Saturday, 20 April 2013

Super Simple Beef Burgers

Super Simple Beef-Burgers

Even if it’s a last minute BBQ (as most tend to be due to our good old weather) there is no excuse for grabbing more than you bargained for with any old box of burgers.  You can knock these up in less than 5 minutes, know exactly what’s in them and pretty much all the ingredients are usually to hand or can be improvised (we do a lot of that in my kitchen).  No worcester sauce, use tomato puree, add in a few herbs, just experiment, and watch the kids munch through them!


1lb extra lean mince steak                   ½ onion finely chopped
1 crushed clove garlic                             1 egg
1oz whole wheat breadcrumbs              2 tsps Worcestershire sauce

Simply mix the whole lot together and then mould into the amount of burger shapes that you need.  Grill, turning frequently and enjoy – bring on the BBQ!

Friday, 12 April 2013

Top 3 Tips for finding your motivation

My Top 3 Tips For Getting Back Your Motivation

 We've all been there at some time.  You know when you've decided that those favourite jeans are way too tight, or worse still slung to the back of the wardrobe until you've lost a few pounds. You finally decide it's time to do something about it and start the day vowing to eat sensibly and do some regular exercise.  Then by 11am you find yourself tucking into a packet of crisps and arranging to meet a friend for a few drinks later rather than do the exercise session you had planned!

From my own experience and also that of many of my clients whom I have worked with, I have listed below 3 of the most common reasons why we often fall at the first hurdle in our battle to shift the weight.

  1. Not having a goal.   How much weight do you want to lose?  What dress size do you want to be?   With no tangible goal in sight it can seem at best too much of an effort and when the going seems really tough, just down right pointless!   If you don't know where you want to be, how will you know when you get there?
  2. Aiming for perfection.  In an ideal world to achieve our weight loss goals  we would 

  •  Avoid alcohol and caffeine
  • Cut out refined sugar and processed foods
  • Enjoy exercise as part of our daily lifestyle
However life is not perfect and we are not robots.  You need to find a plan that allows you to not become too obsessive so that all is not ruined when you allow yourself to have a drink or give in to the temptation of that chocolate bar.  I  don't know about you but  as soon as someone tells me that I can't have something I want it all the more!   It's what you do most of the time that counts and if you want to shape up now and still have a trim figure in 10 years time it's what you do over the whole 10 years not just the next few months/weeks that will make the difference.  Unless your plan is something you can realistically see yourself sticking to long term, find yourself a more flexible one!

    3.   Being stuck in a rut.  This can be in either your exercise routine or your weekly food plan.
Shake it up a bit and do something different, especially if you aren't getting the results that you want.  Doing the same thing over and over if it doesn't work is the definition of insanity!  

What helps or motivates you?  Let me know!

Have a healthy, active weekend

Marie :-)

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