New Years Resolutions

Happy Sweet ’16! I hope 2016 is a wonderful year for everyone and that whatever your goals are, that you manage to achieve them and more.

Around the New Year mark, everyone started talking about the dreaded New Years Resolutions.

In my opinion, they don’t work because people think that they have to begin on the 1st of January.

So for example, if you want to start eating healthy and exercising, it never happens on the 1st and therefore psychologically starts off badly.

You’ve partied all night, woken up late, perhaps with a hangover, craving greasy food and the idea of a treadmill brings a new wave of nausea.

So there we go, Day 1 of the New Year Resolution and it’s already failed.

I believe a NYR should start on the 2nd of January. I did that with my sugar free journey and it really worked well.

I’ve read a few blogs lately and they’ve all been along the lines of leading a more minimalistic lifestyle and feeling more comfortable.

I have resonated with this so much. I definitely feel that I am living in excess and whilst I am eternally grateful, I just feel that I’m hoarding. This year I definitely want to reduce things and simplify my life and be really happy with everything that I have. Quality vs Quantity.

This year I want to continue with the no sugar, exercising and the LCHF lifestyle, which works incredibly well for me… but I’m adding something – this year I want to feel comfortable in my own skin. For so long on my weight loss journey I’ve been trying to get to a goal… but I haven’t stopped to congratulate myself along the way and take stock of how well and far I’ve come, because the goal hasn’t been reached.

I want to feel comfortable and feel happy in my skin, feel good when I wave my arms and they don’t wave along with me, feel comfortable enough to walk around sarong free, feel comfortable to not worry what people will think or say and know that you can’t control that anyway!

I am exercising to be fit and to feel healthy and feel comfortable in my skin.

I am eating real foods that make me feel comfortable and nourish me, not punish me.

The irony is, in order to feel comfortable with who you are, you may have to step out of your comfort zone.

Being comfortable is not about settling.

Food for thought.

These may not be your New Years Resolutions, but in the spirit of making this your best year yet, consider reframing your approach to resolutions. Here are 5 ideas to get you started:

  1. Be kind to everyone you meet — starting with yourself.
  2. Love your body regardless of the number on the scale. When you feel good on the inside, it will be reflected on the outside.
  3. Be more willing to accept that things end. An end is the only way into a new beginning. Accept that a closed door is the wrong door. Something better will open up for you.
  4. Choose more foods based on how they make you feel rather than how they make you look. Be really honest too… that ice-cream might make you feel good in the moment of eating, but if it makes you feel awful and guilty afterwards, then that’s how it really makes you feel. Swop it out for cold juicy litchis or watermelon.
  5. Start calling your dreams your “plans.”

Whatever your approach is, I really hope 2016 is amazing!

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