Creating Healthy Habits in 2019
I am very excited to announce that I have written a guest blog on Motherhood: The Real Deal, which details how to create healthy habits for the new year. If one of your resolutions is to live a healthier life in 2019, please check it out here.
Talya will be writing a guest post for my blog in the near future, so be sure to keep an eye out for that!
New Year’s Resolutions Give Hope
“Happy New Year, and may you stick to all your resolutions,” is something you might hear frequently in January (often with tongue firmly in cheek!) The joke is always that no one can stick to their resolutions for more than a few days before they fall into their old habits. It’s as if they are doomed to fail from the start! I find making new plans at the start of the new year a hopeful and motivating tradition, though. This is why I’m writing this blog – to give you tips on how you can stick to your resolutions, and how you can do something really positive with them!
Focus on the Future
The start of a new year is a great moment for reflection, and to cast your eye to the future. By setting yourself goals, you will get a positive feeling that can result in emotional growth and strength. If your year has not been a good one, and you’ve struggled with difficulties of any kind, you can draw a line under it now and move on to better things. You have the chance to begin anew! If you had a really successful, happy year, then you have something to look back on fondly and to inspire you to continue to achieve. There are always good reasons to make new year’s resolutions.
In the Top 10 most common resolutions for 2019 are the following:
- Live and eat healthier;
- Move more;
- Give up smoking;
- Say no more often;
- Have at least 1 time-out per year;
- Give away old clothes;
- Stop multi-tasking and focus;
- Internet fasting.
These are resolutions that make me happy, and a few of these are already on my list. Obviously, my most important resolution is the first one – to live and eat even healthier. This is my passion! I have resolved, for example, to be a bit more restrained when snacking on nuts – sometimes it is just too hard to stop myself, and the temptation is too great. Limiting myself to a measured handful now and then will be much healthier than just grazing straight from the bag.
You might already have an idea what is meant by this term when it comes to food – periodically not eating according to a defined schedule. What is less well known is internet fasting, although you can probably guess where this is going. I saw this come up (on the internet, of course!) and it refers to spending less time on the internet scrolling through unimportant or unproductive things. You simply decide to spend a certain amount of time per day offline, away from any screens (including your phone!) Often you will need the internet for work and communication, but it does very frequently lead to distractions. Furthermore, when you are really trying to concentrate on getting something done, those annoying buzzes and beeps from your smartphone will only serve to make you less productive. You’ll lose valuable time checking your phone and need to get back into the flow of things. This is why I’ve taken on internet fasting as one of my resolutions. But fair’s fair, because a lot of my business comes through social media, I am worried that this resolution will be harder to stick to, because my clients shouldn’t suffer because of it!
Why do Resolutions Fail so Often?
Many of our new year’s resolutions melt away like snow under sunlight. We believe that something really should change but don’t seem to stick to this feeling for very long. This is because it is a lot easier to go back to your old, trusted habits and way of life. Change is always difficult, and it can sometimes feel as if we are setting the bar too high. This is never good for motivation. When we do this, the chance of failure is so high that we don’t even bother trying. But everyone knows that you learn only from your mistakes. I call these the rocks on the path to change. The question is what you do with these rocks. Will you trip over them, or pick them up and build something beautiful with them?
Make your Goals SMART
SMART stands for: Specific, Measurable, Acceptable, Realistic, and Time-bound. From these buzz-words I’ve come up with 7 tips to make your new year’s resolutions a success.
- Take one resolution at a time and determine what the result will be (Specific): Instead of staring at a long list of resolutions, it’s much better to pick one and focus on that for the new year. It will be easier to stick to it. Make this goal specific! Example: Imagine that your resolution is to feel more energetic – make it a bit more specific by aiming to be able to run and keep up with your grandchildren.
- Ensure that you can measure your progress (Measurable): Imagine that you want to become healthier. Measure your progress with me, or with the Tanita bodyscan, for example. This way, you will have a clear idea of how far you have come.
- Don’t set the bar too high (Acceptable): Do you want to lose weight? Then it’s better to aim to lose a few pounds rather than setting yourself a goal that you know you won’t be able to achieve. Take it a little bit at a time!
- Check whether the result of your goal is equivalent to the energy you will need to put into it (Realistic): Let’s say that you are taking lots of medication and want to be shot of this in 2019 – in most cases the Eat Wright Plan is capable of this, but you have to be willing to commit.
- Think in time-periods (Time-bound): Are you planning to live a healthier life? Try the Eat Wright Plan for one month. This is a limited time which will not feel like forever. This will motivate you to commit more than if the end is not in sight.
- Speak about your resolutions (Acceptable): Don’t be scared of sharing your resolutions with friends and family. By speaking about it you make it more concrete, for yourself more than anyone. This way it’s not a half-baked promise you are making yourself, but a serious goal. Those around you will be ready to support you too, no doubt!
- Use motivational building blocks (Specific): Hang something on your wall to remind you of your resolution every day. A weight goal, a photoshopped picture of yourself looking healthier, a motivational quote – it’s all possible! What about hanging those nice clothes you don’t fit in any more in a visible spot in your cupboard? Focus on the positives, and remember the negatives that might have tripped you up in the past, or got you to where you are now. Make that change!
- Some failures are allowed! (Acceptable): Of course your path will be filled with rocks over which you might trip. But some failures are acceptable. Don’t throw the baby out with the bath water, though, and keep going despite the occasional slip-up. You can still build something beautiful with the rocks that are left.
- Reward yourself (Realistic): A pat on the shoulder can do wonders for your motivation, so plan a treat for yourself in the future. Why not come along to an evening I am organising at The Willow restaurant in New Malden on the evening of Thursday the 31st There, you will get to try their delicious healthy foods and learn how you can live a healthier life in 2019. I will be sharing tips from my own experience. A great way to reward yourself at the end of the month! Tickets are £28.50 and you can book by calling me on 07752 420005, or sending me an e-mail at email@example.com.
Lastly, I am running three events from home this month where I cook a healthy meal of multiple courses and give you advice on how you can change your lifestyle for the better in a sustainable way. These take place on the 16th January at 19:30, on Tuesday the 22nd January at 10:00, or on the same day at 19:30. You will be able to have a body scan (usually valued at £15) and a measurement of blood pressure and PH level. Nibbles and drinks are included. Spaces are limited. The cost is £10. Again, you can ring me or send me an e-mail to book.
To better health in 2019,