Picture this, less than a few weeks from now, it’s January 2019, Christmas will be a distant memory and all the guilt-free-ness of the last month? months? year? May now seem like a real mountain of a task. The thing is, whatever plan of action you are willing to take now, realistically, ask yourself these two questions,
Are you going to be able to STICK to it?
Are you going to be able to ENJOY it?
If the answer to both is realistically NO
Have a look at the things you CAN and WILL stick to FIRST, do it WITHOUT FAIL , and see how you that makes you feel. Here are some simple habits that you can implement to the New Year. I’m going to make the point of (AT LEAST )
Walk somewhere you usually would have drove to (once a week)
Try an exercise that you haven’t done before (once a week)
Choose just ONE DAY to cut out the things you know may be hindering your progress
Choose just ONE DAY to cook your own food or only eat things that are prepared by YOU.
Leave your phone on charge in another room in order to sleep.
Do something that you know is HARD, A RUN, A WORKOUT, A CLASS, NO BS.
Things for each day
EAT BREAKFAST (UNLESS FASTING or there’s a good reason for it)
Plan ahead what you are going to eat BESIDES the most convenient option
Something green on your plate
Be full from whole foods and not from snacking, if there’s room for chocolate there’s room for anything.
Track your BEST and WORST day of calories in Myfitnesspal
One extra glass of water
I wouldn’t say there’s anything particularly difficult about any of the above, nor do I think it will be hard to stick to, which may pose as a good test for anyone that needs some structure day to day. Getting put on a diet plan or training regime that’s going to require energy and a lot of willpower isn’t always the best option if it’s coming from a place of doing very little. Start by granting yourself any of the above, whether it’s daily or just one day of the week to test how corrupting your mind is when it comes to food and the like. If it is easily persuaded, a more rigorous approach will be necessary as opposed to structure on the odd day, as you may only be motivated by seeing the immediate reward of your effort.
Ultimately it’s all well and good me telling you what you COULD do besides what you ARE ACTUALLY going to do for yourself, is it going to take another year going backwards or can you put a fresh start to the OLD YOU that says YES to everything knowing that it isn’t always the best for you.
My best advice for 2019 is start small and build on it, don’t push beyond your current capabilities in order to see quick results, they only last as long as you can keep at it. If you’ve been out of the game for a while don’t try and do what you used to, nor should you expect those same things to bring you the same results.
I will be taking on more clients for Personal Training and running a beginner class in the New Year for anyone that is new to training or just wants to expand on their knowledge with fitness, so get in touch if either of these options are for you.