One of the best things about being part of the 12WBT family is the wonderful sense of community created on social media and in our Member Zone. So, when we asked our Members to share their top 12WBT tricks and tips, we were inundated with countless savvy suggestions.
Here’s what experienced 12WBTers have learnt about how to get the best from each Round.
1 Start Bright and Early
If you struggle to find the time for a workout, the advice is simple: exercise in the morning! An early-morning workout allows you to fit more into your day – and because exercise releases serotonin in the brain, it will also give you a mood boost to start your day on the right foot.
“Exercise in the morning where possible. Force yourself to get up that hour earlier and JFDI! If you do it as soon as you wake up, it’s over and done with and really kick starts your day.” – Meg
2 Tailor 12WBT to Your Lifestyle
New 12WBT Members are often unaware that they can tailor their Meal Plans to suit their needs. For example, Members can swap recipes in and out of their Meal Plan as well as increase or decrease the ingredients according to the number of serves required.
What makes this tool even better is that once you customise your Meal Plan, your Shopping List updates automatically to include all the new ingredients and amounts!
“Don’t try and mess with things, the plan works, the people that design it are experts. Follow the workout plans, customise your Meal Plan as needed (and track your calories).” – Sharon
3 Kill Those Evening Cravings
When it comes to those pesky late-night cravings, experienced 12WBTers offer a simple piece of advice: get out your toothbrush! Brushing your teeth is an easy and effective action for Members struggling with late-night hunger. Try it tonight!
“Brush your teeth after dinner. It stops evening cravings!!” – Kate
4 Shopping Made Simple
Why waste time at the supermarket when you can have someone do the job for you? Make things simple by using our Woolworths online shopping tool, which can be found on your Shopping List page. Your list copies over each week, which means you can add or delete items as required or select ‘budget friendly’ options.
5 Make it a Family Affair
Don’t take on 12WBT alone – get the entire family on your side for the journey. Talking to them openly about what you hope to achieve and the changes you want to make can help you stay accountable, and will also promote a healthy lifestyle in your home. Many of our recipes are a hit with kids. Better yet, get the kids to cook with you!
“Don’t be scared to get your family on board – no excuses then! My family, though a bit worried at first, love the meals!” – Jack
6 No More Excuses
JDFI! It’s that simple. When it’s hard to get started, just put on your gear and work out. Chances are once you’ve started, you won’t want to stop!
“I always use the 10 minute rule – if you don’t feel like exercising, start with 10 minutes. I guarantee you will get through a whole session. Get up, dress up, show up! Don’t overthink it.” – Dodi
“When I don’t feel like doing a workout and I start the mind games, the excuses, the bargaining etc, I put my gym clothes on. Within 30 mins I’ll end up doing my workouts cos I’m already dressed for it.” – Amy
7 Mindset Management
Maintaining a positive mindset is another important step towards your success. As a 12WBT Member, you’re treated to two weekly Mindset Videos from Mish – they dig deep into existing patterns, habits or beliefs. Why not try watching the videos during your workout on the treadmill, or listen to them while you’re out for a run. You can even watch them during your commute to work!
“Watch the Mindset Videos (it’s like someone’s listening to what’s going on in your head), and most importantly make sure you have the Sunday rest day!!” – Sharon
8 Get Social
You’re strong enough to do this alone, but you don’t have to! The internet plays a vital role in connecting people from all walks of life. At 12WBT, we foster a fantastic online community via our Member Zone as well as through our official social media channels, including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. So get online and get social!
“Use the Forums. They have great advice from people who are on the same journey. It’s great to know that we are not alone. Find a like-minded person who will support you, pull you up when you need them to but will also have your back.” – Wendy
“Use Instagram to post your workouts, calories burnt, food eaten etc. There are some terrific people on there that are doing the same journey, and seeing pictures of other people’s journeys can truly inspire you to keep going when things get tough.” – Leon
9 Track Your Progress
Staying accountable to your program is an important element in achieving 12WBT success. That’s why we created My Tracker, which allows you to record your food, exercise, sleep and even your mood each day. We’ve also created integrations with MyFitnessPal and Fitbit, which makes staying accountable even simpler! If you haven’t synced your gadgets, do it now!
“Use MyFitnessPal!” – Sharon
10 Treat Yourself
We don’t want to deprive you of the foods you love, so we encourage Members to have a treat meal every week. We trust you to make smart choices about your weekly Meal Plan, and that includes your Treat Meal – so put it in the plan this week!
“The biggest piece of advice I can give is HAVE YOUR TREAT MEAL!! Deprivation leads to desire. A few weeks the idea of treat meal got me through the week in staying on the straight and narrow and also motivating me for the Super Saturday Session.” – Jo
Thank you to all 12WBT Members who posted their hot tips and tricks on Facebook. Sorry we couldn’t get to use them all! Take a look to see heaps more of their ideas to help YOU achieve 12WBT success.
Feeling inspired? Sign up for the next Round now and start putting the experience of other Members into practice!