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7 WAYS TO BREAK THROUGH A FAT LOSS PLATEAU

Have you ever experienced a time when you’ve steadily been losing weight/inches and then it just comes to a stand still?! If this rings a bell then maybe it’s time to re-evaluate. These 7 tactics are a good starting point to help you break through the plateau.

Keep An “Honest” Food Diary

This is a proven technique for weight loss. When an “honest” food diary is kept it forces you to keep an accurate account of what food you eat including portion sizes and all the other little indulgences you have here and there that could very well be sabotaging your weight loss efforts.

Get More Sleep

There’s clear scientific links between sleep deprivation and weight gain. It messes up your hormones resulting in an increased appetite, cravings, poor workouts and a decrease in overall energy expenditure. So make sure you get your Zzzzz

Eat More Frequently

And no that was not a typo! Though counterintuitive, increasing the frequency of meals can kickstart weight loss. Skipping meals can lower your metabolism and cause your body to hold onto calories by storing them as fat. Whereas, eating small, but frequent healthy meals throughout the day keeps your metabolism firing. Your blood sugar levels will also be more stable and so you’re less likely to raid the pantry cupboards.

Change Your Workout Routine

If long bouts of steady state cardio and/or doing the same old routine aren’t producing the goods then it’s time for a change as your body isn’t responding. High-intensity interval training (HIIT), is a form of cardio that involves alternating sets of intense exertion with brief recovery and has been shown to burn more fat in a fraction of the time than traditional cardio. The whole idea is to shock and re-boot your system to get it losing weight again.

Increase Protein Intake

Consuming protein has been shown to lead to more fat loss. Healthy protein sources combined with resistance training significantly improves overall body composition.

De-Stress

Stress increases the body’s production of the hormone cortisol, which has been linked to both weight gain and increased appetite. Other side effects of too much stress include poor sleep and digestive problems, both of which will derail your body’s ability to burn fat.

Timeout

If you’re doing everything correctly, and have been doing it for a long time and you’re not losing any weight despite all your hard efforts there’s a possibility your body has shutdown. If you’ve over dieted/over trained your body will be tired, stressed and will fight back. Timeout could be exactly what’s needed to re-set your system.

11 FOODS THAT STOP HUNGER

When was the last time you felt hungry? Not just peckish but cookie monster ravenous? If you’ve been trying to lose weight, you’ll know that feeling all too well. A little hunger is normal, but constant excessive hunger will make you grumpy and prone to unhealthy cravings. The following options will definitely help you resist temptation!

  1. WATER

Strictly not food but I have to mention water as it’s cheap, simple and a very effective way to nip hunger pangs in the bud. Often hunger is mistaken and can actually be an indicator your dehydrated. If you drink more water, you’re less likely to drink other calorie-laden drinks such as sodas. Also drinking water before a meal blunts your appetite. Therefore, you’ll eat less and find it easier to lose those extra pounds. So the moral of the story is drink more pure filtered water.

  1. GREEN VEGGIES

Green veggies, as well as other starchy vegetables such as carrots, are unmatched for their low calorie yet high satiety ratio not to mention high in nutrients. Foods that contain high levels of water, dietary fibre, and protein tend to be the most filling. Some of my personal favourites are broccoli, spinach, and kale.

  1. OATS

Versatile, super filling and cheap, oats are ideal for stopping hunger in it’s tracks. High in fibre and highly absorbent. When mixed with water or a dairy free milk alternative, the oats expand in your stomach and digest slowly. So start your day with oats and ideally combine it with protein/good fats to make it even more filling and a complete meal.

  1. GREEK YOGHURT

Protein’s ability to stave off hunger is well documented and Greek yogurt is super high in it. Also, it tastes great and is low in sugar.

  1. PISTACHIOS

I love my pistachios. Nuts are dense in calories from healthy fats, but pistachios are much lower in fat than other nuts yet still dense and very filling. Make sure to watch your portion size, a handful is all you need.

  1. HUMMUS

Another food high in protein is hummus plus it’s rich in fibre, vitamin C, and good fats. These fats, alongside the carbs/protein in hummus, will keep you nice and full.

  1. SOUP

Soups are great for giving you that feeling of fullness without piling on the weight. To maximise satiety choose a broth-based soup that’s packed full of lean protein and fibre rich veggies. Also, make sure you check out these nutrient-dense soup recipes I shared a while ago!

WHITE BEAN & WINTER SQUASH SOUP WITH KALE

COCONUT LENTIL SOUP

MINESTRONE SOUP

  1. PEA PROTEIN

A quality PEA PROTEIN is perfect for anyone following a weight loss diet. It’s great for stabilising blood sugar levels and cravings.  It’s also a fast and effective way of keeping you fuller for longer.

  1. EGGS

Studies have shown that eggs are an excellent food for increasing satiety and on top of that, they’re cheap, versatile and quick to make. I always have some boiled eggs in my fridge on standby in case I get the munchies.

  1. APPLES

Eating an apple before a meal has been shown to reduce the amount of food you eat. This is due to it’s high fibre and water content. So an apple a day really does keeps hunger at bay!

  1. WATERMELON

Due to it’s high water content watermelon scores high on the satiety index. It’s also packed with vitamin C, minerals, antioxidants, tastes delicious and low on empty calories. Simply pop a slice or two in a lunchbox to enjoy as a snack as and when needed.

If you’re trying to resist unhealthy snacking, focus on these filling, nutrient-rich foods. If you can keep hunger at bay, it’s only a matter of time until the results start showing up in the mirror and in your clothes.

Love Gaynor x

WHAT’S YOUR EXCUSE?

Do you make excuses not to exercise and eat healthily?

If so, you must watch this NIKE NO EXCUSES VIDEO

We’ve all made excuses. Yours truly included.

No time. Don’t have the knowledge. No money. Bad genetics. Too tired.

Yadda yadda yadda.

The truth is that if you really wanted to you’d find a way.

As Tony Robbins says:

“It’s not about resources but about being resourceful”

Let me give you some examples:

If the kids are at their swimming lesson could you be doing some laps around the pool?

Could you save time by not surfing through socials and instead prep your food?

How about getting up 30 mins earlier to squeeze in a little exercise?

Can you take something out of your schedule to free time up for your health?

These are just a few ideas off the top of my head.

Always remember, you have a choice how you spend your time and what you prioritise.

Our brains are so clever we’ll search for any reason to self-sabotage, procrastinate, and justify the nonsense in our heads.

You need to take a truth pill and be brutally honest with yourself. It’s not about beating yourself up, it’s about being honest to make things happen. This empowers you. Whereas when you make excuses you’re giving your power away.

The bottom line is you can be fit and healthy no matter what your situation and background IF you want it badly enough.

And by the way, this approach doesn’t just apply to your health and well-being but anything in life.

So mon ami no wiggling out of this one!

What’s your go to excuse? And how are you going to knock it on the head?

Let me know and if you need help trying to hatch a plan so you can get fit and healthy get in touch as I can help. I’ll be with you every step of the way. Simply email GAYNOR@B-FIT.UK.COM or text/call me on 07748298728.

Love Gaynor x

THE NO GYM REQUIRED WORKOUT

I’m a firm believer that you don’t need to go to the gym or have fancy kit to get fit.

When it comes to exercise there’s more than one way to skin a cat.

Still not convinced?

Well, keep reading because I’m going to show you how.

For me, you’ve the best resource right on your doorstep – your body.

It’s free, with you 24/7 and very versatile.

There’s a gazillion ways you can use your body to trim down and get toned that doesn’t involve sweaty intimidating gyms. Not to mention the time you waste getting there/back, and the expensive membership fees.

In today’s world time is precious, and the stressors of work, family, and everyday life often make a workout the last priority.

Sound familiar?

The tips I’m about to share for working out with or without a gym can easily help you stay on track with your health and fitness goals and they’re so achievable!

Many of my B-Fit clients have done these and so can you my friend.

Give these exercises a go and be sure to let me know how you get on ok?

Bodyweight Training

The benefits of strength training are well known. If you don’t have access to free weights or machines, you can use the best machine of all – yourself.

Using your own body weight for strength and conditioning offers plenty of versatile exercise options, and can be done anywhere – home, hotel room, garage, beach, and at the park.

Here’s some of my personal favourites:

  • Lunges
  • Squats
  • Pushups
  • Planks
  • Burpees
  • Mountain Climbers

Very often bodyweight exercises are put into a circuit by doing a set of each exercise without stopping until you’ve completed one set of every exercise, which equals one circuit.

In fact, a few weeks ago I shared a great Fat Blasting Bodyweight Circuit Workout HERE. Make sure you check it out 😊

STORE CUPBOARD EXERCISES

I know it sounds a bit weird but you can turn household items into calorie-torching, body-sculpting tools.

Those large water bottles, cans of beans, and bags of rice in your store cupboard aren’t just for cooking. If you don’t have access to dumbbells or machines, these will do the job.

You can do bicep curls, shoulder presses, and tricep kick backs with them as well as many more fantastic exercises.

Other ideas include a gallon jug of water. You can even grab a couple bags of sand from a local DIY store. These are all great to squat, lunge and do step ups with.

Chairs and towels and other household items can help shake up your routine by supporting your body weight and adding movements that engage your core, and improve your balance.

Other Opportunities To Move

Take the stairs, park furthest away from the door, and take a walk around the block during your lunch hour are all very easy ways to squeeze in more exercise.

We all know that exercise is a key factor in weight loss so let’s make it happen.

If you need help getting motivated and/or don’t know where to start give me a call on 07748298728 for a FREE confidential chat.

I’m here to help.

Love Gaynor x

GREEN TEA – A FAT BURNING PHENOMENON

Want to lose body fat? Want to lose it naturally and easily?

If so, keep reading cos today we’re talking Green Tea and how it’s considered one of the healthiest beverages on the planet and proven to help you lose body fat.

The secret lies in a compound in Green Tea called Polyphenols which helps you get lean. Hence, it’s become so popular as a drink.

As you know, there’s tons of health fads out there. Most are total nonsense, but Green Tea is one of the good guys and gets the thumbs up from me.

It’s been enjoyed for its taste and medicinal powers for 5000 years originating from China. It’s made from fresh leaves of the camellia sinensis plant and comes in various forms such as dried leaves, decaffeinated, capsules, and liquid preparations.

Health Benefits

The secret behind the benefits lies in the powerful antioxidants it contains. Green, oolong, and black teas all come from the same plant but what makes green tea healthier is the way it’s processed. Green Tea is steamed as opposed to fermented. This prevents the valuable compounds from being oxidized resulting in the highest concentration of powerful antioxidant polyphenols, keeping the caffeine content low and tannins (that inhibits absorption of nutrients) non-existent. These antioxidants neutralize free radicals and may help prevent health problems such as cancer, heart disease, and premature aging.

Green Tea also contains alkaloids such as caffeine that provide a stimulant effect which means you can skyrocket your 24-hour energy expenditure to create the perfect environment for maximum fat burning.

Other benefits of green tea are it reduces cholesterol, lowers blood pressure and prevents abnormal clots, it boosts immunity, treats cardio vascular, inflammatory and liver diseases as well as diabetes, stress, arthritis, skin damage and infection.

Harmful Effects

The only possible negative is the caffeine content. And as you know drinking excessive caffeine for prolonged periods can cause insomnia, nausea, irritability, palpitations, urination, headaches and loss of appetite.

However, green tea contains a quarter the caffeine of coffee, and you would have to be drinking a ton of it to cause these side effects.

Here’s some tasty green tea recipes for you to try …

Mint Green Tea

  • 1 tsp green tea
  • 1 tsp fresh mint, chopped
  • 200 ml boiling water

Place the green tea and the mint in a warmed teapot. Add the boiling water, cover and leave to infuse for 5 minutes. Serve hot or chilled.

Heart Chai

  • 1 tsp green tea
  • 1 tsp black cumin seeds
  • 1 cm piece of cinnamon stick
  • 1 tsp lemon balm
  • Small pinch of cayenne
  • 300m ml rice, oat, hemp or your fav nut milk
  • 1 tsp honey (optional)

Place all the ingredients, except the honey in a small saucepan, bring to the boil and simmer gently for 2 minutes. Strain into a large cup, add the honey if desired, and serve.

One final important point …

Don’t over steep green tea otherwise it will taste bitter and astringent. Not nice ☹

Thanks as always for all your love and support. And as usual hit me up with any burning Q’s you have. I’m here to help.

Love Gaynor x

BARBECUED TROUT IN NEWSPAPER

Trout is an oily fish rich in omega 3 which is really good for healthy hair, skin, and nails.

It also aids weight loss because the good fats and protein keep you fuller for longer plus it’s delicious and this recipe won’t disappoint.

Serve with a crunchy green salad or something like my WARM RED PEPPER, SPINACH & COURGETTE SALAD.

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 whole trouts, gutted and cleaned
  • 1 bunch fresh coriander
  • 2 stalks lemongrass
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 5cm piece ginger
  • 1 red chilli (optional)
  • 6 fresh, frozen or dried kaffir leaves
  • 4 limes
  • Olive oil

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Pre-heat BBQ so it’s hot or until coals turn white
  • Rinse the fish under cold water and pat dry
  • Twist the stalks off from the bunch of coriander
  • Place in a pestle and mortar
  • Keep the coriander leaves for the garnish
  • Chop lemongrass, add to mortar
  • Peel and slice ginger/garlic, add to mortar
  • Slice chilli, add to mortar
  • Add kaffir to mortar
  • Bash all these ingredients to release the flavours
  • Take a double sheet of newspaper. line with greaseproof paper
  • Have one sheet per trout
  • Slice 3 limes, place a line of the slices in middle of newspaper
  • Lay the fish on top
  • Stuff the cavity with half the herby mixture
  • Season with sea salt and drizzle with olive oil
  • Top with more lime slices and drizzle with more oil/salt
  • Wrap up the newspaper and tie with string
  • Dunk both parcels in a bucket of water
  • Soak for no more than 5 mins
  • BBQ the fish parcels uncovered for 30 mins until flesh firm
  • Remove the fish from the paper, drizzle with any juices
  • Top with coriander leaves
  • Serve with lime wedges

TRY THIS FREE FAT BLASTING BODYWEIGHT WORKOUT

I’m a firm believer that you don’t need to go to the gym to get fit.

There’s a gazillion ways to trim down and get toned that don’t involve sweaty intimidating gyms. Not to mention the time you waste getting there/back, and the expensive membership fees.

I don’t normally share free workouts in my blogs simply because I don’t know everyone’s specific goals, health, injuries, imbalances, and mechanics … which is why at B-Fit we do an in-depth assessment of each client before we start.

But on this occasion, I’m going to break the rules and share one of my most popular B-Fit fat blaster bodyweight workouts, and just in time for Summer too.

The great thing about this workout is you can do it anywhere – home, hotel room, garage, beach, and at the park.

In a nutshell – anywhere.

So give this thigh shrinking, fat burning workout a go and be sure to let me know how you get on ok?!

It’s suitable for anyone but especially if you’re looking to lose weight, drop inches and get toned whilst also strengthening your heart/lungs and giving yourself a nice dose of happy endorphins 😊

Let’s jump straight in.

WORKOUT GUIDELINES

  • Warm up before you start
  • Complete circuit 4-5 times per week, a minimum 3
  • Complete with or without weights
  • Go straight from one exercise onto the next
  • Rest 30-60 secs after entire circuit
  • Reduce/increase rest according to fitness levels
  • Repeat entire circuit 3-4 times

WORKOUT

Click the links below to see a video demo of each exercise.

As I said be sure to let me know how you get on, and if you’ve any questions ping me an email to GAYNOR@B-FIT.UK.COM

Also …

If you need extra help or something tailored specifically for you then book a FREE B-FIT SESSION. Simply give me a tinkle on 07748298728 for a confidential no obligation chat.

Another option is a FREE trial of my SMALL GROUP PT COURSE this Thursday 22nd June at 7pm in St Stephen’s church hall, Hightown.

If you’re up for some fat burning fun and games with yours truly + some lovely women then come along.

Exercise should be fun, time efficient and get results. Combined with the right food, and a good night’s sleep you’ll be well on your way to feeling fit and fabulous.

Thank you, as always, for reading and allowing me to be a part of your world.

Until next time, have a super week.

Love Gaynor x

LEARN HOW IRENE LOST BELLY FAT

Would you like to lose belly fat? I bet you do.

That’s exactly what my lovely client Irene achieved after working with me.

Just like many of us Irene wanted to feel healthier, fitter, and tighter by losing a few pounds and inches. Her measure of success and attaining those goals was to get into her pencil skirt and golf shorts. Not all at once of course 🙂

Maybe yours isn’t golf shorts or a pencil skirt but how about …

Getting into smaller jeans?

Using one less notch in the belt?

Getting into your wedding dress?

Whatever it is choose something that’s personal and meaningful to YOU.

Coming back onto Irene, I’m so proud of her as she’s smashed all her goals by making positive lifestyle changes, did the right type of exercise and ate well.

I’m a firm believer in getting the basics right and making them habitual. Consistency is key.

Irene took me up on my FREE B-FIT SESSION. Make sure you do too. This allowed her to dip her toe in with zero risks or obligations.

Then she did my 1-2-1 NUTRITION & PT COURSE plus she also comes to my weekly SMALL GROUP PT COURSE on Thursday’s in Hightown.

Here’s what Irene has to say about her B-Fit experience:

“I had several targets when I embarked on B-Fit. It exceeded my expectations. I’ve learnt about healthy eating, natural supplements, and how what I eat and drink impacts on my appearance. I’ve lost belly fat, a few pounds, and am toning up gradually thanks to the personal training with Gaynor, Sue, and Kirk. My skin is clearer and I definitely have more energy. I’ll stick to Gaynor’s training plan, it works.”

I hope Irene’s story inspires you as much as it does me. We only have one body in this lifetime so nurture, love and look after it.

With love

Gaynor x

P.S. Got a friend, family member or work colleague who’s struggling to lose a few pounds and inches? Be a gem, forward this blog, and get them to sign up for my FREE weekly emails by emailing gaynor@b-fit.uk.com 😊

8 TIPS FOR FAT LOSS

Does this scenario sound familiar?

You commit to a healthy lifestyle. You get all organised, are super positive and raring to go. But before you know it, you’ve reverted to your old habits – the diet slips and the gym attendance falls behind.

The good news?

There is a better way. Swap this all or nothing mentality for my top 8 tips for fat loss. Trust me they work!

If you follow 5-7 of these tips you’ll be well on your way to hitting your target goal. Follow ’em all and your results will be off the scale!

Here goes …

1. Avoid Faddy Diets

Faddy diets are a pet peeve of mine.

They don’t work, aren’t sustainable, and mess up your health and hormones.

Fat loss shouldn’t just be about getting into smaller jeans or looking good in a bikini, it’s about looking and feeling healthier for life.

It may sound cliche, but there are no shortcuts to losing weight – a balanced diet and regular exercise will achieve far more than a week on the latest craze.

2. Smaller Portions

At mealtimes, try putting your food on a smaller plate. Studies show that we’ll finish off the plate in front of us whatever it’s size – and we’ll feel full afterwards.

3. Mix Up Exercise

If you find exercise a chore to stick to try mixing it up. The key is choosing a form of exercise you enjoy such as a run outdoors, swimming, bodyweight exercises, a dance class and so on. The choices are endless!

Whatever you choose, just make sure it cranks up your heart rate so you burn calories in real time and also up to 24 hours afterwards.

4. Go Lean

Choose leaner cuts of meat and replace creamy sauces with vegetable alternatives. It’ll still taste great whilst absorbing less fat.

5. Buddy Up

Why not get a friend to train and get healthy with you? You can both motivate and help each other. Also, my B-FIT SMALL GROUP PT COURSE is perfect for extra support from a lovely group of like-minded ladies.

6. Crank Up Your Music

I’m a big believer in the power of music to help you push harder whilst exercising. So load up your playlist with your fav upbeat tracks.

7. Take Baby Steps

Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither is achieving long lasting changes in your health and fitness. So be patient. Losing weight doesn’t mean cutting out life’s pleasures altogether and being extreme.

Simple swaps make a huge difference and add up over time. For example, instead of ice cream, have a coyo coconut yoghurt. You’ll barely notice the difference. And when food tastes good, it doesn’t even feel like you’re dieting.

8. Detox & Purge Your Pantry

Clear out your cupboards of all junk food and replace with healthier choices. Controlling your environment as best you can is key to achieving your goals.

DITCH THE SCALES, GET THE BODY YOU WANT & WEAR THE CLOTHES YOU LOVE

You’ve probably guessed based on the blog title what I want to focus on today? However, I want to make it really clear from the outset I am not anti scales nor am I pro them. However, I do believe you need to have a very guarded view of them. Otherwise, they literally will ‘weigh you down’ (pun pun).

The 3 take home messages I want you to really get are:

  1. It’s not about weight loss but fat loss – huge difference

2. Muscle weighs more than fat. 5lb of fat takes up a lot more space than 5lb of muscle like the photo below illustrates so scales can be very misleading

3. There are numerous ways you can measure your progress beyond scales

Moving on, can you relate to the following?

You hop on the scales every morning and get disheartened with a number, and it sets your mood for the day. At this point, many of you will throw in the towel and give up completely, not realising that the scale could be giving an inaccurate representation of what’s really going on. The whole process can be slow, negative and damaging.

Let’s start with some questions:

  • Do you weigh at the same time each day? If not, bear in mind your weight fluctuates throughout the day due to water and food intake.
  • Have you poo’d or not poo’d?
  • Have you pee’d or not pee’d?
  • If you’re a female, is your monthly cycle due?
  • Do regular scales distinguish between muscle, water, and fat? Of course not! Take your average professional rugby player. He would be declared obese which of course is ludicrous. The fact of the matter is this guy will have lots of solid muscle which as we know weighs more than fat. So, of course, he’s going to be heavy on the scales. This is a perfect example of how the scale can misrepresent the facts.

Do you see where I am coming from? There are a lot of variables at play so unless you are tightly monitoring these and comparing like with like your measurement could be inaccurate, and send you down a rabbit hole.

You also cannot look at the number on scales in isolation to other key factors such as lifestyle, overall health, girth measurements, hip to waist ratio, clothes size etc.

So my question is …

How else can we measure our progress towards our goals? I don’t think any of us would disagree that it’s important to track progress. It motivates and keeps you going especially when you see you’re getting results right?!

So here’s my recommended list of how we can measure progress …

Clothes

I think jeans are a great one because we all wear them. Why don’t you set yourself a challenge to go from a size x to a size x in your jeans? Another good measure is your belt and the number of holes you use. Clearly, you want it to be going down!

Scales

As I said at the beginning I am not opposed to weighing yourself, just not every day. I only weigh my clients every 3 to 4 weeks and instead use many other parameters that I’m listing here.

I would suggest hopping on the scales first thing in the morning after you wake up and use the bathroom, and then weigh yourself naked. This will give you the most accurate representation of your true weight. Also, stick to the same scales.

Photos

A picture paints a thousand words and does not lie. Take pre and post photos and weekly throughout your journey. Take a front, back, and side angle. Make sure the lighting is good so you can see how you are progressing. It helps you see where you hold weight, where you hold water, are there any muscular imbalances that need addressing, where’s weak and strong etc

Body Measurements

I am a big fan of taking body measurements of my ladies especially around the tummy where we store excess toxins in fat. Areas to consider measuring include hips, thighs, waist, arm and chest.

Feelings

I don’t want to sound airy fairy but you need to connect and wire up your mind, body, and soul. Check in and ask yourself simply ‘how do I feel physically?’ All too often we dis-connect and look for external verification of how we are progressing towards our health and fitness goals when maybe at least part of the answer lies within. Do you feel healthier? fitter? more energised? lighter? tighter? Stronger? If the answer is yes, this is progress so keep going.

Body Fat Percentage

Lastly, you can measure your body fat percentage i.e. the ratio of fat mass to fat-free mass, also known as lean mass or muscle. Just like the scales, consider it as part of the overall picture, and don’t obsess.

I track my ladies fat % to make sure it’s going down, and that muscle % is going up. The more muscle you have the more metabolic you’ll be and so you’ll burn more calories. I also measure visceral fat on organs which is a real indicator of how fatty and toxic your liver is.

Miscellaneous Measurements

Other ways you can monitor progress is to assess your sleep quality, PMT and menopausal symptoms, energy levels, quality of hair skin and nails, and your bowel health. You could also perform some simple fitness tests.

So you see progress is not just reflected on the scales but in many other ways. If you feel great and the other gauges of success are heading in the right direction – you’re doing brilliantly so keep going.

Next time you’re beating yourself up for not losing lbs on the scales I want you to stop, and give yourself a break. Instead, think of all the other wonderful ways you’ve improved and moved towards your goal.

Love Gaynor x