Happy New year
It’s new year already and Christmas is already a distant memory to me. I have to say I am so relieved that it is no longer socially acceptable to eat your body weight in mince pies and sausages rolls.
I told myself that I was going to get through December with only two days of indulging, yeah right who was I kidding? For the other 11 months of the year my friends, family, co-workers hold me accountable to my eating habits whether this be consciously or not.
Then suddenly it’s December and now I am encouraged to divert from those habits and indulge in chocolate, sweet treats, alcohol oh and cheese (how i love cheese). Before I know it healthy eating is no more and those bad habits of mine are starting to creep back in. So much so I find myself tip toeing to the kitchen to warm up mince pies and custard at 3am.
I guess at this point it sounds like I’m blaming others for my own lack of willpower so I want to be clear that this is not the case. I have never been successful in losing weight until now and one of my pet hates every time I have been on a diet has been people commenting or asking me should I be eating that.
But now as I reflect on the big weight gains I’ve had during December I recognise that I actually need to be held accountable and that so many individuals play a supportive role in my weight loss success. These people make me stop for a second, take stock, re-evaluate and think twice about some of my choices and I will probably always be someone who will need this kind of input.
On a positive note I did not drop out of any of my training during December and even when my trainers stopped for the Christmas break I was still in the gym. I can only be honest with you and say I really don’t know why I kept this going, I don’t know why I let everything else drop but my workout routine, maybe I’ll figure it out in the future.
So here we are new year, new me and all that jazz but is it really a new me or is it about finding the old the me? Am I really a new health conscious me and did I just check out for a while or am I and will I always be the old me who makes poor food choices?
I choose to believe I am the new me who just checked out for a while and ladies and gentlemen I am about to check in!
So these are my top tips for getting back on track and what I will be doing during January
1. Get rid of the crap – I mean what are you keeping it for? if you truly want to get back on track or your starting a new journey get rid of the rubbish it will only hinder your progress. I know some people feel like they can’t get rid of the rubbish food because they don’t want to waste it if this is the case for you then donate it to your local food bank. It’s a win, win!
2. Keep a food and exercise diary – you can buy food and physical activity diaries on line or in a number of stores or you can just write in your own diary, notes on your phone or computer. I find that recording what I have consumed and how much activity I have taken really helps to keep me focused and on track.
3. Increase your water intake – I know for sure I will be dehydrated as my main fluid intake has been, wine, fizzy drinks and coffee. I will be increasing my water intake and this will also help with the cravings I will have from eating all the sugary foods that my body is no longer used too.
4. 10k steps per day – I firmly believe in achieving 10k steps per day and this will be so easy for those who have a job where they move around but if you are like me and office based it’s a little bit more difficult but definitely achievable. I will walk before work, during my lunch break and walk to the furthest bathroom, you have to be creative.
5. Invest in a activity tracker – most smart phones now have a built in activity tracker but I have a Fitbit which I highly recommend. I find I am more motivated if I have my Fitbit and I can challenge myself and others.
6. Don’t let fear define you – if there is something you have been wanting to do and have been putting off do it this month – just do it! It feels so liberating to do something you have mentally told yourself you can’t. This month I am going to attend a new physical activity session this makes me feel so anxious but I’m doing it!
7. Read more – I am a huge bookworm but I only ever read fiction. I will be reading a form of self help book this month ensuring I read for 10 minutes everyday. First up will be the 5 second rule by Mel Robbins.
If anyone would like to discuss my top tips in more detail please feel free to e-mail me. Also I would love to hear about your goals and tips for getting through January please share in the comments.
Until the next time I wish you all every success in concurring your future goals. As always believe in you and em-brace the journey.