Nothing worthwhile ever comes easy…
We asked Droptober for their advice on getting motivated this Spring:
The key is to just start by putting one foot in front of the other and then to keep going.
Be Honest with yourself
Be honest with yourself about why you want to change who you are before you embark on a new exercise regime.
- Do you want to look good?
- Do you want to feel better?
- Do you want to wear a bikini again?
Have a long think about why you are setting out on this challenge, and once you have that use it to motivate yourself.
Droptober started with “Just drop 2kgs” but honesty is also about recognising an achievable goal.
Talk to your doctor, your trainer your partner, and work out what is an honest goal for Droptober. It may be inches off your waist, it might be 2kgs, or it could be to get up to a 5km walk.
We are here to help, lets set a goal and get to it!
Alcohol and other drinks
One of the easiest changes to make that will yield results is to cut down your intake of alcohol, fizzy drinks, juice drinks, and anything with excess sugar and calories.
If you keep lemonade and the like in the fridge – throw it out!
The same with juice, as the sugar content is appalling. Keep glass bottles of chilled water in the fridge add some lemon, lime, or cucumber and enjoy.
Alcohol is pretty prevalent in society and it can be difficult to socialise if you are not drinking, we get that. But try not drinking at all during the week, just on weekends. Enjoy celebratory drinks while you keep the weight off.
You are what you eat
The old sayings are normally the truest, and this one is a beauty.
It’s a pretty simple equation, what you put in your mouth will create your look, your body, and how you feel.
Yes we could all eat whatever we wanted when we were teenagers, but as our body stops growing it no longer needs the continual kilojoule stuffing.
What to eat when is not that difficult but sifting through all the information is. The first thing to remember is do not believe any of the claims of products on supermarket shelves.
Did you know?
- ‘Fat free’ or ‘low fat’ generally means they have stuffed it with sugar
- ‘All natural’ does not always mean it is good for you
- Serving sizes are not a real indicator of kilojoule intake (who eats 100g of something?)
- Package claims can be simply untrue (remember the Ribena juice scandal?)
Do not believe what is said in advertising or on the packets.
Do believe your common sense and your eyes.
Fruit, Veg and other stuff
You are pretty sure that fruit and vegetables are good for you right?
Pretty simple stuff, but do you eat enough of them? You are also pretty sure that fast food is bad for you, do you eat too much of them?
Spend two days writing down everything you eat and then have a good hard look at the list. What does it tell you?
- Eat fresh foods over packaged, processed foods
- Make your own food (you know what’s in it)
- Take your lunch to work – healthy leftovers are easy
- Eat more fruit and vegetables
- Stop eating snacks full of rubbish
If you’re interested in learning about the glycemic index (GI) and why it matters to you, see here.
This is probably the most difficult of the lot, but it doesn’t have to be.
We do not want you sweating and gasping for breath, we just want you to use your common sense.
How many steps a week do you walk?
Don’t know? Get a pedometer or something similar and count them.
Set a goal: walk to work, get off the bus a stop earlier, shop locally and walk to the supermarket – incidental exercise works!
Find a hill and make it your own. Set yourself a goal.
Take the stairs .When was the last time you took the stairs instead of the elevator?
Buy a bike – it’s an awesome way to get around and fun with the kids.
We’re not saying you need to spend countless dollars on a gym, just look at what you actually do and incorporate it into your daily life.
Once you look better and feel better a gym may well be your next step.
Just one foot in front of the other.
8 Steps to help you schedule in results this Spring
Changing Habits Commit to healthy habits while saying goodbye to unhealthy ones that are holding you back.
Cleanse & Detox Spend five days cleansing your body with real food, water, and portion control – no pills or powders are necessary.
Food Guide Research and commit to a shopping list and daily eating guide to provide you with a week of healthy and tasty weight loss meals.
Exercise Move your body so that you feel better, look better, have more energy, and lose more weight.
Fasting Intermittent fasting works. A small change into your eating habits will stimulate further weight loss.
Food Guide #2 Variety is the spice of life, so research and prepare another week of healthy and tasty weight loss meals.
Become the CEO of Your Body This mental approach is ‘harsh with a hug’ that will keep you in control of your health.
Lifestyle / Maintenance Your Spring offensive might finish, but you will start a new phase of your healthy life. You can maintain this and continue on. You’ve got this.