Christine’s Body Transformation Story

How she QUIT dieting for good and lost TWO stone!

Christine Morgan joined LPT in January 2016 and has been on an incredible journey ever since, achieving results she never thought possible. We wanted to share her story to inspire the hundreds of people who have shared similar frustrations with yo-yo dieting and only ever seeing short-term results.

Here is her story in her words…

Every year I’d make a New Year resolution to lose weight…I’d say to myself ‘This year I am determined. This year I will do it, I will achieve the goal.’ Unfortunately even after trying everything (Dieting, exercising and even will power) I would never see the results.

I went to Weight Watchers, Rosemary Connolly and Slimming World…all the healthy eating and fad diets. I even tried praying! The trouble I found with these clubs is that I would hit my target weight, feel like I didn’t need to diet anymore….AND then I put all the weight back on again!

The thought of being on a diet for the rest of my life made me feel sick. TheChristinen I gave up.

I decided maybe I was supposed to be this weight and so I wouldn’t worry about it anymore.

Except I did worry about it…

I hated my body and wouldn’t even have my photo taken.

I was already so unfit, I was losing fitness and getting fatter!

I thought I had sussed it though.

To avoid putting more weight on I would have only one meal a day! A small one & then not eat anything else for the rest of the day. Trouble was I was I’d be starving! So if anyone offered me a cake at work, I’d have two!

I got to the point where it was difficult to walk far – because I got so out of breath. I wouldn’t get down on the floor with my granddaughters – because getting back up again was both difficult and embarrassing!

Fast forward to January 2016, I saw an advert for LPT on Facebook. I read the article and clicked on the link. I had some money for Christmas and decided I was going for it. Before I knew it I completed the application form and pressed send!

A few days later I had a phone call from one of the coaches, who wanted to find out more about me. We went through the programme and how it worked. After that I’d done it! I’d joined LPT and taken the “Stone in 6 Challenge”.

Now, if I am absolutely honest I really wasn’t sure that I would lose any weight but I was desperate…I really wanted that transformation I was promised.

535044_204591373219021_1669218569527090610_nSo I went along to the induction on the Saturday morning, expecting to see lots of fit people all wearing designer Lycra and expecting to be completely intimidated. I met Jamie and Matt and there were lots of people there – of different sizes, different fitness levels and no designer Lycra! And Matt talked sense!

He talked about his programme and how I would gain flexibility, stability and strength – well I didn’t have any of those (and never had) so I thought that sounded good.

I was really nervous about the first training session. I felt so unfit, and I was worried about having to compete with others in the group. Well, it turns out I didn’t need to be nervous. At the LPT training sessions I compete against myself and the results I write down on my own program card.

As part of the programme we had to set a goal with a ‘reward’ if we achieved it and a ‘punishment’ for if we didn’t . Well, I set my goal, but couldn’t bring myself to set myself the challenge of losing a stone, so I set it for half a stone. And I did that…Then 10, 12 and 14 pounds – By the end of the 6 weeks I’d lost a stone! Not only that, but I won the Northampton Stone in Six Award – me! I won it!

13220986_10156877848970471_2907141739249593959_nWe have a lot of fun in the workouts, I’ve made some good friends. Now I actually look forward to training. Getting up early in the morning is no longer a chore…and I actually feel worse during the day if I ever miss a session. I love the atmosphere and the camaraderie

People began to notice, and to make positive comments. My husband was so impressed that he encouraged me to continue with the training – he’s a great supporter. Twelve months later and I’ve lost just over two stone.

I feel fitter and healthier than I have ever done – ever in my life! Yesterday a colleague called me her inspiration! I feel fitter, more flexible, stronger and have much more mobility and core strength…(I didn’t even know what that was until I tried to stand on one leg)!

When it comes to food, I no longer feel like I’m on a diet.

When I go out with friends I don’t feel restrictive and I enjoy whatever I fancy on the menu.

I now know that I have to eat for my goal and my own body type, not just follow a meal plan that follows a “one size fits all” approach.

My goal for 2017 is to lose another 2 stone this year. I want to take part in a fitness event (an LPT one of course) and I want to feel even more healthy, fit , stronger and confident than I do now. And I will never set another New Year resolution to lose weight! I am transformed!”

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Why You Probably Don’t Have A Weight loss Problem

3 Simple Ways to Gain Control Of Your Diet

The two weeks leading up to Xmas last year really stick in my mind. Me & the girls rented a log cabin for a week in the Peak District. It was whilst on this trip I had the news that LPT had been offered the contract to open our own transformation club inside Northampton Cricket Club. Further more I decided this was a great opportunity to take the plunge and really double down on what I believed was needed in the world (and it wasn’t just training).

A heavy focus on nutrition coaching probably came as no surprise to clients. But to this day I’m unsure if people value the true power of Personal Development. It’s an airy fairy subject for most, who just want FAST results. But I stuck to my guns & have developed many trainings, workshops & videos on the subject since.

And then last week I got the confirmation I was looking for…

It was at our 6 weekly advanced nutrition & fat loss workshop in Kettering where I was asked if I ever fell off the wagon myself or found it hard to follow what I teach.

My answer?

Hell yes. All the time!!!

Unsurprisingly the next question was, “How do you say no”?

Know yourself to CONTROL yourself

My answer to this question was off the cuff but re-inforced to me the importance of working on your own self-growth no matter what your age.

I answered by sharing how self-awareness is the KEY.

Once you know yourself, you can control yourself.

In dietary terms I do this in one of two ways usually:

  1. I’ll coach myself around a difficult and tempting situation OR
  2. Give myself permission to succumb to the situation BUT be ok with it, not self-sabotage more as a result and then decide after if I had made the right decision.

Self-awareness is simply having control over your behaviours by learning through your experiences. Once you can embrace every experience as a positive one & use it as a learning experience, rather than another reason to self-sabotage, then you can be truly liberated from feelings of failure and struggle.

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Here are 3 simple ways to gain self-awareness of your diet:

  1. Know your triggers! Your triggers are the in-built habits that magnify a problem. Non-smokers who must smoke if they have a drink. A stress full day triggering alcohol consumption. And the classic, every cup of tea must come with a biscuit! Once you know what these triggers are you can experiment with ways to over come them. I know that dehydration is one of my triggers for craving a glass of the red stuff. A 1/2 pint of water later & as if by magic that craving suddenly disappears! This is how I use self-awareness. The easiest way to start understanding YOUR triggers is by completing a 3-5 day food diary like we get our 6 week weight loss members to complete.
  2. Know your strengths: So if your triggers are moments of weakness then it makes logical sense to know your strengths too right? So if you love making a particular meal then make that a weekly habit or even 2-3 nights p/week. If you love a certain training style then make it your goal to keep improving in that area & not distracted by what others are doing. In summary, if it works for you then double down on it. I say this as I see so people trying to be Jamie Oliver in the kitchen only to crash & burn after a few weeks because its all too much. Keep it simple. Stick with what you enjoy and that fit your goals.
  3. Your goals: Having the self-awareness of your health/weight loss/fitness goals will help hugely in making the decision of, should I or shouldn’t I? At this moment in time in my life I’m not concerned with being in cover model shape. I enjoy my Friday night treat night and the odd glass or two of wine with family. And so do I feel guilty having a weekly treat Hell no. However I am self-aware enough to know if the pounds start to creep on to a point I’m not happy with I will make a few simple decisions to cut back a little on the naughties!

 

Self-awareness is a strength that will exceed your physical strength any day of the week. It’s a skill I recommend everyone work on.

We have now opened up applications for enrolment of our next 6 week transformation programs running in Kettering, Thrapston & Northampton.

Yes Thrapston mid-morning, at my personal home personal training studio is a new time slot that will be running a semi-private personal training option alongside your nutrition coaching, workshops etc.

Check out what our 6 week transformation program includes HERE

 

Coach Sutton

Chief Transformation Officer @ LPT

How to Get Your Mojo Back

(And why it all starts by asking ONE question)

Losing your Mojo to eat right and exercise regularly can be like pushing a very large rock up a steep hill. The further you push the less energy you have. The harder you push the more you feel like giving up. Well today I’m here to remind you that once you do reach the top it DOES become much easier. You can just let go! But we have to learn how to ride the waves first…

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If you’re struggling to get your Mojo back heres what I suggest…

Rather than jumping to solution-based-thinking like, “I will try an eat clean this week” or “I will try and exercise everyday” etc STOP!

We both know that you are just lying to yourself and I know its corny but the first step to progress really does start by telling the TRUTH.

The Green-Eyed Monster

See when you’re in threat mentally, no matter what you tell yourself you should be thinking, that green eyed monster in your brain will always come back to bite you in the ass!

“I’ll start Monday”, “I’ll be good this week”, “I’m going to exercise every day”. Sounds like a great idea at the time but thats all these are. Ideas.

The feeling of achieving this “idea” is actually a form of addiction itself. To avoid this type of reactive solution based thinking I suggest you start by asking some key questions.

All great ideas an inventions in history only came about by asking great questions so its a pretty powerful tactic.

The questions you ask of yourself will vary from person to person. But I suggest you start with questions that allow you to find more clarity over what success would look like to you first. See, people spend lots of time complaining how things are bad but have little concept of what would be good.

Get clear on what would need to be true for a good week to be created & your unconscious mind will start working on helping you make it happen.

Now depending on where you are with your goals & how much stress NOT achieving them is causing you, the language in your question is important and will change from person to person.

For example here are 3 different ways you can ask the same question:

What would make this week satisfactory?

What would make this week truly awesome?

What would make this week perfect?

Some context..

So if you’re super overwhelmed right now and struggling to even think about eating or training right then a perfect week might just tip you over the edge!

Whereas a satisfactory week is something you can maybe think about more clearly about?

An awesome week may get you thinking more creatively. Maybe awesome might be trying a new recipe or a new exercise challenge like going for a long hike/bike ride.

Whatever awesome means to you, make it your goal to include it in your week. After all, who doesn’t want to be awesome?

What To Do..

Just try it. Write down the question & brainstorm your answers.

These answers will give you a checklist of things that will help you plan your week & daily habits.

You may then want to categorise your checklist into training, diet, social, work etc.

Once you have your checklist you will want to create some action points. The key here is you MUST be specific about what your going to do.

The reason most people don’t eat clean all week or exercise enough is they are not specific enough about what days they will train on, how they will train or what meal plan they will follow.

I can bet any money that if you have a meeting at work you’ll make some notes on what the meeting is about & what you might have to prepare in advance. And so I ask you, why should your health require less planning than your work?

Which do you value more?

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Thats me, signing off for today!

Matt

PS. This Friday we are opening up applications for our next 6 week Body Transformation program at both our Kettering and Northampton facilities. Our groups are growing every month so be sure to get your application in quick!

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3 Simple Ways To Lose Weight Through Purposeful Action

And Avoid The Normal Pitfalls Of Goal-Setting

Yo-yo dieting isn’t a new frustration for people. Nor is it an uncommon one – with many dieters revealing to us they have spent most of their life on a diet. Last week I shared why using PURPOSE as your driving force for motivation is a crucial ingredient & can make a huge difference in finally put an end to failed diet attempts.

Here’s the post again, “How to make exercise compliance effortless”

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Feedback from the post was good, however, I know taking a concept like, “living with purpose,” is one thing… using it is another!

So today I’m going to give you 3 simple ways to start applying purposeful transformation into your life. This is a pure action-based post that will leave you with strategies you can implement immediately TODAY.

Now there are TONNES of ways to live a more purposeful life. But at LPT we are in the business of supporting you towards a healthier & fitter life – so for now lets start with the big 3 – EXERCISE, DIET & RECOVERY.

  1. EXERCISING for purpose: For 90% of gym-goers, the purpose of their exercise efforts is purely a means to burn calories. This is a great example of how NOT to approach your exercise (unless you wish to carry on stop-starting your fitness efforts). Training purely for the calorific burn is like working all your life without spending a penny of your hard earned cash – there’s just no incentive. Instead, think hard about why achieving/maintaining a healthy weight is important to you or why you even need that calorific burn. For me personally, I train for mobility first, ALWAYS. The purpose? Simple, to grow old without back pain, tight muscles or movement restriction. To be able to keep up with my children and enjoy life. Secondly I train for health. Contrary to belief, lifting weights & performing cardio exercises like running aren’t things a particularly love to do. 10 years ago maybe but these days I can usually think of 101 other things I’d rather do. However, I know how important building a strong & mobile body is to overall health and without good health I simply cannot be the best husband, father or businessman possible. So on those days when the last thing I want to do is exercise, it’s these ^^ values & deeper meanings that create my purposeful action to get my lazy ass off to a training, stretching or a foam rolling session. AKA Using purpose is my motivator. How can you relate your training so it has a deeper meaning than just the calorie burn? Better movement. Maybe you have an event you would love to do? Or maybe you just want to be able to climb the stairs without puffing. Attach reason to your exercise efforts & compliance will be far far easier in the long run.
  2. DIET: Firstly lets get one thing clear. Eating healthy does NOT need to mean a life on chicken & broccoli. It really CAN be tasty too. And for the many hundreds of people who have gone through our transformation programs, many rarely ever go back to eating junk food. Now we’ve got that out of the way, lets talk about eating for purpose. I DO believe one of the biggest mistakes people make with their food choices & diet attempts is eating for comfort NOT purpose. The difference is out-come based eating (purposeful eating) has an end result. It has meaning. It is mindful, not mindless. For example; Eating a protein dense food with a complex carb after a heavy weights session would be a good outcome-based food choice because the body requires these two macronutrients to nourish & rebuild your muscles after being broken down. When you start to view food as a fuel (much like the how you treat the diesel you put into your car), THEN  that you can start being more purposeful about your food choices. So the message here, is to remember next time you’re creating your healthy eating meal plan, ask yourself WHY these foods are on your list. What purpose do they have. (If your not sure where the value of certain foods lie then I suggest being educated quick in this area. We can certainly help. Our 6 week transformation program was designed to educate people as well as motivate and coach. Click here to find out more)
  3. RECOVERY: Purposeful rest you ask? Yes really. In case your not aware, your body does NOT transform when you are lifting weights. Nor does it get fitter whilst on your on that run. Nope, your body only reaps the rewards from training when you’re doing jack-all – With SLEEP being one of the key components of rest. And so it makes logical sense (hopefully) that the better quality sleep/rest you have, the better results you’ll get. So if your hitting the deck at night as a means to purely crash after a long day, rather than following a sleep routine that allows you to get into the deepest sleep possible, then their is a good chance you’re not reaping the rewards great sleep offers. Personally, I take my sleep seriously! Now with a 2 year old it doesn’t always go to plan HOWEVER I still do what I can to create the best recovery possible for my body with a good night sleep- avoiding blue light an hour before bed, wearing an eye-mask to block out any light, ear-buds to keep noise down and sleep spray are just a few of my strategies for sleeping like a baby. We have whole training that covers sleep on our 6 week program that goes into much more detail. But if you take anything from this section it’s too take your recovery as serious as your training. If your training hard you should be stretching & mobilising hard! If you working hard and have high mental stress you should be using deep breathing or mindfulness practices to give your brain a chance to reset too.

There you go. Some simple strategies and new ways of thinking about how you approach the big THREE  of Diet, exercise & recovery.

As always I recommend simplicity when choosing what purposeful action you may start with today. Choose just ONE thing you can start being more purposeful about today.

As always our team of coaches at LPT are hear to help.

And our 6 week transformation program is a great place to start!

We are currently closed for applications but if you wish to be on the reserve list then please click the link above for more details on how to jump on.

Matt Sutton

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How To Make Diet & Exercise Compliance Effortless So You Finally See Results

It's Easier Than You Thought

Compliance. It’s the one thing EVERYONE struggles with, from olympic athlete to your average Joe wanting to lose 10Ibs in weight. However, from working with thousands of people over the last 10 years I have noticed one trend that rarely fails.

They all make use of the most powerful fuel of them all – PURPOSE.

In this new post I want to share why playing the long game & choosing what I call a PURPOSEFUL TRANSFORMATION will put a stop to all frustrations of compliance once and for all.

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You see for years people have been telling me;

“I want to lose weight”

“I want to get fit”.

“I want more confidence”.

“I want less stress in my life”.

“I want a better job”.

My question is, “Do you really WANT all these things OR do you just “think” you should want them?

Unfortunately most people define success by a celebrity they follow, a movie they watched or what their friends are doing.

And yes I get it. It’s easy to get drawn into “wanting” something coz, well others have it. Its easy because it’s the social norm and anything else feels like you’re less of a person if you’re not keeping up with the Jones’s.

But here’s something I want you to remember. Maybe even write this down as a reminder…

You will never know if your are successful in any endeavour unless you have already defined what success means to you.

If your a consumer of mass media – newspapers, magazines, social media & T.V (basically 99% of the world!), then you will likely have been sold ideas based on social norms.

And by the way it’s not just mass media we must think carefully about before reading into. Just the other day I was shocked when a new client told me how their Doctor diagnosed them with type 2 diabetes. The Doctor then went on to say how it wasn’t something to be too concerned with as most people have it these days.

No mention of nutrition recommendations of which could completely reverse the disease. Instead, just a statement based on a new social norm, which is that because obesity & type 2 diabetes is so common (& has become the “norm”) it makes it less of a problem. Scary!

But here’s the real problem…

We believe what we’re told.

If you spend enough time being exposed to the wants or ideas of others they will soon become your own beliefs.

I urge everyone to start taking responsibility for themselves and if you do believe you are easily influenced by others rather than being true to yourself, here’s my suggestion..

Learn to practice the art of WANTING what you actually “NEED”

Personal development has changed my life and is a key reason why I include trainings on it in our 6 week program. You see once you understand what YOUR needs are, what makes YOU tick and truly happy. THEN you can focus on the actions to start living the stress-free, fulfilling life you always dreamed of. Only then can you quit looking over your shoulder to see what others are doing and instead be 100% focused on YOU. On SELF.

You see, “Needing” is a necessity. Wanting isn’t.

You NEED water & oxygen to stay alive.

You don’t NEED a new car or to drop a dress.

Needing is fuelled by a deep burning desire to pursue YOUR purpose.

In the case of water & oxygen the purpose is to stay alive.

But survival doesn’t have to be your only need.

What about fulfilment & living out your life goals, hopes & dreams?

What about becoming the ultimate version & vision of yourself?

What legacy will you leave?

What will you be remembered for?

When you get clear on what your purpose is & what’s important to you, the goals you set require far LESS will-power and far more purpose & meaning.

Meaningful goals are far easier to stick to because they have an in-built driver (intrinsic motivation) that trumps will-power every day of the week.

Saying that you don’t have the motivation or will power to exercise or eat healthy is like saying you can’t be arsed to get out of bed today. It has nothing to do with motivation or will-power- that’s just another way of saying I haven’t decided on the purpose of getting up today or exercising.

At an extreme level, people with depression fall into this spiral of lacking purpose whilst people with abundance in their life know exactly what path they are on & why.

When acting on meaning & purpose there’ll be times when you’re not even sure how it will all work out but the deep burning desire will get you there, somehow.

I call this Purposeful transformation.

Of course there’s nothing I love more than hearing testimonials of our clients losing 1-2 stone in 6 weeks, dropping clothes sizes & boosting energy BUT what I love way more than these results is hearing the impact that weight loss & improved energy levels have on peoples lives.

Lifestyle Transformation is the aim of the game NOT just weight loss for the sake of seeing the scales change.

It’s my mission with Lifestyle Performance Transformations to spread the message of choosing Purposeful Transformation (what you need) over quick-fix fads, ideas, dreams you think you want.

Your Challenge

I challenge you to identify your passion(s) & purpose in EVERY area of your life & use it as YOUR driving force to achieve all your goals of health, wellness, fitness & lifestyle.

So if you’re a mother – why not be the BEST mother you can be for your child by having the energy & health required to be that role-model?

If you’re a grandparent, why not be the BEST grandparent you can be by being fit enough to play ball.

If you’re a business person why not build the most IMPACTFUL business possible to add value to the lives of others and leave a legacy you will be remember for.

Whatever YOU’RE truly passionate about, use that passion to drive every other aspect of your life further forward.

Seriously, what’s stopping you?

Fear?

The process?

Knowing where to start?

Or maybe (the most common barrier of all)..having the courage to STOP acting upon the purpose of others. I’ve struggled with this myself but I can assure you – the most fun, exciting, inspiring journey you could ever dream of, will only ever be the one YOU create on YOUR terms.

Here’s my breakdown for creating YOUR own Purposeful Transformation?

  1. Start by finding purpose in your goals – For example, losing weight for a wedding or for the beach is an okay short term goal but it’s certainly not going to transform your life. Dig deep and ask yourself why losing weight & feeling great is important to you.
  2. Fuel a plan – Using this stronger why, set out a plan with the end in mind and then reverse engineer all the steps required in order to get there.
  3. Enjoy the journey – Too many people focus on the end goal only but a purposeful transformation should be one that you enjoy every step of the way. If your goal is to lose weight & you are following an highly restrictive diet of foods you don’t enjoy then this will certainly not lead to transformation.

YOU CAN ONLY BE THE BEST VERSION OF YOURSELF WHEN YOUR PHYSICAL, MENTAL, EMOTIONAL & SPIRITUAL ASPECTS OF YOUR LIFE ARE ALIGNED.

Click here to learn how we are helping people in Northampton get in incredible shape using our holistic T.C.P approach to Transformation.

Coach Sutton,

Body Transformation Expert

Body Transformation Expert