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Ready to budge the bulge? Max­imise your mo­ti­va­tion with these top tips!

Diabetic Living - - Slim-down Special -

1 Start small

One way to marry change and mo­ti­va­tion at the be­gin­ning of your jour­ney is to ask your­self what you are pre­pared to change. Tar­get the lit­tle things first – like cut­ting back on the spoon of sugar you have in your morn­ing cuppa, or swap­ping half an hour of tele­vi­sion time for half an hour of in­ci­den­tal ex­er­cise (think clean­ing the house or do­ing a spot of gar­den­ing). Kicking these small goals will fire your re­solve to achieve your big­ger-picture tar­gets.

2

Be spe­cific

Build­ing on from the last point, make a list of small, spe­cific changes that you’d like to make – and stick to them. So, in­stead of say­ing “I’d like to eat more healthily”, in­stead plan to eat one ex­tra serve of ve­g­ies each day, or switch to eat­ing bread three days a week, rather than seven. Writ­ing goals down in this way makes them eas­ier to track and achieve!

3

Avoid dead­lines

Here’s the truth – los­ing weight, re­mak­ing your habits and im­ple­ment­ing long-term lifestyle changes is not an overnight process. Main­tain your mo­ti­va­tion by avoid­ing set­ting dead­lines on when you want to achieve cer­tain goals.

4

Cel­e­brate vic­to­ries

Don’t for­get to cel­e­brate your wins – not just wins on the scale, but goals like join­ing the gym, or walk­ing for two kilo­me­tres with­out stop­ping, or be­ing able to cut back on your med­i­ca­tion as a re­sult of your weight loss. It all counts!

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