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Motivational, inspirational, encouraging, knowledgeable, caring, fun loving, thought provoking are just a few of the words I would use to describe the huge personality that is Richard Clarke. If you decide to follow his advice you just can't go wrong. Cynthia Davies
Following Motorcycle Accident
Following a motorcycle accident, Richard Clarke sped up my recovery by taking me through a rehabilitation programme. Impressed with his professionalism and knowledge, I then took part in several 3 month fitness programmes...looking back, one of the biggest benefits was how Richard analysed my diet and changed it for the good...this knowledge is priceless. Thanks Richard.
Fantastic…I'm inspired as with all your emails
The Greatest Bit Is Me
Having been quite seriously ill and knowing a few of the girls who have been supported by Rich, it has taken my nearly two years to join his program. (Due to ill health)
I am just coming up to my first twelve weeks, have lost weight, changed body shape but the greatest bit is me! How I feel and my mindset. Having been in a wheelchair back in October. I am back to my old self ...and have never felt happier than I do at the minute. My sessions with Richard are ...my treatment to save my life whilst having fun, through hard work with the great support from Richard covering what to eat, how to exercise tailored specifically to me. He even listens when I am I want to let off steam! What more could you ask for...
Taking Less Medication
Started with Rich around 10 weeks ago, during that time and by following his advice I have lost over 3 stone(42lbs)!! Having had arthritis for very many years which resulted in a double knee replacement and taking a ridiculous amount of tablets daily for this condition I am now taking a fraction of the amount prescribed by my G.P. My G.P. can’t get over the change and is very impressed. I would certainly recommend Richard to anyone.
Richard Helped In So Many Ways
Richard helped me in so many ways, even though I had many ailments, he helped me to believe in myself, weight loss, his recipes are delicious, didn't feel like I was on a diet, just healthy eating, but most of all Richard is very inspiring and often if I was having a bad day you could guarantee I would walk out of the gym smiling. Thank you Richard x
I Trust Him
Ah, what can I say about 'darling Rich'.......He lights up my Tuesday evenings, and my Saturday mornings!
It's only half hour - 40 mins, and goes by like a flash. After a session with Rich I feel like my batteries have been charged...
He's such a nice guy, gives me advice, guidance and plenty of encouragement. His daily e mails are informative and fun. I have learned about nutrition and fitness. He has a wealth of knowledge.
What I particularly like is that I feel comfortable in his gym...and I trust him. He has helped me reach my goals.
Had Many A Chuckle
I have had many a chuckle at some of your comments and stories but also appreciate the underlining message…I love your shot from the hip approach it's refreshing. Keep up the good work :0)
She Had Lost Her Way
I had lost my way training wise after the death of my beloved older brother and was struggling with stress and anxiety. I joined one of Richards groups and...I haven’t looked back since. I feel fitter and happier than I have in a long time and I’ve also lost inches and pounds.
What I really love about Rich is he says it like it is and he cares for his clients. I can be a bit “gung ho” when it comes to training and Rich reins that in to make sure I stay fit and uninjured. Richard has changed my life for the better and that’s no exaggeration.
Not Confident After Knee Injury
You helped me a great deal after my knee injury as I was not confident in doing any exercise incase I aggravated the injury. The exercise plan you did for me was great, very simple but effective. You were also very encouraging and very good at motivating me. Thanks
She Was Having A Fat Ugly Day
While writing this, I have felt like I was walking through a minefield.
I wasn’t sure I should send this email for fear of a backlash.
I have been taught not to mention these subjects.
But I can’t be a wimp and shy away from the sensitive stuff right?
I even had to run it by my wife first, after all she is who most of my “female experience” is based on.
But I will stick to my plan, so here goes…
Do you ever get “Fat ugly days”?
Days when you just feel fat and ugly and don’t want to leave the house?
My wife was having a fat and ugly day yesterday.
I told her to stay away from the windows so she doesn’t devalue the house (stole that one)
According to my wife it’s very common amongst women, especially at a certain time of the month.
(and some men too of course)
To be honest “fat ugly day” is not a term I had ever heard until a few years ago.
I first heard it from the comedian Micky Flanagan, my wife thought it was hilarious and said she could relate to feeling like that.
One thing I have learnt about women over the years no matter how good us men think they may look if they don’t feel good about themselves it doesn’t matter what we say.
What causes this to happen? Some ladies out there would say MEN.
Of course anything can make us feel like shit. It’s usually a combination of factors.
Diet & Lifestyle
When a woman says she feels “fat n ugly” – sometimes – it can be down to their hormones.
Most of our hormones START to decline after the age of 35/40, and is when most problems occur.
Hormones affect our mood in a huge way.
I have worked with women who are pre & post menopause and women who suffer from PCOS and endometriosis.
Female hormones are very complex, and what I know is very little.
But for today I will tell you what I do know based on my experience.
Hormones are so powerful they can change our personality and even make us cry.
A specific hormone, which causes problems for women, is estrogen.
Estrogen naturally increases as women age because hormones called progesterone and testosterone naturally decrease.
This process is made worse by many things.
Its SO easy to increase your estrogen levels without even realising it.
We may be unwittingly increasing our levels by…..
Using personal products such as moisturising lotions, shampoos and soaps.
Taking the contraceptive pill
Eating sugar and junk food
Drinking excess alcohol
Eating/drinking/heating anything in plastic
High estrogen levels can have a knock on effect, and cause OTHER hormones to go further out of balance.
(estrogen dominance, men can suffer too btw)
At this point – usually when your on your knees – some doctors offer HRT, which I’m all for if its the right type for you. (my clients have had mixed results with HRT, some love it others no so much)
Estrogen has also been called the “evil” hormone because some symptoms of estrogen dominance are – anger and rage.
Other symptoms include increased body fat, lower libido, food cravings, fluid retention, depression, endometriosis, infertility, miscarriage, headaches and sweats.
Body fat actually PRODUCES estrogen.
Stress produces estrogen.
Estrogen is a growth hormone and you will find it tough to lose weight when it’s flying around your body in such large quantities.
So what can be done to decrease it?
We can obviously decrease our estrogen levels by avoiding the things mentioned.
We can also reduce our estrogen levels by eating more green veg like kale and broccoli.
In this weeks podcast we discuss estrogen levels a bit and you can listen to that here.
If you want to have less days when you feel like shit or even feel “fat and ugly”…
REDUCE your estrogen levels naturally with these tips
PS – Here is the clip of Micky Flanagan sharing his fat and ugly day story and his wisdom on women – it’s priceless!