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There are four areas in my approach to holistic weight loss. Weight Loss, Mindset, Emotional Health and Parenting. You can filter each of the categories below to get relevant content that will help you in the area you most need it need it right now.
The old me would have told myself that I could finally relax and enjoy living the dream once our house is finished but…
Yesterday I chaired a Speech Competition for our Toastmasters Club. I would have felt intensely stressed and overwhelmed. But yesterday, it was different.
Hey there, have you heard of The Life Coach School? You might be looking at this blog post because you listen to a podcast by the amazing Brooke Castillo, or you might follow me and be interested in where I certified to become a life coach.
You want to feel confident about your body and yet you don’t know how. Here is the answer and how you can start creating a confident mindset so you can feel body confident. It’s also the key to permanent weight loss.
There is a critical step that I teach in weight loss that might FEEL hard today but it makes the process of weight loss a whole lot easier. I teach that you have to plan ahead of time. The reasons why we must plan ahead of time is - we are human, we are wired for...
Here are some of my most popular mindset quotes for weight loss and what they mean to me. Losing weight does not make you a different person.
You must become that different person in order to lose weight.
They said no. I made a public declaration of my application to a coaching retreat in Portugal with my teacher Brooke Castillo and one of her Master Coaches Kara Loewentheil. In case you didn’t already know… I was rejected!
As our kids eyes fill with wonder and belief at Christmas time, you should do the same. Why? Because when you believe in something, it opens your eyes and mind to things you didn’t see before. Little kids see the proof of Santa because they believe. They see the evidence all around them and the excitement increases. We can do the same with weight loss!
For many years I lived in a state of almost constant stress and overwhelm. I wanted to create amazing events, amazing experiences, so that my kids would be happy. I could then tell myself that I was an amazing mum. I was so focused on creating the perfect event, that the stress and overwhelm would lead me to resent my kids who were preventing me creating the perfect event and I ended up being cranky. Can you see the irony?
The clients who come to me with an open mind, who are willing to do the work, change themselves from the inside out.
Losing the weight is totally possible.
Here are what a couple of my current clients are experiencing in my program (they are only half way through!).
I’m launching something new in my business and I want to tell you about it. I am offering one-off coaching sessions. I’m calling them “Power Sessions” because 45 minutes of coaching could change your life. Coaching is not for people who are broken. Coaching is for humans who want to grow.
Obligation is Killing Your Christmas Spirit (and may be a cause for your weight increasing at this time of year)
If you are the kind of person who feels obligation, especially at this time of year, this blog post is for you. (Especially those of you who are planning to restrict food at those upcoming Christmas events).
If you want to get in control of your eating at these events I have some practical ideas to get you started.
One of the reasons we can’t lose weight during the festive season is because we associate the silly season with the pleasure of eating. We connect Christmas with Christmas pudding and mince pies, and ham and roast turkey. The food, the wine, the family, and gifts seem inextricably connected to Christmas. BUT they are not.
It’s that time of year. We are organising Christmas – gifts, events, food, holidays and activities for the entire family.
Many people start to feel overwhelmed at this time of year. Many people are feeling a rising amount of stress, obligation, anxiety or tension.
In a rush to lose weight? Panicked and wish it happened yesterday? So many mums tell me they wish they could lose weight so they’d feel confident and successful (enough).
We often make our kids a priority and forget to take care of ourselves. I did it. I didn’t eat healthy food, exercise or take time to do things that created joy. We don’t allow ourselves to take the time we truly need.
Here are some tips to prepare for upcoming events so you feel in control around food so you can honour your desire to eat in a way that is healthy for you.
If you want to lose weight and you want to lose it for those Christmas events. Your time is NOW! (62 days until Christmas).
One of my clients asked me what I eat. She asked me to share some ideas of quick and healthy meals that my kids enjoy, that would be appropriate for her too. I have 7 meal ideas and several time saving (sometimes life saving) tips to offer you.
If you want some support to get ready, I have written a very special 12 week Christmas program. – Lose weight so you can look amazing for those Christmas eventsPLUS – Deal with the emotional burden of Christmas- Prepare for the events and feel in control around food- Have support to get organised ahead of time with some scheduling magic and a generous helping of motivation
Time is a construct. Notice how a day on a beach goes by in a blink of the eye, whilst siting in a dentist’s chair for 30 minutes seems to drag on forever.
Are you really strict with yourself in order to get what you want? Do you tell yourself “You are going to follow the plan, this is not negotiable!”?
If you are currently thinking that who you are is limiting what you can do in life, I want to help you see the world differently.
Are you taking care of your own physical, emotional and mental wellbeing? Here are some tips on how to care for and look after yourself.
Learn how to manage your mean girl or nasty thoughts about yourself. Stop beating yourself up and start building a better relationship with yourself.
If you are overweight, and you want to lose weight, there is a simple solution. It’s simple but not easy and I want to explain why it’s so hard AND give you the solution. In order to lose weight you need to eat less, consume less food and intake less fuel.
Women tell me one diet hack is to make sure that the foods that they struggle with most, are not in the house. They don’t buy ice-cream. They don’t leave chocolate in the cupboard. They make sure that they are out of temptations way.
Every day this month I am doing a FB Live. I am sharing loads of incredible weight loss tips and ideas in a daily 5 minute video on my Nicky Hammond Life Coaching Facebook Page.
What do you think living “The Good Life” is? Is it something you are seeking? Maybe “The Good Life” is this elusive life that you are desperately to create so you can feel abundant.
I’m wondering if you think the following: Losing weight = Dieting = Deprivation = No choice. It doesn’t have to be this way! I just tell my clients to throw the dieting mentality out the window.
I teach people how to lose weight. I am very conscious about the food I eat – all the time. BUT that doesn’t mean I don’t eat pizza. In fact, I ate pizza last night and it was amazing.
This sounds really obvious but time and time again I have to REMIND myself too. In order to create a different result in your life, you must be willing to DO something different.
Have you heard of the marshmallow test? Pop a kid in a room by themselves. Give them one marshmallow. Tell them that they can eat it. But also tell them that if they haven’t eaten the marshmallow when you return they will be given two marshmallows to eat.
I am excited. I’ve been creating something incredibly special to me and its finally finished! I created a free resource to help mums say “no” to food and alcohol. The resource is called “Hack Your Desire”.
I looked up the definition of the word fat. It’s a noun and an adjective. Noun. Fat is a natural substance occurring in the body of animals. It’s also used to describe a group of natural esters of glycerol and fatty acids in chemistry.
So many mums who are struggling with their weight tell me they can’t say no. They have a weakness for pasta/ potato crisps/ chardonnay/ pizza/ cookies/ cheese… For me it was chocolate. It feels like you can’t say no.
You might think it only counts once it’s a habit, once your have mastered something or once you can actually see results. This kind of thinking is holding you back.
Did your family forget Mother’s Day? I’m sorry that’s tough. If you enjoy this yearly celebration and recognition you might be feeling shit right now. Angry, resentful, hurt and upset.
If you think there is a right way to diet then some of these things will probably sound familiar. No not ready yet. I’ve got to prepare myself. Empty the fridge. Go shopping. Fill it with healthy food. Prepare myself mentally.
Do you want to win a 6 week coaching program to start the journey to finally get your pre baby body back for good? If you are a mum who desperately wants to lose weight permanently.
Do you think that your desire is innate? I’m talking about desire for food, desire to exercise, desire to work, desire check your mobile phone or even desire for your husband.
Dear courageous mum of a young child/children, Have you had several glorious and gruelling years as a SAHM with your precious children? Have the bleary eyed days and nights where sleep was a forgotten memory of yesteryear?
If you think will power is the only way to stop overeating then you need to keep reading. Will power is the control exerted to do something or restrain impulses.
It might feel hopeless right now. You might feel stuck. Stuck at your current weight. Wishing that you didn’t worry about your health. Wishing you could finally get back your pre baby body so you could feel, healthier, sexier and more confident.
I’m going to teach you yet another reason why you turn to food. Why am I teaching you this? Because knowledge is power! We live in a world where we are surrounded by extreme pleasure.
Have you tried to lose weight before? Maybe you’ve tried many times. Did you know that one of the main reasons you are overweight is because of over hunger? Overhunger is caused by hormone imbalance, cravings and withdrawal.
I was sitting at work, opening my drawer to find my stash of chocolate. “Just one more won’t hurt. I’ve worked so hard. I deserve it.” Sound familiar?
Oh ho ho. If you don’t partake in any of these activities and sometimes feel out of control, you are a far more evolved human being than I am. I call all of these activities “buffering”.
Do you wish you had a different body? Do you think that if your body was a certain way – slimmer waistline, smaller thighs, tighter butt – then you would feel confident?
Do you have an amazing life, so amazing that people you meet comment on your life, how lucky you are and yet you feel empty or aching inside?
Are you the kind of mum who hides in the cupboard pretending to look for something, but you are really stuffing chocolate into you mouth?
When we don’t want to experience a feeling we distract ourselves. I call it buffering. It results in procrastination. And overeating. And overworking. And over drinking. And over Facebooking.
Does your hubby take out the garbage for you? When he doesn’t… do you feel annoyed/angry/frustrated? Whether or not you husband takes out the garbage does not make you feel happy or annoyed. We think it does.
How many of us mums think this innocent sounding thought? (My hand is high in the air.) “I just want my kids to be happy”. It is fuelled by love. I don’t deny it’s well meaning but it wreaks havoc in our lives.
I used to be a SAHM. When my kids first arrived I couldn’t imagine doing anything different. I didn’t have to rush back to work. I loved becoming a mum, for me it represented a milestone that thrust me into the adult world.
In Australia there is a concept called “Tall Poppy Syndrome”. It basically refers to the culture where Australians cut down people who are seen as being too successful and prominent. We cut tall poppies down to size.
This is a topic I have coached many of my clients on – and myself. Many of us don’t like to ask for help. It feels uncomfortable to ask and accept help from others. Have you ever asked yourself why?
I am a certified Weight Coach. I’ve used the tools I teach to quit chocolate (I’m a recovered chocoholic), flatten my stomach and maintain a weight that I love.
I’m a life coach who was pretty recently REPULSED by self help. There I said it. If you had said to me some glib and mushy quote like “Love is always an option” (which by the way I recently published on Instagram), I would have wanted to Taser you!
Perfectionism is crippling. I should know I’m a recovering perfectionist. It stops you from showing up in the world. And if you are too afraid of taking action you are just failing ahead of time.
Public Speaking takes practice. It’s an art form, you can hone the skills, you can increase your knowledge and abilities but at the end of the day you need to have confidence to deliver with aplomb.
Are your morning filled with frustration and sometimes anger? Do you wish that you could learn how to be more patient and get the kids moving? Oh I’ve been there, many times.
Loneliness is a feeling that is uncomfortable. Here is a definition I found of loneliness I found on the internet: Loneliness is a feeling of sadness or distress about being by yourself or feeling disconnected from the world around you.
Do you wish that you could be more present for your kids? How is that even possible? Here are some ideas for you that I have learned through my coaching.
What is Your Job as a Mum? Have you ever pondered this question? It’s powerful to consciously decide. If you don’t, you are taking action from your default and that’s not optimal.
Do you ever feel like there is a mean mum inside your head. I’ve been there! It’s not fun. We lose our confidence. It’s time to say goodbye to that part of you. Let it go. How?
Our kids are living in a modern world where cyber bullies and online trolls are rife. I hear mums lamenting this Internet age where our children are so susceptible to other people’s opinions.
This morning my son was feeling shitty. He said “I don’t want to go to school today, I just want to eat chocolate cake.” Oh, we know those days, right?
As a mum do you feel a huge sense of obligation? An obligation to look after your child. To feed them nourishing food, cloth them, educate them, entertain them, help them become polite, grateful, moral, caring and kind individuals.
I just listened to an amazing podcast. My teacher Brooke Castillo interviewed a woman by the name of Dr Sasha Heinz. She is a fellow The Life Coach School Certified coach, and also a doctor of psychology.
I love a good To Do List. It feels so good making a list of all the things that need to get done. And then ticking them off feels AMAZING! Are you with me so far? Then how about plugging all those things that need to get done into your diary.
There is so much mum guilt in the world. Worrying doesn’t equal caring. Taking care of you, means that you can be the best version of you, including the best mum you can be.
I googled it and found this description: “Personal mastery is something that we all want to achieve, whether we know it or not. It is about our journey towards continuous improvement and seeing life from a different perspective.
Life as a mum can be challenging. And then sometimes we pause at a moment that makes us stop in our tracks. Does this resonate?
We usually think that success is incredible. We dream about being the person that achieves their dreams. But it doesn’t always look like that.
People pleasers believe they being kind but they are not being kind to themselves. When we people please we end up doing things that
Parenting is a bit like going on an aeroplane – there is always going to be turbulence, here’s tips on how you can find more peace along the way.
Do you believe that time is your most valuable asset? I do. So how can we create more time for us? It’s totally possible! Time is a mental construct.
We think the past can cause us pain. That events and people in the past still have influence in our lives. But the past is over. The past only exists in our mind.
Shame is an insidious feeling. It is one of my least favourite emotions. Shame is when you feel unworthy of love and belonging. As a mum it’s the feeling of not being enough.
I’ve been invited to speak on a podcast called “Go All In” and one of the questions I was asked in the pre-interview questionnaire is give an example of where I have gone “all in”.
I work with mums. Stay at home mums. Mums who have been out of the working game for a while who have started to believe that they don’t have the ability to get back in the game. They lack confidence.
Our primitive brain doesn’t like us to take action. It wants to keep us safe. You might be familiar with thoughts like “I’m too old”, “I’m just not good at that”, “I’m too busy”, “what will others think of me?”
If you have done any coaching work with me, then this might be a timely reminder to PRACTICE YOUR INTENTIONAL THOUGHTS! (I’ll stop shouting).
Today I received a beautiful gift. It was a thank you gift in the form of a Lululemon top. Previously I might have felt awkward and embarrassed about receiving a gift.
Today I parked in a parking lot at the gym. As I approached my car, I realised that there was a car parked illegally, potentially blocking my car in. I wasn’t sure I couldn’t get out. I remained calm.
When most of us think about goals, the reason we think we want to achieve that goal is because of how we think we will feel when we get there. The truth is we have the ability to feel that feeling right now.
I used to feel compelled to criticise others. I did it for years and I never knew why. I now know the reason I did it was because