Whether its meditation to still the busy mind, training the brain to eat the right food or motivating yourself to exercise, all take some work and persistence.
Routine is key with any new task; whether its running daily, meditating daily, following an eating plan or going to the gym. Try to follow the same pattern daily or at least on the week days. A little sunrise yoga for 4-5 mins when you wake up is a great habit to get into. A morning run as soon as you wake up is another great way to start the day. Its important to remember that everyone struggles at the beginning but you need to overcome that and you will after 3-5 days; and then getting up to do your yoga or to go for a quick run will become part of your day, so much so that you won’t feel right without doing them. I even leave a refreshing glass of lemon water waiting for me in the kitchen for when I get in and I love having my smoothie when I get in as well, its something to look forward to and you feel bloody great!
Preparation is the next key action. Laying out your running gear to head out first thing in the morning or leaving your running gear out to go as soon as you come in from work. Taking your gym gear to work or leaving it out as above. Setting a time in the day for meditating or meal prep are all important. Make a menu for the week, make a shopping list, get exactly what you need and no more or less because if you need to go back to the shop later in the week you run the risk of grabbing something naughty. Prepping sides and salads for the fridge is so handy for grab and go situations. As I mentioned above I even go so far as making my drink for when I get back so I can look forward to it. I also leave lunches and uniforms prepared for Seb so that everything is easier with him in the morning too. I found that poor Theo was getting almost ignored because I was running around trying to get sebs bits and bobs together and had no time to greet Theo or spend any time with him. Now we can all go down and the boys have a little play time while they eat their breakfast.
Education is the next step. If you educate yourself on the benefits of healthy eating and exercise and you equip yourself with the knowledge as you head for the shops or the gym it is far easier to truck on. I’m not saying go and get a degree in nutrition, just simply read up on the benefits of certain foods. Every second article in magazines these days has a list of benefits of the latest superfood. Reading about how amazing your broccoli is and how its benefitting your body makes It far more enjoyable to eat at dinner time. I am a big fan of health magazines anyway but these articles are in every type of magazine. Its my job to be obsessed with food and its health benefits and its my job to know the latest superfood and to create recipes incorporating these foods. This makes it easier for people not in the industry to make better choices because they can read blogs, articles and go to health food shops and restaurants and get the advice they need. Its easier to eat these foods when you know how they’re working. Just like a car, your body won’t function without the right fuel in it.
Reward. Whether you set a goal for one week or five weeks time, always have a reward at the end of it, something to work towards. You may be working towards a holiday where you want to feel good in a swimsuit, an occasion where you want to feel good in an outfit or simply treat yourself with a chocolate bar that you love or a glass of wine at the end of the week. One thing that works for some is to buy the outfit in the size you wish to be and work towards it. HOWEVER I once did this with jeans and even after toning up in the gym they still never fit because guess what? The hips really don’t lie!!! No gym or weight loss can move the bones structure! Another reward could be a trip to the spa for the day or a nice restaurant or hotel stay. These are nice treats after some hard work in the gym and clean eating but also a reason to save money and avoid them nights out drinking and eating, followed by the hangover where its near impossible not to eat badly!!
These are steps that I follow but there is no harm in taking a break, skipping the exercise one day or having a chocolate or whatever it is you need. The worst thing you can do is feel guilty and beat yourself up about it. A lot of people let a small break spiral, the whole mindset derails and the person loses focus. I’ve done the whole feck it sure I may as well write off the rest of the day seen as I’ve made this mistake. The best thing to do is climb back on track and let the mistake go. Its not going to do any harm. Spending the rest of the day eating junk will do harm and you will feel crap by the time you go to bed.