February, 2019

Taking on the hurdles

No quick fix: Make changes that you will be able to sustain in the long-term for your health and fitness.You may have just embarked on a weight-loss journey and find it hard to overcome the challenges of changing your lifestyle.
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Statistics show an alarming 95 per centof people who start a weight-loss diet fail to lose weight and keep it off.

Some people gain more weight every time they start a diet. This can be devastating and result in a negative cycle of yo-yo dieting and self-loathing.

If you have been among the 95 per centof people who have failed on a weight-loss journey, the first step I recommend you take to finally transform your life is to identify the things that are making you fail. This will ensure you are aware of the challenges you will face and can take steps to overcome these challenges.

The top fivereasons that most people fail on their weight-loss journey include:

Not having a clear plan

Starting a new lifestyle without a clear plan to follow will most likely result in failure. Following a plan or I like to call it a system will assist you with taking the crucial steps that are required to support you every single day and to assist your strength, willpower and motivation.

I have a detailed system that I follow every single day and I tick off each action from the moment I wake up in the morning to the very end of each day. I have finally found the best system that works for me and my lifestyle and that I can easily and consistently stick to because consistency is key.

To find a plan (system) that suits you seek guidance from a health professional.

You lack health and fitness knowledge

When it comes to health, weight loss and fitness, knowledge is power and very important for your new lifestyle. The world is fighting an obesity epidemic and I believe one of the contributing factors is that many people don’t learn about healthy eating, exercise and a balanced lifestyle before starting a diet. Without knowing the importance of nutrition, exercise and general health; weight loss hopefuls will find it hard to know what steps and actions to take each day.

I recommend researching online, reading books and blogs, acquire guidance and tips from health professionals.

No supportive environment and influencers

Have you heard of the saying “you become who you spend most of your time with”? Have a look around you, are your friends and family supportive? Are they encouraging and positive towards your goals and success?

Don’t go too hard: We are not geared to put up with too much pain for too long.

If you answered no; it’s time to distant yourself from those who don’t contribute to your health and life quest. The circumstances and environment that surrounds you. The vibe and atmosphere that surrounds you can make or break you. To feel inspired, motivated and driven, you need positivity and happiness in your life.

Going too hard and being too restrictive

In my eyes, this can be the biggest culprit. I have seen it too often with my own weight loss journey and also many other who have failed many times and finally came to me for guidance.

Starting a hardcore and gruelling training program causes the body to ache unbearablyand the mind will feel overwhelmed. The first two weeks is bearable and many will feel great at first. Some even partake in a very restrictive eating plan at the same time which can cause even more destructive outcomes. The human body and mind naturally avoids pain and cannot upkeep rapid and hardcore activities.

Maintain your plan: Better results come from making the change a long-term lifestyle plan.

I recommend setting realistic goals, seeking guidance and only set out on a realistic and enjoyable program that you can upkeep every day. Otherwise the cycle of yo-yo dieting will defeat you once again. Remember consistency is key.

Not seeing the new lifestyle change as a lifestyle but as a short-term fix

This is more common than you might think. Many people start their weight loss journey with the mindset that their diet will only have to be endured for a certain amount of time or until they lose the weight, then they can go back to their usual lifestyle.

This is such a toxic way to think when it comes to weight loss, health and fitness. When I was 115 kilos, I can remember thinking like this. It wasn’t until I shifted my focus and beliefs that I could truly change.

It should not be weight loss that is the important aspect of life. It’s the lifestyle that you lead every single day that is important. Once you have your daily lifestyle sorted out, you will start to see results with your weight loss, mind and body.

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IPL auction: Cricket stars go under hammer in Indian Premier League bidding war

Starc forsakes $1 million IPL paydayAshwin plays down net hijinks with Aussies
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England all-rounder Ben Stokes was sold for a stunning $2.8million as reborn Australian paceman Pat Cummins and former international spearhead Mitchell Johnson  also profited handsomely in the Indian Premier League auction. But it was little-known England paceman Tymal Mills, who played briefly for the Brisbane Heat this summer, who provided the shock of the day when he was sold to the Royal Challengers Bangalore for $2.3m.

Stokes, recently appointed England vice-captain, has yet to play in the sport’s glamour Twenty20 league but his heavy hitting and penetrating medium pace made him a coveted signing, and he was snapped up for the highest price of the day by the Rising Pune Supergiants.

It’s likely Stokes will be paid only a part of his contract because of international commitments. The IPL begins on April 5, and England has a one-day international against Ireland in late April and then one-day series against the West Indies and South Africa before staging the Champions Trophy in June.

He could also decide to bypass the IPL entirely in favour of rest, for England have seven home Tests after the Champions Trophy.

Pune owner Sanjiv Goenka told reporters Stokes would bring something new to the team for the 10th edition of the tournament.

“He’s a complete player and he completes our squad. We’ve been lacking this one genre of player,” he said.

“We knew he was going to be there for the first 14 games … We pretty much knew we were not going to get him for below this price.”

Cummins was sold to Delhi for $875,000. Having rekindled his international career this summer in the sport’s limited overs forms after major back problems, he and Cricket Australia must now decide whether it’s still in his best interests to play in the IPL considering he has been earmarked for a Test recall in time for next summer’s Ashes. One option could be to have a limited part in the tournament.

Johnson emerged from retirement this summer to help guide the Perth Scorchers to the Big Bash League title. He remains a major threat when required to bowl only four overs, and was sold to Mumbai for $390,000. He will be available for the entire tournament.

But there was no joy for the BBL’s leading wicket-taker Sean Abbott, or the BBL’s leading run scorer, Ben Dunk, who were overlooked. Fast bowler Nathan Coulter-Nile and Melbourne Renegades cult figure, spinner Brad Hogg, were also unsold. Australia already had 17 players contracted to franchises.

Pune, which joined the IPL last year, has made Steve Smith skipper this season and also features fellow Australians Usman Khawaja, Adam Zampa and Mitchell Marsh.

Next year looms as the mega IPL auction, for the contracts of all players will expire, and most will go back into the auction aside from those franchises are allowed to retain.

Australian spearhead Mitchell Starc has pulled out of this year’s tournament, citing a need to remain fresh for the busy year ahead.

Starc was on a deal worth about $973,000 with the Royal Challengers Bangalore when signed in 2014. Fellow new-ball quick Josh Hazlewood has also opted to bypass the IPL, after what has been a hectic year for Australia, including six Tests this summer. Another busy schedule awaits, beginning with the Champions Trophy and culminating in the  Ashes series.

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Paul Gallen and Cameron Smith chosen to launch NRL 2017 season

Caption: Photo: James BrickwoodThey’ve been sworn enemies for more than a decade, but Paul Gallen and Cameron Smith will put aside a long-standing rivalry to launch the 2017 NRL season on Thursday.
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In what will be a fitting way to begin his 17th and likely last season, Gallen has been chosen by the NRL to launch the new year alongside the architect of so much agony throughout his career.

It’s normally Smith who holds bragging rights when the pair come together given Queensland’s Origin dominance, but after leading the Sharks to their maiden title against Smith’s Melbourne Storm last October, it’s the Cronulla captain who gets the rare opportunity to gloat.

The two veterans will launch a campaign in Martin Place on Thursday afternoon that highlights the bright young stars of the game – including Blues trio Aaron Woods, David Klemmer and Josh Mansour.

It caps off quite a remarkable story for Gallen, who only two years ago was at loggerheads with the game’s governing body over the treatment of the Sharks during the well-publicised ASADA saga.

He took aim at former NRL boss Dave Smith on social media and made plenty of enemies  at rugby league central, such was his displeasure during an emotion-charged period in his life.

But the redemption story, which began with a long-awaited premiership last season, continues to build momentum after Gallen received the honour of launching the new year alongside his Queensland counterpart in front of the other 14 NRL captains.

The NRL has gone away from appointing players to launch the season in recent years after a number of off-field incidents came back to bite them.

However, the decision to appoint the two grand final captains is a sign of their faith in the pair to reflect the values of the game and is also a reward for more than 30 years of service to the code between them.

It’s not the first time two players have been chosen to open the season, with Greg Inglis and Shaun Johnson handed the honours for the launch in Auckland in 2015.

“It’s an honour to have been asked to officially open the season at Thursday’s NRL Launch,” Smith said.

“I’m excited for the season, 2016 showed how close the competition is. All players put an enormous amount of work in over the pre-season and now 16 teams have the opportunity to win a premiership, it’s going to be a fiercely  contested 2017 season. Heading into my 16th season , I’m looking forward to it just as much as I have any other year.”

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Council recognised

Finalists: Coorong Tatiara Local Action Plan Implementation Officer Tracey Strugnell with CEO Vincent Cammell with the Accidental Art Gallery.The Coorong District Council have been named finalists for four separate categories in the Local Government Professionals Australia, SA 16thAnnual Leadership Awards.
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The council has received three project finalist positions for their Coorong Healthy Highways scheme, the Coorong Unsealed Roads Improvement Program and the Coorong Accidental Art Gallery.

Coorong Tatiara Local Action Plan Implementation Officer Tracey Strugnell has earned individual accolades as she was names finalist in the Emerging Leader of the Year Category.

Mayor Neville Jaensch said he was proud of the council and its staff.

“As a small rural Council we are batting well above our average when it comes to business performance and community engagement, and our success so far in these awards reiterates this,” he said.

Ms Strugnell said she was surprised when she found out she was named a finalist.

“Maybe it’s because I’m a different sort of nomination to what they would usually get,” she said.

Chief Executive Officer Vincent Cammell said Ms Strugnell as a good chance of taking out the award.

“She is someone who has stepped up and she is popular among staff, councillors and the community,” he said.

“It is hard to imagine her not winning.”

Mr Cammell said the other projects had a good shot at taking out their respective categories also.

He said their Healthy Highways program and Accidental ArtGallery are both very unique programs that they had managed to achieve without very many resources.

“Other councils may even look at doing something similar,” Mr Cammell said.

As for their Unsealed Roads Improvement Program, Mr Cammell said it shows the utilisation of different techniques the council has used.

“We always work on our overall networkrather than individual roads to improve across the board.”

“We can’t make up for previous decisions and practicesovernight, we need to stick at it for the next 10 years.”

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