Are you a ‘wisher’ or a ‘doer’?

We were looking at the topic of self-motivation in my weight management group today.  This really is a key skill for managing your weight in the long-term or even for doing anything in life that we consider important, but difficult.  One of the things we were discussing in the session was the language we use and how that can really give you an idea of our underlying beliefs about what…

Five reasons diets don’t work!

It’s that time of year when everyone’s talking about their New Year’s Resolutions – this is the year they’re definitely going to lose weight and get fit.  Gyms suddenly get busier, people are talking about which diet they’re doing and we get bombarded with adverts from slimming-clubs promising you fast and easy weight-loss. Unfortunately by the end of January a lot of those good intentions have vanished.  People get bored…

Assert yourself this festive season!

We were looking at assertiveness in one of my groups this month and the discussion around this got me thinking about this time of year and how we can get swept up with doing what we think is expected of us instead of what we really want to do.  I run a confidence-building course called More Confident Me, which covers a range of activities to help participants learn how they…

5 top tips for avoiding the Christmas bulge!

Well the festive season is definitely upon us and I think it’s fair to say that managing their weight is the last thing on most people’s minds.  I see people with trolleys full of food in the supermarket; loads of snacks, chocolate and mince-pies.  Unfortunately I doubt that most of these people are feeding an army despite what it seems!  While I don’t want to be a party-pooper and say…