Keeping the Diet Going

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The Christmas selection box that you’ve been resisting for weeks has finally snuck back out, it’s your friend’s birthday hence the cake and alcohol and now Dry January is over the bottle of wine you drank last night is guilt free. Like many my New Year’s resolution was to eat healthier and get fitter –  very stereotypical. But this year I’ve got something to spur me on. In just under 8 months I’ll be jetting off to the other side of the world for three months to do nothing but lay on a beach in a bikini.  My resolution needs to be kept for the foreseeable future.

So how do you stick to that New Year’s resolution of eating healthy and get fit?

Everything in moderation –A bit of an obvious one but so far I’ve learned not to deny myself anything. If I’ve eaten well all day but want a treat then I’ll have a biscuit but not the entire pack. When you are eating healthy it doesn’t mean you have to eat like that constantly, a balanced diet is good and sometimes everyone needs a bit of chocolate to keep them going.

Motivational pictures – Everyone has an idea of how they want to look, so just find a picture on the internet of someone like a Victoria’s Secret model for example and look at it for inspiration. It will make you think twice about that third bag of crisps.

Find the exercise regime that’s right for you – I hate running. Yet whenever I went to my gym it was the only thing I attempted because I didn’t really know what else to do. I sat down with one of the trainers at the University gym who gave me a programme tailored to me and what I wanted to tone up. Now I actually look forward to going to the gym because I know what I’m doing. Look at classes the gym provides, join a sports club or if you don’t have a gym membership think exercise DVD’S or go out for a run – once you find something you like it will make you want to go more.

Recipe inspiration – One thing that has kept me really motivated in terms of healthy eating so far is looking at new recipes. I’m constantly scrolling through healthy Instagram accounts or googling healthy alternatives to food. As students everyone always seems to associate being healthy with cost, but if you plan carefully enough healthy food shops really don’t have to be that expensive. Plus knowing that you can cook some really tasty food that is guilt free is a great way to spur you on.

Finally, have an end goal. Pick a weight you want to be at, or a time frame of how long you want to give yourself to shape up. That way when you step on the scales and see that you’re one step closer it will motivate you even more. Alternatively, if your resolution was just to eat healthier then give yourself the odd treat every now and again. Make Saturday a day to let the healthy eating relax a little, that way you know you’ve earnt it through the week.

Abby McHale