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Sharny interviewed by Mix101 Chrissie Swan

About 10 minutes before my interview with TODAY, Chrissie asked to interview me on curing cravings.  It appears she had an ulterior motive…

After asking me if I thought she was lazy, I get the feeling she didn’t like the answer, so talked over me before cutting my microphone and monologuing about how we were the reason kids were getting bullied.



Somewhere near the end of the interview, they just hung up on me.  We got a few messages from our fans like this:


And then I was told that MixFM had created their very own Meme!

Check it out (you can click on the pic to take you to the post).

By reading through the comments,  there seem to be a lot of people in this “small minority” who listen to that radio station…

Also, “small minority” when did we begin to ignore minority groups?




Anyway, we were luckily able to source a copy of the interview from a station insider, and although I didn’t want to respond, Julius has:



Being fat is not the only reason people get bullied.  People get bullied for eating a salad at work, kids get bullied for not taking “real” food to school (real meaning packaged junk).  Bullies pick on anything that is different.


Now, let’s clear this MASSIVE misconception up.  Once and for all.



“fat people are stupid?”
“fat people are less than?”


We’ve never said that.  We don’t even think it.  We have said that to become obese requires laziness – laziness in eating.  Laziness in nutrition.  Ignore for a moment the percentage of the population who have legitimate medical reasons for being obese, the rest are just lazy.  If I became lazy with my eating, I’d become obese.  it’s not something that is done TO you, it is something that you DO to YOURSELF.


The environment we all live in (all of us) is one that is geared towards obesity.  Everywhere we go, signs tell us to “take more, you deserve it.” Everything in our lives is convenient.  To be healthy requires work.  BUT EVERYBODY KNOWS THAT.  Just like work.  The harder you work, the more income you earn.  If you don’t work at all, you’ll become broke.  The harder you work at your health, the healthier you become.  If you don’t do anything about it, you’ll become obese.  Everybody has to make money, and everybody has to work on their health.  If you’re obese it’s because you’ve been lazy with your health, not because you are in some special portion of the population.  Everybody lives with the same temptations, everybody in this country has the same opportunities.  Chrissie (and everyone you’re trying to defend), if you’re not crippled in some way, if you’re not less intelligent, if you’re not a child.  You’ve just been lazy.


And when we say lazy, it doesn’t come with an undertone of cruelty, it is an observation.  Clearly you don’t like to hear it.  If it makes you feel uncomfortable, then that’s your choice.  Neither one of us wants to be mean or nasty, we want the best for you.  Covering your potential with layers of fat, crushing your internal organs is not what’s best for you.  It’s been easy to hide behind the pretence of “bullying,” but by hearing the truth that laziness begets obesity means that you CAN do something about it.  You choose to fight it, or to accept it.  Responsibility.


A 14 hour work day is not a reason to eat more than you need.  It’s an excuse.  We know a lot of people who work longer hours who are not unhealthy.  Not obese.  Because they choose their health over TV.  They choose health over facebook or short term pleasure (junk food).  They spend lots of quality time with their kids playing in the park or going for walks or wrestling on the lounge floor.  To manage a 14 hour work day, family, health and finances takes effort.  But it is effort that is essential.  If you’re too lazy to do that, why not cut back some hours.  Nobody is telling you to work 14 hours.  You choose that.


I do have a question at this point that I’d like you to ponder.  Why have none of your friends confronted you about your health?  Do you intimidate them?  You certainly have a lot of friends, but are they really friends if they allow you to eat yourself to death?  Being obese comes with some MAJOR health risks.


I’m calling THEM out right now.  Chrissie it at a very high risk of dying.  A higher risk of dying of a heart attack than a smoker is of dying of cancer.  What are you all going to be saying at her funeral?  Chrissie Swan is an AMAZING person and we all benefit from having her around.  Seriously, she is funny, intelligent, CARING and beautiful.  I want her to be here a lot longer.  I want her to be there when her kids get married.  Am I a bully for saying so?


We can’t see the inside of a smoker’s lungs.  We can’t see inside the mind of a junkie, we can’t see the destruction of a gambling addict.  We CAN see the result of food addiction.  You tie it to body image, you think it’s about “looking good.”  We don’t.  It’s not about beauty.  We see a lot of beautiful people, covered in a layer of fat.  Eating themselves to death.


This REALLY pisses me off.  Please, separate fat and ugly.  Ugly is opinion.  You can be fat ugly, you can be thin ugly.  Beauty and body composition are NOT related.  We get messages all the time about how ugly we are.  And that’s OK, because ugly or beauty are OPINIONS as long as my wife finds me attractive (her opinion) I’m happy.  Don’t link them together, if someone thinks you are not beautiful because you are fat, that’s their problem.  We’ve NEVER linked fat with ugly.  Fat is unhealthy.  Whether it is ugly or beautiful differs from person to person.


I don’t think it is fair for an obese child to be teased and bullied.  It’s not fair for any child to be bullied.  But once again, being fat is not the only reason kids get bullied, it’s not mutually exclusive.  Red headed kids, a genetic trait, get bullied so much more, listening to the radio, I hear “ranga” thrown around a lot.  That’s radio, that’s not the school yard!  That’s bullying, and having red hair is not a choice, it’s genetic.


So back to obese kids.


You say we are perpetuating bullying in the school yard?  It is an enormous cop out to blame the bullies.  It’s easy to, because a bully is something you can’t control, is easy to blame.  But the bully is not the person to blame for the hurt that happens to an obese kid.  The REAL people to blame for obese children being bullied are the LAZY parents.  LAZY, because they KNOW that the shit they are shovelling into their children’s mouths is making them fat, is making the other kids tease them.  PARENTS are giving it to them, kids can’t afford it themselves.  It’s like giving your child a cigarette then complaining that the people telling you that smoking is bad for you are perpetuating bullying and stigmatising smokers.


Chrissie Swan, you don’t like us, that’s fine.  It’s not our job to make you like us.  It is my job to like myself.  It is Sharny’s job to like herself.  And to stand back and watch you kill yourself makes us not like ourselves.  It is our calling on this planet to reverse this obesity epidemic.  To free beautiful people like yourself from your affliction.  Gluttony leads to obesity.  Obesity will kill you.  Every human is geared toward gluttony unless you do something about it every day.  To not battle your inner glutton is laziness.  Blaming a 14 hour work day for gluttony is laziness.  You’re not a lazy person, you have just been lazy with your health.



If you have an obese kid, or a kid who is heading that way, how are you going to answer them when they are adults and they investigate their food addiction.  “Why am I addicted to junk food.  Who introduced me to it?”  “Why can I never remember running?”


If they look through their photo album and see that they were fat as kids, photos of them eating cupcakes and maccas instead of playing on the swings, will they not resent you?


Being a parent is tough, bringing up kids in a world of temptation is tough, but you chose to be a parent.


Obesity doesn’t happen overnight, it is a gradual process.  Every single day you have to get up and make a choice, we all do.  Either you are going to ignore your deteriorating health, your expanding waist line, your wheezing breath, or you are going to do something about it.


Chrissie Swan, you are obese, you are well loved and you are influential and you CARE.  Put your ego to the side a minute and think about how you are using your influence.  Are you caring about the right thing?  Overeating is the same as smoking.  You are defending overeaters, and making it OK.  Stop doing it.  Stop allowing people to think it is OK to overeat.  It’s not OK to overeat, just like it is not OK to smoke.  You’re perpetuating an ideal that an obese person can be healthy.


The real danger to you, to me, to society is allowing people to believe that they are their fat.  I would like you to entertain the idea that maybe instead of defending the fat on a person’s body, defending “fat people,” you help them to see that they are not their fat,  the fat that they carry around is just an indicator of their past few years.  It is like a parasite, living on the person, it is NOT the person.  Use your influence to make a positive impact to our country; you have it in you.


We’re at war, Chrissie.  You and I.  But I’m not your enemy.  The enemy is out there and inside your head.  It is called temptation.  Greed.  Gluttony.  I’m recruiting you Chrissie, PLEASE.  Australia needs you.


Make people see the truth: You are NOT your fat, you can’t own that.  You are the person underneath.  Stop allowing other people to own their fat.  It’s like a jacket.  A jacket that is killing them, but a jacket that they CAN take off.


PLEASE!!! Stop defending the jacket.  Take yours off, and NEVER let your kids put theirs on.


Free us, Chrissie Swan.  We need you.

You learn more from failure than from success, if you choose to see it that way.

Listening to the stories of the people who failed to complete the Kokoda Challenge, I am a bit jealous of what they have experienced.  In my opinion, the distance covered is irrelevant.  What is relevant is what you learn when you push your body to failure.

Some people fail at 5km, others fail at 100km, the Kokoda challenge was just a format that allowed as many people as possible to experience physical failure in its rawest form.  i.e. physical exhaustion, combined with sleep deprivation in the cold and dark.  To top it off, they make you compete as a team, so pulling out makes you feel as though you are letting your team down.

What does that do to you as a person?

I can tell you that it is emotional, this sort of thing brings grown men to sob.  But what comes out of this is a deep understanding of the human spirit.  Getting to that point is like living an entire lifetime in one event, from jovial beginnings to a bitter end, where you think you can go on, but your body is slowly dying on you.

Nothing can prepare you for the way that you will react when all your layers are stripped away.  Pride is the anchor for the soul.  In the hours preceding failure, the people around you know more about the real you than everybody else’s experience of your entire life so far.

You cannot hide, and having experienced this, both personally and now objectively, what is most interesting is that day to day, we are constantly trying to hide the best part of ourselves (without even knowing it  most of the time).

Seeing someone at their weakest, is seeing them at their best.  Their ego has been destroyed, exposing the magnificence of the spirit within.  And experiencing it first hand is like coming face to face with your own soul.

The paradox, however is that each time you reach this point, your ego grows back stronger, and makes reaching this point so much more difficult next time.  But you can rest, assured in the knowledge that you know you have met your god.  Next time you will know what to expect – and can better prepare yourself for the brief meeting.

If you know these brave soldiers, watch them in the coming weeks – they may have failed to complete their event, but in doing so, they have won the greatest prize.

That is why, in my humble opinion, true success is actually achieved only when you reach failure.

Be great, be powerful beyond measure

In life, it seems the older you get, the more excuses you hear.  If you listen to the excuses you tell yourself, 99% of them cover up laziness.  As a kid, we believe we can take over the world, or fly to the moon.  As an adult, we have given up on our “childish” dreams and work in the “real world”.  But if you, like me sometimes sit up at night thinking about how your life may have turned out a little differently here, a little differently there, then this video is for you.

The most common excuse we hear is “I played [insert sport here] in school, and got an injury in my [insert injury here], I can’t exercise anymore.

To put this into perspective, last week I heard a man tell me that he had rolled his ankle as a 6 year old boy, and had therefore not been able to exercise since then.  The man is in his 50’s.  the “injury” happened when he was 6 years old, and as a result, gave up on any sporting chance for his life!

This weekend we went down to watch our son Josh play rugby in Brisbane, and sitting on the hill in the sun within earshot of a couple of men in their early 50s I got a reality check that felt like a brick to the side of the head.  These two mates were listing off all the people they each knew who had died.

“you remember Jason, right?”
“yeah – he’s in the council?”
“Not any more, he died of a heart attack about 6 months ago”
“really, I thought that was Bill?”
Yeah mate, Bill was around the same time, so was big Kev.  You remember big Kev, married to Dawn who was the sister of Mike so-and-so?”
“Dawn, the one who died of cervical cancer?”
“Oh yes, Dawn, now I remember”
“well big Kev died about 3 months after she did – the big fella’s ticker just gave up”

the conversation went on for about 10 minutes as these two men listed off everyone they knew who had died, and they were so nonchalant about it.  The scariest part of this story is that both of these men were overweight, eating a pie and coke at 11 in the morning!

Watch this video and hopefully you will be inspired.  inspired to cast away your pathetic excuses, inspired to risk a bit of discomfort to live a longer, healthier, more rewarding life.  Say “no” to your mundane existence and take steps to be who you’ve always wanted to be.  If everybody lived the life they wanted to with full confidence in themselves and terrific amouts of passion, we would not have a single problem in the world.

This little video encapsulates the messages of Rocky, Muhammed Ali, and Coach Carter.

Fast Fat Loss Is Easy (Downloadable Report)


It is really is hard to wade through all the crapola out there that the salesmongers and marketing nerds are trying push onto you, so with that in mind, I have created this 44 page report for you, which basically outlines the fastest way to lose body fat. And how easy it is.

Think of me as your full time researcher, while you are at work, I am sorting through hours and hours of fitness, nutrition and business stuff, so that I can condense it, wash the crap off it and send it to you.

This report has taken me more than 2 full weeks to put together, so for even the minimum wage worker on $12 an hour, then this is worth more than $960

In this report, you’ll learn:

  • why fitness fad marketers DON’T want you to succeed
  • 3 MARKETING TRICKS that are being used RIP YOU OFF, and how you can use them to your advantage the only 3 MAGIC BULLETS of fat loss
  • quite an embarrassing story about myself
  • my 9 step process to ATHLETIC fitness (how we train athletes for PEAK PERFORMANCE)
  • 13 questions you must ask yourself if you want to GUARANTEE your results
  • a little rhyme that will help prevent your kids from getting PARALYSED in sport
  • a 6 STEP PROCESS TO CLEANING UP YOUR DIET once and for all
  • how to train yourself into becoming an ATHLETE, including a 4 MINUTE WORKOUT that will set you on fire!
  • The one stumbling block that STOPS athletes from reaching their TRUE POTENTIAL, and how to stop it instantly (really important if you have kids who want to be sports stars, there are many sports trainers out there wrecking kids’ futures – but you can prevent this!)
  • ACTUAL PROOF that there are people everywhere losing fat fast

I hope you enjoy this report, but most importantly, I hope that you READ IT, and take ACTION on the principles, I know I have, and the results are astounding.

I look forward to serving you more, and would love some feedback on this high value initiative of Stripfit and what else you’d like me to research for you…

Until then, be inspirational, be powerful.


Today Show

On Monday we got asked to appear on the TODAY show in Sydney, the producers had organised flights for us, we just had to get on the plane and everything else would be taken care of… except that they wanted us there Friday, and didn’t know about our 2 little ones. So, a couple of phonecalls later, and we had scored ourselves 4 return flights from Maroochydore to Sydney. What a manic couple of days that was! within 26 hours, we managed to fly from the coast to Sydney, drive a hire car under the harbour (Julius was pretty excited by that!), get into our hotel at 5pm, only to head straight out to get me an outfit to wear (lucky it was late night shopping), catch up with a few friends, do interview, check out of hotel, fly home. With 2 screamers… And 2 babies.

Recipe for Stress?


It was quite an experience, the interview went so fast, and what you don’t know as a spectator is that the entire show is scripted; they even told us what to say! Except that the host went off script, which completely took us by surprise after we had been told to “not deviate from the script”. Anyway, our first brush with TV was an experience we will cherish for years to come. The people at Channel 9 are so helpful and so kind; they even had someone look after the kids for us while we were on set. Julius thought it was so funny that we were referred to as “the Talent”.


When we wrote the book, Julius said that he would be stoked if at least one person would read it, but this weekend, we sold 1,264 books by offering “free postage and an autograph to the first 20 buyers.” We just didn’t expect much, so didn’t put that ‘rule’ into our shopping cart software. So here I am, signing over 1,000 copies of our book. I hope they actually get read!

How to get RSI

Survey reveals teenagers want fitter mums

You thought it was drive in, pick the kids up and drive out?  Oh no mum, that strip of tarmac is a catwalk.

A new survey conducted over Facebook, asking teenagers about the importance of school pick up revealed some startling statistics about what makes a mum cool.

Fitness won out unanimously as the most impactful change in making kids proud of their mums.  “This goes against what we were expecting.”  say bestselling fitness authors Julius and Sharny Kieser who conducted the survey.

Anyone living with a teenager knows that image is their number one priority.

“Image pressure from teenagers is a massive factor in making mums feel good about themselves.  Teenagers can be spiteful and cruel to their mums and are quick to make them feel inadequate.”

Interestingly, looking athletic is more important to your kids than picking them up in a luxury car.

“We’re seeing a spike in obesity among private school mums, along with a booming luxury car market.”  say the Never Diet Again authors.  “We thought that kids were pressuring parents to get the cool cars, but it appears that they would prefer to trade the new car for a fitter, healthier mum any day.”

This unexpected result may be great news for the obesity epidemic.  “This young generation have not given up on health and may be the ones to turn the crippling economic problem around.”

Australians are spending billions of dollars a year on obesity related health problems.  Problems that can all be fixed with a little bit of exercise.

“If my mum got fit again and picked me up in sporty clothes, I’d get so many compliments.  I’d be so proud” wrote Kelsey, a respondent from the Gold Coast.

“The first step is awareness, and the next step is action.  If we are to tackle this problem head on, mums need to talk to their kids, find out what they think and then do something about it.” say the Kiesers

“Finding the time and motivation to exercise is easy, there is a personal trainer on nearly every corner.  Save some money on the car and visit one.”  It could be the best investment you ever make for your kids.

Survey Statistics
Survey date: 16 – 22 April
Survey method: online
Targeted age: 14-16 years
Targeted Gender: none
Resulting gender: 61% female, 39% male
Geographical targeting: Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast private schools
Number of respondents: 7,634
lead generation: Facebook ad to icontact survey
Facebook ad: “Click here if your mum picks you up from school”
Survey question: “what would make your mum cooler at pick up today?”

Survey results:
•    a new luxury car        28%
•    new designer clothes    3%
•    a new haircut            2%
•    looking fitter            67%

Interesting comments:

“I have to run to get in the car, because every time mum picks me up she smells like KFC.  It’s embarrassing because she’s fat but I can’t tell her because she’ll get angry at me.” Jerome – Sydney

“I’d rather walk up the street than get picked on for her weight” Angie – SCGS

“mum is fit already.  All my friends like her more than their own mums” Maddie – Sunshine Coast

Get your Ebook on Amazon from Australia

ebooks are the future of books, don’t fight it, just join in for another avenue to book sales earnings.

Here’s how to do it in as little time as possible:

Step 1:

Sign up to Kindle Direct Publishing

Step 2:

Get a copy of your book in word format.  change the very first page and very last page to say:

To get the hard copy of this book, please go to: [input your website, making sure you start with http://]

this will provide you with a high ranking backlink (don’t worry if you don’t know what that means) and it will also make people go to your site to buy your book rather than the bookstore or amazon.

make sure that when you control-click the link, it goes to your site.


Step 3:

upload it to KDP, they will render it into kindle format and epub format.

Step 3:

Get a copy of your front cover in .png format and upload it

Requirements for the size of your cover art:

  • At least 500 pixels horizontally and 800 pixels vertically
  • Ideal height/width ratio of 1.6
  • Maximum of 2000 pixels on the longest side is preferred
  • Save at 72 dots per inch (dpi) for optimal viewing on the web

Step 4:

Set your price point.  At this stage, it has to be below 10 bucks.

Step 5:

KDP will make your book into a kindle ready format and distribute it automatically.  Cool

Step 6:

if you have your own shopping cart and it has digital security, upload the document they gave you to check, and BAM! you’ve got an ebook version of your book on your own website, and you can charge more than 10 bucks.  Bonus!

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