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Blogger Interview Amelia Burton

Hi all I have a real treat today as I managed to get a interview, with a gym owner and personal trainer, whom I got to know through blog catalog.

Her name is Amelia Burton from Oz Australia

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Hi Amelia and welcome to my blog and thanks for allowing me to interview yourself.

Mark

Would you like to introduce yourself and give the readers some background information about what you do, who you are and your blog.

Amelia

am a fitness nut who has been in the industry for 11 years. I was a trainer full time for 7 of those years and have been running my own health club for 5 years.

I have a science degree majoring in human movement, and love most forms of exercise. I am an avid runner, weight trainer, horse rider and love nothing better than to smash the punching bag (or my opponent!)

I started blogging because I am always asked great questions about health and fitness so I decided to put the answers in writing. It gives me an opportunity to connect with my members and friends and hopefully motivate the odd person along the way.

Mark

Do you yourself follow a particular eating plan or any diets per se, is there any that you recommend to other people or your clients ?

Amelia

Eat less, move more! That’s my philosophy. I follow a 1200-1500 calorie per day regime including everything from carbs to protein. I have 2 secret weapons, Juice Plus (multi Vitamin) and fish oil. Protein features high on my list as well.

Mark

What would you say is the most enjoyable thing about being the owner of a gym and is it something that you have always wanted to do ?

Amelia

When you are a personal trainer, you get so much reward from helping your clients. Well owning a gym has multiplied that feeling for me. I speak to so many more people each day so I feel like I am helping even more people. In addition the business experience has constantly stimulated me. I did not always want to own my own club, it happened about 5 years after I had been training.

Mark

How did you decide on the keep fit industry was what you wanted to do was inspired by someone or something earlier on in your life ?

Amelia

I have always been active but more of an autonomous exerciser rather than team sports. I loved training in the gym so I decided I might do some aerobics instructing whilst I was studying. Before long I had learnt more about PT, and decided that was more my scene. I did a PT course and worked as a trainer for 1 year before enrolling in a science degree. The rest is history!

Mark

What foreseeable plans do you have in the near future are there any other things in the pipeline that you would like to do or haven’t done just yet ?

Amelia

Keep doing what I am doing! I am speaking at some corporate health events, which I love and will continue to do. I am excited as I am upgrading my website soon, and expanding the topics that I write about.

Mark

Do you follow a particular exercise routine yourself and if so would you like to share it with the readers ?

Amelia

I am 11 weeks away from a marathon, so all I seem to do is run! I do around 60-80km per week, and 2 strength training/sprint sessions. Once the Sydney marathon is over, I will get back in the weights room in a big way as I have lost my ass!

Mark

If there is one particular piece of advice as regards losing weight diet and keeping fit, that you could give to people and if so what would it be ?

Amelia

Can I give two tips? Firstly, follow a calorie restricted diet. Take the time to work out how many calories you eat each day and stick to it. Secondly, when you start exercising, don’t eat more. Many people thinks 3 workouts per week gives them licence to eat what ever they want

In regards to exercise, learn to love pushing yourself. Many people make excuses for why they can’t push themselves, but whatever your physical condition, find a way to go out of your comfort zone.

Mark

What you think about all the slimming products are on the market at the moment would you say they are a waste of money, or in your experience do any of them work at all ?

I don’t endorse slimming tablets, and chemicals such as xenecal, however when following a calorie restricted diet, I think slimming shakes/ meal replacements have their place. For people who struggle with appetite, shakes can help suppress the urge to eat, whilst keeping to daily allowances. My personal preference is all natural products though.

Mark

Are you enjoying being a blogger and is it everything you expected it to be, and do you get concerned at all about all the competition from other health and fitness blogs ?

Oh yes I love it!!!! I never run out of ideas, in fact I have too many and sometimes can’t decide which direction to go. I am not threatened by other bloggers as I look at them like partners, aiming to inspire people to lead active, healthy lives…

Well that concludes this interview I would like to thank Amelia, for taking the time to do this for me as. I know she is very busy.

And here is Amelia’s blog address http://www.ameliaburton.com.au/ if you want check it out.

Stay tuned for more.

Blogger Interview The Fit Shack

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Blogger Interview The Fit Shack with JoLynn Braley

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A bit of a change of direction for myself this week I’m going to start doing blogger interviews on a regular basis.

So here is the first in a series of interviews, and my very first guest is JoLynn Braley, so to start off I was like to say welcome to my blog JoLynn, and thanks for doing this interview with me so without further ado let’s get started.

Thanks for interviewing me today Mark, I’m happy to be a guest on Lose That Tyre!

Mark

How did you first become interested in blogging and can you tell us a little bit about yourself and your blog?

JoLynn

Well, here’s the simple stuff – my name is JoLynn Braley and you can find me blogging at The Fit Shack about weight loss, health, and fitness from a whole mind, body, spirit perspective. The bulk of what I write about is based on my own life experience with being overweight and addicted to refined sugar, however I also love to do research and have written several posts on topics that required a good deal of it.

I first became interested in blogging when I learned of it at the end of 2006. Even though I hadn’t heard of blogging until then, I had been active in a weight loss support forum since 2004 and blogging seemed like a natural extension of forum posting in my mind. While it’s not exactly the same, if I hadn’t been involved in that forum I don’t know if I would have started blogging.

Mark

Your blog revolves around mind body and spirit how does that fit in with your blog and the message that you want to give to other people?

JoLynn

That’s an excellent question and is based on what I’ve learned throughout my life, struggling with overeating and overweight. What I’ve learned is that there is no quick fix, that being overweight is a complex issue for many people, and that if prescribing a healthy diet and exercise plan to an overweight person were enough then no one would be overweight, would they?

I’ve learned through my experience that it takes a complete mind, body, spirit shift in order to embrace a healthy lifestyle – this shift is needed to not only lose weight, but to keep it off for life. For example, if you’re an emotional eater (using food for emotions), addicted to refined sugar and white flour (or other foods like unhealthy fats, excess salt, or even dairy), or think that you don’t deserve to be healthy and fit, then there are other changes that need to be made.

Sure, you need to change how you eat and exercise, but if you don’t change how you think and feel about yourself and food then you very likely won’t maintain your loss for life.

Mark

I see you have an interest in the law of attraction would you say this has helped your blog go in the direction you want it to and that it helped you in your life as well?

JoLynn

I have several teachers that I gravitate towards who teach the law of attraction and how your thoughts create your reality, Abraham-Hicks and Louise L. Hay being two of them. I am still learning every day about the law of attraction and I do feel that it has definitely played a positive role in growing my blog.

Mark

Was it your own weight issues that make you want to start a blog about weight loss or was it something you was just interested in anyway?

JoLynn

I started blogging about this topic because I have personal experience with it. I wouldn’t have seen myself blogging over the long run about a topic that I wasn’t truly interested in, and I also wanted to spread the word on just how unhealthy processed food filled with refined sugar is for the human race.

Mark

What would you say the most rewarding thing is about being a blogger?

JoLynn

It’s most rewarding when I receive feedback that I’ve helped one of my readers, either through a comment, a blog post, or an email response I’ve given them after they have contacted me. If I didn’t receive any feedback from my readers and know that I was making a positive impact I think it would be difficult for me to continue putting time and effort into the posts that I write since my goal is to provide value for my readers.

Mark

Would you say that blogging has helped you grow as a person and make you more accountable for things in your life such as keeping your weight on track?

JoLynn

Yes, blogging has definitely helped me grow as a person. It has helped me grow in the areas of time management, communication, personal growth, self-improvement, customer service, diplomacy, conviction, persistence, consistency, just to name a few – and these don’t necessarily have anything at all to do with my personal weight loss and fitness goals!

Yes, blogging in itself is an experience in personal growth, however it also helps me stay accountable for my personal health and fitness goals.

I’ve even started Twittering about my fitness progress for an added measure of accountability, as well as to help motivate and inspire others to get moving with their own fitness goals.

Mark

Where do you see your blog going in the near future as to how it is now do you have any exciting new developments for the near future?

JoLynn

I have several ideas that I have not gone live with yet on my blog so at this time they are surprises for the future – good question though! :)

Where I see it going in general is that it continues to grow in readership and exposure to more and more people who are interested in not only losing weight, but in living their life to their fullest potential. After all, if you don’t have your health, then what do you have?