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Are you tired of your weight rollercoaster?

I am a fighter.  For 9 years I have worked hard to stay within a weight band that is optimum for my fighting.  That number on the scale has meant everything.  Partially, in my mindset, an indicator of my “success”.  However, I want to share with you an experience that proved for me that whatever I thought it was an indicator of, it isn’t an indicator of what is on the inside of me or my state of health, however “slim” I thought I looked.

My weight nowadays generally sits at about 52 kilos. Pre-pregnancy and babies I used to sit at around 50 kilos.  Do you know why?  Because I used to relate my positive body image to no more than 8 stones on the scales.  Nothing to do with my health or feelings of energy and vitality.  It was just a number I related to my body image at a particular time in my life where I felt good.  Every time I have dropped under 52 kilos for a fight camp since having my babies, I have piled the weight back on almost immediately after fight camp has finished.  Because my body has been deprived of what it needs and the consequence of this has been cravings and binge eating, and after 6-8 weeks eating clean and restricting my calories, eating badly and over-eating makes me feel like shit, and so the cycle starts again.

Have you found yourself on a similar rollercoaster?

A few months ago I got the opportunity to fight for a title at 48.9 kilos.  I wasn’t worried because I have dropped to this weight before.  I knew I could do it and about a kilo of it would be just water weight anyway.  The difference this time was that for the last 12 months I have been on an incredible journey.  A personalised journey to find out what my body needs in terms of macro and micro nutrients.  I have been feeling awesome, better than ever before actually.  My energy has been off the charts.  Some of the health issues I have suffered for years just went away and I saw muscle on my body I have literally never seen before, in spite of training at high intensity 6 days a week for as long as I could remember!  It was like this layer of ‘puppy fat’ that I had always had and always felt subconscious about had just magically melted away. I looked lean and I looked strong.

Right before I began my weight cut this time I got on my Smart Scales and looked at my body composition.  I looked at my muscle mass, my visceral fat and my body fat. Everything was in good, healthy ranges for me.  I looked at my resting metabolism, i.e what my body needs to survive in calories, so I could add on my calories burned through exercise and movement through the day.  I felt in control.  I felt good and I looked good!  I had a diet I could follow and feel confident was providing my body with what it needs!  And I no longer had all those annoying cravings that drove me  to make stupid decisions.  In fact, I was eating more than ever and adding on no weight at all. My metabolism was on fire.

Faced with the challenge to lose weight fast though, I made a terrible decision.  I made the decision to go away from everything I had learned in my journey to personalise my diet to my body’s actual needs to what I knew would move weight, fast.  Cutting carbohydrates.  I want to share with you the results of this and share with you the lessons I learned, the hard way.

In a couple of months I lost 2 kilos.

This was my aim – 250 grams a week – comfortable, safe weight loss.  However, a couple of weeks in, my training got really hard.  I felt my muscles screaming at me during training sessions and I felt fatigued after them.  I felt fatigued in general!  And my tummy was completely messed up.  Without being completely ‘TMI’, it felt like I had the runs every day, and it was horrible.  And I looked terrible.  A friend actually reached out to me by messenger and asked me if everything was OK!  I felt rubbish.

4 weeks before my fight I decided to pull the pin.  Well, to be more accurate a doctor signed me off and told me I would be stupid to try and cut any more weight and over-exert myself when my body clearly wasn’t holding onto and benefiting from what I was putting in it already.  At this point I had also found blood in my stools and I was chronically fatigued.

So what was going on?

I got back on my smart scales and found I had lost a whopping 600g in muscle mass. My resting metabolism had dropped by a couple of hundred calories. My body fat percentage hadn’t moved at all. From this information alone I could see that all I’d done with dumping carbohydrates and creating a calorie deficit was tell my body it had to go into survival mode and preserve fat and sacrifice muscle. A number of the other side effects would have followed on from here. Others perhaps not, but this was enough information for me to commit to sharing the new way I had found, the better way, to lose weight and keep that weight off sustainably.

For 8 months previous to my awful decision I had been following a diet personalised to my genetic makeup.

75% of generic diets FAIL. That means that 75% of people on a diet that has not been personalised to their actual needs will FAIL. You might see an initial weight drop like me, then it will plateau. You’ll give up, or reach the end of your target time on the diet and all the weight will go back on. You will have lost muscle and affected your metabolism in a bad way, and this yo yo dieting will put pressure on your blood sugar balance, mess with your hormones, mess with your self-esteem and energy levels and who knows what other damage on the inside of you.

To refresh my health after I dropped my title fight, I took up a mostly plant-based diet, went back to my recommended macros and saw my energy quickly FLY. I realised I could satisfy my body’s needs for high carbohydrates with a mix of plant-based foods over traditional breads, wraps and rolls AND eat in a way my body found easy to digest. I cannot tell you how good this has felt.

There are 2 tools you need to personalise your weight loss journey like this and I would love to be able to share them with you. They are what have me now at a place where my energy is high, my mood is good, my blood pressure is normal and my weight is back at a healthy number. Not that I believe this number means much at all now! It’s what’s on the inside, how we feel and how we are eating, moving and living in favour of our long term health.

To find out how you can get insight like this on your own body to meet your weight and health goals, click here.

Or come and join me at my local event week, Nov 11th – Summer Refresh in Tauranga!

If you have enjoyed this blog and are ready to make a change; this event is definitely is for you! Check out the event on Facebook here

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“Pain pushes you until vision pulls”…

What if I told you I could change your life by changing your focus?


According to quantum physics, what we focus on manifests as our reality, so by constantly focusing on the problem, we fuel more of the problems in our lives. And fuel negative emotions like frustration, failure, envy and a complete lack of belief in ourselves.

When you have clarity of intention, the universe conspires with you to make it happen

~ Fabienne Frederickson

Are you ready?

  • To achieve your IMPOSSIBLE?
  • To redefine your LIMITS?
  • To remove the counter intentions blocking your SUCCESS?
  • To rewire your brain for MENTAL WELLNESS & HAPPINESS?

“Mind over matter” is a real thing.  I’ve experienced it and I can help you to experience it as well, so that your positive, resilient mindset becomes your secret weapon for success.

Everything we are is energy. We are vibrational beings interacting in a vibrational universe. Everything we feel is energy. Anxiety, insecurity, fear, sadness are negative energies that are magnetic, and our shackles to them are a major block to our happiness.

I used to live a life overwhelmed by anxiety.

Looking back now to the way I felt day in day out, I’m not sure how I survived it. From the minute I opened my eyes in the morning I felt this nonsensical feeling of urgency and fear.  I wasn’t ready to feel the emotions I had locked away. I hadn’t agreed to that intention. It wasn’t on my terms.

But when I set that intention to change my life my energy changed in an instant.

I felt like the sun was rising on a new dawn.  Across 12 months I changed everything about my life… through Mindset Mastery.  I came back around to the me I always was, I’d just lost her in “life”. By rediscovering “me”, rising my vibration and redefining my beliefs, everything in my life transformed.

Everything starts within.

We all hold onto everything that has gone before without consciously knowing it, which creates silent counter intentions to what we say we want.  And so we fail to manifest it.  Our counter intentions are rooted in fear, doubt, even fear of the fear and limiting beliefs.

‘Flow’ is the opposite of this state.

‘Flow’ is where we have inner harmony with whatever we are doing, even if we are not doing/achieving/experiencing everything that we want to be.

If you are ready to to invest in you and come full circle and in doing so become unstoppable; elated because you’re finally free from your excuses and fear, sure of your path forward, I am ready to have a conversation with you. Intention is all you need right now and the rest will come. Just click this link and complete the form 💓>>https://wp.me/P9ixom-3

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My Remedy for Anxious Feelings

Now that I am not drowning in anxious feelings every day and have the space in my mind to approach anxiety more rationally, I am able to implement a really cool tool for making anxious feelings go away…

(If you are drowning in anxious feelings, i.e. feeling anxiety every day, this tool likely won’t work for you, but click here for something that will)

Often when we feel anxious there is something completely different that we are feeling underneath, we just haven’t given ourselves the time to feel that original emotion and process it.  We process emotions by experiencing them and choosing whether they require more action to resolve them.  However, how we live today is too fast paced for this sort of consideration!  Everybody is in a rush and busy.

So this emotion instead builds up and will be joined by other repressed emotions until all of a sudden you’re bubbling inside with this emotional boil up that makes you feel like you are going to throw it all up.  This frenetic emotion puts your body into sympathetic overdrive (fight or flight) – it’s on edge waiting to respond to whatever’s got you so on edge!  The blood rushes from your gut to your limbs and your digestion goes to shit, your mind can’t focus and your focus goes into lock down while your whole being commits to survive.  And at this point we often keep going because we still don’t stop and take action to feel the emotions we have repressed (or we numb them temporarily with alcohol, drugs or even sex) and this is where mild anxious feelings downspin into chronic anxiety disorder.

So here is a really simple action you can take.

Ask yourself, what am I really feeling?  And list the things out:

  • fear
  • out of control
  • love
  • overwhelm

The list can be as long or as short as you need.

Now interrogate the reasons for the feelings you have:

  • Too much work on
  • Some worry over something real
  • Uncertainty regarding a situation
  • Fear of loss, rejection, failure, success!

Now we are getting somewhere!  We can work with this.  We can take action.

  • We can spend some time thinking about what we are actually working towards and identify the priority actions to get us there fastest
  • We can figure out how to resolve our worry or make a decision whether it is worth our energy to worry at all (if it isn’t that thing can take a walk)
  • We can utilise gratitude so uncertainty (or any other negative emotion) is replaced
  • We can identify the beliefs driving the fear and whether they actually serve us.  We can always create new beliefs that work better for us.

Ultimately, personal development, goal setting, action planning and inner work will always be powerful in overcoming anxious feelings because they give us the control back.  We can’t get to where we want to go in the passenger seat of the car.  We have to take the steering wheel and drive!

Have you ever been a passenger in a car where the driver is scaring the life out of you?  That’s what is happening in your mind!  Negative thoughts and negative feelings buzzing around are like a white knuckle rollercoaster for your brain and it does what it knows best instinctively – it steers you away from pain – it alerts your nervous system that the shit is about to go down, so prepare to fight or run!  But when we take control of our thoughts and put action into place that restores order our nervous system can’t help but calm.

Breathing will support this process.  Contact me for a really simple anxiety breathing technique I learned that beats anxious feelings every time!  (Please just specify in the comments that it’s the breathing exercise you are seeking.)

Hope this helps!

Much love if you are feeling anxious.  It is an awful thing to battle, but I can help you overcome the battle for good. Click here to learn more

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How to do the Wim Hof Method

I learned so much recently attending a Wim Hof Method seminar.

Leading up to the event I was like a kid waiting for Christmas. I’ve long understood the power of breathing. One of my first major steps forward with anxiety was seeing a Breathing Physiotherapist and literally learning to breathe again. Who knew we could forget?

And yet yes, many of us do it wrong. Yeah, how crazy is that, considering it’s probably the most natural action we can do. But we breathe into our chests and over breathe. This is just one symptom of the “fear state” that our host suggested most of us live our life in.

Nigel Beach, of Element Health NZ, explained that our autonomic nervous system is made up of two parts – the parasympathetic and the sympathetic – and the world is in sympathetic overdrive.

He talked about part of the reason being the cost of the comfort that we all enjoy in our daily lives. This has made us fragile and lose resilience; mentally and physically. Obviously you’ll know if you follow me that I believe this fear state goes much deeper.  Back to the past experiences that shape our belief in ourselves and the beliefs we have about our world. It’s like looking at life through a lens framed by fear. But if we stop and choose to zoom out, we can see the same things through different perspectives.

For me a massive shift in perspective came really recently as I discovered my DNA. For so many years I’d been trying to fix what is wrong in my body by adding things in – probiotics, supplements, essential oils to treat symptoms – in my DNA results the answer was clear. The blueprint I need to get my body back to a natural state of balance that didn’t need all this extra shit to fix it.

For example, did you know when the body is under stress, our adrenal glands trigger the release of glucose stored in our various organs, which often leads to elevated levels of glucose in the bloodstream?  Working with non-invasive blood sugar monitoring technology for optimal wellness, I have been seeing a lot of people tracking high blood sugar levels and wondering where in their diet they need to change up what they are eating.  And granted, nutrition plays a huge part in blood sugar control, but at the same time I am seeing them working too hard and feeling stress and being “too busy”.  This too plays a huge part in our blood sugar control and is why I am so passionate about my Whole Life Wellness Packages.

We are all living in a state of sympathetic overdrive because of our high stress, high noise, high pace lifestyles and this has knock-on effects through our holistic health.  Those high blood sugar levels mean we don’t absorb all the nutrients from that lunch we just ate and so our body goes without the micronutrients it needs to thrive.

Nigel Beach, our seminar host said a sentence that was so powerful for me…

We are messing up our ability to to be human.

I couldn’t agree more!

So what do we do?  What did I learn on Sunday that has already been transformational for me?

Start with our breath.

Notice how you breathe.  Lie down on the floor, place a hand on your chest and in the dip of your diaphragm and feel whether you are breathing into your belly, pushing your ribcage out, or up into your chest.

Breathing is something we don’t generally think about; the job of our autonomic nervous system, but there are massive benefits of taking over control, in terms of our subconscious mind and physiology.  Because if we can control our breath, what isn’t possible?

Wim Hof certainly lives with this “everything is possible” attitude that is infectious.  We watched videos of him running a marathon barefoot and shirtless above the Arctic Circle, diving under the ice at the North Pole and sitting in an ice bath for the world record of 1 hour 53 minutes!!!!  2 minutes was a real push for me.

(Credit: Innerfire BV)

For the basics of the Wim Hof Method, visit his website, or attend one of Nigel’s seminars.  The Method is simple on the surface, but you want to make sure you are doing it correctly and safely.  You take 30 quick, deep breaths, inhaling through your nose and exhaling through your nose, but only exhaling 70% of the air you breathe in. Then, after the 30th breath exhale all the way out and then hold until you feel the need to breathe in again. At this point, inhale as deep as you can, and hold it for 10 seconds. Then take a 15 minute break and repeat for 3 rounds.

Nigel also taught us a really good breathing technique for anxious feelings, which creates nitric oxide and all its benefits on improved athletic performance, lowered blood pressure and better brain function (all things anxiety screws with.)

Combined with repeated exposure to the cold, mindfulness and consistency, Wim Hof says that his method can increase energy, lower stress and improve the immune system.  Nigel showed us how he had purposefully hacked his body’s PH using the technique!  And claims to have cured people of many afflictions.

For Wim it enables seemingly superhuman feats of endurance.  However, for me it is the perfect example of biohacking to experience our human bodies at their best.

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So for me, what’s next?

I literally text my Muay Thai Coach following this seminar with this question!

I feel like this is just the beginning.  I have long believed in a profound connection between the mind and body and my experience in the ice only confirmed it.  When I got into the ice my breath was stolen from me and it took me by surprise! Like a fear of the fear, not being able to breathe like that triggered memories of the feeling of not being able to breathe in a panic attack and that made me start to panic. But then I did what I’ve learned. Breathe and step out (not the ice 😉, but my perception of the situation).  I breathed through.  Doing this enabled me to rationalise. I’m in ice. My body is cold. I need to breathe to make it easier on myself and suddenly space came for air to get through.  What would have been the result previously?  Giving in to the primal desire to run from the pain and fear of being in that ice.

And that’s what we are doing every single day of our lives.  In the comfort of our warm homes, shoes, medical bandaids and lifestyle crutches our autonomic nervous systems are giving into pain and fear and avoiding the actions that make our lives exciting and exhilarating.  And we are experiencing the chronic health issues of our bodies physically being in this chronic state.

Just like my Signature Course, From Fear to Fierce helps you to go into your past and effectively deal with your past experiences by taking control and making a choice whether you want the beliefs created from it to rule your life… going into the cold, facing it with conviction gave me the empowering choice to decide whether I stayed and took positive action (control my breath) or give up and run.  I cannot properly tell you what the feeling of going into that ice was like. It stole my breath and I felt like I was suffocating for the best part of that first minute and only then did I start to notice the pain in my hands and how my body was starting to violently shake.  And yet with help from my fighter comrade sat next to me and my coach I continued to focus on controlling my breath.  And even when I got out, the instinct was to run for a warm towel, but instead I used the power by body has to warm up! We danced, we jumped, we smiled!  We felt alive!!!!!!!

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The feeling of the ice snatching my breath and that struggle to take control and how my body then went into an autonomous state of fight or flight can actually be likened to how life is setting the pace for the majority of us.

Whatever your situation, I bet life has you going faster than is good for you. Whether you are already feeling the discomfort of anxiety you can bet there’s symptoms of this pace:
– how many times a day do you say you are busy?
– how often do you feel tired or overwhelmed?
– where is your mood at? Are you low? Do you go from high to low like a fall off a sharp cliff?
– do you often finding yourself taking a deep sigh out of the blue?
– is your sleep out of whack, or do you think you’re sleeping well, but wake up feeling unrefreshed?

Breathing is an effective way to slow us down and counteract the damaging effects that prolonged stress can have on our bodies — effects that are well known, are generally accepted and you are likely suffering – even if you don’t know it yet.

Something like Wim’s breathing technique and how it changes our physiology is key to understanding how we step in at the earliest transition point from our body’s state of wellness to disease.  Where are we imbalanced?  How do we get that balance back?

As an example of how powerful this is, in 2014 Wim Hof got a group of test subjects together under the supervision of Dutch researcher Matthijs Kox and they were injected with E-Coli.  The test subjects had learned the Wim Hof breathing technique for 10 days previously and there was nothing special about these people; they were randomly picked.  They performed the techniques as they were injected with the substance that would normally have people suffering fever and nausea pretty quick and instead they experienced lower levels of inflammation, and were less affected compared to the unlucky control group who had not learned and weren’t practising the Wim Hof technique!  Wim’s got science intrigued…!

Hof being tested. (Credit: Innerfire BV)

So, if we find out early that we are suffering with inflammation within our body through a simple blood test that measures CRP, and then we use the Wim Hof Method to eradicate it from our body, what does that say about our ability to avoid the chronic disease of which inflammation is a major warning sign?  Moreover, what in our life is causing that inflammation?  What does our unique body need us to change so balance is restored?

Check out this diagram…  It’s a pie chart of the determinants of health in the US.

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So across a person’s lifetime, their wellness can only be attributed 10% to the healthcare they received.  The rest is us, our beautiful human body and all it superhuman powers and the ability we give our body to work at its maximum potential through our behaviour, nutrition and environment.

Making you rethink the power of a simple breath?  If yes, reach out to me.  It’s not just robots that can be tuned and improved…