With the holidays over and the kids heading back to school, it’s the perfect time for you to focus on your own personal goals, such as weight loss. Here are a few simple things you can do to get you on the right track…
1) Keep an achievement diary
This diary is an easy one to keep: buy a beautiful new notebook and at the end of the day, every day, write down three things you did that you were proud of or grateful for. Writing down positive feelings on paper can be very therapeutic, and can help to keep you focused while on LighterLife.
2) Try something new
Plenty of research has shown that learning something new helps to boost positivity, and the good news is that it doesn’t have to be like going back to school. Adult education courses have really changed: with stylish cooking courses taking place in top restaurants, theatres opening their doors for writing courses and innovative book shops like London’s School of Life holding lectures on non-traditional subjects like how to have a good conversation, there’s never been a better time to find new inspiration.
3) Work on your sleep pattern
The summer holidays with the children have been great fun and packed full of activities, but did your sleep routine pay the price? Get your good sleep habit back! Even when you feel that all your body wants to do is hibernate, setting the alarm to go off at the same time each day, and going to bed at the same time each night, can help your body regulate its sleep need and helps you to feel a little perkier.
4) Pin your plans
A great way to stay motivated on your LighterLife journey is to put in place some well deserved treats and goals. Pinterest is an online scrapbook where you can store all your plans and ideas. Why not join today and focus on things you would like to do, buy or experience once you have reached your LighterLife goal weight. One board could be fashion; another could be travel or activities. Having a reward to focus on will be a great motivator to stay on track.
5) Make time to think
Not having the children there everyday to distract your mind may leave you to ponder and think about things – and even about food! If you find yourself reaching for the fridge then grab your coat and go for a stroll. Making an hour-long lunchtime walk a regular habit in the winter months gives you the best chance to be exposed to the strongest light of the day, with an added extra of stress-fighting exercise.
6) De-stress yourself
Take time to unwind and relax. Maybe have a bath? Or put on your favourite album to listen to while painting your nails? Stress can have a very negative effect on our wellbeing. However, a situation isn’t stressful of its own accord, it’s our thoughts about the situation that lead to stress. Think about a situation where you’ve felt stressed and turned to food. Write down the types of food you ate and the emotions you were feeling and whether or not these emotions were helpful in solving the situation. This will help to bring to the surface the reasons why you turned to food in the first place.
7) Write yourself a letter
If you could write a letter to your younger self, what would it say? What pearls of wisdom would you give yourself if you could turn back the clock? Maybe it would be to walk to work instead of drive everyday, or to think about what it is your body needs before reaching for the closest snack. Writing down five things can be a great way to focus on how you used to be, and how you now think about food.
Would you like to lose weight and live a healthier, happier life? To find out more, visit the LighterLife website today.