Firstly, I just wanted to say a huge thank you for everyone’s positive comments on my transformation photo – I’m so overwhelmed by everyone’s love and support!
I’ve had a lot of messages asking for advice and tips and I think I’ve just about managed to reply to them all now but I thought I’d also write a blog post about my top tips to making a permanent healthy lifestyle change. As someone’s who’s been through it, lost almost 40 lb’s and managed to keep it off for the last couple of years (and hopefully for good!), I want to share the knowledge!
The below list isn’t exhaustive and I’m not a doctor (although I do have s BSc in Sport and Exercise Science!), so please don’t take my word as gospel. But hopefully you’ll find this beneficial.
- Drink Water – it boosts your metabolism and helps you heed your hunger cues! It’s very easy to mistake hunger for thirst so if you feel hungry and reach for the snacks, try chugging back some water instead.
- Get Organised – starting to meal prep was one of the best things I did for my weight loss. I make a big bunch of meals (lunches, dinners, snack packs) on a Sunday and then I always have nutritious food at hand throughout the week. That means less likely to buy bad snacks, meals or skip eating.
- Consider your Macros – macros are macronutrients; protein, carbs, fat. You don’t need to properly count gram by gram (although if you do, I’d thoroughly recommend downloading the My Fitness Pal app), but just be mindful about whether your meals are a good balance of carbs, fat and protein.
- Little and Often – people always comment on how I’m ‘always eating’ but that’s because I tend to have 5 small meals a day, rather than 3 big meals. Breakfast (8am), morning snack (11am), lunch (12.30pm), afternoon snack (3pm), dinner (7.30pm) and a post workout protein shake (Protein World – Slender Blend) whatever time I choose to exercise. This stops the sluggish feeling after eating a massive meal, gives your body more time to digest, and won’t leave you starving in between meals!!
- Don’t Deprive Yourself – I am a firm believer in ‘treating yo’self’ so definitely don’t think that because you’re trying to lose weight you can never eat a morsel of chocolate again – just change the way you snack. For example, if you crave chocolate, don’t deprive yourself all week until you break on a Friday and consume two boxes of Magnums…..eat a few squares of Dark chocolate to satisfy your sweet tooth when you get the urge. It’s all about healthy swaps and moderation.
- Eat Fresh – This one is pretty obvious but try to eat fresh foods. The more processed and fast food you eat, the less progress you’ll see. Plus, you can eat much more fresh veg and protein than fast food for the same amount of calories.
- Find Something You Love – if you hate slogging it out on the treadmill, look for something else! I love yoga, golf, kickboxing and circuits like Kayla Itsine’s BBG so I always look forward to working out. Find something you look forward to doing.
- Change It Up – If you do the same routine, week in, week out, you’re body will eventually acclimatise and you won’t see the same progress or results. Try to vary up what you do and keep the body guessing.
- Get Organised – the same with food! I try to plan and book myself in to classes and gym slots for the week ahead so I’m less likely to cancel or skip.
- Try HiiT – don’t get me wrong, HiiT is hard as hell. HiiT stands for High Intensity Interval Training – periods of intense exercise followed by rest or active recovery. Interval sprints, burpees, skipping, whatever you choose to do, it will hurt, it will tire you out but it will burn fat like nothing else! I like to do a 30 second sprint, followed by a 30 second jog, repeat.
- Find a Workout Buddy – if you workout with a friend or friends, exercise becomes a fun social event that you don’t want to miss out on. Plus, you can motivate and push each other. I have several different workout buddies for different exercise (shout out to Sarah D my kickboxing/golf buddy, Lottie my yoga friend and Hannah B my PT partner).
- Set Manageable Goals – if you’re goal is to lose 20kg by that party next weekend, I hate to break it to you, but that’s not going to happen (not without making you very miserable and ill anyway). Set yourself manageable targets and timeframes – it took about 9 months of BBG and Protein World for me to get to a weight I felt really confident and comfortable with. Don’t rush the process, you’ve got the rest of your life to be healthy.
- Don’t Compare Yourself – comparison really is the thief of joy. If you compare your page 1 to someone else’s chapter 20, of course you aren’t going to feel great. Trust the process and trust yourself that you’ll get to where you want to be, independent of what anyone else is doing or looking like.
- Get Enough Rest – I could sleep literally 10 hours every night if I could! Sleep is so great! Lack of sleep will make you crave food, it’ll crush your motivation and can affect important hormones like Cortisol and Growth Hormone. Basically, don’t skip on the sleep!
- Keep Motivated and Accountable – I originally started my InstaBlog (@indigoalicefit) to keep accountable. I wanted to do healthy things because I wanted to post healthy things and this led to a virtuous cycle! If you don’t want to start a blog or anything, perhaps pick yourself an accountability partner and keep each other updated on your ups, downs and everything in between. Encouragement will help to keep you on track.
- Surround yourself with Inspiration – I love scrolling through my @indigoalicefit Instagram and Twitter feeds because it is full of amazing health bloggers and sites. I get inspired by the pictures, the articles, the determination, everything! I’d highly recommend following some great health & fitness bloggers: @lungesandlycra @hannahrosefit @annarhodesfitness @pathtopaleo @gains4girls @haileybettencourtfitness @kaylaitsines @sophactivelife @wellness_ed @emily_and_yoga @gracefituk – I could go on and on, but these are just a few of the amazing girls who inspire me every day!
If you have any questions about my fitness transformation or your healthy journey, please feel free to get in contact, I’d love to help as many people as possible!