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Three Days of Rain

Posted on 2 December, 2016 at 9:05 Comments comments (4)


If you haven't booked your tickets to see the Sweetline Theatre & MUN Performance and Communications Media Diploma program's collaborative production Three Days of Rain - you NEED to get online at www.artsandculturecentre.com because this is a production that is NOT TO BE MISSED!


Apologies if you think I'm shouting at you...but well, I totally am... YOU NEED TO SEE THIS SHOW!


The show begins mere hours before the reading of Ned's will; his children Nan & Walker begin to unlock family secrets while battling the blurred lines of mental instability and familial relationships. Aiden Flynn as Walker, and Alexis Koetting as Nan portray the reality of families dealing with mental instability. Their unconditional love for one another is constantly upstaged by Walker's distractions and subsequent disappearances. The introduction of Pip, played by Paul Wilson, adds another level of drama to an already tumultuous tale.




The three battle with their pasts, and their impending futures with the shocking revelations after the reading of a will...and they come to terms with their abilities to move forward with and for one another in a new life. The play attempts to address the realities of living with mental illness, while at the same time maintaining a level of ambiguity that actually reinforces the truth of the situation.


At intermission the secret apartment discovered by Walker & Nan in act one, is transformed to the contemporary pad shared by Ned & Theo - architectural wizards and business partners, and of course the fathers of Nan & Walker, and Pip. This rewind into the lives that created those in act one brings full circle an impending sense of chain reactions. Action and consequence are played out in such distinct timing that you cannot help but begin linking the chain loops to retrace the steps leading to Walkers' disappearing acts discussed in the opening scene. The play itself, through the portrayal of these three stellar performers, seems to propel around and around, like a record stuck on a broken loop, skipping a beat every so often.

 



These little hiccups give rise to the realities of familial disfunction caused by Ned & Theo's toxic relationship that is oddly also one of the most respectful and loving ones simultaneously, Lina & Ned's intrigue and calm serenity directly contrasted from their children's experiences of their relationship in act one, and Ned's personal battle with his stutter bring the audience to a surreal place of mundane reality. 


These are real people struggling with what it means to be alive in their worlds, and their minds.




Aiden Flynn, the current director of the provincial Arts and Culture Centres (St. Johns, Gander, Grand Falls, Corner Brook, Stephenville, Lab.City) brings to life the characters of Walker & Ned with such ease and sophistication. His attention to detail is remarkable. As Walker he nervously touches everything in the secret apartment, he attempts to find life in the things left behind, and maintains a free-spirited air about him while clearly his mind is running faster than his lips can carry. His demeanor, posture, and of course speech completely flip in act two as he transforms into the thoughtful, and seemingly reserved Ned - who really just wants his own story to be heard. Flynn's portrayal of Ned is magnetic and real. Every movement, every sound, is perfectly timed to emphasize his ability to be so much more than the world allows him to be.


Alexis Koetting as Nan & Lina is the perfect dynamic duo in one single body. Koetting flips seamlessly between the two characters, and brings a softer, more reflective side to Lina that is undeniably the twinkle from which Nan was born. In Koetting we see throughout the two acts the evolution of matrilineal relationship, the story of mother & daughter and how their views of the world have become what they are because of the situations they have found themselves in. Koetting, a performer with Perchance Theatre in Cupids, and published author (you need to check out her book Encore, you can purchase it for $20 on the door OR at the local Chapters!) is perfectly cast in this piece because of her incredible ability to breathe life and love into every situation at exactly the right moment, with exactly the right amount of pressure. She freezes out Walker, Pip, & Theo at times, and then turns up the heat to record breaking temperatures at others - just to keep us audience members on our toes!


And of course Paul Wilson as Pip & Theo is a brilliant injection of passion and humour to every situation. His use of the American accent provides a warmth to his characters and allows the audience to instantly accept Pip, flaws and all. And his no-apology approach to Pip is refreshing - Pip is what he is and his joy lies in being exactly that. His portrayal of Theo takes Pip and almost places him in a straight jacket of emotion. Theo wants to let out his emotions so frequently but doesn't... until he does. And then they explode in a beautiful fireball that ignites the stage. Wilson's past roles have taken him from classical performance with Perchance Theatre, through to rock musicals, television, and most recently as Vanstone in the Netflix series FRONTIER. The thing you should watch for when you go and see Wilson portray these characters? The way his entire body is invested in his role. From the tips of his toes, to the top of his head, the movement of each finger, the stilted pacing, the smallest tilt of his head - Wilson is possibly one of the only actors who I have met and had the pleasure of working with, who is physically present in the scene at every single moment, constantly adjusting to the situation as it plays out in that moment. This performance is no exception. 


Of course these choices would not have been articulated so clearly without the mastermind, Director Danielle Irvine. This Newfoundlander certainly has much to be proud of, not only in her own accomplishments (HELLO she's the BMO ArtsNL Artist of the Year! among other things...), but also for integrating with Pat Dempsey & Robert Gauthier, and the MUN Performance and Communications Media Diploma course to demonstrate the grit and dedication necessary to implement a successful production. And let me tell you, this production does not fall short. Irvine's direction of the actors, and overall vision has been presented formidably. I put this down to the simple way that Irvine treats everyone as a professional, no matter their level of experience. She places everyone on a level playing field, and the results are astounding.


Huge shoutouts to the students of these fine instructors who produced the entire show - without their tireless work, it would not have been possible. And while I may review the performance, and the actors - it is because of the production crew that a performance comes together. They set and strike the stage, the decorate and design the ambiance through physical attributes, set dressing, lighting, and sound. They are the ones who transport us to the world the actors get to play in. They are the ones who produce and market the show, find sponsers, write grant applications, sell ads, and fundraise. Their work on this production must not go unnoticed. Every element was precisely timed and on point. So congratulations on a successful production!


**Photo Credit: Sweetline Theatre, MUN Performance and Communications Media Diploma, & Emily Corcoran




Burger on FLEEK!

Posted on 29 November, 2016 at 18:10 Comments comments (0)



Okay, okay, I'll admit it - I don't actually know what FLEEK means, but it sounds great - and dang that burger LOOKS great! 

Well, here's the thing - sometimes no matter how awesome and clean you eat, and how consistent you are with your workouts, and how passionate you are about living a healthy lifestyle, sometimes... you just want a burger! And yesterday I really really wanted one!!! I'd also been seeing a lot of recipes on Pinterest, and Facebook for cauliflower alternatives to carbs, like cauliflower garlic bread, and cauliflower pizza bases... but I'm not going to lie - I was dubious... let's be honest, can cauliflower really live up to the naughtiness of pizza dough?! I'm just not sure...

NEWS FLASH!!! It TOTALLY CAN!!! OMG!

So I'm going to share with you my adventure getting from raw ingredients to a delicious burger that only counted as veggies and carbs, with a touch of healthy fats in my nutrition plan! That's right! A burger and bun with practically no carbs!!! INSANE!!! This recipe came from a post I saw on Pinterest that I followed to kirbiecravings.com.


The first thing I did was gather together all of my ingredients:

3 cups finely riced raw cauliflower florets 

2 large eggs

1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese

2 tbsp almond flour

2 tbsp coconut flour

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp dry Italian seasoning herb blend


REWIND! The first thing I did was GOOGLE how to "rice" my cauliflower!!!! Turns out there are a few ways to do this - you can be low tech and use your cheese grater... though I hear this is incredibly messy, and I wouldn't be surprised in the least by that! OR you can be high tech like me and shove it in a blender! Remember to chop your cauliflower into florets first to make the chopping easier. Put them in your blender, add a couple cups of water, and set the blender to pulse mode, then chop chop chop away!

You're probably wondering what the water is for?! Well just like any good piece of machinery, we need some lubrication - I learned this tip from a coaching friend of mine, Rachel, and so the water helps things keep moving. Without the water, the cauliflower will just clog everything up, and you'll be burning rubber on youer blender with nothing getting chopped. Then you want to pour the riced cauliflower through a seive over the sink to drain the water. 

Don't forget to start preheating your oven to 400F.

The I put ALL those lovely ingredients into a nice big mixing bowl and it looked like this:



And then I mixed them all up until combined - the mixture will be wet, but it shouldn't be liquid!

Next I grabbed my 1/2 cup measure, my large cookie cutter, and lined a baking sheet with parchment paper! Loosely scoop up a half cup of the mixture, and dump it inside the cookie cutter you've placed on your parchment lined baking sheet. Now comes the fun part! Using your fingertips or knuckles squish the mixture to the edges and make it flat like a pattie. I love getting my fingers into my cooking - nothing like getting down and dirty with your recipe!!!


BONUS - the recipe said I'd only get 5 patties out of this recipe... so maybe I didn't do it right or they weren't as thick as they could be, but I made 6 which means 3 full top and bottom bun sets! Delicious!!! Remember to push down and compact the patties tightly, you don't want them getting out of shape, thought I will say they're pretty sturdy! If you want you can add sesame seeds to the tops of them before you bake them!



Then INTO the oven they go!!! The recipe calls for them to bake at 400 for about 20-25 minutes, until golden brown. Personally I found that I needed to leave them in an extra 5-7 minutes. That could totally be down to my oven, or my interpretation of golden brown! Because as I realized after - the bottoms were much more golden brown than the top! So I flipped them over when I served it so that the colour looked AWESOME! 

You should totally let them cool a few minutes before trying to assemble your burger! While your buns are cooking you have plenty of time to clean up, and to slice up some fixings! 



THE REVIEW

Well, it's certainly NOT a bun by any conventional means - and it's definitely super messy! You may want to tackle your burger with a knife and fork if you don't like sticky fingers... but personally I say the one with the messiest hands and face had the most fun - so I tackled my burger FACE FIRST! If you're on a Beachbody program like I am, using portion containers, the best part of this meal was that between my two cauliflower bun halves, my large all beef GF patty, my fixings and coleslaw my tally of containers came to : 2 red, 2 green, 1/2 blue, 1 tsp. I know there are small amounts of flour in the buns that act as a binding agent, but overall in the grand scheme of everything - there isn't enough in each bun half to be counted, and since the flour is coming from things that could be considered a healthy fat, I upped the count of that! Pretty awesome huh!!!

SO like the photo at the top says, it LOOKS like a cheat meal, and it TASTES like a cheat meal - but you're treating yourself, both because you're feeling like you're being naughty and satisfying the burger craving, but also treating your body to a completely HEALTHY meal! 



The Wheel is Spinning, but the Hamster's Dead...

Posted on 24 November, 2016 at 11:00 Comments comments (0)

Whoever coined that phrase was pure genius... seriously... because it explicitly describes exactly what we, humans, all of us fallible, DO when we listen to people talking...

 

We totally zone out - I'm one hundred percent susceptible to it as well... Have you ever noticed that when someone else is talking your mind is actually thinking about a million and one ways that you can interrupt them? You're already imagining out the scenarios this conversation will take, and you've completely lost track of it's actual trajectory.

 

You've stopped listening.

 

I do it all the time. And I'm sure it's super frustrating for my family and friends. I don't think anyone is immune... in the theatre it's SO important to be actively listening to your scene partner so that you can fully react... in real life, we totally forget... we get caught up in the voices in our heads...

 

And don't think for one second you don't have voices - we all have them, nagging at us constantly...

 

SO how does all this relate to fitness and health? Well personally I think that health and wellness has just as much to do with your interpersonal skills, and your inner peace, as it does your nutrition and exercise. I don't think you can be fit in all senses of the word if you aren't taking care of your basic needs and the basic needs of those around you...

 

And one of those needs has to do with communication and interaction.

 

If communication is entirely one sided, either you speaking at your partner or they at you - then neither person is relieved or relaxed at the end of the "interchange" - if you can even call it an interchange. When only one person is communicating and the other is looking for ways to contribute rather than actually listening that's the moment that the wheel is spinning and that dear old hamster is dead...

 

Your thoughts and ideas are spinning out of control, but the hamster of hearing - the little creature that does all the active listening is just flopping around and around...

 

And I'll bet this carries over into other aspects of your life... you just go through the motions... you mindlessly stumble through your day, your interactions with others, your workouts...

 

If this sounds like you - raise your hands with me and give yourself a little wakeup shake! It's time to think about how mindless we actually are in our daily lives.

 

When was the last time you actually HEARD what your husband/wife/partner said their day was like? When was the last time you responded to THAT?

 

When was the last time you listened to all of the instructions before planning how to execute a task at work?

 

What about when learning new equipment at the gym, or trying a new routine?

 

When was the last time you just listened to music?

 

Chances are we can sort of answer this questions, but with very little clarity or confidence... and so if that's you - there are things you can totally do to find that mindful side of yourself, that active listener...

 

So how do you stay ALIVE during a conversation? How do you listen without jumping in and changing the topic?

 

One trick is to practice, especially with someone close to you - sit down for a few moments and have them just talk about their day or a predetermined topic for 2-5 minutes without you saying a word. Set a timer. And don't say anything, just listen.

 

When you feel your brain wandering, notice that, save the information for later, and refocus on the person in front of you.

 

Try to maintain soft focus eye contact, this will help them feel your engagement, and it will also help you maintain interest. You may also find that closing your eyes while listening can help you focus on their words and not your distracted mind.

 

Most importantly don't judge yourself for the moments when your mind does wander!!!

 

How can you carry this over into your daily life?

 

Start checking in to moments - when you're working out, just take a moment and check in, see if you're actually listening to your body, or your instructions versus your mind which is telling you you can't go on. You have the power to listen to your body over your mind, but usually we fill our head with "I CAN'T" do something and so our body listens... why not try listening the other way...

 

What about when you're cooking dinner? Can you stop and listen to the hustle and bustle in your kitchen? Are there other people around? What are they doing? What sounds is your cooking food making? Why not open up other senses? What's the aroma? What does that energy feel like? When you do speak, how does the tone of voice you use sound?

 

Over dinner - truly listen to the conversation. Perhaps by making a small rule that the person speaking is not to be interrupted. This way we teach great listening skills through practice to our families...

 

The ULTIMATE goal? To be able to respond to the speaker in a way that progresses the conversation because you understand what THEIR goal/subject was. If you can reiterate it as part of your initial contribution to the conversation that's even better because your partner will feel validated and heard.

 

WARNING - this may cause you to have much more in depth conversations taking you further and further away from "small talk", and while that may be uncomfortable and unfamiliar at first, eventually it will become so much more rewarding because you'll be getting to really know the people that you love and care about. Heck you can even try it with people you've just met to find a deeper connection!

 

Everyone, I don't care how shy or anxious, given the right topic, and the right circumstances could seriously talk the hind legs off a donkey...

 

So help them out and be a tender ear. Happy Listening!!!

 

Send me a message or comment if you'd like more insight or have questions!


Welcome to Dramatically Fit

Posted on 24 November, 2016 at 11:00 Comments comments (0)

I'm Lauren, and here's a lot about ME!



 

 

I'm 31, I live in St. John's, NL currently, and I've been married for almost 6 months. I'm not a nutritionist, or personal trainer. I'm not a chef, or professional cook. I'm an actor, a performing arts professional, and academic, who took her life into her own hands - slowly but surely - and is still trying to find her way.

 

Let's start at the very beginning of this journey.

 

*WARNING* I'm about to reveal some intimate details so get ready!

 

So back in 2013, living in Ontario, my now husband and I had been dating for about 6 months when my "trouble" began. What do I mean by trouble? Well it started with these weird bloated feelings, and what felt like bubbles popping in my pelvis. Eventually those would turn into cramps. And eventually this would all turn into us having lots of issues in the bedroom.

 

In short, it felt like I was having sex with a fork... repeatedly.

 

Now, I'm no expert, but I knew it wasn't supposed to feel like that. So I toddled off to my doctor, and we discussed the possibility of ovarian cysts. I went for an ultrasound. It came back negative. I was referred to a gynaecologist for Endometriosis. I endured a few physical exams, at which point the OB/GYN was confident I did in fact have Endometriosis, and required surgery to removed the affected tissue.

 

Just to give you an idea of timeline - I first went to my doctor in probably February of 2013, and it wasn't until October of 2013 that the OB/GYN was able to see me, book my operation, and remove the Endometriosis. In the time between Feb - Oct, my symptoms increased in severity. I was almost always bloated, feeling sorry for myself, and in pain. Both doctors kept insisting that my pain was cyclical though I had given them zero indication that it was - in fact I continued to mention the fact that it would come out of nowhere... frequently...

 

In any case, we went through with the laparoscopic surgery to removed the Endometriosis from my body - I was told they found a few small pieces of offending tissue - but it didn't seem to add up to the amount of discomfort I had felt. I went for my post-op checkups at 6 weeks, and asked when I could expect to feel normal again, and when we should start being intimate. We were told as soon as I felt healed - so we tried, slowly and cautiously... there was some change, but not much...

 

And then at another checkup I asked again whether my symptoms would disappear and when? I was told they'd like to monitor me for another 6-8 months... At this point I was about 1 year from my initial visit to my family doctor. Being told I needed to wait another 6-8 months and "just see" was unacceptable to me. Now, don't get me wrong - this was a peculiar case I'm sure. I'm positive everyone expected my body to just become "normal" as soon as the surgery was completed...

 

But that didn't happen.

 

I took matters into my own hands at that point - and after some long discussions with my family and my husband (who was in medical school himself) we decided the best course of action was to visit a Naturopathic Doctor - because at this point I had nothing else to lose. Perhaps I could figure out ways to adjust my lifestyle to promote better health...

 

Because throughout ALL of this I had gained probably about 10-15 pounds. Which sure, it doesn't sound like a lot, but it felt like a lot. I self-medicated with food because I didn't feel good. Then in turn I didn't feel good about my body, or about our sex life, so I ate unhealthy food. Which of course made me feel even worse in the long run - especially when my symptoms weren't alleviated. I had pushed myself into a terrible cycle, and it wasn't helping my relationship with my husband. We had recently moved in together, right before my surgery in fact. We were constantly arguing, my emotions were all over the place, and had lost my sexual confidence.

 

After my first meeting with the ND I was put on a very strict elimination diet. The primary goal being to rid my body of toxins and regulate hormones. Then our plan was to reintroduce different food groups and specific foods to chart my body's reaction to them. I was determined to do everything by the book - so I went gluten free vegan, cold turkey (hehehe). Within a week my parents and husband noticed a complete change in my mood, my hair, and my skin! Yes - they hadn't noticed the gradual change until it began being reversed, but over the past year my skin had literally gone grey... I was finally getting back to "normal"...

 

But about 3 weeks in, I just had this incredible hankering for a piece of crusty french bread. I was sitting in my parents kitchen when I just up and decided I'd have a piece. Just one piece, no bigger than an inch wide - and BOY was it DELICIOUS! Oh my goodness! I seriously cannot describe how amazing it felt to taste REAL BREAD after three weeks of being gluten free vegan in my diet. I thought I'd died and gone to heaven...

 

And then... quite suddenly... I actually thought I was DYING...

 

I don't mean to be dramatic - well maybe I do, I AM an actor after all - but I was doubled over on the floor in searing pain. My abdomen was bloated, and it was cramping. I made an appointment with the ND for as soon as I could to let her know what had happened... I wasn't feeling great for a couple days after this. And unfortunately for me, I went to a university TA training session that same week in Toronto (so that was a 45 minute train ride, plus a 20 minute subway ride each way), and lunch was provided - I made certain to choose the box of pizza labelled gluten free vegan - but within 20 minutes I knew someone had just put a vegan pizza in there as they were reorganizing... I had to leave training early and try to make it home without needing a bathroom...

 

YES it gets THAT BAD...

 

So, what was going on? Well my ND and my family doctor both suggested that this sounded like classic Celiac Disease. The worst part? Because I had been on a gluten free diet for such a long time at that point, I was ineligible for any testing performed by OHIP. Meaning, I couldn't have the blood test, or the biopsy because I would actually have to eat gluten for a few WEEKS to get my body back in to a place where the tests they perform would prove that I have it...

 

So what did we do? We decided to order the DNA testing kit. Celiac Disease is an autoimmune disorder and can be tested for through DNA screening. What they look for are three gene variations that are known to be found in people who have Celiac. And those people only have one of these variations in most cases, and very rarely that have two of them. We ordered this expensive test, which you can complete at home and mail in... my results???

 

I have ALL THREE GENETIC VARIATIONS. Bringing the likelihood that I will develop Celiac Disease to a 1 in 7 chance. For anyone who knows statistics related to this disease, this is incredibly high, and extremely rare/odd/bizarre that I carry all three variations they test for. My mind was blown.

 

We instantly transformed our condo to as gluten free as we possibly could given that it had once been contaminated, and that my husband didn't have to be gluten free. We no longer allowed people to bring food to our house unless it had "certified GF" stamped on it, our grocery bills continued to go up, but I finally started to feel better; I had a diagnosis, AND a way forward - and it wasn't that difficult...

 

Until of course we discovered amazing places that served up all the naughty food I'd just cut out of my diet... I'd stopped eating things like bread, chips, cupcakes, cake, pie... basically ALL desserts or pastries. Of course I'd lost weight... but as soon as we discovered gluten free substitutes that tasted just as good (sometimes better... yeah, I know right?! crazy to imagine!) as the regular thing, we bought them constantly. I began treating myself for being a good gluten free eater... I was rewarding myself for having a disease that could be managed by a healthy diet.

 

I was destroying my health once again...

 

Fast forward to the winter of 2015. My husband and I are preparing for our first Christmas in St. John's, NL. Our families arrived, and we were showing them our home, our new city, and all the sights. I took our parents for a walk from our house up to Signal Hill - one of the landmarks and attractions of St. John's. The walk there and back should have taken us about 3.5 hours. We completed it in just under 3... great right? Well, not so much... we were all trying to keep up with one person... my 63 year old FATHER.

 

YES. Me at 30 had trouble hauling my @$$ up the hill behind a 63 year old man. That $hit hit me like a tonne of bricks. It's one thing to be working on a show, and the teenagers, tweens, and kids have so much more energy than you do - and you don't push full out at all rehearsals because you're older and need to conserve your energy and maintain your stamina. You think about endurance. But it's another thing entirely to basically be lapped by your dad, who is twice your age...

 

Let that sink in for a minute... TWICE. MY. AGE. and he wasn't even breathing hard or breaking a sweat. SERIOUSLY. I always thought he was superman as a kid, but now I was seriously convinced... and determined...

 

I promised myself that I would be back to "normal" by my wedding in May 2016. I mean, I had purchased my bridal gown in a BRIDAL SIZE 6... so I had to do something, AND FAST.

 

I started checking out Facebook - I'd been noticing a friend from high school going through an incredible weight loss journey, all the while maintaining balance with her work and home life (she has 4 kids all in elementary or preschool education). Whatever she was doing... if SHE could do it, then I must be able to handle it... I work from home, I have my day times free, and I have a target outfit. It was time to get healthy again.

 

I began my journey with Beachbody in February of 2016. Exactly 3 years since my first documented complaint of abdominal issues. I went hard core with 21 Day Fix, and within 21 days I was buying clothing in smaller sizes, that fit better - and overall I was more positive, confident, and had energy. I was dubious about Shakeology because of having Celiac - and I didn't want to set myself back before I really began...

 

But then my friend saw this story in me, just waiting to be told - waiting to help other people with tummy troubles that they just can't figure out and label. She offered me the opportunity to become a coach - so I deliberated for a while, and finally said yes and jumped all in - this time WITH Shakeology.

 

Within a week of being on Shakeology, my skin improved even more than just cutting the gluten two years before. My energy levels increased, and my unhealthy cravings decreased. At this point I KNEW this wasn't just a fad for the weekend, or the month... this was an incredible lifestyle improvement...

 

I had been offered the opportunity to LIVE a healthy, mindful, and empowered lifestyle. I had created a routine where my health is at the forefront of my daily activity. I privilege my health. We are super strict in our house about gluten. We have a zero tolerance policy (haha). We do not bring gluten into the house. We don't let people bring food over. It may sound controlling, but since I can't always go out to restaurants to eat, it's incredibly important to know what is in the food I do eat. And that's what I LOVE about Shakeology. Like I said - I was dubious - it's not labelled as "certified gluten free", and at first I wasn't okay with that... but the reason isn't because they aren't careless. There are no gluten containing ingredients in Shakeology - and the benefits it offers for your digestive health, as someone with Celiac, are just incredible. It cannot be classified as certified GF because some of the ingredients may be grown in land that cannot guarantee wheat is not planted near by. The odds of me having a problem are SO slim - I decided to take the risk - nothing great every comes from INSIDE the comfort zone right?!

 

Well, I'm now ALL IN. I'm a Beachbody Coach, I'm all about health & wellness. I want my friends, family, and followers to feel healthy, to experience mindfulness daily, and become empowered to live their best lives. I now have just as much energy, if not more, as the teenagers and youths in the productions I'm cast in. I have the stamina to complete choreography while singing and not be completely winded at the end of it. I have the confidence to workout LIVE on Facebook. I have the mindfulness to know what I'm eating, and when - and to treat myself, not cheat myself! I am now maintaining my weight through a balance of healthy nutrition and daily workouts. I am now strengthening my body, increasing my stability and core endurance. I am now helping others every day to achieve their health and fitness goals.

 

I've been up and down, done fad diets, tried tricks, stuffed my face, felt guilty, self-medicated with food, gone overboard and tried to fix it by eating nothing the next day, I've done all the ridiculous things you can think of... but it took discovering I had Celiac Disease - and therefore a more difficult way of life, particularly if I wanted it to be a healthy one, in order for me to wake up and see that the food I was fuelling myself with wasn't fit. And it took being out-exercised by my 63 year old father to make me truly understand how unfit I was for my age.

 

Don't let your potential pass you by. Let my experiences be a lesson to you that you need to get up, off the couch, and grab the day by the horns and tackle it! You deserve better - you deserve more.

 

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