Ah Christmas, the time when we indulge, eat all of the food and relax and enjoy some well earned downtime with our close ones. However, after this indulgence, we all decide to buckle up and prepare for the new year and the proverbial ‘new you’. It’s a lot of pressure to put on one’s self, all the resolutions, the huge changes, the goals that are probably not all that attainable. Whilst wanting to make a change is important and amazing, it is also best to do so in a way that won’t make you hate yourself if you fail, and in a way that means you actually won’t fail at all. Here are some tips on getting back on track and how to set goals for the new year.
You don’t have to do a HIIT session every morning, but you could very easily go for a family walk, or do a yoga video in your sitting room (like I did this morning with my mum and aunt). This way, you’re keeping your body moving, but your not actually doing anything too strenuous. The hardest bit in this scenario is just starting. In my opinion the best way is to just do it. Get it done. Don’t procrastinate.
Turn all the Leftovers into Healthy Eats
All that leftover turkey, potatoes and roast veg can easily be turned into healthy meals that you can either share with your family, or portion off and put in the freezer. We turned our turkey into a massive turkey curry (find a nice recipe here) whilst our veg got blended and made into a warm and hearty soup (recipe here) This way nothing gets wasted, and you don’t have to have yet another turkey sandwich.
Make Realistic Goals
I think the biggest problem is when people make New Year’s Resolutions, and they make them completely ridiculous and unachievable. Make your goals something that you can actually achieve. Instead of saying ‘I will go to the gym 6 times a week’ think logically about how many times you will be able to get to the gym (also stepping outside your comfort zone a little bit) and instead maybe say ‘I will go to the gym 5 times a week’. Instead of saying ‘I am going to eat 100% healthy’ say ‘I will eat a healthy and balanced diet’.
Another idea is to write down your goals, and expand upon them. If you want to go to the gym 5 times a week, roughly what workouts will you do, maybe one yoga class, one HIIT session, a leg day, a core day and an upper body day? Or if you want to start eating healthily, you could say you’ll treat yourself to one meal of whatever you like every week. Or you will eat healthily and this is what it will consist of.
A really cute idea is to get your goals for the new year printed off, and putting them in a frame so you can see them every day! I think I might do this, this way you will be able to read your goals every day and will constantly be reminded of them subconsciously.
Cold turkey (‘scuse the pun) might work for some people, but more often than not, slowly transitioning into your new goals is a better way of doing it, and far more sustainable too. Slowly make it a part of your routine and before you know it eating healthily or going to the gym most days won’t seem like anything out of the ordinary. Having said that, I know that personally throwing yourself in at the deep-end does work better for me, so it might be worth analysing how you work as a person and doing what best suits you.
Set Rewards For Yourself
A nice way to keep the incentive going is to assign yourself awards if you make it to the one month mark, and then again at the two month mark etc. Choose a prize that you really want. Whether it’s a new set of leggings, a night at the theatre, or a new picture you’d like for your living room. Giving yourself a treat for doing well is – whilst sort of patronising – will actually work wonders. It’s also best to avoid choosing food as the prize, as assigning food that sort of prestige can be dangerous if you’re like me and you love food!
My Intentions for 2017
I thought I’d share my intentions with you all for the new year:
- Work hard at upper body & core strength
- Reduce refined sugar and dairy intake (completely if possible)
- Improve posture & work at shoulder mobility
- Continue with meditation and Headspace app
- Work to improve self confidence & self love
My goals might be a bit specific, but I have thought hard at them, and whilst I have other goals, these are the things I need to improve on the most and work hard at. I will do a check up post at the end of January to see how I am doing!
What are your goals/intentions for the new year? I would love to know!