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Motivation to lose weight…….

Motivation-to-lose-weight blog As Carnival 2013 is fast approaching, most masquerades are shuffling through bodies to get to exercise machines or going into exercise classes like zumba, trying to burn calories, in order to fit into costumes, measured before the Christmas.

One of the secrets which helps with Weight Management is NOT to “balance” healthy foods eaten during the day with junk foods like pizza, snacks or ice cream at night when you get home.

One solution to controlling one’s appetite after dark is to eat more often during the day. Many people don’t plan their meals – they may dash out the house in the morning with little more than a cup of coffee – for which I am guilt, and then try to power through the day without taking time to eat properly. It’s no wonder that by the time I get home at night, I’m literally starving and I will eat until I satisfy my hunger and in some cases, overeat.

I have since learnt that one of the best defenses against night-time nibbling is eating correctly. Breakfast and lunch meals should provide plenty of protein to keep my mind sharp and hunger satisfied. Some healthy carbs like fruits, veggies and whole grains are great for maintaining blood sugar. A protein shake is a great way to start the day or end the night – or an egg white omelet with fruit; plain nonfat yogurt with fruit; or a quick bowl of oatmeal with some protein powder stirred in.

By putting more nutritional emphasis on your daytime meals and snacks, it’s likely you won’t be nearly as hungry at night, so your dinner meal can be lighter and smaller – but we all know this – how many of us practice it?

motivation to lose weightNeed motivation to lose weight? Contact me – Weight Management & Healthy Lifestyle Coaching  –  email:; 1868-290-8171. When you’re on the move and in need of a motivational chat, weight loss tips or just some good ol’ fashioned support, call us because we are here to support you.

Article published in the Sunday Guardian – January 13, 2013


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Is this you? Isolated, angry, scared?

Susan Powter was dealing or not dealing with the breakup of her marriage. A mature, single mother of two sons, one year apart. What did she do? Did she pick herself up by her bootstraps and get on with her life oooorrrrr—-

Start eating enormous amounts of high-fat foods and stopped moving – the exercise she had begun to please her Prince ended. She felt isolated, angry, lonely, scared, angry (did we already mention angry?), eating, not moving, and planning the demise of her Prince and Princess. That’s how she spent her days: thinking of ways to ruin his and her life. Well, could you blame her?

One day she woke up, out of a fat coma, and she was a mess. She was fat. She couldn’t move without feeling exhausted. She had every ache and pain in the book. Her self-esteem was in the toilet. She hated the way she looked and felt. 18 1/2 stone, she felt as if her life was over. How did she get into this mess? How was she to get out of it? Where does she go for help? Where was she supposed to put all the anger and pain that she was feeling? Lots of questions, not many answers, swirled around in her head, driving her nuts. Everything changed. The panic attacks began. Shopping for groceries with the children was too much some days.

Her life was falling to pieces in front of her eyes. She felt as if she was losing all control and didn’t know how to regain it. She suffered feelings of anxiety, fear and depression.

What would be your advice to Susan if you knew her at this period of her life?

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Posted by on July 22, 2011 in Home


How to be a FAT Detective! by Susan Powter

Susan Powter came on the fitness scene in the 90’s. After the breakup of her marriage, Susan fell into a self-described ‘fat coma’ to numb the pain of her divorce and of being a single mother. She woke up weighing 260 pounds –  unfit, fat and severely depressed. And like millions of others, she found that the diet and fitness industries worked against women, setting them up for failure, ruining their health, taking their money and giving them only temporary and short-term answers.

In her book, Stop the Insanity!, Susan shares her practical and proven programme designed for women of all ages, weights, and fitness levels, providing an inspirational and prescriptive guide for health and fitness.

Susan was an inspiration to me when her book came out. She was sassy and encouraging with her advice.

One of the first important steps to losing weight is to become a fat detective. So test the formula below and see what results you get.

Not all calories are created equal!

One gram of protein = 4 calories
One gram of carbs = 4 calories
One gram of fat = 9 calories

Fat = more than twice the calories of the other two fuels your body uses.

Fat makes you fat, by Susan Powter!

The Fat Formula

Number of fat grams x 9 = X
X divided by total calories
That will tell you what you need to know
What percentage of this total serving is fat?
Is it 10%? 50%? or 90%?

Do it! You’ll be amazed…

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Posted by on July 20, 2011 in Home


Do You Need a Health Coach? Pointers from the Pros

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Have you ever lost weight, only to find the pounds creeping back a few months later? Or have you made a commitment to eat healthier foods but found it difficult to understand food labels and to measure foods? Have you made any effort to cook healthy meals? If you’re having trouble meeting a health goal, or if you’ve tried in the past and failed, you  need a health coach.

Unlike, say, a workout buddy, “a health coach is trained to help you break your goal into manageable steps, track your progress, and identify and overcome personal roadblocks,” says Karen Lawson, MD, program director for the health coaching track at the University of Minnesota. Lawson notes that the number of health coaches has exploded in recent years, and until national credentialing standards are implemented, you’ll need to choose one with care.

Ask about the Health Coach’s training (you’ll want at least 80 hours of education), whether he/she has prior experience in a health-related field like nutrition or nursing, how much he/she charges per session, and how many clients he/she has seen in the past (Lawson advises a minimum of 30). Once you hire a coach, what kind of advice can you expect to get? Five pros share their best tips.

Today Clean, Tomorrow Lean
“If the thought of taking a big step (like losing 20 pounds) feels overwhelming, try making a small change in an unrelated area. Spending a few minutes each day cleaning out your junk drawer or organizing crushing paperwork, for example, can help you feel successful-and provide you with the motivating energy to subsequently tackle the more difficult task.” -Claire M. Stuckey, Plymouth, Minnesota

Lying in Wait
“On days you don’t feel like exercising, tell yourself you’re going to simply lie on the floor. Some days you might lie there and do nothing. But often, once you’re down, it’s easy to motivate yourself to do a few crunches, push-ups, or stretches.” -Juliana Brafa, New York City

Menu Mastery
“In restaurants, use the ‘plan, scan, or can’ technique. Beforehand, decide on a food plan-for example, that you’ll start with a fiber-rich salad or vegetable-based soup. When the waiter hands you the menu, give it a cursory scan to hone in on your choices, and ignore everything else. (Once you lock in on the fettuccine Alfredo, it can be tough to resist.) If you want to order a favorite, less nutritious dish, make your selection healthier by asking, ‘Can I have steamed veggies instead of fries?’ or ‘Can you grill the fish tacos rather than fry them?'”
-Lisa Cummings, Westport,

Connecticut Set Down the Cookie Crutch
“When you’re feeling frazzled, it can be tough to think of a quick pressure-releaser that doesn’t involve chocolate. Instead of stuffing your desk with snacks, create a ‘nourishment menu,’ a written list of simple actions (like sending your partner an ‘I love you’ text, or treating yourself to a hand massage) that make you feel good and ease stress. When you need a time-out, just look at the menu and choose an item.” -Terra C. Pfund, Red Bank, New Jersey

The Remedy for Salad Fatigue
“For a healthy lunch, try this easy, low-cost alternative to salads: Before leaving home, load a one-quart container half full of frozen vegetables and fill the rest with a matching protein and low-fat sauce (think Southwest vegetables with black beans and salsa, or Asian vegetables with canned salmon and sesame ginger vinaigrette). No need to refrigerate: By noon the veggies will be defrosted and everything will have marinated to perfection.”
-Jennifer A. Ford, Huntington Beach, California

I personally, would advise that you look at a weight loss program which incorporates exercise as opposed to going on a diet. The word “diet” is so cliche but when you look at the person saying that they are on a “diet”, it is difficult to see any weight loss.

If you or someone you know would like to lose weight and is tired of  focusing on just trying to fit into a skinny jeans and would like to tie weight loss to the big picture–your dream life, then give me a call.

Janice Learmond-Criqui – Certified Professional Coach
Tel:        +1868-740-4120

My aim is to train clients to reach goals instead of dreaming about them.

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Posted by on June 22, 2011 in Home



Hi, my name is Joel and I am a Spin-a-holic

IT’S TRUE!!! he can’t stop spinning and it’s all SpinnersWorld’s fault, as well as TV6, who got him involved in doing a reality series called REV Re-shape last year, where he underwent a rigorous 8 weeks of diet and exercise and lost just about 24 pounds.

The series REV Re-shape was produced by Shameila Thomas, one of Trinidad and Tobago’s young, talented producers. Joel suspects that Shameila  enjoyed producing the series  just to see him undergo pure torture.

Nevertheless, since REV Re-shape, he can now admit that he is  addicted to spinning and a healthy way of eating. He has made a lifestyle change based on his eyes being opened and the stunning results he experienced with his mind and body. The SpinnersWorld family took him under their wing and made him feel welcome.

Joel is now based in Jamaica and has been able to continue spinning. He says that Jamaican spinning is different, it’s just as intense, but the tempo is different.

Recommends taking part in any spin competition and can guarantee anyone that it will be fun and ” there is absolutely nothing like riding to the sweet sound of pulsating Soca.”

Having always been athletic and competitive, Joel sees spinning as  one of the best forms of cardio-vascular workouts you will ever do.

He confesses that since he started his career in the media, he has put on a lot of weight, mainly due to crazy working hours and bad eating habits.

Very appreciative of The REV Re-shape series that has changed him for good. Romano foundation, comes in for great praise because they taught him how to eat and what to eat which was really an ‘aha’ moment in his life.

An advocate of eating well and disciplined regular exercise.  Because if he can do it … so can you.

A lover of food, he confesses to being lazy but on the other hand would like to become ultra-fit.

Joel and his wife have created a website called, based on their love for food…. Check it out! Spinning is a lifestyle.

Joel is hooked for life…. and thanks Dickie, Warren, Rachel, Clint, Justin, Ria, Michelle, Craig, Kameel, Christian, Liz and the whole crew….



Kirstie Alley – A woman determined to lose the weight!

Why do people judge other people when it comes to their weight? Oscar Wilde says – “Be yourself, everyone else is already taken”. In my opinion, Kirstie Alley is just being herself. She has recognized that she has a problem and has continued to work on losing her weight throughout the years. She has embraced herself  fully and is trying to transform her body once again. Kudos to her!! She has not given up!

Anyone trying to lose weight will try different weight loss programmes until they hit on a programme that works for them. I am still trying different programmes – weights; walking Lady Chancellor road; the treadmill; spin class; zumba classes; etc. but I don’t intend to stop until I achieve my goal. I have just ordered the “Insanity” cds by Shaun T. Now that is a good-looking man! When I told a friend about all the different ways I was trying to lose weight, he said to me that it was a good thing, because then I will not get bored.  That is one way of sticking to one’s goal.

Kirstie’s latest weight loss programme is dancing with an aim to winning the “Dancing with the Stars” title. In an interview with the Kansas City Star, she says: “As long as I kept changing and changing and changing, I really didn’t care. It was like, keep whittling, whittling, whittling. And the other thing that’s really more significant to me — I mean, I love the whittling, I like being skinny — I’m really strong and really agile, and it gave me a new life.” Good for her!!

In the zumba class that I currently attend, there are women there – all shapes and sizes but the important thing is that people are burning calories.
Kirstie Alley may be 60 and the oldest competitor on Dancing with the Stars, but she does not care about that.  A person is as old as they think they are. While viewers may have been focused on her age, she was working hard on the dance floor and keeping her eye on the prize!
Tip from me to my readers:  Don’t allow yourself to get comfortable or give up if one weight loss programme is not working. Try another one and another and another. Don’t give up on yourself! You are worth the effort and it should not matter how old you are. As Our Lady of Weight Loss says: “There is no such thing as will power; only want power.”
I want to be slim!!
See her interview on Oprah – very entertaining:
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