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Sunday, 8 May 2016

Healthy Habits .7 - Kicking my Unhealthy Habits

Along my health & fitness journey I have had MANY ups and downs, and I'm nowhere near where I want to be yet! But I've learnt that things I thought were good in the beginning, may have not actually been so helpful after all.

'Treating myself' with unhealthy food

I used to indulge in unhealthy foods a few days a week and I'd say I was 'treating myself' and that I deserved it for all the hard work I was putting in. But it's actually the opposite, because how is something a treat if you're having it a few times a week and it's actually just ruining all the hard work you've put in?

To combat this I decided to set myself small achievable goals, and every time I reached a little milestone I'd buy myself something I'd been wanting for a while, like clothes, makeup or something that made me feel good!

Sweet 'diet' shakes

I tried a few 'shake diets' at the beginning, one being the Juice Plus shakes. The problem with these is, not only do they get so so tedious to drink for days on end, plus once you stop drinking them you're likely to put a lot of the weight back on. But, the sweetness of the drinks actually give you such a sweet tooth once you've stopped doing these diets. I found myself craving chocolate much more than I used to (I mean, I crave chocolate a lot anyway) but I realised it was because I had been drinking these chocolate flavoured shakes once or twice a day for so long that my body was missing the sweetness!

Too 'all or nothing'

If I get something in my head, I'm one of these people who comes at it full force straight away, but eventually I burn out. So when I try to go to the gym 7-10 times a week, and only eat super healthy foods, I know it's just not sustainable for long because I will wear myself out or end up 'binging' on unhealthy foods. 

I've had to teach myself to do everything in moderation, exercise and rest when I need to, eat healthy 80% of the time and indulge 20% of the time (this, of course, doesn't always go to plan.. but at least I'm trying!)

Looking at the 'perfect body' on instagram

I'm pretty sure we've all been there, looked up the #fitfam or #fitchicks hashtags on instagram and lusted after amazingly gorgeous fit girls with bums that look like they do 1000 squats a day.

I've come to the conclusion that this just makes me feel no better about myself. I look at people with body types completely different to me and aspire to be exactly the same as them, that's not healthy! Although I do love looking at Joanne Larby's instagram, she is such a gorgeous woman who works so so hard on her body and she looks absolutely incredible, such an inspiration! 

I think it's great to take a 'before' picture, because even after a couple of weeks, you can take another one, put the pictures side by side and I bet you that you'll see a difference!

Not being comfortable in myself

One huge thing I've learnt, which is probably something I never thought I could do a few years ago, is to be comfortable in myself. I don't just eat well and work out for weight loss - it makes me feel amazing, happy and so energised. It is such a cliché but getting into fitness really makes you fall in love with your body. 

I still have such a long way to go - I have love handles, cellulite, curves in places I'm not sure I really want them! But starting my 'weight loss journey' hating my body, I didn't think I'd get to a place where I'd love my body without being 3 stone lighter and having no fat on my body. I think what I'm trying to say is that, even though my weight loss so far hasn't been as dramatic as I may have liked, my relationship with my body has changed so much, and for the better.

I think this post got slightly deeper than I intended, but I hope it has inspired someone to love themselves a little bit more!

If you'd like to follow me struggle with my love for chocolate & hatred of running follow me on:

Snapchat: eliserose_loves

Instagram: eliseroseloves

Let me know how you've managed to kick some unhealthy habits and fall in love with your body!

Lots of love,

Elise Rose


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