New Year = New You…?

I completely understand the people who think that the beginning of a new year is the perfect time to start on their Fitness Journey. I used to start new things on a Monday just because it felt right – so I totally get the 1st of January thing too. New Year = New You…right?!

Sure, It’s easy enough to say that you are going to be fit & healthy in 2016 – but it’s the actual doing of the fit & healthiness that’s important. I’m not saying go absolutely mental and cut out everything that’s remotely bad from your diet and exercise four times and day and never touch a drop of alcohol and exclude yourself from going out to dinner with family. THAT, my friends, would be extremely boring, and practically impossible to uphold (believe me, I’ve tried).

What I am saying is that it needs to be taken one day at a time (and bloody slowly at first) because it really does take a lot to get used to! It really is quite hard to stop reaching for the biscuits when you make that cup of tea, or to change your shopping habits when you’re out buying food. There are so many little things that you will need to stop doing to ensure that you get on the healthy path, and I’ll tell you this for free – you aren’t going to be able to do it all in one day! Sorry to all you believers – but I’m not going to lie to you – It. Takes. Time.

Tiffy Top Tip: Write a list of things you could change and pick a new one to start every week.

Examples: Parking in the spot furthest away from the entrance at work, halving the amount of sugar in your tea/coffee, exercising three times a week for 30 minutes at a time, drinking green tea etc etc

Now, let me talk to you about the gym. The gym in January is absolutely horrendous. No lies. Classes will be full, not a free cardio machine in sight, no car parking spaces and a queue at the water fountain. All of those little things that really annoy me. But – be strong folks – get yourself through the first month and you will prevail! It’s survival of the fittest – no pun intended – and January will separate the weak from the strong. I actually love sitting back and watching it all happen:

All jokes aside, I applaud every single person who gets passed this stage and is still going in February – because it takes a lot to do it. And the difference between the quitters and the stayers is obvious.. the quitters have tried to do absolutely EVERYTHING all in one go and failed miserably. The stayers have taken it slowly, got used to the new way of living slowly and carefully, making it easy to stick at it.

So, if you are thinking of starting on your way to losing a bit of weight, or generally just living a healthier life, then please take my advice and take it slowly.. it will help in the long run. Promise!!

Tomorrow I’ll be posting ‘6 Steps to Sticking to your New Years Resolution’ – so make sure you pop back to to have a look-see 🙂