New Year’s Schmesolutions

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Happy New Year! I sincerely hope you are bringing in 2013 with love and laughter.

Have you made a list of New Year’s Resolutions? Is it the same as last year’s? How did that work out for you?

I don’t believe in New Year’s Resolutions. They set you up to fail because, usually, by 2nd January, mine have gone out the window.

Isn’t it interesting how a lot of New Year’s Resolutions are based around food or body image? Must drink less alcohol, must drink more water, must lose weight, must do this diet, must eat less carbs, must eat more veg, must get rid of cellulite, must look younger etc etc.

How about if, instead of a lengthy, intimidating list of self-improvements that only make us feel worse about ourselves, we decided on just one and worked at sticking at it? How about if we just changed ‘One Small Thing’?

‘One Small Thing’ is my January gift to you. Pick one change you really want to make, be really specific, make it achievable and DO IT! Here are some examples:

  • Instead of ‘eat more veg’ go for ‘Eat 3 portions of vegetables a day’: one as a snack (raw carrot/peppers/celery/cauliflower) and two with my supper (broccoli, green beans, spinach, roasted root veg, onions, rocket & watercress salad)
  • Instead of ‘drink more water’ try ‘Drink 1.5 litres of a water a day’: invest in a portable filtered water bottle such as a Brita Fill & Go (http://www.brita.co.uk/brita/en-gb/shop/water-bottle/fill_go_filter2.grid?category=offer) or a Water Bobble (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Bobble-BPA-Free-Water-Bottle-Green/dp/B003FNU5SQ) and make sure you take it with you everywhere. Top up your water intake with herbal teas. My favourite brands are Dr Stuarts, Pukka Teas and Yogi teas.
  • Instead of ‘do more exercise’, pick something you really enjoy such as swimming, yoga, running, a body balance class, a pilates class, walking; find a slot during the week when you can fit this in and commit to keeping it in your diary, even if it’s only once a fortnight. It’s something.

Do you get the gist? So, I am going to commit to going back to yoga. It is my most favourite form of exercise and I find it such a treat for my body and soul. But somehow, going regularly has lapsed a little. I am going to commit to once a fortnight to begin with, because this achievable and I don’t want to set myself up to fail in case I miss a week.

What are you going to do? I’d love you share your ideas and experiences with me. And if you need any more ideas, just let me know, I’ve got lots!

Love,

Lauren xoxo

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