Friday, January 2


Happy January everybody! My first post is just a little bit late but I've been getting into the swing of the new year for a bit.

This year, I didn't make any resolutions on the first of january. Before you ask why, I'll pose a question. How many people join the gym in January? Right, and how many are still there in December? I think I can hear the ghost of a rowing machine from winters past weeping. New Year's Day is the one time of year where almost everybody on the planet is half asleep, feeling dead, eating leftover Christmas scraps and shrapnel. It's the second today and Sam just tried to convince me to have Buck's Fizz in the middle of the day instead of tea and this is the time of year people are swearing to change their lives forever?

That's not to say don't have things I anticipate in 2015, I just think the first of the month is maybe not the best time to list everything wrong with you and try to change them all at once. Universally, everyone feels crap after Christmas. Having gorged on cake and Henry the Eighth-style dinners all month, mid-January is usually the biggest slap in the face of the year (second only to late April when you realise, uh oh, two months until Beach Bod????). Not to mention it's post sales, post seasonal nights out and post prezzie splurge. How many people get to the middle of January and wonder how they got so fat, poor, tired, old, before February has even swung around? No wonder the Blues are such a notorious B.

What I'm trying to say is, by all means, make your resolutions. Stick to them as long as you can, honestly, power to you. However, the person you are on the first of January is not the person you are all year round. There will be things that are desperately important to you now that you won't even remember in six months. How many times have you sworn to follow your resolutions through, no matter what, at all costs? Can you even remember them now? What were you resolutions two years ago-- the ones you swore would change your life forever? No idea. Persevere, but don't be too hard on yourself.

Equally, don't be too hard on yourself. We can't all wake up on the first of January raring to jump into a new life. Ok, you want to start running-- sometimes it can take a while to be confident enough to slip into lycra and even step outdoors. What if it gets to the end of January and the best you've done is buy some new trainers? You know what, that's ok, because it's the best you've done. Surprisingly enough, changing your whole life takes time. Equally, say you want to be healthier, ok, it's doable. But the reality is, it can be hard sometimes. Who wakes up and suddenly knows 365 breakfasts, lunches and dinners that incorporate your new Paleo/Vegan/Gluten-Free lifestyle? It's impossible. It will not happen by the end of January. But that doesn't mean you have failed. You will have bad days. You will have blips, but it's all fine. Whether you get there or you don't, you tried. Or didn't. You know you wanted to and sometimes just having that thought is enough-- you've got all year to see it through. Take March off, who cares. There's eleven other months.

All I'm trying to say is, a year is a long time. New Year goals are daunting, and sometimes the pressure alone can put you off. Why say things like, 'this year I will go to the gym every day and only eat soup'? Be realistic, and be kind to yourself. Take small steps. You don't have to be someone else overnight. New Years Resolutions are a nice idea, but it can be good for you just to leave them like that, an idea.

Go back to work, get through January, get back to yourself. Then try. You've been on holiday for two weeks, on monday I guarantee you will feel crap. Don't make yourself feel worse by forcing some sad lettuce into tupperware. Remind yourself of your routine, get back in the swing, and then stop and think about what you could change this year.

Leave resolutions until next month. I bet they'll last longer.

Until next time,


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