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By Brian Foley from Activate Fitness

Few people start focusing on their nutrition because they love counting calories. Weight loss might be a big reason. But wanting weight loss usually means more than the number on the scale.

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For most of us, we want to have greater energy, change our clothing size and become healthy. Doing things that won’t work for your lifestyle long term can cause you to quit because the effort doesn’t seem worth the reward.

To help, here are my five daily habits to make nutrition simple and low stress, and attain any weight loss goals you might have!

People don’t quit “diets” because they don’t produce results, people quit because they are too complicated, contain “rules” and are time consuming.

I’m going to let you in on some secrets our nutrition coaches at Activate use when coaching clients and it’s not all about calories, macros and quantities, it's often more about our relationship with food and our lifestyle habits.

Habit 1. Write down your WHY

If you are sluggish during the day, miserable in your clothes, or borderline pre-diabetic, your WHY might be to:

A. Wake up excited to start the day! Take the kids to the park, excel at work, get rid of that afternoon crash.

B. Change your medical "future” so it doesn’t match your medical history!

C. Feel sexy in your body again!

If you have a deep understanding of WHY you want to change, you can focus on that when the times get tough.

Habit 2. Drink Water

Water is key to a healthy body but can also help with weight loss. Not only does water make you feel fuller so you eat less, it also helps you replace calorie-containing drinks like fizzy and energy drinks.

Habit 3. Eat Protein

When you eat more protein you tend to feel full longer. How much do you need? It depends. If you’d like me to give you an estimate, send us an email at nutrition@activate.ie with “protein” in the subject line.

When you are in a calorie deficit (necessary for weight loss) eating protein can also help you maintain muscle mass which can help with your overall health, but also in achieving a more “toned” and defined look.

As you get older, you lose lean mass (both muscle and bone). This affects how long you live as well as how functional and healthy that life is. The more protein in your muscles, the stronger your muscles can get.

Habit 4. Daily Movement

Our new normal in life has become structured in a way that makes it very easy to avoid movement. We sit in cars, at our desks, come home and sit on the couch. However, because of our sedentary lifestyle, pain in knees and stiff backs have become the norm.

Start by moving 30 minutes a day and get in strength training three to five times a week. Intentional movement can help with weight loss, not just in calories, but in mindset.

Habit 5. Remember That You’re Driving the Bus

You’re in charge of the direction of your energy, clothing sizes, your medical future vs medical history. Out of all of these top five tactics, this one might be the most important. It’s up to you. I know that my best days are ones I have a plan for.

Following these five tactics will not be easy in the beginning but they can be simple, if you focus.

If you need help implementing strategies in your life to help with your weight loss goals, shoot me an email and I’ll get you moving in the right direction.

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New Fexco partnership to create 75 jobs

Kerry based financial technology and business services company Fexco and digital services company, TEKenable have announced a strategic partnership to help create 75 new jobs by 2025. The Fexco Managed Services […]

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Kerry based financial technology and business services company Fexco and digital services company, TEKenable have announced a strategic partnership to help create 75 new jobs by 2025.

The Fexco Managed Services and TEKenable partnership will see both organisations co-invest in Microsoft Dynamics 365 Products and Salesforce Cloud Solutions and Services aimed at improving their collective customers end-to-end experience across both Irish and UK markets.

This partnership combines TEKenable’s experience in providing Microsoft Dynamics 365 consultancy, development, and support services to their customers, with Fexco’s experience of premium operational delivery, customer management and process optimisation experts. This partnership will also see the creation of 75 new jobs by 2025, with roles created within Digital Customer Experience, Predictive Customer Behaviour Analysis, and Automation & Operational Efficiency services.

“This partnership will help us build on our collective strengths, and deliver the perfect blend of premium operational expertise, support, and resources to maximise the potential of Microsoft Dynamics 365 in improving our customers’ digital end to end experience,” Martin Ryan, Managing Director of Fexco Managed Services and Advisory Services, said.

“This will see us and TEKenable collaborate across multiple sectors and reinforce our position as trusted advisors who deliver transformative services for our clients.”

TEKenable was founded in 2002 by Nick Connors and Peter Rose is an innovative technology company focused on delivering digital services through Low Code platforms to medium and large-scale enterprises in Ireland, UK and EMEA.

Nick Connors, Managing Director with TEKenable added that “this partnership will see us work with Fexco Managed Services to bring solutions, products and services offerings that will fundamentally change the end-to-end experience of both our customers, and their customers”.

“We predict that we will see growth from a combination of existing and new clients over the coming three years.”

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Headford man’s 1948 Jaguar the star of car run

A staggering 157 classic and vintage cars and motorcycles took part in the 12th annual Car and Honda 50 Run, organised by Ballymac Vintage Club on Sunday. The O’Riada’s Bar […]

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A staggering 157 classic and vintage cars and motorcycles took part in the 12th annual Car and Honda 50 Run, organised by Ballymac Vintage Club on Sunday.

The O’Riada’s Bar and Restaurant-based event raised money for the nearby Glanageenty Walkways and followed a new for 2022 route via Ballymac, Raemore, Knocknagoshel, Brosna, and Mount Eagle before the finish line in the Mart Yard in Castleisland.

Gerard Healy from Knockysheehan, Headford, Killarney had the oldest cars on the run.

He has owned his 1948 Jaguar Mark 4 saloon for the last seven years.

“This car was manufactured in Coventry after World War Two,” he said. “And it was then shipped to Ireland in kit form to avoid high import duty on complete cars. It was reassembled in Dublin and painted emerald green. This is a Sligo car, the first owner was a Miss Teresa Ferry, it was very unusual for a lady to own a car in those days.”

The car was then sold to a vicar and then a soldier before, somehow, ending up in The Netherlands. There it underwent a full restoration in 1999.

Gerard bought the car from a restorer called Roberto Verboon.

“I was proud to bring the car back to Ireland,” he added.

Thanks to generous support from local businesses and sponsors including O’Riada’s and BG Motors over €500 worth of spot prizes were handed out on the day.

Listry’s Tony and Kay Darmody were prize winners after judges were impressed with their Hillman Minx Convertible.

George Carey from Tralee won the motorcycle award with his finely turned out 1986 Honda 90.

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