Want to know the secret to achieving your dream bod? Your own mind! We’ve interviewed jess, who has recently discovered the secret, to get an inside peak into her journey and how she overcame an unhealthy mindset and is now on track to achieving her goal.
Becoming fitter and healthier starts in the mind. A healthy mindset leads to a healthy body. Live by this and you'll see results in no time!
Below features an interview with Jess about her experience and also a special feature video that will give you the motivation you need to get fit!
HOW DID YOU RECOGNISE THAT YOU HAD AN UNHEALTHY RELATIONSHIP WITH FOOD AND THE IDEA OF LOOSING WEIGHT?
“It wasn’t me that recognised I had a problem, it was my closest friends who expressed their worries over things i was saying about myself and my eating habbits. Weighing yourself is one thing, but obsessively weighing yourself everyday and feeling deflated because you’re not making any changes was really discouraging. I would binge eat to make myself feel better if I was having a bad daybut it was a constant cycle of binging, then starving myself because i felt horrible afterwards. I was constantly tired, miserable and light headed. After speaking to my friends who were very encouraging and helped me out of this, I began to make small steps into having a healthy relationship with food.”
WHAT DID YOU DO TO HELP DEVELOP A HEALTHY MINDSET IN LOOSING WEIGHT AND KEEPING FIT?
“I stopped taking it too seriously! It’s as simple as that. Speaking to my friends, having people close to you that motivate you to be on a healthy path has really helped me. I stopped weighing myself obsessivley, I now weigh myself only once a month and have realised that several factors influence the number on the scales and it’s okay if you haven’t hit a major goal. A lot of influencers have given me recipie ideas for healthy, low calorie meals that are also very delicious! Food is fuel and your body cannot function without it, so it’s time to start loving our bodies and treating it with the love it deserves.”
HOW HAS HAVING A HEALTHY MINDSET NOW BENEFITED YOUR JOURNEY?
“It definitley makes it a lot easier and it makes it fun. I now enjoy exercising, walking and eating nice meals. I’m aware that it can take time to see change but this doesn’t makre me feel as bad as it did before. I’m now more patient and just living a healthy lifestyle that benefits my mental and physical health.”
WHAT IS YOUR GO TO METHOD OF LOOSING WEIGHT AND HOW HAS THIS BENEFITED YOUR MINDSET?
“Non-restrictive diets and fun exercises. I eat in a calorie deficit, which has given me the freedom to enjoy yummy, filling meals. I often eat low calorie healthy foods as this helps me to stay full as i would usually get hungry after eating. I can eat whatever I want in my defIcit and still loose weight! Fun exercises are my go to, i get my 10K steps in daily, sometimes up to 20K. Making the walks fun and changing them up makes them exciting and motivates me. Dance workouts are really fun too, jump roping and hula-hooping is everything i do! I do the occasional 10 min HIT or 8 min ab routine, but making it fun while eating nice things enabled me to have a much more positive mindset.”
WHAT IS YOUR BEST ADVICE YOU CAN GIVE SOMEONE TRYING TO LOOSE WEIGHT QUICKLY, BASED ON YOUR EXPERIENCE?
“In my experience, there is no quick way of loosing weight. Patience and consistency is key. It is also important to just simply have fun with it, not taking it too seriously and recognising the fact that you will see progress eventually. It may not be fast but it is better this way!”
Below are fun and creative workouts that get you moving!
EmKFit is a YouTuber who specialises in workout videos. She caters for all, including moves for people who live in apartments/flats, people who only have access to small spaces and for people who have certain health problems like bad knees ect… Em even runs through the moves with you! She also gives alternate moves for those who struggle. Her motto is “Have fun” and “Fake it til’ you make it” and we’re so here for it!
Remember, the number on the scale isn’t what matters! People have different muscle mass, and this is a big contributer to the number that appears on them! Just have fun!