Having spent most of my adult life battling with my weight and making poor lifestyle choices, I’ve finally found a balance that’s working for me. Don’t get me wrong, I’m no health freak, but I do now recognise how important it is to take care of myself.
In the past, my dedication to healthy eating and exercise has always been really short lived. I’d be lucky if I lasted a week if I’m honest! But, for the past 6 months or so, I’ve really turned things around. I can pinpoint a few things I’ve done differently this time around, so I hope they will help you to make your healthy lifestyle change sustainable too.
How to make your healthy lifestyle sustainable
Some of us recognise the need to eat healthily and exercise from a really early age, and it’s those early habits that are so vital! But, if like me you are fully aware of what you should be doing, but actually maintaining it for any length of time is an issue, then these tips should help.
Know your pitfalls
I have so many things that can set me off onto a spiral of bad eating that it was difficult to know where to start!
For me, I was finding it difficult to eat low calorie meals whilst the rest of the family were stuffing their faces with the good stuff. I decided that I needed to take drastic action if I wanted to shift the 3 stone I needed to. I opted for a program that would provide all of my meals and snacks for me, giving me no excuse at all about eating the wrong things. This program gave me a choice of meal options, so I chose the ones that required the absolute minimum amount of preparation. With 3 children and an evening job, I knew that I’d just slip back to my old ways without this.
Another of my BIG pitfalls is my Saturday night pizza. I can be good all week, but then pizza night arrives and I just let it all go to waste. With the plan I followed, they had pizzas! This was amazing for me, with each full pizza being less than 500 calories, I could continue to lose weight without feeling as though I was missing out.
Don’t set your sights too high
Losing weight takes time. Don’t set yourself unrealistic goals! Concentrate on the longterm picture. If you are eating healthily AND exercising regularly, then you will lose weight. It’s a marathon not a sprint!
It takes 60 days to form a habit
If you’ve been eating junk for most of your life, then don’t expect that you’re going to find it really easy to stick to the healthy options. It takes around two months for a new routine to become a habit, so give yourself time for your body and your mind to adapt.
Be kind to yourself
We all have “off” days, when we’re not quite feeling ourselves and our dedication to a healthier lifestyle may take a bit of tumble. When that happens, recognise it for what it is! Don’t beat yourself up about it. You are only human and you obviously needed that little break. Pick yourself back up and get back on the wagon – you deserve to take care of yourself.