Humans are such suckers for a quick fix. Deep down we KNOW that quick fixes do not work, that you actually have to work on something for quite a while to see anything happen but we still dream about getting rich quick, getting fit quick, getting skinny quick, getting a good job quick.
I have some good news – when it comes to feeling better about your health and your body, there ARE some quick fixes!
Nr.1 – Stop eating bread on a daily basis
I know, I know, I know, we all love bread. But does it love you back? I have yet to meet a woman who is loved by bread. For most of us it makes us bloated, it makes our muffin tops bigger and it even makes many of us foggy brained and grumpy. I did a survey on social media so I totally have research to back this up.
But seriously, I’m not gluten bashing here, I think the problem is more in what else is in bread these days – quick raising agents, sugar, etc. The only bread that doesn’t affect my digestion, my muffin top size or my mood, is rice bread that is just compacted rice and water. It is just as sexy as it sounds, BUT if you toast it a lot it becomes a nice crunchy base to put avocado and eggs on.
Nr.2 – Stop eating fat free yoghurt
One word – sugar. Three words – bazillion unpronounceable ingredients. Plus it’s always advertised like “Please eat low fat yoghurt, it’ll make you skinny and slim and little and soon you’ll disappear because you don’t get much protein but we won’t tell you that…”
Buy plain greek yoghurt and add stuff. I recommend honey and pistachios. You’ll get something sweet, you’ll get protein, you’ll get fat (and I don’t mean you will gain body fat – it’s actually been proven by now that fat doesn’t make us fat – I mean that “you’ll consume fat”, an ESSENTIAL micronutrient for your body).
Nr. 3 – Stop drinking Diet Coke
As an ex-addict, I understand the temptation but I wouldn’t now touch this stuff with a stick. It’s a chemical sh*tstorm in a can and even though it’s ‘diet’ it will do nothing to help you with bodyweight as aspartame messes with intestinal enzymes and will actually do the opposite. I drink carbonated water now. The more carbonated the better. And sometimes I squeeze some Stur into it. And I do not miss Diet Coke at all.
Nr. 4 – Learn to say No
There are only so many hours in a day and the temptation to Do It All is huge. The reality is that we cannot do it all, so just learn to say no to things that are not high up in your list of priorities. And this is the equally important part – learn to not apologise for it. You don’t need to explain why you don’t want to do something, you CAN just say “No thanks.” End of story.
My top priorities list is short – children/husband, work, Crossfit, running, sleep. On weekends I make a little time for rock climbing, swimming and friends.
I would like to also do all of the following: run a Parkrun every Saturday, join a running club, try boxing, do yoga, go out during weeknights, blog more, go to more blogging/PR/media events, do more with Fempower, work more on my social media, answer ‘yes’ to more PR emails – but I don’t. I would just run myself to the ground trying to fit it all in so I don’t try.
Nr.5 – Read before you go to bed
Nobody appreciates sleep until they aren’t getting any. When all of a sudden you aren’t getting much of it, it messes with your head and your wellbeing so freaking much. If you have little babies, skip this point, no amount of reading is going to help you but know this – this too shall pass. If you don’t have babies and are struggling with mind racing at night and are either not able to fall asleep or are sleeping very restlessly – read before you turn off the lights (and no, Bloglovin’ feed on your iPad doesn’t count).
Before I started doing this I thought “Can going to bed get any more boring than this!?” but the truth is that reading before sleeps helps hugely. It used to take me 1-3 hours to fall asleep and now I don’t even notice how long it takes. This probably has also a little bit to do with that awful/good/still awful CBT session I had a little while back but even MrB says he’s sleeping better now so reading before bed = magic.
Nr. 6 – Stop following people on social media who make you feel bad
This one is so simple. If you see a photo in your Instagram / Twitter / Facebook feed that makes you feel fat or ugly or lazy or inferior in any way – unfollow and boom – you’ll feel better. Do not worry what they will think or whether this will cause you to lose followers too – it’s just social media, it’s not real life. Real life is how you feel in your skin and if something or someone is making you feel less than enough, cut them out.
Nr. 7 – When it comes to fitness, set a performance goal instead (or in addition, if you must) to an aesthetic goal
This means that you verbalise in your head (and it helps to write it down too) that your aim is to deadlift your bodyweight / do a pull up / do 10 push ups / run 5km in 30 min / run a half marathon in sub 1:50 / etc. INSTEAD of having the mindset when you exercise that you’re doing it to just lose weight / to be able to eat cake / to undo the cake you already ate / to fit into the jeans you bought but never actually was able to button up. Trust me, this one’s a game changer. For you to tell your brain that you work out because you love your body and not because you dislike it and want to change it is a game changer for your self-esteem.
Nr. 8 – Stop buying and reading women’s magazines
This includes Women’s Health (Women’s Running UK is ok). Magazines want you to feel inadequate – they tell you you’re too big, too tall, too hairy, too pimply, too cellulity, too unstylish. I would LOVE to hear from you if you read a magazine that leaves you feeling empowered, uplifted, truly happy in your skin and satisfied with what you have and what you are.
Nr. 9 – Give away / pack away all clothes that are too small for you
Leave only those clothes visible in your closet that fit you well and make you feel great. Do not pay attention to what the label says. Sizing of women’s clothes is highly irregular and should be totally ignored.
Put away anything that requires you to wear Spanx (don’t get me started on Spanx) or requires you to eat just lettuce for a week. Put away anything that doesn’t let you breathe or walk or bend over. A well-fitting size 12 dress makes the wearer a much happier (and therefore more confident and therefore more sexier ;) person than a tight & ill fitting size 10 dress.
Nr. 10 – If all else fails, dress up like Batman
I haven’t done this one (yet) but I bet it totally works. Everything else in this list has worked for me so I bet this one does too.
Let me know your thoughts. Anything you’d add to this list? Anything you disagree with?