Here are ten tips I though I’d share with you all to try and keep you going through any difficult times during your health kicks or those who have just started.
1) Do not compare yourself to others.
This is so important! Just because your mate only ran once and had stopped eating biscuits for 5 days and has already lost 7ibs more than you doesn’t mean that you’re failing. Everyone’s bodies are different. Some can burn off calories/fat quicker than you can say healthy and some, like mine, take a lot longer. Keep pushing though and results will soon start to show on you.
2) Stop and think before you eat.
If you’re anything like me, you will have all experienced going into the cupboard and reaching for the cake or biscuits or chocolate when you get home from a long, stressful day at work just because you’re fed up and hungry. If you find yourself at one of those moments, stop. Take a minute to actually think through what you are doing. Is it actually worth it? Is it actually going to make you feel any better? Is there anything else you can munch on to curb your hunger but that will also be tasty? Can you spare a couple of minutes to make something just as tasty but healthier?
3) Do not cut anything out.
Some of you may disagree with this one but I have found the only way that I can stick to eating better is by not cutting anything out from what I used to eat. If I tell myself I can’t have something, I want it more. Therefore, I limit myself to a small peice of chocolate everyday if I want some – some days I go without just because I forget. I then allow myself one ‘cheat day’ where I am allowed a bit more but not to go over the top. This method really has helped my will power which I am renowned in my family for not having!
4) Be creative with your food.
Just because you’re on a health kick does not mean that all you have to eat is salads. If that’s what you’ve been eating so far in your journey and are already flailing then maybe that’s why! Talk to friends, go on websites, join Facebook groups, search blogs on here. There is an endless amount of information out there on seriously scrumptious healthy food that will fill you up and isn’t just a salad.
5) Do not weigh yourself everyday.
This is a big no no. You may have already seen by so many others writing about it that weighing yourself regularly does you no favours. At 9am you could weigh 14stone for example. You eat breakfast and go out for a couple of hours, get back and have lunch (healthy) weigh yourself and you could be 14st 4ibs. You could take a dump weigh yourself and be 14st 2ibs. Etc etc etc. Point being, do not be slave to the scales. They do not go on body fat. Weigh yourself no more than weekly and see much more reliable results. Remember, it’s when yourself and others start noticing that you know what you’re doing is working. Not when the scales tell you.
6) Remind yourself of why you’re doing this.
If you come to a point when you want to give up (and we have all been there) please don’t! Remind yourself why you started this in the first place. What is your goal? Reasssure yourself that you CAN do it. If you have old photos of what you aspire to look like once more, get them out. If you have an event you want to take part in, visit the website and hype yourself up about it again. If you are wanting health benefits after having a scare, read up on what an unhealthy lifestyle can lead to.
7) Money is not an excuse.
It doesn’t matter if you can’t afford a gym membership or go to a different class every evening, that is not an excuses not to exercise. Use stuff around the house to create your own workouts. Everyone knows basic moves, do those but add weights. No weights? Use bags of sugar – seriously, it works! Go for a run outside, it’s amazing how different it is to runnng on a boring treadmill (nothing against them). Get a skipping rope or use something for a skipping rope. Such a simple thing yet such a good activity to add to any workout. Use a step or box to do step-ups on. Watch free workout videos on YouTube. There is so much you can do for free to give your entire body a good workout.
8) Use negative comments.
If anyone says anything negative to you about your weight during the first month of your health kick or about your new healthy lifestyle do not ignore it. Use it as fuel to ignite the passion inside to drive you even further into focus. Prove them all wrong. Of course, you’re not doing this for their benefit or anyone else’s, however it can be a great motivational tool (reverse psychology or something).
9) Don’t beat yourself up.
Inevitably, we all slip up from time to time. I believe that if we slip up on the first month of this new healthy venture, though, it is imperative we get back on it straight away. So if you do find yourself swaying off of the path, that’s ok, we all do it. Don’t then say that you’ve failed and quit, use it, learn from it and get back on it!
10) Enjoy it.
Being healthy has this stigma of not being any fun- complete shit. Of course there are moments that are hard but aren’t there always hard moments in life with or without being healthy? I sure would prefer to go through them with good health than without. Go out with friends. Have fun. Just make different choices. Join different groups in fitness/health communities, make new friends. The people I’ve met through doing this are absolutely incredible! Have a drink now and again or chocolate just teach yourself when to say no.
We all have what it takes to succeed in whatever we want. It’s just the matter of if we want it enough to do what it takes to succeed. I believe in you and you should too.
Hopefully these brief tips will keep you all going. If you can think of any more that have helped you or others please comment!