Starting The New Year Right: Changes For 2019

“The box said it was two pounds of chocolates… so why did I gain ten pounds?”

Festivities started very early for me this year. A combination of having a two year old who was desperate for Christmas to begin early, along with my well-known sadness when the season is over far too quick, we thought it would be a good idea to get the house decked out for Christmas by the end of November. I also had all the presents bought and wrapped and plenty of festive food in the cupboards. This is where I went wrong. It isn’t yet Christmas, but since the end of November I’ve been eating as though it is Christmas. Chocolates galore, feasts of cheese and crackers, piles of puddings and pastries… not to mention my hubby’s work Christmas Do and food-orientated family gatherings in the mix. I am truly stuffed already… a waddling pregnant stuffed turkey!

“The future depends on what you do today”

I’m beginning to feel rather unhealthy and just a bit bleh now. Something has to change. It’s not quite the end of the year, but now is the perfect time to start a plan of attack for New Years Resolutions. Here are some of mine for 2019:

Eat the right things

No doubt my overeating days are not yet over with Christmas still over a week away, but my intention is to start a healthier eating plan as soon as January swings around. I have to say it is a very tricky time to start cutting back on bad foods because our coldest days in the UK tend to come in January and so our natural reaction is to hibernate and fill up on high sugar high fat foods to keep satisfied. Salads and smoothies might not cut it!

If you’re thinking of eating well in 2019, have you considered pre-prepared meals? It’s worth looking into My Cuistot, the chef cooked meal delivery service. Their mission is to help the world eat healthy, feel better, and live more. It’s a great concept: you head online to their website and choose how many pre-prepared meals you’d like in a week (4, 6, 9, or 12) and My Cusitot’s skilled chefs will prepare them the day of delivery and get a healthy nutritious meal sent straight to your door! Not in? Their considerate insulated packaging means that your meal will be kept cool and fresh until you get home. Then just ping in the microwave for 3 minutes and you’re ready to go! Their choice of menus sound divine. Once signed up you can cancel at any time, so why not give them a try?

This sounds like the ideal system for me! My repertoire of home cooked meals isn’t particularly adventurous, so being able to taste some new delicious weight loss diet meals sounds fabulous. I’ll also have a newborn baby come February, so having these delivered to me will take the time and effort out of getting a healthy meal sorted.

Drink more water

I think this must have been on every one of my New Years Resolution lists since the dawn of time! I just slip out of the habit of drinking enough water so quickly. It’s been especially difficult to keep up with the amount I used to drink now that I’m heavily pregnant – I feel like whatever I drink is ready to come out within 10 minutes! It is so important though, and the difference I feel when I drink sufficient in a day is quite incredible. Yesterday I got my large reusable drink bottle from the cupboard and started using it again, hopefully I can keep it going all year long in 2019. A great tip I saw online recently is to draw a tick box on to every day of your diary/calendar to be ticked after each day if you’ve reached your water intake goal. That will definitely keep me on track and motivated!

Track my wellness

I used to wear a fitness tracker band religiously when I first got it for my birthday last year, and like all good intentions I soon slipped out of the habit. I’m hoping to get a new design wristband tracker in the Boxing Day sales to get me back into wearing one. I loved seeing how many steps I’d walked each day, how many calories I had burnt, and the most fascinating part: how many hours I slept each night! It can be a great motivation to move more if you can see how few steps you’ve walked (most fitness websites recommend you walk 10,000 steps a day) , and a good reminder to get to bed early when you can see how little you actually sleep in a night once it calculates how long you toss and turn for! For me, my exercise and my sleep are the two factors that effect my wellness most after diet, so it’s worth investing in tracking it.

I hope this has inspired you to start thinking about healthy changes you can make in 2019. Have you made any changes this year that have stuck? Let me know in the comments!

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