7 January 2013

Weight Loss/Healthy Living Motivation & Tips


For as long as I can remember I've wanted to be thinner. I've compared myself to celebrities and generally hated the way I look just like millions of other women all over the world. In the past few years I have dieted, starved myself, become obsessive, failed and succeeded. When dieting in the past I've been fixated on the way I look and becoming smaller and have completely disregarded my health in the process and eventually made myself ill. It took a long time for the penny to drop that there is only one way to lose weight for good, a healthy varied diet and exercise. Fad diets and quick fixes are great at the time but tend to be just that, a quick fix. They can make you lose weight fast but nine times out of ten you re gain the weight plus more and can leave you feeling like you've gone ten rounds with Mike Tyson. When I finally caught on that I needed to make simple changes to my lifestyle, I worked hard and lost 3 stone. Although my weight has fluctuated since then, the principles are still the same. If you want to lose weight for yourself or feel like your health could benefit from loosing a few lbs, small changes to your lifestyle can make you feel amazing. I don't call trying to lose weight a diet anymore, I call it a lifestyle change. I want to live healthier and reach my healthy goal weight for myself and then carry on being aware of what I'm eating in the future. Weight is a touchy subject for me and has been for many years yet so many people are in the same boat. I thought I would write a post on motivation and tips as I for one can lack motivation at the best of times and sometimes need a kick up the bum. 


Don't focus on weight loss
Concentrating on weight loss alone and not well being can drive you crazy as well contributing to you giving up. Instead of thinking how much have to lose move the focus to how much you have lost and how much better you feel because of it.

Set small goals
Setting small goals is the main advice I give to any of my friends who ask me about weight loss. Setting small goals such as every stone or every half, depending on how much you want to lose, then rewarding yourself with a treat will make you feel great and automatically motivate you. Personally, I love the feeling I get from crossing off another goal knowing I'm that little bit closer.

Naughty Treats In Moderation 
So many people I know decide they're going on an extreme diet and are cutting out everything that is 'bad for you'. My one friend even went as far as to ban tomato sauce ha. Cutting out treats you enjoy is a recipe for losing motivation and giving up. Things you enjoy once in a while will make you appreciate them more and stop you running to the bar of chocolate the size of your head (just me? haha)

Pace yourself
Exercise can be grueling at first especially if you jump straight in to the deep end. Start small and work your way up to adding more activities or spending longer on exercise. If you have any worries you should see your GP, they could even point you in the direction of the type of exercise that is fitted to you.

Dust yourself off and try again
We all have bad days. Over eaten? Not exercised? Dust yourself off, tomorrow is a new day.

Remove the bad eggs
Sometimes we have "friends" that like to make us feel bad about ourselves. Some do it slyly, others not so much. If you have someone in your life like this, re evaluate your friendship. Do you really need someone who goes out of their way to hurt your feelings?

Be kind to yourself
I should practice what I preach, being kind to myself is something I've always struggled with. Stamp out all those negative opinions about yourself, they're never going to let you be happy.

(Re-published as I deleted the post accidentally)

Disclaimer: This blog post is about healthy living and in no way related to "Thinspiration"

20 comments :

  1. I have always wanted to be thinner too, I think that none of us will ever be happy with our bodies. I love this kind of post, helpful tips!! Glad I stumbled onto your blog :)
    LaceyLoves x

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    1. You are so right, I think us ladies, sometimes guys are far too hard on ourselves xx

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  2. Excellent post! I have always struggled with my weight too. I lost a lot of weight about 7/8 years ago and gradually put it all back on and more, now I'm desperate to drop it all again this year! Fingers crossed.

    http://rafflesbizarre.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. I've been there, it's frustrating isn't it. Good luck on your adventure, feel free to drop me a tweet or an email if you feel like having a chat :) xx

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  3. I love this post. I've recently embarked on a little lifestyle change, just adding 30 mins exercise a day and not binging, so posts like this are great for me. thanks xx

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    1. Oh good luck with your changes :) 30 mins a day is a great way to start, makes such a change :) xx

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  4. Lovely post and I totally agree with everything you said! For me though, it is not about weight because I am an ideal weight for my height and age, however I don't feel that I make the best lifestyle choices and I want to change that xx

    http://onewaybeauty.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. I hope you do well with your changes :) xx

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  5. Love your tips! I did a post similar recently on my blog too! I've always dieted on and off for years, but last year I decided to stick to one for good! I've lost 2.5stone so far but still have a way to go! Must keep my focus in 2013...and stay away from the chocolates! :)

    Jen xx
    http://kitsch-n-sync.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. I'll have to have a look, I was on your blog yesterday :) well done on the weight loss, that is brilliant! Ah, chocolate is my biggest problem as well aha! xx

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  6. Great post! I agree with everything. Iv recently joined slimming world as I love thei ethos of more healthy eating although I'm still allowed treats! :-) xx

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    1. Good luck! Slimming World looks really good, I've heard so many success stories! xx

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  7. I seriously need to lose some weight! Thanks for the tips. x

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  8. I have a rule I set myself, no 'naughty food' between monday to thursday, friday to sunday I can eat whatever I want!

    thoughtsfromanothergirl.blogspot.com

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    1. That's a good plan, I try to follow that but just on Saturdays xx

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  9. Removing "bad" eggs (aka negativity) is the most important. I did that first after my first baby was born, and was able to focus on weight loss. Really nice results afterwards.
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    1. It always amazes me how many people have "bad eggs" in their life yet don't think much of it until it's pointed out, myself included xx

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  10. I love these tips. I’m doing exercising and dieting both for the maximum. But still I’m sad to say still my friends’ say that they can’t see a difference. After I read this only I understood may be my friends say like that to de-motivate me or jealousness. So as you say I must remove the bad eggs. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. I read somewhere that it takes 2 weeks for your body to change, 4 weeks for you to notice, 12 weeks for friends and family to notice - or something along those lines ha. They could well just be being spiteful, focus on yourself and brush off any negative comments.. It's amazing how you feel knowing you've not let the comments effect your progress. Keep up the good work. If you ever need a chat you're always welcome to tweet or email me xx

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