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New Year’s resolutions – how to make them actually work

Up until a few years ago, I used to make New Year's resolutions every January, mainly revolving around doing more exercise, eating more healthily and getting more work done. I would write something like: "eat more veg and less chocolate", or "make a study plan and stick to it", or "do X amount of weights … Continue reading New Year’s resolutions – how to make them actually work

Believe in your ability to change

People often talk about self-belief - they say you have to¬†believe in yourself to succeed. I tend to agree, but what I don't like about that particular statement is that it's very vague. What are we trying to believe in? Are we trying to believe in the certainty of an outcome, or that we're competent … Continue reading Believe in your ability to change

How to get moving when you really don’t feel like it – #3

This is the third in a series of posts discussing how to go ahead with your exercise plans even when you feel like bailing. My last post was about¬†shrinking the task, or making a¬†small commitment to take the first step, which more often than not gets the ball rolling. The third solution requires¬†a bit of … Continue reading How to get moving when you really don’t feel like it – #3

Why diets don’t work in the long-run

For many people,¬†losing weight involves going on some sort of diet. The idea behind diets is to consume fewer calories than you expend, which will lead to weight loss¬†over time. But the problem with diets is that they¬†cannot produce long-term results alone, unless you maintain that lower calorie count for good. This is because the … Continue reading Why diets don’t work in the long-run

How to get moving when you really don’t feel like it – #2

This is the second of a series of posts I am writing about how to get past that common road-block of "I don't feel like it" when it comes to exercising. In my first post I discussed the use of a mindfulness-style approach. If this alone worked for you - fab. If not, keep practising, … Continue reading How to get moving when you really don’t feel like it – #2