Posted on 29 Dec 2018 Views 2820 Comments 48
As we look forward to a new year, why not let 2019 be a new start for you? Whether you’re at the beginning of your weight loss journey, thinking about re-starting your journey, part-way through and struggling to maintain motivation, or have already achieved your weight-related goals and just wish to be a happier version of ‘you’; it’s not too late (or early) to start. When thinking about making positive changes, it’s really important to focus on making small achievable and realistic changes. Otherwise, you are unlikely to be able to sustain these new changes in the long term. This can then lead to disappointment and trouble feeling motivated again. This article sets out some positive changes you may wish to consider making and some key tips to help you succeed.
Starting to do some regular exercise is a fantastic way of improving your general health and wellbeing, as well as helping you with your weight loss journey. Think about the sort of exercise you enjoy and whether you want to exercise solo, with a friend, or in a group, as this will influence your choice. There are many different forms of exercise that you could take up from Nordic walking to hula hooping classes to swimming to couch-to-5k – think outside the box! Also, think about when you could realistically fit exercise into your current routine. It would be de-motivating to join the gym and pledge to go several times a week, only to find you don’t really have the time and give up. Starting with twice a week might be a more realistic target. If you’re already active, maybe it’s time to set yourself new targets – either improving on a personal best or entering an event for 2019.
Taking up a hobby can help improve your mental wellbeing, as well as keep you occupied during times when you may be tempted to go off-plan. If you are feeling socially isolated, taking up a hobby that involves meeting new people can help. There is wealth or different activities you could do from exercise-related hobbies to craft to dance to learning a new instrument. Perhaps there’s something you’ve always wished you could try your hand at – why not make 2019 the year for you?
If you’re already following a Slim & Save plan, have you tried any of the new recipes available on the website recently? There are lots of interesting recipes that our members have created and posted – some involve using the packs in different ways, such as Slim & Save-friendly banoffee cake, waffles and cheesecake. Others are more suited to cooking main meals for those following the Lifestyle plan, or for those on maintenance weeks. You could even post any recipes you’ve created to help support other members. If you’re struggling to keep motivated, have you considered switching plans for a change to keep it interesting? You could also try experimenting with trying new products – we often hear about people who don’t think they’d enjoy a particular pack but try it and actually realise they really like it.
There’s always room for improvements in our diets. Whether it’s improving the range of vegetables consumed on the lifestyle plan, trying out new products, or making better choices to support weight maintenance. If you’re thinking about trying a Slim & Save plan, why not give it a go? If you’re not sure if you’d like the products, you can always order a sample pack and then go from there. If you’ve not yet started your Slim & Save journey, or are struggling to maintain your weight post plan, making some dietary changes and correcting bad eating habits may help you. Here are our top tips:
There are a variety of other changes you could consider doing to help support your overall health and wellbeing. Some examples include:
Written by Annemarie Aburrow RD BSc (Hons) PGDip, Slim & Save Dietitian.
So what small changes will you make in 2019 towards a happier, healthier ‘you’? It may be as simple as clicking the button to purchase your products and re-start your S&S journey. It may be more challenging involving re-evaluating your lifestyle. Either way, it will be worth it in the long run. Good luck!? Share your comments below to be in with a chance of winning a variety bar deal worth £32.99. Our favourite comment will be chosen on Monday 7th January at 4 pm! Be sure to leave your comment below to be in with a chance to win!
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