2017 – aren’t we glad to see you

We’re finally sick of eating chocolate (only because I finished my last selection box!) and ready to start a fresh. But sometimes it’s a lot easier said than done Here are my 5 tips to kickstart the new year and make it a year to remember.

Wake up with a smile

OK so we all suffer from the dreaded January blues, our body’s are a bit worn out from lots of treats and less exercise and pay day seems a looong way off. But here’s something that costs nothing and doesn’t even require you to get out of bed!

Wake up fresh and start the day with a smile. Struggling to find something to smile about? Fake it until you make it. Yes it might sound wishy washy but laughter (real or forced) triggers the release of endorphins, your body’s natural feel-good chemicals and is a proven method to decrease stress. It also promotes your overall sense of well-being.
wake up and love what you do

Eat Healthy but Eat Well

Yes most of us over indulged this holiday period and it’s tempting to jump on the super extreme diet but let’s be honest, it’s not good for your body or your mind. By all means eat healthy but don’t starve yourself.If you feel like having an indulgent meal once in awhile, do it and why not make it breakfast?

Research shows a good hearty breakfast helps boost the metabolism for the rest of the day and prepares the body to burn fat more quickly and efficiently. You’ll also be less hungry the rest of the day and less likely to binge on unhealthy foods.

Set achievable goals

This year I am going to run an Ultramarathon, Give up Alcohol, Dairy, Sugar and Gluten and meditate twice a day! Sound familiar? We start off every year with the greatest of intentions only to find they’ve all gone out the window by March. While it’s great to want to make such positive changes it’s not so great to beat ourselves up with negative talk when we don’t meet them.

When setting goals or New year’s resolutions I find it best to use the SMART principle. Specific – target a specific area for improvement Measurable – quantify or at least suggest an indicator of progress Attainable- set a plan outlining how and what you need to achieve your goal Realistic-state what results can realistically be achieved, given available resources Time-Related- specify when the result(s) can be achieved.

Treat Yo Self!

Ok so you have your goals set now it’s time to put them in motion! Why not take advantage of the sales and grab that kitchen gadget to help you on your healthy eating way (I am OBSESSED with my spiralizer) or get some new gym gear.

I asked Santa for a fitbit this year and already it has got me moving more. Sometimes we just need that extra little push to help us on our way.

Have Fun

While it’s easy to get caught up in the new year new you hype it’s important to also remember to have fun and enjoy life. So you had that piece of chocolate or an impromptu night out with friends. While it’s great to set goals to better yourself, it’s pointless if you’re not enjoying life. So don’t get too bogged down if you slip up here and there. Life is all about balance and there is always time to start afresh!

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