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Hey 2016 goal setters!

Weight Loss Competition Christchurch.

It’s almost February. What have you done to change your circumstances? The body, health, job you hate, toxic relationships….. How have you STEPPED up and grown in the areas that you have in your past attracted and settled for?

I hear way to many people saying they haven’t had the time, money, resources…. Oh yes – the roofs leaking, you’re paying your credit card back from Christmas. Works really busy….yes, yes, I know…..I don’t get it and why that means you have to postpone creating the life you deserve. I mean there’s 168 hours in the week and you don’t have time to eat healthy and exercise because your car needs to fixed?

What I really hear is, I am not going to STEP UP because I have not got to a stage in my life and maybe I never will where I BELIEVE I am worth it. Where I understand the consequences of me settling for a life that is less than MY perfect.

That unhealthy weight you carry around that you justify? Maybe your reason is that you don’t have the money to get a trainer, a nutritionist to gain the accountability to get you fighting for your perfect….It is a fight, a hunt, a risk, and an investment in YOURSELF. Most of the time people are afraid of the failure they set themselves up for. They don’t believe they CAN do it. So…..They feel it’s better to simply just not try. The other thing is, if you can’t see through all the bull shit excuses you poison yourself with you will forever continue to be enclosed in your own little bubble going no where but remaining in fear of the stuff you make up in your own head. Can’t afford a trainer? Well why don’t you start committing to exercise daily? Yourself. We all know how to walk and run. If you NEED a trainer. FIND A WAY to get one!
Imagine this……

You have COMPLETE and total confidence that you will achieve ANYTHING you want to achieve. The dream job that supports your incredible life style. The epic fit, strong body, beautiful relationships, everything you want.

Everything on the outside of you doesn’t stop you from the daily action that gets you where you need to be – your job, the kids, the opinions of others, the circumstances. All that matters is what you feel on the inside and consequently everyday you do something to move forward closer to what you want. Yes. Even when the timing isn’t ‘ideal’.

When the hell is the timing ideal!!!!!!

If you felt the above, if you had that inside you – what would you achieve and what would you aim for if you knew you couldn’t fail? What if every time you were rejected from something you got up and went for it again and again and again until you got it?

Anyone ready to step up and actually COMMIT to what you want?
Anyone sick of the false comfort of not leaving your bubble and taking a risk in yourself. A risk that will allow you to grow and BECOME.

Anyone sick of the excuses that you make endlessly to keep yourself ‘small’?

We want to offer those of you that ARE READY for massive change The 15 Week Body & Life Re-Design Project. (Online and in Canterbury, NZ)

– Intensive mind-set coaching
– Complete nutrition make-over
– Regular training weekly
– SOOOOO mush more goodness but I won’t waste my time typing it for people who won’t take action. I want to actually HEAR FROM YOU.

Ps. This is not a free program. And I don’t respond to messages that just say ‘how much?’. We have amazing affordable options but we don’t aim to be the cheapest around just as you shouldn’t.

This will be a huge up level in your life. It’s the solution you’ve been waiting for…….

If you want more info on this simply PM us with you name and phone number, we will arrange a time to chat over options.

Weight Loss Competition Christchurch

Since I first Jumped into the health and fitness arena at the tender age of 19 I have always admired body builders. I love strong women who have muscles and I admired the discipline they have to go through to compete in such a cut throat sport. I was told since starting work at Les Mills in Christchurch in 2007 that I had a great figure for it and that I would do well if I applied myself – determined old me thought, hell yes! When I do it, I’ll do it damn good! Iv’e always been a serious food lover too! When I first met my now husband, on our second date he said he just can’t believe how much I eat! He thought it was awesome, I thought ‘you have no idea how much I have to train to maintain my figure’! BUT, I thought it was pretty normal too as so many PT’s had the same problem. It was a silent problem and it still is.

I always had very strong cravings in my early 20’s. I loved sugar and savoury. These cravings were similar to pregnancy cravings – so strong I would have needed a stray jacket to keep me out of the fridge. I would binge then leave the stressing till the next day when I would do a pump, attack and an RPM class all in one day assuring myself that it will be ok now then going to binge again that night. I thought, ‘how do these body builders fight off these cravings? Sure, maybe they don’t get them as bad as me but surely they get them sometimes?’ I thought doing something so disciplined would fix my eating habits and prove to myself that I controlled food it wasn’t the other way round.

I thought, YES. This is the challenge I need! I knew that one day I would compete on stage flaunting my sculpted muscles that I worked so hard for.

A couple of years past and I worked hard as a PT at Les Mills in Christchurch growing my business and furthering my knowledge on exercise and the different forms of it. In 2010 when I was 24 I had my first son and I got back into exercise quickly and started experimenting with nutrition.

You see, before having my son I would educate my personal training clients on nutrition and write them plans but they never worked as they should have. Some clients did well and others just didn’t. The thing that really frustrated me was that I couldn’t find a balance with my eating. I beat myself up because I thought I knew it all but yet I couldn’t get my body into a shape I was proud of! Everything was low fat, there was a lot of grain, very little red meat, heaps of man made protein, I prescribed this diet to clients because that’s what I had been educated to do. I did sports nutrition with my PT course and it was quite extensive. It was hugely based on calories and the FDA approved food pyramid. There’s nothing worse than telling people that are paying for your help information that you truly doubt and don’t believe in.

3 months after my son was born I started to study again. This time purely nutrition. I wanted to learn more about nutrition AND use myself as an experiment while doing so. I studied and researched and put in hours and hours of time and effort. After many frustrated attempts to create a muscular toned body before I had my son I had finally discovered what it really took 9 months after his birth. When he was born I declared to the universe that my son would not eat crappy food. I made the hugest efforts when it came to him eating solids. All his food was home made and of the best quality. It was fresh from the ground, fresh quality meats, wheat that gave him sustained energy and naturally sweetened foods like fruit, dates, figs etc. I remember standing at my kitchen bench processing his food using all fresh produce and a light bulb went on in my head…..Our little boy was thriving, he was so incredibly happy and healthy and he had the best appetite ever. Why am I feeding him this food to be in optimum health when I eat differently to lose fat. Shouldn’t losing fat and being healthy be linked in some way or ALL WAYS? I thought – why don’t I just go back to the basics, stop avoiding fat, stop throwing away the egg yolks and using trim cows milk, stop having salad after salad and ensuring low fat was on every label in our fridge. I thought I might as well give it a go, I was the experiment at that stage and I was learning about the importance of having ALL nutrients, vitamins and minerals everyday from my course. The way I was eating it was cutting out many of these – the big one being fat! I said I’m going to start eating real food. Food that is just in it’s natural form. I researched the paleo diet and FELL IN LOVE!

One WEEK into this whole foods lifestyle and my stomach had shrunk. My bloat and my uncomfortable tummy pains (which had been around since I was a kid were GONE) Not only that, I felt full all the time, my binging had almost disappeared, I had SO much more energy to run round after my son and to train. The salads were ditched for steak and green beans with broccoli and butter and rock salt! Yum, It was amazing!

I went back to work before my son turned 1, just starting with a few clients at night and over the weekends when my partner would get home from work. I knew my whole foods approach worked on me but I had to try it on others to really see if it was the real deal…….WOW! One client lost 17 centimetres off her waist in 2 weeks, another lost 25 kg in 4 months, another lost 40 kg over 1 year, AND everyone I worked with just felt incredible! They LOVED it!

This was it! I had cracked it! My body was in the best shape of my life! I wasn’t killing myself at the gym any more, I was focusing on getting strong and nurturing my body. Muscle was appearing fast and ab’s were popping through! I was preaching high fat, low sugar, lots of vegetables and quality meats to anyone and everyone! I had finally found the answer.

After my second son in 2013 I decided now was the time. We only wanted 2 kids and now I could focus on a few of my goals. When my second son hit 8 months I started my journey towards my first comp. I went to a well known awesome trainer in the industry and worked hard for 8 weeks getting down to 16-17% body fat 6 weeks out (starting at 22%). I had to get to 10-12% by comp week so I had to focus intensely. I had to get to around 54-55 kg and at the time I was 62kg. It felt like it was miles away but I was determined! I had to do 45-60 minutes of cardio early every morning and a weights session that afternoon or evening. I found it difficult to fit in as I was working with a data base of 30 clients at the time and being mummy to my two boys so it was definitely a balancing act. I was ok with that – I’ve always thrived off challenge.

Leading up to the 6 week mark I started to notice old habits creeping back in. Old habits from my early 20’s. I was on a restrictive diet and I was having barely any fats compared to what I used to have. I noticed tummy pains coming back and I noticed my binging getting uncontrollable again. I went back to my trainer for a weekly weigh in and I had gained fat. Typically I had gone back to my old trick of trying to train extra hard to make up for the extra things I was putting in my mouth which at that stage had become stray jacket cravings again!

My trainer said I could still make it but I would have to be 100% perfect for the coming 6 weeks and I still may get up there and not be very happy with my result.

I sadly made the decision to pull out and aim for the upcoming September comp.

While I was disappointed I made it ok in my head by saying ‘it just wasn’t the right time’, ‘works been so busy I couldn’t keep up with the prep and training’ ‘I need to drop commitments in other areas so I can give it more next time’

I started to become deluded and very obsessive with keeping the fat off. I didn’t pick up on what was happening until a couple of weeks after I had pulled out. I didn’t train for 6 weeks after pulling the pin. People that know me will be shocked. 6 weeks and I did nothing but binge and get upset about losing my 16-17% body fat status. I tried to train a few times but I just couldn’t, I resented it so much and hated it. Even weight training which is my love in the gym.

It’s now been about 12 weeks since I pulled out. I am slowly finding my love for training again. I’m still not pushing as hard as I enjoy but I am getting back into it to get strong and to feel mentally released and good, not to strip body fat as fast as possible. My cravings are gone again and my energy is sustained because I am eating whole foods which include – nutrients (protein, carbs, fats), vitamins and minerals.

I will not be doing the September show and at this stage I will not compete in body building.

I still admire SO MUCH the people who kick ass at the sport and there is still a piece of me that wants to do it but there is a stronger piece of me saying it is going to take me YEARS back mentally with my progress and it’s just not right for me.

ALWAYS listen to what your body is telling you. When my body is sending my mind uncontrollable craving signs it is purely just needing something essential to function but instead in the past I would feed it the wrong thing. Similar to when people think they need a coke or a juice when really their body just needs to hydrate with water. Remember our bodies job is to keep us alive. To keep us alive it NEEDS respect and love from you. It needs ALL nutrients, vitamin and minerals to function properly. It needs YOU to be true to YOURSELF.

There is NEVER a right way for everyone. For me, eating whole, real food and doing cardio that feeds my mind and weight training that makes me strong and powerful is MINE! This is what serves me in my life and this is what makes me feel good about me.

Raw, vegan, vegetarian, yoga, biking, fighting, tramping. Find YOUR thing. Find what works for you. ALWAYS ensure your food is whole. Stay away from processed man made food. The research is finally stacking up against it and I’m backing it all the way with pride. If you hate running don’t run. Do exercise that feeds your soul and do it with love and respect. Are you training stupidly hard to make up for something? Is it respecting your body eating crap then ruining yourself at the gym? That’s a serious form of abuse to your body..You will NEVER gain the body your dreams of by treating it like that. Give yourself a break.

Do what makes you feel AMAZING and don’t be afraid to quit something that just doesn’t serve you in your life.

Re-align – Re-focus and Re-Do with love baby!!!

L x

How to look good in a bikini fast!

The good old ‘quick summers almost here problem’ right?

I don’t think the real question is how to look good in a bikini fast.

I think it’s actually – how do I like myself in a bikini fast?

 

You’re constantly trying to change your body. It’s never good enough right?
You’re striving for this false perfection, lean bikini girls are flaunted in front of your eyes constantly in magazines and on TV. That’s how you ‘should’ look right? That’s what attractive is. You’ll get attention from the guys and the girls will want to look like you, THAT’S what you will aim for this summer.

You know what you have to do. Eat less, cut out carbs and fat, feel that hunger as that means you’re stomach is shrinking, spend a couple of hours at the gym everyday, use your will power to say NO to the creamy doughnuts at work even though you could quite easily demolish the box.

The self talk is nasty and harsh. You hate the way you look. You wish you were born with the discipline of your best friend, she ‘has it’ and she flaunts it. You never feel good enough but this summer you WILL, you will not eat like a pig and sit on your ass picking out all the things that are wrong with you. You will instead…..PUNISH yourself with a diet you know will change you…..

You will punish with food and shakes that don’t at all satisfy you, you will punish yourself by starving, you will punish yourself with long boring workouts at the gym, you will cover up your body in shame with those baggy clothes, you will punish yourself by feeling miserable and telling yourself how useless you are everyday and how you could have done better. This punishment will continue until that bikini is on and you ARE what ‘society’ accepts as beautiful.

I know you………………….. and I want you to know something……This punishment that you think is just temporary isn’t…..This punishment is life long and it only gets worse. This punishment eventually stops you from living your life. It’s not about the bikini any more….Now you can’t even go near the beach, you say no to social occasions you live at home and work with no in betweens. Your life becomes controlled by the demon inside that has wrapped jail bars around your body.

This ‘image’ that you want to change yourself to ruins your life.

YOU need to know that this is not your fault, this is not how YOU should be living and there IS a way out.

You need to know that you are unique and beautiful just the way you are. When you are your true self and you are confident being YOU, you radiate the MOST beauty. When you are trying to be someone you’re not you don’t radiate anything. In fact, you radiate sadness and no one wants to be around sadness, no ones attracted to sadness. No one respects someone trying to be someone else.

How is punishing yourself going to result in a great body and most of all how does that make you happy?

Your body is your body. It is beautiful and unique and it is your only home. It has done incredible things for you, it continues to live when you beat and abuse it with diets and crap foods, it continues to support you when you tell it how much you hate it. It suffers through this abuse and gets sicker and sicker but still continues to be there for you as much as it can.

How is this life? How is this living?

I want you to know that you CAN love your body as it is right now. You CAN break down the jail bars you have created around you and you CAN celebrate and be truly, deeply happy being YOU.

You simply need to crush the false, air brushed, society bullshit that is planted in front of you and understand that it’s NOT that ‘look’ that will make you attractive and accepted, it’s you being the REAL you. Standing up for what you believe in, doing what makes YOU happy, treating yourself with love and respect, flaunting your beauty NOW not when you think it’s socially acceptable.

You are beautiful NOW and if you continue thinking you’re not, you will continue the slow death that you have created for yourself.

I can help you.

I have something so special just for YOU to change your direction and avoid the deep pit of punishment that women spend their whole lives in. I have something that is NOT thousands of dollars to sign up to. I have something that will help you see your true beauty and learn about what it really takes to love your body NOW and nourish it into that bikini with total pride and happiness. I have something that will mean you NEVER, EVER diet or hate your body again.

You need to take action NOW as for YOU the one quietly struggling out there I have put a special sale on the Love My Body 6 Week Online Bootcamp. Its is for today ONLY $97! Usually $350!

I want to leave you with no excuses because I’ve cut them all out. It cost thousands to work personally with me, WELL, today ONLY you can get all my teachings and work through my tools, with 100% support from other Love My Body girls who are all now slimmer, fitter and healthier and have STOPPED the punishing, they have stopped the dieting, they will be in bikinis this year and they WILL own them because why…….They learnt to LOVE THEIR BODIES.

You can too and you WILL too!

See you over there!

https://wwwleoneeparkercom.leadpages.net/lovemybody6weekbootcamp/

 

Leonee Parker – Owner of Revitup Fitness and Leonee Parker.com is a certified Life Coach in Christchurch who helps women BREAKFREE of the horrible dieting cycle. Leonee has been a personal trainer for 8 years, a nutritionist for 2 years and now specialises in helping women with the mental side of weight loss.

 

Leonee believes that everything is intertwined in your life. During her life coaching sessions she helps you figure out WHAT is causing you to sabotage and eat the wrong foods. Sometimes it’s a simple fix like lack in education about food and exercise but most of the time it is related to women using food as bandages. Leonee goes deep and finds out WHY you do what you do. For a forever body/health change you NEED to be free of the barriers and restrictions you put in your head.

 

Leonee is an expert in women’s life coaching and has transformed many women’s lives!

 

If you would like to book a consultation with her simply email – leonee@leoneeparker.com

Yes! We pride ourselves on this!

We are the only health professionals in New Zealand and in Christchurch that offer a complete service – Personal Training, Nutrition, Mind and Life Coaching. We understand that losing weight will be the hardest task you ever face and we here at Revitup have the expertise to guide you to success.

Take advantage of what we offer and come in to see us for a no obligation consult, simply email – leonee@revitupfitness.co.nz

Also, take advantage of this FREE meal plan on Leonee’s personal site: http://leoneeparker.com/7-day-fat-loss-meal-plan/

 

We all know muscle is the foundation to youth right? Keeping strong and lean will increase your life expectancy and the quality of your life dramatically. This is why I always stress to older people the importance of lifting weights and challenging themselves doing so. It’s never to late to start and once you do start it can become addictive! Getting strong is a very rewarding process. Keeping strong toned muscles can help prevent bad posture, injuries, osteoporosis, metabolic damage, bad backs and so much more.

The one problem is – Building muscle TAKES TIME. People can get fit extremely fast, fitness gains can be apparent in only 2 weeks BUT there really isn’t a short cut way to build muscle fast. There needs to be stages of tearing the muscle (the weight lifting) Stages of replenishing and repairing the muscle (food and supplements) and stages of letting the muscles rest and regenerate (sleep and time). It can takes years to build a good solid base of muscle and most people just don’t have the patience for that so they give up and do what they have always done – gone back to looonnnnnggg, slow paced cardio training.

Here’s why I don’t want you doing that anymore.

1) Slow paced cardio is good for very little other than mental clarity (getting out of the office at lunch and going for a walk) And pumping your blood to help the body release toxins and carry out it’s functions more efficiently.

2) Slow paced cardio will NEVER build muscle or be the most effective way to lose fat.

3) Slow based cardio will always leave you frustrated when results don’t appear after hours of work has been put in.

This does not include high intensity cardio based training. This trains your body in a much more effective way. It increases your fitness fast, it builds endurance, power and strength and it burns fat in a very effective way. Again, it is still not going to have you building muscle in the way lifting weights will. I’m talking lifting as heavy as you can for 5-8 reps and doing 4-5 sets of this. Lifting so heavy it feels like your eye balls may pop out!

Here’s how you build muscle AS FAST AS POSSIBLE.

– Lift HEAVY weights in a functional way 5 days per week. (get a personal trainer! essential)

– Cleanse your digestive system before you start with an appropriate detox so your body absorbs nutrients and proteins to replenish muscle and build new cells. With out the right amount of protein, vitamins and minerals your body WILL NOT repair muscle tissue.

– Take glutamine daily to support you immune system and help aid muscle repair.

– Take vitamin C daily to build new, strong cells and tissue.

– Take cod oil or fish oil to aid in transportation of fluid around your body and to encourage your body to drop fat.

– Eat clean, whole food 3 hours apart 6-7 meals a day. Use protein shakes for snacks.

– Drink plenty of water to help your body flush toxins.

– Get at least 8 hours sleep at night so your muscles can regenerate.

– Be CONSISTENT be PERSISTENT. It will happen!

Follow these points and you could be seeing muscles gains in as little as 4 weeks!

Leonee Parker

Holistic Nutritionist, Personal Trainer and weight loss life coach.

 

 

 

What makes Revitup different in Christchurch is our personal and caring touch. We know that you are an individual with individual needs. You are not just another number paying another gym membership is an overcrowded busy gym.

We are specialists in health and fitness and cater for everything from fitness, nutrition, supplements and a private fully functional small gym to work in.

We are in a suburban area and have access to parks right at our doorstep.

We guarantee results!

 

Come and check us out!

You’re busting your ass! Training hard, eating well, keeping focused. SURE you’re not 100% perfect but no one really is right? 90% of the time you are on the ball. You should be getting better results but they just aren’t coming!

You’ve spent a sh*t load of money on trying to reach your weight loss goals. AND yes, you have tried many things in the past! Diets, weight watchers, gruelling endless training. So what the hell is up? Is there something wrong with your insides? Should you book yourself into a naturopath and get some tests run? You know there’s something not right. You eat plenty of veggies and protein, you train regularly throughout the weeks, you do everything your PT tells you – with the odd exception of half a chocolate slice occasionally at the café! You’re only human.

There’s something you’re doing that is absolutely sabotaging everything you’re training towards.

Something you’re not even aware you’re doing!

What me to get to the chase?

It’s your constant picking at food! You may say ohhh no, no, no I don’t pick. I BET you do and you just don’t realise.

I don’t even realise I do it and I’m a nutritionist and a PT! I should be totally aware right?

For all you mum’s and women who work with food I guarantee this is your killer! I have a pre-schooler and a 9 month old. Both big boys who eat very regularly and seem to be CONSTANTLY demanding food. I took notice of my habits today.

Morning: breakfast – Scrambled eggs and steak for my boys. I (of course) ate some of the eggs as they were really hot. As I was rushing around frantically blowing and testing the temp at the same time in my own month of course some was digested! NEXT, boys finish breakfast and there’s scraps lying around I shove the scraps in my month before clearing the dishes and even realising what I had done! SO, I have my own breakfast plus an extra two helpings most mornings!

This was enough for me to realise what has been going on….

This happens ALL THE TIME through out the day with out me even taking notice. The same goes if you work with food. You end up quickly shoving the scraps down your throat and having a wee taste without even realising!

What does this mean for you weight loss goals? A big fat NOTHING! Sure you will still be losing small amounts of weight maybe BUT you’re actually not giving your body a chance AT ALL to burn fat. You have heard before eat regularly throughout the day right? I’m a big believer in this – keep that metabolism roaring. ‘Picking’ is not eating regularly! Your constantly throwing food at your metabolism so it literally gets no chance at all to use your fat stores for fuel in-between meals.

What’s the best way to tackle this you say? Chew gum and always have a green tea to sip away on. The green tea (unlike the gum) will be giving you a huge amount of health benefits as well so TRY IT! More importantly become aware that you have this habit! Tackle it now!

Test yourself! Write down how often you actually pick away at food tomorrow. You will be very surprised and you may now be able to combat the ONE thing that is stopping those results in their tracks!

Good luck!

Leonee
Revitup Fitness

 

We have just secured an awesome indoor location for our long awaited EVENING bootcamp!! Shirley Boys High – North Parade Road – East Christchurch!

Start date: Monday the 5th of August!

– Monday’s 6.00 – 7.00 pm

– Fridays 6.00 – 7.00 pm

The great news is we have VERY flexible options!!

Shirley also provide morning bootcamps

– Tuesday 6.00 – 7.00 am

– Thursday 6.00 – 7.00 am

Here’s how it works – You choose to do 2, 3 or 4 sessions!

2 sessions – $44

3 sessions – $66

4 sessions – $88

Our Shirley location also provide showers! There’s no excuses now is there?

If you would like to be part of this contact Leonee on 0210 667 084 or leonee@revitupfitness.co.nz

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our Halswell Bootcamp has now been running for 12 weeks. Nathan Macgregor is the instructor and he really knows how to get ALL good things out of his clients! Particularly fat! One of his early morning soldiers has achieved huge results by attending the Halswell Bootcamp 3 times per week and cleaning up her eating. She is now 20 kg’s lighter! Wow, in only 3 months!

Our bootcamps are not only affordable but they are hugely results based. Even though the odd session is great fun we are more focused on challenging you that one step further every time we train. Our bootcamp clients rave about how much they LOVE their training and they leave every session feeling not only physically challenged but mentally challenged as well! This helps clients cope with everyday stresses and not only helps them succeed in health but it helps them in their business and family life as well. 

We are always offering trial sessions and even trial weeks so keep a look out! You too could be 20 kg down and feeling like a new person!

Go Halswell Bootcamp!!!