Hooray – congratulations on being part of the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge!
The 28 days is going to be fantastic. You will eat delicious and healthy food, love the exercises (and really feel them too!) and you will be doing it with 1000’s of other mums.
So today we have 10 tips that you can employ to keep you on the (mostly) straight and narrow while you navigate your way to your goal weight.
And remember – you don’t have to be perfect every day – just strive to do your best and remember to jump onto the support group for daily support from mums doing the challenge – just like you
Have a specific goal in mind
It’s all well and good to want to lose weight, but you need to be specific. How much weight do you want to lose? What’s realistic? What’s actually achievable?
Speak to your doctor or health care nurse if you’re not sure where to start.
From there, set a long term goal as well as some short term goals (so that you can celebrate along the way as you achieve them).
Tell your friends and family
Let the people in your life know that you are focused on losing weight, and ask them to support you.
This way they will be less likely to offer you junk food or turn you down when you text to see if they want to meet you for a walk.
It also means that if you (oops) slip up, they will be there to help you dust off and keep going (or nag you until you do).
Use photos and mood boards
Us humans are visual creatures, so capitalise on that by taking a ‘before’ photo and sticking it up somewhere that you will see it regularly.
You could then take your current photo (say once a month) and place it side by side so that you can see how far you have come.
Another idea is to make a collage of photos of you at your ideal weight, magazine clippings, clothes you love, pictures of your kids – anything that motivates you when you look at it.
Use the customised meal plan
It’s all well and good to have your goals in mind, but unless you make a plan of action, how are you going to achieve them?
So put together an action plan of all the things that you need to do in order to reach your goals. For instance, do you need to throw some junk out of the kitchen; organise a babysitter once a week to attend a mum’s and bubs fitness session; save up for some new trainers; do a weekly shop and stock up on healthy foods; commit to a 30 minute walk each day.
Be very specific (and realistic) about what you need to do. There is nothing better than ticking things off your to-do list, especially when you know these things are leading you closer to where you want to be.
Set mini goals
Many of us start our weight loss journey with a big goal in mind. This can be a real motivation killer as it can feel as though that end goal is so far away. A great idea is to break this down into weekly or monthly goals for your weight loss.
You can also set other non-weight based mini goals – such as how many exercise sessions you want to fit in per week, how many new recipes you want to try out, how many Sumo Squats you can do each day – anything goes!
From there you can also set up some mini rewards such as a pedicure or some herb seeds to start a herb garden. Mini goals are a great way to stay motivated, so try some out!
Get support and advice
If you read all the health and weight loss mags, you could be forgiven for being a tad confused about the best way to lose weight.
At Lose Baby Weight our philosophy is good, wholesome food, together with some regular exercise. No cutting out food groups or skipping meals allowed!
Also use the support group for daily support from mums doing the challenge – just like you
Forget the ‘all or nothing’ mentality
Remember we said these tips would help you mostly stay on the straight and narrow? That’s because we all have bad days, or slip ups, or cravings that won’t quit.
And just because you make a less than healthy choice, or have a day or two of poor choices, doesn’t mean that you need to give up entirely.
Every day is a chance to start over, so don’t beat yourself up over a pizza blowout or exercise-free week. Treat tomorrow as the new starting point and get back into it.
Look beyond the scales
There’s nothing worse than when the numbers don’t go in your favour. It can put you in a bad mood which can then have a knock on effect for your healthy eating that day.
There are loads of reasons why the scales can seem unfriendly even when you feel that you are doing everything right (read more on why you shouldn’t trust the scales here).
But another thing to keep in mind is that there are loads of other ways to measure success. Body measurements, your fitness levels, your general well-being – these are all important too and can often give you back your mojo when you are having a tough time with the scales.
Find an exercise you enjoy
As part of the Lose Baby Weight plans, we recommend healthy food and exercise too. But if you’re new to (or getting back into) exercise, it’s easy to get turned off at the first hurdle (or sore muscle!).
A great way to stay motivated for exercise is to find something that you actually like doing. We don’t suggest that you need to join a gym to exercise. In fact, there are so many ways that you can be active that there really is no need (unless it’s something you enjoy, then go for it!).
You could try an outdoor boot camp class, a swimming session, daily walks, our Exercise DVD, a yoga class, some power walking, skipping rope, hula hooping – anything goes!
Try new recipes and snacks
Getting into a rut with your healthy meals and snacks is a sure fire way to lose momentum for eating well.
Keep mixing things up and trying new things (check out these 5 foods you may not have tried before) for inspiration.
This way you will not get bored of the same-old smoothie or salad, and might even find some brand new foods that you love.
Download our FREE goal Setting sheet here