Importance of learning to look after yourself

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Health and fitness are easy when you know how, right?

Most of us have a good understanding of what we can do to lose weight and stay healthy but that doesn’t always mean that it’s that easy to follow, and it’s really hard to imagine how you can pack any more into your day, especially if you are a busy mum like me.

Does your day start something like this?

You wake up in the morning lacking energy and feeling flat and tired, drag yourself out of bed and into the shower before grabbing your comfy clothes because you still haven’t quite lost the weight you put on at Christmas.

Then it’s onto dealing with the kids, making sure they have everything they need before school and rushing around to get them out of the door. You’re running late and there’s no time for breakfast.

You arrive at work in a fluster and grab a coffee or two to try and keep you going until lunchtime.

This usually fails, though, and you find yourself reaching for the snack machine before too long and ruining another day of your ‘diet’!

Let’s look at this day in a more positive light. Flip it so that you can wake up feeling full of energy and vitality and raring to go.

So it’s time to stop and look at what you have been doing, what habits you have formed and how they are making you feel about yourself.

If this is a pretty typical start to the day for you then things need to change.

The first thing you could try is going to bed slightly earlier than you did the night before and allowing yourself at least 30 minutes of time 
to yourself before you go to bed.

Maybe take a bath or shower, have a relaxing camomile tea and pamper yourself with your favourite skin product.

This doesn’t have to cost a lot, but if your skin feels cared for you will automatically feel better about how you look, more confident and sexy.

Plan ahead with the next day’s meals as well in order to take away the temptation of the takeaway.

Simply writing down some healthy options for the next few days ahead and getting a small amount of preparation done the day before will help you to stick more easily to a healthy eating plan and it 
will also give you new ideas for family-friendly meals as well.

Give yourself a break! Trying to be ‘wonder woman’ is really tough at times so plan in some fun, whether that is meeting up with friends, a date with your husband or just a shopping trip to update your wardrobe or underwear drawer.

Something to look forward to will always take the pressure off daily life and make you feel more positive.

In a recent copy of celeb magazine Closer, the majority of the front page was made up of stories about weight – who’s lost weight, gained weight and hang-ups.

Out of 122 pages, 14 (one tenth of the whole mag-
azine) were weight and body related. It’s no wonder that we all seem to be obsessed by weight loss and how our bodies look.

We live in an age where we are surrounded by Photoshopped and airbrushed images to which we compare ourselves.

All we need to do is take a look around the local swimming pool or shop changing room to realise that the so- called ‘perfect 10s’ are in a tiny minority.

What’s the answer? We have to learn to be confident and love what we have (even on those fat days!).

This is achievable, so instead of trying the next faddy diet try looking in the mirror and give yourself a break.

For more information please visit my blog www.howilostmymummytummy.com

Nikki Caputa is a health and fitness coach who works one-to-one with clients and runs her own fitness camps where she trains groups.

Known as FAB Body Bootcamps, two are based in Fareham and one is in Portsmouth.

Nikki is also an ambassador for Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution.

Visit fabbodybootcamp.co.uk and challenge-fitness.co.uk.

Follow Nikki on Twitter @nikkifitmum1.