It’s that time of the year again when social media is bombarded with this phrase, New Year, New Me, #WeAreAllBeyondBasic. As usual I am a complete contradiction (a bit like my flip flops paired with my teddy bear coat phase recently!) and have a very split opinion on the topic and here’s why…..
New Year, New Me, – THE GOOD
Time for a fresh start? I’m sure I’m not the only one that’s had a few challenges this year. 2018 just didn’t go quite to plan did it? The Beast from the East, Football (very nearly) came home and the messiest break up of the century that is of course Brexit, is already enough to handle on a public level, before we even get personal!
Ready to wipe the slate clean? AAAAA-men beautiful, ME TOO! Sometimes a new Chinese Zodiac Year is just what we need for a start fresh, to put this year behind us and move on to bigger and better things. If opening a new blank diary and planning your goals for the year is going to bring you happiness and help in moving on from the challenges of 2018, (that we’d preferably put firmly in the past) then I AM ALL FOR IT!
I’m sure you’re also aware of the exponential changes in gym memberships and attendance from the festive period to January 1st (or January 2nd if you’re planning on partying a little too hard tonight on NYE!). If you’re ready to sign yourself up to the latest membership offers and get on /back on the healthy band wagon (No bad vibes intended in that I promise!) then GO FOR IT! IF this is the motivation you need then great, get your peach to the gym!! BUT, we need to find a way for these new healthy resolutions to make it past the first week of the new year. Use the new calendar to get you started and take action, but then we need traction and momentum!
So there is my good vibes on the new year new me, now for the not so good…..
New Year, New Me, – THE BAD / THE UGLY
Under no circumstance should you feel unworthy because you have not got a list of resolutions as long as your arm. You may already be an absolute queen of everything like yours truly (PLS find my sarcasm). But seriously, you may be ahead of the game and already be on track for your immediate, and long term goals, so there is nothing wrong is not following the new year, new me hype. – if you’re not into resolutions don’t feel forced into it.
Secondly, a lot of people go from 0-100 real quick then fail at the first hurdle, because they missed out the basics. IF we’re talking health and fitness (and we are FYI incase you missed the memo) then small, sustainable steps is always the way. Detox tea’s/ coffee’s, appetite suppressing lollipops are NOT the way forward. We do not want people to feel pressured into having a transformation pic 3 weeks into the new year because they’ve emptied the entire contents of their digestive tract into their restroom at home (and here ladies and gentleman we have the UGLY truth- gross idea now in your head soz, but the truth is brutal and most of these quick fix diet products are laxatives and/or cause you to dehydrate your body dropping water weight fast- not healthy FYI). As we know quick fixes are not sustainable and yo-yo dieting is not fun for ANYONE. WE ARE CREATING LIFESTYLES — FIT FOR LIFE REMEMBER (Yep here’s another blog plug here) .
Side note – if your goal is ‘fatloss’ and ‘toning’- start basic with some MOVEMENT every day, make your meals 1/2 plate veg or salad, 1/4 protein source and 1/4 carbs (wholegrain ideally). Read my Cutting Series Part Two blog here for some previous tips I gave on building your healthy game plan.
We should be in it for the long haul (Not just for January!)
There is plenty of evidence to show how habits work from a psychological grounding, how they take time and consistency to form. SO, if on January 1st you try to cut out alcohol, takeaways, anything that comes out of a packet and ‘sugar because it’s the devil’ and plan on eating chicken, rice and greens for the
foreseeable forgreenable future, then the likelihood of this still being the case in 3 months is (sorry to be the bearer of bad news) nearly ZERO, ZILCH, NADA, NICHTS, NIMIC… basically nothing! You may defy all the odds and have the willpower of a saint, but let’s face it you’re probably a mere muggle like the rest of us Harry. Instead… Try a new habit each week. And if the idea of joining a gym scares the living daylights out of you read my (Yep here it is again ANOTHER plug) blog on An Open Letter to the New Person at the Gym.
While we’re doing plugs for blogs here’s my fave ones from 2018 that may help…..
- Falling out of love with the gym
- An open letter to the new person at the gym
- Fitness is not a box we have to fit into.
- Is Sleep Hygiene The Most Underestimated Habit You’ve Been Missing Out On? (lack of sleep is a frequently overlooked factor in any kind of progress!!)
So that’s more than enough from me this year. I wish you all the happiness and success in 2019 and remember that everything you need comes from within yourself, you are invincible in every challenge you may face!
Love J xoxo