Since Christmas I have lost 2.5kg. It’s weight I needed to lose.  On the 30th of December I was complaining to my sister-in-law about my “gluten” belly and how bloated I was.  My mum overheard me and said “Does it have anything to do with all the potato chips and wine you’ve been consuming?”  At the time I thought she was waaaaaay off the mark.  It’s just bloating!  Until I stepped on the scales and I was the HEAVIEST I HAD EVER BEEN!!

Now as a health coach instead of creating lists of restrictions and good and bad foods, I coach my clients to create a happy, healthy life in a way that is flexible, fun and free of denial and discipline.  I don’t want anyone to be counting calories or missing out on their favourite foods.  And I had been taking my own advice.  But, obviously I’d also started taking the piss.  A large bag of chips here, an extra couple of glass of wine there and some blocks of chocolate thrown in for good measure and I had ended up at an uncomfortable weight.

At the beginning of the new year I made one resolution – do what makes me feel good.  And all of this overindulging wasn’t making me feel good and neither were my very tight pants.  So I made two new acquaintances – tracking & portion control.

Meet tracking:  I have started wearing my Fitbit pedometer and I am getting to 10,000 steps everyday.  My dog is happy because that often means he gets two walks a day!  I’ve also started tracking what I eat every day through the Two Grand app (Apple or Android).  This app does not ask you to count calories like other ones do.  All you do is take photos of all your meals (c’mon, who doesn’t like styling up their meals for photos?) and also track your exercise.  It keeps me accountable by knowing that I am sharing what I eat with others plus I love the support and meal ideas from the community.  If this sounds like something you’d like to try then you can follow me – my user name is blueskyvitality (of course).

Meet portion control:  I love wine and I love chips.  If I have to give either up then I start obsessing and then I end up going too hard on one or the other or both.  I have been thrilled to find small packs of Peckish Thins (not quite chips but they definitely curb my crunch cravings).  And I’ve reacquainted myself with the little airplane sized bottles of wine.  If I drink one of those then I don’t go back for seconds as I am wont to do with a larger bottle of wine!

The one other thing I have done is been a bit stricter about my gluten consumption.  Gluten and I are not friends and even though I love some of the foods that contain it I am better off without it.  It doesn’t make me feel good so it doesn’t fit with my new year’s resolution.

Those small changes mean I have lost this weight quite quickly and effortlessly.  I don’t feel deprived or like I am “dieting”.  But I feel much better.  More energy, motivation and my pants don’t hurt any more.

If you want help finding what would work for you then don’t hesitate to book a complimentary discovery session with me – find out if working with me would suit you – we can meet via phone, Skype or in person.