I would hazard a guess that 99% of people are feeling a bit sluggish and ‘meh’ after the festive period, myself included. So I wanted to share a few of the things which I like to do to get myself back on track and hit the ground running in 2017!
#1 Set goals
I am big on setting goals in case you hadn’t already realised.
How do you know which road to take if you don’t know where you are going?
I like to set long term goals and then break them down into smaller ones. I love my Passion Planner Diary which makes laying out these goals and targets even easier, from yearly to monthly to weekly to daily. I like having structure and this really helps me and focuses my mind on what I want to achieve and what steps I need to take in order to get there. Take a look at the blog which I published yesterday on how I like to come up with my own goals!
#2 Drink Water
Cliché, yes I know. But I cannot stress the important of this one. (I have a whole blog post on the subject here.) Make sure you are getting in your 2 litres a day. If you are retaining any post festive water weight this will help flush it out. Your skin will thank you for it and in general your body will just start functioning a whole lot better. I am guilty of letting my consumption drop when I get busy and especially when it is cold outside, so I have got myself a new water bottle to carry around and ensure I am fully hydrated. And sorry, it will mean you will need the toilet more.
#3 Schedule your gym sessions
This is now a big one for me. Ever since returning from LA in October I have been scheduling my workouts into my diary and blocking out that slot to stop me from arranging anything else. This has made me so much more accountable and I haven’t missed a session from doing this yet. Write down when you intend to go to the gym and stick to it!!
New year also means a new gym split and workout for me to freshen things up and keep me motivated and progressing. I recommend you do the same. Have a look online for ideas or get in touch and I am sure I can help!
#4 Eat Fresh whole foods
I am a huge advocate of flexible dieting and not restricting yourself, however I know myself I can bend the rules a little too much and be a bit excessive on the chocolate consumption or helping myself to a handful of crisps if they are open and making it ‘fit my macros.’ I feel 10x better when I focus on making all my meals from whole foods sources. So this week I will be cutting out the ‘crap’ and getting all the goodness back into me.
#5 Go for a walk
Nothing clears my head like going for a walk. I love just plugging my earphones in, putting a podcast on and stretching my legs. I definitely don’t do cardio as much as I should, for no other reason than I use the excuse that I don’t have time. Getting a sweat on, as much as you maybe don’t want to, will release those feel good endorphins and afterwards you will feel amazing. I am going to make sure I do some sort of cardio whether its just a walk, some sprints or some conditioning in the gym a couple of times a week.
I have saved the most important point for last. Above all, if you want results consistency will trump perfection every time. (PS Perfection doesn’t even exist!) If you are consistent with your efforts day in and day out you are much more likely to reach your goals rather than trying to be perfect at everything, failing and throwing the towel in.
There is no short term fix for success.
In a world where we all want instant gratification this can sometimes seem hard to fathom, but at the end of the day if you really want to make a change, things have to change and there has to be some sort of sacrifice on your part; start off small and you will soon be flying towards your goals!
Get in touch if you need any more help!
Love Abi xxxx
-January Blog a Day 2/31