Are you making any of these mistakes when it come to your weight loss?
1. Not eating enough - cutting down on your daily calorie intake too drastically.
Your body will be panicking and hold on to fat rather than let you burn it off! You know why? Because your body NEEDS fat to survive and function optimally! So eat real meals and maintain a reasonable and manageable calorie deficit.
2. Going all in to quickly, trying to overhaul your entire life overnight.
Honey, it's impossible! It's taken years to pile on the pounds and cement those bad habits, it will take more than one day to reverse it all.
3. You've set yourself a DEADLINE for when you want to 'finish the diet' so you can 'eat normal again'.
Diets in their conventional sense don't work. What you need is a new lifestyle and with it comes a whole new, HEALTHY and WHOLESOME way of eating that you don't 'finish' doing.
There's too much confusion out there when it comes to achieving a healthy and successful weight loss - I hope this post stops you from wasting your time and good efforts doing the wrong things.
Live in love my doll,
BEGINS JANUARY 1, 2019
Give me 31 days to take you and a group of likeminded women on a journey to weight loss success. This January, my first group coaching programme ‘MASHALLAH’ launches and you’re invited to join!
Every day of the month I’ll email you a video where I share vital information, a challenge or a prompt that will move you one step closer to your lasting weight loss success.
You’ll get access to a private Facebook group where you and the other women can motivate, inspire and share experiences with each other throughout the month.
Here’s just a quick snippet of the many things you’ll get access to in the programme:
· How to calculate your daily calorie need to lose weight
· What foods to eat and what foods to avoid to maximise your fat loss
· What your body type is and how to eat and train optimally to suit it
· How to deal with muscle soreness
· Which lifestyle factors affect your weight loss and how to overcome them
· The best workouts for fat loss
· How the fat loss pyramid works and how to utilise it
…and there’s still another 20+ things I’ve not mentioned here!
But there’s even more!
Once a week I’ll also invite you to join me for a LIVE Q&A in the private Facebook group where you can ask me any question you want that specifically applies to you or you need special help with.
If you have a New Years resolution to lose weight this is the best programme for you!
This will not only get you started on the right track with all the motivation and relevant information you could possibly need, but you'll also have access to all the videos long after the coaching is finished!
Check it out and sign up here!
I cannot stress enough how important intuition is to all of us.
It really helps us determine what is right for us to do vs what we should probably avoid doing.
But for most of us, our intuitions are weakened - decades of ignoring it has that effect on a skill. Which by the way, intuition is; a skill we’re all born with but take for granted.
I try to hone my intuition by listening to it regularly and whenever possible, honouring it by following it.
It’s not always easy but it has certainly opened many exciting doors for me along the way.
Most of us think of intuition as being one of several factors to consider when making big life decision - which it definitely is - but did you know that you can use intuition to make smaller decisions as well? Like whether you should cancel a dinner with a friend in favour for an early night in bed or even what foods you should be eating when you feel hungry.
I use my intuition a lot when it comes to how I eat - they call it INTUITIVE EATING - have you heard of it?
Intuitive eating is knowing and understanding what your body needs when it displays certain signals - like a sudden headache, extreme fatigue, excessive anxiety and so on.
Intuitive eating gives me a chance to get to know my body better every day and respect it by listening to it. Without intuition, this would be difficult to do on a daily basis.
Would you be interested in a FREE WEBINAR about intuitive eating - how to follow it, the benefits and how to get started with it? Comment below!
Watch the video above for all the details
If you’re short on time, here are the bullet points of what I discuss in the video:
Did any of this come as a surprise to you? Comment below!
Everyone talks about making a habit out of something you want to change in your life – like going to the gym, drinking a glass of water before every meal, reading a book instead of watching TV and so on.
But it’s easy to say to someone that they should create habits if they want something to last, it’s entirely different to actually create a habit that lasts.
In this video I give you 6 practical tips that you can follow from today that will help you in making a change and creating those all important habits in your life.
And of course, if you don’t want to watch the video, here’s a quick run through of the 6 tips.
What you say to yourself and others about your new habits actually matters – do you speak with conviction or do you still doubt yourself? Here’s an example many people can relate to: “I’m on this really boring diet because I want to lose weight” or “this is how I eat now”. What does your language tell you?
2. Break it down
Overhauling your entire diet so you can lose weight is not a small feat so expecting to change it all overnight by introducing it as a simple habit of choosing healthy options is not realistic. Break your habit down into several small habits – like meal prepping once or twice a week. Or even making a habit of not going down the junk food and sweets aisles in your supermarket.
3. Make it difficult to be bad
You know yourself better than anyone else and as such you also know when and how you tend to sabotage yourself the most – make it difficult to do so! Recognise when these moments tend to happen and then prepare yourself for it – for instance, if you tend to snack in your car, prepare by always making sure you have healthier options available in the glove department before you go for a ride.
4. Take intentional action
Motivation isn’t always readily available when needed so when you need to actually get out of bed in the morning to go to the gym and you feel tempted to press the snooze button, DON’T! Instead, do yourself a favour and take intentional action – like getting out of bed and getting dressed. You’re far more likely to see your actions through if you start by simply taking one deliberate action towards it.
5. Make it attractive or enjoyable
There’s no point fighting to make a habit stick if you really don’t like it in the first place. If a 6am workout really isn’t enjoyable for you however you spin and turn it, then you’ll have a much harder time making it into a habit. Choose habits that sound like you could do and enjoy them for years to come.
6. Focus on the good reward
All actions have an outcome and they can basically be broken down into a rewarding or punishing feeling. Make sure the habits you’re trying to instill in your life bring out a sense of reward and good feeling after completion. There’s no point doing something again and again if every time you do it, it feels like you’re punishing yourself. An easy solution for immediate gratification and satisfaction is social media. Snap and share your little successes and let your friends shower you in likes and admiration.
Don't forget to share this blog with a friend and leave a comment - which one of these tips did you find most helpful?
We’re far too quick and harsh when we judge ourselves but honey, I say no more!
Here’s what I hope will become a new trend on social media: a self appreciation post.
Not just a cute selfie with some random quote about happiness but a real effort to appreciate yourself for who you are/have done/overcome/are doing etc.
I’ll go first but please feel free to comment three things below that you appreciate about yourself and start celebrating the beautiful creature that you are!
I’m so proud of myself for taking big risks in life and following my passion and intuition. Not only because it helped me start The Healthy Hijab 4 years ago and meet many wonderful people in the process but also for taking the risk of leaving it behind to go travelling around Europe with my dog so I could grow further as a person.
I don’t follow the norm and that’s why I stand out even brighter, bolder and bigger. It’s scary to be an outspoken, non-hijabi, cursing, loud, colourful and flawed Muslim woman but I still do it. And I love that about myself!
My big voice and my even bigger laugh. Yes I know I’m loud. I know my voice carries. I know it’s hard to ignore. But thankfully, I’ve learnt that my voice was created big so others could hear my message. The one thing I used to be so scared about growing up is perhaps the one thing that drives me stronger than ever before - I AM MUSLIMAH, HEAR ME ROAR!
I felt lazy and tired this morning - extremely unmotivated and honestly, I was laying in bed trying to convince myself that I didn’t need to workout today. And I almost succeeded! But then I pulled myself out of it and decided that even if I only did some stretching and yoga, it would still make me feel heaps better and more awake than if I went the whole day without properly moving my body.
And that’s when the magic happened - as I got dressed to go to the gym - as I brushed my teeth and pulled back my hair - as I walked to the gym breathing in the fresh air - I woke the fuck up and stepped out of my own way to greatness.
And by the time I got to the gym, I was buzzing with this energy that I can’t describe as nothing but extreme badass! Because I overcame myself, my own excuses and did the fucking thing anyway!
So today I ended up having an amazing workout - pushing myself a little bit more every time I reminded myself that I was initially trying to skip it entirely. And it felt great!
More often than not, you’re the only reason you’re not moving closer to your own goals. It’s not society for making junk food taste good or your family for celebrating birthdays or your friends for not wanting to train with you and hold you accountable.
It’s your own damn responsibility! And the sooner you realise that, the sooner you can work to overcome that shit and be your version of greatness!
If you want to get out of your own way and move one step closer to your goals, why don’t you give this workout a go for yourself - I would of course recommend to adjust the weights to suit your level or removing the weights entirely of you’re a beginner.
Now tell me babe...
Aren’t you fed up yet with making excuses for yourself?
WE EXPECT OUR BODIES TO WORK -
We expect it to be strong, fight illness and bacteria, digest everything healthily and speedily, look good, feel great, carry us with ease through every day and in every way...
YET MOST OF US DO VERY LITTLE TO HELP IT WORK EFFICIENTLY -
We eat too much, move too little, expect and embrace stress, sacrifice good sleep for nonsense, allow an abundance of toxicity in our lives from all directions with little resistance...
AND DESPITE OUR LACK OF EFFORTS, WE GET UPSET WHEN IT DOESN’T WORK.
We get PISSED OFF when it doesn’t work.
And we moan and whine to high heavens about the ‘burdens’ we must bear through our lives and cry ‘why me?’ to those who wish to listen.
Because surely there is nothing you can do about it... because ‘it’s written’, right?
Oh, did I just upset you? Because I challenged your belief that everything is DESTINED TO BE? Even the things that are in your power to change..?
You have the power and control to change your life. So what’s stopping you from doing exactly that?
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I am beyond excited to share with you here the beautiful feature of myself and The Healthy Hijab in the highly regarded Danish female lifestyle magazine ALT for Damerne!
The article is in Danish.
Health is all about the connection between your mind and body.
When your mind and body are not in alignment you diet, constrict, punish, binge and feel guilt.
You hate your body for not being different and you judge yourself through comparison with others. Whenever you see results, they’re short lived and are usually through the results of insecure thinking.
But when they’re in alignment with each other you nurture, heal, respect, gently guide and appreciate. You love your body for what it is, what it does and what it can do. And as a result, you not only see results faster but you appreciate them much more.
What does your health journey look like? The first or second option?
And would you be interested in changing it?
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