On Sunday 8th November Mum and I went to the KSFL annual conference to catch up with Rachel Holmes and the rest of the KSFL Franchisees. We were spoilt rotten as we listened to Phil Richards talk about his new book KHIIT which is out in three weeks time. In his presentation he also talked about his last book ‘The Science of Fat Loss’. This is such an amazing book. It has been written in a way that we can all understand and doesn’t drown on about overly scientific guff that nobody understands. He talked about cholesterol, mercury fillings, the thyroid, testoserone, cortisol, growth hormone, oestrogen….my word this guy knows his stuff, and he doesn’t have a university degree. He has trained some well know athletes such as Amir Khan.
There were two topics he covered that stuck in my head. Firstly, was when he talked about what the scales say. When he was training Amir Khan – Amir never put on 1lb but his body fat % changed. As it was a fight that Phil was training Amir for, Amir’s weight was not allowed to change.
Do we still feel that the scales are relevant?? They measure nothing. All the scales do is send us on an emotional roller coaster. Phil added the one thing we should all go by is out energy.
The second was about being happy, positive and reducing our levels of stress. If you’re trying to burn fat and your cortisol levels are through the roof, then it doesn’t matter what you’re doing with regards to exercise and nutrition (especially in women). You’ll be stressing your body even more and the fight against fat loss is LOST! The good news is that we can remedy this, if we really want to.
Change your thoughts, you will change your life. Nobody can decide what your thoughts are but you. If you want to be happy, then practice being happy. It sounds so simple. I realise that this can be so hard. Some days you are just low. Or comfortably numb as a good friend once put it. You are in the driving seat folks – this is your life. Over the next few weeks I will be sharing the knowledge I have from Phil’s book with my KSFL group.
Please try and come to the KSFL club on Wednesday nights for the talk and also the workout and some food. I would like to share my knowledge with you all.
On Wednesday the 4th November I hosted a free KSFL buffet at the National Herb Centre, Warmington, one of my exercise hubs in the Banbury area. The evening was a chance for anyone to come along and learn more about KSFL, and more importantly to taste a huge range of clean KSFL food. The whole night was made possible by my superstar mum Shirley, who spent hours in the kitchen producing all the great clean food. We had gluten free bread, clean blueberry sauce, spicy curried lentils, butternut squash soup, juice shots, energy bombs, clean granola, and more besides! Many kind KSFL members also brought their own treats to share, and I tell you what… it was all so so goooood!
I hold these buffets every now and then as a way of promoting the healthy eating side of Kick Start Fat Loss. Yep, we do daily exercises, get hot and sweaty early in the morning, muck around with tires, ropes, kettlebells, and have a giggle while getting fit, but actually 80% of what makes KSFL so effective, so good for you, is the diet. I’m so so passionate about getting the message that eating processed junk, and sugar filled treats is a health ticking time bomb. KSFL is a way of re-educating people that home-cooked food is the way to go. The recipes we have are simple, quick, and clean! Plus we have something for everyone. There’s an elimination book (the best one to start with), a clean curry book, a vegetarian book, a Christmas book, a sweet treats book, and the new Rescue Recipes book, which has loads of great advice in addition to the recipes.
I want to shout from the roof-tops and share the knowledge I have on this subject. And you know what? If you couldn’t make it to this one, I’m holding another really soon! In December there will be a Christmas buffet. I’m already so excited and I really want as many people to come as possible! Christmas is a time of giving, so let me give you a treat, KSFL style. Follow me on Twitter or Facebook, or sign up using the Register with Me! form opposite and you’ll get a first row invite to the next buffet!
I look forward to meeting you.
My name is Michael Dale and I have been a Kick Start Fat Loss member for just over a year. I have previously blogged about Sindy and my experience at KSFL so I’m not going to cover the same ground. I’m here with a brief before and after blog to show where I’ve got to so far in my journey.
The photos below were taken exactly a year apart, in the same setting, with the same clothes, so you’ve got the best chance of seeing what changes really took place. Firstly I’ll fess up and admit the trousers were actually my wife’s exercise kit. I’m not normally into wearing my wife’s clothes (though she has stolen one or two jumpers from me), but I needed something tight and I wasn’t the type to wear tight fitting clothes. Another confession is that I could have taken the after pictures way back in June and they would look exactly the same. I have maintained the same weight since July, never having realised quite how successful and effective following KSFL would be in weight loss, and finding a point at that stage where I was happy to introduce more food into my daily diet.
I was nervous about taking the after shots, and nervous about sharing them alongside the before, because let’s face it, they’re hardly glamour shots! But I think with anything that purports to give results, or change lives, you need real world examples to help. I also know that when I look at the average before and after pictures, they are sad and dowdy in the first, and well-lit and smiling in the second,so we can’t do a true comparison! Once I knew I was on to a good thing, I knew I had to stand in the same place, wear the same clothes and see what had changed.
I have to say, I had kind of been putting it off, and the anniversary was a reason to force myself to do it. In my mind, despite knowing I had gone from a waist that was approaching 34″ to a 28″ and gone from medium tops to XXS, there was this irrational fear that photos would reveal it was all a sham, that I still had that paunch. It just goes to show how we can become unhealthily obsessed with ‘perfection’. In my mind I thought I should look like a pro-athlete before I took the second set of photos. We don’t really know what ‘average’ people look like any more, because clothes cover us, and what we see are media images of toned, honed celebs, with great make-up, lighting, and so on!
It was daft to think I had to compete with what I saw on TV, and I knew it all along. I have been on, and will continue to be on an amazing journey that has seen increased energy, a new found love of exercise, and the ability and desire to wear tight clothing. I bought a pair of skinny jeans for goodness sake! And I happily wear XXS t-shirts! I love clothes shopping now, because I have a size that will work across all shops and designs. Before trousers, jeans, and tops would all vary in how they looked on me, and there was no consistency on the size. Once upon a time I may have felt shy that I was going for the smaller size, but now I’m proud that I’m the size nature intended!
Best of all, I feel like I have hit the point where I have reset my physical template, so to speak, and what happens next is entirely in my hands. I still follow the KSFL food lifestyle, allowing myself to eat more than before, all clean of course, with the occasional guilt free non-KSFL meal or cake. I’m a guy, so sure I want to build up my upper strength, that’s pretty normal I reckon. I’m using a 16kg kettlebell and have done for several months, so I know I’m ready to step up and try a 20kg, so that’s step one. Beyond that, I have increased fitness and strength, which brings with it increased confidence to try tougher challenges, so I’ll just have to see. I’ll certainly stick with KSFL, and see what the next year brings me. I’m certainly not willing to go back to my old lifestyle of watching fit people on TV and wishing it were me.
Here are the pictures. Am I happy with the changes? Of course! It’s amazing, dramatic and these pictures only show half the story. Clearly I have become more toned, and I now have ‘apples’, as the wife calls my biceps. Maybe by next year I’ll be brave enough to take the top off…
– where I started reading a bunch of articles he’d written about Banbury life… and this thing called Kick Start Fat Loss.