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Today I have the pleasure to Interview Ian Philip James and Annie Wright
Ian is a professional coach and speaker in the field of helping people win the mind game around weight loss. His approach to this challenging subject area is refreshingly playful and light-hearted, but cuttingly effective and focussed… you’ll laugh lots and learn hard.
Ian’s signature programme, the “Be Free Weight Loss” method is designed to uncover hidden habits that many people are entirely unaware of and leave no stone unturned in removing the emotional obstacles and trip hazards that all too often derail the weight loss journey.
Having tried (and failed) at almost every commercial diet over many years, he finally ‘got it’, shifted 100lbs of weight and kept it off. Ian isn’t just a theorist, he delivers from hardcore experience, walks his talk and lives his principles every day.
Dr Annie Wright DC trained as a Chiropractor in 2001 after a first career as an officer in the Intelligence Corps, British Army. She sustained a knee injury whilst serving; although this did not result in a medical discharge Annie was no longer able to do many of the physical activities any “normal” young adult would expect to do.
This was followed by a “brown-out” in 2006 when Annie had pleurisy and pneumonia three times in six months.
Through the diverse areas of her Chiropractic medical knowledge and a personal interest in the mechanisms of both physical and mental injury; Annie set about rehabilitating her knee and regaining health.
She then brought together these varied skills to help her clients overcome their injuries. Such was the effect of this holistic approach of lifestyle, stress management, nutrition, plus varied application of her bio-mechanical knowledge to help her clients overcome their injuries that an improvement in their physical and mental health resulted and, thus as one client said: “I gave people back their lives”.
Through helping people and herself, Annie realised that it is not only the mechanics of getting better that was important but equally or more importantly overcoming our limiting beliefs, or perceptions which may otherwise stop us.
As a result, Annie now offers a coaching service that helps people with a wide range of health related issues including fatigue, burn out, diabetes, high blood pressure, autoimmune disease and other non-communicable diseases. It is delivered from the perspective of someone who has herself made that journey.
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- How Annie got her life and health back
- How Ian lost A LOT of weight without dieting
- How to make sustainable changes in your life
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– Gentlemen and welcome to another episode of Explode your Expert Business Show. Today’s a special interview with Annie Wright, that you can see. Give us a wave, Annie. Then we have Ian Phillip James. Give us a wave, Ian.
– Hello, how are you doing?
– Hey, so we are live right now here on Facebook and also being recorded on our podcast. We are talking about our next coming event that we have which is Purpose To Abundance – Master Your Health. As entrepreneurs, we need to take care of our health. This is coming from me where I neglected my health for a good nine years and it wasn’t fun. It wasn’t fun because I was burning out every three months and I had challenges with eating disorders. I couldn’t sleep at night. I was sick every three, four months. So, last year, I decided to take it actually seriously and not work every single hour under the sun and do something for my health. This is why, at our next event, Purpose To Abundance, which by the way guys, you can get the tickets right now. Here in the comments is a free ticket. I decided to call Ian and Annie to talk about the topic of health. I would love just to start with Annie first, so you can introduce yourself. Any particular why this topic of health is so important for you, Annie.
– Hi, I’m Annie Wright and this is a topic that is more than dear to my heart. It is my life. In 1992, I damaged my knee and that had a fairly annoying effect on my 20’s and 30’s. I, basically, couldn’t do very much. So over the next, last 15 years, in my chiropractic career, I’ve used what I’ve learned to get myself better with my clients and now I help other people in businesses get themself better and enjoying life to the full. Because for me, life isn’t worth living unless you’re really enjoying it. Whatever you’re doing, if you’re enjoying it, it’s so much easier.
– Amen, yes, thank you, Annie. Annie and I recorded an interview recently for our show, so if you go on Explode Your Expert Business Show, there is a full interview with Annie where you can also hear more about her tips and strategy to find time for health, but also that’s what she’s going to share at the event. Ian, how about yourself? Why health? How did you end up in this journey and why is it important for you?
– That’s a really interesting question, Simone. I used to be really overweight, myself, like a hundred pounds heavier, overweight. For the Europeans listening, that’s about 40 kilos. I was literally kind of twice the man that I am today. I used to try diet after diet after diet after diet and it just, the problem just kept on coming back over and over again. The big thing that eventually cracked for me was that actually I was just constantly trying to fix a disfunction with other disfunctions. I was constantly trying to fix problems by introducing new problems. I clearly had some sort of eating disorder because I was overweight, but then I would introduce new disorders and new disfunctions in the form of ridiculous food choices, nonsensical calorie deficits, and all of this kind of stuff. It was only really when I discovered that I need to get my mind into the game that the results became ongoing and lasting. What I discovered was that actually it’s what I put into my mind that’s more important than what I put into my mouth. What I found was that as I started to fix what was going on up here in my head, then the things that were going on down there in my belly began to largely take care of themselves. I, deeper and found that actually once I began to look at the root causes of the issues like what I was escaping from, the thing that I was turning to food for, dealing with stress with food, actually I had to fix those things that were causing the issues in the first place and then actually I was much less likely to indulge in the habits and poor behaviours that were causing the weight issues. For me, it really began to turn around once I fixed the peripheral stuff. Once I did that, then actually eating got easier. That was a big deal for me. I had to fix everything else before the weight got fixed, so that’s really what I help people to do is to fix the stuff that’s in the background that’s going to make the weight loss journey way way easier than they think it needs to be.
– That’s brilliant, thank you very much for sharing, Ian. I have a question for Annie about, and this is a question I’m going to ask both of you. The question I have is, how was for you when you were in the midst, in the middle of the problem? Because when we are on the other side, it’s always easier. Sometimes, I remember looking up to other coaches and mentors and saying, well easy for you that you have done it. I’m in the middle of this shit right now. How do you, and it’s so difficult in that moment even to take the first action when you are right in the middle of it. I want from your personal experience, how was it for you where you were in the middle of your injuries or your health issues, what was going on through your mind? Can you tell us a bit more about that?
– That’s a place I actually don’t always like going back to, I have to admit. Waking up was always a really painful occurrence. The leg would lock and it had to be sort of encouraged to bend so I could get out of bed. Pretty much every movement or non-movement I made was some degree of discomfort, mainly low level sort of like a nagging tooth ache. I basically lived in a world where I didn’t have a left leg, I disassociated the left leg so well that actually, it took me actually quite a long time to re-associate it to my body once it was pain free. It was somebody else’s leg, so I could cope with daily life if it was somebody else’s, the pain was somebody else’s, not mine. Then I also, the other way that I coped was that I have and ability or had an ability to just fall asleep. If it got too bad, I would just go down, lie down, and just sleep. As long as I could get to sleep in about 10 seconds, I was fine. If, for some reason, I couldn’t, then forget it. It just started up and so my life was painkillers. Painkillers, pain, trying to make, it all seemed that life was fine on the surface because I was in the army, so you are having to be active or at least try to be active. Although I was in a desk role, I still had this facade that actually life was all fine. What I didn’t actually know about until recently but then thinking back to it as I’ve done with clients recently, is that just eroded the confidence. One didn’t want to go to a social do because when I had to stand up or numbity if you have to sit down, and in your 30’s. You just kind of withdrew. So if I sum it up it was pain, painkillers, some withdrawing. The animals became my saviour.
– We’re going to get back to the animals. We’re going to get back to the animals in a minute. For everyone who’s listening right now, we don’t want to turn this into a pity party. That’s not why we are doing this.
– [Ian] No!
– The reason why I ask this question, it is because a lot of people struggle to recognise they need the help when they need it the most. I think that by being real and saying, “You know what, this is what was going through for me,” then it kind of gives someone a kick is the ass to say actually I’m not the only one that’s feeling that way. That’s why we are doing this session. How about you, Ian, how about yourself? When you were in the midst of your weight issues that you had, how were you feeling about yourself and what was going on in your mind?
– It’s a great question, Simone. For me, it was this ongoing feeling of defensiveness and frustration and misalignment. Basically, I was in this loop of being perpetually unhappy about my situation My defence, on the other hand, was to inject humour and push it away all of the time. I would always be the one in a group of people that would make the joke about being fat. I would always be the one to laugh about, “Ha ha big people are just happier. “Big people are jolly. “Fat people are really cuddly.” And all of these kind of things. I knew all the fat jokes off my heart and I would make them before anybody else could. I would externally turn it to humour. If anybody tried to have a quiet word with me to say, “Look, Ian, are you sure this is the right thing?” I would cut them down so quickly. If I could do it preemptively, it was all through humour. If someone tried to have quiet word with me I would either just be full of excuses as to why this might not work, why that might not work, or would kind of just shut someone down if they started to dismantle my excuses. The other peculiarity that I had was this perpetual feeling of frustration and I describe it like this. If I had chocolate cake, I would love the taste of the chocolate cake, but after I would be feeling guilty. There was this constant push pull feeling of enjoyment but also underneath it, this kind of undergrowth of disappointment, of guilt, of frustration, so on. Then, on the other side of things, if I were to have what I perceived to be really healthy like a salad or something like that, on the surface I’d be thinking, “Oh aren’t I brilliant, aren’t I great?” and so on and so forth, but underneath it I’d be going, “This food is so boring.” It’s like all I can do to get through the day with this stuff. Then I also had this kind of feeling in real life as well in that it’s like if I was doing something that I really enjoyed, I would feel guilty about that thing and be thinking, “No, but I should be focusing “on something more worthwhile.” If, for example, I was doing some worthwhile, I’d be thinking, “I want to have more fun.” The constant disjoint of how I felt verses what I was putting out to the world. I had this constant feeling of jealousy as well toward people who I perceived to be naturally thin. Rather than asking for help, I’d make insults about those people. I would push them away. I would say that it’s impossible. I would kind of feed myself excuses and it only really changed for me once I began to think, “Okay, if other people “are like how I want to be, rather than pushing “those people away and saying that they’re idiots “or making excuses about that, why don’t I start getting interested “and start asking them questions.” That’s when things began to change for me.
– Thank you very much for sharing, Ian. I can relate with part of your journey having overeating issues and also went through anorexia, bulimia, and other parts. When you’re talking about guilt and when you were talking about wanting, enjoying the chocolate cake on the surface but feeling bad inside or feeling bad even when you say I’m praising when I eat well but, at the same time, I know in my mind that I want, what I really want is that chocolate cake. It’s just like an internal fight. Now that we’ve explored internal fights, I want to go back to Annie. Annie I want to ask you about when was the moment for you when you realised that you needed to do something about it? Sometimes it happens in our life when we have this switch. Something happens in our life or in ourself then we actually take it seriously and we say, “Okay I need to do something about it.” When was for you the turning point?
– Actually there never was a turning point because I actually never believed that I would never be like this. Even in the kind of darkest days, I always had this belief that this is not what I was going to be like for the rest of time. For me, unlike many of my clients, I didn’t have, as I put it, the health clock starting to tick. It was just a long, slow journey of acquiring the information that was going to eventually unlock the door. I suppose the unlocking of that door instrumentally has happened over the last 18 years when my consultant said to me, “You are going into a job that will give you the keys.” Because we can no longer. All we can do is wait until you’re old enough to have a knee replacement, which at the age of 28 wasn’t exactly the best news. I have no idea why my husband married me. He was there. I think I’d run a mile. I suppose it was in 2015 that when I learned about, or shall I say, applied kinesiology which is the art of being able to coordinate the whole of how the body functions through the window of muscle testing. Eventually called to me because it has always been knocking at the door, but, for me, it just didn’t make sense. It was a bit too much woo woo and, therefore, it wasn’t for me. Eventually, I somehow landed on a course that I should never had been on and I met two amazing German doctors, medical doctors who, basically, opened up the world of kinesiology to me and the science behind it. With that, I then really started to understand all the things that I’d been, I started to understand all the coincidences that made the knee better or worse. Then after all I was able to work. Really from about 2015, it’s all snowballed. I think I went on the, it was in April the course was, and in July, and I still had less pain, manageable pain, and it was in July 2015 that I announced to my husband that we were going to do a triathlon. Well, I was going to do a triathlon.
– So what did your husband say in that moment? I’m just really curious to hear his answer.
– There was a very big silence. We were in bed, having a cup of tea, as I like doing in the morning.
– So it was in morning, it was morning news?
– My height, exactly.
– Not even in the evening, right? Morning. “By the way, Darling.”
– My vice of luxury, guys, is having a cup of tea in bed. Simple pleasure.
– Simple pleasures.
– So I announced to him that I was going to train for a triathlon and he went, “Oh.” And I was expecting, being a bit kind of defensive as Ian has said, “Well you can’t do that. “Your knee won’t survive. “You can’t even run.” Which is true, I couldn’t run at the time. “You can’t do this, you can’t do that.” I didn’t get any of that. Later, he told me, “Well if she’s doing it, I’ll do it.” Technical hitch is, he couldn’t swim.
– Little, little technical hitch.
– Little technical hitch that he couldn’t swim. So he, basically, set about finding somebody who could teach him to swim at the age of, he is, he was at that time, 55. So he’s had his own personal journey of learning to swim and he now can swim about three kilometres.
– Wow. This is absolutely proud. I didn’t know that actually your husband, actually did the triathlon with you. I didn’t know.
– Oh yes, he’s done every triathlon with me, yes.
– Wow, so you drag him. You dragged him along.
– No, I haven’t dragged him.
– Not dragged him along, but you had the idea and he said, “Okay I’m coming with you. “I’m joining you.” So it’s kind of, impossible is nothing kind of moment between your knee and his lack of swimming abilities?
– Wow, I’m super impressed. Thank you for sharing, Annie. I knew the story about the triathlon, but not this part. So worth it. Just before I got back to Ian with the same question, I want to say hi to everyone that is watching. Let us know, put a comment here or give me whoop whoop here in the comments and then I see that you’re there. Big hi to the one and only John Vanek which said “Ian and Annie, amazing speakers.” Yes, they are indeed. You can see the link here in the show notes or in the comments where you can book your free ticket to Purpose To Abundance. Annie and Ian are going to be our speakers at this next free event that we’re having. If you take care and if you would need to prioritise your health, then you should attend this event. If you’re an entrepreneur, you must take care of your health, you must take care of your well being and this is why you should attend. Get your free ticket right now. It’s here in the comments and the show notes. Now, it’s time to ask the same question to Ian. What was for you the turning point because I saw some pictures of you and when you said, “I was large,” and then I see you, I was like, “Yeah, might be a bit overweight,” but, man, you were large. With all due respect, I saw a picture and was like, “Yeah, he wasn’t lying. “He was real large.” It’s not, it’s so difficult to, when you’re a bit overweight, you go the the gym a couple of months and then you’re back on track, but when you have, for other people, it might take months, it might take years. For you, what was your journey in terms of, first of all the turning point? What was the moment when you said, “I need to do something about this.” And then, secondly, how long was for you the transformational process?
– Thanks for asking, Simone. I’m going to start off by saying, and you may recognise it and maybe some of the listeners may recognise this, in that I could probably name about 50 definite turning points for me when it would happen again and again and again. I’d be like, “Right, this is it, this time “this is not acceptable.” It might have been times when I might have hit a certain weight and I’d be like, Oh my God, I can’t believe I’m this size, that’s it. “I’m definitely going to turn this around now.” Or it might have been a time that I shifted up a clothing size and I was like, “No, that is it, this time I’ve got to turn it around now.” There’s a couple prime examples that I’m going to give which might suggest how big I was at one point. I went to a fair ground with some friends and we all went to get on the ride. You know you have those big things that you pull down over the top of you?
– [Simone] Yeah.
– It didn’t fit and I got asked to step off of the ride in front of everyone because the harness couldn’t fit over the size of me. They said over the tannoy, “You there “in car number two, on the left hand side. “The machine will not fit over the size of your body. “Please step off of the ride.” And off I got in front of 16 people on the ride and God knows how many people queuing up to get on the ride. I laughed about it, I was crushed inside, crushed. Another time that’s a bit more personal to me that I rarely share is that we were at a buffet restaurant. As ever, I’d be the person that could go up the most, have the biggest portions. “Oh there goes Ian, off he goes again.” The humour would kick in again. And I sat there eating it and I felt a gripping pain in my chest. I smiled. I quietly went to the toilet and I sat in the cubicle with the door locked expecting to have a heart attack. I thought, “Here it comes, this is going to be it.” I don’t share it very much because I worry about my mom listening to it and getting all worried about me and so on and so forth. Clearly, it didn’t happen because I’m still here, right? You know, you understand, but even in those moments, even in those moments, even when I said this is it, even when I said I’ve been humiliated in front of loads of people or I literally think I’m about to die, I still went back to the old habits. It would last a week and I’d still go back. What happened was I started getting interested in how to turn this around. I started getting interested. I could see that the things I was trying like all the different diet programmes, they just weren’t working. So I got interested in looking at different approaches, and the best way I can describe it is, imagine if you had a glass of red wine and a glass of white wine and everyday you took a drop of red wine and put it into the white wine. Keep on dripping it across, it doesn’t look as though anything is happening, but it is. So often, someone will come to you and go, “Oh that’s an interesting glass “of rosé wine that you’ve got there.” And you’re like, “What, really?” And then one day someone comes to you and goes, “My God, you’ve got two glasses of red wine.” And you suddenly realise that you managed to make the change and the shift. So what I’d say to people who are worried about making the change like, stop looking for the silver bullet moment. Stop looking for the miracle cure and just commit to continually trying because it will gently and slowly shift. This is a really big deal about weight loss. People imagine in their head this kind of of ski slope descend of weight that perfectly goes down by one to two pounds every week and so and so and so forth. It doesn’t work like that. It kind of does loop de loops. It goes backwards, upside down, all sorts of things. Just get interested in finding what works for you. That’s what I did, was I just explored method after method after method and thought, “Ah, this particular little principle works well. “Oh that’s interesting, this particular method enhances my journey.” This is how I built my method and my product was actually just through shear hard work trial and error and that’s the encouragement I’d offer anybody listening. Look, don’t worry about having a immediate moment where it turns around, just commit to working at this and working at this and finding someone that can connect with you and help you through it and you’ll turn the corner, definitely.
– Alright, thanks for sharing, man. Didn’t know about a couple stories. I can see how a lot of times even if something strong really happens, then we keep going back. It’s just stronger than us. I can associate with having eating issues and it felt like sometimes a new kind of person was stepping in. Then I would eat and binge and then I would go back within myself and I was like, “Okay what the hell happened? “And I’ve eaten all this stuff.” It was a such a weird moment where it felt like an entirely new person got control of my body and my actions. To change that, it takes such a level of commitment, such a level of strength, and, as you said, it’s all about doing something. It doesn’t matter how much you do, but keep doing something around it and, suddenly, you see that after a few years, then you are a new person. Instead of looking at changing everything right now immediately with the newest crash diet that you know already is not going to work. Thanks for sharing, Ian. Really appreciate it. Guys, we’ve been listening, if you just joined right now, we’ve been listening from Ian and Annie. They’re going to be our next speaker at Purpose To Abundance, an amazing personal development event that is happening on the 18th of March in Central London. You can get your free ticket here in the comments. It is a must to attend. There going to be amazing community getting together. We’ll meet with like minded people and as well meet in person, Annie and Ian asking the questions that you have. I’m gong to ask Annie and Ian now, Annie and Ian, Annie and Ian, yes I made it happen. I want to ask you guys, what are you going to share at Purpose To Abundance and why should people attend? Annie first.
– What shall I share? So many people, when they realise that they want to change as we’ve been hearing and speaking, say, “I just don’t have time. “I can’t go to the gym. “I can’t do this, I can’t do that, “I don’t have time, I’ve got to do this.” And so I made it my mission, basically, to help people change within the confines of their normal days. It’s like a challenge now for me to be able to do. I’ll be sharing some stories about how people have fitted in things, into their working day that has, basically, not negated the need to go to the gym or the need to do some additional exercise if they want to because one never stops people, but actually that it isn’t actually necessary. I’ll be sharing tips on how you can be active in the day, how that, how you can use that activity to channel it to give you the energy and the focus that you need, and also be able to fit what you eat and when you eat into the day to, again, optimise your energy, your focus, and that clarity. Because when you have focus, work is so much easier. When you try to make a decision and you have a clear head, it’s easy. Suddenly, all these things just pop into the mind. When you’re walking through sludge, oh God, is it hard. And then the day is just like treacle. Imagine your way sort of glooping through and you just never finish what you need to do.
– What a joy.
– Exactly, absolutely. We can all have those days, but when you have clarity, when you have, basically, wound the body up in the right way, and I don’t mean wound up and sort of leaping around, I just mean get it flowing in the right direction. Suddenly, brain and body connect. And when brain and body connect, work is just so much easier. So that’s the tips I’ll be sharing.
– So if you haven’t got your ticket right now, what the heck have you been waiting for? Absolutely, must. How about you, Ian? How are you, what are you going to share on the 18th of March?
– Good question, first of all, if you are someone that has struggled with weight issues for a while, you really, you’ve got to come because I’m going to turn the whole dieting thing completely upside down. I’m going to explain, in my view and in my experience, how you can literally eat what you want, when you want, and still lose weight, how you can literally lose weight without dieting whatsoever. If you have been struggling with weight for a while and you’ve tried different programmes and things like that, please just come and listen to what I have to say. It’s pretty mind bending and it will probably change how you view diets forever. It’s a bold claim, but, hey, come and check it out for yourself if you think.
– We like bold claims. For some people says, “Oh, you know, “it’s too good to be true.” Well, you have the results in front of you. It’s true.
– Here’s the thing, if you don’t like it, money back. Have you get your money back on your tickets.
– Free ticket, absolutely. We’ll give you the piece of paper back.
– You’re so generous.
– It’s light hearted, it turns the whole thing around, and it’s very gigglesome and fun, so it’ll be an enjoyable evening and you’ll learn that. The other thing that I want to get across is that you’ve got to deal with the root cause of the problems. I’m going to express this in a really eloquent way to explain why it’s so important that you don’t just tackle the kind of external, periphery stuff. That actually you’re going to have to go inside and dig deep and find out what’s going on inside. I’m going to explore this in some detail so that by the end of the talk, you’ll understand the importance of really going inside rather than outside to find the answers. For anyone who’s able to make it, I’ve got a cheeky little bonus which will really help you to go away and actually do that. I’m a real big believer, so I’m pumped. The Gtex community and fully subscribe to the concept of doing and action. I can guarantee you that having listened to me speak, you will literally have a complete and actionable programme and steps that you can move forward with. There will be no further requirement. It will be there, it will be something that you can take away and start implementing straight away, and there’ll be a cheeky little bonus that will enable you to really dig deep and make the progress you’ve been looking for.
– Fabulous, thank you Ian. Guys, make sure you get your ticket right now. Again, the link is here in the show notes is going to be on 18th of March, in Central London, with Ian and Annie. We’re going to explore how can we live a truly healthy life whether it is with our body weight, whether it is with our general health and fitness and increased vitality so then we can be more productive whether you are an entrepreneur, which is going to be your business, or if you are working in a full time job so you can be more, give more, and also have more for yourself because a life is not just about work. We are here, we are meant to enjoy what we do. Get your ticket for Purpose To Abundance, 18th of March. Looking forward to seeing you there. Annie, Ian, thank you very much for doing this interview with us, really appreciate it. Guys, if you are listening or watching right now, leave us a comment, let us know, what did you enjoy the most about this interview or what was your biggest take away or aha moment. I know there are many of you watching right now, so take your time, leave a comment, so then myself, Annie, Ian can see the impact that we have made in this interview. Have a fantastic day, a fantastic rest of the day and always remember that together, we grow exponentially. Ciao.