For the past couple of years I have started to write a list of what I will need to kickstart my new year. Many years ago I wasn’t a fan of new years resolutions. If anybody asked if I had any New Year goals, plans or resolutions I would simply shrug my shoulders and say nah! Then I would ask the person if they had any ideas on what they wanted in the new year. It was a way of deflecting from the conversation of me.
At times the person asking would say no too and then we would have a conversation about why they weren’t worth trying in the first place. For many years it made me feel better. Which I don’t think is a bad thing. Nowadays I tend to think that if I don’t try I will never know so that’s what I have done for the past couple of years is simply try.
To be honest, I’m still trying to reach my goals. I find that when I write a list and get organised before the strike of midnight on the 31st December I feel I’m better prepared to start my New Year on a positive note. So here are my five ways to prepare for a healthy New Year.
Now for those of you that read my blog regularly, you will know that I love to cook. It’s a passion of mine and to continue my love of cooking the number one place I like to have organised is the kitchen. I like to have a clear out of the kitchen cupboards to make sure they are clean and tidy. It means that when I say we are eating a healthy diet in January I have everything I need to start on this part of my journey.
Next I like to check that I have all the exercise clothes I will need to begin those exercise classes and videos. If everything is ready then I have no excuses not to start. I can’t push it aside and say I’ll do it later. Also I make sure I have note pads and a pen that works to be able to meal plan. Every week I like to sit down and write a list of meals we plan to eat during the week. It’s one way I ensure that I don’t end up reaching for the takeaway menu.
Every year for Christmas, since I started to get organised, I have always asked for a diary. When I was younger I could just about remember all the dates in my head. Nowadays I much prefer to write them down. I like to be able to look at the diary and plan what I need to do and when by. I also find that if I write down when I will be exercising I’m more likely to do the exercise. It helps me to stay motivated and that in turn makes me happy.
Finally if I fall off the wagon I try not to stress about it. I just pick myself up, dust myself off and start all over again. Life is far too short to stress about failing at your new year goals and I often find that if I treat them as fun that’s what they are, just fun. All that is left for me to write is Happy New Year and good luck. xxx