Are you overweight, exhausted, stressed or just plain stuck in a rut?
I don't want to sound dramatic, but you can literally change your life today.
Yes, there's a combination of lifestyle factors that once implemented, will relieve all of the situations above. Eat/drink healthily, exercise regularly, rest sufficiently. But you know that. You've got the Internet. You can read. This isn't new information.
So, if you already know it, why are you stuck where you are?
Let me know if any of this rings a bell. I've been 20kg overweight. It wasn't fun. It didn't feel good. I had no energy and no motivation. I felt embarrassed, uncomfortable, unattractive, but mostly, disappointed... with myself. I was a smart girl - why couldn't I just get my sh*t together and drop the weight?
Well, because I thought like a lazy fat slob (I can say that because it was me and it was true). Every thought I had that could have contributed to me losing weight, was negative. What I thought determined what I said, what I did and how I acted.
For example: I thought, 'I'm useless at sport'. So when a friend asks if I wanted to join their social netball team I said 'no thanks, I'm cr*p at sport'. So while they have fun running around the court Thursday nights (because who cares if you're not the best netball player in the world, it's just a bit of fun and exercise), I sat at home watching a movie and eating peanut M&Ms.
The thing is, you don't have to have incredible willpower. You don't have to be athletic. You don't have to have $800 worth of groceries so you can make medjool date almond quinoa & organic chocolate coconut encrusted bliss balls. You just have to think positive.
If you just rolled your eyes reading that last sentence, I am talking directly to you. Whatever you think to yourself you will say to yourself and you will do. Nothing will change if you don't.
For example, replay scenario above. When asked to play netball think 'yes, I'm the kind of person who likes to have a go'. Because you do want to be that person. So you say yes. And off you go. If when you get home your flatmate says they're off to Macdonalds, can they pick you up a burger, you think 'that stuff makes me feel gross'. Because it does. So you say 'no thanks, I'm going to make some dinner'. So you have a nice healthy dinner. And you feel good about it. And you sleep like a baby and wake up feeling positive about the next day.
Try this for yourself for one day. Come on, one day - it doesn't cost you anything, you don't need spare time and you dont need fancy equipment. Try it.
Think positive. Think like the person you want to be. Talk like the person you want to be. Act like the person you want to be...
And you will.
Amanda is a registered personal trainer and certified boxing instructor who specialises in fitness for women. Her goal is to inspire women of all ages to enjoy living an active, healthy life!
As a Mum of an active boy and baby girl and owner of Perth-based personal training company She’s a Knockout, Amanda is dedicated to empowering women to be fit, strong and confident in themselves.