New Year New You

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By Siobhán Floyd

As we welcome in the new year it’s usually followed by regrets of all the Christmas feasting and grandeur ideas of what the year will behold.

This is usually followed by a clean out of the pantry and a whole week of back to back runs, but within 3 weeks with not much weight lost, legs that feel like lead and a hankering for a greasy burger, we’re usually back to our old habits and before we know it Santa is here again and it’s another year gone.

So let’s rewind and look at the one step people usually miss: Planning.

Now I’m not recommending that you sit down with pen and paper and log every food item eaten, calorie burned, and micromanage every second of your day, but you do need to sit down and goal set. For instance; setting the goal of saving for a holiday doesn’t just equal $5000 saved; we need to budget then plan how much should be saved each week, fortnight or month. These same principals apply to your health and wellness.

You also need to keep goals realistic. Although we would all love to look like Jennifer Hawkins or be as fit as Chris Judd, unfortunately genetics plays a big role, so set goals that are S.M A.R.T (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, Time bound).

So how do we apply these S.M.A.R.T principles to real life?

First you need to decide:

1. What you want (eg: lose weight and tone up)

2. What do you already have that can help (eg: an exercise bike, a dog to walk, etc…)

3. What changes you feel you can maintain (eg: drinking more water, waking up earlier, planning your meals, etc…)

5. How often you can do it

Next comes putting all this in to practice – Calenders are really helpful for this.

Seeing what we want on paper is usually the best way to stay on top of what we’re doing (yes that’s why iPhones have a notes section) and keep us accountable.

Break your goals into days, weeks and months:

Daily:

Drink 2 litres of water

Have a fruit/vegetable/salad with every meal

Weekly:

3x bike rides; 5x dog walks; 3x core/weight sessions

4 alcohol free nights

Takeaway once

Monthly:

Lose 2kgs of weight

Increase average speed on bike

Decrease time over distance while walking the dog

It’s important to tick goals off as you go, mentally doing this doesn’t really work. When you see it on paper you can’t cheat yourself into thinking you’ve done more or less, therefore you’ll be more likely to follow through.

Last but not least; make it fun!

  • Plan to do a fun event every 6 months (mother’s day classic, tough mudder, mini triathlon)
  • Save the money you’d usually spend on beer or chocolate and buy yourself something nice
  • Plant a veggie or herb garden
  • Get the kids to choose 1 new recipe each week
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