Friday, 30 October 2015

Why Blogging About Weight Loss Can Help You Succeed

For a number of years now, I’ve blogged about weight loss. I’ve shared my ups and downs, my tricks and tips along the way and anything that I’ve learned about health and dieting.

Blogging about weight loss has really helped me succeed. It’s been something that has helped keep me on track, whether I’ve tried doing it alone or done it through Weight Watchers. Maybe it’s something that you could do to help you succeed at your weight loss goals.

Here are the main four reasons blogging about weight loss has really helped me to succeed.

Kept Me Accountable

Yes, Weight Watchers meant that I had someone I was accountable to. I had my leader, and she was definitely great. Without her, I think I would have given up at times. I think I would have definitely given up trying to stay at goal and wouldn’t have become a Weight Watchers leader myself.

However, blogging kept me accountable to so many more people. Sometimes that’s what I needed. I didn’t share all my goals with my leader, but I did share them with you. That meant that I had to go through with them.

This could help you. By blogging about your weight loss and goals, you keep yourself accountable to others. This is great if you decide to try it yourself, where you don’t have a single person weighing you each week. If you don’t blog for a week, you could end up with people messaging you to find out why you didn’t share your ups and downs that week.

Get to Share Tips

How often do you share your weight loss tips? When I was a Weight Watchers member, I shared a few now and then but there were so many others that I picked up along the way. Some of them I would have completely forgotten about if it wasn’t for my blog.

I get to look back over my blog posts and see how I tackled certain situations. I get to read over old tricks that I found along the way. My memory isn’t perfect, and the blog is a great place; almost like a journal.

At the same time, the posts help others. They’ve helped a number of people get back on track or find a way around a situation.

Blogging is one of the best places to share these tips. You reach a larger audience, and you have somewhere to look back at in the future.

Somewhere to Be Honest

One of the benefits of blogging is being anonymous. Sure, I have my face on my blog and I do share on my Facebook pages and Twitter profile, but you don’t have to.

By being anonymous, you can share your honest thoughts. While there may be someone out there who doesn’t like what you have to say, others will be grateful for your honesty. On top of that, you really get to release all those negative comments and remarks. You have somewhere to vent freely.

Some people start their weight loss blogs for themselves. They have a place for just them to vent and rant. There’s definitely nothing wrong with that, because it really can help you succeed. More often than not, once you rant, you get it off your chest and can get back on track.

Build Relationships With Others Losing Weight

My blog helped me build some relationships, especially at the start of my journey. Like any friendship or connection, many of them have disappeared and I’ve built up others. The best part, though, is that there is support from others.

Getting support is often the important part of making any weight loss plan work. You need to talk to others who may be going through similar situations—or have been there and found a way through. Not everyone has the support at home, and getting it from your blog will help you stay on track.

So, it could be time to start blogging about weight loss. It really does help people succeed, and it really helped me. There’s never a time that’s too late to start.

Do you already blog about your weight loss? Maybe you’re thinking about doing it. Feel free to share your thoughts and comments below.

Friday, 16 October 2015

Bonfire Night Weight Loss Tips: Weight Loss With a Bang!

Bonfire night is almost here. It’s a night for many friends and families to get together, have treats and watch the fireworks.

Among some of the favourites are hot chocolate (with cream and marshmallows, of course!), toffee apple, bonfire candy and hot dogs. It can seem almost impossible to see a Bonfire Night weight loss.

The good news is that it really is possible. With a bit of planning, tracking and motivation, you can get through the night. Here are my top tips for losing weight this Guy Fawkes Night.

Host the Party

If you host the firework party, you have a lot more control. It’s one of the reasons I used to always host, because it meant that I could control the food that was served, the desserts that were put out and where used fireworks went (there was a really bad experience with myself almost being burned because of a ‘friend’ throwing used fireworks into an open fire without me realising!).

When you host the party, think about the weight loss friendly treats that those not on diets will love. There are lots of fun ways to dress up fruit and vegetables, and you can still have crisps and treats. Just make sure they’re healthier options. On Weight Watchers, I tend to stick to French Fries crisps and Celebrations chocolates. I know there are 2pp in a packet of French Fries and 2pp per sweet in Celebrations, so I can keep track.

If you can’t host the party, ask if you can bring anything to help. I tend to take over treats or diet pop if I’m not hosting to help control something that I’m going to have.

Plan Your Meal Ahead

Not all parties will have meals but only sweet treats. If that’s the case, it’s really important to be prepared. If you are having a meal, find out what food will be on offer so you can plan.

My Bonfire Parties tend to have pies and mushy peas because that’s the traditional Yorkshire dish. In fact, my husband loves when Bonfire Night rolls around now because he knows that will be dinner. It’s higher in pro points but so worth it when it comes to the end of the night. I find it warm and filling.

And the most important thing is that I’ve planned for that during the day. I have a lower pro pointed lunch and breakfast to save myself for the night.

Planning is the best way to see a Bonfire Night weight loss. You can even plan to have room for any drinks and treats after the fireworks.

Get Some Activity In

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Why not have some games going on through the night? These can be great for entertainment and earning activity pro points. This is great for when it comes to going over your daily and weekly budgets and needing a little help to get back on track.

I always have my pedometer or FitBit on whenever I go out. It doesn’t matter where I’m going. In fact, I have a wedding coming up and I’ll be wearing my FitBit to track all my moves. I’ve managed to see weight losses at weddings and Christmas parties because of this.

Alternate Your Drinks

If you’re setting off the fireworks, I always say don’t have alcohol until you’ve finished. Drink and gunpowder do not mix!

I know you don’t need telling that always hear of at least one horror story when it comes to Bonfire Night!

So, now that I’ve gotten that out of the way, it’s time to stay on track and lose weight when alcohol is in the way. Try to alternate your drinks, so you have a soft drink follow every alcoholic drink you have. It makes your drinks last longer and you get to enjoy the night more.

I’ve done this multiple times while out, and it really helps me remember the whole night. I love waking up feeling much more refreshed than I would have done if all my drinks were alcoholic ones, and I usually spend a lot less money.

There are chances that you’ll find tracking the amount you’ve drank during the night. Keep a reminder. I use straws for my spirit drinks while out. This is harder with a house party because you can’t always measure out your alcohol shots exactly. I do have shot glasses in the house to help with this but not everyone does.

You’ll find something that works for you. It could be keeping some sort of tally on your phone or taking photos of each of your drinks.

You can stay on track and lose weight this Firework Night. It’s time to see your weight loss off with a bang by staying in control. Hopefully my Bonfire Night weight loss tips will help you this year.

Friday, 9 October 2015

4 Tips for Managing the Halloween Treats

It’s October and Halloween is just around the corner. That means one thing: sweets!

You know that your house is going to be full of them for the trick or treaters you get to your door. It’s always hard to determine just how many you should have, but it doesn’t stop the chocolates and cakes from being tempting.

The good news is Halloween treats don’t have to ruin your weight loss efforts. You can manage them and even see a weight loss during this period.

Here are my four top tips for managing the Halloween treats this year.

Limit the Amount You Buy

Think about the amount of people you had at your door last year. Chances are—unless you moved!—the numbers will be about the same. So, buy your treats with those numbers in mind.

Be realistic. If you bought two bags last year and had a bag left over, you know you just need the one. If you had half a bag, you might still want to consider getting the two. Follow the rest of the Halloween weight loss tips to avoid problems afterwards.

Cutting back on the amount you buy will mean less in the house to get rid of afterwards.

If you’re worried about having leftovers by the end of the night, give everyone two lots of treats.

Put Leftovers in the Freezer

Chocolate is great once it’s been in the freezer. It’s solid and takes longer to eat, so there are chances that you will eat less. On top of that, it’s out of sight since you’re not in the freezer as much as you are the fridge.

So, it’s time to put those leftover bags in the freezer. Get them out of the way and make them last longer.

This is especially beneficial for the chocolate with caramel, because that takes so much longer to eat when ice cold.

Melt It Down and Bake

If the freezer trick doesn’t work, then what about melting it down and baking? This is one of my favorite tips for managing the Halloween treats because I can get rid of so much chocolate in one go.

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But then you have your baked goods, right? Well, what about sending out cakes to your kids’ schools, taking them along to a mother and toddler group or even taking them along to work for others to eat. Think about how you can get it out of your house!

I take some into my daughter’s nursery if I’ve made way too much to something. The kids love it. I do stick to very basic recipes if I’m going to do that and avoid nuts or anything that could be linked to common allergies. I can also take some stuff to my Weight Watchers members if they’re low in pro-points for them.

Sometimes, there’s just enough for everyone in the house. My husband loves muffins and cupcakes, so they don’t tend to last long in this house!

Betty Crocker has lots of Halloween-themed treats to make to keep to the holiday spirit for a few days.

Split the Up to Eat

Give yourself a daily allowance of chocolates from the leftovers. We usually buy the large sharer bags with the funsize buttons, mars bars etc. and my limit is one per day when they’re in the house. This is great because I still get my Halloween treats but also get my weight loss. Most of the funsize bars are 2-3 pro-points.

It doesn’t really matter what chocolate you can have. You can split them up into smaller allotments with freezer bags. Keep them at a manageable amount for your weight loss and then stick to that one per day.

The benefit of this is you’re not stopping yourself completely. You’re saying not right now to the rest, making them last.

It will take some willpower. That’s worth it, right, when you know you’ll see a weight loss next week?

It’s time to make the most of managing your Halloween treats. You can’t stop Halloween and do you really want to be that house kids know there’s no point going to on such a fun night just because the treats in the house are difficult to manage? Take control and have fun!