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Creating new habits and breaking old ones

Posted by Joanne Neville
Joanne Neville
Energetic lifestyle coach specialising in weight related issues, loving the outd
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on Wednesday, 04 June 2014
in Wellbeing

I’ve decided that my habit of pressing the snooze button has to go and I’m replacing it with a habit of getting up at 5am to join the club of apparently happy, healthy and highly successful people who rise at this unearthly hour.

 

As a coach I know creating new habits and sustaining the change can be a big problem for any client wanting to live a healthy life.  So how am I getting on with my own challenge 3 weeks in?

Problems and excuses to give up, are just as load and clear from me as they are from clients when things aren’t perfect or something is challenging. 

1.      Monday mornings are too difficult, I can’t get up at 5am on Monday’s

2.      I’m going to bed earlier to be up at 5am so there isn’t much time for healthy eating when I finish work at 9pm.

3.      How do I do this at weekends?  I’m failing if I’m not doing it every day.

So how do I work with these issues and stay on track?

A.     Firstly, reflect on the things that have improved through the change, so that you can balance your feelings about the whole subject.  I’m finding some real benefits to getting up at 5am, so I want to consider these too.

B.     Changing one thing will often have a knock on effect on another. Be prepared to adjust more than just one thing.  So I’m going to bed earlier but have more time in a morning, so perhaps I could try changing my diet and healthy eating to ‘breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dine like a pauper’ with more calories and my bigger meals being earlier in the day.

C.     Be realistic about what to expect – life is rarely the same from one day to another and our own performance daily will no doubt vary.  Listen to your internal conversation, are you being too tough on yourself, would you expect someone else to get the changes right every time, all the time?  Telling yourself you aren’t doing it right, or perfectly, will lead to feelings of disappoint and failure which can lead to stress or even giving up. So I’m accepting the progress I’m making on weekend mornings and seeing any earlier starts as an improvement!

See me at 5am on this clip and I’ll share the benefits of my early mornings later.

 

 

 

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Why you should get weighed

Posted by Joanne Neville
Joanne Neville
Energetic lifestyle coach specialising in weight related issues, loving the outd
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on Thursday, 14 November 2013
in Motivation & Goal Setting

When you are managing your weight or dieting, your internal dialogue and self talk about what you have eaten, could do more damage than you think.

Clients often say that they have had a 'bad' day, "I'm rubbish, I can't do it", "I've eaten loads and feel like a right blob", "I'm going to have put a stone on!"  This dialogue will often mean they miss appointments with me and don't get on the scales. It also often results in them feeling dispondent, diappointed with themselves and this will often lead to over eating in itself and them not continuing with their goal. However, if I do get chance to talk to them we start to really analyse what they've eaten and more often than not, it isn't as bad as they first thought.

Getting on the scales gives my clients clarity, fact and a real perspective of what's been going on and helps them to see where their internal dialogue isn't helping them to stay on track. By knowing what the result of their 'bad day' is and working with a trained weight loss coach clients are more likely to stick to their action plan and change how they talk to themselves and judge what they've done more effectively.  Long term this means quicker results and long term change.

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Food and Mood Diaries

Posted by Joanne Neville
Joanne Neville
Energetic lifestyle coach specialising in weight related issues, loving the outd
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on Monday, 28 October 2013
in Wellbeing

Why use a food and mood diary...

Raises your awareness of what you actually eat

Allows you to reflect on how food makes you feel physically and mentally

Shows patterns in what and when you eat

Explores how you felt before and after eating

Allows you to calorie count easier

Helps identify meals and snacks more easily

Helps recognise the difference between physical and emotional hunger

Help you recognise when you are full or have eaten too much

Explores the idea that physical exercise can affect your mood

Identifies where you were and who you were with when eating and any impact it had on choices you made

 

Food and Mood diaries can be in paper format, set out in a table or a mind map, or you can use a spreadsheet on your computer or app for your smart phone or tablet.  Take a look at this example and check out what’s available on line and choose something suitable to how you work best.

Your Food and Mood diary

Your diary should include:

·         What you ate – the exact food and how much will be useful

·         When – be specific with the time and date

·         How was I feeling before hand – both physically and emotionally. Did you feel tired, fed up, lonely or bored

·         Have I exercised or been active today – what did I do

·         Also think about whether you’ve eaten this way a little, sometimes or a lot in the past and if you can remember when you might have started to do it.

The diary will give you insight and fact into what and how you are eating.  You can then look at putting solutions into place as to how you might change.

 

My Understanding Your Eating course can help with gaining a better insight into your relationship with food. 

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Lose weight by understanding why you eat not just what you eat

Posted by Joanne Neville
Joanne Neville
Energetic lifestyle coach specialising in weight related issues, loving the outd
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on Monday, 28 October 2013
in Wellbeing

Trying to get pregnant, avoid/reverse diabetes, reduce the risk of heart disease and you're usually told to lose weight.

Even though you know it makes sense and you being told by everyone, getting into shape can be so difficult.  Even for those couples struggling to conceive the prospect of a baby sometimes doesn't unlock the key to weight loss and a healthier lifestyle. So why is it so difficult?

First, we live in a society where food is available 24/7 and it’s literally as cheap as chips! 

Secondly, If you are overweight it’s likely you have a difficult relationship with food and haven't been eating well for some time, so all the willpower in the world might just not be enough.  

By understanding WHY we eat rather than just focusing on what we eat could lead to long term change.  

·         Keep a food and mood, be clear on what you’ve eaten and what might lead to your choices  Seeing your thoughts on paper can help gain better perspective on things.  

·       Are you really hungry? Ask yourself, what is the food for, what is the food going to do?  It might give you instant gratification but is likely to leave you feeling guilty and upset as you’ve just done what you’ve told yourself not to.  The feeling that caused you to raid the fridge will still be there!

·         In our society these days it seems we can’t meet friends and family without food and drink being involved and this could be where you’re eating and nourishment is going of track.  Think about doing  other things where the focus isn't just eating and drinking. Go to the cinema, meeting for a walk try walking for health for some inspiration and get fit too. Or visiting a gallery or place of interest in your area.  You could plan to meet outside meal times or suggest you will eat at home before meeting at a friends’ house.  

·         Stop eating to relieve boredom.  Lots of my clients complain of eating when they are bored, so list down all the things you say you never have time for – writing to a friend, planning a holiday or trip, pampering yourself, calling your friend, reading a book, listening to music or do a puzzle.  Any time you feel bored or vulnerable to eating pick something from the list to do instead. 

To crack the weight issues our society has we need to look at not just what we are eating but why we are eating as a double pronged approach.

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So, I ate a few chips...not the whole bowl!

Posted by Joanne Neville
Joanne Neville
Energetic lifestyle coach specialising in weight related issues, loving the outd
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on Wednesday, 13 February 2013
in Client Stories

Week 4

I’m abstinent - but lapsed on Tuesday when confronted by a bowl of chips at the pub quiz - yes in the pub and no alcohol but chips are another thing altogether!

I get the whole Cognitive Behaviour Therapy stuff and know that my thoughts (or voices in my head) mean I eat when I don’t want to, but capturing the moment when ‘sensible’ voice is drowned out by ‘not sensible’ voice is an art form, but I’ll save that for another blog!!

So, I ate a few chips (not the whole bowl)! The world didn’t end.  What I chose to do now is what matters. I could have called myself all the names under the sun and made myself feel wretched and a failure. In such a negative mood, I would have started telling myself ‘I can’t do this’ and stuffed even more food in my face as a comfort. Instead, I listened to ‘sensible’ voice, and told myself ‘a few chips is a few extra calories to burn off but sticking with the Programme is a far better choice than being miserable long term because I’m heavier than I want to be.’

Abstinence is a state of mind; I’m not hungry and I know the LighterLife foodpacks give me all the nutrition I need and very few of those nasty calorie thingies!

Happy to report that the crème egg is still in my handbag ……….. J

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