So I may be a little late with this post but the first few days of the New Year don’t really count do they? I mean who actually starts their health and fitness regime on New Year’s Day? I for one do not, I still had two family meals to get through and I was still craving prosecco like it was water.
Alas Christmas had to end and the New Year rolled in along with all the keen new Gym bunnies that had been born over the holidays and all the New Year New Me, Fresh Starters emerging from their December hibernation, don’t get me wrong I am sure I fall heavily into this category. December is the month I completely chill out forget the gym and drink and eat to my heart’s content. So to the point of this post… last year my girls at work and I started setting new year resolutions together, instead of the whole year we had six months to complete them in time for the summer review, ready to set new ones for the latter part of the year. In the end last year went so well we have decided to do it again this year. It is so much easier to stick to your resolutions if you have someone to help you and encourage you to get them done. My resolutions last year were
- Visit a country I haven’t visited before
- Go for Mad Hatters Afternoon tea
- Take financial control of my life
This is not entirely true but the credit card is no longer used, my savings are good, I own a house and shopping has returned to a once in a while activity when needed and not something to do to fill the weekend.
- Get braces (still a one day but they are pretty pricey, wasted on my adolescent ungrateful self)
- Buy a house
- Go to polo chukkas more often Definitely room for improvement on this on
- Finish business website
- See Book of Mormon Best thing I ever did, seriously.
As a whole I am pretty impressed with how much I managed to achieve last year. My resolutions for this half of the year are financially slightly more achievable as the house and holidays last year consumed a lot of my income. (sorry they may sound slightly mundane but they’re on display at work so they have to stay PG)
- To make sure I go to the gym in the mornings before work, most days
- Read at least one book a month
- Finish my bathroom entirely, no being content with just the new suite
- Visit a place I haven’t visited before.
I know resolutions are not easy to stick to, the realities of real life, work and social commitments can often mean that something you really thought when you had your feet up drinking tea over Christmas seemed feasible suddenly seem near impossible. Here are some tips for sticking to new year plans because really if you don’t change what wasn’t making you happy last year then how do you expect to be happier this year
- Be clear on excatly what you want to achieve (or in my case add loads of clauses)
- Keep tabs on them “If you can measure it, you can change it”
- Don’t expect miracles to happen overnight – Remember Rome wasn’t built in a day
- Find a resolutions buddy I know I wouldn’t have achieved three of my resolutions last year if it was for the support of my friends. Remember misery loves company so if you don’t want to face the gym on your own drag someone with you.
Good luck for 2016 everyone, I hope this is your best year yet!