Small Steps into 2012

January 18, 2012 BY: LISA

Start the New Year with small steps.

So you have your New Year’s resolution to get fit and lose weight.

Recent research showed that two-thirds of young Aussie women want to lose weight in 2012 and I bet there is a few more of you out there who have set the same goal.

Instead of doing what you do every year and put unrealistic expectations on yourself for exercise and healthy eating, how about doing something differently and set a few small steps that will get you moving in the right direction.

For example:

Exercise :
Instead of “I will walk/run/go to the gym everyday” a more realistic, and more
importantly sustainable approach, is to say “I will walk/get to the gym once or
twice each week.”

Food:

Instead of ”I can’t eat any chocolate/take away” try saying to yourself “ I will have 3
chocolate free days per week” or “ I will take my lunch 3-4 times per week to
work instead of buying it out” or “ I will not eat chips when I’m hungry, I will eat some dried fruit and nuts instead”

Alcohol :

Instead of “ I can’t touch a drop of alcohol or I’ve failed” put some user friendly
strategies into place: “I will have 2 alcohol free days per week” or “I will
only drink on the weekend” or “When I drink I will alternate alcoholic drinks
with water or plain mineral water”.

 

These alternative options are not only more realistic but they begin to outline the plan of what you are actually going to do.

It’s no use saying that you are going to lose weight, you need to know exactly how you are going to do it and if the weight is to stay off it needs to be realistic…small steps.

 

Lisa Renn

Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD)

Author of Body Warfare (Brolga publishing 2011)

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