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Rutherglen Reformer - - Health Matters -

King’s Park Weight Watch­ers leader Fiona Pe­di­ani goes back to school with ad­vice for weight loss.

Ev­ery­one on a weight loss jour­ney needs mo­ti­va­tion, some­thing to spur you on in mo­ments when you for­get why you started on that jour­ney.

So what does mo­ti­va­tion look like for you? It could be your health, los­ing weight can make a huge dif­fer­ence to many health prob­lems and los­ing 10 per cent of your body weight can re­duce the risk of strokes, heart dis­ease and di­a­betes, to name but a few.

A spe­cial oc­ca­sion like a wed­ding, a hol­i­day or a fam­ily party where you will be meet­ing peo­ple you haven’t seen for a while could be what’s driv­ing you.

Clothes are also a big mo­ti­va­tor too, want­ing to look good and be to be able to wear clothes you wouldn’t have worn be­fore is a great feel­ing.

So what hap­pens when you lose your mo­ti­va­tion? It’s very easy to let all your new good habits slide and be­fore you know it you’ve ended up back where you started.

You may have lost some weight, feel fit­ter and have more en­ergy. Maybe the doc­tor is pleased with your progress if you have a health prob­lem. The spe­cial oc­ca­sion has past and ev­ery­one said you looked fan­tas­tic and you are wear­ing a smaller size of jeans or dresses.

So now’s the time to re­gain con­trol and use the chil­dren go­ing back to school as a rea­son to re­fo­cus your goral, ask your­self: “Am I where I re­ally want to be with my weight?”

If the an­swer is yes then you need to work on main­tain­ing your weight.

If the an­swer is no then you need a new goal, some­thing to work to­wards in the next few months. Small goals are more achiev­able than large goals which can seem way ahead in the dis­tance, and here are my top tips for re­set­ting your weight loss goals and main­tain­ing your mojo:

1. Write down your goals for the next few weeks.

2. Make a plan of the next week and write it down.

3. If your health is an is­sue, speak to your doc­tor and find out what dif­fer­ence be­ing at a healthy BMI would make to you per­son­ally.

4. Think ahead to the next oc­ca­sion or hol­i­day, re­mem­ber Christ­mas is only a few months away, where would you like to be on your jour­ney by then?

5. Read other peo­ple’s weight loss suc­cess sto­ries, Weight-Watch­ers mag­a­zine has lots of great sto­ries and suc­cess mo­ti­vates suc­cess.

6. Use your wardrobe as mo­ti­va­tion, aim to fit into those jeans that are a bit too tight or to be a size smaller for your next hol­i­day or big oc­ca­sion .

7. Try new foods and recipes, be­ing bored with what you are eat­ing can lead to go­ing off track and at this time of year there are lots of lovely sea­sonal veg­eta­bles about.

8. Chal­lenge your­self. Try a new ex­er­cise or sign up for a 5k run or walk. There are lots of mo­bile apps to help you get started which are a great help. Six weeks ago , one of my mem­ber had never run be­fore, and can now run 5k thanks to the Couch to 5k app.

9. Move more! Wear a pe­dome­ter and watch the amount of steps you do in a day in­crease.

10. My best tip I can give you is to be kind to your­self, be pos­i­tive and con­grat­u­late on each small mile­stone, you can achieve any­thing at all if you have the right at­ti­tude!

And fi­nally, for sup­port from a leader who has lost weight suc­cess­fully them­selves, join a lo­cal Weight Watch­ers meet­ing.

Good ad­vice Fiona Pe­di­ani

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