It has sort of hit me with a bang! I definitely knew it was coming. And yet I don’t quite feel prepared for a whole new year; I don’t think I even fully got going with 2017! Did I even achieve what I wanted to achieve? The answer for me is usually ‘no’, since I set myself such ridiculous goals. But for 2017 the answer is mostly, yes: it was a big year and I did a LOT with a new baby. But all those self-promises to get back to yoga after having my second child… well they resulted in me managing to get to one class just before Christmas. Gosh it felt good, I wish I had done it sooner! But one class it was, and now I have to come to terms with the fact that my ‘baby’ is about to turn 1 in a few short weeks’. Now, that I am NOT ready for!
Planning, planning, planning!
In the meantime, I am planning, planning, planning for the next few months here at The Real Nutritionist. I’m busy writing up some super-useful content for you to enjoy and learn from. This includes some key topics around nutrition over the coming months: dieting and detoxing; gut health; fatigue; and female health.
New Year’s Resolutions.
But first, I want to touch on the elephant in the room. New Year’s Resolutions. Have you made any? Or have you become completely jaded by the sheer notion of setting yourself some lofty goals that you’ll probably then forget come February, and feel guilty for the rest of the year. Seriously, who wants to add to their guilt burden?! I’ve got enough mum-guilt, thank you very much! (After all, I’m a perfectionist as well as a mum.)
But what if you were to set yourself some smaller health commitments or goals, or even new habits? Whichever description fits best for you.
Small stepping stones.
Rather than turn January into a month of hell, how about make it the first, small stepping stone to better health? Perhaps that might be increasing your water intake, increasing your day-to-day movement (go for a morning walk, or try a 10-minute work-out at home), or ensuring you have 3 alcohol-free days a week. And rather than have the next 12 months loom over you, focus on just getting through January, or maybe even just the next one or two weeks. Big goals equal big failure and big disappointment. If you do have a big goal, break it down in to bite-size chunks before you tackle it, and lay your focus on each of those instead.
Whatever it is, make it a little adjustment to your current lifestyle. Something that is small and achievable means you are much more likely to commit, succeed, feel awesome about it, and be ready to make another small change next month. Keep it small. Keep it REAL! Just because you’re not doing 100 burpees a day, or going for a 5am run, or ‘eating clean’ at every meal, doesn’t mean that your achievements are any less important or impressive. Because the chances are, those that take on huge new year’s resolutions will have given up on them before January is through!
One of my big goals is to improve my yoga-game back to where it was pre-children. Now, I know that’s not achievable overnight, or even in a month. So, my goal for January, and my first stepping stone, is to get to yoga at least three times. Less than once a week because I know that at least one week this month I won’t get there! But mostly because I bought a 10-class pass, and if I don’t get at least three sessions in this month, I won’t get the 10 done in the three-month time frame!!
What I won’t be doing? I won’t be completely cutting out chocolate or alcohol. (LOL! I. Am. Human.) Instead, I will aim to keep them both balanced – not with one another though (!), but keeping them in check and in moderation. I also won’t be hitting the gym every morning. I barely have time to get us all dressed before we leave the house; so, I do not need to make my mornings any more stressful.
Which leads me to my over-arching goal for 2018: to reduce stress where I can, and work on ways to manage it the rest of the time. I know that I can push myself too hard sometimes, or give myself goals that are too big and I am set to fail. A blessing and a curse. Know your weakness, and find ways to manage it this year!
And that is enough for January health goals. It’ll be February before we know it, anyway!
What are your health goals or commitments for 2018? And how are you going to achieve them? Have you made them into bite-size pieces? Comment below with your New Year’s goals!
And if you want some delicious, easy and QUICK lunch ideas for the new year (that happen to use health-boosting foods for women!) to help achieve those goals, then check out my “Nutrient-Boosted Lunches for Women – in 10 minutes or less”.
Happy New Year!