Want to be the best you? Well, try this lifestyle approach…
By Rachel Grunwell
Want to become the best version of you?
I’m not talking about enrolling in some American-style ‘biggest transformation’ style program. That stuff freaks me out! It’s not sustainable either.
How to become the best version of you requires you wanting be a better you, firstly. Then you need to tell yourself you are going to change your lifestyle. Next, adopt “a positive mind-set” and repeat after me: “I believe in myself”.
Think about something that drives you to want to look and feel better. For me, I remember hating the feeling of my legs swishing together when I walked. This was a while back, when I put on 30kg when I was pregnant with my first child. But I’ll never forget that feeling. I hated it. So wanting to escape the “leg-swish-walking” was one driver for me! It may be that there’s a dress you’d love to wear for your wedding or a big event. Or you may just want to simply get back to looking like “you” again. Focus on this and how you will feel when you get to your goal.
Then I want you to think about a reward when you get to your goal. Something you long for and want. Promise yourself you will buy it for yourself when you reach your goal and look forward to that, (obviously you have to be able to afford it! No Ferrari-wishing okay – except if you are a partner in a law firm or something… then you can wish for a Ferrari).
But seriously, next I want you to start drinking 2L of water daily. Put it in the fridge in a jug and so you can see if you are getting through this amount each day.
Next up, look at how much movement you do. Try and walk/do some kind of exercise class/swim – whatever you want really – and commit to doing it thrice weekly. You can build on doing more later. Just starting is the main thing right now.
Also, walk whenever you get the opportunity – early in the morning or at lunch time with a friend can be great times to try and fit it in. Walk the kids to school, don’t drive them. Walk to get that coffee or meet with a mate. If it’s a close distance than get on your feet. Any chance you can move, do it. Even standing burns more calories than sitting. So every bit counts i.e. don’t sit while you fold the washing – stand!
A tough thing to do next will be to “cut the not-so-good-for-you-stuff” from your pantry. Avoid sugar, fizzy drinks, alcohol and then don’t drink more than one coffee a day. If you are drinking or eating a lot of any one of these things then mindfully cut back – ease off it slowly. Be kind on yourself.
Next eat greens whenever you can at each meal. Not just dinner time! Greens like broccoli and salads are great. Then fill your pantry/fridge with healthy foods. Now all you need to do is eat more healthy stuff, less crap, drink more water and avoid all those sugar-laden or alcoholic things trying to drag you down. They’re not doing you any favours.
Now, do all these things consistently and see how you go. Remember, you can do this! You got this!
Remember weight-loss takes time too. So keep going and don’t give into old unhealthy habits. Good things take time and if you are doing these things then you should be feeling even better over time.
However, if you don’t think you can do this weight loss and fitness journey on your own, or find it confusing, or think that you could benefit from some support and education in this area then consider something like Weight Watchers.
Weight Watchers has recently overhauled their program and it is even better than when I used it years ago. It now focuses on a new way of living, not a diet. It’s more of a holistic approach that looks at food, fitness and feeling good “your own way”. So there are lots of options to choose from to help you on your journey. It’s awesome.
Weight Watchers says research shows about a third of Kiwis aged 15-years and over are overweight. And Weight Watchers believes women can find it tougher than men to kick the kilos. Add to that more fast foods, less sleep and a lack of motivation in general in society… It’s tough to break the weight-gain cycle. So don’t feel reluctant about reaching out to something like Weight Watchers if you need help achieving your goal.
Weight Watchers Director of Program and Content for Australasia, Martha Lourey-Bird, says “We have the tools to reverse this trend.”
“The new Weight Watchers Program goes beyond kilojoule counting and allows you to personalise your approach to weight management and healthy living. Backed by the latest scientific learnings, the Your Way Program nudges members towards healthier eating, including more lean protein and less saturated fat and sugar.”
She says Weight Watchers also makes it easier to work fitness into your life with a new FitPoints™ system and a smartphone app. It’s an approach that’s about eating good foods you love and getting active.
Ultimately you will feel better, so make the change.
After all, Oprah Winfrey backs Weight Watchers. She raves this has given her the “tools” to have accountability to herself. So if someone like Oprah gives it the green light then you can believe in Weight Watchers being able to help you to be the best version of you. Go on; you’ll feel great if you do.
Rachel Grunwell is a wellbeing columnist for two NZ magazines and seven newspaper titles nationwide. She’s the director of Inspired Health.
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