Weight Loss Day 59
Setting you up for life
Although we’ve tried to provide you with all the tools you need to support your progress throughout the 10 week challenge, hopefully the principles that they are built around have become a part of your natural thinking and approach.
There’s a time in all of our lives where we go from eating a diet based on whatever Mum has bought and hidden in the pantry, to all of a sudden having our own money and responsibility to buy our own groceries. When you were 14, you probably envisioned your shopping list would include about 25 packets of Tim Tams and a microwave Pizza. As we get older and wiser, we can better understand the consequences of our choices, and are maybe even buying for our own 14 year olds.
So even though we’ve tried to give specific foods to eat and things to do, the reality is that they are just every day things that you can adapt and adopt to suit your week-to-week lifestyle moving forward. This is not like a walking challenge, where the challenge ends and the pedometer gets thrown back into the draw. This is your life. These are principles and values that will hold you in good stead moving forward.
Of course knowing something and continuing to do it can be two very different things. The key message for you now is not that you need to be perfect, but you just need to be consistent. Make the messages of your homework over this journey a part of your every day life, and the rest will take care of itself.
If you’re drinking the right amount of water, eating plenty of fibre, and regularly getting 5 serves of vegetables and 2 serves of fruit in each day, the chances of you craving rubbish food from a state of tiredness or false hunger just won’t be an issue.
If you’ve adjusted to better portion sizing at night and are not eating and drinking too close to bed time, then it will go a long to keeping your daily calorie count on track, and maintaining good sleep.
If you continue to move at least the 10,000 steps a day, with the occasional higher intensity workout added on, your body will continue to improve it’s ability and efficiency to burn off what you don’t need and keep your heart and bodily systems in good order.
If you prioritise your sleep, and make sure it’s bedrock of your health strategy, then your hormonal imbalances won’t cause you to over consume the following days and look for cheap and nasty pick me ups.
Alcohol can be enjoyed in the right kind of moderation, making sure you have more alcohol free days than you do alcohol consuming. Enjoy the times that you do and then let your body recover, as it needs to.
All of these key components are doable aren’t they? Even if you’ve been better at some than others over the course of the challenge, they can still become a part of your journey moving forward.
Don’t just be Healthy for a short time, be Healthy for life.
If you work to replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you can turn a minor setback into a small victory. For example, instead of gnashing your teeth over gaining a kilo, focus on the 5 kilos you have already lost and learn from the experience.
You’ll need to:
- Be conscious of potential problems
- Identify negative thoughts & train yourself to listen for them
- Counter the negative thoughts with positive ones
YOU CAN take back control of your life by reprogramming the subconscious mind!
Rather than blaming external factors for you lifestyle habits you need to step up and take responsibility. Your subconscious mind can’t reprogram itself. YOU have to take the necessary steps yourself to gain the control over your life that you desire.
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