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I barely EAT, so why am I overweight?

“I don’t get it! Do skinny people EAT NOTHING!?”

This is a common misconception, and downward spiral that many overweight people can get themselves into. If this is you, or someone you know – I highly recommend you read on, and meet Heyley Watt:

Talk about incredible, brave, inspiring, phenomenal – any words that you can think of that mean something positive can describe Heyley Watt and her courage to allow me to interview her while she is on a journey of transformation to become the BEST version of herself. (This interview was recorded in September 2016.)

Click here to catch up on Heyley’s journey that started in 2016:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dxDOvK9JT5U

In helping more and more people that reach out to me about their struggles and weight loss journeys, a common trend I am noticing is that many people are reducing their food intake in an effort to lose weight, and then wonder why they aren’t losing any weight even though they are ‘eating’ less. For some reason we forget about calories in the liquids we consume. I notice many people may say that they don’t eat breakfast, however if they drink 2 coffees with 2 or 3 teaspoons of sugar and some milk each morning, this is equivalent to a meal in calories.

We can sometimes tell ourselves that we aren’t ‘too bad’ because that makes us feel better. If we tell this to ourselves, and if we can believe this, with this exact same power, we can tell ourselves positive things to help change our habits.

What is one simple change you could implement this week?

 

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11:11

Do you see the time 11:11 often?

All my life growing up I never thought much of it, however when we started using digital technology I would see 11:11 ALL of the TIME. As I was born on the 11th of June, I guess I like the number eleven as a default, especially when I was younger it would remind me EXACTLY how many month’s until my birthday!

Eleven, Eleven, Eleven! I even like saying it! So into my twenties and ALWAYS noticing 11:11, sometimes this would come into conversation with friends, and we would comment how often we saw it, and still i didn’t think much of it, yet knew I LOVED it when i saw it.

It didn’t really hit home until one day I was injecting myself with ‘super joy’ watching The Ellen Show and she announced how she always saw 11:11 too! I was in total shock! Like I knew I loved Ellen, but this made me feel even MORE connected with her! Ellen then announced that she had launched a record label and was calling it Eleven Eleven… I had no words!

Now whenever I see 11:11, I get so excited, sometimes even a little bit of wee comes out! Ha ha no I’m joking, but I hope you understand my excitement and the power of thought. I see 11:11 ALL OF THE TIME. Every time I see it, I make a huge wish. I sit, I dream, and I know that one day it will come true.

Do you find numbers meaningful like I do? Or maybe you are ‘superstitious’ with something else?

I love Black cats, and get excited when they cross my path – when others think this is a sign of bad luck, I have turned it into an incredible positive and LOVE how my life has changed in the process. I am addicted to watching my thoughts manifest and the more I focus on it, the more often it occurs!

BRING ON ELLEN!

 

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#LetsGetRedFaced with Michelle Zimmerman, Interview 1, Part 1

Interview video with Michelle Zimmerman

Interview One, Part One, with Michelle Zimmerman.

Michelle & I are very similar in the journeys that we are on, simply at different stages with our weight loss.

You will hear about Michelle’s struggles, her inspiration from #threehundredandsixtyfiveredfaces, to finding that internal desire: #IChooseMe.

 

https://youtu.be/0AsuHWRETP4

Part 2 goes into more detail and speaks of other obstacles including the ‘option’ to get lap band… watch this space

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My Experience being flown to Sydney to appear on TV!

Here is my story about appearing on TV in July 2016.  I was contacted by the TV producers because of the personal challenge to get #redfaced everyday (#365redfaces) that I was posting on my Instagram page.
Every day I am working towards being able to help more people through my enthusiasm and zest for life that I share on social media!
Here is a timeline of how I got to the TV appearance!

#365RedFaces – July 2016

In July 2016, I was fortunate enough to be flown to Sydney to appear on Today Extra!
It was an incredible experience and I am so grateful for all of the support I received from my friends & family in the lead up to this incredible experience!

#365RedFaces

(Formerly: #threehundredandsixtyfiveredfaces)

To keep accountable and stick to my new year’s resolution in 2016, I decided to be brave and share my weight loss journey on Social Media. I chose Instagram as I didn’t have many followers and it was more focused around a picture rather than words.

I not only completed the 365days but continued by taking a photo every day for more than 600 days! I didn’t post them everyday, but I definitely did the work-out and took the daily #redface selfie. Up until August 2018 I still worked out every single day, but admittedly I also had a couple of days off in May 2018, when I was in Florida, USA.

I love how I feel when I remain active every single day, and I love how I am finally balanced with my food intake, and most importantly: happy with my body as it is, because of what it can do over what it looks like. I love getting stronger and focusing on this instead of what the scales say.

The Toowoomba Chronicle  picked up my story and started checking up on me and how I was going. This started a social media frenzy in 2016:

Not long after, The Warwick Daily News, and the Daily Mail Australia shared my story to their readers.

I now know of people who are choosing to take action to better themselves because of my story.

This is the best result anyone could ask for!

I want to do more and help more people achieve their goals and dreams too!

Everyone is on their own journey. Why don’t you start you own journey today and join my #21redfaces challenge?

I am doing something for ME. What are you doing for YOU?

#LetsGetRedFaced

#IChooseMe

Fast forward to the 1st August in 2018,

I launched a new concept that has helped me, and I believe will help anyone and everyone around the world to live their best lives by working on ‘being better’.

I originally called my ‘concept’ PROJECT REDFACE or PRF for short. The mission of Project RedFace was to promote the 5 RF’s – my core values, into a weight-loss program that does more than just help people lose weight, it guides them to actually reach their goals!

The 5 RF’s are:

RF1: Red Faces

RF2: Real Food

RF3: Respect For Self

RF4: Respect For Others

RF5: Responsibility For My Actions

I announced my new program & the #6weekfix challenge on my Facebook page & Instagram, and soon I had filled the 10 places for my first program which started on the 6th August. 2 successful rounds later, helping 10 people at a time, I was ready to expand further and start helping MORE people to reach their goals!

The 5 RF’s stick around, but ‘Project RedFace’ changes to ‘Be Super’ at the End of November, 2018.

BE SUPER – November 2018

‘Be Super’ because my initials are BS, and Be Super is the PERFECT name for a life changing program, and my Kinesiology session said so as well!

(Side note: I attended a Kinesiology session and the name Be Super came up!! This session was with a fabulous lady named Julie Reardon! (Check her out here: www.juliereardon.com.au ) I knew this name was right as soon as it was said as I got goosebumps! I’ve been learning that I need to remember that I am what I am promoting. It was like I was subconsciously holding on to the word ‘RedFace’ because it is the reason I am sitting here, but I also need to remember that I created this.  I’ve accepted that Red Faces will always be here and a part of me & it is my number one core value too!)

It all began with a RedFace, and with the BE SUPER program, my goal is to spread the word of the 5 RF’s with RedFaces leading the way!

My dad, Russell has always drilled into me the importance about the 3 R’s…. this is where I had that ‘lightbulb’ moment whilst writing my 6 week challenge (This one has also had some name changes! From a 12 week program called 84 red faces, to a 6 week program called #42Redfaces which is now called the #6weekfix! hahaha!) I already had 2 values: RedFaces and Real Food and I also have always had Dad’s 3 R’s drilled into me growing up, and especially in my adult life! It wasn’t until I realised that dad’s 3 R’s were actualy 3 RF’s and so were my 2 core values!!

I was like:

“Holy guacamole, I don’t believe it!!”

It all just FITS and I love it! I hope you do too!

Now we are being super and I am living my best life and sharing snippets of my life to encourage others to live their best lives too!

I wonder what the next chapter will say…

Here are the links to my Social Media Pages for you:

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FIX YOURSELF, DON’T KICK YOURSELF…

Weight Loss, Health,

We all know how expensive it is to buy nutritious food, let alone buying organic food!

So here’s something I think may help you, because it helped me.

When I first started my challenge, I knew I had to eat healthy and nutrient rich food. I also knew I had to make it cheap, cheaper than take-away food.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-fiQk63bulU

I sat down and created my meal plan day-by-day. I prepared shopping lists, and created menus combining healthy food into flavourful dishes. Over time, I refined my plan to improve taste and price. Most importantly, I worked out how to reduce the time it took to prepare everything in my plan.

PURCHASE HERE

I don’t have time to fit in a full-time job, get red faced, and prepare gourmet meals. I’m sure that you don’t either.

Instead of trying to reinvent the meal plan, why don’t you use mine? You can use it over and over again, or simply use the first 5 days to FIX YOURSELF when you TREAT YOURSELF xx

I have designed this meal plan based on the five days I completed to get better from an agonising head cold (see above video eeeewww!), and then with a 9 day maintenance plan that consists of the foods I eat today now to fuel my body with the most nutritious food so I can maintain maximum health and well being.

Don’t worry I still enjoy McFlurry’s from McDonalds, and MAX BRENNER EVERYTHING, (yes I have a sweet tooth!) however I have this in moderation. Whenever I eat something that i know is ‘BAD’ I focus on how it makes me feel!

There are so many things in the market these days that are ‘healthy’ alternatives to all of our favourites… so there really aren’t any excuses not to become the BEST version of yourself starting RIGHT NOW!

The First 5 days are quite hard and you may get a headache – I already had a headache when I started mine so be prepared for this as your body will be craving sugar – especially if you drink any type of soft drink! That stuff is the worst!

If you need to cut something out of your diet right now: SOFT DRINK is the first thing that will start changing your life for good! Instead have freshly squeezed juices (make sure they are 100% juice only!) and soda water.

I hope you get as much out of this as I have. My life has completely changed – and of course feel free to start your own accountability journey: #21RedFaces – where I challenge you to get active everyday and post your #Redface selfie on social media – I guarantee your confidence will grow and you will feel great! So many people have already completed this challenge and the feedback is nothing short of amazing!!
21 Red Faces

Thank you so much for believing in me – again I am not a health professional by any means – I have only been to the university of REAL LIFE and I am passionate about Food & Exercise!

CLICK HERE TO GO STRAIGHT TO THE MEAL PLAN

Much Love xx

Brooke

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PLANK OFF

Plank Off!

Our Plank Off Video

Planks are amazing for our core and this is an exercise that I could barely do when I started out. I was lucky to get to 20 seconds, and now think I could almost smash 2 minutes! Small and steady enhancements from my previous accomplishments have helped make this happen, along with ensuring I continue to have the right technique 🙂

Show me your planks and tag either #21RedFaces or #PlankOff

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SKIN ELASTICITY

SKIN ELASTICITY

I GET ASKED ABOUT SKIN ELASTICITY A FAIR BIT,  this is my experience:

Please note: I am not a qualified health practitioner, my advice is what has worked for me and it may not work for you 🙂 I have however studied at the ‘University of Real Life’ majoring in Health & Fitness for over ten years!

Firstly when I decided to get serious about losing weight I was extremely conscious about making sure I wouldn’t get excess skin in the process!

I researched everywhere I could – 10 years ago the internet wasn’t as accessible for me, and I recall going into the school library (where I worked) and reading books about skin elasticity.

I remember when a doctor told me I was eligible for LAP BAND and I left his room in tears. I couldn’t believe I was being offered this. I was in total shock and this was ANOTHER of those moments when I had to accept that the size I was, was REALLY REALLY large.

(It’s funny how I don’t get weighed any more when I go into a doctor’s practice, but I recall they would MAKE me every time when I was large! When I questioned them, I was told it was STANDARD PRACTICE! (Yeah for FAT people!!))

Let’s be honest: I was in denial about my size because I was a happy, bubbly, enthusiastic person. All I ever wanted was for people to love me for me, NOT for how I looked. This mentality was damaging to my success though!

THIS IS WHAT I KNOW AND WHAT I DO:
  1. LOSE WEIGHT SLOWLY – I recommend no more than 1 kilo a week. I can gain 5 kilos in a weekend if I’m really bad, and this is NOT doing me any favours! I can also lose 5 kilo’s in 5 days on my juice detox, again NOT doing me any favours – BUT I’ve done it. If you need to do it too – go for it –  but if you do this EACH & EVERY week, the chances of excess skin will be high. I am also 32 years old, and have read that our skin elasticity starts to deteriorate after 25 years of age. If you are under 25 years old and need to lose weight, I recommend using this knowledge as your motivation! You want to give your body the BEST chance to remain elastic!! Now for all the mummies out there, my mum told me that she used to rub PURE VITAMIN E OIL on her tummy during her pregnancy. Her belly returned to normal after some time. Be patient with it, as this is a signifcant expansion and contraction that your body goes through in the process of the miracle of birth.
  2. EAT FOODS THAT ARE HIGH IN VITAMIN C, MAGNESIUM or OMEGA 3 fats (I’ve read this many times in many articles) I stock my shopping trolley with SUPER FOODS!! I enjoy Baby Spinach ,avocados, berries (Blueberries and raspberries mainly), and Broccoli, Sweet Potato, Olive Oil (extra virgin), Salmon, dried fruit (sometimes) & dark chocolate! YUM!! These are CORE grocery items I eat each week!
  3. EXERCISE – don’t focus on AB exercises to lose ‘excess skin’ – build your core and your overall fitness, I’ve been able to get rid of the flab from my under arms by doing weights and strength training, however the slow weight loss has aided in bringing the definition out and keeping my skin as elastic as possible.  I also detox my body regularly (at least once every 3 months with a nutritional cleanse or juice detox). If you still have ‘flabby’ skin – which I STILL do on my belly, I am focusing on reducing dairy and wheat now and will see over the next few months if I can actually eliminate it once and for all.

WATCH THIS SPACE!!!

 

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Red Face 152

Red Face One Hundred and Fifty Two

Have definitely had my love for netball reignited after a really great match last night. We lost but our team never gave up and even though we all love to win, we were really happy for the others as it was a great match.

Thanks to the other team, especially Erin, you are such a gun player and get my vote for B&F. It was a pleasure playing with you.

Wish we could do two rounds playing all teams before finals as once isn’t enough. 🙂

Have a great day everyone.

(this #Redfaced post is obvs for yesty…)

(my ‘anal’ friends ask why am I one red face ahead? Why isn’t it even? I strive to be one step ahead in life – always pushing that extra bit, so this suits my personality to a tee).

#threehundredandsixtyfiveredfaces #365redfaces #21redfaces

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Red Face 151

Red Face One Hundred and Fifty One

I’ve got the spirit yes I do, I’ve got the spirit how about you? Wooo hoooo!

Another day getting Red Faced and remaining accountable. When you actually do what you tell yourself you are going to do, you gain power over your ego. If I had a dollar for every time I told myself I was going to get up early and exercise in the morning, but then didn’t, I would be sipping cocktails in the Maldives Right now. (Hahah) My ego’s favourite excuses included: ‘it’s too cold,’ or ‘you deserve a sleep-in,’ or ‘I’ll exercise this afternoon’. This was self-sabotage every single time. If you want to improve yourself in any way, start being reliable to yourself by doing what you say you are going to do 🙂

#threehundredandsixtyfiveredfaces