2 WEEKS TO GO
KEEP YOUR EYE ON THE PRIZE
With only two weeks left until the big day, your motivation to look after yourself may be starting to wane as your to-do list mounts, and your nerves might make you want to reach for the tub of ice-cream. Halt, warrior! This week’s inspirational expert advice will help you resist temptation.
“Once you’ve made the big changes in your diet, it’s time to focus on the details,” says Mcgrice.
One easy rule to follow is to eat as little processed food as possible and you’ll be cutting out lots of unnecessary saturated fat, sugar and salt. Just remember: fresh is best.
“It’s time to throw in something really different,” says Russell. “Set yourself a small challenge that you’ll want to tell people about once you’re done. It might be running 3km for the first time or doing a spin class if you’ve never done one.
“Not only will trying something new and exciting shake up your routine and motivate you, it will help you create an identity for yourself – ‘I’m a runner’ or ‘I do spin’ – that will help you stick to your goals.”
“By week three, resistance may come up,” says Lollback. “The first week, your mind was telling you, ‘I really want to feel great at the wedding.’ Now it could be saying, ‘I don’t want to do this anymore. I want to eat that cheesecake.’ You need to sit with your resistance. You need to feel your ‘I won’t’ – for example, it’s not that you can’t exercise because you’re exhausted, but that you won’t.
“When you stay with the tension and the truth of ‘I won’t’, you can honestly own your experience in the present time and you’ll notice the feelings change. They should eventually become less intense.”
This should help you find your resilience and stick to the healthy changes you’ve been making in the past three weeks.
“Throw in something different and set yourself a small challenge you can tell people about.”