NEW YEARS RESOLUTIONS
As Christmas is behind us now, yet the celebrations can still be felt from those few relaxing festive days of eating and drinking, many of us start thinking about the imminent New Year and the resolutions that “need” to be made in order to start a new life…
When it comes to resolutions, highlighting the word ‘need’ is hugely important as this defines the whole concept. Nobody (except maybe you) expects you to make one so don’t be too harsh on yourself. If you want to start focusing on something new when January comes around, go for it. But be patient and realistic!
Think about what you want to achieve, i.e. weight loss or a healthier diet. Make a realistic plan, give yourself enough time and break your goal into smaller goals. This will help you feel like you’re going the right way and keep you motivated. Don’t be unrealistic and think that you can achieve changing your habits in a month, creating change takes time.
When you’re making your plan, visualise your ultimate goal – then break it into time based smaller goals such as:
Short-term goal – Have more energy, focus on amount + quality of sleep, chances to exercise and start considering what you are eating = this helps you exercise and focus more easily on your target goal
Medium-term goal – A suitable balance of energy intake and expenditure = how much should you eat to lose the weight but still get enough energy to keep you going and exercising
Long-term goal – Lose X kilos of weight and keep it off =continue maintaining achieved lifestyle changes
By dividing your ultimate goal into smaller goals and breaking them into the steps that you think you need to take to achieve them, you will have the best chances of reaching them… at least some of them! Allow yourself some slack if you revert to old habits now and then; it’s only part of the process.
Remember, if you’ve achieved only one of them, you have still made an improvement and shouldn’t think that you have failed – but maybe just you need to revise your goals and see if they could be even more realistic to suit your lifestyle. Make the year 2016 your best year ever by being kind to yourself and others.
SOME OF OUR FAVOURITE RESOLUTIONS AT LUNCH BXD
Taking up a new sport or exercise – Have you tried Bikram or TRX? Mixing up your work out can be fun and is good for your body. Class Pass is a cool website which acts like a gym where you sign up and get passes to lots of different fitness classes in London. It is also proven that a varied exercise regime is more effective at getting your body on track too.
Try Mindfulness – More posts to follow on this topic but allowing yourself just 20 minutes a day to ground yourself in the present moment has been shown to help with productivity and calm feelings of anxiety and stress. Apps such as HeadSpace and CALM are an easy way to test it out and both offer free trials. We’d recommend using both and seeing what works for you after a few weeks.
Veganuary? We didn’t even know this was a thing. This campaign aims to reduce the suffering of animals by inspiring and supporting people across the globe to go vegan for the month of January. Having not tried a vegan diet in the past some of us might give it a go for January and see how it affects our energy levels. Eating a plant based diet can be cheaper and healthier. Although meat is a good protein source, too much isn’t a good thing.
Read More! Get away from your laptop and phone in the evening with the help of a good book. Staring at screens all day and evening can hype your senses and you’ll then find it hard to switch off and sleep. Switch 30 of your TV minutes in the evening, or even an hour to sitting quietly with a book (maybe in the bath?) instead. The ‘Staff Favourites’ in Waterstones are often a good shout and you can buy one of our salads from their cafes while you are there… cheeky plug sorry!
See you in 2016,
The Lunch BXD Team X