Thriving or just Surviving……..

Do you spring out of bed in the morning or just drag yourself to the kitchen for that first cup of coffee wondering how on earth you will make it through the day??

When life throws challenges at you do you meet them head on or shrink back and start to doubt yourself.  Who can help you unravel the mess or just listen, acknowledge and share some practical options to consider.

We all need some positive role models in our lives.  No-one is perfect but it helps to find someone who can help point you in the right direction when you are at a cross road or facing an issue in your life.  Maybe it’s just that your kids are driving you crazy right now and you could use a friendly ear to vent your frustration.

Life doesn’t come with an instruction book, you have to find your own way and create your own path.  Life is a roller coaster, not a merry go round.  There will always be ups and downs, happy times and sad, and times when you are so frustrated that you don’t know which way is up.  We have all been there.

I have been helping people on their journey to health and fitness for over 25 years and provided just as much life coaching as I have fitness coaching.  On the days that you are rearing to go and work your butt off you need a challenging session that will make you sweat.  But on those days when your hormones are going nuts and you are truly exhausted but you have still managed to drag yourself to the gym a very different session is required.

This relationship is based on trust.  You need the right guidance and support along the way and know that your trainer has the skills, experience and knowledge to support you.

There is so much information out there on the latest diets, workouts and trends, it’s really confusing.  TIME FOR THE FACTS: There are no short cuts and quick fixes that will change your life.    Sorry but there it is, the ultimate truth.  So what does work??

A commitment to your long term health by focusing on exercise, nutrition, recovery and relationships.

In our 20’s and 30’s there is a focus on family, friends, career and fitness and our bodies are still fairly easy to manage.

But once we hit the 40’s and 50’s things change.  Life is often more hectic, our hormones start throwing their weight around and our bodies are far less co-operative when it comes to fitness, function and weight control.

Wellbeing starts with simply acknowledging the fact that things are changing, our bodies are changing and we need to pay more attention to our health.  Now is the time to take back control and make sure we focus on ways to keep thriving, not simply dragging ourselves through each day.


  1. Prioritise your exercise.
  2. Find something you enjoy (so you will commit to it)
  3. Keep variety in your training.
  4. Find a training buddy (helps with consistency)
  5. Include strength, conditioning, mobility and recovery.
  6. Set your goals, track your progress.
  7. Commit to the big picture of lifelong health.
  8. Be realistic in your expectations.
  9. Challenge yourself!
  10. HAVE FUN!


FIT AND FABULOUS (at any age)

What’s your number 1 exercise goal??

If it’s to fit into your “skinny” jeans or lose weight before your beach holiday you might want to change the goal posts.

Fit and strong must be your number 1 goal. Not just your body, include your mind!

Being fit and strong will help you look great, but also boosts your confidence! It’s not about the number on the scale or the size of your jeans, it’s about feeling that you can tackle physical, mental and emotional hurdles.

Fit & Strong = Happy & Healthy

Regardless of where you are at on life’s journey keep this at the forefront of your mind.  You CAN achieve this at any age, you just need to commit to your health and make it your priority.  Some days will be harder than others but always remember……..


When doubt creeps in or you have a bad day, (particularly with food!) don’t lose hope and feel helpless.  Pick yourself and start fresh the next day with a great workout and a new attitude.  No-ones perfect but we all take a few steps forward and the occasional step backwards, it happens.

The key is to focus on the big picture and make sure that you are progressing towards your best you!