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New Year Resolutions

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 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

Why I’m not giving up alcohol for January

Those of you who read my blogs regularly will know that I don’t believe healthy living has to be 100% perfect or “clean” (the current buzzword) and that I don’t believe you should put your life on hold to improve your health, lose weight or get fit. So I find the concept of Dryathon January really depressing.  31 days of depriving yourself of something you enjoy, for what?  To go …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

About to succumb to temptation?

I’ve had a few conversations with people recently about that moment when temptation strikes and you feel your willpower and focus are about to abandon you. The people who had given in and overindulged all reported that after a very short period of enjoyment they felt guilty, they struggled to get back to healthy food and then concluded that they hadn’t really enjoyed the “treat” much anyway. So with Christmas not too …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

Why dieting doesn’t work (and what to do about that)

What do most people do when they want to lose weight? They go on a diet. And for the vast majority, it won’t be the first diet they’ve been on. They’ve probably already tried the 5:2 diet, Weight Watchers, low fat, calorie counted, Atkins, South Beach, Slimming World, juice fasts, Lighter Life, Slimfast, Dukan, or The Zone, etc, etc, etc…. And the reason they are planning to start another diet? …Read More

Yes you can learn to love exercise!

We all know that exercise is good for us.  We join gyms, start running, buy home workout DVDs, sign up for boot camps, all in the quest for a fitter, slimmer, more toned body and improved health.  But after a few weeks our interest wanes, we skip a session or two, life gets in the way and there then comes that week when we don’t go at all.  After a …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