Recently I’ve struggled to focus when it comes to losing weight and getting fit. Ever since bootcamp I’ve been ridiculously lazy with very little motivation to eat paleo like I should. However, recently I’ve been more focused. Admittedly, I’m not sure how long it’s going to last but at the moment I feel like I can do this. Here are some tips on how to find your focus.
Get out there and exercise
I know this isn’t what you want to hear but exercising and feeling those endorphins rushing through your system will make you feel amazing. Find something you love, if you don’t like running, don’t. Go to a dance class, play football with some friends, or go and lift some weights and feel like a superhero.
I find that when I exercise I’m more motivated to do good things with my diet.
You can’t out exercise a bad diet
As soon as you realise that working out doesn’t make up for eating crap, your life will change. Fat loss is 80% about diet. I hate this fact, I wish I could eat pizza all day and exercise enough to make it okay. That’s never going to happen. Stop kidding yourselves.
Find what you love
Again, find exercise and food that you love. Once you do this, everything sort of falls into place. I love hiking and when Ben broke his leg and I lost my hiking partner, I really missed our long weekend walks. If you miss the activity when you don’t do it, then you’re likely to start again as soon as possible.
I haven’t lifted heavy weights for ages and I can’t wait to get in the gym with Carly (YouTuber, blogger and my new personal trainer) next week.
With food, find a great go-to meal. One that you know you’ll always find pleasure in eating (perhaps food should be about fuel and not pleasure but I can’t handle that). We eat a lot of pork chops with sweet potato chips and broccoli. I’ve also started making stir fried sprouts with bacon and flaked almonds. Oh, and protein balls too (although perhaps go easy on those).
Goals help you to focus on why you’re doing all this. Set short term, mid term and long term goals. For example, mine are:
Short term: Fit comfortably into my two size 12 dresses by Christmas
Mid-term: Get down to 11stone 7lbs (fat loss only) – Feel more confident in a bikini next summer!
Long term: Run the Norwich Half Marathon and climb Scaffel Pike
If you find yourself losing your focus look back at your goals and visualise how you’ll feel when you reach them. It makes such a difference.
Look at how far you’ve come
If you find yourself slipping, look at how far you’ve come. It might be 70lbs of weight loss, it might be cutting out bread for a week. It doesn’t matter how much you’ve done, celebrate each little accomplishment. Use the strength you used to give something up or change your life and find your focus again.
If you’re new to this, start small. If you think you have the will power to go 100% paleo and exercise 3x per week then great, but if you fall off the wagon, you’re going to fall hard. Drastic diet changes can really affect our bodies. While in the long run you’ll feel amazing, in the short-term you body starts detoxing. This can feel awful depending on how many toxins your body has to flush out.
Let this happen gradually. Cut out junk food, then grains, then dairy. All the while upping your lean protein and vegetable intake. It’s easier to stick to something when you do it slowly as it can show you how strong you are. You also don’t get the detox flu!