Shocked that it’s nearly Easter already? Yep, us too. The year is flying by and before we know it, it’ll be time for the fiercely contested LJ HQ Halloween decorating competition again. Before another month passed by in a flash, we wanted to check in on that 2019 goals list to make sure that we’re ticking them off in style. To maximise our productivity (and general life goodness), we’ve enlisted some help to get some simple tips that will help spark productivity and make sure that we’re making every moment count.
Renowned Nutritionist and Personal Trainer, Sophie Guidolin is the queen at getting it done, so we asked for her 5 lifestyle tweaks that we should make – like, right now.
Be grateful, everyday
When life is smooth sailing, appreciate it and soak in the moments of peace. Put your phone down, look around, be present and take in every good moment you get.
And even when it’s not, it is still important and beneficial to draw on the things that make you truly grateful at a moment throughout the day, because, without the bad days we don’t appreciate the great days. My advice would be to write down things you are grateful for once a day, take note of these things are really think about why you are grateful for them.
Whatever your goals are – know the how
Whatever your goals may be, it is integral to know the ‘how’. How will you make these goals happen? It can mean the difference between making them happen and not. I know it can be daunting to put a timeline on something but without a deadline, a plan and measurability – it is just a dream. Don’t get me wrong, I love a dream, dreaming is great, however goals are different, goals are what drive our daily habit and need be planned out carefully for them to succeed.
Limit screen time
One of the quotes from my mantras book More than Words goes a little like this:
‘Offline is the new luxury, give yourself luxury.’
In today’s digital world, where everything is online, we are required to spend hours in front of a screen, whether we like it or not. Find something that you enjoy doing that doesn’t involve a screen. It may be a walk around the block, taking your dog to the park, or cooking, for me, I find one of the best ways to switch off is reading a book.
Follow the 80/20 rule
Whatever approach to eating you take, whether it be tracking macros, sugar-free, preservative-free, vegetarian, a good guide to go by is the 80/20 rule. That means filling your stomach with a majority (around 80%) of whole foods that are minimally processed, and 20% of ‘soul foods’ that may not be entirely nutritionally beneficial, but make your soul happy. This kind of balance is maintainable, and can apply to anyone.
Schedule a date with yourself every week
Take yourself on a date, I am serious. It is so important to take some time for yourself to really appreciate yourself and love yourself. Pick a pastime for you and only you. For me, it’s weight training. Do something for you regularly that fuels the spark that ignites change in you.
Sophie Guidolin’s program, THE BOD has been carefully tailored to support both women and men with unique at-home OR gym- based workout programs, customisable nutrition plans and ongoing online support from master trainers and qualified nutritionists. With three program levels for clients to choose from, THE BOD is able to support anyone. Each level includes 80+ recipes, 60+ exercises with instruction, a 12- week meal plan and exercise plans and an introduction on macros.
THE BOD does not exclude food groups so you are never really on a diet, you are following a lifestyle and way of life that is maintainable.