Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Successful Dieting; Women Give Up Diets after an Average of Five Weeks, Two Days and 43 Minutes, According to New Research. We All Struggle with Will Power, but It's a Mental Muscle You Can Train to Achieve Any Goal. JUDY COGAN Gets Expert Tips on How to Do Just That

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Successful Dieting; Women Give Up Diets after an Average of Five Weeks, Two Days and 43 Minutes, According to New Research. We All Struggle with Will Power, but It's a Mental Muscle You Can Train to Achieve Any Goal. JUDY COGAN Gets Expert Tips on How to Do Just That

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Byline: JUDY COGAN

1CLARIFY YOUR MOTIVATION AND INTENTIONS Write down all the reasons why you're setting a goal (stop smoking, get fitter, save money etc) and next to the reason, why this is important to you and how this makes you feel. Then highlight the top three motivators and pin them somewhere to remind you daily of your goal and help keep you on track. 2MAKE A PLAN THAT WORKS FOR YOU AND STICK TO IT Write down three mini-goals you are going to achieve each week towards achieving your big goal. Prioritise the key three things in a diary. This will allow you to feel in control. Every time you achieve a mini goal stick a gold star in your diary, or put PS1 in a money box. These reward systems help to boost motivation in bite size chunks.

3MAKE YOURSELF ACCOUNTABLE WITH TWO PEOPLE AND BELIEVE IN YOURSELF Now you have a clear goal, time frame and your motivation is clear and positive, choose to tell two people what you are planning to do in detail, how you would like to feel and how they can support you. By sharing things with people you are much more likely to achieve your goal, and enjoy the process. Choose people who will be positive and encouraging.

4KEEP A FEEL-GOOD DIARY, AND USE POSITIVE SELF-TALK Buy a journal (or use Pinterest, easy note) and each day write down three things you did well, and one thing you would do differently. You will notice if you have a limiting pattern, and can do something to change this. 5BE FLEXIBLE AND LISTEN TO YOUR BODY Be kind to yourself - it is important to be flexible with yourself if there are times of stress or you are unwell. Allow these days to pass, but put in your diary a date when you will get back on track. Eat healthy fresh food, stay hydrated and get lots of deep sleep for positive results and to boost your strength.

6MODEL BEHAVIOUR ON PEOPLE WHO INSPIRE YOU A really important tip is to choose two or three people who inspire you and 'act as if you had those qualities. …

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