Transforming The Female Body: Things to Avoid, How to Enjoy It and What to Do!

by Belinda on January 14, 2018

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If you’re like many women that come to me for help, you’re frustrated with not getting the results you want and deserve. You’re not alone. Every day I hear from women just like you who are struggling to find the magic formula to help them get a lean, defined and toned body.

Here’s the thing..

It’s not nearly as hard, as difficult or as elusive as you think right now.

In fact, once you understand a few simple but powerful truths about how to transform your body and achieve lasting change – things will start improving very quickly.

Today I’m going to show you how to solve the puzzle of your body; the things to avoid, how to enjoy the process of losing weight and getting fit (yes it’s possible) and exactly what to do.

Why should you pay attention to me?

Because most of my life I never exercised, I ate rubbish, was full of cellulite and flabbiness and I know what it feels like to hit rock bottom. This was me in my mid 30’s (before) and then in my late 40’s (after).


But one day around my 40th birthday, I decided enough was enough. I began fitness modeling in my 40’s (crazy I know) but I had a higher calling – to help women like you to be the best they can be.

I understand how the roller coaster of weight loss and gain makes you feel. I know how those hormonal changes sap your energy and frustrate you. I know what it feels like to almost give up. But don’t – keep reading!


~ Things to Avoid ~


  • Over Training

I can’t tell you how many women tell me they train 4 times a week, run 3 times and do 2 classes – yet have cellulite and are overweight. Yes they are strong, yes they are fit – but the fat stubbornly refuses to budge. If this is the case for you then you might be surprised the solution isn’t training harder – but smarter.

Here are a few symptoms of over training:

  • Poor sleep.
  • Moodiness (low anger threshold, easily irritated).
  • Feeling wired but tired.
  • Injury and illness prone.
  • Weight plateau or gaining weight.
  • Lack of motivation or hyper-motivated.

If you can say yes to three or more of these then over training might be the problem. Don’t worry the solution is easy (keep reading) and your body will recover back to fat burning mode quickly.

  • Lack Of Intensity

For your body to change, really change – you need to sweat, you need to feel your muscles burning, you need to push yourself out of your comfort zone.

What holds many women back from being the best they can be is simply being afraid of the physical discomfort that comes from exercising.   I was no different, in fact I had a fear of exertion that came from having chronic asthma as a child. But one day I challenged myself…let’s see if I push that little bit harder what happens – and felt good!

Sweat is your sweet reward for working out. Muscle soreness is a sign your body is changing. Being out of breath means your cardiovascular system is working in the fat burning zone.

This isn’t about doing more – it’s about training with more effort. Ask yourself; each time you workout – do you try to push that little bit harder? This doesn’t necessarily mean more reps or more weight – but to keep improving. Better balance, better technique…stronger focus, more mind-to-muscle connection.

If this is you…then step up to the mark and start training a little harder. You will surprise yourself as to what’s possible!

  • Too Much Steady State Cardio

This is probably the most common mistake women make.   OK I know you may love to run…you may love the stepper, the elliptical or the bike but long sessions done at the same pace (speed) do not burn fat efficiently. In fact it can have the opposite effect. Your body adapts and gets very good at holding onto fat.   I’ve seen amazing results when these women switch up their training and start doing the types of workouts I talk about at the end of this blog.


~ How To Enjoy It ~


  • Avoid Extremes: A Lifestyle Not A Diet

Long-term sustainable results come from a lifestyle of healthy choices – not extreme diets or training programs.   Extremes lead to rebound weight gain. The diet mentally undermines most weight-loss programs because we feel deprived.

Food is designed to be enjoyed; delicious and nutritious. Reprogramming our eating habits means we learn to love the taste of whole healthy foods while enjoying occasional treats without feeling like we’ve fallen off the wagon. This healthy mental, emotional and physical balance has been transformational for many women – including myself.

If you’re a serial-dieter then it’s time to rethink the equation and change your approach. Stop focusing on an arbitrary amount of weight loss on the scale and visualize how you’d love to look; fit, leanstrong and healthy.

Image living in a body you love for years and years to come that’s easily sustainable? Yes it’s possible.

  • Consistency Not Perfection

If you’re a Type A Personality then you already know what I’m talking about here. It’s an all or nothing approach. Everything has to be exactly on track or you feel like you’ve blown it, ruined your chances of succeeding, failed once again. This is a self-defeating and self-sabotaging attitude.

It’s time to learn how to love yourself not punish yourself. Be kind and generous to yourself. Bend don’t break.   I’ve coached hundreds of women through this challenge. It’s incredibly liberating to be able to take a day off, enjoy a few treats without feeling guilty and without throwing the towel in. You can do it – it’s simply a decision to let go of having to be perfect and focus instead on being consistent.

  • Make Peace with Your Body

There are many things you can change about your body (body fat percentage, muscle shape, tone, firmness and definition) – but there are some things you can’t (your height, muscle belly length, skin elasticity type, fast-slow muscle fiber ratio). We need to make peace with what we can’t change and balance self-love with self-improvement.   You will be amazed at how this shift in thinking transforms how you feel about your body and helps you focus new energy on the things you can change.


~ What To Do ~


  • Respect, Listen To & Trust Your Body

Achieving your best body requires tuning in to the finer details of what makes you…you; your individual metabolism, hormonal balance, body symmetry, it’s strong and weak points. Great results are not achieved with a cookie-cutter approach.

First, respect your body. Nurture it with enough sleep, rest and nutrient dense foods. A little pampering goes a long way to re-charging your batteries so you can train harder. If you want to keep expecting good things from your body, you need to invest back into it with a little love and kindness.

Second, listen to your body. It will tell you when you need to rest, when you can train hard, when it’s hungry and how much to eat..IF you listen. The problem is we get so busy and so caught up in all the rules we’ve set for ourselves, we miss these vital clues. Be brave enough to do what you know is right. Take a break from alcohol, cut out sugar, face up to all those extra “treats” that slip in every day. Get those niggling health issues checked out. Take notice of what your body is saying to you and it will thank you back a thousand times over.

Third, trust yourself. Once you’re listening, pay attention and take action. Tune into that inner-voice. Call it what you want; bio-feedback, gut instinct, intuition…your body does know what it needs and what’s best. Once you tune in, you will be surprised what you discover. Foods to avoid, when to eat what and how to train to get the best results for your beautiful body….

  • Target Your Female Trouble Zones 

This is the big one, so listen carefully. If you’ve been doing the same program for a while and seeing no results then it’s time for a rethink. Hey, it’s information overload out there with so many workouts, programs and exercises to choose from…..

But what really works – for the female body?

I asked myself this question when I first got started in fitness modeling in my mid 40’s. I wanted to lift and firm my butt. I wanted my butt cheek crease to “smile”. I wanted to get rid of that banana area under my butt. I wanted defined inner thighs and tighter outer thighs, a flat tummy and firm, tight arms. Which led me on a journey to discover the exact exercises women need to get these results:

1. Exercises that are designed specifically for the female body, to firm, tone and lift without putting undue strain on your joints, ligaments and tendons.

2. Fusion style training combining the best of free weights, bodyweightmetabolic training, isometricsHIIT and plyometrics.

3. Learning how to use the mind-to-muscle connection to consciously activate the target muscles in your trouble zones. Developing muscle density in these areas will shape, tighten and lift these areas of your body, from the inside out. This is my best well kept secret and I’ll show you how…

You can read some of the results from this type of training here.


If you’ve been struggling for way to long, trying to lose weight and get a lean, defined and toned body, it’s not your fault. This doesn’t have to be a hit and miss thing. I’ve done the work for you by developing a proven system that thousands of women around the world have successfully used to transform – to achieve their best body.

Even if you think you’ve tried everything I guarantee my work will open your eyes to how easy this really is. Think of it like a blueprint for your own ultimate body. Yes, it still requires some work but I’ve made it as easy as it can possibly get.

Imagine enjoying your food, never being hungry and being able to maintain your ideal weight easily. Imagine looking forward to working out, full of energy, totally in the zone and seeing changes on a weekly basis.

It simply requires being open to change and rethinking your approach.

So go back over the list in this blog now and make some notes about what you are going to do differently starting tomorrow!

Please let me know if this blog has helped you by posting below and if you have questions – I am here to listen and answer!

Bel xo

P.S. If you’d like a realistic, down-to-earth and doable road map to getting in great shape — then please check out my Get Lean Program. It’s a 12 week complete transformational program that literally takes you by the hand and walks you step by step to losing weight, getting rid of cellulite and building lean, body toning muscle — in a healthy and sustainable way. You deserve the best that life has to offer and I’m here to help you make it happen.

If you’d like to find out if my program is a good fit for you then please book a complimentary 30-Minute Breakthrough Call with me here: Book With Belinda



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Anita February 17, 2018 at 8:26 pm

I am about to turn 40 very overweight with pcos what can I do lose 80 lbs. will your system work for women with pcos?


Belinda February 17, 2018 at 10:07 pm

Hi Anita, I’ve had women through my program will similar challenges and very good results. I’d like to talk with you more to learn more and see if the program is a good fit for you too. Please go here to book a call with me. Talk soon! Bel XO


Debbie hamnett February 13, 2018 at 10:16 am

Hi there love your blog I like many am stuck 49 works out 3 x a week living hell for 6 years with Preti then menopause full hysterectomy last jan then prolapse op the it failed so I am feeling blah can’t loose my tummy or tighten thighs bum etc no matter what I do I really want to loose a stone in weight but it’s not working I’m vegi never smoked rarely drink 5ft 7 and not too overweight uk size 10 but just need to tone I do kettlebells and my own gym weights circuit do you do a programme on an ap I can buy to help me

Kind regards

Debs ❤️??


Belinda February 13, 2018 at 1:48 pm

Hi Debbie! I understand on that being stuck, many women find themselves at this crossroads midlife. So sorry to hear about the hormonal challenges and the surgery. Despite how you’re feeling you can lose weight by eating and exercising right for this phase of your life. I would love to talk with you about how my program can help you get unstuck and start losing weight and toning up (the healthy way that’s kind to your body). Please click here and book a time with me:


Katy Kirby January 1, 2018 at 6:39 pm

Hi Belinda
I was really interested to read your article about the menopause and how it affects so many aspects of our health. I have never been someone who enjoys fitness, but have been fortunate enough to lose weight when I want to and maintain general health through pilates and decent food (most of the time!). However, now that the menopause has started to take it’s toll, my bones are hurting, my energy is lower than ever and the weight is heading in the wrong direction! I would love to sign up to a program that could guide me through this process with an understanding of the limitations of a menopausal woman! I’m prepared to work at it, as long as it works with my body, if that makes sense. Can you help..?


Belinda January 1, 2018 at 6:46 pm

HI Katy! I understand the challenges you’re facing and you’r not alone. As estrogen, progesterone and testosterone drop they affect many aspects of our wellbeing, including weight gain, lower energy, brain fog and inflammation which means more joint issues for example. YES I can help you and I am excited for you to get started. I would recommend my Get Lean Program which is for women only post 35 when our hormones start changing. One of my Get Lean Coaches Rachelle specializes in peri-menopause (having delt with the challenges first hand despite being in amazing shape) and I would love to team you up with her, she will guide you step by step. I’d also like to invite you to join my Get Lean Workshop for those interested in my program (I’m running the next one tomorrow). If you click here you’ll receive all the information via Facebook Messenger. If you’re not on Facebook you can check out my program here – and if you have any questions just reply to this message. Let’s make 2018 a great year together!! Bel XOXO


Sherru October 20, 2017 at 4:44 pm

Hi Belinda.. I am 55 and have always kept fit inbetween having my 5 children. I mainly worked with weights and to be honest didn’t really enjoy cardio. I am probably the opposite to a lot of your ladies as I am quite skinny so always needed to do weights to maintain shape/size. I hate looking thin. unfortunately I have always had quite a big waist!! For the last 2 years i have been doing body bance and Yoga which i love. But now I have hit, what I believe to be the dreaded menopause…and I am not coping with it at all. Pre menstrual symptoms including..swollen belly….stomach and lower back ache..breast tenderness ..nausea..migraines have now been joined by sore joints..sore bones..low energy levels…severe fatigue …constant colds…and it just goes on ( please forgive me for wittering on…not usually my normal habit)…but I am just open to any advice or suggestions….from someone who has been blessed with normally good health….to someone who has all of a sudden feels very old!!!!


Belinda October 20, 2017 at 5:00 pm

Hi Sherru, lovely to hear from you and thanks for posting. A certain percent of ladies on my program are just like you re the need to build lean muscle mass. Sorry to hear about the hormones, it can be a real shock to the system. No need to apologize, for many women this is one of the most challenging times of life. I would start by reading this blog then message me via Facebook if you have any questions: ??


Catherine August 5, 2017 at 6:20 am

Hi Belinda I’ve just turned 51 and just joined the gym again . I’ve tried every workout diet but still suffer with big legs . What can I do . I know it’s hereditary to a certain extent but does your workout target that part of the body and what is it without making them bigger . Thank you


Belinda August 5, 2017 at 5:00 pm

Hi Catherine, I understand this challenge and many women face the same. Yes my workouts will help you tone up without gaining size. This article explains really well. I’d love to you coaching you on my Get Lean Program, I think you’d be surprised at the results and really enjoy the workouts and eating plan! XO


Allyson coward February 26, 2017 at 10:26 pm

Hi Belizean, I am going through menopause and would like to know the best way to loose belly fat please


Belinda February 26, 2017 at 10:36 pm

Hola Allyson! Nice to meet you. Please take a look at this article: 5 Ways To Flatten Your Tummy :)


Sarah February 3, 2017 at 8:28 pm

Hi Bel

I’m wondering when is the best time to eat carbs? And when should I not eat carbs?
What are your thoughts about fruit given it’s sugar … how much fruit do you allow yourself in a day in average?

Thank you


Belinda February 3, 2017 at 10:16 pm

Hi Sarah, great question. This blog will help plus watch the first video here re a Day’s Eating On Get Lean :) Bel XO


Sarah February 4, 2017 at 2:15 pm

Thank you Bel. I’ve watched the video and read the article. Thank you. Super helpful :)

I wondered, is there a max amount of fruits you eat given they can be high in sugars?
I’m thinking especially about bananas which tend to get popped into smoothies or in oats and are high sugar … what’s your advice on portion control?



Alex January 18, 2017 at 6:44 am

Hi Bel, Ive just found your site an Im intrigued… Looking at the menu option shown you use protein shakes – I’ve never used these before – can you tell me more about them. Is whey good for you? Also looking at the tuna steaks – Im in Wellington NZ and havent really seen Tuna steaks here… am I missing them in the supermarket ? If you cant find ingredients from the menu can they be replaced? Many thanks


Belinda January 18, 2017 at 3:04 pm

Hi Alex, Great to meet you! The protein shakes are optional, you can make a smoothie with almond milk instead. They are higher in protein and great for controlling hunger and managing cravings, especially later in the day. With the tuna, you can mix and match the protein and recipes according to what’s available to you locally. There is a lot of flexibility and we guide you with this through the coaching forum and private Facebook Group. Does this help? Bel XO


Seshena Watkins January 17, 2017 at 12:34 pm

I have lost 100 pounds and did most of that with cardio and diet. I started gaining weight and realized after researching that I was doing too much cardio. So I have cut my cardio down to only walking/running at night and doing all my gym workouts with only weights. I have been doing that for about 6 months now and am seeing some muscle and strengtening but am not loosing weight. I am actually not able to fit inmpants that I had before. My waist circumference is not better. What am I doing wrong?


Belinda January 17, 2017 at 2:52 pm

Hi Sheshena, that’s amazing re your 100 pounds lost and congratulations. I understand your frustration with gaining weight back and trying a different approach. There are a few factors to consider here…..including how quickly the weight was lost, your eating, the type of weight training and other health factors. Could you please send me a message via my Help Desk so we can check these? Talk soon! Bel XO


Rosemary January 7, 2017 at 12:22 pm

Hello, I am some vthat has lost a lot of weight. I went from a 133kg to 80kg. However ibhave not been satisfied, because my goal was to take it down to atleast a 70kg considering my height and body structure. To be honest I over train, to the point that I am so sore and tired and exhausted. And yet I keep pushing myself. I realized that, that was not the way, and your blog really opened my eyes to that. My troubled zones right now are my arms. I lost so much weight but my arms are still looking big and flabby hanging. It hurts me so much, because that’s my insecurity area right now. I then started doing some weight training, believing it would reduce and tone it up. But instead, it got a bit bigger due to little muscle growth and now I don’t know what to do. I really justvwant to tone up all areas of my body, especially my arms. Your blog though, help me to understand certain things. By body also needs rest, and I need to get beetter sleep which i don’t most times. If there is anything you can add to this, I will really appreciate it. Thank you so much. You are an inspiration and I am encouraged.


Belinda January 8, 2017 at 4:49 pm

Hi Rosemary! So happy to hear about your weight loss….and I understand how you’re feeling re your goals. Rest and recovery are really important. Your body has to rebuild and reshape and this take time. Keep being patient and consistent and be kind to yourself. You’ve worked so hard and deserve that. Try not to let the little things steal your happiness from what you’ve achieved :) Focus on your healthy lifestyle, and feeling good inside and out. Big hug!! Bel XO


Kim December 5, 2016 at 9:31 pm

Two years ago I made a huge lifestyle change with diet and exercise. I eat nutrient dense foods, sleep 7-8 hours, get lots of physical exercising with cardio & strength training! 51 never felt so good!!!! Love this post! Thanks!!!!


Belinda December 5, 2016 at 9:33 pm

Hey Kim!!! So awesome to hear this and so proud of you! Thank you for sharing and encouraging everyone reading this post today :) Sending you a massive hug – the best is yet to come for you I am sure :) Bel XO


emma apollonio November 23, 2016 at 4:59 am

Hi Belinda,
I have been trying to get rid / improve my cellulite now for the last three years with various exercise. 18 months ago I paid for the J Atlas programme which didn’t worked I was so upset.
I drink at least 1.5ltrs of water a day,, take omega 3,6,9 Flex Supplements. My diet isn’t great but it could be a lot worse.
I’m now 37 years old ,quite fit , I’m lifting weights at least once a week at times twice if I can. Plus do LB & Tums class once a week. (or will jog that day instead).So basically exercising /weight training over all 3 days a week. I can see have really toned over the last 6 months infect I’m really happy with the front of me. It’s the back of my legs and bum, Its awful and I feel so ashamed and it’s causing arguments in my relationship. I’ve notice over the last few weeks that my cellulite on my bum has gone from a little dimple to half the size of my hand…..Is it normal for cellulite to get worse before it gets better from lifting?
I would really appreciate your feedback.
Thank you Emma


Belinda November 23, 2016 at 1:49 pm

Hi Emma, great to hear from you! What you describe re your butt doesn’t sound usual. This normally only happens if you lose a lot of weight quickly. However, I find weight lifting is the ideal for reducing cellulite. Also for some people having minimal sugar and refined foods and moderating their alcohol is very important. Take a read of this article and if you’d like more help please message me via my Help Desk :) Bel XO


Georgette November 22, 2016 at 7:57 am

Thank you. This was an awesome blog! I def can relate and you are on point! Congratulations on your transformation!!!


Belinda November 22, 2016 at 1:04 pm

Thank you Georgette! Really appreciate you posting and so happy to hear you enjoy this :) Bel xo


veronica Medrano November 6, 2016 at 11:21 pm

what is the program


Belinda November 7, 2016 at 12:17 am

Hi Veronica, you can check the program here: Get Lean Program For Women


Pamela October 30, 2016 at 2:06 am

Hi Belinda
I’m interested in your program, is the right place to contact you about where I’m at and whats right for me?



Belinda November 7, 2016 at 12:17 am

Hi Pamela! You can contact me via my Help Desk with any questions :)

Talk soon! Bel XO


Becky October 23, 2016 at 3:11 pm

Having recently had a baby after severely breaking my collar bone (well I got bored while recovering) i have ballooned and just cannot seem to shift the weight. (ideally want to loose 4stone pretty please) Major problem area is my legs which as previously been a semi professional horse rider now seems to still be v musclely just covered in lots of stubben fat – I’m active but no matter how I train or eat nothing is changing HELP!! squats etc just not cutting it


Belinda October 26, 2016 at 10:57 pm

Hi Becky, congratulations on your wee bambino. Many women find post pregnancy the weight is hard to lose…and our hormones change affecting our metabolism. It sounds like you need some very good full body fat burning routines plus guidance on managing your carbs. Take a look at this workout and this article – I think my Get Lean Program would be ideal for you and I’d love to coach you! Bel xo


Julie October 22, 2016 at 10:53 am

Hi Belinda. I am 50 and not in terrible . I have a troubled area this past few years and that’s my tummy. I have Hashimoto disease Which is my Thyroid stopped working correctly. But the past year and a half my trouble area is like a pendulum with gain then loss then gain ect. I have just finish a 30. Day challenge of one day planks and lunges then next day squats and crunches increasing the amount you do each day then rest every sixth day . The problem is I have increase my leg muscles which I didn’t want to do and I haven’t lost any weight or inches on my stomach area. I do not take any supplements, but I’m wondering if I should be. Can you advise please.


Belinda October 22, 2016 at 10:35 pm

Hi Julie, it sounds like you’re not doing the right type of workouts. I’d consider full body fat burning routines – under 30 minutes 5 days a week. Take a look at my Get Lean Program and if you have any questions please message me privately via my Help Desk. I’ve had several women with Hashimotos through the program – the key is pacing yourself and managing your nutrition carefully. Talk soon! Bel XO


Sandra October 9, 2016 at 1:58 pm

I have trained for years my arms are very toned I can never tone my legs plus they have culllite I really have tried everything can you help ?


Belinda October 9, 2016 at 2:06 pm

Hi Sandra, yes I can. If your eating is on track and you’d like a workout to focus on your lower body and cellulite then try my Bye Bye Cellulite Program. But if you’d like help with your eating as well I’d recommend my Get Lean Program because it is has my personalized support via my coaching forum so you can be sure your plan is exactly targeted to getting results you need. If you have any questions about which program is right for you please reply to this message or contact me via my Help Desk :) Bel XO


Natasha mann October 7, 2016 at 12:31 pm

This blog was great and you look amazing! I put on a rubber tyre aka fat back after having my daughter 5 years ago. . Nothing I do can shift it as I lose weight on my face and arms instead. Is it true that there are no exercises that target one area…eg if I just do crunches I’ll get a flatter tummy or if I just squat I’ll get a firm bum? Honestly I think eating is my main issue….I bloat a lit which puts me off eating certain foods. I even went to a nutritionist who told me I will never have a flat tummy…I never went back to her again! What would you suggest I’d a good starting point for me? I go to the gym 3 times a week and do some weights at home too but nothing is tightening or deflabbing ?


Belinda October 7, 2016 at 4:46 pm

Hi Natasha and thank you! It is tricky to spot reduce without losing weight in other areas of your body. In cases like yours I find managing your starchy carbs is important (check this article) and avoiding alcohol which makes us gain tummy fat. Doing core workouts helps to firm the muscles. And it also depends on the degree to which your skin can elasticize back. It often takes up to a year to see the results. I hope this helps!! Please also check out my Get Lean Program which will help you with getting started! Bel XO


Stef September 25, 2016 at 6:00 pm

Hi Belinda
I was quite fit in my early 40’s and in good shape. I had strength and focus and a routine that I persisted with. In my late 40’s due to stress and depression I managed to undo a decade of hard work. I am now left feeling like I have a mountain to climb. I am injury prone with both elbows suffering tendinitis and my L4 constantly giving me brief. No sooner so I try to go back I injure myself again. I am hoping your program can deliver the assistance I need to get back to the strong state I was in dune years back. Can you tell me if your program starts with someone like me? Does or tell me what exercises to avoid for my injuries? Please advice as I understand what is involved, but need to feel your program can cater for those of us who are injury prone. I look forward to hearing from you.


Belinda September 25, 2016 at 11:44 pm

Hi Stef, I understand how you’re feeling and am proud of you for posting. Could you please send me a message via my Help Desk or reply to this post letting me know if you have doctors clearance to workout and more details about what you can and can’t do? I am thinking we can start with some gentle lower body routines and progress from there. Looking forward to hearing from you! Bel XO


Ali September 24, 2016 at 5:41 pm

Hi Belinda, I’ve just watched one of your clips. You talk about female specific exercises and appropriate times to eat carbs. I’m 46 and am interested to know about these aspects?
Cheers :-)


Belinda September 25, 2016 at 11:45 pm
Cat Walker September 23, 2016 at 3:36 am

Hi Becs, Loved your article.? I’m 46 and after many years of different ‘diet plan’ ‘gym programmes’ I started doing weights for the first time last November, I love it! However my body hasn’t really changed that much, my legs are stronger as are my shoulders and I feel my strength is going in the right direction however my ‘inches’ particularly around my middle goes up and down and I can’t seem to get it on the downward slope and stay there which is frustrating. I have stopped weighing myself as I was so obsessed with it I got so disheartened if I didn’t loose the lbs but now the obsession is inches and it’s frustrating. ? I have done 12 week programmes before and find come the 6-8 week area the support wains so I’m wary of doing another. How does your programme differ as I have re-read it and it sounds awesome. I have just passed my Gym 2 instructors course and plan to do my Personal 3. Hope you can give me some advice.

Thanks Cat?


Belinda September 23, 2016 at 3:43 am

Hi Cat! Based on what you’ve told me my Get Lean Program is a great choice for you. You’ll receive personalized support via my coaching forum so you know everything is exactly targeted to getting results you need.I’ll guide you with your eating and give you a customized weekly training plan based on your level, lifestyle and goals to help you get fitter and leaner. Once you get on track with your eating and the right workouts for your body – you can relax and can focus on enjoying the changes rather than feeling stressed about losing weight. I’d love to coach you! Bel XO


Annmarie Brown September 22, 2016 at 5:28 am


Your article totally makes sense, I love training an prefer less time in the gym. I have a shoulder injury, is there advice you can give me regarding free weights?




Belinda September 22, 2016 at 2:53 pm

Hi Annamarie, with injuries unfortunately we have to be patient and wait for things to heal before training those muscle groups again. I would focus on your lower body in the meantime and core – and of course keep your eating on track :) Bel XO


Gillian September 21, 2016 at 3:49 pm

I am totally inspired by your article, your story and your progress. I am going to take on your advice, I think my exercising programme really needs to change.


Belinda September 21, 2016 at 4:01 pm

Hi Gillian, I am excited to hear this and so happy you’re feeling inspired! The right exercise program can revolutionize your body :) Bel XO


Gillian September 22, 2016 at 7:47 am

So, are you promoting the Get Lean disc’s is this what I would follow?


Belinda September 22, 2016 at 2:51 pm

Hi Gillian, Get Lean is my transformation program for women. It has wide range of female specific fat-burning at-home workouts. Many use just bodyweight some minimal equipment. It includes a 90 Day Eating Plan so you can relax and lose weight without worrying if you’re eating the right foods. The recipes are suitable for the family too, easy to prepare and yummy. I’ll guide you with your eating and give you a customized weekly training plan based on your level, lifestyle and goals to help you get fitter and leaner. You can join here:
Please let me know if this sounds like what you’re looking for – I’d love to coach you! Bel XO


Becky September 17, 2016 at 8:35 am

I’ve been doing Hit for 3 months and seeing amazing results – loved reading this and it’s given me that incentive to continue :)


Belinda September 17, 2016 at 2:45 pm

Awesome to hear Becky!!! Love that you’re feeling inspired – thanks for letting me know and keep going :) XO


Suzanne July 3, 2016 at 8:33 am

I see that I need a bench , barbell and hand weights.
Can you tell me what sizes that I should buy? How high should I go on weight?


Belinda July 3, 2016 at 3:08 pm

Hi Suzanne! The program is designed to be done with or without equipment at home. The equipment will vary according to the level, body and goals. Many workouts are just bodyweight, some a step, some free weights or a medicine ball. Could you please send me a message via my Help Desk so I can check where you’re at and advise more specifically? Talk soon! Bel xo


Lynda June 17, 2016 at 10:25 am

I have gotten gym memberships( serveral different times)and worked out with a trainer for 4 months straight and lost not one inch or pound. I have Meniere’s Disease and cannot do ellipticals or a lot of tread mills I get thrown into a vertigo attack that sometimes last days and are debilitating. I also have a fear of injury because I can’t take any anti inflammatory drugs or even eat the foods that help reduce inflammation because of a angioma that bleeds if I have the slightest of blood thinning. I feel I am stuck in this body and will never recover and become the lean healthy person I once was ..I’ve lost hope!


Belinda June 17, 2016 at 4:10 pm

Hi Lynda, I am so sorry to hear this. I hope you have good support systems and doctors to help guide you towards feeling better. Maybe even working with a special physio that can take the Meniere’s into consideration. Step by step and keep focusing on good nutrition….please don’t give up!! Big hug, Bel xo


Andrea June 13, 2016 at 2:45 pm

Hi I am 52, i used to be toned and in shape. I am going through the menopause at the moment and it’s affecting my joints and my get up and go to train for myself.I have put on 2 stone in weight over the past couple of years and need to re-address my health and get myself back in shape…Please can you help xx


Belinda June 13, 2016 at 2:59 pm

Hi Andrea, I understand how you’re feeling and this article will help: Your Crazy Post-40 Hormones: Fat Loss, Fitness & Staying Sane

Please take a read and if you’d like more personalized help send me a message via my Help Desk :)

Big hug – things will get better! Bel xo


Andrea June 7, 2016 at 8:53 pm

Hi – I just turned 40 and recently returned to work after 5 of staying home with my young twins. Before I started working, I had plenty of time for at home workouts. I completed several beachbody programs, lost weight and felt great. Now I’m behind a desk all day and have trouble finding time and maintaining a consistent workout schedule. I’ve gained 12lbs in the past year and if I don’t make changes soon I’m afraid I’ll gain more. I’d like to try the get lean program but I can’t find anywhere that states the actual length of the videos and the number of days needed. How many days a week is the program? And how long are the workouts? Thank you!


Christina June 5, 2016 at 4:38 pm

Hi Belinda,
I’m excited to have recently found your site! I’ll be 40 next month and am motivated by your journey! I’ve noticed that as I get older, it takes much more effort and focus to try and keep my weight in check! I’ve definitely hit a plateau and doing all I can to push past and return to that comfortable size where I feel confident about my body and how I look in my clothes. I look forward to following your page! I’m always eager to shake up my habits and try new things! Feel free to check out mine as well! Thanks, Christina


Belinda June 5, 2016 at 4:43 pm

Hi Christina! Great to hear from you and thanks for posting. I am very happy to hear my blog has inspired you as to what’s possible. Please keep me updated on your progress and all the best with your business :) Bel xo


Mary May 31, 2016 at 2:43 pm

Hi belinda
I’m struggling with motivation I start with good intentions but it never lasts one of my problems is I have a lots of health issues from my back neck and legs my diet is not good either I am a vegetarian too what would you recommend thanks.


Belinda May 31, 2016 at 2:53 pm

Hi Mary, motivation is a big one as change starts on the inside. And wen we have chronic health problems it makes things more challenging. I find starting with a few simple daily changes works best. I do have a Vegetarian Get Lean Eating Plan which is a good idea. Most vegetarians find it hard to lose weight because of higher calories associated with vegetarian proteins. Once your eating is on track and you’re feeling better then some gentle low impact exercise is a good idea to improve circulation and muscle tone. Big hug and if you need more help please message me via my Help Desk :) Bel XO


Gail May 31, 2016 at 7:21 am

Bel, love your blog. I’m 46 and can relate to everything everybody writes on this site! I had reached a plateau point and realised I was scared of pushing myself. Not anymore!! I attended a class yesterday and I’m feeling it today in all the right places. The class is on again tomorrow should I go back or is it better to let the muscles heal for another couple of days. This has always confused me :)

I will be signing up for Get Lean in a couple of weeks can’t wait!


Chacha May 18, 2016 at 11:28 pm

Hi Belinda, I am interested with your program but unsure which one i should purchase. my height is 5ft & weight 55kg. I use to go to the gym 2 years ago for 2-3 times a week, but stopped because of time constraint & work. now i only join aerobic/dance fitness classes 3 times a weak & sometimes go running. I want to lose a bit weight and get a lean, defined and toned body but now my main concerns are my cellulites. which program should i consider? get lean or bye bye cellulite? would get lean program also get rids of my cellulite? or do i just try the bye bye cellulite? Thanks!


Belinda May 19, 2016 at 2:58 pm

Hi Chacha, thanks for your message. If your eating is on track and you’d like a workout to focus on your lower body and cellulite then try my Bye Bye Cellulite Program. But if you’d like help with your eating as well AND cellulite I’d recommend my Get Lean Program because it is has my personalized support via my coaching forum so you can be sure your plan is exactly targeted to getting results you need.

It includes a 90 Day Eating Plan so you can relax and lose weight without worrying if you’re eating the right foods and it has a wide range of female specific at-home workout routines for all levels so you can tone up your specific trouble spots and cellulite. Let me know what you think – I’d love to coach you! Bel xo


Andi Grainger May 17, 2016 at 4:20 pm

Belinda- I love your post this morning. SO relatable, 100% nailed my thoughts- I’m 47 years and yes please I’ll take what you are having. ? I felt like u were speaking inside my head. ?


Belinda May 17, 2016 at 4:28 pm

Hey Andi, thank you, you made my day with this sweet post :) So happy hear it’s helped inspired you! Bel XO


Lizzie Pollard May 10, 2016 at 2:15 pm

Is it really possibly to get rid of cellulite?! I workout often and use weights. My legs never seem to tone up! Particularly on the outer thigh. Any tips would be gratefully received!

Lizzie xxx
Really enjoyed reading your blog


Belinda May 10, 2016 at 2:50 pm

Hi Lizzie! Please take a read of this article which explains thing. I often find it’s a combination of tweaking your nutrition and doing the right workouts, especially for the lower body. Please let me know if this helps! Bel xo


Sam May 10, 2016 at 3:18 am

Great blog, just what I needed at this current time. I’ve been a lean runner for 20 years and have started doing more weights and can really see the definition in my back and arms but I’m struggling now having put on 2kgs fairly quickly. The part in the blog about over training has got me thinking. My runs now are at the same pace for 8-10 miles so not getting into the fat burning now. I’m tired all the time and less motivated (which is so not me) Ur blog has helped so thank you :) and well done, amazing achievement :)


Nicola May 5, 2016 at 4:43 pm

I need some exercise plans, to up. It makes perfect sense what you say.


Belinda May 5, 2016 at 4:45 pm

Thanks Nicola!! Let me know if you need more help :) Bel XO


Stephanie April 28, 2016 at 9:08 am

I have really enjoyed reading your article and I have signed up for further News letters :)
I am 38 soon to be 39 and I weigh 161lb I haven’t always been this heavy just the last year has seen my weight slowly creep on. I have been active most of my thirties but more recently what with work I’m lucky if I get there 3times a month. I have made a pact with myself and I will be heading back to the gym this weekend with my 9year son I tow :) My main issue is I would like to have another baby but I don’t want this weight as I do so, so I am looking to lose 12lb
I know I need to do weights but what puts me off is standing there while everyone is watching :( Do you have any advice? My diet is quite clean, I don’t eat processed food or sugar but I do like 85% or 90% dark chocolate. I would love to have a body like you and I know it is achievable I just have to focus harder :) x


Belinda April 28, 2016 at 4:04 pm

Hi Stephanie! Thank you :)

Well done on decided to make some changes. It’s not necessary to do weights or workout at the gym to get in great shape. At home bodyweight workouts can do amazing things! Check out this routine and let me know how it goes (skip the one leg squat). If you like it then I think you’d get great results with my Get Lean Program. If you have any questions please just let me know via my Help Desk. Bel xo


emma April 21, 2016 at 6:09 am

Hi, Im 5ft and weight 7st 10ibs, 37 years old. Im happy with my weight and size not much of me! I just need to tighten/tone the bum and hamstrings.(banana rolls, cellulite).. I’ve recently purchased a 8kg kettle bell for home, as Ive started to do kettle class once a week. I have been doing Metafit/HIIT classes once a week for the past 18 months too. I try to jog 5k once a week or every other. Is this enough exercise for me? Any recomdations on exercises to do at home. Also At what point will I see results? Thanks Emma


Belinda April 21, 2016 at 1:53 pm

Hi Emma, well done starting those classes. First up, it’s important to do what you enjoy! If you’re happy with your weight then your focus should be a nice balance of cardio work for fitness plus muscle conditioning routines. You’ve got a nice mix already. I think you’d benefit from adding in this routine once or twice a week for toning the lower body. Please let me know how it goes! Bel xo PS. results timeline varies but normally I say in 4 weekly phases in terms of visual change.


Rachel April 20, 2016 at 5:14 am

Really enjoying reading all your advice, but are you saying women shouldn’t run for fitness/fat loss? I run a couple of times a week (about 8k each), do a Hiit class once or twice a week, then add in either exercise bike at home (45 mins, just flat cycling), gym (mainly focus on arms/shoulders) or a 30 min swim and walk a lot (I have a dog!). Is that a good mix to keep fit and at a good weight? I’m coming up to 44 and fairly happy with my weight but want to be really fit! Thanks so much.


Belinda April 20, 2016 at 5:03 pm

Hi Rachel, running is OK as part of your workout mix but everything in balance. It’s when you’re doing mostly steady state cardio, or a lot of cardio with less muscle conditioning work that I find the physique is less than optimal (often “skinny fat” syndrome with cellulite or stubborn weight that refuses budge, or sagging and loss of skin tone especially into the later 40’s). You sound really fit which is awesome and it’s important to do what you enjoy. You would benefit from adding some muscle conditioning routines to balance things out, especially for the lower body. Check this workout as a starter. If it challenges your muscles in new ways and you feel some post workout muscle soreness then you’re on the right track! Please let me know how it goes :) Bel XO


Gina Dejesus April 16, 2016 at 7:51 pm

I have a question what is the best way for me to be toned. I’m 42 yrs old and I weigh 115lbs. I want to start working out but I don’t want to loose weight how do I go about it


Belinda April 22, 2016 at 5:47 pm

Hi Gina, I understand. Could you please send me a message via my Help Desk with a little more about your eating and exercise program and I can advise from there :) Looking forward to hearing from you! Bel xo


lisa April 14, 2016 at 12:23 am

Hi I’m really struggling with my weight I used to be very slim although I wasn’t very healthy as I didn’t eat much. I’m fed up of feeling awful about myself but don’t no where to start I struggle with motivation and can’t afford to sign up to a gym. Any help and suggestions please. X


Belinda April 14, 2016 at 12:27 am

Hi Lisa, sorry to hear this. I find when you’re feeling like this starting with something is better than nothing. Just to get the momentum going. Take a read of this article and apply some of the eating tips. After a few successful weeks then look at starting some exercise. Step by step is the best way rather than trying to change everything at once!

Big hug, Bel XO


Karen James March 13, 2016 at 4:35 am

Hi Belinda, wow you look amazing. Can you give me advice I am 53 have under active thyroid and struggling as can’t lose weight. I only want to lose about 14 lbs I eat very healthy and I went overboard on the exercise, ended up exhausted and getting a virus. I am taking it slowly and going to exercise just 3 times a week. I do eat carbs mainly porridge, quinoa and brown rice and jacket potatoes, should I have carbs with every meal? I eat lots of fruit, veg and either meat or fish with evening meal and I don’t drink alcohol. Where am I going wrong. Karen


Belinda March 13, 2016 at 2:44 pm

Hi Karen! Thank you :)

Sorry to hear about the virus. Well done on taking it slowly step by step. It’s important to stay within your “energy envelope” and monitor how you’re feeling, always factoring in enough recovery time. It sounds like your eating is very healthy. Re your carbs, take a read of this article which I think will help. For more specific advice please message me via my Help Desk and I will reply personally :)

Bel xo


Trish March 9, 2016 at 3:27 pm

awesome information


Belinda March 9, 2016 at 3:29 pm

Thank you Trish! Very appreciated ❤



Geo February 15, 2016 at 8:03 am

Hi Belinda,

I love your article because it resonated with me… I would call myself fit but I have yet to reach the goal of getting tone. I run half marathons and full marathons and workout at the gym and as you can see I’m heavy on the cardio. I started incorporating weight training about a year ago and with little to no results. I’m about 150 lbs/5’7″ and I just can’t seem to lose my bell my fat, build muscles and get tone all over. At times I think it’s impossible and then I see others who’ve had awesome transformation. I’m going to take points from the blog and hope that I can finally achieve my goal.


Belinda February 15, 2016 at 3:20 pm

Hi Eve,

Thank you and I understand exactly where you’re at. I think with a few adjustments you could see great results. When you’re doing the right workouts you will feel your muscles working in new ways; the muscle fibers are stimulated at a deep level and it’s this effect that causes the reshaping, firming and defining. Please keep me updated how you’re going and I’m here if you need help! Hug, Bel XO


Celeste January 26, 2016 at 6:51 pm

Hi Belinda!

I stumbled upon your blog through FB. Just reading some of your replies to people makes me so happy I found you! I’m approaching 40 in a couple weeks and I’m the healthiest I’ve been by far. 2 yrs ago I was my heaviest at 274 lbs. I’m now down to 187! I’m stronger, more energetic and a better mom/wife. I feel I’ve hit a bit of a plateau so I’ve been trying to think of things to tweak in my nutrition. Decided to stick to 100 gr (good) carb a day for 3 days and every fourth day have a good carb at every meal. No breads just oats, sweet potato, brown rice, quinoa, and veggies. Do you think this is wise for a kickstart? I also do 2x a week cardio 45-60 min (run/walk/bike) and 4 days of resistance/body weight training with 15-20 min of HIIT style cardio after. I’m definitely going to look into your 12 week plan. My goal is to lose another 60 lbs (with hopes of the loose skin tightening up). Thank you kindly for any advice or comments!


Belinda January 27, 2016 at 7:19 pm

Hello Celeste and lovely to meet you :)

Congratulations on your approaching birthday – it’s so awesome to hear you’re very healthy and have lost weight. Well done, that is wonderful.

Many women find after significant weight loss they hit a plateau and reaching the next level seems elusive. I know how you feel…

I help many, many, many women through this challenge.

I found a different approach to carbs works better. Take a read of this article.

Your training sounds solid. I’d like to see how you go on my workouts – I think they will take things up a notch as they are designed specifically for the female body.

With the loose skin, developing muscle firmness (density) will help plus if you’re not already, do full body exfoliation in the shower a few times a week. Do small circles starting at your ankles and working your way way, firming pressure towards your heart, softer away. This will help to renew the skin plus remove excess toxins.

I’d love to coach you so please let me know if you join Get Lean so I can give you the step to getting started with my help! Bel xo


Bianca Hyde January 1, 2016 at 1:58 am

I just want to say that you are amazing for actually giving detailed information and answers to people who need help. Just about every other fitness expert out there that “has the answers” just talks ambiguoulsly for ages only to say in the end that you need to buy their products to get any valid info. I need to buy a fitness system and yours is now on the top of my list. (I’ll probably be back once I’ve done my research). Happy new year!


Belinda January 21, 2016 at 2:32 pm

Hi Bianca, thank you for your kind words – very appreciated! If you would like to grasp a deeper understanding of how my program can help you please contact me via my Facebook Page or my Help Desk!

Happy New Year :)

Bel xo


Damita Hoiles December 7, 2015 at 4:35 pm

Hi Belinda.
After many years of being extremly fit and lean I have now developed hypothyroidism and adrenal failure, this has resulted in 20kgs weight that no matter what i do or eat it will not move of anything i am just getting bigger and softer. I ran 10kms a day and every 10 days ran 30kms. I also did weight training every second day. In my efforts to be thin while doing this over a long period of time eating very low calories (sometimes 500cals a day) no carbs, protein or fat i managed to have the body i loved. But boy has it back fired. I know can bearly run at all and have absolutely no strenght. The emotional side of this is heart breaking and i now have a body i do not recognise or love. Can your program help? In my quest for thinness i have managed to have all sorts of intolerances ie: dairy, gluten, lentils, grains etc. I am currently just started with a naturopath that deals specifically with thyroid and adrenal fatigue. I now for the first time need guidance with everything aa nothing works for me anymore. Thanks Belinda


Belinda January 21, 2016 at 2:48 pm

Hi Damita!

It sounds like you’ve got a lot going on…

Yes my Get Lean Program can help you. We would work together re the food intolerances and the right workouts for your body. It’s important that you have enough of a wide range of foods to nourish your body and stimulate your fat burning metabolism.

You would have my personalized support so you know your plan is exactly targeted to getting results you need.

Once you get on track with your eating and the right workouts for your body – you can relax and can focus on enjoying the changes and losing weight rather than feeling stressed.

Please let me know – I’d love to coach you!


Aneli December 6, 2015 at 9:27 am

Thx for this….I am starting tomorrow


julie l November 23, 2015 at 7:23 pm

Hello I have 50-lbs to lose I do 40-minutes of cardio 5 days a week on elipitucal and also spin classes,I lift weights 4 days per week by muscle group it seems like,it takes huge effort to lose one lb. I eat pretty clean only lean meats,veggies complex carbs no dairy im lactose intolerant… I love yoir shape what would,I need,to do change to transform my body like yours?


Belinda November 24, 2015 at 3:45 pm

Hi Julie, that’s a lot of training each week! I can understand why you’re frustrated… It sounds like you’re eating well too. In situations like this I’ve found we need to dig a little deeper to uncover the real reasons why you’re not getting results (I have a few ideas). If you could please message me via my Help Desk and tell me a little about yourself I’ll give you my best advice. Looking forward to hearing from you! Bel xo


Marianne November 21, 2015 at 8:53 am

I really enjoyed your blog here. I really desire to get rid of my cellulite. What are the best toning exercises for that issue. I love to eat healthy just need key exercises to tone. Thanks for your encouragement. Great work!


Belinda November 21, 2015 at 2:03 pm

Hi Marianne, thank you! There are lots of exercises but it depends on your fitness and body strength level. Message me at my Help Desk with a lot more about your exercise history and I can help you :) Bel XO


Kellie November 6, 2015 at 1:54 am

Hi Belinda
I have definitely been a culprit of overtraining & cutting out most carbs, but typically this has stopped working & recently I’ve put on 6 or 7kgs & I just don’t feel comfortable in my own skin anymore. I decided I had to change things up, start introducing some good carbs back in my diet like quinoa, some brown rice & dark eye bread & instead of 6 days cardio, I’ve been doing 3 days cardio for 40 mins & 3 days of resistance training including plyometrics & strength training. I’ve been doing this for approximately 5 weeks, but my clothes are actually getting much tighter. I know muscle weighs more than fat but I’m not losing inches at all. I was wondering if this is because I’ve restricted carbs so much over the last few years that im actually gung to put weight on before it comes off? I’m really struggling with getting over my old mindset of carbs being the enemy,do you have any suggestions about what I should do? Or am I overtraining?
Kind Regards


Belinda November 7, 2015 at 10:36 pm

Hi Kellie, great to meet you and thanks for posting. I am sure many women can relate to your experience. Since you posted this we’ve spoken via my Facebook Page but I am going to also post my answer here so as to help the other ladies reading this blog.

It sounds like you’re doing a lot of the right things….in cases like yours I find it’s about fine tuning your eating – yes portion sizes, meal and carb timing…and your workouts. What you’re doing sounds good but it’s not laser targeting the female trouble zones like you need to tone up. When you’re already fit and eating well it’s all in the details – this isn’t about losing a lot of weight as you stay but fine tuning. This is requires more specialized coaching…not cookie cutter approach – as you can get that anywhere off the internet.

I would recommend my Get Lean Program because it is has my personalized support so you can be sure your plan is exactly targeted to getting results you need, a 90 Day Eating Plan so you can relax and lose weight without worrying if you’re eating the right foods and a wide range of female specific at-home workout routines for all levels so you can tone up your stubborn trouble spots.

As a first step I’d read this article:

How to Be a Fat Burner

And then try out this workout – if your muscles are sore the next day then my program will get results for you:

The Nice Butt Workout

I’m here if you have any questions!!

I’d love to coach you and see what’s possible…

Bel XO


Lunnr October 22, 2015 at 8:22 pm

Belinda wondering if you have any programs for women going through menapause and having problems with weight gain and losing belly fat. I’m 52 and had a hysterectomy and having a hard time getting rid of belly fat. I teach sculpting and Pilates classes twice a week and run. I also do a protein diet as much as possible but this belly fat is driving me crazy. I’m thinking its a hormonal problem just wondering if you have any advice.


Belinda October 22, 2015 at 10:07 pm

Hi and thanks for posting this question. I turn 52 next year in fact and I understand what you’re going through. I wrote this blog not long ago: Your Crazy Post-40 Hormones: Fat Loss, Fitness and Staying Sane

Take a read of the blog which has some good advice. We have to change our approach also to our eating and training. Learn how to plan out our carbs during the day and also not over do it with long cardio sessions as it raises cortisol and makes us prone to belly fat. Take a read of this blog: How To Be a Fat Burner not a Carb Craver.

On my Get Lean Program you would receive personalized coaching from me to help put together your workout program plus make the tweaks to your eating. Through my coaching site you’d receive guidance, motivation and support from me and the other members, some facing similar hormonal challenges.

What I’ve discovered is that the “cookie cutter” approach doesn’t work….we need to fine tune things based on our individual body, circumstances and goals – and I am here to help you do that.

I hope this helps and please feel free to message me either on the blog or via my Help Desk for more information, I’d love to coach you and see what’s possible! Bel xo


Ali October 20, 2015 at 3:43 am

Hi, I struggle with exercises that take its toll on my knees(from an injury a long time ago) but is aggravated whenever I do squats especially! Any ideas of what other exercises I can do instead of those types that aggravate my knee



Belinda October 20, 2015 at 1:21 pm

Hi Ali, well done on exercising despite the challenges and you’re not alone with this issue. Many women develop knee issues, sometimes from running over the years, sometimes from injury. There are quite a few exercises that will tone the legs without putting undue pressure on your knees. Of course maintaining a healthy weight is important – and I have three specific knee friendly lower body toning workouts as part of my Get Lean Program. You need to always run things past your doctor first but I would start with floor moves such as hip raises, bent leg extension, straight leg extension, inner thigh lift and straight leg raises. If you need more information please message me on my Help Desk! Bel xo


Hayley October 16, 2015 at 10:12 am

Hey! Enjoyed reading this however although I can relate to many things you have said, for example I do classes 4 times a week, different classes since March however am now bigger than when I started! My problem is my diet, I suffered with IBS for ten years now have control but I stick to the food I know won’t set it off, meat, potatoes, some fruit, my 2nd problem is I don’t like salad and can only tolerate veg in a soup or pie etc, is there anyway I can still succeed on such a limited diet??


Belinda October 16, 2015 at 3:01 pm

Hi Hayley,

Great to meet you. That is odd re the classes and getting bigger. Has your eating changed or drinking habits changed? Absolutely you can succeed with a little focus and a strategic approach. Feel free to message me via my Help Desk with more information and I’ll see how I can help. Talk soon! Bel


Beatriz E Morales October 9, 2015 at 5:46 pm

From reading your story, I understand that you transformed your body from surfing all day! Can you please elaborate?


Belinda October 9, 2015 at 5:56 pm

Hi Beatriz! This is an awesome question – thank you for posting. I am writing a blog about some of this story at the moment.

After never having exercised in my life, at 37 I decided to learn to surf! It was a very slow process….starting from below zero fitness. It took me six months to get out beyond the whitewash of the ocean lol. But slowly, I started getting fitter and overcame my fear of exercising (from the asthma). After my divorce I traveled Central America surfing and learning Spanish and ended up in Panama.

Although I’d lost weight, I lacked muscle tone. At the encouragement of my sister I started “working out” to get stronger arms for paddling. Which began the true process of total transformation and body reshaping. Once I realized I could build muscle tone to help reshape my body – the rest was easy.

Looking back, the surfing gave me the encouragement I needed to lose weight and get fit- because I loved it so much. I forgot about all the things I didn’t like about my body and the discomfort of physical exertion – and just focused on being in the moment; the ecstasy of paddling for and catching a wave. I believe this is the missing link for many women, they simply haven’t found that special something, that passion that motivates them at a deeper level beyond changing how we look on the outside.

As I mentioned, I am writing a blog about this at the moment so stay tuned!!

I hope this helps :)

Bel XO


Mary September 6, 2015 at 10:36 am

Hi Belinda,

I’m revisiting your site and program after a lengthy hiatus. Personal health/life issues including the lose of a parent have resulted in my drifting back into some old, unhealthy habits that I’m working to change. I looked over the Get Lean 12-week plan again. I’d appreciate some advice on substitutions for the eggs and dairy. I’m not a vegetarian – but I have sensitivity issues with these ingredients. But who wants to eat chicken for breakfast! :) I’ve even switched to a vegan protein powder since most of the others are whey based. Also with the workouts, the forward lunge kills my knees. Reverse lunges and step ups are fine, but the forward lunge is out right now. Thanks for any advice you can offer!


Belinda September 6, 2015 at 7:04 pm

Hi Mary!

Welcome back. It sounds like my Get Lean Vegetarian Guide could help to give you more recipe options. You can also try making your own almond milk for the protein shakes which I do. I am also dairy free and use goats milk and goats milk yogurt. Please message me on my Help Desk for more details and re the forward lunges and yes skip them – the workouts will still be very effective. I hope this helps and look forward to hearing from you! Bel xo


Bec September 4, 2015 at 8:21 pm

So i have recently (going on 3 years), split up with my husband, had still and probably still do but not so bad now very low self esteem (image/body) dont like going out in public much on weekends, took over the mortgage on my own, have my 8 yo daughter 50/50 with my ex, work full time, try to keep up with maintaining a house n yard virtually by myself my job is hectic crazy busy from the time i arrive at wotk to the time i finish, my alarm clock goes off every morning at 5.30am n i am usually in the office dending my first e-mails out by 6.50am, and finish my day at work usually anywhere between 3-4pm, im working in Sales, i try to go for a power walk at least 2-3 times a week but unfortunately i am back to maybe only once a week, when i shower twice a day i try to punch out at lesst 50-80 squats when i do my power walk i am usually fittin in around 140 to 160 dips, my butt is pretty toned n i have very firm and toned outer thighs n no problems with my lower legs, but i just cant seem to tone my inner thighs, bad hail damage i like to call it or corrogations lol, i am going on 41 years of age, any tips would be awesome, eargerly awaiting your response, Bec ???


Belinda September 4, 2015 at 8:29 pm

Hey Bec, great to meet you! It sounds like you’re a survivor and fighter – well done on maintaining your routine and juggling all your responsibilities. For the inner thighs, try this workout. You can message me on my Help Desk for the PDF that goes with it. Together with that, think about your eating and what can be improved there…cut out things like sugar and processed foods and very much moderate your alcohol. If you need help with your eating take a look at my Get Lean Nutrition Program. I hope this helps, please let me know how the workout goes! Bel xo


Tina September 3, 2015 at 6:49 pm

I’m very interested in your program would love to know more!!


Belinda September 3, 2015 at 6:52 pm

Hi Tina, lovely to meet you :)

You can contact me personally at my Support Center Please let me know a little about yourself and your goals and I’ll explain how my program can help!! Looking forward to hearing from you soon and working together! Bel xo


Deb September 2, 2015 at 6:39 am


I am in need of a big change in diet, exercise and lifestyle. Becoming tired all the time since training hard for my wedding a few years back I’ve now put on loads of weight and have no energy left after full time work and so therefore no desire to exercise. It’s also become repetitive and boring. I need some help with changes that are inspiring and are fun whilst the challenge of a workout becomes less of a burden and then start to see changes. My current regime leaves me unchanged in my fitness leaving me still tired and my weight is continuing to gain. I want to be slimmer again and feel like I can get back into my size 8 jeans and feel confident in them. I am also 40!


Belinda September 2, 2015 at 7:06 pm

Hi Deb, great to meet you and thanks for posting. I’ve talked with many women around 40 with the same experience as you – it’s frustrating to be working out, not enjoying it and not seeing results! As we enter our 40’s things start to change, and what worked before doesn’t work now. Try out this workout and see how it goes: The Nice Butt Workout It’s a fantastic lower body routine, that you can do outside or inside. If you do inside, do the walking lunges as forward and back lunges (using the same leg then swap). If you enjoy it and you feel it working, check out my Get Lean Program or my Get Lean Eating Plan. If you’d like more personalized tips, please message me via my Help Desk with more info about your eating and the specific workouts you’ve been doing. I hope this helps – don’t give up, you can have your best body in your 40’s and onwards! Bel xo


Sharon Lee August 30, 2015 at 9:16 pm

This is me described perfectly. I run marathons do do much exercise and am heavy and overweight! I over exercise doing long training runs and 2 meta fit classes and a few small weights at gym I. have tried every diet and nothing no weight loss or if I do small loss then put back on !!
Any advise or program for me !! I’m a bit sceptical now about programs as I’ve tried heaps . I need to eat for my running training but I’m obv eating the wrong things ! I also love a glass of wine a night !


Belinda August 31, 2015 at 3:52 am

Hi Sharon, great to meet you and thanks for posting!

I absolutely understand re being skeptical – there are so many programs out there.

Yes you need to eat nutritious foods with the right portion sizes to feed your muscles for running. However, the wine isn’t ideal, take a read of this blog: The Truth About Alcohol: A Heart to Heart. If you’re inspired, take a break from the alcohol completely for a few weeks plus try out this workout: The Nice Butt Workout. You can message me on my Help Desk for the downloadable PDF. Then if you start to see the scale going down and are feeling more energized – I’d check out my Get Lean Program. I think you’d surprise yourself with what’s possible and I’d love to coach you. Bel xo


Nicole Foyle August 25, 2015 at 6:10 am

Everything u have said has hit home and would like if possible streamlined tips before buying anything


Belinda August 28, 2015 at 5:05 pm

Hi Nicole, great to hear :)

You can contact me direct via my Help Desk. Let me know a little about yourself, your goals and challenges and I will see how I can help.

Looking forward to hearing from you! Bel xo


Nat August 21, 2015 at 1:10 pm

Belinda!!! This blog spoke to my soul. You nail all the points that have made your Get Lean program different from everything else I have tried – and why I have gotten such awe-inspiring results. My favorite line:

“Achieving your best body requires tuning in to the finer details of what makes you…you; your individual metabolism, hormonal balance, body symmetry, it’s strong and weak points. Great results are not achieved with a cookie-cutter approach.”


Belinda August 21, 2015 at 3:45 pm

Hellooo Nat! Lovely to see you here. It’s very exciting to see how your body has transformed..the best is yet to come for sure! Thanks for pointing out that quote…it quite sums up my approach – we are all unique and a cookie-cutter plan will only get you a little above average (if you’re lucky) – whereas customized eating and training – will unleash your true potential…

Can’t wait to blog about your journey and what you’ve achieved with your body, I know it will inspire 1,000’s of women! Bel xoxo


Kylie Thomson August 20, 2015 at 6:07 am

Hi Belinda,

I am interested in your Get Lean program. I do Bikram yoga and wonder if I could incorporate this into your program? Thanks, Kylie.


Belinda August 20, 2015 at 3:08 pm

Hi Kylie, lovely to meet you and thanks for your message!

Yes Bikram is good addition to my program – it helps improve strength and flexibility. You will find your yoga gets better as a result of doing my workouts and that what you’ve done with the yoga (especially with balance and being in touch with your muscles through body movement) will help you make quick progress with my workouts. I hope this helps and I’d love to coach you! Bel xo


Jacki McCormack August 19, 2015 at 10:02 pm

hi I am interested in your program but work full time and would like some ideas re the meal plan and is it easy meals to prepare etc
I do eat 6 small meals a day now no dairy as I can’t have it and very plain and healthy and portioned as well and I have been following Kayla itsines for last 6 months I have noticed a bit of improvement and wouldn’t say I’m fat just skinny fat and would love to be lean like you
Thanks Jacki


Belinda August 19, 2015 at 10:21 pm

Hi Jacki, great to meet you and thanks for posting. Most of my clients work full time and have children too. The meal plan is very easy to follow and the recipes quick to prepare, tasty and suitable for the family. I am dairy and gluten free so there are plenty of options. It sounds like the big opportunity here will come from adjusting your training. I’ve coached many women who called themselves “skinny fat” – it’s amazing how building lean muscle in the trouble zone areas (tummy, butt, inner and outer thighs) can transform you shape and body tone. This is could be the missing link for you! I hope this helps, please let me know :) Bel xo


Belinda March 27, 2017 at 1:56 pm

Hi Danielle, the program is delivered by electronic download :)


Belinda May 27, 2017 at 11:15 pm

Hi Tanya, sorry to hear this. It sounds like you need some specialized help working with a physio – is this something you’ve considered? Bel XO


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