Author Archives: RealFitWomen

How To Get Started Running & Get Your Best Bride Body

Grace Bowe from Bride Body shares her expereinces with running half, full and soft sand marathons.

She also gives some tips as to how to get started with running, even if you currently think of yourself as “not a runner” (Which I totally think of myself!!).

And we discuss the importance of goals and having an date or event in mind to keep you on track to your fitness goals.

If you’re a bride to be and want to learn more about Grace’s 100 Day Challenge to look and feel great for your wedding, check out Bride Body

Changing Your Mindset For Health

After spending 20 years binge eating, after starting at age 14, Victoria Morrison knows all about the issue many of us deal with of constantly thinking about food.

Today however she is a fit and healthy 48 year old who still teaches Pump classes!

My favourite quote of this chat and the thing that really stuck in my head was:

“It’s just a problem, and problems have solutions. All I have to do is find the solution”

If what Victoria shared resonates with you, you can learn more about her techniques at

From Anorexia To Competitive Body Builder

Jamie Filer shares her story of triumph over anorexia.

For 10 years she suffered. She lost friends, her grades slipped and her parents had to make the decision to hospitalises her 3 times. At her lowest weight she weighed 95 pounds (43 kilos).

It destroyed her life.

But at 21 she realised that this illness was going to kill her if she didn’t change.

In this chat, Jaime shares the story of how she overcame anorexia and is now a personal trainer and competitive body builder.

Eating Paleo For Health

Ivy Thompson is a 32 year old mother of 3 in Melbourne Australia.

She has spent the past couple of years dealing with undiagnosed health issues. She had ultrasounds, gastroscopy, saw the GP, specialists, tried Chinese medicine and herbs and nothing worked.

Through a lot of research she discovered she had developed food allergies caused by leaky gut syndrome.

She decided to try the Paleo style of eating and in the year since she went Paleo her weight has dropped 23 kilos, has some muscle developing and is feeling healthier, happy and full of life.

Ivy shares her experiences at

How Is Your Pelvic Floor?

In this episode I chat with Mish Wright of mishfit.

Mish is a 43 year old fitness professional who helps women prevent and recover from pelvic floor issues such as incontinence.

Mish shared that in Australia alone the statistics show that 4.8 million women are affected by pelvic muscle issues.

If you think you have a problem please see a Doctor.

For more information on dealing with incontinence issues visit the Continence Foundation of Australia.

For videos of exercises that may help strengthen your pelvic floor visit mishfit’s YouTube channel

What Is Emotional Eating?

As humans we have developed this whole eating for pleasure thing.

We eat when we are sad, depressed, angry, stressed and even happy! And it seems to be irrelevant whether we are actually hungry or not.

It might not seem like such a big deal but it can lead to devastating health problems.

On this podcast I talk with Dr Sharon Livingston of Emotional Eating Secrets about what this is and why we do it.

I hope it helps you in some way.

Marathon Running With Mother Of Five

Michelle Frost is a good friend of mine and a huge inspiration.

She has 5 kids, 1 new grandchild, runs 2 businesses and trains and runs marathons!

Now that’s a fair effort.

She ran her first marathon at age 39 and has run one marathon every year since.

Take aways for me from talking with Michelle are:

– Do something everyday
– Exercise with friends or a club for accountability and to make it more fun
–  Set goals and do your best to achieve them as it’s very empowering


running book


After we spoke, we remembered that Michelle had actually written a book about running back in 2005. If you’re interested you can check it out here: Run Forever by Michelle Frost

Getting Fit With Multiple Sclerosis

Allison Reynolds is the guest on today’s Real Fit Women podcast episode.

We discuss how she has managed to improve her fitness and drop her body fat percentage even while having Multiple Sclerosis and having to deal with the effects of that.

She used the philosophies from Tim Ferris’s book The Four Hour Body to make her transformation happen.

The main points I got from this chat were:

– You need to make exercise a routine/habit
– No matter which program or book you decide to follow, you need to make it your own
– There’s no need to over do it, just the minimum effective dose

A Confession! You Are Not Alone

Hi, Casey Stevens with and in this video I just want to share a confession with you.

Ok so last year, about 6 months ago now I has a photo shoot. And in those photos that came from that photo shoot it showed that I actually had visible abs for the first time in my life. Now, that was 6 months ago and to be honest I don’t have that physique anymore.

I’m not a big person anyway, and I’m not overweight by any stretch of the imagination but to be honest some pairs of my jeans don’t fit me anymore and it’s not something I’m proud of and it’s not something that I want to tell people but a friend of mine was recently going through a similar situation where she has put on weight through over eating, not exercising very much.

She works at a desk every day, as do I and I just thought I’ll put this out there. Take a leaf out of her book and just let you know that people fall off the wagon. Even someone that had visible abs six months ago can let themselves go.

And I say that not, I’m not fat and I’m not obese and I don’t need to lose weight but I definitely have let my eating habits deteriorate over the past few months and it’s something that I really want to get back on top of.

Not to get abs again and not to fit in to these really nice jeans that I want to fit in to again but simply because I’m not happy with myself. I was doing so well and I was feeling really good and just one thing after another. Working at a desk, excuses, whatever you want to call them, overeating, being tired, stressed all of that, just means now that I am not happy and I don’t feel 100%.

That’s the main thing for me. My health. Not to look good or to fit in to my skinny jeans but my health. And at the moment I’m not 100%. I’m constantly tired, I don’t sleep very well.

So this is just a quick video to let you know that everybody falls off the wagon. Everybody, unless you’re superwoman, people let things lapse and that’s ok, just if you want to change it, you’ve just got to change it.

So over the next few months to a year to hopefully my entire life I’m going to keep working day by day and try and improve my eating habits and hopefully my health as well.

If you’ve had experience with this, I’d love to hear from you and how you managed to get back on track and stay on track.

The Constant Reminder Technique


Hi, Casey Stevens from and in this video I’m going to share a technique, lets call it the constant reminder technique.

Ok, so something I struggle with a lot is my eating habits. I eat when I’m sad, tired, depressed, hungry obviously. This year I’ve decided I really need to get on top of my eating habits and make sure they’re the best that they can be and install some good habits.

So what I’ve done is, for my birthday at the end of last year I was given a ring from one of my best friends. Generally I don’t wear rings, I don’t wear jewellery of any kind. so for me to wear a ring it’s  really quite weird and it feels really weird.



I’m constantly doing this because I feel like I have something there and I have to get rid of it. So what I’m going to do, I’ve decided for at least 90 days I’m going to wear this ring as a constant reminder.

So basically all day, hopefully, this is the theory, in the back of my head and also when I’m thinking about it consciously I’m going to be thinking about my food habits. So if I go to the fridge and I go to reach for something I’ll see the ring and it will remind me that I’m trying to eat more healthily and install good habits.

If I go to buy something at the shop, I’ll go to reach for it and i’ll see the ring, I’ll feel the ring and it will just give me pause. I’ll stop and i’ll go ‘hang on do I really need this, is it in line with what I’m trying to do?’

We will see if this works and i’ll give you an update down the track if it’s successful or not but at this stage I’m constantly worrying with the ring, fiddling with it and touching it because it’s something new.

Hopefully I don’t get used to wearing the ring  because I think that might defeat the purpose of constantly knowing it’s there and feeling it. But we’ll give it a try and see if it works and i’ll let you know how it goes.

But have a think about what you could put in front of you at least a lot of the time to make you stop and think and pause and go ‘do I really need this?’