5 Ways to Enjoy Losing Weight

Enjoy Dieting, Training While Still Losing Weight!

Let’s get straight to it! How can you actually enjoy losing weight?

  1. Stop setting unrealistic goals for yourself.
  2. Stop comparing yourself to other people.
  3. Constantly remind yourself that perfection is a myth.
  4. Do it for yourself.
  5. Remind yourself that there is MORE to life than getting fit.

It’s that time again… SUMMER!

Here is when I see a lot of women start to slow down and quietly drift away from their weight-loss goals.

It’s getting warmer, the sun is out longer, and considering all of the summer celebrations, it’s getting harder to stay on track.

The fitness industry will capitalize on this come September. You will start seeing a ton of ads, offers and discounts for coaching and gym memberships.

This is a good thing, for the most part. But there is a downside too.

One being that many of the ads, offers and discounts you will be seeing will instill unrealistic expectations for what’s actually possible.

This is the fundamental problem with the fitness industry. 

Your desired to lose fat and look better “naked” gets exploited by companies promising ridiculously fast weight loss results and in just a few short months.

Then they will discount their programs and services to take advantage of your emotional high.

I am going to let you in on a secret – the art of getting you to click and buy is all about pulling on your emotions and hitting your pain points. (Why do I know this? I have taken a few copywriting courses. As a result… I have learned a valuable lesson about my own personal code ethics!)

Apparently women need to be told a “story” to be “hooked-in” to buy. Do you know how angry this makes me? Yes, in essence it has played with my own emotions. I have discussed this with a handful or writers – each one of them telling me to just follow the “process” and women will buy. “It’s the ONLY way Jill.” Every time I sit to write a sales page, I feel sick to my stomach thinking of what I am “supposed” to write. I usually end up with tears in my eyes, and a huge knot in my stomach. Why? It doesn’t sit with my core-values and morals. I do not want women to work with me (whether that is 1-to-1) or by purchasing one of my on-line workout programs because I nailed the “trigger“.

I wish nothing more than to work with women that make the DECISION themselves. That is true strength- and the reason why those exact women are usually the ones that get the results. I want women, just like YOU – who will not fall for “fairy-tale” writing… because when has that worked in the past?

Every copywriter and marketer might completely disagree with my style – and that is ok. At least I will sleep at night, knowing the women that come into TEAM BUNNY are the right fit.

But before I get some angry keyboard warriors spamming my emails, I want to acknowledge that those ads and offers are not always bad – especially if you have the right mindset going in.

Truth is, losing weight almost ALWAYS happens a bit slower then you expect…(and that is without considering the time it takes to build habits for maintaining success)

If you aren’t making this journey enjoyable, or at least maintainable, then you are setting yourself up for failure.

Losing weight and getting leaner for life comes down to two simple things:

  1. Blinders
  2. Patience

Blinders: This is YOUR success. Stop setting unrealistic goals and stop comparing yourself to others.

Patience: YOUR success is going to take longer then you probably want, but that’s okay. You have time, and you know it will be worth it in the end.

Blinders + Patience – Make this your guiding phrase moving forward and you will finally have the success you have been wanting.

My hope is that this blog helped you to look at your weight-loss goals a bit differently. That when you start to see ads in September – after having a fun filled few months of sun, BBQ and celebrations – you do NOT let your emotions get the best of you.

I am here to help you – and ensure that your food and training plan is all set up — way before the September rush. If you are ready to start your 1-to-1 but would like to wait till September – reserve your spot NOW- and I will gift you my brand new Get Psych’d: Fitness For Your Mind (12 week course) that is NOT available to the public!

Let this summer be the last time that you fall for emotionally driven sales-ads! Book in for your free consultation and let’s plan your fun-filled summer – and get ahead of the “back to school” weight loss BS!

 

Lots of Love,

Jill Bunny @fitbunnyjill 

 

PS. If you would like to download my Fat Burning 100+ Recipe Cookbook – No strings attached… it’s all yours!

Jill Bunny is on the Rise

Publication from Strong Magazine – September 2019

Article Written by: Kirstyn Brown

 

Jill Bunny is quick to say she’s the strongest she’s ever been.

At 33 years old, the statuesque health and fitness specialist is built of solid muscle, a result of the science-backed training and nutrition methods she uses for both herself and her clients (courtesy of years of education on the human body.)

But she’ll also tell you that getting here has been far from easy from easy. She’s faced multiple health issues in the last decade, beginning with a two-year battle with an eating disorder that diminished her 5’11” frame to a mere 97 lbs. After living for five years in London, England with her then-husband, the Ontario, Canada native returned home in 2011 almost unrecognizable to her family members. “The look on my dad’s face was the turning point for me. He thought I was going to die,” she says. “That’s when I realized that my parents love me and that I had value.”

In an effort to recover, Jill discovered fitness, and vowed to rebuild her body and health through bodybuilding and nutrition. She hired a coach to show her the ropes and a year later, stepped on stage for the first time in the Bikini category of a small fitness competition. “Like my eating disorder, competing was another form of control,” she says. “There are positives and negatives to competing, but it gave me a sense of purpose.”

By the time she retired from the stage in 2016, Jill was one of the highest ranked competitors in her division, holding championship titles in two Arnold Amateurs and the Olympia Europe. Despite her winning streak—and an unmet goal of earning her Pro status within her federation—further health complications forced her to hang up her heels.

 

Earlier that year, at the age of 30, vision problems in her left eye would turn out to be multiple sclerosis (MS), a disease that affects the spinal cord and optic nerves. “Living with MS is different day to day,” she says. “If I’m stressed or tired I see the affects more. I can get body pain on my left side and if I train too hard, I can’t recover properly. And extreme fatigue means I’m in bed by 8 or 9 p.m. every night.”

To make matters worse, a short time after her final competition, Jill was diagnosed with thyroid cancer. After undergoing surgery to remove her thyroid, she struggled with adjusting to the hormone medication—the side effects of which included depression, suicidal thoughts, and weight gain. “It took six months to a year to figure out the dosage. It was hell.”

As difficult as the recovery process was, Jill considered her condition an opportunity—not a limitation. In the year it took her to shed the excess weight, she gained a deeper understanding of how nutrition and mindset affect the body, along with a new perspective. “I totally understood where my clients who struggled with weight loss were coming from.”

For Jill, this was a turning point in her nutrition coaching strategies, tossing out the “cookie cutter” approach of assigning meal plans, and embracing each client’s individual needs—starting with their thoughts. Applying her education in psychology and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to weight loss, she taught clients to respond to negative thoughts towards food and body image with positive affirmations she calls “helpful responses.” “I’ve learned to listen to people’s unhelpful thoughts and questions and help them retrain their brain in a realistic way,” she says.

Example of a CBT Helpful Response:

Unhelpful Thought:I wish I was losing weight more quickly.

Helpful Response:When has losing weight quickly ever helped me to keep it off? The faster I’ve lost it in the past, the faster I’ve gained it back. It’s okay to take an extra month or two to lose the weight.

And it’s working. After seeing positive, long-term results with her own clients, Jill is aiming higher—much higher. “I want to bring this into the fitness world.”

Her main goal? To launch a CBT certification course for other industry professionals. “We are basically frontline therapists without the skills. We need to understand things at a deeper level so we can help our clients.”

Now her next hurdle is bringing her methods to the mainstream. While she knows she has her work cut out for her, Jill says she’s up to the task. “I literally wake up with a sense of purpose. My MS might eventually flare up to where I’m in a wheelchair, or I may wake up one day in a hospital bed. But I’ll know I’ve done something to make an impact on people’s lives.”

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My Secret: The Day I Once Hated… Is Now The Day I Celebrate!

 

Opening up my Facebook this morning, I happened to click on my “Memories” to read this post:

 

You might be thinking – what made that day so hard? (And why would I drink coffee or tea instead of wine?)

On June 19th, 2011 – was the day my entire world ended. It felt like I was in a plane crash, accompanied by my UK friends and family – and I was the only one that survived.

It might sound a bit over the top – but at that time – that was how I felt.

At 25 years old, I boarded a plane, leaving my entire UK friends and family behind – including my soon to be ex-husband. I wish I could write that I had made the decision to leave the marriage. But that was not the case.  I was no longer wanted. It was heartbreaking, finding out that the person I loved, no longer felt the same way. Years of memories and friendships were all taken away; almost instantly.

Feeling hopeless, unloved and unworthy – I had to somehow pick myself up and start over. But how? At 25, divorced and jobless, I felt broken. I felt I had too much “baggage” and no-one would ever want to date a “divorcee.”

I remember looking out the planes window, thinking how much easier it would be if the plane just crashed. I would no longer feel the pain and heartache – and I wouldn’t be a burden to my family. Was I better off not being alive?

Sitting here – writing that last paragraph, has me gasping for air. With tears streaming down my face, and fingers trembling, I feel the urge to express how lucky I feel for escaping my past life. And honestly – what an incredible NEW life I have created!

I went from:

  • Weighing 95lbs and depressed – to weighing __lbs (who knows how much I weigh)… I’m happy!
  • Earning minimum wage working at a gym – to owning three health and fitness companies!
  • Being stuck in an unhappy, unfulfilled marriage – to a marriage full of love and happiness!
  • Having zero belief in my own capabilities – to thinking there is NO LIMIT to what I can conquer!
  • Thinking I am no longer an athlete – to finding my sport, and winning 4 IFBB Titles!
  • Being told I was too old to be a model (at 24)- to landing 5 Covers! (One at 33 years of age).
  • Thinking I am a terrible writer, scared to put my thoughts on paper – to publishing 3 books on Amazon!
  • Having little respect for my life – to appreciating everyday I am alive (Yes, surviving cancer and living with MS brings a different perspective on life).
  • Thinking I need to look beautiful to have friends – to wanting to FEEL beautiful for myself!

 

I have learned a lot over the past 9 years – and it took a lot of work to change my thoughts and beliefs. But everyday I wake up, I am glad that I fought for a better life. I am so grateful to my hubby, Mr. Bunny. Thank you for being my best friend, and showing me that love, marriage and friendship could be better then I ever imagined!

Tonight, Mr. Bunny and I are celebrating this day – The day I left my past behind and flew back to Canada, where I am happy to call my HOME!

How are we celebrating? French Martini’s and Jerk Chicken from the 100+ Recipe Cookbook! You can download for free and join us in our celebration!

Thank you all, especially the Bunnies reading this, that have been part of my life and business over the last 9 years. Thank you for healing my heart and showing me that life is worth living!

Lots of Love,

Jill Bunny

 

PS – If you run a fitness business – My Best Friend Kristen and I are celebrating Sunday June 21st at 12pm ET – with our signature Brunch + Brand Call (FREE) talking about ways you can save money! Register Now! 

The Secret Revealed: Why You Can’t Lose Weight!

Are You a Weight-Loss Sabotager?

Do any of these sounds familiar?

  • You are careful for a certain period of time, lose some weight, and improve your fitness… then gradually revert back to your old ways.
  • You know exactly what to do, but cannot seem to do it. You feel like you could write a diet book with everything you know about weight loss. But you do not put the knowledge to action.

The truth is, there is a huge difference between knowing what to do and actually doing it. It is easy to hop from one diet/training program to the next without ever sticking with anything. Success comes down to our mindset, psychology, and habits. (The foundation of Fit Bunnies Fitness!)

No diet that is solely based on the food you eat will help you figure out why you gained weight in the first place. A diet will not fix emotional, mindless, stress-induced eating, and it will not fix habitual, compulsive binge-eating. Basically, a diet will not get to the root cause of why you overeat.

People often think a fear of failure is holding them back. I frequently hear, “I don’t want this to be yet another failed diet attempt.” But surprisingly, it’s a fear of success that holds people back the most. The best diet will not matter—no matter how determined you might feel—if a part of you wants to destroy progress toward your goals.

Self-Sabotage Happens When You’re Scared of Success

Why would you be scared of success? Well, if you are successful, any number of fears could be realized. For instance, you will not have food as a way to temporarily escape or quiet your mind at work or home. Or you will have to deal with uncomfortable feelings such as self-doubt, regret, disappointment, or fear (because you are not suppressing them with food).

Maybe you will lose the “Once I lose the weight I will finally…” safety blanket that protects you from taking action on an intimidating (but ultimately rewarding) goal.

These are real psychological roadblocks, but nothing that cannot be overcome. To break from a pattern of weight-loss sabotage, you need to get to the root of why you are sabotaging yourself. I frequently use the exercise below, which often leads to breakthroughs.

Jill Bunny – CBT- Worksheet

We fall off track because a part of us is not sure that the goal we are working toward is going to make our lives better. This causes inner conflict, and when there is inner conflict, we do the easiest thing of all: Nothing.

I’ve used this simple worksheet to many of our bunnies, and I have found that it helps determine what’s really holding them back.

1. List five reasons you believe your life will be worse off when you achieve your goal.

Here are some answers from our members:

  • I do not feel like it is possible, so why even bother trying. Nothing works long-term, and failing in front of everyone multiple times is embarrassing.
  • My husband loves beer; I want to go to breweries with him and drink beers without worrying about calories or carbs.
  • I’m scared of dating. I know if I lose the weight, I’ll have no excuse not to get out there.
  • I’m worried I will never being able to eat my favourite foods again and  I will always feel deprived.
  • I do not want to exercise for hours every day.

These reasons all have one thing in common: Our powerful subconscious minds believe that rationalizing ourselves out of weight loss will protect us. But once we identify the real reasons that are holding ourselves back, we can begin to counter them.

2. Challenge your fears.

Question your reasons and look at your fears logically so you can remove their power.

I don’t feel like it’s possible, so why bother trying. Nothing works long-term, and failing in front of everyone multiple times is embarrassing.

Is it really true that nothing works long-term? You have seen others accomplish weight-loss goals, and you are just as capable as they are. Perhaps what you have tried was not sustainable. You are worth taking another shot. Besides, our desire to lose weight and improve our health does not fade; we just tend to either realize our goals or rationalize them away when achieving them gets challenging. And if we are honest, “everyone” usually comes down to just a few people, anyway.

My boyfriend loves beer; I want to go to breweries with him and drink beers without worrying about calories or carbs.

You can still go to breweries with him. However, there has to be a balance between living for today and living for tomorrow. One solution is to be selective of what, where, and when you indulge. Try this: Ask yourself, Will I remember this beer in two weeks? If so, go for it. If not, skip it.

I’m scared of dating. I know if I lose the weight, I’ll have no excuse not to get out there.

What about dating are you scared of? Is it the possibility of rejection? Are you scared all romantic partners will be like your last one? Are you scared to be vulnerable? This can be hard stuff to think about, but try to be as specific as possible.

I’m worried that I’ll never being able to eat my favorite foods again and I’ll always feel deprived.

Any program that demands you give up your favourite foods is ridiculous. Deprivation is NOT sustainable. You can enjoy your favourite foods while losing weight. I teach our members how to be fit and happy, not fit and miserable. If you do not enjoy your life as you are losing weight, you will never be able to sustain your weight loss.

I don’t want to exercise for hours every day.

You do not have to! 80% of weight loss is diet. It is about what, why, and how we eat. This is why you see people working their butts off in the gym month after month—even with a trainer—looking no different. It’s what you do between exercise that makes all the difference.

Now that you’ve challenged your fears, you can counter them with how you believe your life will be better if you do lose weight.

3. List five reasons you believe your life will be better once you achieve your goal.

Here are some examples from our members:

  • I will be healthier and reduce my chances of getting preventable diseases.
  • I will have more energy for myself and my family.
  • I will feel happy to be in photos instead of hiding away from the camera.
  • I will be a good role model for my children so they don’t repeat my negative food behaviours.
  • I will finally stop worrying about my weight.

Until we identify and deal with the reasons we fear success, we will never be successful. A lack of knowledge about what is good for us is rarely the real problem in this day and age. Instead, we tend to suffer from a lack of consistent action… and that usually comes down to what is going on between our ears.

If you are ready to tackle your mindset when it comes to losing weight – then Team Bunny is for you! From 1-to-1 coaching, to exclusive mindset courses, I am here to make sure you are on the right path! Contact me today – and we can start your weight-loss journey!

Lots of Love,

Jill Bunny

What Type of Food Craving Do You Have?

There will be times when you want a cookie, when the only thing you are hungry for is fast food, when you feel like licking the spoon from the almond butter jar, or eating ice-cream right out of the carton. Sometimes you might choose to do those things, other times you might chose not to; but always remember that cravings are an expected part of life.

Four Types of Food Cravings:

  1. Hunger cravings for quality food. This is when you are feeling sensations of true hunger and you feel driven toward something that will satisfy that hunger in a nourishing way. You are craving a decent meal or a snack. This is a healthy desire from your body and brain, and you can simply follow this type of cravings.
  2. Non hungry cravings for quality food. This is when you don’t truly feel a sense of hunger, but you are craving something that’s (mostly) healthy. For example, out of the blue, you want a big, juicy apple. These cravings are rarely problematic and usually indicate that the body is in need of a nutrient that the food contains, so it makes sense to follow these cravings in a what that feels good to you. (or have it with your next scheduled meal).
  3. Hungry cravings for unhealthy food. This is when you feel true sensations of hunger, but when seems most appetizing is the box of cookies in the cupboard – not the leftover chicken, veggies and rice in the fridge. When you have these cravings, you have a choice. You can follow your cravings as they are, or you can steer yourself in a more nourishing direction. Having cookies during the day is not a big deal, but overtime, it can become problematic.
  4. Non hungry cravings for unhealthy food. This is the type of craving most likely to be problematic and the one that my clients the suffer from binging or recovered binging become concerned about. Wanting something that isn’t good for you when are aren’t even hungry can cause anxiety in some people, and if followed, these cravings can eat lead to thoughts like, “I’ve blown it, I might as well binge and start clean tomorrow.” Indeed, these cravings are the most similar to binge urges, and just like with binge urges, you can chose not to act on them.