It impacted on so many parts of my life - from not going to pursue my dreams to staying in a relationship that was unhealthy for me. I didn't feel worthy of many of the opportunities that I passed up on and being overweight made me miserable. I had no sex drive, I hated going shopping, I felt wholly unattractive and (over) eating made me feel momentarily satisfied.
I also didn't feel like I had the tools to win my battle with weight loss, and didn't feel I had the power to change.
After Drew was diagnosed as dairy intolerant and I had to change my diet I was forced to look at food and nutrition in a whole new way. Thankfully its a passion of mine anyway so I was able to learn and adapt quickly. It took me a little while to put it all into practice but it was worth it.
So here's what I've learnt:
1 - Listen to your body: it tells you what it likes and doesn't like, if you listen to it.
2 - Drink a big glass of water before every meal and as soon as you get up
3 - Cut out ALL processed food (dark chocolate is allowed)
4 - Add more dark leafy greens into your diet and the easiest way is with point 5
5 - Small steps: start with adding a green juice or smoothie every day and add more good stuff into your diet gradually
5 - Exercise every day. even if its just half an hour of walking or light stretching.
6 - Write a journal. Like point 1 - the answer to why you do or don't do stuff is inside of you and all you have to do is listen.
7 - Plan your food and stock your fridge and cupboards for success. Being prepared is key.
8 - Be kind to yourself. This is a process, not a race. You are learning about yourself all the time and that's important!
The most important thing I've learnt is that you can do this! I believe in you and if you really want to its possible to change as long as you listen to your body.
Now I'd like to hear from YOU in the comments below. Tell me:
1 - what have you learnt along your journey to keeping fit and losing weight
2 - any inspirational messages for others on their journey too
3 - what are the tools you've used to get to where you are now.
lots of love
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