A very food-savvy friend alterted me to this one to me and, in a word, it's genius. It's called Food Switch and it works like so: You're standing in the cold food section, debating the difficult issue of which vanilla custard to buy. You turn on Food Switch. You scan the barcode. It recommends healthier options. Simple as that. And you're out of there before your eyebrows freeze over.
As the mornings get darker and colder, and it becomes harder to drag your booty out of bed and on route to the gym, there's one thing that can help... A harmless little crush.
You know that hottie that you've seen lifting weights, or the cycling instructor with the amazing AFL-worthy arms? He might be doing more for you than just providing a nice "atmosphere" to work out in. You see, gym crushes are great because, not only do they get you to the gym with a little extra pep in your step, trying to impress your gym crush by lifting bigger dumbells or coming to extra spin classes can work wonders. But here are the rules...
1. You can smile and chat away about trivial things, but you don't want to know about his relationship status. You don't want to have to get a new gym crush if you find out he's married. Or gay.
2. You don't want to impress your gym crush in the traditional Saturday-night-out-on-the-town way, with a smokey eye and perfect hair. Nope, you want to impress with your extreme fitness. But if that also involves a new outfit from Lorna Jane, so be it.
3. You can have a girl crush. In the same way I have an unhealthy obsession with Amber Heard right now (before that it was Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, but we had to break up when she got too skinny), it doesn't hurt to have someone in the gym that you can be inspired by and challenged to keep up with. Just don't get too competitive. No one wants a cardio room catfight.
4. Your gym crush is your little secret. Don't make it too obvious with prolonged staring. That's why the gym is full of mirrors. Subtlty is key.
5. For goodness sake, don't actually date your gym crush. Because if it all goes bad, you don't want to have to find a new place to work out.