Well, mid-January may seem a little late to be wishing you a happy new year but, for me, it’s traditionally when my good intentions/resolutions begin. So happy new year to you!
Here’s why I don’t start new regimes on New Year’s Day: there’s just way too much temptation left over from the festive period to resist and I don’t believe in throwing out food. Another reason is that, once Christmas is packed away on twelfth night, it all feels a bit bleak, cold and dark. Therefore I tuck in to all the surplus cheese, those leftover chocs that no one else fancied and the final few measures of Baileys left lingering. All without the slightest tinge of guilt.
This year, actually last year now, I seem to have succumbed to temptation on a whole new level as I’ve gained a couple of extra stones from indulging from October onwards! There are some up sides to this gain. One is that my bum is back with a vengeance. When I lose weight I lose my tush. At the moment I have a very cushioned caboose which means I fill my dresses out quite nicely. I’m quite happy with my size but there are two major reasons why I’m committing to getting myself off to a healthier start this year.
Reason 1: Health. Reason 2: Tone.
If you read my blog regularly you will be aware of my success with weight loss using Christianne Wolff’s Body Rescue Plan. If you don’t, in summary I lost around 3 stones on her plan and several dress sizes. What I love about the plan is that it’s not about starvation, it’s about being healthy and educating yourself on what to eat and why. Christianne now has her Vegan Body Rescue Plan which is the same but with vegan recipes. I’ve decided to commit to giving this a go to ‘reset’ for 2018. My plan is to follow it, unwaveringly, for a month. I’ve recently been researching the benefits of a plant-based diet for health and this seems like a good way to trial it for myself.
As for toning up, I am going to pick up my Bodyblade and actually start using it! I bought it aaaaaaaaaages ago. By ages I mean years. It’s one of those things that I keep meaning to do but just don’t and I can’t quite work out why because it’s so simple! I recently had an hour-long show with Bruce, the inventor of Bodyblade, and was so inspired by many of your stories of using it but also massively motivated by the realisation that I really only have to use it for 6 minutes three times a week to see results! I’ve taken it out of hibernation and did my first one minute workout today before work, ha ha! Obviously I’m going to step it up. I’ll keep you updated on my progress.
If you’re planning to get fitter and healthier this year then you could have a look at our Health & Wellbeing page featuring TV presenter and health guru, Jenni Falconer. Don’t forget to look out for soup makers, juicers and healthy supplements, too. There’s loads of ideas to help you get motivated.
I’d love to hear your stories and your resolutions so feel free to share. Here’s wishing you a very happy and healthy 2018 whatever your plans are for the year ahead.
Love Catherine xx