Oh hai Winter...
Let's be honest, fitness goals somewhat slide as the darker nights come a'creeping. And those casseroles, pies, starchy pasta all look so tasty in the colder weather. And y'know what - that's cool, we all need a little of what our body is craving. But what if we are trying to stay on track with selfcaring our fitness and our health? How many pies is too many pies? Well I'm not your gal for the fitness and health tips...but selfcare is our goal and physical wellness is a part of caring for your self..so we enlisted our friend Eddie @ejayfit.com to give us some handy pointers to stay kind to yourself and well during these colder months.
Here's what he had to say...
1 - SET A REALISTIC GOAL
How about not dropping a dress size before Christmas? Instead set some realistic goals that become sustainable healthy changes in your lifestyle. Try setting a goal of X miles walked in November, buddy up with a pal and make it something you do together this Winter...we're pretty sure you'll stick with it long after the winter season.
2 - MAKE A PLAN AND INCLUDE ALLOWANCES
You know you're going to need a little indulgence every now and then - so go for it...BUT plan it in. When you're trying a little meal plan, make sure those allowances are on there! That way you've allowed for that pie, or that glass (?) of wine in your meal plan so it's okay, you won't feel bad, you won't feel like you're in a heavy diet and you haven't fallen off that fictional wagon you've created.
3 - PRIORITISE YOU AND YOUR ENERGY
Yep. That's right. Busy times mean we naturally prioritise everyone other than ourselves but actually we need to put our selfcare up there so that we can actually care for others. So make yourself a priority, don't be so busy you skip your meals or just graze the food off your children's plates - make your own meal, take time over it, enjoy it and look forward to it. That way - you'll eat better, more mindfully and it'll be an energy boost.
4 - ACCEPT WHERE YOU ARE NOW
Look at where you're starting from, accept where you are and accept where you've been and what you've done or not done before this moment. Accept it, release it and let's get moving - it's never too late to foster a little healthy change.
5 - PLAN MEALS THAT ACTUALLY WORK FOR YOU
Okay, we are not talking boiled chicken and broccoli 5 times a week..anyone remember the cabbage diet? It isn't about diet, it's about healthy shift so plan meals that work for you. Look at your diary and plan your food accordingly so you're not left reaching for the cookie cupboard at 8pm when you skipped your evening meal because you forgot you had a late night meeting. If you know what your week looks like, where you can cook, where you may need to eat out etc then you can plan meals that work for you!
6 - FEEL YOUR FEELINGS DON'T FEED THEM
The magic.. put simply Eddie suggests that we need to feel your feelings - not feed them. If you manage this - do let me know how! I'm not quite there with this pointer yet but I'm working on it!
WOW! A lot of incredible tips here from Eddie all about how we can selfcare our fitness and health, don't tackle them all at once - try choosing one pointer and seeing how it goes for you!
FRIENDLY REMINDER - Eddie is a qualified Personal Trainer and Nutritionist but as always before embarking on any new health change do check in with your medical practitioner or GP for advice.
For more of Eddie's super tips or to work with him, go check him out at www.ejayfit.com
Much Love and Happy Selfcaring!