Being aware is key. Always. But right now, in relation to weight, more important than ever. If you can pay attention to how your body feels, you will be guided. Make sure it's your body though and not thoughts that will steer you off-track.
I'm following a few simple strategies that I'm hoping will keep my weight in check over the next month (and beyond). These are all things I've been doing to maintain my weightloss from last year.
1. Put your jeans on regularly
Now this might seem like a simple thing, and there could be part of you thinking, Nah, I don't need to do that, I'm all good. Beware of those thoughts; those are the ones that come from the part of us that wants to sabotage the good. Believe me. I've been an expert at self-sabotage for a very long time.
2. Make sure you move
Right now you possibly have more time than you've had for a very long time. Okay, you might be busy with children or grandchildren getting homeschooling organised, but you'll have that sorted and then you can all go out for some exercise.
3. Reduce portion sizes
This strategy has a two-fold positive impact; you'll eat less food, and you'll be more confident that the food you do have will last you until after the lockdown. The result: No weight gain or even maybe some weightloss.
4. Eat only when you are hungry
A challenge for sure at a time like this, particularly if you are someone who easily gets bored (like me). But, if you pay attention to your hunger signals, you will quickly learn when it is real hunger and when it is not. If you think you're hungry, wait a bit or have a glass of water, especially if it's between meal times. Or find something to do!
5. Leave some food on your plate
Contrary to popular belief, you don't have to eat everything on your plate (as many of us were told as children). Again, practice listening to your body and stop when you're satisfied, rather than full.
There really is no reason to gain weight during this time. By taking the time to think and feel around food, hunger and eating I'm sure you'll navigate successfully through the lockdown.
Let me know how you're going.
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