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.
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)
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"