Boot Camp 6 – keep repeating those good new habits

MY Boot Camp over the past six weeks has been helping you stay on track and I know so many of you have been noticing how things have changed and have had significant WOW moments!   There was a lovely post in Slimpod Club yesterday and here it is:

Last night it was our village cycling club’s Summer BBQ and I can’t say I was really looking forward to it to be honest.
When the food was ready I went up and scanned the table expecting a bit of a battle with myself over burgers and sausages – you know that little voice in your head “go on, one won’t hurt, you know you want one really” that sort of thing.

Much to my amazement (and more so on reflection during the morning after the night before) that dialogue didn’t even happen! I didn’t give the burgers/sausages a second glance, just picked up a chicken skewer and some lovely Italian pasta salad.

Without a thought I even spread that round my plate so that there wasn’t room for a piece of quiche! I am bowled over really. Having been in a bit of a wilderness since Christmas I’ve thrown myself into Boot Camp and I feel properly back in control now.

Oh and the two glasses of wine and the gin and tonic were delicious and completely guilt free. Happy days

Sustaining healthy behaviour change long-term is the holy grail of successful weight loss and that’s what the Slimpod helps you do.  Your unconscious mind is responsible for your automatic behaviour and gradually changes your attitude to food.

So now, moving forward you need to continue to build on all the great work you’ve done over the past six weeks because sustainable weight loss can be yours if you want it!

If you think about your eating habits over the past 10 or more years, they’ll probably resemble something more like a rollercoaster ride rather than a cruise!  Yo-yo dieting in itself becomes a bad habit and something that’s really difficult to stop doing.

So what’s the definition of habit?  Habits are the repeated small decisions you make and actions you perform every day. Your life up until now is basically the sum total of your habits because research shows habits account for around 40 per cent of your behaviour on any given day.

Nearly every habit you have today, good or bad, is the result of many small choices and decisions made over time. That might be a bit of a scary thought for some!

So it’s clear that if bad habits can be created it’s the repeated pattern of small healthy behaviours that will lead to long term weight loss.

The best way to start new habits is to start with something small and you can build it into your life without too much effort.   During the past six weeks of Boot Camp you’ll have been listening to your Slimpod every day and hopefully that will now have become a habit because it’s this small, effortless act that’s going to make the biggest difference to your life.

Just a little reminder:  It’s the repetition of the language in the Slimpod that makes the changes and then repeated listening continues to reinforce those behaviour changes so they become automatic.  The secret of success is in changing the things you do daily and repeating that new behaviour change over and over again.  This is crucial to habit-change mastery.



Check in with the goals you set yourself in June and if you haven’t quite reached your target, treat it as feedback NOT failure. Life is a journey and obstacles get in the way.  Treat these obstacles as a small hill you can easily climb, rather than an impossible mountain that stops you in your tracks, then reaching your goal becomes inevitable!

Re-set those goals for the next six weeks now to keep the momentum going – and use your groups or the people in Slimpod Club to keep you accountable.  If goals cause you problems and have a negative impact then continue listening and take every day as it comes.

So continue to do what you’ve been doing while having a great summer.

Please leave a comment below and tell me what you’ve found most valuable about Boot Camp, what difference it has made to you and what topics you’d be interested in covering next time.

12 thoughts on “Boot Camp 6 – keep repeating those good new habits”

  1. Hi Sandra, I didn’t manage to fully engage in this boot camp as I had hoped too. BUT although I haven’t actually listened for weeks? I am still hearing? The posts of other members serve as a prod and a prop. I am eating healthily and without guilt, have joined the gym and got back on my bike.Thank you!

  2. Thanks for the Boot Camp. It has brought things to the front of my mind again. I am going to treat the Summer holidays as another Boot Camp to reinforce those new habits. I think my approach to food has definitely changed. I no longer think in terms of ‘fattening’ or ‘slimming’ but in terms of healthy and enjoyable and I no longer feel guilty about enjoying a drink or a dessert. I certainly feel better in myself. I don’t know if I’ve ‘lost’ a dress size but my skirt feels a bit looser this morning. Here’s to a happy and healthy summer !

  3. Elizabeth Lewis

    Sharing my positives every night with my boot camp group. it made me think about them and record each evening. i have now become part of a small but very friendly group. it has proved to be invaluable in my journey.

  4. I found having a goal difficult as I knew I was on holiday and achieving a goal may not be possible, so my thought was to try my best and lose weight/inches even though it wouldn’t be a dress size – and I did! Sustainability is coming from listening to Slimpod and the recipe links are a very good idea! I also found being part of a small group motivating on holiday. My approach to food has definitely changed and reading the Pioppi Diet book has reinforced it. Thank you!

  5. Hi Sandra, I do think that the Boot Camp process has helped me to stay on track by feeling there are others going through the same process and facing many of the same challenges and successes. It has given me the impetus to widen my choice of salad and vegetables and even retuned my taste buds – I NEVER could have imagined I would be eating beetroot and avocado! But my new habit is listening to the Slimpod every day so that I will stay on course for success.

    Looking back at the goals I set in June, I have achieved two out of three and whilst I may not have managed to drop a dress size in 6 weeks I now realize that was probably an over ambitious challenge, given that the weight was gained over 10 years it was hardly likely to disappear over night! However, even though I don’t have a pair of scales I have noticed changes, bras are looser, buttons on a shirt that no longer pull across chest and tummy and knickers that don’t roll down a thousand times a day every time I bend in the middle.

    So, yes, I am going to keep on until reach the next dress size down and then I might go for the next dress size down from that!

  6. I tried the Slimpod before and found them successful for a while until I stopped listening every day. The key for me this time has been consistent listening to 3 of the Slimpod every night. Also the continual support from you as part of the Bootcamp I feel for me has been very effective. I have stopped binging on sweet things. I have been making good food choices and am not obsessed about being on a diet. I have lost about 7 lbs over the last 6 weeks and inches. I am pleased with my success so far and will continue using all the strategies you have given me to be further successful.

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