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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.
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
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...
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.
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.
Fantastic…I'm inspired as with all your emails
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
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.
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
Twix For Breakfast
Just so you know I’m human
I have fallen off the wagon, and it all started with a twix for breakfast a couple of weeks ago.
I can’t really say it was a conscious decision at the time, like I didn’t plan it but before I knew it I was walking out of the petrol station with a BIG twix and a cup of tea.
The fact that I had already had a lovely (yeh right) green vegetable smoothie, was besides the point.
Obviously this sort of thing doesn’t happen very often but it does happen
TO US ALL – ME INCLUDED
Why did I do it? I don’t really know but I will attempt to paint the picture.
This stuff doesn’t happen because things are going well quite the opposite usually.
Firstly, I was starving and the breakfast smoothie just hadn’t hit the spot, or even filled the gap for that matter.
Secondly, we, had been stressed lately.
When I say we, I mean me and my wife, or should it be my wife and I either way we had been through a load of shit and were still in the middle of some too.
I won’t bore you with my problems, I’m sure you have enough of your own but it involves teenagers, sick parents and stuff breaking.
All this stuff going on, really threw our routine out AND we had sleepless nights worrying about it all.
If you live in the real world you will know what I’m talking about. This kinda stuff happens when you have a family, their problems are your problems.
And of course when all this stuff is going on, something like the washing machine goes and one of the kids gets nits and it’s enough to push you over the edge.
Usually this stuff individually is no big deal, but it all happened the same time and we are all human.
So with a combination of hunger, stress and lack of sleep there I was sitting in my car chilling with the radio on enjoying a twix for breakfast and it was bloody great I can tell you.
No big deal right.
Until the next day after lunch, when I ate a bag of maltesers. Whoops
And the next day when I had a packet of orange club biscuits yes the whole packet, 8 biscuits, didn’t touch the sides if I’m honest, could’ve prob eaten another pack.
This sugar binge went on for another week or more, I was back eating jelly sweets and chocolate and it had all happened so fast and seemed to have kinda snuck up on me.
I would eat this crap in the evening after work normally I would wake up the next morning and say “right that’s it
no more today, sometimes even throwing out whatever was left over. Only to get home and by 9pm I was at it again.
I felt like a right addict, and that’s probably close to the truth.
I couldn’t stop, that was until I had a bad stomach and was getting a few spots here and there and that for me was enough to give me the kick up my ass to get it back in check.
So I swapped the junk for some oat and raisin cookies and homemade pancakes in the evenings.
And now I’m back on the wagon.
Now looking back it’s easy to see now with hindsight.
The stress triggered the bad habit.
The bad habit triggered the happy hormones and the desire to repeat it – because it was SO nice.
Then for me personally, I really had to feel some physical pain before I changed the bad habit.
Some schools of thought say you do stuff like this because your body needs serotonin, the happy hormone.
If levels are low your body will make you do almost anything to get a hit.
They also say it’s kinda out of our control, we are animals after all and that’s what I felt like, an animal, when the hunger or should I say desire for SUGAR came over me.
Also deep down, I guess I still love a bit of junk food and it’s something I have to keep in check for sure.
During these stressful times many of us have a weakness or an old habit which rears its ugly head.
So that’s my little confession session.
Has this kinda thing ever happened to you?
Have a nice bank holiday,
PS Don’t forget to check out this week’s podcast, it’s a great one for all of you runners out there. We also talk Crohn’s disease, high blood pressure, carb loading, energy gels, salt and much more.