The mindset needed for (successful) weight loss
How many times have you set out with a fitness goal only to find yourself flat out sabotaging your own efforts?
You’ve vowed to make it to the gym 3 mornings in the week and yet find yourself sleeping in due to having one too many with work colleagues the night before?
You’ve started on a nutrition plan on the Monday and by Tuesday evening you’re eating your way through a packet of biscuits or a bag of crisps?
I think we’ve all been there.
Let’s look at a few tips to support you overcoming this self-sabotaging weight loss barrier…
1). STOP BEATING YOURSELF UP
You are YOU. You can’t compare yourself to anyone else, you’re not them. If you’re constantly chasing down the ideal of someone else, then you’re setting yourself up for a fail. Love yourself as you are RIGHT NOW.
2). FIND THE RIGHT REASON TO LOSE WEIGHT
We all want to look good on the beach don’t we? However, if you’re losing weight just for vanity sake, your resolve will be less strong than if you’re doing it for a deeper reason.
Focus on the fact that a healthy lifestyle will bring you more energy, better focus at work, ease of movement and improved health…ALL of which are greater motivators than fitting into a pair of skinny jeans, although this is a nice side effect 😉
3). FOCUS ON THE POSITIVE
If you know me at all, you’ll know I hate the word ‘diet’. It immediately brings up thoughts of deprivation and what you can’t have. Bye bye chocolate, cake, alcohol, sweets, crisps, fun, friends, life…
Swap your thoughts around to all the fabulous things you CAN enjoy. Nutritious, tasty, whole foods that fuel your body to work at the highest level it can, rather than starving it into an unhappy, miserable, bland, beige, yuk.
4). DON’T TREAT IT LIKE A HAPPILY EVER AFTER
So many people think of a healthy lifestyle as one with a start and end point. I’m always getting asked by my clients, “how long will it take?” “when will I have abs?” “when will I be able to do a pull up?” Truth is, I have no idea!
What I do know however, is that balance and consistency are key. I know thee two concepts aren’t glamerous or exciting, wish I could make them sound sexier and less ‘boring’, but if I’m being totally honest with you, the consistency of practicing lots of small positive habits, builds up to create big change.
It’s great to have a timeframe to get you started and give you a kick start, but then what happens after you’ve reached that point? You go back to how you lived your life before and end up right back where you started?
It’s totally cliché, but fitness and health is a never ending journey. You’ve got to enjoy the steps en route to your destination, don’t wait for a fairytale ending.
It’s really important to schedule in fun and relaxing times where you know you can let your hair down and enjoy local foods, have a cocktail on the beach if you fancy one, I’m all about balance and enjoying a life you LOVE!
Have a great rest of the week.