Hey! Well, if it isn’t ‘New Year, New You’ time again.
I LOVE starting a new year. There is something so restorative about taking the time to look back at 2015 and also forward to plan what you want to achieve in 2016
December was a pretty busy month with quite a bit more cocktails/heavy food/chocolate than I am generally used to. So when January hit, I was eager to get back to the gym and regular eating and pretty sure that I wouldn’t want sugar for at least a month.
But, no surprise, my sweet-tooth and desire for some quality couch time returned pretty damn quickly.
Because, constant gymming and no cupcakes is not fun. Or healthy.
Balance is EVERYTHING.
So, while I am definitely cutting down my wine and chocolate intake and getting back to regular exercise this month, I will definitely not be going to extremes.
You feel me?
I am convinced that a lack of balance is why people tend to abandon their New Year resolutions/goals by mid-Jan.
I mean, if you over-indulge with parties, drinks and food over the festive season – come New Year’s you are hungover, bloated and in serious need of a BIG glass of water (or 10).
Then, Jan hits and you take ‘clean living’ to the max – jumping on the latest detox/diet and exercising like crazy, and quitting booze, sugar and anything else that you’ve had too much of.
It is balls-to-walls-with extremes.
And if you go full hog with something, you very quickly get sick of it. Variety is the spice and all…
Hence – New Year’s goals get forgotten pretty damn quick.
Consequently, come New Year’s Eve 2016, the
2015 2013 goals will be made once more and the cycle starts again.
So, in the spirit of achieving everything that we want THIS year, I have got my top tips for creating a balanced life to achieve your goals.
- Figure out what you are prepared to work for
Because nothing will change unless, you make a change. Know where you want to get to and what you will have to do to get there. Balance isn’t about a glass of wine in each hand (I wish), it’s about making choices that benefit you in the short and long-term. And that needs to be something you can do permanently, not just the 1st two weeks of Jan.
So you want a kick-ass body but don’t want to give up junk food. No problem. Choose something you love to eat and indulge occasionally and don’t bother with food that you aren’t that fussed on. For me, chocolate is my true food love, but I can happily pass on soda and gummy sweets (always) and savoury stuff like fries, burgers and pizza (most of the time) – so I do.
- Check yourself
Track what you are doing e.g. keep a food journal or make a note of your gym routine. It is pretty damn easy to forget that you ate sweets EVERY day for the past week unless you keep a record what goes in your mouth. If you are aiming to get somewhere, you need to know where you are starting from – for instance – if you are looking to change your diet then you need to know what it looks like now in order to know what changes to make.
- Don’t let it stress you
Stress is definitely not balanced. If you eat something you kinda wish you hadn’t or skip a workout, it is no big deal. Balance is lifestyle, and the occasional cookie-fest or Netflix binge day is not representative of your life. Results come from what you most of the time, not what you do once in a while.
Create a balance that makes you happy, long and short term.