EXCITED Elizabeth!

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“Thank-you! It has been an absolute pleasure to have been able to spend time with you. You are truly an amazing woman who I admire greatly. When I first came to you I wanted to make changes that the whole family could take on in order to improve our lives(in the food department!) I wanted increased energy & vitality.

Well what I got was a few chats aboutfood and a whole lot of “mind strengthening”. Food wasn’t my passion (hence the reason I went to see you ha ha ) I COULD live without(well I thought I could), & it didn’t drive me. What I have learnt from you is that without it I am empty, lethargic & really, really hungry 🙂

I have changed my diet & nowlook at food very differently & if I don’t eat, my body lets me know that it isn’t happy! By the way I am totally addicted to sweet chilli & lime Salmon tins & yes that is from a “determined not to eat salmon person” !! It is so funny 🙂
I must admit though it has been the “mind strengthening” that I have truly loved & hung onto your every word. When I leave you after my visits I am so pumped that I can conquer anything I want to.The 2 hour drive home was time to reflect on all you had said & how I was going to action it!

You gave me or rather “found” my courage & self confidenceand dusted it off & said “here it is, now go & use it!” So during our time I have looked at what I really want to do with my life, what I love & am totally passionate about &what is stopping me from doing it …..AND now I have applied to go to Uni to do my Bachelor of Nursing/Midwifery !!!!!!

THANK YOU BRIDGET! Only my fears had been stopping me. I stopped believing in myself & my dreams along time ago and now I have awoken them, it feels great! I have such an excitement going through me & I am just itching to get going 🙂

When I stopped my attitude changed & I got “lost& felt down” but once you get me back on track, my positiveness always come back.

That’s the great thing about you,you are always available & quickly make a negative-positive!

My relationship with my kids has changed & we have fun more often these days & I actually”feel” myself in the moment. That makes me smileand the kids love it 🙂

I have made heaps of loving changes to our family & the food changes “just happened” along the way…incredible! When you feel happy within yourself you automatically want to start eating good food & look after your body.

You have such simple ideas that I can’t say “I can’t do it” because they are so easy to do & make life simpler!
Well “My Beautiful Friend” it has been an absolute pleasure & I wish you every happiness. I’m sure we will stay in contact over time and I look forward to reading your book! I will keep you posted on my journey as a midwife too 🙂
Big Hugs,
Elizabeth XXX”

Brilliant Brad!

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I first met Brad in September 2008 at an information evening held for a pilot program I ran with another business owner called, “Red Day Energy”. The concept is to improve the health of business owners and employees; without health, what is business or financial success, AND how healthy can your business stay if you are not healthy yourself?

Along with his bosses and fellow colleague, Jo (yes another Success Story below), Brad engaged in the Red Day Energy program until its completion in December of 2008. Since then he has truly consolidated a completely new lifestyle and is enjoying a very different experience to when he began.

The journey with Brad has been sensational! Seeing him transform from a young man in his early 20’s who was stressed out (having his blood pressure monitored and investigated), lacking passion and simply “going through the motions”, to a confident, determined and driven individual has been so rewarding!

His bosses and colleagues will attest to the dramatic transformation, as will his friends and family. In fact, some might say the transformation was such that it attracted a passionate, happy and fun relationship into his life 🙂

Yes, Brad is now my partner and we have been together since January 2009. Let’s just say, the healthy, fit, happy and confident Brad I re-encountered after the Christmas break was too irresistable to let by! haha.

Enjoy his story guys! 🙂 xoxo

“I met Bridget at a seminar that my workplace invited me to called Red Day Energy. At first I didn’t really know what to expect. I knew nothing about what this seminar was going to be selling, out of interest I tagged along.

Sitting there listening to Bridget and listening to all the facts and figures that were spoken I started to realise that I was living my life in all the wrong ways. When

I thought I was eating healthy – I wasn’t, When I thought I had energy – I never did. I can say all this now because I have been taught by Bridget the fundamentals of living a happy, fullfiling, energized and active lifestyle.

She taught me to start thinking healthy- in ALL aspects of my life, not just food- and when you start thinking healthy you start being healthy.

My boss signed me up to this course and I was keen to find out more so I agreed. My goal was to be able to cook healther meals and to lose some weight and also to be a happeir person and to be able to deal with stress a lot better.

I started Red Day Energy at 86kg. My goal weight was to be around 75kg.

I was a bit optimistic about the whole thing and I always thought “how hard can it be”, but I never made an effort to actually do it.

Until I started to see Bridget.

I was determined to get to the goals I set myself. Bridget had some fantastic ideas and I love cooking so I put those ideas into practice. I found that it is actually much easier to cook healthy meals, I was always under the impression that it takes to much time and I never had that time. These were just excuses I was telling myself.

Now everything I eat is 100 times healthier than what I used to eat. When I compare shopping lists from the past to now, it makes me laugh; no wonder I felt so terrible! I also now eat things I always thought I didn’t like, such as avocado, sweet potato and eggplant! My preferences for foods have completely changed and if I eat something I used to like, my body reacts very badly. It is so easy to stay on track because my body now craves and prefers what I have learnt to eat. To me it is now natural and simple!

I am now weighing in at 74kg. I have also maintained this weight give or take 1kg.

I feel fantastic and I have such a positive outlook on life now. I feel confident in the descisions I make at work. I feel so much better in myself. My stress levels have dramatically turned around and I am so much more happier with my life and in myself.

Thanks Bridget for all of your inspiration and support!”

Bodacious Beth BLASTS them all

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Well, as often happens, another of my STAR recruits GRADUATED from New Leaf Nutrition school just the other day! 🙂

Our journey together started only in July, and in 4 short months, I am pleased to announce Miss Beth is almost a new person!

Well, in all honesty, she is just now more FREE and CONFIDENT to BE herself and to not hold back and hide from the world.

Although Beth admits in the beginning she THOUGHT she was a HAPPY and POSITIVE person, she now claims, “Who was I kidding?! I don’t think people realise what REALLY feeling good feels like; I don’t think they know the difference”

Beth came to me initially because she was looking for a change in lifestyle. She was not happy within herself and she wanted to lose weight. Her self-esteem, confidence and social self were affected by how she felt about herself. “I just don’t like the package I’m in…I’m not comfortable in my own skin… I miss out on stuff I want to go for…I’m too embarrassed to go jogging…I feel a little older (than I am)…even though I know being active is good for me, both physically and mentally, it all just seems too hard sometimes…”

Fast forward to now and this girl is UNSTOPPABLE!!

Joining in a 21 day fitness challenge, run my one of my very good friends, and AMAZING trainer Tiago Amaral of surrender2fitness.com.au, Beth not only showed up and gave it her best, she also BLASTED everyone else out of the water dropping a whopping 3.7 kg in 3 weeks and 21 cm from her waist! Incredible!

You should see this girl in action! You would NEVER guess she is the same Beth from July !!
“The biggest difference between now and when I started with you is my headspace. I’m not constantly consumed with feeling bad. I’m making good choices and FEELING GOOD. So simple! I just cannot put a value on the difference”

Beth’s food choices have dramatically changed and she is now free of her Coke addiction! Something she NEVER thought possible! 🙂

Of course she is making the choices that make her FEEL GOOD and her preferences have naturally changed. She still eats out often, has social events to attend and of course enjoys drinks with the girls. Its all about knowing what is good for YOUR body and learning how to get in in the balance that suits your unique lifestyle.

It has been a PLEASURE working with Beth and I will sincerely miss our catch ups! Such a beautiful personality with SO much happiness to share- one of those smiles that just makes you smile too! 🙂

Here is what the WONDER WOMAN herself has to say of her experience:
“When I first came to see you, I really felt like I had run out of options and this was the last chance to get my bum into gear and do something about feeling good about myself.
My weight was definitely an issue but more importantly I really felt like I had to get my head space right.
I was constantly consumed about feeling bad and negative thoughts about my food choices. I’d be good for a few days and then just ruin it by eating something unhealthy and then thinking “oh whats the point?”
I also had it in my head that there was something I wasn’t quite getting, it was right there on the tip of my tongue but I just couldn’t put my finger on it.

YOU HELPED ME FIGURE IT OUT!

Feel good. How simple is it? Whatever it is you do FEEL GOOD!!!!!!!!!!!! If I know having that coke will have me thinking about it for the rest of the afternoon and feeling bad, well don’t have it. And by not having it, I feel good for making a good decision. Its seriously that easy. There have been times I’d had a coke and its been awesome but I find them getting less and less and even coke zero and Bacardi is tasting ok (has the world gone crazy!)

I’ve found myself doing things I would never have thought I would do. For example – doing some Christmas shopping, I was thinking about what else I could buy people that didn’t involved chocolates or alcohol. I don’t want that for myself so why would I promote that for other people – they will get enough from other people anyway!

Another thing on my recent holidays, instead of thinking “cool I can veg out, eat and drink all I want, no excerise” Instead I was excited about still keeping active and eating healthier than I would have otherwise. I wouldn’t have thought I would ever be that way!

Putting my whole journey into a positive light instead of a negative- “No you cant have this and no you cant have that”, has been the best thing. I still have quite a way to go but I feel 100% more prepared mentally and you’ve given me the tools to carry on and not expect perfection all the time. I can totally do this 🙂

I could go on and on about the changes I know I’ve made, but in a nutshell, I’m 100% more open-minded and happier and optimistic about everything. I know if I make good choices, the effect that has on my mind body and soul is invaluable!

You rock Bridget!”

Thank you gorgeous and continue to enjoy the good living lifestyle!

If you too would like to BLAST through your current health, fitness or happiness barriers, I would LOVE to hear from you 🙂

Email me at [email protected]

All my love,

BridgetJane

Accredited Practicing Dietitian, Nutritionist, Counsellor

Mind, Body, Soul Health Practitioner

www.newleafnutrition.com.au