June 30, 2014
by Kylie Gardner
Now for another update on how I’m going with the Make It Look Easy girls, Nat and Tatum. You can catch up on my previous posts here:
In the past month I’ve been focusing a lot more on my health, with amazing support from Tatum, my personal health coach. Like many women in my age and stage of life I’m battling with a little extra weight around the middle. To be honest, I’ve always battled the bulge a little, I’ve tried every diet that ever was. Seriously. I’ve jumped on every dieting bandwagon that was rolling past. You know what? Diets. Don’t. Work. Yes, you lose weight. But the weight ALWAYS comes back. I’m so very over that game. It’s time for something new.
Over to Make It Look Easy and Tatum. When Nat and Tatum visited me as a part of the MILE High First Class Personal Package Tatum went through my pantry and helped me figure out what might help keep me healthy and which stuff needed rethinking and replacing with an alternative. She also asked me about what kinds of meals we’re eating, which foods my kids like, what exercise I am able to fit in and enjoy and what my health goals are. Then Tatum went away and worked her magic and came back to me with a very individual plan. We keep in regular contact about how I’m going and adjust the plan as we need to.
I’m taking things very slowly. I don’t want to crash diet, lose 15kg and then gain it all back again. I’m doing this very simple thing called eating healthy and exercising. No food is off limits, but I’m much more conscious of what I’m eating and why I’m eating it. Emotional eating is a big problem for me (tell me I’m not alone, right?!). I’m trying hard to stop that, and …. mostly… I’m succeeding. I’m still human. And that’s ok.
The best part for me is that I’m really enjoying exercise again. I’m actually looking forward to it some days, and get really disappointed if I can’t fit it in. Sure, there are days where it’s really hard to get going, but mostly I just want to move my body and feel that strength, tone, and energy improve every time. I always feel AWESOME after a good workout and it helps to keep me focused on eating right for the rest of the day.
Focusing more on my insides has also helped me enjoy the outside more. I’m feeling GREAT in clothes that I used to feel uncomfortable in and I’m stepping outside my fashion comfort zone more and more. I can’t wait to share more with you about that and how Nat has transformed the way I get dressed every day.
Here’s a few things I’ve learned about improving my health and fitness, without dieting. I hope they help you too.
How to Stop Dieting and Get Healthy!
- Avoid the scales. They just mess with your head.
- Find healthy foods that you LOVE and can’t wait to eat. Fill up on those and listen to your tongue and tummy sing. My favourites at the moment are juicy nashi pears, spicy tuna salad (I ate this one ten days straight! YUM!), healthy banana muffins and sweet herbal tea. You can find more yummy recipes from Make It Look Easy on Pinterest.
- Stop. Think. Then eat. One of my biggest hurdles is stopping to think about whether I’m hungry or really need that extra row of chocolate before I eat it. One way that I’ve overcome this is to keep a photo journal of my food. You don’t even have to write it down, just snap a pic before you eat. It helps me to listen to what my body needs.
- Keep busy. This might sound ridiculous, because most of us are already super busy. But sometimes food finds it’s way into my hands when I’m procrastinating about one of the 157 things I should be doing. Make a list of stuff that needs doing or that you want to do and instead of reaching for the fridge, go a get something done. Not only will you avoid eating unnecessarily but you’ll get stuff crossed of your list and feel good for it. I love a good session of list completion.
- Move more. This was really hard for me to start doing. I have gone from doing NO exercise to exercising at least three times a week. Give yourself two weeks to get into it. It will be hard at first but soon you’ll be loving it. Or at the very least you’ll be loving how it makes you feel. Some of the ways that I’ve found ways to move more are going for a walk with the kids, using our much neglected treadmill, trying out a few classes at the local gym and following along with exercise videos on You Tube. My aim is to get huffy puffy. If I’m not huffing and puffing then I push harder until I am.
- Be kind to yourself. I’ve spent many years being really, really good at beating myself up. This might sound naff, but lately when I hear that mean, nasty voice as I walk past the mirror, I stop and find something positive to tell myself instead. It feels a bit silly at first but I’m happy to say that it’s coming more naturally.
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What’s your favourite way to get moving and stay fit?