Home Working Weight Loss Tips
Many home working business entrepreneurs find it very difficult to lose weight after having gone from an active office job to a sedentary home working life slumped in front of their computer in their home office.
If this is you, you may find the pounds pile on (wish the pounds sterling would pile in just as easily and quickly) and you struggle to get them off again due to lack of exercise or an active routine.
Sigh no more. We roped in someone who specialises in weight loss to help you put your mind over body matter and get ripe and ready for losing weight.
I’m not keen on January 1st, says Claire Benson, a London-based Hypnotherapist, and it’s not just because of the hangover, although that doesn’t help. It’s more that it’s the end of the festivities and three months of being cold to look forward to before spring kicks in.
The other thing that makes me feel miserable on January 1st is that I feel obligated to start behaving as the ‘new me’. Yes the virtuous ‘new me’ who wants to eat less, drink less and exercise more.
By the 2nd January I’m very happy to embrace the ‘new me’; which I do with a long run and a nice bowl of vegetable soup! I just can’t face it on the first.
I think the 1st January should be officically announced as a day of mourning, a transition period where you say goodbye to the old you and welcome in the new you.
It’s important that you understand these small things about yourself when you want to make changes. For me, it’s better to start anew on 2nd January and not beat myself up about not starting on the 1st when convention tells me to.
So that’s my top tips:
- Give yourself time to mentally prepare for the change you want to make, be it weight loss or anything else. When your mind is on side you have a far greater chance of success. Beware: don’t use this as an excuse to procrastinate and not make change.
- Set yourself a goal and a time frame within which to achieve it; our mind likes targets to work towards. Make sure that’s it’s realistic and measurable. So, you might say “I want to weight xx by xx and that means I’ll release on average 1 pound a week for xx weeks.”
- Make a commitment to yourself and to your goal, then make it public. You could write your goal on the fridge in big letters.
- Do your research. If you want to lose weight you are going to have to eat less and move more. How can you do that? What changes are you willing to make? Will a specific diet help you? If so which one? If not, how are you going to know what changes to make?
- Keep a food diary so that you can understand what you eat, how you eat and why you overeat. It’s a great way to track your progress too.
- Reward yourself for sticking with your new way of eating as well as for each small achievement you make. Well, we all need treats don’t we! Just make sure your rewards have nothing to do with food.
- Enjoy it! It won’t always be easy and you will have to make different choices to the ones you have made in the past, but the more you enjoy your new way of eating the more likely you are to stick to it and shift the weight forever.
Claire Benson is a London-based Hypnotherapist specialising in weight loss.
Her new book ‘Weightogogo: 66 days to make healthy eating a habit so you lose weight now and stay slim forever’ is available from the Kindle store from 1st January. Find out more at www.unstuck-thinking.co.uk.