How are you today? I’m suffering quite a bit with an old back injury flaring up again! It’s meant lots of rest and relaxation, which is driving me a bit mad! I’m not very good at slowing down 🙂

 

It has meant I’ve been able to catch up on social media and emails though. One email I received last week really stood out to me, and I wanted to mention it today, because I think it’s the case for many people, and may be for you too.

 

The email said: ‘I want to lose weight, but I don’t want to give up my nights out or takeaways so I need something I can do still having those’’

 

Here’s the thing; if you want to lose weight, it HAS to be your priority.

It’s pretty difficult.

It requires change.

Your current habits have made you overweight, so you won’t lose weight unless you start making changes.

 

If you want to get in shape and stay that way, it’s not about giving up your nights out for a month and then going back to them when you reach your goal weight. You’ll just gain the weight back again.

 

Look at your priorities. What is actually important to you?

Is it your nights out?

Is it losing weight?

Is it your weekly takeaways?

Is it feeling and looking healthier?

I don’t believe that you have to completely give things up. Often, the things that are important to us aren’t important due to the thing that makes them unhealthy.
For example, nights out might be important to you, but it’s most likely having fun with your friends that makes it important, rather than drinking lots of alcohol.

 

In those cases, it becomes pretty easy to make changes – you can still go out and enjoy the night, just reduce the amount you would usually drink, or offer to be designated driver.

 

Other times, it is more difficult to make changes to your habits. It’s not as simple as tweaking them slightly to fit your goals better.
In these cases we don’t want to concentrate on giving things up, we want to look at doing things differently, and adding new habits.

What healthy habits can you start doing to move you closer to your goal?

 

Here are a few ideas:

 

  • Eating a healthy breakfast
  • Walking to work
  • Taking a lunch to work instead of buying one out
  • Cooking your evening meal from scratch
  • Drinking 1.5-2L water every day
  • Going for a walk or run after dinner
  • Joining the gym
  • Going to a fitness class with a friend each week

 

Remember, you need to make your health a priority to kickstart your efforts and keep that momentum going. It’s not always easy, but it’s about concentrating on adding healthy habits, rather than giving up unhealthy habits.

 

Keeping it positive will mean that your unhealthy habits are replaced by healthier ones anyway, and it makes it a far more enjoyable process!

 

Which healthy habits will you start adding? Let us know over on our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/aneu.you

 

Have a great long weekend over Easter!

Natalie x

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