New year has been and gone, to all of our dismay, however, we have a whole year to fulfil our wildest dreams.
Well, that is just it, we spend all year telling ourselves, oh ill wait until Monday to start that diet, I’ll change jobs in the new year.
Finally, new year spins round and we’re all too depressed to rush into something new.

Planning your new year’s goals

To have a goal in mind is to make sure that you come first. “Dream it and Achieve it” might seem like something a teenage girl may have on her wall but it’s the self-motivational push we all need when it comes to achieving our health and fitness goals.

Plan to change your current (bad) habits, before you get back into that ‘after work slump’ or Saturday junk food treat. It happens quickly and once you’ve begun the cycle it’s hard to break. So, learn how to prepare effectively before it is unchangeable. Start today! Tomorrow morning, plan out tonight what you’re eating and make sure you’re prepared to change your life:

  • Sleep well.
  • Rehydrate ( normally your body is thirsty, not hungry!)
  • Have breakfast, non of the cardboard stuff, fill up on protein and enjoy some ‘good’ carbs it gives you a good boost of energy for your day. Here’s a meal plan.
  • Stay positive, Happiness is key to weight loss. we all have days that we will eat a doughnut, you won’t put on weight. Eat it if it will make you happier, the happier you are the more energy you’ll have to exercise.
  • Focus, so..the girls are going out for lunch? go too, but focus on yourself! This is what you want!
  • Exercise! Exercising gives you more energy, keep yourself moving. The body naturally wants to store fat, it is in our DNA. Move as much as you can and never think ‘oh I’ve done enough today’.

Why new years day diets don’t work 
Picture this. It’s the holidays, you’ve spent 3 weeks binging on sugar and booze. Your body is tired and craving vegetables, vitamins (and probably water) so it can get more sustenance and vitamins and start repairing the damage you’ve caused by your holiday treats – not that I’m judging. I’m right there with you but…

You are so tired that on day one you roll out of bed and tell yourself your workout only needs to be 5 minutes and you can treat yourself to something nice. You end up eating more junk food, it’s a vicious circle.

Don’t forget – a diet shouldn’t be something you complete, it should be a way of life! Never restrict yourself to certain foods, it will not work. Our bodies like balance, we like new things. I try to have a list of 10 foods that I love and I mix up the ingredients so even if I have fajitas twice a week, my body is getting different nutrients every time!
Make a list of your favourite foods for 2 weeks, make sure your daily foods are 1300+ calories (preferably to your daily requirements), mix your list up, swap it around and the pounds will melt off. Try this menu!

Organise your year

I have written down my weight starting January 1st, this is the weight I won’t be next year. take off 4 lbs and write it at the bottom of that month’s calendar. 1 lb a week is good for someone with a BMI of 25.-27 anyone from 27+ should seek advice before losing weight.
After the month, if you’ve lost the weight, go out for a meal or make a nice meal ( up to 800 calories for the dinner, total 1600). Everything in your day should be focused on healthy, go for a walk on the weekends! Weight loss doesn’t have to be hard or miserable! Make small changes and daily goals.
Each month I’m now offering a new plan for weight loss.
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