1. Reassess your food choices, how and when your fueling your body
Some people think snacking can be a good way to shed kilos, and it can be, provided you don't also binge when you get home from work (for those that live on coffee and sugar throughout the day and then go crazy binge-style at night! I know I've been there!). If this is you, then preparing and eating balanced meals (containing all macronutrients; carbs, fats and protein) throughout the day can curb cravings and deter binge eating at night by sustaining blood sugar levels so your energy is consistent throughout the day.
Also by replacing processed, sugary and fatty foods which contain empty calories (meaning there's little or no nutritional value) with whole foods (containing all your macro and micronutrients as well as minerals) will help your body function better and improve your mood and energy levels.
2. Turn off your TV and electronic devices!
Its easy to get caught up in the drama and fantasy of other people's lives while watching television or sitting scrolling through social media. This is a modern day procrastination and aversion tool which can lead to increased anxiety and poor sleeping habits especially if you're someone who sits on your phone or laptop in bed or you have a TV in your bedroom. It also creates disconnect from true interaction with loved ones and the present moment (in reality the only moment we have!).
Limiting time on electronic devices and TV frees up time to focus on connection to yourself, your loved one, your goals, and what truely matters in your life and is time gained to allow for relaxation or being more productive working towards where you want to grow.
3. Decrease Caffeine and Increase Water
A lot of us rely on our morning coffee to give us energy and help us focus throughout the day but when the effects of the caffeine wear off it can make us feel lethargic and foggy.
Not only is caffeine addictive it is also really dehydrating to our tissues. It can also affect our digestion and a lot of people rely on caffeine to empty their bowels.
Replace coffee with water to avoid these negative effects and give every cell in your body the best chance to function optimally.
4. There's no better time to start than now
A lot of us look for the perfect time to make changes or start a new goal, but in reality it's usually just procrastination or some kind of aversion in our mind. We might look to an external motivator such as New Years to make resolutions and begin trying to achieve our goals.
In reality you don't need an external source, as the only person who can make the change is you! That change may come from simply taking action today, whether its using one of the steps above, waking up a little earlier to get your morning walk in, or finding someone who can help with the blocks you have preventing you from achieving your goals. Now is the time to get moving!