As the month of February is drawing to a close, how are you doing with those resolutions you set yourself back in January? Have you managed to stay true to your word? If you are finding that new habits are proving harder to forge, do not fear! Todays blog is for you. I am delighted to introduce you to my friend and mentor, Mrs Ems Hancock who has pulled it out of the bag yet again with another brilliant read ‘The Habit Breaker’.
Why did you choose to write about this subject?
I was put on my first diet at the age of two. I would say that I have always had an eating disorder and poor habits around eating, and food in general. But a few years ago I started to break free of those patterns of thinking and acting. I asked for some help from a personal trainer and started meeting up with a small group of people who also had eating problems like me. This ‘recovery group’ still meets once every week. I learnt so much from hearing the other girls’ stories and this started changing my thinking. I believe that if we can change our thoughts we can change our whole lives! I wanted to give people the keys I had learnt in order that they could be free too. That’s why I chose to write “The Habit Breaker.”
LJ: Are You happy to share with the readers any habits you have broken in your own life?
One of my worst habits was weighing myself every day. I now feel that it is right for me to only weigh myself once a month. This has been life changing for me! I think my weight was way too important to me. It was too much of a focus in the day. I felt like if I was a bit heavier than I hoped I would have a really rubbish day or even week. Now I trust myself with my eating I don’t have to spy on myself and check up on myself each day! I know I have eaten well and taken care of my body. My monthly weigh in proves it.
LJ: What advice can you give to anyone reading this who is wanting to make a change?
If you want to lose weight or gain weight, or have a problem with eating, I would hugely recommend talking to people who love you. Sometimes we don’t have a true picture of ourselves. We might think we are overweight, when actually we are not at all. You might also find it useful to meet up with other people who feel like you. For me, doing that broke a lot of pride in me and helped me realise that I needed to listen to advice, as well as be able to give it. Working through my problems with other people was and is really healing. I am a Christian, so I also found that talking to God about my eating problems and asking for His help made a massive difference.
LJ: How can we ensure that we stick to our New Years resolutions? What tips can you give us to help us get through?
I know that New Year’s resolutions are fun to make… but they not so fun when we break them. In my experience, most of us make too many big resolutions that are too hard to keep. My advice is to stick to one or two and work at them until they are done. Then choose another couple the following month. You don’t need to make all your resolutions at once.
Here are some resolution hacks you might find useful:
1. Make resolutions that are challenging but not downright impossible!
2. Write them down and put them somewhere you can see them every day
3. Tell your best mate what you want to achieve and get them to ask you how its going
4. Don’t beat yourself up if you aren’t successful straight away. Keep at it! Remember, tomorrow is a fresh start
5. Keep a record of your progress so you can cheer yourself on.
6. Give yourself a little treat when you succeed at your goal.
LJ: Thanks for sharing your wisdom with us Ems. Why not order a copy of the book now by clicking here Amazon. You can follow Ems on instagram, using the handle: @authoremshancock or visit www.emshancock.com
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have a great weekend,