Be Inspired!

by Belinda on August 30, 2010

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We all have our own personal challenges so I wanted to share Donna’s story to help inspire you.  When Donna first contacted me I was impressed by her story and her determination. She hurt her back almost 12 months ago and had to stop exercising.  But now Donna has to get herself back into shape because in a few months she is donating a kidney to her husband.   This is her first week on the Get Lean Program.

Hi Belinda,

Well I have now completed my first week.

The eating has been really good and I have enjoyed all of the food listed, even surprised myself with the natural yogurt as I am so used to the flavored ones.

I love the Thai Beef did substituted the beef for Lamb and it was beautiful, I also really enjoyed the shake made with coffee and oatmeal.

Only managed 2 cardio and weight sessions but I will work on this.

The one thing I really struggled with was the treat meal, so I decided not to have the second one.

On the positive side I lost 3.1kg and 3 cm, I don’t have the facilities to take my fat % so will go by measurements instead.

You asked if my back was fully recovered. No it isn’t but the pain is now a lot better than it was and the fitter I get and the weight I lose will only make it better, I run everything past my chiropractor and she is happy with what I am doing.

Another thing I am learning to control is my coffee consumption I have traditionally had between 3-4 lattes a day, now I haven’t cut it out altogether but I am now having my cup of tea in the morning a long black with a splash of nonfat milk about 11am and my protein shake made with coffee so I feel like I have made a little progress.

All in all I have had a great week and I look forward to week 2, my meat is marinating in the fridge, all my vegetables are in steam bags or portioned into stir-fry bags, and the best thing is my 10yr old daughter has taken a liking to your oats so we now make up a big bowl and leave them to soak in the fridge.

Thanks so far for a great program!



ps. Forgot to tell you I have taken before photos and I will send then through when I finish my program with the fabulous after photos.

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Keira November 18, 2010 at 8:16 am

hopefully this won’t be a duplicate. This will be my second attempt to send a comment.
Found one of my “Oxygen” mag dated May 20009, you look amazing!! Wanted to give you props! I’ve always been fit and active member of a local gym. What is your secret? What’s your diet, or work out log, vitamins, supplements, etc After having a baby,I don’t find the time and dedication or energy at times. I do have a family and don’t want to be selfish or take time away from them. But also due to our finacial situation, I know gym time, training, eating right, supplements, protein shakes, is or can be expensive. Any comments, Please?!


admin November 18, 2010 at 8:28 am

Hi Keira! I have several personal training clients who have children and also of course many on my Get Lean Program.

So I do know first hand how difficult it can be juggling family, finances and your own personal fitness and nutrition goals.

In my experience, the most important thing is finding a workout routine that you can stick to over the long haul – sometimes that means being very inventive! The more it can be a regular part of a routine, the higher the chance of sticking to it – rather than trying to “fit it in” to a constantly changing schedule. For some Mum’s that means getting up extra early to workout at home. That is so impressive to me and many get the same or better results than my clients in the gym! Crikey that is motivated. The same for nutrition – meals that you can make for you AND your family – that are low in carbs, sugar, salt and fat are perfect. Check out my Celebration Cookbook video for some samples:

The other thing that helps me is keeping a fitness diary – it doesn’t have to be super detailed but just has the most important info – what training you are doing and what your eating is like – so you can look back and see patterns or trends that will help you get even better results in the future. We think we will remember what we did 2 months ago but in my experience we lose the important details that can make the difference. Using a diary helps us pin-point where we are going wrong and what really works.

I hope that helps! Please don’t hesitate to contact me directly – I love hearing from people and helping them achieve their goals!


Marylin November 18, 2010 at 8:30 am

Hi, Keira:

Actually staying fit and training doesn’t have to be expensive. Can’t afford a gym then start doing bodyweight exercises. You can do this at the park with your family, at home, anywhere. You don’t have time, then turn your bodyweight exercises into a cardio session. For example, I pair up pushups with squats. I bang out as many pushups as I can for 20 seconds and then I rest for 10 seconds but it’s an active rest as I mark down on my log how many pushups I did and then get ready for squats. I then bang out as many squats as I can and rest for 10 seconds and again mark it down and get into position. Do that for a total of 8 rounds which makes for 4 minutes. I do that for a total of 4 rounds of 4 minutes which is 20 totally intense minutes. A London trainer friend showed this to me. Pick any 2 bodyweight exercises just be sure to do one for upper body and lower body. You can also check out Jennifer Nicole Lee’s You Tube channel. She has free exercise videos there and some of them focus on doing impromptu exercise sessions while you are at the park with your family.

As for eating healthy, that’s not too hard either. I generally go to a farmer’s market every weekend for my veggies and fruits. Sunday is prep day and once I have bought my veggies and fruits in bulk, I simply wash them, cut them, and put them in freezer bags in single serving sizes and freeze them. When I need veggies for cooking for my family or for my meals, just grab a bag. You’ve bought in bulk and the prices at the farmers market are a lot cheaper than super markets. You don’t need protein powders. Again, if you can buy your chicken and lean meats in bulk, defrost what you are going to use and grill a whole batch for you. Egg whites are also an excellent source of protein. I hope you found some of this helpful.


admin November 18, 2010 at 8:34 am

OMG Marylin – I am inspired now reading your reply :) Good on you and thanks so much for sharing!


Marylin November 18, 2010 at 8:41 am

Thanks. I loved your reply also – I forgot that point to – lol. I basically get up at 4:30 am to get whatever workout I have planned done and still have enough time for family, work, and dancing (bellydancing and bollywood).

So Keira listen to Belinda. Once you decide how bad you want to get back into shape, the rest as they say is history.


Marylin September 3, 2010 at 6:54 am

All right Donna, good for you! Hang in there, the hardest bump is the first 2 weeks after that it will start to become easier and more of a habit to where you won’t even think about it. Proud of ya! Keep us updated.


Donna September 1, 2010 at 12:22 am

Thankyou to everyone with all you words of support and encouragement it is much appreciated, How could I possibly fail with support like this, you all just made my long road ahead feel a little shorter.


robert August 31, 2010 at 11:11 pm

Good for you, hang in there. In the end it will be worth it.


Karen August 30, 2010 at 2:49 pm

Awesome for you Donna!!!! I was off exercise and eating habits for about 8 months (divorce, managing my 3 kids and my demanding full time job). It was difficult getting back on track at first, but it was actually the baby steps that gave me strength!! Best of luck to you and your husband:)


Christine August 30, 2010 at 2:27 pm

Each little step adds up to big good things and 3.1kg, WOW, brilliant! :) I have a young friend who was getting fully into the personal training and out of the blue had a heart attack, so now he also has to make those little steps. Keep up the enthusiasm, you`re rockin` it Donna, all the best!!


janet August 30, 2010 at 11:13 am

It’s hard getting back into it after an injury, especially when you have put on weight. Thanks for sharing Donna. I started back at the gym this week also.


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