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How to have a healthy holiday

Posted by Joanne Neville
Joanne Neville
Energetic lifestyle coach specialising in weight related issues, loving the outd
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on Tuesday, 01 July 2014
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How to have a healthy holiday?

Holidays are fun, relaxing, exciting and for most of my clients are a time to unwind, take time out and stop thinking about work, home, but more importantly for them they stop thinking about healthy eating and exercise.  Yes, it’s the time of year when you want to indulge a little, have a few drinks, try a few desserts and forget the scales.  But for many this mind set can mean a whole heap of trouble when it’s time to go home.  The holiday blues come with weight gain, no routine and lower fitness levels.  So, how before you jet off this year could you plan to beat the holiday bulge?

First change how you see your holiday.  It is a time to relax and enjoy yourself, but that shouldn’t mean going mad at the buffet or the bar.  Think about healthier options most of the day with have a little of what you fancy now and again. Jillian Michaels’ from the TV show ‘Biggest Loser’ has some inspiration on her website.  Secondly, if you’ve lost weight and are exercising before you go away, you need to think that healthy eating and exercise are part of your life – all the time.  People who maintain their weight don’t see being sensible on holiday, whilst still enjoying the odd treat, as a problem.  They see it as part of who they are and what they do. The story or conversation they have in their head is ‘I can have a few more drinks and will choose lower calorie one’s’ , ‘There isn’t a gym but swimming or playing with the kids is fun so I’ll make that my exercise, or I could do a few lengths of the pool each day or take a long walk’ or ‘it’s nice to eat out and not have to cook, but I’ll keep the portions small and just taste some of my favourite puddings’.

 

So plan ahead, think about how you can exercise and be active, enjoy your treats and favourite things without pilling on the pounds and relish all the other things there are to enjoy about a trip away…

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Up with the lark!

Posted by Joanne Neville
Joanne Neville
Energetic lifestyle coach specialising in weight related issues, loving the outd
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on Wednesday, 14 May 2014
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Up with the lark...or was I?

You’ll have noted I already ducked out of the 5am start and went for 6:30am.  You’ve failed already!’ I hear you shout. However as any coach worth their salt says, start with a realistic goal and work towards your ultimate desire – which for me is 6am. I started off at 7:30, then 7:15, 7:00 and so on.

I knew that 5am was a step too far for me to begin with and if I’d set that as my first goal I would probably have given up on day one.

So 6:30am and the alarm goes off.

No struggle to get up today! But now what to do with these spare hours I’ve created? I’ve already planned a few things in that I often tell myself I’ve no time for, reading facebook, checking out industry news, reading all those e-newsletters I’ve signed up for. So at 6:35 I was on with action one and I was dressed and had had breakfast by 7:15.  Time then to watch the news with my coffee and research a topic about ‘sleeping’ talked about by the BBC Breakfast team and how important it is we get enough etc.  Not the best news on the day I’m scared of not having enough! 

By 9am I’ve read my emails, checked my business facebook pages and am ready to go to the gym feeling very satisfied and chuffed with myself.  I’m already more productive and I’ve had breakfast.  To be honest neither of these things had been regular events in previous weeks, so it’s a start. I'm surprised at how awake and well I feel!  So how will I feel about 2pm today when I’ve arrived at the office and started work (my hours at the office today are 1pm – 9pm)?

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2pm Siesta? I can have an afternoon snooze with the best of them, so I was expecting to want to go to sleep, but it didn’t happen.  I'm feeling quite chilled, still focused and not at all rushed like I usually am.  Could this lifestyle change be that easy?

We’ll see how I’m feeling in a day or two and also if I’m having to go to bed earlier...

 

 

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