A huge congratulations to our Member of the Month for March, Michelle! Let’s get to know Michelle…nQ1: Please tell us a little about yourself (work/study/etc) I have been in the IT industry since the late 70’s when I did an apprenticeship at a mining company in Arnhem Land. The company offered me a number of options, drafting, surveying, lab work or computing. I remember my dad saying that the future was in computing…guess I made a good choice by listening to him! Wow so long ago, anyway it has served its purpose and have been lucky enough to be able to travel overseas working and also never be without a job, and also have been incredibly lucky to now live and work in Brisbane after many years in cold Canberra. The industry has obviously changed so much and I really don’t have the desire to keep up anymore, so I am happily planning my next stage of life…..retirement..nQ2: Was there a particular “snap point” for you that made you want to start training? Apart from a period in my 30’s I have always been active, either playing team sports and squash when I was younger, to running and triathlons later in my 40’s. I just need to be doing some form of exercise. I moved to Brisbane in 2014 and lost a bit of motivation to train and started to not like myself. I did continue to run, but I was getting slower and eating and drinking more than I needed to. I needed a bit of a kick to get me going. I looked around for a personal trainer and luckily came across Luke. He has helped bring so much positivity into my life, cannot thank him and the group enough. Q3: What’s been the biggest thing you’ve learnt from training at MP? That I don’t need to spend hours and hours training for it to make a difference.nQ4: What’s your favourite exercise to do and why?nI don’t think I have a favourite….I have a least favourite which is Mountain Climbers..nQ5: What’s your advice for anyone thinking about starting an exercise or nutrition program? Be patient and you will see results. Q6: What do you enjoy most about training at MP? I enjoy getting together with like minded people to exercise. —————————————————— A huge congratulations to our Member of the Month, Michelle Greenwood. Michelle has just begun her second Transformation Program with us, after enjoying some great success with her first. And not only has she been able to transform her body physically! Michelle has seen some other amazing changes in other aspects of her life, too. It’s been a pleasure to watch her complete transformation! Michelle is also a regular at our ICE Sessions. Her attendance is really consistent; she always works hard and with plenty of enthusiasm at each session. Well done, Michelle, and congratulations on being our Member of the Month! You’re an inspiration to us all!
A huge congratulations to our Member of the Month for February, Fiona! Let’s get to know Fiona…nQ1: Please tell us a little about yourself (work/study/etc)nI have worked in human services for the past 20 years, working in the areas of child protection, youth justice, alcohol and drug counselling and detox and State Government program development. I have a Bachelor of Social Science, Graduate Diploma in Counselling and Masters in Social Work. I have trained in yoga and yoga therapy, where I gained a lot of insight into yoga and trauma and I now use this approach in my private practice. It helps me to work with people who have experienced trauma and complex trauma. I am very inspired by people’s resilience and ability to survive through very difficult experiences, and the trauma yoga offers a whole new approach in helping facilitate change and offering choice to someone’s life. Q2: Was there a particular “snap point” for you that made you want to start training?nIn 2016 I hurt my back and was in a great deal of pain for several months. I also had very limited mobility and as a result, I put on weight and was very unhappy. My family is also going through a great deal of stress and I just needed to find something for myself to improve my health and wellbeing. Q3: What’s been the biggest thing you’ve learnt from training at MP?nI have learnt so many things. If I commit to myself, I know that Luke and the group will be right beside me – they’re not giving up on me. I guess what I’m saying is, accountability! If I’m prepared to be accountable to myself, I will succeed. Q4: What’s your favourite exercise to do and why?nNot sure if I have a favourite, but I do like butterfly sit ups. It’s probably the one I’m good at! Q5: What’s your advice for anyone thinking about starting an exercise or nutrition program? Be clear about your goals. What is it that you really want out of it and why? When you make that very specific, it’s amazing the things that will surface. I am in my first Transformation Challenge and it has been great. My ability to stay in sessions has increased. When I started with Luke, I was doing 2-3 sessions a week and now I am confident doing 5 sessions and can maintain my level throughout the session. I am feeling more focused and motivated. Q6: What do you enjoy most about training at MP?nThe group environment. It really does feel like you have created a family or community of people and we all support and encourage each other. It feels great.n———————————————————nWe are so incredibly proud of Fiona and all of the effort she brings to her training. She is a ray of sunshine and always so supportive of her team mates. As mentioned, Fiona is currently doing our ICE Program and the Transformation Challenge. She has implemented the steps of Metabolic Precision really well and has made some amazing lifestyle changes – and the results are showing! Well done, Fiona, and congratulations for being our Member of the Month!
A huge congratulations to our Member of the Month for January, Josh!nJosh started training with us in 2016, with some really exciting goals to achieve and a laser-like focus to help him get there!nSince he started, he has become one of our most consistent members, and as we all know, consistency produces results. Josh, it’s been a pleasure to see you work so hard and get fitter, stronger and leaner because of it. Congratulations for being our Member of the Month!
A huge congratulations to our Member of the Month for November, Christian!nChristian has been training with us for over 2 years now, and throughout this time he has achieved some fantastic results in our ICE, FIRE and MP Challenge programs. He is so consistent with his attendance, and he is always a regular at our social events. Christian has a fantastic sense of humour, regularly having us all in stitches, and he has opened his home to us on several occasions to help us celebrate special occasions. He is key member of our MP community and we are so grateful to have him in our crew!nCongratulations for being our Member of the Month, Christian!
A huge congratulations to our Member of the Month for October, Ben!nBen is currently doing our ICE Program, as well as our MP Challenge, and has made fantastic progress throughout the year. His training has been really consistent on a weekly basis, which is great to see!nWhat is even more impressive though, is his commitment to learning – English is Ben’s second language and he is currently learning about how to transform his body in our MP Challenge. He is being taught all new concepts to do with nutrition, habits and mindset, in a language that is not natural to him.nAnd we have to applaud that, Ben!nCongratulations for being our Member of the Month!
Let’s get to know Vanessa McCarrick, our Member of the Month for September! Q1. Please tell us a bit about yourself: I’m 23 from Brisbane, work full time admin. One of the most sarcastic people you’ll meet and I love to laugh. Q2. Was there a particular “snap point” for you that made you want to start with MP? I’ve always lacked motivation when it comes to cardio, I’d never push myself. Weights I could do for days! One day one of my good friends brought me along for a Saturday session with MP, I felt as though I was going to die afterwards! Within a week I knew I wanted to keep going, the support from the group and the social aspect of it is amazing. If I can go hang out with a bunch of awesome people AND exercise without it feeling like chore, what more could you want! Q3. What’s been the biggest thing you’ve learnt from working with us at MP?nExercise is a lifestyle choice. Q4. What’s your favourite exercise to do and why?nButterfly sit ups, because I get to lay down in between reps. Q5. What’s your advice for anyone thinking about starting an exercise or nutrition program?nHave patience, it won’t happen over night. The results are so rewarding, mentally and physically.nQ6. What do you enjoy most about the MP Program? All of the awesome people I get to train with! Plus the convenience of location and the flexibility with the sessions. I love the PM options! ———————————————————————— A huge congratulations to our Member of thenMonth for September, Vanessa! Vanessa has been training with us all yearnand throughout this time, she has become one of our most consistent MP members,nin both her effort and her attendance. However, more than that, she contributesngreatly to our community “vibe.” Vanessa is really encouraging and supportivenof her fellow team mates in all workouts, and she always attends our socialnevents outside of the gym, which help to strengthen the friendships and thenbonds between our crew. We are really grateful for all you bring tonour team, Vanessa – well done on being our Member of the Month for September!
I had some overripe strawberries in the fridge this week, so needed to either use them in a smoothie or get creative and use them in a new recipe…. And I decided on the latter!
(My toddler loves to “help” me bake)!
Here it is:
250g punnet of strawberries, chopped
3 x cups of oats
3 x eggs
1/3 cup of coconut oil, melted
1 tsp baking powder
2 tsp vanilla essence
Preheat oven to 180 degrees.
Place the strawberries, eggs and coconut oil into a bowl and mix thoroughly.
Add in the oats, baking powder, vanilla essence and honey and stir to combine.
Pour into a bread loaf pan and bake for 20-25 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.
My 2 year old loved these and I had a slice after each workout. As the oats are high energy carbohydrates, they make the perfect post-workout snack to replenish tired muscles. Enjoy!
Let’s get to know Tara Leonard, our Member of the Month for August! Q1. Please tell us a bit about yourself: I live in Coomera and work in Lennox Head. I’m an early childhood teacher and work at a community based preschool. I absolutely love my job and just can’t bring myself to leave it or the community. I’ve moved to Coomera to be with my partner, so as you can imagine, I travel a fair bit. I’ve also gone back to uni to extend my degree… I wouldn’t advise working full time and studying, haha – I must be crazy!nI’ve always been fit and healthy but NEVER lean… When I was younger, I represented at high levels for both swimming and hockey. In my adult years, I raced and trained full time in triathlon, mainly 70.3 IRONMAN. I made it to the world championships and after a stress fracture, I moved away from the sport and into CrossFit (yep, complete opposite) and loved it. But throughout all of this, I’ve always struggled with my weight. Restricting my diet was supposed to be the answer, but it clearly wasn’t working for me. Q2. Was there a particular “snap point” for you that made you want to start with MP?nI’m a national hockey umpire and unfortunately my weight is holding me back from progressing.nQ3. What’s been the biggest thing you’ve learnt from working with us at MP?nOvertraining can hinder your success. Q4. What’s your favourite exercise to do and why?nAnything and everything really. I love finishing training and feeling absolutely exhausted! But I do love FIRE Training! Q5. What’s your advice for anyone thinking about starting an exercise or nutrition program?nYou’ll always find an excuse not to! Start finding and believing in the reasons why you should… It’s not going to be easy but it will be worth it with consistency and dedication. Q6. What do you enjoy most about the MP Program?nAll the delicious food and the fact that I’m not starving myself. It’s a great community and there’s lots of support :)n———————————————————————— Tara is currently doing our MP Online Program and kicking some serious goals! Completing a transformation is challenging, and Tara has a lot on her plate. Being a full time mum, working full time, studying, all the travel she does – Tara could very easily let it take a toll. However, Tara always completes her tasks and her meal prep and she’s incredibly dedicated to her workouts. Tara really shows that if you want something bad enough, you can always make it work, and that regardless of how busy you are, health and fitness can be a priority. Congratulations, Tara!
I love a good stir fry. They’re always quick to prepare and you can pretty much throw in any meat, veggies and flavours you like.
We just so happened to have some peanut butter (very rare!) in the cupboard, so I thought I’d try a beef satay recipe.
And here it is…
500g diced beef
1 x brown onion, chopped
2 x carrots, chopped
100g green beans, chopped
1 head of broccoli, chopped
100g pumpkin, chopped and pre-steamed in the microwave so it’s cooked
Handful of spring onion, chopped
Handful of snow peas, chopped
2 tbsp. peanut butter
1 tbsp. sweet chilli sauce
2 tbsp. soy sauce
1 tsp minced ginger
1 tsp minced garlic
1 tsp ground cumin
Heat a fry pan and place beef and brown onion in it. Cook until beef is browned.
Combine peanut butter, sweet chilli sauce, soy sauce, ginger, garlic and cumin in a bowl.
Add to fry pan, stirring it through until the beef and onion are covered.
Add all veggies and stir through, cooking for a few minutes until veggies are cooked. Enjoy!
This is a super quick recipe to prepare! There’s no need to cook any ingredients – just chop it all up and throw it together! I’ve put this salad with roast chicken this week and it’s delicious! Here’s the recipe for Cauliflower Tabouli… Ingredients: 1 x head of cauliflower, chopped into florets (remove the tough core)n1 x large tomato, finely choppedn1 x large red onion, finely choppedn1/2 bunch of spring onions, finely choppedn3 x tbsp. flat-leaf parsley, finely choppedn3 x tbsp. olive oiln3 x tbsp. lemon juicenSalt and peppern(I used the olive oil and lemon juice amounts as a guide only. I added more to taste). Method:nPlace cauliflower into food processor and blend until it’s finely chopped (the same consistency as cous cous)nTransfer the cauliflower into a large mixing bowl. Add all the other chopped veggies and parsley, and drizzle the olive oil and lemon juice over the top. Mix to combine. Add salt and pepper to taste. *Serve with your favourite source of first-class protein.