Can you learn to ask better questions?

This topic just keeps on reoccurring so I needed to share it with you all!

 

About a year ago, the amazing John Hardy bought my attention to the fact that in the fitness industry we ask some really unhelpful questions…So as a trainer I needed to learn to ask better questions.

 

As a child we always asked questions, which seemed to annoy a lot of adults or result in the answer, “I don’t know” As we age, we can get into a habit of not questioning or not wanting to be rude… But questions are awesome when you ask better ones!

 

Every single day of our lives our mind is going through an internal dialogue, we have around 65,000 thoughts a day, 80% negative and 90 % the same as the day before! Can you remember any of yours?

 

We can be guilty of wasting time asking negative questions like, “Why can’t I lose weight?” “Why do I eat so much?”, “Why can’t I stop eating chocolate”

 

We are bombarded with images and marketing telling us that we need their products to be better. Why don’t I look like them, why don’t I have that car? Why is my hair not shiny like hers? You get the picture.

 

Comparison is the thief of happiness. And what I really want for you is simple, to be happier and healthier!

 

Once the question is out there we naturally find answers in our own minds. We ask questions and answer them all day long. Most of our answers are backing up the question, making it seem true!

 

“I can’t lose weight because I’m lazy, I have no will power, I’m big boned”… or “They wont pick me for the job because I’m not good enough, there will be someone better than me, I never get what I want”

 

So what I want to inspire you to do… What I beg you to do, What I wish and hope you will do is join me on the quest of asking better questions with me! Like anything it’s simply a new muscle that needs building up and making stronger. I found it really hard to being with, but with practice you will soon see an incredible difference!

 

So here are some questions for you to try…

 

Why am I good enough?

 

Why am I going to get inshape?

 

Why do I deserve health?

 

Why do all of my friends value me so much?

 

Why is my life incredible?

 

How can I look after myself better?

 

How can I make a few easy steps to reaching my goal?

 

What do I really want?

 

Once you are on a roll there will be no stopping you!

 

Then start questioning others too! In a kind, compassionate way of course!

 

We would love to hear from you so please let us know Why you freaking rock!!!

 

Love Aimie xxx

 

January Yoga Challenge

Hello Gorgeous People…

As promised, here are our yoga moves for the January Challenge, simply add these in everyday and let’s see how we all feel at the end of the month!

These exercises were specifically recommended to me when I was away in Dubai by the amazing Chef Mukesh, I feel amazing for doing them daily and wanted to share them with you…Please let me know how you get on!

Love Aimie xx

New Year, So Let’s Try Something New…

Hello Lovely People!

I hope you’ve all had a wonderful Christmas and are looking forward to 2016!

I personally like to look at good food, nutrition, mindset and of course a regular exercise routine as the foundations to an amazing life, which will help you to feel calm in times where there can feel like there is so much to do, it can keep you feeling grounded, strong, confident and balanced, as well as releasing endorphins that make you feel amazing!

With so many different options out there now we would love to make it easier to find the fitness and lifestyle that suits you, so we have added in an amazing offer to get you inspired in 2016, to meet some amazing people, to have fun and to feel amazing!

For 20 days come and try any and all of the classes here at my lovely studio, I can honestly say I love every single person who comes to my classes and I’m sure you will too!

So if you fancy 20 days for £20 just email me at aimie@moveandnourish.com to book your spot!

Happy New Year everyone!

Love Aimie x

Squash the N.A.Ts and chase the butterflies

chase the butterflies

 

Ok, this might sound a bit harsh on the poor old Nat’s, but I promise no animals were harmed in the writing of this post, so hear me out…

NATs or ‘Negative Automatic Thoughts’ are straight up a pain in the peachy, perky, rock hard bum. It’s that little internal chatterbox nattering away saying, “I can’t do this” or “It’s too hard” or “Why does this always happen to me?” they are irritating, keep flying around our heads and make it hard to see past them. To see what we are actually made of, to see our true potential and inner awesomeness… they are a distraction and worth kicking to the curb!

So I have a suggestion for you, every time a limiting thought enters your mind, imagine that this thought is not actually your own opinion or actually anything to do with you (we are not our thoughts and we are not our mistakes), but an actual NAT, and you are simply going to squish it between your fingers and watch the dust fall to the ground into nothing-ness.

Once all those little NATs have been cleaned away you can start to notice the butterflies, the inspiring thoughts, the thoughts that bring you to life, the thoughts that anything could happen, then chase these, follow them, skip along with them, climb over gates and run through meadows to see where they go…See what could happen by chasing these awesome butterfly thoughts.

It’s a bit like worrying, but worrying about how successful you could be, how freakin’ amazing your life could be, what a difference you could make in the world and what you could really achieve!

For example…. Turn “I’m too big and unfit, I always let myself down” into “I’ve started to walk 10,000 steps every day and I feel better…. I could run a 5k eventually, I could even run and walk a 10k, that would be great exercise…. I might join a new class… Check me out in my new gym kit looking all slim and happy! Hey Gorgeous, looking good! I could join a running group and make new friends… I might even meet someone who could help me further my career or inspire me to start things I’d never even though of, who knows… I might get sponsored by Nike, then they will want me to model for them, I’d get all the free kit I could ever dream of… They would want me in their adverts and fly me all over the world… I could create my own brand…”

You get the idea… daydream about all the possibilties out there. You only have to look around you to see dreams do come true! Look at 1 Direction, a bunch of boys who they shoved together as a last thought on x-factor have literally taken over the world. Look at the people who inspire you, they all have a story… you get to decide what yours will be!

What do you want? Decide. Decision is the ultimate power! Go and chase it!

Everything starts as a thought and as you open your mind up to more amazing options you will start to see amazing things happen!

Let me know what you chase! I’d love to hear from you!

Love Aimie xx

BBQ to Nourish you…

 

 

Plant based BBQ

 

Hello Gorgeous People!

As promised, here is part 2 of my nourishing BBQ recipes… I hope you enjoy them!

Vegan & Gluten Free Bad-Ass BBQ Burger

1. Simply gently roast 4 big flat mushrooms (no-oil), 1 chopped red pepper and 2 slices sweet potatoes (using the ends to make chip shapes) in a little coconut oil, gently turning every 10-15 minutes.

2. Then chop radish, carrots, red cabbage & courgette to make an easy clean salad base (today I used my mandolin to chop)

3. Blend the ingredients from my vegan coleslaw recipe in the book ‘Nourish with Aimie’ a mixture of Macadamia nuts, raw apple cider vinegar, raw honey or coconut nectar if you don’t use honey and a little water and coat the salad.

4. Using some left over quinoa from the day before, gently add in some BBQ spices

5. Chop 1 red onion and gently soften in a little coconut oil on a low heat until soft

6. Once it’s all cooked, simply stack 1 mushroom on the bottom, add a little quinoa and mustard, a slice of sweet potato, more quinoa and mustard and red pepper, more sweet potato and then red onion, topped off with your topper, the second mushroom

7. Add salad and sweet fries and enjoy!

 

Plant based vegan BBQ

 

BBQ Leftover’s to Make Any Mouth Water…

1. Simply gently steam some chopped sweet potatoes until soft and mash

2. Using the leftover coleslaw from the burgers above, fill half your plate, the other half with mash, sprinkle pink salt and a little pepper and fresh thyme and enjoy!xx

“The more you do… the more you can do”

Hello!!! Happy Monday all! I hope you are all well!

I just had to share a little story about a wonderful lady I train, Julie, she is an amazing woman, with an amazing daughter and beautiful grandchildren! Julie always inspires me with her amazing attitude, never ending kindness and the love she has for her family!

Julie is also very determined and when she sets her sights on a goal nothing gets in her way…

Last week Julie text me to say she couldn’t get to training this week as she looks after her grandchildren in the day, so could she have another session that week (rather than missing a week or catching up at some time, she wanted to get it in!)… well, I was very impressed and I told her so on her second session that week and she said how much she was enjoying training and her green smoothies, she’s looking fantastic, but feels so much better and the best thing is that she enjoys it!

She then said, ‘the more you do, the more you can do!’ So simple, but so true and I thought this advise might just help anyone reading this. It’s not about trying to do everything a once, but adding in better things along the way. For example, as you move more the more you are able to move with ease, the more weights you lift the more weight you can lift, the more green smoothies you make the quicker and more efficient you become, the longer you prepare healthy meals for (weeks, into months, into years) it just becomes habit and we become more efficient, it seems like it becomes easier and just part of our lives.

With many of my client’s you find very quickly that the things they found really tough in the beginning end up being more of a warm up after a few weeks, goals we’ve worked on end becoming easy and we strive for new challenges. Things we had to get ourselves physically or mentally prepared for become easy and effortless!

So, if you have a goal, just start, the longer you keep pursuing that goal the closer you will get and as Julie says, ‘the more you do, the more you can do!

Go Julie!xx

wholefoods cheltenham raw food

Nourish with Aimie @ Wholefoods Cheltenham

wholefoods cheltenham raw food

I’m super excited to invite you all to a much needed Tasty Tuesday… on a Friday!! At WholeFoods in Cheltenham!! I’ve loved WholeFoods since our first visit in New York in 2010 and I’m delighted to be hosting this exciting event at my local WholeFoods!! I hope you can make it! The menu is full of my favourite recipes to nourish you all!! So let’s get dressed up and have a wonderful party to celebrate our health and happiness!! Simply email hello@moveandnourish.com to book your spot! Love, Aimie xx

nourish with aimie

Mango Green Smoothie Recipe…

Happy New Week to you all!

What better way to start the day than a totally delicious nourishing breakfast!

black and blum bottle

I love starting my day with lots of lovely water to flush out the cobwebs! I love bamboo charcoal filtered water and this black and blum bottle is perfect for when you are on the go…

green smoothie

Then this quick easy green smoothie only needs 4 ingredients….

-1 big handful of kale
-100 g spinach
-3 mangoes
-3 frozen bananas

Blend it all together with some more bamboo charcoal filtered water and go and have an awesome day!

feel good

Hubby and I shared this one this morning, but I could easily drink the whole thing!

Happy Monday all!