Every woman will have attempted some sort of “diet” at some stage in her life.
Well…let’s be completely honest… diet after diet, after diet, after diet!!!
Yes, I’m sure you’re reading this and thinking, you’ve heard it all before? Extreme fad diets do not work, and spending a chunk of your life “yo-yo” dieting is a big stress on your health and your general happiness and wellbeing.
SO WHY ARE WOMEN STILL DOING IT?
Well, with all the marketing strategies around, pushing this fad diets in our faces everyday it’s hard not to be SO tempted by these smart marketers!
IF ONLY we could get these amazing results in a few weeks right? The truth is, you can have these amazing results for the rest of your life without being on a diet and without the down right torture of doing so!
SO WHAT DOES BALANCE MEAN TO ME?
My goal is to coach my clients in finding the right balance for them through fitness. To me, balance means bringing together the idea of HEALTH, HAPPINESS & MAINTAINABLITY
MY TOP 4 TIPS TO FINDING YOUR BALANCE:
1. Ask yourself where you are going “wrong”.
What is it that keeps lapsing or failing in your life? What is it that is breaking your balance?
Is it a constant weight gain/loss? Is it going strong on a routine, then crashing and burning every few? Is it your emotions roller coasting? Are you eating a lot because you are hungry, or are you just bored? Are you restricting yourself too much of the things you enjoy? Whatever it is, get to the root of it.
2. Seek help!
If we were all experts in health, food, exercise and psychology, then we probably wouldn’t be in this pickle to begin with!
Social media has put a massive sway on society and a pressure of how we should look and live our lives. The worst part is, all of this brain washing comes from other people’s experiences and opinions, not always from fact, science or self-awareness!
You need to real person, someone who is going to GET YOU!! Someone who can understand your lifestyle and your struggles and most of all is QUALIFIED to help you in the area that you are struggling with!
3. Take snail steps.
Changing one small thing each week can eventually change a whole history of bad habits.
A lot of what we do is pre-programmed into our subconscious mind. Habits are HARD TO BREAK! So don’t try being superwoman and changing all your bad habits in one week! Set yourself a goal each week.
It may only be to make it to the gym 3 days minimum. The next week it may be to make the gym 3 days minimum and reduce your 2 large caramel lattes to 1 per day! Whatever it is, small steps make big changes in the long run! (a professional should be able to help you with this)
4. Never undercut yourself!
Make sure your goals are ALWAYS going to be achievable and maintainable. If you want to get into a good healthy routine and stay in that routine for years to come, you need to enjoy it!
A FEW OF MY “BALANCE CHECKS” THAT I USE ON A WEEKLY BASIS INCLUDE:
1. Making sure I eat a consistent and healthy 5 meals per day (3 meals and 2 snacks) and sometimes a little after dinner treat!
2. Training at least 3 times per week because I know it makes me feel good, but listening to my body and training on any other days that I feel my body has the energy to do so.
3. Taking 2 -3 moments a week to do NOTHING. Evaluate stress levels, how my body is feeling and how I am feeling. I usually do something like have a bath, meditate, have a few hours free of electronics, watch a movie or go for a long walk.
What do you do each week that helps keep you balanced?