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By Angela Kerrisk from Activate Fitness

In fact, it can be one of the most frustrating and confusing things you try. Each day there is a new study out, a new bestseller promising the secret to quick results, a new diet saying something completely different from the last, all promising quick easy results.

Who and what should you believe, how do you stay consistent, how do you incorporate better eating into your busy life and what kind of nutrition programme or diet is best for you and your goals?

You start to make strides, but keep finding yourself saying, "I'll start back up on Monday!" Most likely what you are following involves some sort of restriction. Maybe you feel like you know what to do but just aren't seeing the results you want?

You move from programme to programme, diet to diet, reading every article that pops up on social media promising the magic answer.

There are meal plans of every type available online so why is it so hard to lose weight? It's because weight loss is not just about food and meal plans, there is one thing missing from all of the above and it's accountability. It is also the one thing that has the biggest impact on your success.

You see, you can have all the nutrition information in the world. Even if you know what to do, you know the right foods to eat and what to avoid, you can still struggle in reaching your goals.



Something special happens when you hire a coach. Your level of accountability significantly increases and this, in turn, helps you to stay consistent and to be successful in reaching your goals!

It's easy to commit. It's also easy to overcommit, become overwhelmed and quit.
The tough part is trying to stay committed. We have all been there. This is why here at Activate Nutrition we focus on getting our clients invested in their health - not for the short term, but for life. We do this by introducing small, weekly habit changes that build off the previous one. This helps our clients from getting overwhelmed and actually keeps them excited as they conquer new goals and experience wins. In fact, research shows you are 80% more likely to establish a new habit if you introduce it one at a time, and if you try to introduce three or more new habits then this plummets to a 5% success rate!

At Activate we have seen some incredible results. One of the things we love most is how well our members continue to do once they leave our nutrition programme and to see how empowered they are to take responsibility for their own health.

We know that the truth is it takes time to make a change which is why we like to work on one thing at a time. Making a change on your own is hard, if it were easy you would have done it by now. This is where having a nutrition coach can help with offering you that much needed extra support and accountability and to help you set a plan and help you to carry it out.

If you are ready for the change you want and to get rid of the confusion surrounding your nutrition, we are ready to help you!

For more information on our nutrition programme, please contact us at

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Start clocking up those ‘Kingdom Kilometres’

With an increase in daylight hours there’s no better time to clock up the ‘Kingdom Kilometres’ on foot or by cycling along the county’s two new Greenways. The recently opened […]




With an increase in daylight hours there’s no better time to clock up the ‘Kingdom Kilometres’ on foot or by cycling along the county’s two new Greenways.

The recently opened Kingdom of Kerry Greenways between Tralee and Fenit and between Listowel and Abbeyfeale are already proving hugely popular with locals and visitors to Kerry.

Representatives of the tourism Industry, local public representatives, travel writers and influencers gathered in Kerry on Monday to experience the exciting new tourist attractions and welcome the arrival of the longer daylight hours as the clocks changed over to summertime.

Sarah Hanrahan, a social media influencer who posts about Irish travel and has more than 100,000 Instagram followers, described the experience.

“Ireland has some of the most amazing outdoor spaces. For a lot of my followers and other people, connecting with green spaces has become much more important to their overall sense of well-being as well as their health and fitness. It’s been really gorgeous to experience the Tralee to Fenit, and Listowel to Limerick Kingdom of Kerry Greenways; a fantastic trip sampling the warm hospitality of Kerry and a great reminder of the active holiday options that are right on our doorstep.”

The new purpose-built trails provide an accessible and inclusive experience for visitors of all abilities.

Mayor of Tralee, Cllr Mikey Sheehy and the Mayor of Listowel, Cllr Aoife Thornton, said that the greenways offer an exceptional recreational amenity for everyone to enjoy.

“The greenways are situated in some of Kerry’s most scenic landscapes and offer spectacular and safe off-road facilities for people of all ages to enjoy as the landscape comes into bloom. They also offer warm hospitality at the trail head towns of each route.”

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St Patrick’s Day parade winners announced

Killarney Valley Classic and Vintage Club has won the sought-after overall award in recognition of their colourful and action-packed entry to this year’s St Patrick’s Day parade in Killarney. Delighted […]



Killarney Valley Classic and Vintage Club has won the sought-after overall award in recognition of their colourful and action-packed entry to this year’s St Patrick’s Day parade in Killarney.

Delighted club representatives were presented with the Seán O’Keeffe Perpetual Trophy – in memory of the former Mayor of Killarney and parade stalwart – at a gala presentation of prizes in the International Hotel, Killarney on Tuesday night.

The award for the Best Interpretation of the Theme, which was Killarney: Experience More, went to the Wander Wild Festival who received the Michael Courtney Perpetual Trophy which is dedicated to the memory of another former mayor of the town who spearheaded the annual St Patrick’s Day celebrations for many years.

The John ‘Killer’ O’Callaghan Perpetual Trophy for the Best Sporting Entry was won by Killarney Athletic AFC and the Peter Irwin Memorial Trophy for the Best Marching Group and Cultural/Arts Entry went to Millstreet Pipe Band.

The Best Sports Club was Spa GAA, the Best Children’s Group prize was won by Kilcummin Comhaltas and the Best New Entry was Killarney Rugby Football Club.

There was an international flavour to the Best Musical Entry which was scooped by the Glenridge High School Marching Band from New Jersey.

The prize for the Best Voluntary Group went to the Kerry Stars Special Olympics Club, the Best School Award went to the Fiona Crowley Stage School and the Best Activity Group was deemed to be Scorchers Cheerleading Club.

The Most Entertaining Entry went to the Killarney Tidy Towns group, the prize for the Most Original Entry was won by Liebherr Container Cranes and the Most Imaginative Entry in the parade was the Art House, Killarney.

The Most Stylish Entry prize was awarded to the Ukrainian community whose representative said they were delighted to play a part in Ireland’s national holiday and thanked the people of Killarney for the warm welcome they have received.

Other prizes presented on the night included the Best Window Display which went to Christy Healy’s on New Street who were celebrating 100 years in business on St Patrick’s Day, while the Europe Hotel and Resort won the Best Green-Themed Building prize.

The judges for the parade were Br Pat Lynch, Guardian, Franciscan Friary, Pam Brosnan, Killarney Musical Society and Denis McMahon.

The awards were presented by Killarney St Patrick’s Festival Chairman Paul Sherry, Mayor of Killarney Cllr Niall Kelleher, Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce Senior Executive Bridget O’Keeffe, and parade grand marshal Cathal P Walshe.

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