1. Make sure you drink enough water!
I used to confuse thirst with hunger as I barely drank enough, also don’t drink before food thinking it will fill you up if you glug a litre of water in one go, this is not the case you will only stretch your stomach, cos it’s water it drains straight away and then leaves you more hungry, it’s best to drink and eat at the same time though separately I really hate it when someone has a mouthful of food and they take a drink too (Dad ha), when you do that the food mixes with the water in the stomach becoming a thick stew type consistency which if you imagine your stomach as a sieve then drips through slowly keeping you fuller for longer.

2. Be honest with yourself!
After all you’re only cheating yourself in the long run.

3. Do a weekly menu and only buy what you need!
Even if you change a meal for another that was planned for later in the week because you had a hard day at least it’s still healthy and you’re not picking up the phone to ring a takeaway.

4. Make sure you eat enough!
Inhaling a big gust of air and having a sip of water is not gonna work, three balanced meals a day & two snacks (if needed) is what I was advised.

5. Stop punishing yourself!
If you fall get back on, if you fell over you wouldn’t just stay there crying, blaming yourself for being an idiot for falling.

6. Be realistic!
I used to have a dream about a machine that when you pressed the button you would lose 3lb every time, I used to wake up and my thumb would be aching like mad it was the only exercise I ever did willingly 😂, if only it was possible but sadly it was just in my fairy tale mind, the only thing that works is doing it the hard way but it’s also very rewarding because you feel so proud of yourself.

7. Don’t give yourself massive targets!
I used to do this all the time before, but this time I’ve just said as long as I’m losing (overall), where as before I would think right I wanna lose 5 stone by my birthday, then i’d only lose 3 stone and instead of thinking of the massive achievement of losing the 3 stone, I’d be so upset at how shit I was because I failed to reach my ridiculous goal, then in less than it took to lose it i’d have gained it back and some. Now my goals are smaller and without time restrictions, I know I’ll get there, I’m not in a race.

8. Don’t be hard on yourself!
If you don’t lose, gain or don’t lose as much as you thought, your body is constantly changing throughout the day, always get weighed at the same time on the same day every week, don’t be tempted to weigh yourself constantly you won’t get the same result, if you do gain or stay the same look at your food intake and if it needs it tweak it, all it takes is a slight difference so don’t panic, it’s happened to me a few times so far and I know it will happen again, our body’s are very complex and they change constantly.

9. Swap your carbs!
Your body needs good carbs as it turns to glucose which is the energy your body needs to work, ditch the white breads, pastas and cereals for wholemeal and wholewheat, wholegrain, they so much better for you and won’t make you feel sluggish.

10. Exercise!
I have never been one for exercise in fact I always viewed the word gym as a swear word, however it is good for your body and your brain, pick something you like if I was able I would love to go swimming and Dancing, but i’m currently unable to walk though I do some siting exercise anything to help, try a few things you never know you may find something you end up loving.

11. Be Positive!
Take one day at a time & be positive about it, it makes such a difference when you believe you can. How many times in your life have you thought you couldn’t do something and then you did.

12. Enjoy what you Love!
In moderation of course, I think if you just ban all the things you love you then take the fun out of it and are more likely to fail, so now and then have something you love, I calorie count so if I need a chocolate treat like at Easter I had a cream egg I just counted in my calories and enjoyed it guilt free.

13. Smaller Plate!
Buy a smaller plate it is better that looks full than using a standard one that looks half empty.

14. Eat slowly!
Take your time to eat, your more likely to feel like you have, we are all guilty of shoveling something in quick because we think we don’t have time, make the time.

15. Believe in yourself!
You can do anything you want to, as long as it’s not illegal.

I hope these help you like they have me, be good to yourself, you deserve it. 😙