Motivation …. when will it arrive?

Coming to the end of the year and I start to notice a lot of people lose their high levels of motivation as they start to wind down for the year. I get it. We get tired and need a break to refresh and recharge for the year to come.


But during the year I find myself having similar conversations with people about motivation, their lack of, them wondering when they will get motivated again and why aren’t they motivated. All great questions and in my experience, they can be answered simply.


Motivation isn’t something that arrives at your front door. It doesn’t smack you in the face at 4:30am and scream “I’M SO EXCITED!”. Motivation doesn’t happen on the first day of the 8 week challenge and then stick around for 12 months consistently after that. It comes in ebbs and flows.

So when does it come?

Well, from my experience it can take some time, and in that time there needs to be a consistent work habit.


So let’s say you have signed up for the 8 week challenge and you want to lose 10kg. We know the first few weeks are going to be a shock to the system. Early rises. Change in routine. Extra tired while you adjust to the new exercise sessions and so on. Then after a few weeks you start to lose some weight and you start to get some momentum. The early mornings still might be a little bit of a drag, but you can see them working. Four to five weeks in you are starting to enjoy the sessions more. You’ve made some new friends and you are consistently eating better. The results are still happening. Week seven you are looking for ways to keep this all going post the eight weeks. Making plans, setting up your weekly routine. Week eleven you are still motivated because you have stuck to a regular routine for some time now and things are getting easier. Sure, you could stay in bed (couldn’t we all?) but it’s worth it and you can’t imagine your mornings any other way.


While not everyone’s timelines will fit this exact story, my point is, a lot of people I speak to wait for motivation before they start something. In fact, it’s the other way around. You must start something and then the motivation happens.


So next time you notice you start to fall off the motivation train, write down your goals and review them regularly. This will help to keep you inspired.


Naps. Do they really make a difference?

How to make the most out of your naps


Everyone loves a good sleep, from Sunday morning sleep ins to that midday nap on the couch. But is there a way we can optimize our sleep for better performance during the day?


We all know the basic sleeping 8+ hours a night is best, but what if we don’t reach that marker?


Its very well researched that partial sleep deprivation (PSD) is very harmful to our body and compromises our ability to perform our regular activities during the day. Romdhani 2020, found that PSD compromised antioxidant defence and enhanced sleepiness and biomarkers of muscle and cellular damage. So, we know that if we are tired our body is at a greater risk of getting sick, which definitely isn’t optimal for 2020 conditions, but our body is also undergoing an increase in muscle and cell breakdown, negating the improvements we are making while training.


So how can we combat this tiredness, well, this same article was able to show that a nap of 90 mins

  • Increased wellness
  • Decreased daytime sleepiness
  • Decreased negative mood scores
    • (ie, depression, fatigue, stress and anger)


It was also found that a nap of just 20 mins was able to produce similar results as a 90-minute nap, however the improvements were not as large


Some key points to optimizing your naps in the future

  1. Don’t let it take away from your night-time sleep (8+ hours at night is still important)
  2. Take it early afternoon or late lunch time
  3. Keep it 20-90 minutes
  4. Cool and dark environment


Happy napping everyone!!




Romdhani, M. et al. (2020) ‘Improved Physical Performance and Decreased Muscular and Oxidative Damage With Postlunch Napping After Partial Sleep Deprivation in Athletes’, International Journal of Sports Physiology & Performance, 15(6), pp. 874–883


Why Monday workouts are so important

Monday sets the stage for the week. They start the week off with a bang and set you up with good intentions for the whole week. Even if s**t hits the fan during the week, you know you got one workout under your belt.


Weekends can also be a time for some slight downward movement in the diet and exercise area, so Mondays can give you that confidence to get back up and start heading in the right direction again.


Mondays get the weekly routine back on track. You start with some exercise, then you start to eat better, and of course, you sleep better. When we sleep better we make better decisions. This will usually mean that you choose to continue to workout for the rest of the week.


When we miss a Monday, it’s easy to convince yourself to hit snooze and then you miss Tuesday. Missing one day, that’s ok, but 2 days in a row can then create a habit. And if it means your eating goes in the same direction as your workouts, well let’s just say it’s easier to get up on a Monday than tackle that problem a few months later with a less energetic body.


And you are not alone, most people want to have a sleep in on a Monday morning, but just know that once you get to your class or the gym, and you see your regular gym buddies, you are reminded why you all got up for this workout. Because Mondays start your weekly routine of being a healthy, happy and fit individual.


So let’s do Mondays together! Let’s own this week people!



Weight loss … why isn’t it working?

When clients come to me, frustrated that they aren’t losing weight I start with the questions:

  1. How much water are you drinking
  2. How much sleep are you getting
  3. How are your stress levels

I then of course ask what are you eating and how much exercise are you doing?

But I find the first 3 questions mentioned above are often dismissed because “when I was 22 I ate what I wanted and played team sport”

Cool, me too. But did you have 2 kids and a mortgage and a full time job? Probably not. Things are different, so our approach needs to be different.


When I start to help people lose weight, I start with increasing their water intake (if it is less than 2 litres a day) and adding in 1-2 classes per week (assuming there is no exercise happening at the moment).


Why the slow approach? We want quick fixes!

What I also find out in the conversation is the weight has been lost before but it has also come back on, usually in the same fashion – fast. So again, let’s change the approach to change the outcome. Sound familiar?

My approach is ‘SLOW IS FAST’

What do I mean by this?

If we make gentle but sustaining changes, the change is more likely to become a habit. Habits last longer.

So after a week or two of drinking more water (feeling way more energised as well!) and doing 2 classes per week (also feeling energized without super tired), we then start to ask “what are you doing for breakfast lunch and dinner?”

Did I also mention that the weight has started to shift – in a downwards direction. Bingo!


I check the food diary, there are some small sustainable changes we can make there too. More protein for breakfast and more veggies at lunch time.

Again repeat for 1-2 weeks.
And so the process continues.

Why do I do the “slow is fast” process? Why can’t I help you lose 5kg in 2 weeks? Well I can, but will you learn anything? Have a taught you how to make healthy choices for yourself? No. I have just told you what to do and then the cycle of loosing and gaining will more likely be repeated. That’s not my idea of success.


I have been helping people lose weight for over 10 years. I have tried and tested a lot of methods. And trust me, Slow is fast works.

My job is to teach you, not tell you.

My job is to help you keep the weight off.


Need a little help with your weight loss journey? Check out our Ultimate Weight Loss Challenge post COVID-19. Be the weight you have always wanted to be!

To run with or without music?


A question I get asked a lot “can I run with music?” when people are joining our run club.

While I would rather you mingle with the group, and experience the group atmosphere of run club, here are a few ideas about running with and without music.

People run for a variety of reasons;

  • weight loss
  • fun
  • switch off
  • fitness
  • race preparation
  • and more

Whatever your reason is, it’s totally ok. But if you are wanting to improve your running, either speed, endurance, technique or all of the above, you might consider running without music (at least for the short term)

And here’s why:

  • Listening to your feet can give you a huge amount of feedback to what is happening with your feet and in fact your entire lower limbs. Are you thumping like an elephant? Or do you glide like gazelle? Losing control and landing heavy can mean a loss of energy and therefore costing you time and efficiency. Strengthening your glutes, hip flexors and feet muscles can give you more control and therefore your step will become lighter and faster.


  • Breathing – are you sucking all of the air out of your space, or are you a quiet breather? There is no one perfect way to breath, everyone is different, but the key is to get as much air in your lungs as possible with each breath. You want to expand your belly rather than shrugging your shoulders while doing short high chest breathes. Something I find helps is starting your running with a relaxed, full breathing cycle. High stress, or rushed lifestyles shorten our breathing and if you are coming off a stressful day then trying to do some hill sprints, you are already out of breath. Try incorporating some belly breathing for 60-120 seconds before starting your run.


So should you run with or without music?

If you want to change your running – speed, endurance, technique or all of the above, it might pay to listen to what is happening with your feet and your breathing and then you can get an idea of what you can work on. Then you can add your music back into your runs later 🙂


Happy running!


Banana Cookies


Watch out! These are highly addictive!

Donna Hay really does know her way around a kitchen doesn’t she? This simple and super healthy snack is perfect for on the go, the kids, or something sweet with a cuppa after dinner. Need to swap out the nuts? Cool. You could use coconut flour instead, just remember you will need a little more moister and a little less flour. The ratios are about 1 cup almond meal to 1/4 cup coconut flour.


1 cup mashed banana (about 3)

2 cups almond meal

1/3 cup maple syrup

1 1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/4 cup demerara sugar


Preheat oven to 160 degrees.

Mix banana, almond meal, maple syrup and 1/2 tsp cinnamon in a bowl.

Place the sugar and remaining cinnamon in a separate bowl.

Roll tablespoons of the banana mixture into balls, flatten slightly and gently toss in the sugar mixture to coat.

Place on baking trays lined with non stick paper and make 35- 40 mins.

Allow to cool


EAT!!! And try and stop at one  LOL

Would you buy it if it was full price?

Somehow you have ingested a chocolate bar that you just brought at the supermarket, and it’s almost dinner time. Were you even hungry for it? Were you craving chocolate? Can’t remember. How did this happen? And why?


Let’s back track. You were shopping for dinner after work and you were going along perfectly fine with the protein, green veg, quinoa and some herbs all in the basket and then suddenly this picnic bar jumps out at you 50% OFF! That’s a saving of $1.25. I am saving money, ok I will do it.  BAM they got you.


Supermarkets are smart. They know how to trick us. Place unhealthy items at the end of the isle just as we are about to finalise our shopping, and these temptations are put in front of us everywhere!  Not once have I seen a banana at the checkouts. And let’s face it, we probably never will -L


So I ask you, would you have purchased this chocolate bar if the sign was not a specials sign, but rather just the normal price? Or better still, in its normal chocolate isle and not in front of the checkout? Probably not.


So how do we avoid this?


There are a couple of tactics I like to share to help people avoid having to make these decisions:

  • Online shopping. You can create your shopping list as you need things, and then just collect when you are ready. No need to enter the shop, no need to walk past all of their temptations.


  • Avoid shopping when you are hungry. It’s just way too hard to make all of the right decisions when you are starving because you missed lunch because you were too busy.


  • Practice walking past and NOT making the purchase when you are feeling really strong. Like just after a workout when you are empowered by the endorphins. Or when you are wearing a really tight dress. Or when you are on a first date. (Are you going to the supermarket on your first date??? )


Over time, you will avoid the temptations, if you want to of course, and not put an extra $1.25 into Cadbury’s bank account, but rather choose the banana in the fruit section.


I am never going to condone you eating a chocolate bar, everything in moderation. But I just want you to be sure you are eating it because you want to rather than because you think you are saving money -J

Winter weight loss tips

Winter is almost here. The days are getting shorter, the mornings are darker and colder and it’s difficult to get excited about green salad and outdoor training sessions.

Unfortunately, the cold weather can lead to bad habits including comfort eating, missing your early morning training sessions, or just generally doing less incidental exercise.

The sunshine and warm weather is motivating but the plummeting temperatures in winter means healthy choices are harder to make.


Is hitting the snooze button for 10 or 12 reps the only exercise that interests you on a cold winter morning? Try changing things up with one or all of the following:

Sleep in your workout gear. Yes it actually works. I have many clients who swear by it. It may sound a little kooky but it could mean the difference between hitting the floorboards, or hitting the snooze button.

Buy some new winter active wear. This is a simple but effective motivator. Everyone likes to show off their new gear at the gym.Consider something bright and brilliant to lift your mood and motivation.Feeling good in your active wear is half the battle.

Become a night owl. Do your training at night rather than first thing in the morning. You can head to the gym straight after work. This will help you to avoid the temptation of going home to sit on the couch in your PJs. The big bonus?You can sleep in on those super cold mornings.

Join a challenge or a program. This is a great way to meet like-minded people who can cheer you on and make training fun. Also the accountability is much higher when you are working towards a common goal. At Achieving You we have extra programs in winter to keep you motivated. Visit for more details.

REMEMBER. Moving warms you up.Get out there and brave the cold. After a few minutes you will be warmed up and ready for a good session. You can reward yourself with a hot cup of tea and some couch time when you are done.


Comfort food can be healthy.Skip on the heavy carbs and choose slow cooked meals. You can add lots of garlic, ginger, turmeric and other herbs to ward off colds and flu. Click here to check out some of my favourite winter warmer recipes. Remember to keep a check on your portion sizes. This will help you to stay on track.


Janet x

5 Top clean eating habits

Are you struggling to find the time to make healthy choices? Are you getting home from work late and just grabbing some takeout on the way home or missing a meal completely because the thought of putting a meal together is just too hard? We get it! It can be hard to make the right choices if you haven’t got the right steps in place to make life easy. Because the last thing you want is another job with time you don’t have. The solution is here! Check out my 5 top clean eating tips to transform your unhealthy choices into easy, simple, delicious, time saving meals. You can do it! I’ve seen people turn their lives around with these 5 simple tips and watched them go from lethargic, unmotivated and stressed about food people to happy, energized and leaner people. You can do it too! Check out my suggestions and watch yourself transform.



  1. Make a list

Work out what you are going to eat for the week and put it on the fridge. This then makes it easy for the family to have some input so it keeps everyone happy and you can save time after work, at night and during the day, because you don’t need to think of something to eat.


  1. Food shopping once a week

You know what you are eating for the week, so now you write a food list and go to the shops. You are more likely to eat healthy and not overeat if you are prepared not only in your fridge, but also in your mind. Set yourself free of poor food choices. This saves you going to shops when you are starving, it’s dark, it’s late and you have no idea what to cook a hungry family that night. Save yourself the hassle – go once and it’s all over.


  1. Make a massive salad

It’s really easy to eat a good healthy and fulfilling lunch when you can put some leftover meat with a massive already prepared salad. A good salad with last a week, just leave the dressing off until you are ready to eat it. Then all you have to do is scoop out your portion into your container for work in the morning, add some protein (tuna, sardines, meat from last night etc) and you have lunch sorted! You are halfway there.


  1. Pre-Cut your vegies

You are going to make dishes – so just make them once. Cut two nights worth of vegies at once, cook tonight’s and store tomorrow night’s in a container in the fridge. This also saves cleaning time later. So when you get home late your dinner prep has been cut in half!


  1. Stick to the plan

You’ve made a plan, you’ve done the shopping, you’ve prepped yourself, the family and your food – now just stick to it. Avoid the emotional eating after a bad day at work when you just want a wine and some takeaway because your boss annoyed you. You know you will feel like crap tomorrow. Let off some steam or relax after dinner with some TV, a nice stretch or a walk. Stick to your plan. You will feel better for it.


Here’s how my client Katelyn felt after she adapted these simple principals:

“The tailored dietary advice provided to me by Janet has been invaluable. A great deal of Janet’s advice related to me simply tweaking my diet, and making small changes. These small changes however have had a hugely positive impact! Her advice is practical and is predicated upon making sustainable long-term changes for a healthier and cleaner diet.


I have not only lost weight, but have also increased my fitness. Most importantly, rather than staggering through the final weeks of 2016 feeling worn out and making bad food choices, I am energised and have the strategies in place to ensure I enjoy Christmas and the New Year without overindulging”.


Do you need a little motivation so the winter kilos don’t happen this year?

Contact Janet to get started   0427 167 288