My Top 5 (not-so-secret) Secrets to Weight Control

Let food be thy medicine, thy medicine shall be thy food.
– Hippocrates

For the majority of women our image is a constant reminder of who we are as a woman.   Both obesity and anorexia effect many women of all ages.  According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics obesity has become a world-wide concern upon reaching epidemic proportions.  From the common image projected in mainstream media outlets our minds are confused and bewildered as to what is a “healthy” weight?  Some famous individual is either stick thin or piling on the pounds in the celebrity culture.  Have we actually forgotten what a healthy weight looks like?

I personally believe that weight control is over-complicated with a million diet plans that boggle the mind instantly and  an over-abundance of exercise regimes all promising quick, fast, easy results.  No wonder people get daunted and discouraged at even the prospect of attempting weight control!  I don’t think attaining a healthy weight should cost you excess money or time.  Although, the amount of effort and dedication you commit to your goal will equally determine the results.  Today I’m sharing 5 hints which won’t cost you a cent and the only requirements are a desire to obtain and maintain a healthy body weight.

Out of Sight – Out of Mind
Practically speaking, this phase turned into reality can make such a difference.  Stop the temptation.  Remove it.  Don’t let it hide in your fridge waiting for that weak moment where you loose all self-control and give into impulse.  Remove it totally.  (i.e. bin it!) There is less chance of you not thinking about it if you can’t see it.

Replace the Bad with the Good
We can be so eager and quick to remove the unhealthy, bad substances from our diet but all too soon we find they are weaving their way back in… Why and how does this happen?  We have removed the bad but never given it a replacement.  If you’re having trouble kicking an unhealthy substance, remove it but be sure to replace it with a healthier alternative.

Write a Shopping List
I think I’ve mentioned my love of lists before, right?  Ah, well there is even more benefits than just minimizing food waste and time management!  Shopping lists also allows to you to re-focus when you’re purposely skipping the confectionery aisle and guide you to better, healthier eating habits.

Cut the Carbs
If there was one, just one suggestion I would give to anyone wishing to regain control of their weight it would be to delete carbohydrates (i.e. sweets, soft drinks, breads and pastas)Try it temporarily.  3 weeks maybe?  You’ll feel much lighter, healthier and skinnier!  In reality, it’s not like you’re never going to eat bread or pasta again, but you’ll be surprised at how much better you feel when these highly processed items are minimized.

If You’re Really Serious. . .
All the above points are nice.  They can easily be slipped into your lifestyle as it is.  But for real weight-loss that can guarantee (oh, did I just say that?) the weight to slip off. Here is my secret…you need to make your choices a lifestyle.  Not just a fade that suits when it feels convenient but a way of life.  Continually, consciously making healthy eating choices everyday.  Eating healthy and well can and will become incredibly enjoyable and the mental and physical benefits will astound you.

Starting 2010 with Style

A New Chapter Begins...

“The first thing to do in life is to do with purpose what one purposes to do.”

As a New Year falls upon us, it provides us with a perfect opportunity to review our past year?  What goals have we accomplished?  What areas in our personal life do we need to work on?  How could we improve on family relationships and boost our friendships?  Does our wardrobe needs some refreshing or reorganizing?

Reorganize Your Life!
Ah yes, how simple does that seem!  Don’t be discouraged however, take a moment or two to write down a simple itinery of your day.  For example, your waking time in the morning and retiring at night, meal times, set aside times for regular exercise and quality family time.  I’ve personally found that if I’m struggling to have enough hours in my day, getting up an hour or so earlier in the morning makes such a difference! If your not naturally a ‘morning person’ give yourself some time to wake up, have a glass of water, and spend a few minuets mapping out your day.  Oftentimes, we find it hard to get up in the morning because we’re going to bed so late!  It’s is said that one hour of sleep before midnight is worth two after, so it’s important to get to be at a reasonable time.

Are you trying to shed those few pounds that have crept up on you through the year? Remember diets don’t generally work, lifestyle changes are what you need.  Why not rally your friends together to power-walk once or twice a week.  Exercise can sometimes become boring if you do it alone, so company is always appreciated and it’s a healthy and free!

Refresh your wardrobe!
Go through your wardrobe, toss out the items that have lost their shape or elastic. Double check your socks and pantyhose for holes or ladders.  Do you have some clothes that are past there used-by-date?  Go over your shoes, even your outdoorsy ones – get them into some sudsy water on a sunny day and give them a good scrub.
It’s around this time that many shops are getting rid of last years fashion.  Go though your wardrobe and see if you need to update any items.  Jot down what you need on a list and take it with you when you go shopping.  That way you won’t overspend and you’ll get what you really need.

Reconnect with loved ones!
Over the year, it’s too easy to get way-laid with work and personal commitments.  Have you a friend who has been left by the wayside?  Now is the perfect occasion to re-connect with those loved ones.  Why not jot down a little note on some pretty paper and send it through the ‘old-fashioned’ snail mail?  What a surprise they will get!

If you’re on Facebook, go through your ‘friends list’ and write a note to someone who may need encouraging or a old classmate you haven’t kept in touch with.

Do you have an old girlfriend who is going through a hard time?  Why not organize a day out in the city, sightseeing a free art-gallery or take a picnic lunch to the botanical gardens?  It’s inexpensive and you’ll both enjoy the time together!

Give, Give, Give
There is a quotation that says “The capacity to care is the thing that gives life its deepest meaning and significance. ” by that I’ve made my life motto.  We all know that when we give to others, we receive the greatest blessing!  The most unhappy people are those that only think of themselves.

This year why not make a purpose to to lend either your hands or time to make the lives of others a little more bright.   Volunteer you’re services to you’re local community at fundraising events.  It’s a great way to get involved in your community and get to meet individuals from different walks of life.  It’s a proven fact that volunteers live longer!

Learn to Forgive
Let’s face it: we all make mistakes.  And to live a stress-free, happy life we must learn to forgive.  Forgiving is an essential quality to have in life.  I’m sure we have all witnessed at one stage of our life when someone doesn’t forgive. It does not produce happiness or health but it eats you away and makes you a miserable person.  I’ve also found leaning to forgive someone even when they don’t come to you and ask for your forgiveness is an equally essential character trait to have.  It’s important to learn how to forgive and not hold a grudge against the person who has wrong you, will make your life much happier! An old proverb says “The best deed of a great man is to forgive and forget.”