Stop the FAD’S

Stop the FAD’s, what do I mean by that?

Fad Diets are something that you cannot sustain, a plan you follow that is short lived and how many times have you found that when you stop you put the weight back on and  often more as well?

I used to believe that doing something for 21 days will help you create a good habit but that is where I have been failing as I have since found it can actually take up to 3 months to make a new habit stick.

Therefore here are my top 3 tips to creating good healthy habits that you will keep and avoid the FAD’s forever.

First; identify your obstacles, then plan a defense. I did a Facebook live on this the other week. If you can identify exactly when you are going to fall off the wagon, which we all do, then you can have an alternative on standby already in your mind of how to avoid this. This is known as the method, ‘If then, then that’
Here’s an example If I go out on a night out, I will make sure every second drink is a non alcoholic one.

My second tip is to be SMART, set yourself some SMART goals.
SMART stands for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Timely. Instead of simply thinking, I will just lose weight, State to yourself “I will lose 7lbs by March 20th which is 1lb a week by not eating after 7pm”

The final tip is accountability; share your journey with friends that way you can update them with your successes, stay focused and they can be there for you if at times you find you are struggling. Get a friend to keep you on track and message them regularly, ideally someone that is very positive. Get up early and plan your meals, plan your exercise and write down why you are embarking on this journey everyday. This will help you with your motivation.

I hope this helps and feel free to follow my journey on Facebook @ShazsBeautySecrets

See you next week,

Sharon 

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Are you hitting your goals?

Ok, we’re two weeks in  –  are you hitting your goals? Did you start your healthy habits? Two weeks in is generally when people start to waiver, the negative thoughts, the excuses start to kick in; so let’s take a look at some of those :

Excuse 1 “It’s hard work this, not sure I can keep it up”

Nothing in life is easy, what gets us through it is why we started in the first place. Think about all the reasons you wanted a healthy new year; Did you want to lose weight? Get fit? Have more energy? Think of those rather than that one that will stop you. Create some vision to help motivate you, a dress hung up that doesn’t quite fit right now, maybe a picture of a younger you when you felt happier – stick it on the biscuit tin. Quitting will not get you healthy.

Reason 2 “I just can’t follow it”

Now this could be if you’re following a plan, look at it, is it realistic? Yes a 3 day no eating plan will help you shift some weight but it’s not going to help you get healthy. Find something that will work for more than a day, that could be Weightwatchers, Slimming World, 5:2, Joe Wicks. All of these and many more plans have worked because people have stuck to them, but all our bodies and lifestyles are different so it has to work for you! Consider writing out the pro’s & con’s and once you have decided – give it 100%.

Finally Reason 3 “You’re not seeing the results you wanted”

I do understand this one, I really do. Everyone wants a quick result but remember you didn’t get unhealthy quickly, it took time and it will take time to adopt the right healthy habits for you so that you can achieve your goals. After one really good week of eating healthy, not drinking, no rubbish and exercising, my scales actually said I had put on weight. Did I want to cry and quit, of course I did? But within minutes I remembered how I had slept better, how my clothes fitted better, how much more energy I had and actually enjoyed exercising again and that is why I’m going to carry on as I know and understand I will not achieve my goal if I quit.

There you go my top 3 reasons why I have quit in previous years. Reach out if you have used these before but will not again and this is going to be your healthy year. Simply leave a comment below as it would be great to connect and I hope you have got something from this.

See you next week, Sharon