How Losing My Job Helped Me Transform My Life and Thousands of Others

How Losing My Job Helped Me Transform My Life and Thousands of Others

I had the privilege of being interviewed for Fox and CNN news. If you missed it, here it is: Its great to speak with you today. Why don’t you give us some details about you and your story. How did you get to where you are today?It’s a pleasure to meet you and thank you. I have always been independent and head strong in what I wanted to make out of my life. I have never been afraid of working hard and had my first weekend job at 13. As soon as my exams were finished I got a job with a global blue chip company and spent the next 20 years establishing my career. 7 weeks into my maternity leave I received a call informing me I no longer had a job. The company had gone into administration and I was one of 96,000 employees that lost their job that day.I applied for over 1000 jobs, but nothing. The next few months hit me hard. I lost my confidence, my independence and my identity. I had no idea who I was or what my purpose was anymore. Then one morning I got up and decided I was no longer going to accept this as my reality. Never again will I put myself in a position where someone else other than me is responsible for my life. So I got to work. I worked on myself, I got back into a fitness routine, started making better choices when it came to food and I worked on my mind. I read books that grew my understanding of myself, how to love yourself even the worst situations and I learnt about business. I knew that what I had learnt could support so many other women. Im sure your success has not come easily. What challenges have you had to overcome along the way?Success isn’t easy whatever you are doing, loosing weight, learning to drive. It all just takes commitment, practise and the decision to see it through. My journey has definitely been interesting! I have made great friends and lost some too, its hard when those around you don’t understand your mission. But after 14 years and 3 re-brands I am 100% in the right place and love what I do. I started out as Personal Trainer and then over the last 14 years I have evolved to incorporate what I now value as the 3 key ingredients for a Healthy Life (Mind, Body, Lifestyle) This meant additional qualifications to become a Nutritional Therapist and a Coach. However if I had to pick the main challenges I think the 2 B’s were my biggest: Balance – keeping the home running, spending time with those you love and building a business or 4 at the same time and keeping on top of the course work! And the 2nd B Belief in myself – am I doing the right thing, is it worth it, am I the only person that has these feelings. To take time out is so important not only for our physical health but for our mental health too. These challenges have allowed me to reach out to more women and offer support those looking to re-create their purpose to have balance and independence. Lets talk about the work you do. What do you specialize in and why should someone work with you over the competition? I am a Health, Wealth and Happiness coach. I truly believe that in order to live a healthy life you need to have a balance of the right ingredients: great nutrition to keep our organs and body functioning to the best of its ability, a strong and healthy body to keep our organs safe and well, and a well-versed mind that can deal with the trial and trepidations of everyday life. It’s a bit like making a cake, if you skip an ingredient it just doesn’t taste right. I have been working on these three areas with my clients for the last 7 years with some amazing results. The mind and what we fuel our bodies with are more important and sustainable (in my opinion) than 3 gym sessions a week. What I am saying is that if you can conquer your mind and your nutrition 1st you will find it easier to add in and stick to a regular exercise program.It is from this that I have developed a number of programs and courses. Who people work with is down to each individual. Its so important that you feel comfortable and trust your coach, create a relationship and build a rapport. I always offer a call to see if we are good fit before working with a client and I am always happy to share the details of my own personal journey as proof that it is possible to come out the other side. What is the best piece of advice for readers who desire to find success in their life? Start now, don’t wait. So many people are either waiting for the right time or they think this is simply how it is. Don’t wait until the kids leave school, don’t think you are too old or too young. If you really want something bad enough you will find a way to make it happen.One of my favourite quotes “you don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great” – Zig Ziglar. Find someone that has been where you want to go and reach out. Speaking of success, what does the word mean to you? For me success is seeing the transformation in so many women. When I first started out I really didn’t know how many women would need my programs. Asking for support isn’t something we are very good. But, if I could support and change the life of just one person it would all be worth it. Today I have supported hundreds of women from across the globe and it is their success that truly inspires me. Whats next for you? I have a monthly on-line membership package “providing the Ingredients for a healthy life” which offers everything you need from recipes, fitness, selfcare, mindset, intolerance testing, support and accountability, to name just some. This can be used as a taster to the programs I offer, or as a support and accountability platform once clients have completed a program. I am also so excited to be launching a total transformation package, that supports inner and outer health leaving you not only feeling and looking great but providing the tools to stay there. But what excites me most is my partnership program “Unstoppable Success”, where I am offering other women who have either lost their confidence and or career and want to regain their independence and purpose an opportunity to do just that. Teaching women you truly can “have your cake, and eat it”. Finally, how can people connect with you if they want to learn more? I can be found on a number of platforms, the quickest for an overview of programs would be my https//www.alexandradawson.com/welcome-sm/  For anyone that just wants to know a bit more about me, my life and how I choose to live it I would say my instagram account: @imalexdawson I can also be reached on: facebook/alexandradawsonwellness Facebook group/YourMind Your Body Your Lifestyle Instagram/alexandradawsonwellness Instagram/USS_UnStoppableSuccess Youtube/providingtheingredientsforahealthylife LinkedIn/alexandra-dawson-023994/ Website/alexandradawson.com Email/alex@alexandradawson.com  

Episode 4 Talk on Tuesday – Goal Setting

Episode 4 Talk on Tuesday – Goal Setting

Welcome to Talk on Tuesday “Providing the ingredients for a Healthy Life”. My name is Alex Dawson and I will be coming to you on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of every month to share top tips, great interviews and answer you questions.

Episode 4 is all about Goal Setting and how to stick to those Goals.

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Goal setting is a brilliant exercise and can be done at anytime of the year to get ourselves back on track, and to stay on track. Id love to see some of your goals and know how well you are doing with them.

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Who is feeling the BLOAT?

Who is feeling the BLOAT?

Wow! how much damage can 3 days do…………… A LOT!!! Please tell me its not just me. I started the Christmas festivities very sprightly, calm and excited. I had 3 days off (in terms of nutrition). For those of you that don’t know….in April 2020 I am competing in my first ever Female Body Building Competition. So I had a very long kist of all the foods I have bene craving for the last 4 months that just haven’t been possible to fit into my cheat meals. Don’t get me wrong, I didn’t sit in a corner stuffing a box of quality street (i’m not knocking that), but I did eat A LOT, in a very short space of time.

So I went from feeling sprightly to somewhat resembling being 8 months regnant with quads! My tummy hurt, it was hard and  couldn’t move. If I am honest I am still not feeling 100% and as I write this I know I need to get out and do my daily cardio before it gets dark.

Why does this happen? basically our digestive system cant cope. Imagine your intestines as the M25 and the traffic is your food. When you eat regularly and fuel yourself with healthy easily to digest foods and wash it down with lots of healthy water you, like the traffic flow nicely. However, start to overload with a fry up for breakfast washed down with your finest Moet, followed by more bubbles and nibbles for present opening, followed by a few aperitif chocolates. Then the meal…. starters, all the turkey and veg, sausage, bacon, stuffing and don’t forget the yorkie puds and the gravy washed down with a nice pinot noir. A little rest to pull the crackers and see if you can squeeze in seconds….then roll out the Desserts. Freshly baked mince pies, chocolate log and the all important brandy soaked Christmas Pudding with more wine and finished off with chocolates, liquors and some posh coffee. The intestines cant take it! traffic is at a stand still. The food just hasn’t had time to digest to allow for the next mouthful so we go into complete intestine grid lock, and hence the food baby appears at a fully developed ready pop 8 months!. The overload on carbs then sends us into a food coma, so we miss the queens speech and next thing…….its 6pm. You guessed it, time for tea! And we repeat this process……..

I don’t know about you but my body needs a detox! So today, I have emptied my entire fridge into a black sack. No more triffle, cheese cake, cheese, pate (the bubble I have made into burgers and freezed), everything has gone. I will spend the next 7 days detoxing (this basically means feeling my body with lots of water, no sugar or fat) a getting back to feeling like me again. Then we hit my 30 days to healthy living plan to get on track for losing 10kg by 1st February 2020! Is it going to be easy… NO, but 100%  its going to be worth it.

 

Lets get honest

Lets get honest

11 days left of this year and 11 days left of this decade!!!!!! I am not sure what I am more shocked about, the fact that I remember the millennium celebrations and spending the night on call because as soon as the clocks on the computers hit 00:00:00 the world was going to end OR the fact that it was 20 years ago!!!! 20 years! Its actually quite frightening at how quickly time passes, and more so as you get older, I have no idea why this is but it just seems to go quicker.

So lets get honest, and I am not going make you go back 20 years. Lets just look back to 1st January 2019. Did you set any New Years resolutions? perhaps you wanted to stop smoking, join a gym (and actually go this time), be healthier, get a new job, move house, be happier………..the list can be quite long. Did you do it? if you did huge congratulations, you are in the 8% of people that actually accomplished them. 25% of people stay committed for 30 days then just..give up. Its the same any time of the year, commitment isn’t something that just flows to us on the 1st day of each year. The same process applies for weight loss, learning a new skill, reading a book etc. It all comes down to how much you want it, what does it mean to you, what are the consequences of not doing it and how will you do it. Resolutions are too vague, you need to set goals instead. Goals are specific, they are actionable which makes them more effective.Get clear on what you want to accomplish, why is it important and how will you make it happen. Take being healthier as an example and break it down. How are you going to become healthier? Will that mean changing eating habits, and/or join a gym or fitness class? Do you need to hire a personal trainer or a health coach to help you with these goals? what else will you have to do? Be as specific as possible and break it down into all of the smaller steps you will need to reach your full goal.

The biggest challenge is to be honest with yourself. Most people have the same resolutions year on year as they simply just carry it over (guilty as charged over here). Take a good look in the mirror and actually ask yourself questions out loud. What got in the way last time? Why do you want to do it? How will it make you feel? 

Know you can do it, because you can. Believe in yourself, but know……if you change nothing, nothing changes.

 

 

 

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