I just want to start this post out with something I learnt recently. Weight loss transformations don’t start with a change in your body, they start with a change in your mind.
Mine did atleast anyway – a major health scare that has put the fear into me.
I am of course only half way there but 25kg’s down, a few lessons were learnt along the way that I wanted to write about – maybe helping someone else who is struggling. Maybe your goal isn’t this huge or maybe you are just looking for some help with becoming more healthy and adopting lifestyle changes for the good. These are the things I struggled with, researched and practised.
Never be hard on yourself
I used to be so hard on myself – that little voice inside my head. “You’re eating too much”; “you’ve stuffed up by eating xxx” – the list of horrendous self talk goes on. This isn’t unique to me – you probably suffer with this too. That’s ok. But you need to learn to ignore it, be kind to yourself – if you can’t be kind to yourself in your darkest moments, who will? And for those who have a dysfunctional relationship with food (i.e. me); its ok to have a bad day or bad meal – that doesn’t mean life has ended! Move on, now!
Gluten, sugar, carbs are not evil
Believe it or not, none of these things are bad for you. Nope, none. It’s the way they are processed (with all the unnecessary extras such as fillers) and the quantities we are eating that make them bad. Think you have a gluten allergy/intolerance? It’s probably all the junk that gets added into bread that gives you the awful feelings.
And let’s chat about carbs. Oh boy, carbs have gotten such an awful reputation – Im speaking specifically about potatoes, brown rice, oats (good carbs, not donuts ladies!). Diets that preach cutting out all carbs (or as many as you can stomach) are seriously bad for you – take my word on this. I started out cutting out this food group and my body HATED me. Boy, that was a rough few weeks. You NEED these precious carbs to function daily – your body needs good nutritious fuel, and carbs make up a portion of this.
You can eat too little and your body WILL not appreciate it
Another thing that I learnt the hard way. I ate too little. I ate air, drank water and gymmed – and I saw absolutely no progress. Want to know why? Well because there is programming in our bodies that takes us back to survival mode – its basically holding onto your fat as long as it possibly can in case you need it. EAT!
Focus on your end goal
Whatever your goal is (live a healthy lifestyle, lose weight etc), know what it is and focus on it – every day. Taking small daily steps to your end goal is the only way to overcome the challenge.
Having a clear reason why is so key
Why are you doing what you are doing? For me, this was to be healthier – to feed my body in order to nourish it. My reason was based on how badly I had treated my body which had lead to these health complications.
Know what a healthy meal looks like (or find solutions that can provide this easily)
When I started, I had lost grasp of what a healthy meal looked like – I spent time on youtube, pinterest and blogs researching what represented a healthy meal. I followed dieticians and fitness gurus, and slowly learnt portions, good and bad oils. I’ve recently come across a far easier way to learn all of this – through the FitChef meals. These prepared meals offer an easy and quick way to eating good (and well proportioned) meals. You can check out my review on these meals here.
I don’t spend 4 hours 7 days a week in a gym, and neither should you
Urg – how boring does that sound? So many hours in the gym to get that bikini body? Nah – not for me. Exercise can be so good for you – but as with anything, we need it in moderation.
No pill will make you reach your goal
Oh I hate to say this – there is no pill, shake or quick fix injection or solution to magically become perfect overnight. Your body wants you to be healthy – but it needs the right nourishment and food in order to do so.
See your doctor for a check up
Yes – I should have seen my gp earlier, I knew something was off. I ignored things. Go get yourself checked out – from blood pressure, cholesterol, glucose and hormone levels. If everything is fine – YAY! If not, then you can start finding help for these things or it may answer some questions for you.
Drink up! Water is the best thing for your body – we are after all pretty much just water. Water is also vital to clearing your body of toxins.