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New year resolutions – here’s what you shouldn’t be doing!

It’s the 29th December and I have already seen numerous emails and posts about the best diets for 2017, how to stay motivated and which workouts to do. Our minds are turning towards 2017 and what we want to achieve. But if you’re planning to lose weight and/or get fit in 2017, it’s important that you avoid some very common new year resolution pitfalls.  If you do you stand a much …Read More

Why it’s OK to step on the scales!

I’m getting really tired of hearing the advice that if you’re trying to lose weight you should throw away your scales – you shouldn’t be a slave to a number, it’s the “sad step”, go by what you can see in the mirror, etc. Not only are you feeling fed up because you’re dieting, but you’re now expected to feel bad about wanting to monitor your weight loss too! The …Read More

How to change your habits

We all know that if we want to lead a healthier lifestyle – get fitter, have more energy or achieve lasting weight loss – we have to make changes to our behaviours and food choices. If you’ve read any of my previous blogs you’ll know that I don’t believe in a big bang approach when it comes to change. Instead I believe in a gradual process of making small manageable …Read More

Why discipline doesn’t really exist

I promised to write something about discipline this month. But I’m not going to write about discipline, or at least I am not going to write about how you can increase your discipline, or how you should apply discipline to force yourself to stick to your weight loss or get fit plans. Why? Because I don’t really believe in discipline. This quote from strength coach Charles Poliquin sums it up …Read More

The truth about new year resolutions

Normally I write a positive and supportive blog for the New Year, to encourage readers as they embark on their healthy eating, exercise and/or weight loss regimes. This year I’ve got something a little different – a list of home truths about health-related New Year Resolutions. Not because I want you to doubt your chances of success in 2016 but because there are a number of very common pitfalls, and …Read More

So your new year resolution failed – now what?

January is over.  You’ve had over a month to work on that New Year Resolution.  How’s it been going?  If you’re like over 90% of the population, probably not as well as you’d hoped.  Under one in ten people make a permanent success of their resolutions, so if you’re still on track well done, but if you’re not at least comfort yourself that you’re part of a big majority! But if …Read More

How to make successful resolutions

Planning a fresh start in 2015?  Are you going to eat more healthily, exercise regularly or lose weight? Statistics vary, but most estimates put the success rate for New Year Resolutions at around 10%.  That’s a depressing 9 in 10 chance of failure. So how can you make sure you’re one of the successful 10% this year? Set specific targets If you don’t define exactly what you want, how will …Read More

Stick with it!

So January is almost over.  You’ve had four weeks to stick with your New Year Resolutions.  How are you doing? If you’re struggling, remember that a few slips do not equal total failure.  If you’ve had a couple of unhealthy meals they’re not going to undo all of the other healthy eating you’ve done, and if you’ve missed a workout or two, there’s always next week to get yourself back …Read More

How to make a successful new year resolution

Are you making resolutions for 2014? Improve your chances of sticking with them this year by following these guidelines: Define measurable and specific targets Want to get fitter?  How much fitter?  In three/six/twelve months’ time, what do you want to be able to do?  Run a marathon, or run in a 5k charity run?  Be selected for the local football team, or be fit enough to knock a ball around …Read More