I’m the first to hold my hands up and say that I always start the year with great aspirations of losing a whole load of weight and getting into shape then it never really materialises. I know 2018 is going to be a bit different as I am properly on my Slimming World journey but this is going to be a slow process as I am only aiming for 1.5 pounds of weight loss a week so it’s going to be very gradual.
When I think about staying healthy now my priorities have changed and it’s no longer washboard ab’s and skinny legs which make me think of health but it’s more about mental stability with some physical bits thrown in. I’d rather feel healthy and happy than just be skinny.
Make sure you always make time for yourself
I am too much of a workaholic and will spend hours on my laptop doing things which are almost certainly not recreational so I need to make sure to always make some time for myself. Whether that be a few hours for a nice bath and pamper season, or an evening so I can snuggle up with a blanket, some hot chocolate and a new movie. I’m not saying I’m going to have time every single day for this but at least once a week I don’t want to think about work and have some time to heal my mind and relax.
For me a pamper session is always one of the best ways to relax and using a good sheet mask like the Hydrating and Balancing masks from Janna* are just what I need. I’ve been trying to make a conscious effort to choose more natural products and stuff which hasn’t been tested on animals and these tick both those boxes. At this time of year, my skin tends to feel a bit dry so the hydrating mask is perfect as it gives a boost of hydration to soothe and repair skin and the Hyaluronic Acid within it helps your skin to retain moisture and my skin definitely felt plump after using. The balancing mask is a bit more of an all-rounder as the Salicylic Acid within the mask helps to increase cell turnover and skin renewal to keep your skin glowing and healthy looking.
They’re absolutely perfect to pop on when you’re in the bath relaxing while listening to your favourite podcast or while you’re laying in bed catching up with the latest episode of whatever Netflix series you’re binging.
Give my eyes a break
As I spend a lot of time looking at screens for both my fulltime job and in my free time I do feel like my eyes are strained a lot so I want to have some out from screens to relax my eyes and do something less strenuous as I do worry about the fact that I’m sure I’ll need glasses at some point soon. For those of you who wear contact lenses a lot the new year is a good time to give your eyes a break from them and just wear your glasses for a bit as it can stop irritation and just give them some breathing space. I’ve never really used anything on my eyes but a good eye drop can do so much good.
I’m nowhere near as bad as I used to be when it comes to getting nutrients in my body and I actively eat vegetables now, something that I never thought would happen, but I know there are still some things which my body lacks. I go through phases when it comes to supplements but I want to make sure that 2018 is the year I get properly into the habit of it to ensure that my insides stay healthy and happy.
Drink more water
This has been a bit of a resolution of sorts for years for me as I am a huge fizzy drink fan and I know it’s so bad for me but it’s a bit of a battle really despite being such an easy thing to do. I do drink more squash when I am at home than I used to but I know there’s a lot more I could do. I want to get into the habit of having a water bottle with me at work to ensure that I drink more of that at my desk and don’t buy fizzy drinks to take in with me, especially as this is meant to keep me feeling fuller for longer.