I really believe that you have to have a whole toolkit of things in your bag when you are trying to lose weight, I thought I would share my top five with you! I totally want you to add yours in the comments.
Number One: Communication
My friends and my family (and this blogs community), generally just communicating with other people about how I feel, what I’m trying to achieve, what I want from life, I’ll talk about the gym, I want to report that I’m making good progress on my goals so I make sure I have. My family are supportive and put no pressure on me, my boyfriend lives it with me everyday, my friends cheer my successes, and you guys are unbelievable supports for my highs and lows. I struggle to share the lows personally sometimes, reaching out here is so much easier than reaching out in real life but I’m getting better at doing it.
Talking your way through the urge to binge is far more fulfilling that that binge will ever be and what it’ll carry after it is not shame and awful feelings but it’ll carry forward a warmth you get from knowing there are people in this world that are willing to talk to you when things are tough. I’ve felt it. It’s pretty awesome and life affirming and shit. However you get it, via social media (I’m on twitter and facebook btw).
Number Two: My Smartphone
This is a bit of a cheat really because my smartphone holds many many things but I’m going with it, it holds all the magical things I need on a day to day basis, I log my food on it, I get daily workouts from it (Loving the 30 day challenge app and runkeepers training plans). I make notes of what I’ve lifted on it, I run to the beat of the music on it, I use it to tweet and facebook my successes and my struggles, plus boost other peoples (see number one) and it’s pretty much attached to me! Also the Noom app is great for logging, taking pictures and chatting!
I also love Instagram for selfies, food pics and general inspiration and chatter. I can check on my fitbit progress and inspire myself to take those extra steps, apps like Zombie Run make gentle runs fun, polar beat keeps track of my heart rate and calories burned. I can text olly and let him know I’ve done it – think about reporting those wins – in a word, I love technology.
Number Three: Knowledge
I read a lot. I read the internet, I read blogs, I read books, I read forums, I read all kinds of things about fitness, about health, about food and it fuels me. I am a girl who wants the knowledge, I always have been from learning song lyrics as a pre teen to devouring parenting books as a new mum, knowledge really is power people. Read books that inspire you, that release you, that drive you forward, read forums for information, learn about nutrition, learn about what workouts you should be doing. I know there is a mass of information out there, and sometimes its hard to filter through but stay true to what you believe in while your reading them, if it doesn’t fit your philosophy then don’t do it.
Use people who have been in your shoes too, syphon knowledge from them, I guarantee you that everyone who has done this has learnt a lot the hard way along the way. They are usually happy to help and people love to give advice, you know its true. You have to use the knowledge though, else you’re just a smart ass for smart asserys sake.
Number Four: Projects
Projects, I love a project, be it a crafty one, a techie one or just an improve your life one, something to keep yourself going and active (mind or body) on the days you aren’t working out. If I don’t have this then I start to think about food, I really don’t want to do that it just drags me down a really poor rabbit hole. So I make things, I tinker with my blog, I play with my boy, I come up with plans, I pin, I try and have a focus.
Now I’m a busy person, I’m never more happy than when I am being productive, you might not be that person, you may love to unwind with Netflix (OMG The Killing Season 4) and thats ok! Don’t let anyone tell you how to unwind. I guess what I’m saying is your whole life can’t be about losing weight. Life will still be there when you’ve done losing weight, this is a great time to focus on making it amazing.
Number Five: A Planner
The biggest, most helpful thing I saved for last, a planner. I have several planners. I have a planner on which I plan my shopping and meal plan, then I have a diary which I have all of my life in – its set out to give a page for me and then the page opposite is divided in to five sections which I use to track Oliver and Charles’ schedules, then my workouts, meals and events like birthdays.
Sometimes, when I’m super busy with multiple deadlines, then I open Then we have a family chalk board which is in the central family area, we all have access to each others immediate goals, events that are coming up and events beyond that point too, plus a weekly breakdown.
Someone said “If you fail to plan you plan to fail” and I have to say it’s a thing that truly resonates with me. Having a direction, a plan, a goal, is the most key thing about success. How do you know what you’ve achieved if you don’t know what you set out to achieve? It seems laborious at first but you fall in to a routine with it, you get quicker at it too. I know when I’ve got no plan I don’t work out as much, I don’t eat as well and I am not as productive and as we found out above, thats not good for me.
So tell me your top 5 or even just the most important thing for you?