1. Start small… and work your way up
Get started on your journey to a healthier life by asking yourself what you’re prepared to change for good. Target the little things that are easiest to ditch first, like scrapping the daily Snickers bar, phasing out sugar in your tea or swapping half an hour of TV for a walk after dinner each night. Success in these few areas will fire your resolve for achieving bigger-picture goals.
2. Don’t put off good health
We’ve all fallen into the trap of ‘I’ll start tomorrow’, only to find ourselves putting it off for another day (or week, or month). As soon as you’ve made the decision to put your weight and health back on track, commit to it by eating a slimming meal or going for a walk. These small – but important – steps will put you in the right headspace for change.
3. Get to know yourself
Achieving a healthy lifestyle is a process of getting to know yourself. Aim to enjoy the process of discovering the fresh and filling foods you really like, the types of exercise that give you a buzz, and the habits that make your body sing.
4. Enjoy your successes
We’re socially conditioned to wave our wins away, as if they were nothing. Take a little time to enjoy the moment after you’ve eaten a healthy lunch, or walked around the block, or chugged water instead of Coke. Allow yourself a triumphant grin.
5. Measure your progress
Find a way of appreciating your progress that feels meaningful to you. Ask yourself questions such as:
- Can you give yourself an improved energy rating out of 10?
- Are your feeling more comfortable in and out of your clothes?
- Are you liking what you see in the mirror, how your curves are starting to emphasise your waist?
Use these as motivators to keep you going whenever you’re experiencing a slump.
6. Go easy on yourself
Expecting perfection every day is not reasonable. If you bust out now and then from eating well, or you spend the day on the sofa, it doesn’t mean you should throw the whole project of living well out of the window. Try to score a majority of healthy-living days. That’s something you can do for life.