{Girl Crush Tuesday} The Mighty Michelle

We have some pretty hard girl crushes. These are the types of ladies that stamp their style on the world. They are the type of people that will always be remembered and little girls grow up wanting to be. They are women of substance.  Women that make the world a better place. Happy Girl Crush Tuesday everybody.

line4Michelle Bridges is pretty cool, not only is she a fierce businesswoman and master entrepreneur but she is also funny and smart, clever and beautiful. Plus, she has a rocking bod.

But, the real reason why Michelle is someone who we respect is because she actually helps people change. She transforms lives. She saves people.

Undoubtedly, Australia’s number one fitness identity, she combines support, heart-warming compassion and tough love to help people make changes. Her 12 Week Body Transformation has helped thousands of people to shed weight and find a better version of themselves (myself included!)

Not only is she one remarkable person in the fitness industry, she is more than that. She regularly supports and donates time, money and awareness to the RSPCA,  National Breast Cancer Foundation and the Black Dog Institute.

She makes working out cool. She teaches you life lessons. She gives little girls someone to look up to.

Cheers, Ms Bridges for being a positive influence in so many people’s lives and for spreading the word of good health.

Sources: SMH, Daily Telegraph, Popsugar

Sources: SMH, Daily Telegraph, Popsugar

{The Nest Health} Anxiety and the unknown. Finally, someone explains it simply.

One very clever person has finally been able to put into cartoon drawings what people have been trying to say for years.

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This is quite possibly the easiest way to describe anxiety to people who don’t understand it (or like myself have never experienced it so struggle to fully understand what it must feel like).

Tumblr user Sophie Wright posted the following images on her blog, Snapdraws, to provide others with a glimpse into life with anxiety.


You can see more here -> Snapdraws – Anxiety Cartoons

You can get help at Beyond Blue or Lifeline.

{The Nest Health} Why use a personal trainer?

It’s Monday tomorrow – you know that day when you are meant to make good on your healthy eating and exercising promises?!

If you need a little extra motivation why not look at getting a personal trainer?

The Central Nest’s very own health contributor, Riss from Larissa Beer Personal Training spills the beans on why you should consider getting your very own trainer!

line4A personal trainer is a great way to achieve your fitness goals. Whether you want to lose weight, work on muscle tone or improve your general fitness, having a personal trainer will keep you motivated and challenged.

We all flip through the magazines and long for Jens abs or Miranda’s legs, well believe it or not they were not born that way - their bodies come down to hard work and carefully thought out exercise programs by their trainers. Admittedly, we don’t all live on the same A-list budget as Jen and Miranda, but if you look around and you will find there are affordable personal trainers in your area that can help you achieve all of your fitness and health goals.

Today I will set out some of the very best features of having a personal trainer:


The benefit of a personal trainer is that they will listen to what you want to achieve and then sit down and work out a plan to get you there. This usually involves setting small, specific and goals so that you can see and feel progress on your way to achieving your ultimate end goal.GoalSetting


Having a personal trainer means your training program is customised specifically for you. A personal trainer will assess your strengths and weaknesses, take into account current or past illnesses and injuries and come up with a fitness plan accordingly. No two people are the same – so why should your exercise program be?


A good personal trainer will be enthusiastic about your training schedule. They will provide feedback and encouragement. A personal trainer is particularly beneficial when the going gets tough, you know those days when you’d rather just give up and lay on the lounge watching trashy T.V eat a bag of chips. They will continue to encourage and support you – even when you feel like throwing the towel in.


A personal trainer will use a variety of exercises to keep you motivated. They will give you cardio, strength, flexibility and nutritional guidance. They will also challenge you so you keep improving. There are various, different ways of changing a session, I, myself challenge my clients by giving them a fitness test and they have to try and beat the times they previously set this keeps them focused, allows them to see how far there fitness has come and gives them room for improvement.personal trainer


Personal trainers ensure you are performing exercises safely and correctly. They are educated and trained in the correct techniques that will give you the best results but that prevent injury. Many times when we are left to our own devices exercises aren’t performed correctly and this is when injury is likely to occur.

It’s not just celebrities or athletes who use personal trainers. People of all ages, body types, and levels of fitness benefit from having a personal trainer. Having a trainer is a great way to get one on one motivational and an intense exercise program tailored for you and only you. Trainers don’t judge. They help you to see all of your successes, big and small, even when you can’t see them yourself.

So why don’t you try personal training today and experience some of these benefits for yourself?

As always, I am here to answer any fitness related questions you have, so please email me at centralwestnest@outlook.com and I will respond as soon as possible!love larissa copy

Happy health Nesters!

{This is life} Friends really would do anthing for love..

This is spectacular. It’s moving. This is a real story about friendship and how strong bonds can be between people.

Have you thought what would happen if someone really close to you was diagnosed with cancer?

How would you react? Would you be holding fear and tears? or would there be wine and bonding?

I know which one I would prefer.

This video is beyond words.

In case your at work and unable to watch the video here is a picture ->

Image: Albert Bredenhann

Image: Albert Bredenhann

{Health} With absolutely no guarentee of success I present to you: Foot Reflexology

With absolutely no medical research, with completely no guarantee this will even work – I present you to Foot Reflexology.

I found this on Pinterest – and Pinterest (much like TV) doesn’t lie.

I would love to know if this actually works?!?


Happy foot tickling massaging Nesters!

{Raising little people} This happens to about 5% of babies born in Australia, has it happened to yours?

Sometimes your baby is born and not everything is as expected. breastfeeding

It is estimated that a tongue-tie can happen to about 5% of babies born in Australia. Here is one mum’s story -> Essential Baby ‘Tongue-tie and Breastfeeding – one mum’s story’

Happy reading Nesters!

{Raising little people} Are you a stay-at-home-mother or a working-mother? How about a little appreciation for both

Some days you feel like you can’t win either way.

Balancing the packing of kindy bags and preparing schedules, making sandwiches and choosing which heels best match with your pencil skirt can feel like the wrong choice.


Being weighed down with uncertainty, cleaning, washing, teaching. Cooking, baking, making.

Being a stay-at-home mother or a working mother is a choice every single mother will make. Neither choice is perfect.

Here are a beautifully written set of letters. One written from a working mother to a stay-at-home-mother and vice versa.

A must read for every parent.

You can find the link here -> Letter to & from

Happy reading Nesters!

{The Nest Health} Detox – yes, no, maybe?

Everyone has heard of them. They are always in the media. The celebrities are always doing it. Achieving amazing and miraculous results.

Today our fabulous resident health expert, Riss from Larissa Beer Personal Training talks Detox diets and whether they actually work. line4

Image source: Yoga by the beach

Image source: Yoga by the beach

So you survived the Christmas and New Year period and you know that you have eaten all the foods you normally wouldn’t and shouldn’t eat.

As a result you’re probably feeling sluggish and bloated. It can be easy to say to yourself: ‘Hey self, you feel crap why not go on a detox diet to flush out all the stuff that is sitting inside my stomach, surely I will feel refreshed and brand new, and ready to start the new year right??!!’

Detox diets claim to get rid of the toxins in our bodies from poor food and drink choices, which as a result can cause weight loss. Unfortunately, you might not get the results you expect.

A detox diet or cleanse are touted as a way to remove toxins from the body, while specific detox diets vary it is typically a period of fasting, followed by a strict diet of raw fruit and vegetables, some fruit juices, and water. Some other detox diets may call for the use of herbs and other supplements to increase colon cleansing to empty the intestines.

Here’s the truth…Detox diets are popular, but they’re not scientifically proven. They are a fad just like many other weight loss gimmicks on the market. While some people have reported feeling more focused and energetic during and after detox diets, there’s little evidence that detox diets actually remove toxins from the body. Indeed, the kidneys and liver effectively filter and eliminate most ingested toxins. The benefits from a detox diet may actually come from avoiding highly processed foods that have solid fats and added sugar.

If you are considering trying a detox diet speak to your medical professional first as there can be side affects. Some detoxes can severely limit protein intake or require fasting which can result in fatigue. I cannot also stress enough to make sure you don’t detox for too long as this can result in vitamin and mineral deficiencies. Dehydration can also be a concern.

Finally, keep in mind that fad diets aren’t a good long-term solution. For lasting results, your best bet is to eat a healthy diet based on fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and lean sources of protein, and combine that with regular exercise.

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As always, I am here to answer any fitness related questions you have, so please email me at centralwestnest@outlook.com and I will respond as soon as possible!

Happy health Nesters!

{My story} I found a lump..

I found a lump.bug

Suddenly and viciously my world stopped.

A split second glance in the mirror while getting undressed froze me in time.

In that minuscule moment I noticed that slightly above my right nipple my skin was a different colour. Almost looking like a birth mark – Except it was only there today. It wasn’t there yesterday, was it? All of sudden I couldn’t remember.

I immediately laid down and cupped my breast. I felt it immediately. It didn’t take more than a split second to find. A small round lump directly beneath my nipple.

My body involuntary shuddered.

I went straight to my husband. I saw the panic and worry immediately slide across his face.  Immediately he bounced up and confirmed that it was new.

We agreed I would make an appointment to see the doctor the next day.

I couldn’t see him for two days. It was a long two days. Two days of waiting. Two long days of ‘what-ifs’.

By the time my appointment came around I was convinced I was overreacting. I had had a breast check done after the birth of my second child. It was simple, he felt each one, said quite matter-a-factly that I was fit and healthy and right to go – it is rare for young people to have a lump significant enough to receive further investigation. So with this in mind I entered the doctor’s office.

After an awkward moment of becoming entrapped in my bra strap (because apparently I had forgotten how to smoothly remove my bra!) I laid down and told the doctor what had happened.

As I had convinced myself I was overreacting I was still talking when he found it. First hit. Straight away he knew why I was there. Immediately he was another passenger on my fear bus. He told me not to worry, I am young – it is most likely not dangerous. BUT I would need to book in for a scan and probably a biopsy.

I know it sounds strange but I was genuinely shocked. I had envisioned him telling me that I was overreacting and sending me on my way. Instead more tests were needed. Straight away it sunk in that he thought it was serious enough to investigate further.

Straight away I phoned my husband. He said all the right things, I remember a blur of ‘better to be safe than sorry’, ‘no harm in checking it’, ‘you will be okay’.

No longer was this maybe a problem. It was a problem.

I maintained the positive attitude. I repeated over and over that I would be okay.

I was fine until I went to check on my children. They had been asleep for hours and between their perfect snores and deep breaths I welled up.a&a2

An immediate sadness overtook me. I think it was then it really hit me. Who would tuck them in if I was sick or no longer around?

The next morning I rang to book in my appointment for the scan. The hospital couldn’t see me for 13 days. I wasn’t sure I could wait that long.

I found an appointment at another location sooner, they told me it would cost me $60.00. I told them I didn’t care.

Early in the morning I dropped my children at their grandmother’s house and kissed them goodbye.

I don’t really remember the drive but I arrived at the imaging place and announced my name to a pleasant lady behind the counter. She welcomed me with a big, wide grin. She then looked at my file, her grin slipped away and changed to a kind smile and a wink. She knew how I was feeling.

I was so nervous. Almost on the verge of tears. It no longer seemed to matter how much I told myself I would be okay, I had been telling myself that for too long now and couldn’t maintain the optimism.

Thankfully a beautiful girl who I had known since school happened to see me. She came over, said hello and distracted me for long enough to wait for my name to be called.

A friendly man approached me and told me it was my turn. He asked if I was comfortable for a male to undertake the examination. ‘Of course’ I said. He led me into a dark room. It was the exact same the room that my husband and I had heard our daughter’s first heartbeat in. My tears welled again.

I changed into a charcoal coloured medical gown. I don’t know why I remember the colour so vividly.

After asking medical history of my family, he began the scan. Straight away he felt the lump. Immediately he knew why I was there.

He told me he would have to scan both breasts so that they could compare any changes. He made me as comfortable as possible. He was informative and professional. He made little jokes to relax me. I appreciated that.

He performed the scan and told me he would return soon. He told me he had to discuss with another doctor my situation and whether I would possibly need a mammogram or a biopsy.

He came back and told me I was right to leave. That more tests would not be required. That my doctor would call me.

That call was the most anticipated one in my life. My doctor in his calm tone advised that it was not a lump of concern and was just a standard tissue change. That I should keep monitoring it and if anything changed I should return. I was given the all clear.

This little lump that had caused me distress for four long days was nothing.

Relief does not even describe my feelings. I realised that I had not really breathed for four days. In and out I said a silent prayer of thanks and made two promises. The first to stay breast aware and secondly to hug my children just a little bit harder.

While it was one of the most scary experiences of my life I am so grateful I was checked and cleared. I urge all of you beautiful nesters to be breast aware and to have regular check-ups done. Early detection is key.

Happy health Nesters x

{Inspirational} What is behind the red dress? One woman’s brave choice to share her body’s story

Some woman are brave and do things that really makes me admire them. This is one such example:


A Brisbane woman who posted candid images of her post-cancer surgery body online was horrified when more than 100 people “unfriended” her because they deemed the pictures “offensive”.

Beth Whaanga was diagnosed with cancer on her 32nd birthday last year and underwent a double mastectomy and a hysterectomy.

Her various surgeries have left her body scarred but she was determined not to be ashamed so asked her friend Nadia Masot, a photographer, to capture her new figure in a series of portraits.

Beth was thrilled with the images and shared them on Facebook but was horrified when more than 100 people immediately “unfriended” her, saying the pictures were obscene and disgusting.

“These pictures are in no way pornographic,” Beth’s sister Emma Rayner said. “They represent the truth about cancer and what measures some women will need to take to survive.

“I think it’s brave that she can show her scars and I think many more women will hopefully check their own bodies every now and then.”

You can read more here -> News.com.au

The Central Nest sends good health to this very brave lady