of achievement you feel when you’ve been working hard and the results reflect that are brilliant! Also because the exercises can be adjusted to your own ability I never felt like I was trying to keep up with the “fitter” people.”

And about our nutrition coaching…

“With the nutrition coaching I got from Jamie and Matt’s workshop I soon realised what I was eating was completely rubbish (I thought it was healthy!) I quickly learnt how simple it is to eat good proper food and how enjoyable it is to prepare and eat fresh food.”

“To be honest i have enjoyed the whole experience of the last 6 weeks, the support and encouragement from the coaches, Jame, Matt and Noah and the other members in the class.

I learnt how easy it is to make small changes that have big results. I also realised the results you can achieve if you put your heart and soul into it are amazing. When I talked about the MANSformation challenge people told me that I could just join a gym…yes I could but i wouldn’t get the support and encouragement that I have benefitted from being with LPT and I certainly wouldn’t be going to the gym three times a week!

The past 6 weeks has been life changing…honestly!!

In just 6 weeks I lost 7kg and 32cm and completely changed my body shape

Thanks Matt, Jamie and Noah!”

Our next 6 Week Challenge starts Monday 6th June

We do have programs for both men and women but unfortuantely due to the success of the program we only have a few spots left. So if you are inspired by Pete’s story & want to join him & our LPT members in looking, feeling & moving great then TAKE ACTION TODAY!

DOORS close on May 27th.

If you want to achieve results like Pete then be quick to get your application form in!

Men ONLY Click Here for our MANSformation Challenge

Ladies ONLY Click Here for our A Stone in 6 Challenge

Thanks,

Jamie

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6 Surprising Reasons You Can’t Stop Snacking

By Jamie Houghton, Head Coach at Lifestyle Performance Transformations NCC

Do you ever get those days where you CAN’T STOP snacking? You get to the evening, look back at you’ve eaten that day and you feel pretty fed up about.

Hunger is a sign that your body needs food/liquids so you go about your day.

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What if you snack even though you’re NOT hungry….?

^^^We’re all guilty of that one!

But why?

Well these 7 Surprising Reasons will open your eyes and help you tweak some of your daily habits to help keep your appetite in check, eat when you’re actually hungry and be able to start seeing some results…

1. You’re not eating often enough

It may sound obvious but if you only eat large meals hours apart then believe it or not but this actually makes you feel hungrier. When you go too long without any food your stomach panics and releases hormones that leave you feeling famished.

Try eating less but more often…have a meal or snack every three to four hours. Also it’s not a bad idea keep an emergency snack on you, like a small handful of nuts in some tupperware.

2. You’re not getting the right nutrients

Foods that keep you feeling fuller for longer have three components…

  1. Fiber
  2. Protein
  3. Healthy fat

All three can help slow digestion, which keeps blood sugar stable and keeps you full for longer.

When building your meals and deciding your snacks for the day aim to get these 3 components in there.

3. You’re dehydrated and confusing thirst for hunger

Quite simply as clever as our brains are…sometimes yours can confuse hunger for thirst!

If you’re starting to feel peckish…chances are you’re already dehydrated!

Aim to drink 3 litres of water daily…alternatively you’ll know you’re drinking enough water when your pee is light yellow or clear.

4. You’re not paying attention to what you’re eating

Eating mindfully – something that we coach you on as part of our “6 Week Transformation Challenge” (CLICK HERE for more info) is something that means actually paying attention to what you’re eating instead of shoveling it in your mouth as you’re running off to do something else!

Easier said that done…I know! But it is important for your body to register when it’s hungry or not and shovelling your meals down doesn’t allow your body to do that!

5. Yohomer-snacksu’re eating too many simple carbs and sugars

You know what carbs I mean…white bread, pasta, pastries and sugar will make it impossible to feel satisfied. All of these cause your blood sugar to rise and then an hour or so later it will crash rapidly causing your body to crave more fuel…more sugar!

This is a bad cycle to be in and unknowingly you can pile in way more carbs than you actually need!

 

 

6. You’re stressed

Simply put, stress increases your body’s production of the hormone cortisol, which boosts appetite…and when you’re stressed reaching for a healthy high protein snack is probably not your first thought!

Feeling less stressed will help control your hunger. However it’s not always easy controlling your stress which is why we teach you stress management tips and tools on our “6 Week Transformation Challenge” (CLICK HERE for more info) something that our members report back is that these tools ACTUALLY work!

I hope that’s given you some clarity…

It will be worth re-reading those 6 points and making note of which ones relate to you specifically (maybe all of them!)

Nutrition coaching is a huge part of our coaching program at LPT giving you knowledge to get some amazing results on your weight loss journey.

Christine (our recent winner of LPT’s “A Stone in 6 Transformation Challenge.” at our brand new facility in Northampton had this to say about our nutrition coaching…

I was maintaining my weight by using some quite unhealthy practices.  Matt’s nutrition workshop was a real eye-opener for me and now, for the first time in years I am not only enjoying food, I am looking forward to my meals and to preparing them!

 

If you want to achieve results like Christine then be quick to get your application form in! Spaces are filling up quickly …

Men ONLY Click Here for our MANSformation program

Ladies ONLY Click Here A Stone in 6 Challenge program

The start date for next challenge is Monday 18th April and we are holding an Orientation Day on Saturday 16th April to introduce the program.

More information about that can be found on our Facebook page by >>> clicking here <<<

 

Committed to your success,

Jamie

How Christine lost 15lbs & 28cm in 6 weeks

By Jamie Houghton, Head Coach at Lifestyle Performance Transformations NCC

Christine Morgan was the recent & first ever winner of LPT’s “A Stone in 6” Transformation Challenge, at our brand new facility in Northampton. Christine was dubious before starting as she had tried LOTS of diets & fitness fads before BUT the T.C.P method certainly worked for her

Total loss = 11 inches

Weight loss = 15lbs

We caught up with Christine to find out why this program worked, what she learnt, what she enjoyed most and much more.
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Did you have any fears before starting the program?

Yes, absolutely!  As a very unfit person I was very nervous about ‘showing myself up’, not being able to keep up or compete on the same level as everyone else.  I always feel intimidated in the gym or at fitness classes because I have a problem with co-ordination and so really had to screw up my courage to even apply.

How did you feel after your first session?

Awesome!  The only person I am competing with is me!  Matt and Jamie assessed my mobility, strength and flexibility and set a programme to suit my abilities – I felt that I was achieving from day one.

What’s the biggest thing you have learnt from the training sessions?

That its ‘form over reps’; doing the exercise properly will achieve better results and that I am competing against myself.  I find this very motivational because I want to improve.  Matt and Jamie are very encouraging too.

What have you learnt from the nutrition coaching?

Oh, where do I begin?  I was in a bit of a mess where nutrition was concerned, eating low fat, high sugar foods and had really given up with my diet because nothing seemed to ‘work’.  I was maintaining my weight by using some quite unhealthy practices.  Matt’s nutrition workshop was a real eye-opener for me and now, for the first time in years I am not only enjoying food, I am looking forward to my meals and to preparing them!

What have you enjoyed the most?

Everything!  The sense of achievement, the camaraderie of the others in the group, the sharing of ideas, thoughts and goals – accountability – on the face book group.  Even, would you believe, getting up at 5:30am because that feels like an achievement too.  Most of all I am enjoying the results of my hard work, especially as people notice.

What are your results?

I lost a stone in 6 weeks and 11 inches overall.

If you want to achieve results like Christine then be quick to get your application form in! Spaces are filling up quickly …

Men ONLY Click Here for our MANSformation program

Ladies ONLY Click Here A Stone in 6 Challenge program

Start date for next challenge: Monday 18th April

From Overweight and Self-Conscious to Being Free of Diets and Happy

By Jamie Houghton, Head Coach at Lifestyle Performance Transformations NCC

Krissie has just finished her 6 Week Transformation Challenge with us at our brand new facility in Northampton…and her results are AWESOME!

Total inch loss = 14

Weight loss = 14lbs

If you want results like Krissie then be quick to get your application form in as spaces are filling up quickly (just 9 left)…

Men ONLY Click Here for our MANSformation program

Ladies ONLY Click Here A Stone in 6 Challenge program

In just 6 weeks – Here’s how Krissie made it look easy….

Did you have any fears?

Yes – 100% I’m very self-conscious, in a gym environment, where I feel like I know nothing, and where I would be very likely to end up looking like an idiot. Where I’m too busy worrying about how overweight I feel and how many people might be looking and laughing at my lame efforts! Don’t get me wrong I’m a very confident, I speak at conferences and events often, but the gym fills me with dread, like you wouldn’t believe!

How did you feel after my first session?

I felt great!!!! I felt much more at ease, I knew all the logistics, and I got to meet the rest of the group I would be training with – they were all lovely! I also got to spend more time with Jamie and Matt, and realised that they were not the usual “gym” types that I’d become used to. Our group was deliberately small, and were all in the same boat in terms of goals, etc – so we helped and encouraged each other! One of the first things we had to do was a movement screen, this means that the guys know your capabilities, and any challenges you face with any of the exercises (this also means they know your potential, and won’t let you slack!)

What’s the biggest thing you’ve learnt about exercise?

The right way to do things!! Form is crucial, and if it’s easy it’s probably because you’re doing it wrong!

I learnt that there are levels to everything, and if you can’t do the hard/heavy stuff just yet, there’s a plan to get you there, but you start on the level that’s right for you, right now, and then you work your way from there. You always push for the next resistance band, weight, or more reps. I also learnt the value of correction (sometimes just tiny tweaks make a huge difference to how you’re doing some of the exercises) I realise that I’d undervalued how important the motivation is too – someone saying, “come on Krissie, just one more rep” is much more motivating that I had actually thought it would be.

What’s the biggest thing you’ve learnt from nutrition coaching?

Krissie FBThere are so many things to list here, so I’ll start with the big ones. I’ve done every diet known to man, seriously! So I really had to forget most of the confusing contradictions that I thought I knew. I know that the right fat is not the enemy, I learnt that “low fat” and “diet” and “no added sugar” are the enemy. I learnt that i needed to balance my meals more, and focus on the nutritional value, not necessarily the calorific value. I learnt that I actually enjoy planning and cooking good healthy meals, and I’ve created some great new habits like batch cooking on a Sunday and eating more fat to keep me full. The body needs fat to burn fat is my new mantra (the right fats, of course!), sleep makes you slim, how alcohol really impacts your weight loss and how stress can de-rail you in more than one way.

What have you enjoyed most?

I’ve enjoyed creating a feeling of a tribe within this programme, we’re all in it together, and we have such a good laugh at training! I feel like I’m free of diets, and I’m really really shocked about the actual fact that I like this kind of exercise (and also the fact that I get myself out of bed early for it!) I’ve enjoyed the encouragement, from Matt, Jamie and now Noah, the fact that I get pushed – in the right way – to challenge myself. The 121 coaching I’ve received (outside of the gym) has given me some opportunities to really reflect on what I’m doing, aswell as challenging me to think about what’s next for me. These guys really are so supportive and encouraging.

Results

Change of lifestyle without even realising the extent to which I was altering my habits – until I stopped today and looked back. I never thought I would be that person, going to the gym at 7am, 3x a week, turning down the wine, and the take away – but now I have great alternatives, through small tweaks that make such a big difference. And I know, that the odd “treat” day wont kill me, so I have a great balance, which, when all said and done, makes me, a happier me!

If you want results like Krissie then we’ve got a few spaces available on our next 6 Week Program which starts next Monday…

Men ONLY Click Here for our MANSformation program

Ladies ONLY Click Here A Stone in 6 Challenge program

Jamie Houghton

Head Coach at LPT Northampton NCC

Super Simple Cheesy Chicken and Chorizo

By Jamie Houghton, Head Coach at Lifestyle Performance Transformations NCC

This is such an easy dish to make in a short amount of time. Plus you won’t be left with tonnes of dishes afterwards! Honestly this is quicker than ordering a takeaway!Super Simple Cheesy Chicken and Chorizo

Packed with protein and healthy fats you can enjoy this as a lunch or dinner.

Serves 1

INGREDIENTS:
½tbsp coconut oil
40g chorizo, finely diced
½ red onion, diced
1x 220g-240g skinless chicken breast cut into 1cm slices
4x cherry tomatoes sliced in half
3 big fistfuls of baby spinach leaves
1 ball of mozzarella torn into chunks
20g pine nuts
A pinch of salt and pepper

METHOD:
1. Heat the coconut oil in a large frying pan over a medium to high heat.
2. Add the onion and fry for 3 minutes. Then add the chorizo and fry for another minute
3. Increase the heat to maximum and add the chicken and stir-fry for 3-5 minutes, until chicken is almost completely cooked through.
4. Add the cherry tomatoes and cook for a minute..
5. Add spinach and stir through until fully wilted.
6. Make a well in the mixture in the pan and drop in small chunks of the mozzarella.
7. Turn off the heat and let the mozzarella melt before spooning the whole delicious lot onto a plate and scattering over the pine nuts.
8. Serve end enjoy…it’s sooo good!

Find out more easy, quick and healthy recipes like this one by clicking here:

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Jamie Houghton

Head Coach at LPT Northampton NCC

P.S. We’ve got applications flying in. Some we are turning down because they won’t suit our program but spaces are filling up quickly.

Our next 6 week program starts in just 2 weeks.

Don’t miss out, here those links again:

Men ONLY Click Here for our MANSformation program

Ladies ONLY Click Here A Stone in 6 Challenge program