“I would love to say there’s a quick no fail list for this but I’m afraid there isn’t. I also used to think, if you want it bad enough, you’ll do it – I now have to disagree that it’s that simple when it comes to health and fitness,” says Sascha.
“Not many realise how deep things run. I’m talking self sabotage, self belief and self worth. If we don’t feel worthy, we will self sabotage. If we don’t have self belief, we will find it hard to keep going.”
With all that in mind, along with being busy, time poor parents Sascha runs through a few realistic ways to combat excuses.
“It really comes down to exercising your discipline muscle. Ask yourself: What are my goals? Is what I am doing daily allowing me to reach those goals?
Or in those moments of choice – ask yourself is what I’m about to do serving my goals. I’m talking in those moments at the end of the day when you want to eat the house down.
Can you have a shower, walk around the block or prep a batch of muffins instead?”
2. Create new habits, one a time
“There’s no rush here. So pick 2 negative habits and create new ones. Do the 2 new habits for a month before introducing more. When we are stressed, tired or unmotivated me fall back to our habit. So this is KEY
Be realistic. Set goals you CAN achieve.”
“For me, it helps to set the bare minimum e.g workout 3 x a week. Drink 3L of water daily. Make a meal plan every week. Cook double of dinner and get my snacks prepared the night before each day,” says Sascha.
“Use the Challenge app to record food, exercise, water. Use the private support groups and the check in posts on offer. Get a buddy!”
“Follow fellow health mummies! You can find me on Insta – saschamummof4,” says Sascha.
4. Give yourself a break when you need it
“Take the pressure off when you or the kids are sick, over worked, stressed etc. Find your bare minimum, know it and do it when these times come as they will pass.
Don’t fall off a wagon when you can avoid getting on one in the first place by being realistic- see point 3!”
5. Find alternatives
“Choose an alternative when what you have planned or what you want to do just can’t happen. Just like we customise our meal plans, customise your days as they roll out, customise your snacks if things aren’t working out that day. E.g stuck at the shops longer than planned and starving?
Run into the super market and grab an apple and a yogurt to tie you over! Raining outside? Do a lounge room workout! There’s always a CHOICE.”
5. Do what works for you
“You do have time – it’s just how you use it. There’s no need for hours in the kitchen on Sundays if you don’t have that kind of time. Do what works for you.”
“I used to do the Sunday prep thing but these days I just can’t, so I use my time to suit me,” says Sascha. “I double dinner every night and while dinner is cooking I might pop a snack in the oven. Other nights I cook 2 dinners at once so the next days dinners also ready!”
“Give yourself the time and space to figure out The Healthy Mummy for you and your family. The way that works for you is the way that’s going to work AND be long term.
“It’s easy to feel like there’s a right way, I promise there’s not! Customising everything to suit me still saw me lose and maintain over 30kgs,” Sascha adds.
Great tips, thanks Sascha!