Okay it is a New Year and thoughts turn to making changes in our lives. We are bombarded through social media about the next ‘big’ thing to make us feel healthier and happier. Some things work and others don’t. We can be sucked into a false hope only to be shattered or disappointed because nothing seems to be working.
I’ve decided to make this year a Fit & Fabulous New Year. A year where I really look at my lifestyle and make those changes we all talk about – eating healthier, less alcohol, more exercise and most of all more happiness.
I’m finding lately that although I espouse to being fit and healthy, I’m doing well on the fitness side but maybe not so well on the fabulous side. Fabulous to me means feeling upbeat, a ‘spring in my step’ and just really feeling on top of everything. Most of all it means feeling happy within myself and looking forward to each day with enthusiasm for life.
I know that as we get older we probably say to ourselves ‘I’m over all of this, I’m not interested in exercise or eating well’ BUT we should be. I love the feeling of being fit and healthy in body and mind. LIFE IS BETTER because WE FEEL BETTER. It doesn’t have be to gruelling Bootcamp or starving ourselves – we can get results just by making lifestyle changes and being CONSISTENT.
It is easy to write these words and to encourage others to be this way. I’ve tried that with my Fab Fitters over at the #couchpotatotofabfit Facebook group and have received very positive feedback. The trouble is that sometimes I’m so busy giving my thoughts and advice to others that perhaps I’m not listening to myself. I’m not taking my own advice which is about being more relaxed and mindful about my life.
So in 2017 that is going to change! My word for 2017 is ‘Simplify’ and that means we don’t have to be looking for the next big thing to make us healthy and happy. It means taking a simple but consistent approach to all areas of our life. Forget the crash diets, forget the gruelling workouts, forget the addiction to social media and the whirl of life.
WE CAN BE FIT & FABULOUS LIVING A SIMPLE LIFE – IT ALL COMES DOWN TO OURSELVES, WE HAVE THE POWER.
How am I going to change things? Well….
Here are my 5 ways to a Fit & Fabulous New Year
1. Stop talking and start doing
Yes, I’m good at giving advice and talking about ways to be fit & fabulous now I need to JUST DO IT! I’m putting into action what I truly believe are ways to be Fit & Fabulous and living by example. That means eating well, exercising each day and taking time out to rest my mind and removing the words ‘Fad Diet’ from my vocabulary.
It is all about making healthier food choices rather than starving ourselves. Good nutrition makes us feel vital and alive.
2. Start each day with time for me
Instead of jumping out of bed and straight onto social media or my website, I’ll be starting the day with time for ME. That means,
- some quiet time to prepare for the day and what I want to achieve
- exercise – it may be yoga, a walk or a run or a workout with my PT. Something to get me moving for the day.
3. Plan & Set targets
I’m using my last few days of this year to put a plan into place and set some targets for myself. Nothing can be achieved if I don’t have a plan which will help to keep me on track.
4. Enlist the help of a buddy and become accountable
I’m enlisting a buddy system to help me keep accountable. I have my P.T. and Saturday Sisters running group to help motivate me plus the Fab Fitters.
5. Reward & love myself
If I’m putting in the hard work and getting results then little rewards along the way will certainly help. That might be a massage, a day spa, a new outfit – something that makes me feel extra special.
It is also so important to learn to love the person that you are. Being a Body Image Movement Ambassador means being healthy and happy with who we are as a person first and foremost.
Will you join me on a journey to being more Fit & Fabulous this year?
I will be regularly checking in with posts on how I’m going with my quest to be Fit & Fabulous this year. I’ll be sharing what I have learned, new recipes to try and maybe some new fitness ideas. I’d love you to follow and hopefully gain something yourself for ways to becoming more Fit & Fabulous.
If you would like to join me in a quest to be Fit & Fabulous join the Fab Fitters over at my #couchpotatotofabfit Facebook page and also subscribe to my website for more ideas on how we can be Fit & Fabulous this year!