Here we go again. Is this the year you a) go on a diet b) go to the gym at least three times a week c) get some sleep d) give up alcohol?
We are wise women – we know that if we just do the same things all over again we will get the same (poor) results.
So here are a few tips on how to do things differently this year and get real results.
Its all very well saying ‘I’ll do this and I’ll do that’ – we are much more likely to succeed if we hold ourselves to account – but we also know that that’s not easy and sometimes we need some help. I have found that a kick start works really well if you get some help and check in with a personal coach at least weekly. Now before you say that you don’t have time, can’t afford it and can’t be bothered, just take a minute to think…
You would like to lose a bit of weight – right? And tone up a bit and generally get fitter?
Your food. Try keeping a food diary that you are going to show your trainer once a week. Imagine writing down everything you eat! I can just about guarantee that you will eat less rubbish because you can’t face writing it down. You’re in charge but do you really want to let someone else know you ate the whole packet of ginger nuts?!
Your exercise. All keen, you hit the gym, all sore and time limited you stop going. What you need is a plan, a manageable schedule that has exercises you can do at home and a sensible number of steps per day. Get outside, get fresh air and get away from everything for half an hour a day. We all need some cardio (where your heartbeat is raised) and some resistance work (building muscles to raise your metabolic rate and burn more calories) but you might need advice on how to manage all that.
Your sleep. It’s not an optional extra, you know! We seem to think we can get away with less and less – well, that’s not true. Lack of sleep upsets your hormone levels and your insulin control. Make a commitment to get to bed at a certain time – and yes, you’ve got it – hold yourself to account.
As for alcohol? How about two or three alcohol-free days a week? Great idea – which days?