Adding in steps is becoming more and more important in our increasingly sedentary lives. In the past, we’ve heard of the phrase “incidental exercise”. This is when you go out of your way to add steps or more movement into your day. This doesn’t include doing an actual workout. What it does include is things like parking your car further from the shops, taking the stairs, walking to the bus stop or getting off one stop early, lose your remote control so you have to get up, sta
See My Weight Loss Story: Timeline for reference (this was 2013-2014). I suppose you could say my confidence started to grow when I began a diet called Shred, which is based on the principle of “keeping your body guessing”. Each week the meal plan was different, such as high fibre, smoothies/low carb, carb cycling, high protein etc. That worked in the sense that I was able to test out different styles of eating and started to learn what my body did and didn’t respond well to.
I have struggled with this for as long as I can remember. And I still do sometimes. If you’re like me and know that your emotions trigger eating patterns… whether it’s positive or negative emotions, stick with me while I explain my thoughts. As children we were often rewarded with food. Example: be good at the shops and you get to pick a treat, don’t fight on the car trip and we’ll get McDonald’s ice creams. As adults if something good happens, our brain often wants a reward.
Do you have a hobby? Something that you can do where you just lose track of time. That thing that happens when you lose time and space, you can’t hear people, you’re 100% focused? That’s called “flow state”, most people call it being “in the zone”. Have you ever had a moment like that before? What were you doing? If it was a work task, what was it about that task that you enjoyed? There’s got to be an aspect of that that we can bring to another action and create a hobby out o
If you have tried diet after diet after diet with little success, remember this: “A well-worn path doesn’t mean that you are on the right track.” If you struggle with weight and rarely see positive changes reflected on the bathroom scales, it is important to recognise that the continual diet cycle can do more harm than good—mentally, physically, and spiritually. The diet cycle typically flows like this: We start an extreme diet. We feel restricted and deprived. The cravings c