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Top tips to stick to your health plan

A month into sticking to your workout and nutrition plan. How is it going? Below I've outlined some good tips to continue sticking to your plan to live and be healthier. Your habits will soon just become everyday, who you are and what you do. Stick to it.

1. Slow and steady wins the race

Think one pound at a time. Life isn't like the show, the Biggest Loser - you don't lose drastic weight quickly, and keep it off. Focus on implementing a strategy of working out coupled with a realistic eating plan.

Don't try change everything at once. Make realistic daily or weekly changes, that are sustainable.

2. Remember why you're doing it

We often hear how people want to make a change, because they have developed health issues, want to lose weight to fall pregnant or to run around with the children. We all have a different reason 'why' we want to live a healthier lifestyle. For many it's to look and feel good, and for a host of others, it's to live a more fulfilling life. Always remember your 'why'. Remind yourself of how you used to feel, how being over or underweight used to hold you back from being the best version of you.

3. Always be prepared when you're on the go

When you're out and about and get hungry, that's when most make bad choices. We get something out of habit or convenience. Most of which are empty calories. When you're going to be out, make sure you pack some healthy, nutritious snacks to take with you. Not only will you stay on track, but you avoid snacks that don't deliver the minerals and vitamins your body needs to help you look and feel great. And always make sure you have your water with you.

4. Eat slowly and mindfully

We're always in a rush. Quickly getting one thing done to move onto the next. Research shows that eating slowly and mindfully, can help you develop a healthier relationship with food. Be aware of what you're eating. Enjoy what you're eating. Chew each mouthful slowly. Appreciate the nutrition you're getting from what you choose to eat.

5. Track and learn

By tracking what you eat, how much and when, really helps to hold you accountable. But more importantly, it helps you to see what is and isn't working. Track your weight daily by using your scales. Write down every morsel you put in your mouth. Track how many hours you sleep. Track your stress. Make a note of how active you are. Yes, track everything. You can only learn what is or isn't working, if you track everything. Learn from how the scale moves up and down, and make adjustments. If you're not losing, you're learning.

6. Get an accountability partner

Kez and I constantly see the benefits of an accountability partner or a support group. We see our online community working together to help keep each other on track. It's like having a score of people excited and inspired, who keep you on track to achieve your goals. It's vital to see others facing the same challenge you are. Find people who you can relate to and who relate to you. Who understand the challenges, and how hard it can often get. Your crew, who will lift you up, when you need that extra push.

7. Be patient

So many quick fix diets printed in the media, like to lead us to think that it will happen quickly. This isn't true at all. To change habits and mindset, takes a lot of repetitive trying and setting goals daily. It is a process, often a slow one. Even if the daily progress is slow, that your body may often hurt from exertion and the slow changes can be demotivating, stick to it. Every day you get further away from the habits that caused you to want to make a change in the first place.

8. Find what inspires and motivates YOU

Just because everyone is on a certain fitness bandwagon, don't be fooled into thinking you have to do it. I'm a runner - and love running. But running isn't for everyone. Find what you can stick to. Find what makes you excited to get out and do it. If dancing makes you happy, then use dance to get fit. If you like being in the outdoors, find the activities that will help you feel closer to nature, like hiking or kayaking. We're so spoilt for choice. Be true to yourself. Do what you love and you'll be more likely stick to it.

9. Enjoy eating out

Choosing to be healthy, doesn't mean you can't go out or be sociable. Here are a couple of tricks for eating out are: drink plenty of water before you go. Eat a light, healthy snack before you leave the house. Review the menu before you go, so you can make a healthy choice when you're there. Call the restaurant beforehand to find out if they have healthier choices, such as swapping white rice for brown rice, or white pasta for wholemeal past. Just by making these simple choices, means you can still go out and enjoy your meal, without feeling guilty. And if you do indulge, remember that you're allowed to have a treat. Choose to either only eat half or have a smaller portion. And if the scale moves the wrong way the next day, you can easily pinpoint why. Lose or learn!

10. Make food fun

Remember to try and eat the colour of the rainbow daily for your fruit and veggies intake. Find great ways to enhance the flavour of your meals, so the whole family will enjoy it. To hide veggies that most children avoid due to texture or appearance, either chop them really finely or blend them into your sauce. Help to add in the densely nutritious veggies in your meals by being creative. Talk to others in your support group for recipe ideas and meals. Food should be enjoyed at every meal. We are spoilt with choice. So make it fun. Make it colourful. And eat mindfully, so you enjoy every mouthful.