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Start Again in 2010 - Mum's - Top Tips

Tuesday, 23 February 2010

The week of the 11th of Jan we started our "Start Again in 2010". We have chosen two groups of people to focus on. We have taken 3 Mum's who are hoping to shift some of their baby weight and we are taking 3 smokers who have tried everything to stop and really want to. We will follow them for 10 weeks and join them on their journey as they try to achieve the goals they have set for themselves. With the help of a panel of experts we hope to make this happen for them.

Why is it Relevant Today?

We are beginning week 7 of SAG 2010 and we wanted to talk to the Mam's about how they are getting on, what is working for them, what they do to keep themselves motivated. This about a complete catch up with them, plus we get the results of their 4th assessment.

EXPERT - John O'Connell, Health and Fitness Coach.

First Mum - Eireann Mannion Shankill in Dublin

Second Mum - Catriona Byrne Waterford

Third Mum - Vivienne Goodwin Tullyallen, Co. Louth

Vivienne's Top Tips:

1. SUPPORT: From family, friends, local community, John, all in rte etc. it has been fantastic motivation to be encouraged by everybody. People at home should ask for support, explain that they want to change.

2. RESULTS: These spur you on. Clothes fitting properly and then fitting into clothes that you had grown out of then the thought of going down sizes this definitely is huge motivation. People at home need to just take that first step of getting started and with some hard work the results will follow.

3. BE PREPARED: This is essential to maintain the motivation. Ensure you have the food in, be organised and ready for the meals ahead, its difficult of course but needs to be done.

4 PLANNING TRAINING: With a busy family life it would be easy to miss out on exercising so I find it very important to plan ahead my training times, usually in the morning. Once I have done it I feel great and very motivated for the rest of the day. Viewers need to involve those around you to mind the kids while you exercise.

5 ENERGY: This is a big motivator. I feel so much more energy now I am exercising and eating well and drinking more water. For my kids I wanted to be fitter and able to have a more active lifestyle. I just don't want to go back. Viewers would feel great just after a few days of this healthier lifestyle. Anyone can do it. We are the same as so many women out there. It's hard to take that first step but once you do you will be so glad.

Eireann's Top Tips:

1. My mum constantly saying" YOUR NOT ALLOWED HAVE THAT"

2. Just looking at the first VT we ever did seeing my fat gut ,, or just simply looking in the mirror that's good enough reason

3. Seeing other skinny people and how they look in clothes I think "that will be me soon".

4. Looking at any of the clothes I have, thinking back to a time when they fitted and I felt great

5. Get all of the junk food out of your house and never go to a fast food restaurant, just don't surround yourself with stuff you know will pile on the pounds.

Caitriona's Top Tips:

1. Always prepare food the night before so you know what you'll be eating then that prevents you from snacking on crap food.

2. Do your exercises early in the morning as it gives you more energy to face the day and it's less off putting than having to wait the whole day dreading the exercise.

3. Get yourself a dog!!

4. Imagine yourself in your skinny clothes and keep trying on your favorite pants/dress or whatever every week because sometime you might be losing inches but may not be losing weight on the scales. If you see a difference in the fit of your clothes then this can keep up your motivation.

5. The thoughts of having to get weighed in front of the nation!!

6. For viewers.... have a weigh in buddy! and who ever loses the pounds gets a treat..

7. Always take one day off per week and have what you like to eat.

8. Drink loads and loads and loads of water... Always carry a sports bottle of water with you.

9. Stop counting calories!!!! Just eat fresh non processed food like good fresh meat, fish, chicken, all veg, and fruit and so on. If it's processed and has additive in it then your body will not be able to break it down as easy as it would do more natural foods.

10. Put your big fat arse huge depressing picture on the fridge!!! And beside it a skinny fantastic picture.

FINALLY write down what you're eating... it makes you more aware of the amount of food your having every day...


Vivienne - From the start she has been very focused. We worked a lot on her real goals at the start and she realised that what she's done in the past hasn't worked because she approached it with the wrong attitude. Her nutrition has changed dramatically and that will not only impact her but her entire family.

Eireann - She's like a new person from when I met her. She's getting more and more confident and her training intensity is picking up every session. She's had a few injuries which means we've had to change her training sessions around but she's working hard even though she complains a lot!

Caitriona - Made some great changes physically and the mental changes are starting to show. She had a very poor attitude to training when we started. She kept saying I can't do it when she really meant I don't want to do it! A lot of people have this and that's why they don't get the results they want.

The training programmes and nutrition being outlined by John O'Connell for the 3 Mums in Start Again in 2010 is specifically tailored for the individuals taking part. In no way is this a generic programme and you should always consult with your GP before following any of the advice outlined on the show or via the website, facebook etc