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I hope you have a good weekend (as good as we can these days) and are ready to take on the week ahead.

 

January can be a super exciting month but also equally STRESSFUL.

 

With lots of unnecessary pressure to achieve your goals.

 

So called ‘Fitness Guru’s’, ‘Health Coaches’ and ‘Weightloss Experts’ shouting on social media about how to live your best life in 2021.

 

Accompanied by home schooling, working from home, all the Covid craziness and everything else life throws at you.

 

So today.

 

I just thought I’d share some things I’ve learned that have helped me turn my life around over the years.

 

To achieve my goals, make steady progress and eventually become physically and mentally the strongest, healthiest and happiest I’ve ever been.

 

I’m not special, I’m not a super hero and everything I’ve done, you can do too.

 

Hope you find it helpful.

 

1. Forget fad diets, you’ll be in the same place next year with less money in your pocket

 

2. Be patient and consistent – it took longer than a week to get where you are now, it’s going to take longer than this to get where you want to be

 

3. Weightloss requires ONE thing – a calorie deficit

 

4. Never underestimate yourself, you can always achieve more than you think

 

5. Be kind to others

 

6. Water is life, get it down you

 

7. Comparing yourself to others is the fastest way to steal your happiness

 

8. Celebrate your wins and successes no matter how small

 

9. 1 bad meal won’t make you fat

 

10. 1 healthy meal won’t make you thin

 

11. Exercise is awesome for both your mental and physical health – do it daily

 

12. Surround yourself with people who make you smile and feel good about yourself

 

13. It’s ok to have a ‘bad day’

 

14. If you fall off the wagon, skip the pitty party and get back on it asap

 

15. Split your goals into small, bitesize ones

 

16. If you change nothing – nothing will change, read that again

 

17. It’s ok to be a beginner, allow yourself to learn

 

18. Mindset is everything so always focus on the positives no matter how hard they may be to find

 

19. Write shit down, you’re 10x more like to get it done

 

20. Planning is always key

 

21. How we begin our day is incredibly important, so aim to start it with a positive thought

 

22. Excuses affect nobody else apart from you

 

23. Carbs are friends just like protein & fat and don’t need to be eliminated

 

24. Sleep is essential, have a regular night time routine to ensure you get enough

 

25. You won’t always feel motivated and that’s ok – just stick to the plan and do what you say you’re going to do #backyourchat (see point 19)

 

26. Happiness isn’t found in a fridge or bottom of a bottle – try find coping mechanisms that won’t sacrifice your health or goals like exercise/talking to friends

 

27. What we believe, we become so be careful how you talk to yourself

 

28. Stressing about things you can’t control is wasted energy and changes nothing

 

29. Challenge yourself daily, it’s the only way you’ll mentally, physically and emotionally grow

 

30. Failures are opportunities to learn, never give up or be too proud/shy to ask for help

 

31. Accountability is a powerful motivator, tell as many people as you can what you plan to do

 

32. There’s no such thing as good/bad food, it’s just food

 

33. Do more of what makes you happy

 

34. Life’s too short to only live for the w/e’s, if you’re not happy mon-fri change that

 

35. Moderation and common sense will always prevail

 

36. Make yourself a priority, nobody else will do this for you

 

37. Time is the most valuable thing you own, don’t waste it

 

38. Being thinner doesn’t instantly = happiness

 

39. If you have air in your lungs, it’s never too late

 

40. Being a mum is the biggest yet most rewarding challenge in the world

 

41. Knowledge is only power alongside action

 

42. You’re body, health, happiness & life are a direct result of the choices you make each day

 

43. Yolo – make it the best you can

 

44. Even the most successful people need a support network

 

45. Never let anyone tell you – you can’t!

 

As mentioned, I know it’s an extra challenging time for us all right now but regardless of what happens in the outside world.

 

Nothing can EVER stop you working on you.

 

Here’s to making some positive steep forward this week, one day at a time.

Lee ‘helping you build a better you’ Donald x

 

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