If you’re female, then I will take a guess at the first thing that crossed your mind when you first saw this challenge.
“Ooh, this will help me lose some weight going into summer.”
Am I right?!
Ok, well that is fine, but I don’t want it to be the main reason you are doing MOVEtober.
This is because when I conceived MOVEtober, it was with your mental health and general wellbeing in mind. Pure and simple, getting out and moving our bodies every single day does absolute wonders for our state of mind, and our ability to cope with the challenges life throws at us daily. When our state of mind is healthy, this has knock on effects both for ourselves, but also everyone around us – whether it’s our kids, our workmates, our partners, or the guy at the petrol station.
In short, when our state of mind is healthy, we make the world around us a better place!
But yes, OK, MOVEtober can give us all a bit of a leg up with regard to coming out of our winter cocoon and becoming beautiful butterflies again.
So with this in mind, here are some ideas for you to keep your mind healthy in MOVEtober when it comes to food:
DON’T even think about dieting
Unless you suddenly decide to eat twice as much as you are now, just by getting out and moving every single day for a month, you WILL lose weight. You won’t be able to help it
DON’T get on the scales every day
I’d rather you threw away your scales entirely – but since that’s not going to happen, you get to weigh yourself on October 1 and then again on October 31. In between those days, please put your scales in the cupboard.
DON’T use food as a reward
I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve heard someone say (while tucking into a giant piece of cake) “oh, I’ve earned this, I did a spin class this morning”. When you use food as a reward, food owns you. What you’ve earned when you’ve done a spin class is a lovely hit of endorphins. And wonderfully sore legs. And butt.
DO enjoy your food
Something my mum does drives me crazy. She’ll serve herself something nice and decadent and then say “oh, I really shouldn’t be having this” and then look around for someone to say “oh no, you totally should.” For Pete’s sake people, just enjoy your food. If you want it, have it and ENJOY it. If you’re feeling guilty before you’ve even taken the first mouthful, then DON’T have it, because not only won’t you enjoy it, you’ll be plagued by guilt for the rest of the day.
If it’s not in the cupboard you can’t eat it
This is something I find out every day when I get bored, go to the pantry and peer in hopefully. But dammit, there’s never anything crappy to eat in there!
Because we don’t buy crap. Yes, it really is that simple!