It's definitely no secret that losing weight (and keeping it off) requires some lifestyle changes.
The choices we make every day... determine the state of our health, and the size of our love handles!
But trying to overhaul your life all at once is a recipe for failure. Many diet and exercise programs expect us to do too much, too quickly. We may achieve success in the short term, but when the going gets tough, it is all too easy to revert back to old ways.
The solution? Make the changes slowly. One habit at a time.
Every time we choose to add something new into our daily routine, it takes time and effort for it to become a habit. So we need to give that one thing the time, effort and focus that it deserves. Once we have mastered that new habit, we move onto the next one. And we keep going. Until one day you look back and can't believe how far you've come!
The Weight Loss Habits blog is here to help you make positive changes to your life and your health... one habit at a time. No extreme dieting (because that sucks), and no sweat-til-you-drop exercise routines (because that sucks too). Just easy-peasy things that are simple enough for you to incorporate into your busy schedule. Once you have mastered these habits they will stay with you for life, for a healthier, happier, lighter version of you.
Every fortnight, I incorporate a new habit into my life. And then I put it on the blog for everyone to see! So I am not only keeping myself accountable, but also hopefully inspiring others to make positive changes to their lives too.
Hi, I'm Tania!
I'm a socially-awkward introvert with a passion for animals, nature and the great outdoors, running and yoga, and... food!
For the last two decades I have been stuck in the yo-yo dieting trap, obsessing over food and hating my body. The same 20-30 kilos kept getting lost and finding their way back again!
I am now on a mission to break free from the dieting trap and find food and body freedom.
My strategy is to change my lifestyle, one habit at a time. And also to do the mindset work, because that is where all of our daily choices come from.
As I go on this journey of making positive changes to my health, happiness and self-esteem, I would really love for you to come along on this journey with me. Let's do it together xx
I was the dorky kid in school getting bullied for having pimples and braces. I hit puberty mega early, and by trying to hide my fast-growing boobs, I ended up with really bad posture. My body image issues started at the tender age of about 8 years old.
Through my teen years I worked on horse studs, training and riding horses competitively. I had a lot of accidents which caused trauma to my joints, and at 26 years old I was diagnosed with osteoarthritis in my hips, shoulders and spine. I had a hip reconstruction when I was 29.
I was also one of these weird people who actually enjoys exercise and loves running and going to the gym. When I don't exercise... I get really grumpy. When I had my hip reconstruction I spent two years in agony on the waiting list for surgery, and then another year of recovery. Three years where exercising was a battle, which affected my mental health, and dress size.
Then as soon as I recovered from the surgery and just started getting fit again and close to my ideal weight... I became pregnant.
Icecream became my diet staple throughout the pregnancy. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and of course, midnight snack. Along with whatever else I felt like eating. Needless to say, I gained 20kg.
Four years later... I am still 20kg overweight. For the last four years I have been obsessing over that 20kg, trying every fad diet, counting calories, hating my body and even avoiding social events. There was a point where I would actually have an anxiety attack every time I had to leave the house.
During that time I battled postpartum depression, anxiety, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, thyroid issues, severely low self-esteem and the list goes on.
Then my partner was diagnosed with cancer. I became his fulltime carer while he went through the treatment, and my own health issues got pushed to the side again. Shortly following his recovery, he decided his new future didn't include me, and I became a single mum.
My pity party didn't last long though. Although at times I felt like I had hit rock bottom, I listened to my heart and it told me that it was a chance for a new beginning. An opportunity to start fresh, and re-focus.
Because I'd had enough!
I'd had enough of suffering and feeling like every day was Groundhog Day. I'd had enough of not having the energy to keep up with my daughter. I'd had enough of wanting to cry every time I looked in the mirror. I'd had enough of feeling like I wasn't good enough. I'd had enough of the frustration of feeling like my body was at war against me and that I would NEVER lose the weight.
I know... that the power to change... lies within me. It is solely my responsibility and nobody else will do it for me.
I CAN DO THIS.
So I am now on mission... to lose 20kg but in a positive and empowered way. No calorie counting. Just daily habit changes, and mindset work.
I would love to hear your story too. Send me a message via the Connect page, say hello, and tell me about yourself. We can support each other! xx