It’s almost that time again!
All too soon, we’ll be singing Auld Lang Syne at some party (whilst secretly wishing we were already in bed!) welcoming 2015 and promising all kinds of “New Year – New Me” Resolutions to anyone who’ll listen!
But I think we’ve got it wrong. I think, instead of thinking in terms of a “New Me” we should be focussing on being “The Best Me”. “New” implies there’s something wrong with the old one, and there isn’t!
For me – I like who I am. I just want to be the best version of me I can possibly be and I’m starting NOW!
I find the Winter challenging and I could quite easily hit a low point with the Winter Blues, so there’s no time like the present, right? It’s a great time of year to make some healthy changes. Feeling better about myself before Christmas is always welcome and I’m starting a couple of new gigs in 2015 which will need me to be in my best possible health, so it’s happening!
As a glass-half-full type, I shocked myself the other day when I was chatting with a friend and found myself uttering the words “I’m 43, it’s all downhill from here baby”! That’s not how I think at all so I was surprised the words came out! I recently found the most AMAZING quote on that subject:
LIVE YOUR LIFE.
BECAUSE RIGHT NOW IS THE OLDEST YOU’VE EVER BEEN
AND THE YOUNGEST YOU’LL EVER BE AGAIN!
I’m a 43 year old woman. I’ve created two amazing children and I want to be in the best possible health I can be, to be here enjoying my life with them and my OH for as long as possible. So here’s my game plan:
THE E WORD
I’m getting back into exercising again. It changes my mindset and outlook and I need those endorphins to get me through the cold winter months. I also need the extra strength and energy to get through the hectic multi-tasking life we lead as women. Exercise needs to be a priority in my life. I want to be strong. I want to be fit. I want to be toned. End of.
I’ve got gym membership at David Lloyd, I’ve got some new exercise gear (more about that soon) and I’m back in the zone!
I’m surrounding myself with positive, wonderful people which means the Negative Nancy’s won’t make the grade anymore. I don’t have the time to waste on people who are going to drain me. I’ve also been getting inspired with some great reads – inspirational blogs like the stunning Breathe Happiness and books like Fab You List by Susan Campbell Cross who reached a point in her life and realised, in her words “I hadn’t put myself on the back burner, I’d pushed myself right off the stove”! She made a list of 40 things she wanted to do before she turned 40 and wrote a book about it.
THE LIQUID ENEMY
The other day I realised, I’ve pretty much had a drink every night since Kaya was born and she’s 8! Wine-O-Clock baby! Not good.
Like most parents, it’s been pretty much my fast-track route into my adult time after the kids bath and bed. There’s a reason Trey and I call it “Seven Thirsty”! But it’s about to change because of some truths I’ve discovered.
I always thought the correlation between alcohol and weight was the calorific content of said drink. And I couldn’t really see what the fuss was about, but that’s only a small part of the story. When you drink your body see’s it as a toxin, panics and stops everything it was doing by way of metabolism, to break down and get rid of said toxin. So your metabolism slows down, 75% of fat burning stops and your body stops using carbs for energy. Enough said! I now have a drink Friday / Saturday nights only and already feel better for it.
I’m getting really into juicing and can totally recommend some inspirational documentaries on the subject, like Joe Cross – Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead and Jason Vale – The Juicy Revolution.
There are also some fab bloggers who juice and share their tips, like Katrina over at Cool Bananas. I’ve been having one green juice a day and already feel so much better and more energised.
YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT!
I’m aware that I’m pretty much responsible for 4 people’s nutrition. I’m also aware that I’m not the best cook in the world. Yup, I spectacularly burnt the pancakes when it was my turn to toss on Blue Peter! I also *might* have made Betty Crocker packet cupcakes for the school “home made cake sale”! Shh… don’t tell!
Ability aside (!) I’m determined to nail this nutrition thing and I’m passionate about giving myself and my family the best food. I’ve been pretty much vegetarian (eating fish occasionally) for the past year and got inspired on the food front watching documentaries like FoodMatters, Forks Over Knives, Vegucated and Hungry for Change.
I love vegetarian cooking and recently discovered a beautiful, inspirational food blog at Green Kitchen Stories. I literally want to make – and eat – everything that David and Luise come up with! Their books are just stunning and everything I need from a cook book, with gorgeous pictures and easy, inspirational recipes from around the world. They’re so gorgeous they wouldn’t look out of place on your coffee table, which is just what I need! I love being able to see what I’m cooking! Even the kids have been leafing through them, deciding what they want to make next, and so far everything has been a huge success AND delicious! Go me! Who knew?!
This is it. My Best Me. Let’s DO this!
*has a lie down to recover from new found enthusiasm!
“BE THE BEST VERSION OF YOU”!