Hands up if you’ve ever compared yourself to someone else? Whether it be a friend, a co-worker, a social influencer or an actress, we’re all guilty of playing the comparison game – particularly when it comes to weight-loss. Now, I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but here’s the thing: EVERYONE IS DIFFERENT. We come in all shapes and sizes, from different backgrounds and lifestyles. We work different jobs for different hours and have different responsibilities. So why on earth would we expect to have the same weight-loss results as that random girl on Instagram, or even one of our friends? Our differences make our body’s needs individual and unique. That’s why that ‘thing’ she did to lose 10kg isn’t working for you. That’s why we need to pay attention to our OWN bodies and create healthy, sustainable habits to get fit and fabulous! I’m not gonna lie to you- there’s going to be a bit of ‘trial and error’ when it comes to finding out what works best for you– but hang in there! Here are a few tips and tricks to help you discover a healthier you.
1. Great expectations
Often in the excitement of starting a new exercise regime, we set unrealistic expectations of ourselves and feel disappointed when we realise that we’re not Crossfit-Yogi-Triathletes on day one. Instead of making dramatic changes (that you know you won’t stick to), take small, gradual steps to increase your activity. Instead of taking the escalator, try the stairs. Park further away on purpose to get some incidental exercise in walking to your car. Over time, these small changes have a big impact and create healthy habits that you can stick to-go girl!
2. We’re all in this together
Wanna know one of my favourite tips for sustainable weight-loss? Work out with a friend. When you have someone putting in the hard yards with you, not only is it way more fun, you are held accountable for your actions. Getting up early to exercise ain’t so bad when you have the chance to catch up on last night’s episode of the Bachelor with your bestie #bff.
1. Dear diary
If you’re looking to improve your diet, tracking your food is a great way too see where you’re at and how you can make healthier choices. By writing down your meals, you might realise that you’re lacking in one food group or over-indulging in another-oops!
2. Go pro
If you’re struggling with your diet, why not speak to a dietitian or nutritionist? Talking to a professional is a great way to identify your specific dietary needs and create sustainable lifestyle changes- go on, have a Google and find one near to you.
1. You’ve got the music in you
Whether you’re keen to hit the treadmill or you’re struggling to get out of bed, music can have a big impact on your mood and how you feel about yourself. Grab your headphones and blast your favourite tunes to keep you motivated or provide the perfect ‘pick-me-up’- you’ve got this!
2. You should go and love yourself
As hard as it may be, the best way to make progress with your health goals is to stop comparing yourself to others and focus on your own game plan. Try limiting social media or create a vision board for yourself with your favourite quotes to keep you motivated. This journey is about you and only you- remember; comparison is the thief of joy.
What’s your advice for creating healthy, sustainable habits? How do you find what your body needs? Comment below, we’d love to hear from you!