Why do we make New Year’s Resolutions?


Happy New Year! We have reached the first weekend of January 2019 and I think I’ve fallen in love with New Year Resolutions, as in I love reading and hearing about other peoples but don’t have any of my own. I love hearing about what people are planning for their year ahead, goals they’ve set and things they want to achieve. I feel like it’s so personal and a new year gives people renewed energy and hope. A lot can happen in a year.

As I’m so hopeless with New Year Resolutions (and if you go back to my previous 2018 New Year blog post), I can tell you that I actually achieved/sustained absolutely none of last year’s plans. This does not surprise me as 2018 was a but of a rollercoaster ride with lots of twists and turns. Yet I still believe in goal setting, I think it’s such a useful and a healthy tool to keep us moving forward or even help us change direction if that’s what needs to happen. So for me, I have a different approach this year. Words. I’ve written several words on a post-it note and put it next to my bed. I’ve also written the same set of words on my calendar, sporadically, throughout the whole year. These are purposeful words that are going to remind me and keep my thoughts aligned and focused with a few things I set out to do in the year ahead. No pressure, just gentle reminders.

I’ll share two of them with you now. One is organisation. Pretty self explanatory. With Amelie recently starting school, I feel inundated with stuff (as any parent with a child at school knows). There’s requests, tasks, help, homework, reading journals, bringing in this and that from home, uniforms, parent mornings/afternoons/evenings, money for this and that, consent slips, school trips, school plays, costumes, a growing amount of party invites, presents, cards, parent mail! I’m sure I’ve left stuff out. And what with working full time, I’m trying to be more organised. Really trying, like I’m planning to actually use my calendar this year!


The other word I’ll share with you is gratitude. Reflecting back on 2018 I could potentially feel like it was a bit of a disastrous year for me, and at times, I let that feeling pull my thoughts and energy down. But actually, in reality, I had a lot to be grateful for. That’s the joy of reflection and hindsight. I am truly grateful, for many things. And it’s so important not to lose sight of that. When things are tough, there’s always light with the shade. I definitely need to remind myself from time to time that there is a lot to be grateful for.

So I hope your 2019 has got off to a cracking start. Hopefully everyone is using this New Year energy in a positive way, it’s a lovely feeling of renewal and restoring. So if resolutions don’t serve you well then don’t set them. Do what works for you. Just look and reach for all the positives as we move through each month. Maybe set yourself a mini challenge? I know someone that is doing Veganuary and someone else that never reads wants to read at least 6 new books by the end of the year. Before you know it I’ll be back here writing my 2020 post. Wow, wrting that date seemed a bit scary!!!

Thanks for reading, I haven’t answered the question in the title but would love to know your thoughts?

Love

Lea xx

Christmas Smoothie Recipe

This smoothie tastes just like Christmas. Sooo delicious and my new favourite smoothie choice for this time of year. If you’re already starting to feel the affects of the cold weather or you have some serious Christmas parties happening this smoothie will really help you out.

Literally whizz up the following ingredients in a blender and voila.

Serves 2

2 heaped tablespoons of natural live yoghurt

2 bananas

1 teaspoon of Grated ginger

1 teaspoon of Cinnamon powder

1 teaspoon of Turmeric powder

1 tablespoon of honey

300ml of Almond milk

And then just whizz up in the blender.

I’ve had this two days in a row now just because it’s so tasty. Let me know if you give this a try.

Love Lea xx

5 Simple Ways to feel good and at your best this Autumn Winter

I work in the health industry and work out in the community, so I’m exposed to everyone’s coughs and colds. A few ways I try to stay on top of my health and wellbeing are outlined below. Of course I sometimes fall short (like now *coughs and sniffs*) but that’s why I like to come back to a short check list to make sure I’m doing all the right things to help combat the winter bugs and blues.

  • Start the day right. This means having a healthy balanced breakfast. If you follow me on Instagram you know I love my porridge topped with fruit, nuts and seeds. For me, this provides the nutrients and energy I need to kick start the day. I also recommend introducing some lemon and ginger in hot water for your first drink of the day. This is great for breaking up the caffeine in take throughout the day too. I find it definitely provides that soothing and healing quality to a drink particularly when you’re feeling fragile. If your feeling massively adventurous my Mum swears by a shot of organic apple cider vinegar first thing. Now, I don’t do this very often, but when I do it really does settle my stomach. I might give this a try this winter.
  • REST, REST, REST. Particularly as we come in to the festive season. It’s so easy to start burning the candle at both ends. You must learn to relax and let your body and mind rest. Schedule a night in with your pj’s on and a good book or an afternoon of films and sofa snuggles. With rest in mind, this also means, make sure you’re getting enough sleep. I always tell myself “when you’re sleeping your healing”. I would say I definitely sleep more in the winter. I think nature wants us to sleep more in the winter months.
  • Keep active. It’s so easy to lose sight of your fitness levels as we head in to the colder and darker evenings. Social engagements creep up and our appetite for exercise tends to dwindle as we wrap up in extra layers. My advice would be to sign up to a fitness event like a run, or book in a term of yoga sessions, if you’re a member of a gym schedule in a weekly class. Or, if mobility or funds are an issue for you, get out walking with some friends.
  • Up your fruit and veg. Keep your fruit and vegetables up throughout this winter, it’s so tempting to up the carbs as it gets cold but don’t let your fruit and veg slide. You’ll need extra vitamins and nutrients to fight off the cold and flu viruses.

  • Spend a little bit of time out in nature and the fresh air. I’m talking wintery woodland walks, blustery beach strolls, hilltop hiking. Wrap up warm and get out in the fresh air. This will do your physical and mental health the world of good.

I will do another post going in to a little more detail of particular benefits of certain foods and exercises that will help to keep winter bugs at bay. I think being a little bit more specific in this area is useful when trying to keep your health in tip top condition. I am a little snuffly today so I’ve put some spinach and watercress soup on the hob, only took a few minutes of preparation and I will have some of that a little later. And obviously hope it works miracles immediately ; )

These are just a few hints and tips that I’ve tried and tested. Please share with me all your hits and tips in the comments below or connect with me on Instagram where I post a lot of meal ideas and healthy lifestyle tips.

Lots of love

Lea xxx