It is virtually IMPOSSIBLE to be perfect all the time.
Impossible to never slip up.
Impossible to never make a mistake.
But when we are trying to lose weight, when we are less than perfect it seems lots of times we just GIVE UP.
But rather than giving up, we just need to identify that we are NOT PERFECT and mistakes are part of our journey – and we fully embrace this on the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge.
So if you have had some slip ups – don’t despair – instead have a read of the below which will 100 per cent GET YOU BACK ON TRACK!
1. Acknowledge your successes
You might not initially realise it but your health, fitness and diet already has many strengths and successes worth acknowledging so rather than beating yourself up about where you may have gotten off track, look at what is working well for you and consider how you can build on these strengths to achieve your goals.
Task 1: Write a list of at least five strengths; e.g. I eat breakfast every day; I can cook a meal; I make time for active play with my kids; I eat at least two serves of vegetables every day, etc.
2. Be part of the Healthy Mummy support network
Imagine yourself as a child about to run a race, your support network are those people who have come to cheer you on and within The Healthy Mummy Group – we ALL support each other and it is a MAJOR reason for success. We are all standing on the sideline as you step up to the starting line, we applaud and encourage you every step of the way, we are there to hold your hand and help you up if you fall, we motivate you and genuinely want to see you achieve your goal.
Task 2: We are here to cheer you on! Make the most of the Healthy Mummy Facebook support group; get active on the page, comment, post, ask questions, share your story – we’ll be here to support you. Find at least two other friends or family members who can support you on your journey, ask them to be there for you and let them know how much their support means to you.
3. Identify your resources
The environment in which you live has significant influence on your health but it is time to stop letting excuses like “it’s too hot to exercise” get in your way. Again focus on the positive things within your environment that are going to help you achieve your goals. Remember you don’t need to spend a fortune on gym memberships or designer ‘health foods’ to be happy and healthy.
The 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge resources have been specifically created for BUSY MUMS. There are thousands of family recipes, meal planners, daily exercises and 24/7 support – be part of the challenges and USE the resources to help you
Task 3: Create a list of as many supportive resources that you have access to and make sure you are part of the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge
4. Get to know your enemy
As the saying goes, keep your friends close and your enemies closer. We all have weaknesses and triggers that can lead us to make less than healthy choices, but by getting to know and understand these influences we can also plan how to overcome and avoid them.
Expect some of these temptations to get in your way, understand some of those old excuses may pop their heads up, anticipate a set back or two on your journey, but have a plan and be prepared to get back on track as quickly as you can get off it.
Task 4: Draw up a table with three columns. Label the first column ‘Excuses,’ in it write a list of every excuse you have ever used to not exercise or to not make the healthiest choice, e.g. I didn’t have time to cook so we had takeaway.
Label the next column ‘Triggers & Justification.’ Think critically about each excuse you have used and what triggers or justification you used in that situation to make the less healthy choice, e.g. I was feeling unprepared and overwhelmed so take away seemed easier.
Label the third column ‘plan of attack.’ Now that you understand your triggers it’s time to get to work to put those excuses to rest by coming up with a plan to help you make healthier choices in the future, e.g. I will use the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge weekly meal planner and include recipes that I know are easy and quick to prepare.
5. Re-think your role model
Whether you are aware of it or not we tend to compare ourselves with other people. Be it celebrities, our parents, or co-workers, it always seems that someone else is doing a better job than us and more often than not this leaves us feeling inadequate.
Take off the rose coloured glasses and remember that nobody is perfect. Aspire not to be someone else but be the best you, you can be. Don’t expect not to be flawed, but be humble enough to acknowledge your mistakes and wise enough not to repeat them. Be the person you would be proud for your kids to turn out to be.
Task 5: Forget about what everyone else is doing, the expectations and pressures and define the role model you want for your kids and yourself. Write down qualities and traits you wish to instil in your kids and practice them daily – practice makes perfect
6. Where are you going?
If you don’t know where you are going, how will you know when you get there? Be clear about your goals – in fact be SMART. That is set goals that are Specific, Measurable,Achievable, Realistic and within a Timeframe. Keep in mind what you have already learnt about yourself, your strengths, weaknesses, resources and support – use these to understand what you need to improve to achieve your goal and make the most of what you already have.
7. Reward yourself
As much as you should anticipate setback, expect successes too. ‘Dangling a carrot’ will entice and motivate you to keep going and just as each step in your journey should be incrementally planned so too should your rewards.
Be sure your rewards are not counterproductive to your goal – if your goal is to eat better, don’t reward yourself (or your children) with food. Let’s consider our example from before: If your plan is to increase the veggies your kids eat by adding half a serve to their lunch every day for a week (before building to a full serve), it would be appropriate to reward them at the end of the week with a trip to their favourite park.
Task 7: Keep that diary or calendar out and just as you plan those small progressions, plan to appropriately reward yourself. Keep the rewards in perspective with your achievement, but be sure they are something worth striving for.
8. Be accountable
At each and every step I have asked you to write something down. This isn’t just so you don’t forget, it’s to keep you accountable (so if you are yet to pick up a pen, now is the time to do it!). But don’t go tucking this note pad under your pillow, hidden away “in case you fail” – make it public, share it with your support network, stick it on the fridge or bathroom mirror for the family to see.
Task 8: Go back over each and every task and make sure you have written something down.
Yes you can come back and make changes to this if you need, but get your goals, ambitions and plan of action down on paper, make copies and pin it up all over the house, send a copy to your support networks.
9. Have fun, smell the roses
Ok so not every aspect of making changes is going to be fun or enjoyable – in fact, making changes can be damn hard. Finding small ways to make the hard times a little less difficult will really help you keep going. If your goal is to improve your fitness, literally take a moment to smell the roses while out for a run, enjoy a sunrise or a bushwalk, find a running partner to chat with or join a social team sport.
If your goal is to change your diet, even small aesthetic additions to the table setting, like a bunch of flowers, or having a picnic in a beautiful location, can help bring joy to the changes you’re making and help develop positive associations with these activities.
Task 9: Find some ways to enjoy your journey. Add music, dance, friends, family, get quirky and creative – have fun! Our DanceFit workouts are a super fun way to get exercising on the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge.
10. Grab a bargain
The Healthy Mummy team fully appreciate and understand that budgets are TOUGH. But we want to help as many mums reach their health and weight loss goals as possible. So we make everything as affordable as possible. And TODAY you can GRAB a deal on the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenges or here on the Healthy Mummy Smoothies.
It is not about making extreme changes to your life or about becoming a health and fitness fanatic and is instead about making health fun and part of your life as well as giving useful healthy life information across all aspects of a mums life.
Join us on the Challenge here!