1. Understand your “why?”
In any challenge, there will be days when motivation is low, temptation is high and the easy option becomes increasingly attractive.
So how do you deal with these inevitable dips in your journey to optimal health? Have a clear sense of why! Why do you want to embark on this challenge? Before starting, perhaps take five minutes to write down how you want to feel when you wake up each day or how you want to feel by the end of the challenge or maybe you have the dream outfit that you want to fit into. This will be a great visualisation tool to help remind you why you are doing what you are doing throughout the next 12 weeks.
Here is an example to get you started: “I wake up feeling refreshed, I get dressed in my clothes that fit perfectly and I ooze confidence. My energy is high and I concentrate easily. My exercise brings me joy and I look forward to moving my body. I feel vibrant and healthy.”
2. Out of sight, out of mind
It’s time to clean out your kitchen. Remove the tempting foods that you simply can’t resist. Think sweet treats, chip packets, soft drinks and sugary spreads. Not having irresistible treats around will make it harder to indulge when you’re feeling a little low and especially if you turn to food for a pick-me-up.
3. Failing to prepare is preparing to fail …
When you take on something new, especially a new way of eating, preparation is key. It’s easy to make poor food choices when you’re tired, emotional (and therefore not thinking straight), or bored. Having pre-prepared food is a HUGE step in the right direction.
A few practical ideas:
- Dedicate one or two hours at the weekend to doing your food prep. This might include roasting a couple of trays of veggies, making up smoothie bags with cut up fruit/veg to quickly add to your IsoWhey, or cooking a large, slow-cooked meal to divvy up into individual lunch or dinner containers.
- Have an emergency back-up meal. This is the meal that is your low-prep “go to” when you’ve perhaps missed out on your weekly meal prep.
- Examples include eggs, avocado and veggies or some canned fish stirred through spinach leaves and extra veg leftover in the fridge. You could also try a quick throw together salad; try this recipe here.
- When you’re organising a catch-up with friends, be assertive and choose where you go out to eat. Look up the menu beforehand and make a conscious decision about what you will order ahead of time to avoid impulsive ordering when you arrive and when temptation can be high.
4. Habits are stronger than willpower
Willpower is great, but it runs out. That is where habits come in. Successful and healthy people who eat well consistently create habits.
A great way to start is to write down some of your “naughty” eating habits and think of an opposing “healthy habit” you can replace this with.
For example, if you use chocolates as a reward, find a healthy snack recipe alternative. You may even want to try our Keto Brownie Bites as a treat.
Hopefully these basics and help you to feel equipped with some tools to help you succeed with your goals.