Happy New Year everyone. How are you all? Have you had a lovely festive break from work? Or are you more exhausted than before, now that you have been back for a few days? However your state of mind may be right now you are most likely thinking about being a tad more healthy than you were over the holidays. I am here to give you some top tips on how to keep up with the New Year, New Me mentality and not get too grumpy over any mishaps, but most importantly how to not hate yourself whilst trying. If you need any tips on how to start the year fresh click on over here, it’s never too late to start.
When making your New Year New Me goals do not make them to unrealistic. Make bite sized goals for you to achieve each week, each month, each year etc. If your goal is to lose weight, start off by saying I am going to exercise more (this is personal to yourself as to how much more you need to). Then add another small starting point of, I’m not going to eat chocolate this month. Do go all guns blazing making yourself guilty if you don’t lose a stone by the end of January.
If your social circle know your goals they will help you win those goals that you have set. If you want to succeed in a dry January then you need your friends for support. You need to start planning fun date nights with friends, partners and family where the plans don’t revolve around alcohol. Go to the cinema, go to a trampolining park together, go and try something new maybe join an art class together or try a fun new sport together.
Rather than cheat days, think of including treat days. Yup, that’s a thing now, I just made it up hehe. Cheat days insinuate that you are giving up and this is not what you need once you are on a roll. I know it’s a little bit cheaty but whenever I tell myself that I am going to be healthy, give up chocolate or alcohol or exercise more for example I always say that birthdays don’t count and neither do days when there is something worth celebrating. If I book a big job I am going to drink champagne with Liam and my family even if I have given up alcohol, but the next day I am straight back on it.
Keep track of your progress, keep a diary, take notes on how you are feeling, re-evaluate your goals each week. It’s nice to see how far you have come. If you want to run more, download apps like Nike Plus or Strava so you can see how far you have run, if you are getting faster, you even see how many calories you have burnt. If you are trying to lose weight use a measuring tape, not the weighing scales. I am really adamant that you must use a tape measure over the scales. Muscles weigh more than fat, so if you are exercising a great deal you may well be losing fat but gaining muscles.
I hope my top tips can help and inspire you. What are your goals? Share them with me and let’s help each other x