My Number 1 Fit Girl Secret
The main reason people don’t make changes in their lives, particularly when it comes to their health is due to feeling overwhelmed by these changes. When we think we need to give up sugar the first thing we think is “But sugar is in everything” or “I will have to starve myself” so you may think “What’s the point, I can’t do it!”
When it comes to exercise maybe you would love to be able to run but you get winded after one minute so the thought of completing a 5K run seems ridiculous (that’s how I feel sometimes!)
When people come to me for advice on their diet and fitness they all seem to say the above things. For most people it is so overwhelming because a lot of us have been raised on sugar and processed foods!
So what’s my number 1 secret in becoming fit and healthy?
Make small changes gradually.
Although I gave up sugar by going cold turkey (which worked for my addiction) most of my diet was cleaned up gradually. When I gave up sugar I was clutching onto fries and sugar-free processed foods to compensate. I gradually let go of the other bad habits like diet sodas and packaged foods over a period of 3 months. Some people can clean up their act really quickly but I was only able to make lasting changes by doing it bit by bit.
The more I educated myself on nutrition the easier it was to let go and form better habits.
A lot of our diet is simply that – a habit. It can take as long as 8 weeks to break a bad habit but for now simply try to replace one thing in your diet at a time.
If you want to start a new fitness routine but feel intimidated then build up to it gradually. Try running one song and walking one song. I can leg press 120 kilos plus the weight of the machine but I didn’t just one day hop on the machine and do this! It takes time to build up strength so never be hard on yourself!
If you are really struggling to give up the foods you love then simply start adding good things into your life. If you must have toast and jam for breakfast, have a green smoothie with it. Can’t pass up dessert? Then simply eat a healthy salad and some lean meat for dinner. It’s all about balance and incorporating good healthy habits into your day.
I want you to take an honest look at your diet and exercise routine and think about what small change you can make today to start eating better and moving more! Don’t be overwhelmed by this task it can be as simple as trying stevia in your coffee.
I’d love to know what you would like to change, leave a comment or send me an email and I will be happy to cheer you on!