How NOT to break your New Year’s resolutions

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Well hello again and Happy New Year! You might have noticed I took a bit of a break over the Christmas period. Blogging is naturally a very present thing in my mind and life and I wanted some time to switch off from everything. I’ll be honest that it was wonderful and was a real chance for me to reassess and regroup.

Are you planning on making any New Year’s resolutions? Many of you may be and if you aren’t officially, there may still be things you would like to achieve but just without the label. Either way, I’ve decided to take a few of the most popular resolutions and give my take on ways to help you on your way!

If you want to….be healthier

Drink more water
An obvious one, I’m sure you’ll agree but this is something I’m sure we could all do with more of in our daily lives and considering it’s free, definitely an element we can easily do. Other than reducing fatigue, water helps flush out the toxins in our body and keeps our skin looking a lot better due to replenishing our skin tissues. Being hydrated also helps prevents headaches and in general leaves us feeling a lot more energised. If you are struggling to get your two litres a day, I’d definitely suggest a HydrateM8 water bottle which helps you monitor your water intake through markers that reminds you to drink at different times of the day. Simply fill up the bottle twice and day and that’s your lot! Easy, right?

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Fail to prepare, prepare to fail
I’m a planner by nature so this is something I’ve done for a while myself. I’ll make some time to plan what we’re having for dinner and as such, create a shopping list of what we need for these meals. I plan up to two weeks of meals so it’s only something you have to do twice a month and having this all set up means we are less likely to choose something unhealthy just because ‘we don’t know what to have.’ We’re able to come in and get cooking what’s on our menu board rather than dithering about in front of the fridge. So as such, we make healthier choices without really thinking about it. This applies to lunches too, before we moved in together my boyfriend would buy a meal deal from the supermarket every day spending god knows how much every week! But now every evening I will put together both our lunches and it removes the temptation when you are hungry to reach for everything naughty.
Start smallGoing cold turkey and cutting out everything that contains sugar or carbs straight away is just going to make your life more difficult. Sure you might be able to handle it for a couple of days but then it gets really hard and you’ll find yourself reaching for the biscuit tin. The key is to start small. You’d be surprised how implementing a few little changes can make the world of difference to your health. For example, stopping using butter on toast or sandwiches and avoiding smothering your food in high-calorie sauces that you don’t need. Try swapping your white bread to wholemeal and go without sugar in your tea or coffee. You’ll find these small habits really easy to keep up and you won’t even notice them any more.

If you want to…get fitter

Get up earlier
If you are anything like me, life is hectic and managing to squeeze in exercise as well as work, meals, socialising, housework, pets etc can be hard. So the solution? Make more time. Set your alarm an hour earlier than usual five days a week. Admittedly it’s going to be painful to wake up even earlier but getting it over and done with as soon as you can is a lot better than doing something at the end of the day and dreading it. You’re also more likely to not go through with it and curl up on the sofa. However you spend this time is completely up to you. There is something really lovely about being up before the rest of the world so spend this peaceful time going for a run or perhaps stick on a few yoga or pilates videos on YouTube. If an hour is too early, try 20 minutes or whatever suits. The important thing is to get your body moving.

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Invest in a tracking device
Admittedly these can be expensive but if you are serious about getting fitter, they are a real investment. There are also several different price points to suit your budget. A gentle reminder that you need to move more can be all the encouragement you need. I find that when it is more of a challenge, you’ll want to walk the recommended 10,000 steps each day and will gradually find yourself naturally taking the stairs instead of the lift or taking a lunchtime stroll.
Join an exercise class
Rather than joining a gym, why not check out your local fitness classes? Much cheaper than a membership, you just pay as and when you attend a class. Though if you find yourself loving it, you might find it works out better financially to join the Gym. Classes also gives you a chance to try lots of different things a try to find what suits you and what you enjoy most. Studies have found that people who mix up what they do fitness wise are more likely to stick to it in the long term. And with options including Zumba, Studio Cycling, Yoga and HIIT, there is plenty to try out. I’d also recommend taking a friend along as for me personally, this makes it a lot more fun and keeps me motivated.

If you want to….be more organised

Fall in love with stationary
Along the same vein as the water bottle, I personally find myself more likely to do something if it’s aesthetically pleasing. It shouldn’t work but it really does. And this is where stationary comes in. There is an abundance of attractive stationary at this time of year, so you can really take your pick. Whether you decide to go full hog and start a bullet journal (there are so many awesome posts on these – just google!) or just decide to invest in the likes of an organiser or even a simple diary, these are all great tools to help you organise your life better. I’d recommend these over a phone app simply because the act of writing and crossing something out is a lot more satisfying!

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Get it out the way
Got a task to do? Do it straight away. If you’ve got a heavy job to get done, make it the first thing you do. Don’t let anything else get in the way or make excuses, it’s not going to go away. Think of it like ripping off a plaster, it’s so much better when it is done. If you don’t, it’ll be hovering in your mind, taunting you and you’ll be dreading it the whole day. Whether you apply this to work or housework, this makes everything better. Plus you feel fabulous when you’ve finished. Go you!

If you want to…have more ‘me time.’

Allow yourself time to relax…
Make time for yourself at the end of each night to really unwind. And unfortunately this means going gadget free. This is because the blue light that is emitted from our technology like phones and tablets actually restrains the production of melatonin, the hormone that controls our sleep/wake functions. So without these around (as hard as it may be!), you’re going to find it a lot easier to relax ready for bed. I find the period before I sleep is when I’m most relaxed as during the day I’m wanting to use the time to do stuff. Use your time wisely and treat yourself to a long bath with your favourite Lush bath bomb or perhaps curl up with a book or some music. Just leave your phone alone!

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Just say noWe live in a world where there is just so much going on and our lives are busier than ever. A lot of the times this can’t be helped, e.g. work, making meals etc. However just saying no every so often can do you the world of good. You are allowed to not join your colleagues for lunch so you can spend some time reading the book you rarely get to pick up and you are allowed to turn down a get together with friends because you’ve had a long week and want some pamper time alone. Quite often we can all be guilty of FOMO (fear of missing out) and as such, find ourselves attending occasions we don’t really want to be at when really we’d be happier at home with the dog watching a boxset. Do not feel guilty for being a little selfish now and again because after all, it’s for your own good.

I hope this post has helped you in some way, I’ll definitely be taking my own advice and taking small steps to achieve my own goals. I wish you all an incredible 2017!

Emily x

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  • I am going to drink lots of water for sure!

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  • This post is full of some great tips and advice so thanks for this Emily! In order to keep to my resolutions this year, I'm going to try and set end of year goals and keep them quite vague, so that I'm not hugely frustrated in myself when I have a hiccup. My main resolution is to make more time for myself, look after myself more in terms of health and exercise and to stop comparing myself to others. Hope you have a happy new year! ๐Ÿ™‚ x
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  • Such a great post!! I definitely need to take you advice as I'm terrible with new year resolutions!

    Darriyan xo
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  • I definitely agree with everything you've jotted on here, Emily. Great advice for sure. I hope to try much harder with eating healthy this year. Wish me luck gurlll. Ha!
    Happy new blessed year and thanks for your support this year. You're much appreciated.

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  • These are really great suggestions! All of the above for me! Haha. I definitely need to get in to the gym more, as I sort of fell off that train when I started my blog this year. It's so hard now! I hope you have a great new year lady and you accomplish everything you want to in 2017!

    -Emily http://www.coatandcoffee.com

  • I will definitely take your advice and for once make my resolution come to life. This is very much appreciated. Thanks!

    Xeph
    Misadventures

  • I love this, such simple things that can have a really massive impact. happy new year ๐Ÿ™‚ <3

    Anne // http://www.aportraitofyouth.co.uk

  • Oh my gosh! Everything here is on point. Let's all achieve our goals this year and be better person. Thanks so much for this though. Fighting!~

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  • These are some great ideas! I struggle with being organized that I'd rather lay in bed than complete a dreaded task. But I know once I finish the task I will feel better.

    Hannah
    Floraful

  • I'm going to be making some healthier changes this year, I already eat prettily healthily but there's room for improvement ๐Ÿ™‚

    Rosy | Sparkles of Light Blog
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  • I love the way you presented this list! It's not overwhelming at all, it sounds convincing and very achievable and it's easy enough to incorporate them into new habits.

    The water bottle is such a great idea! I often drink a lot of busy but sometimes there are days that I'm just too busyโ€ฆ Having a water bottle like that would definitely help though!

    I will definitely keep all these in mind. Happy New Year!

    – Gretch of GG Memochou

  • That water bottle seems like the perfect thing!!

    Parie x
    Class and Glitter

  • Kay

    This is honestly one of the best posts on New Year's resolutions that I've read! ๐Ÿ™‚ It's so informative, easy to read and full of useful tips. My list of New Year's resolutions is ridiculously long, haha… I hope that I can stick to at least half of them! I think that 2016 was a bumpy year for so many of us, so 2017 is a fresh start for a lot of people. Thanks for sharing the wisdom! And of course, happy new year, my lovely. ๐Ÿ™‚ I hope that it is the best one yet! <3 xoxo

    Kay
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  • These are all such great tips and I'm totally with you on all of it. I'm not normally a resolutions person, but these are all things that everyone should be doing for themselves, regardless of what time of year it is.

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  • This is everything that I want to achieve every year! But I always stop midway because life happens sometimes and it takes up all of my time and energy. But this year, I really want to make it a habit to be fitter, healthier and more organized. Thank you for the tips!

    Happy New Year to you! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Jenn
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  • Definitely great advice! I'll hopefully put some into practice x
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  • This was actually a really useful guide to some of the most popular NY resolutions. The HydrateM8 bottle is such a good idea! I hope 2017 is a fabulous year for you ๐Ÿ™‚

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice x

  • These tips are awesome! I really believe in doing things in small increments. I try and do a little bit each day. That way its not overwhelming. Wishing you a fabulous 2017!
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  • Happy new year Emily! I love how your post is inspiring but not overwhelming ๐Ÿ™‚ I have had constant headaches over Xmas and I agree the lack of water and probably eating too much cheese is a big factor! Although, I'm not looking forward to getting up early tomorrow I think I do need to get back into a routine. I would love to read more in the new year and take time to relax. Like you, I took the week off blogging between Christmas and New Year and dit felt good.
    Best wishes for the new year and with your resolutions,
    Jaz
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  • I love all the points on here but one for me would be waking up earlier, I struggle to get up for work then end up rushing & its just not healthy! I want to try hard to wake up earlier and have enough time to take my time, make a coffee etc lol happy new year ๐Ÿ™‚

    S x | SHELISES WORLD

  • I agree with all of this! I think that in order to achieve our goals, it is important that we stay healthy, have time for ourselves, and be a little bit organized, even if those are not our specific goals. Thanks for this post!

    Jaycee | anthropolojay.com

  • That new picture version of the Chamber of Secrets is gorgeous!

    Caitlin, Beauty & Colour

  • These are always great things to consider. About drinking water, I read that drinking it while sitting down was a better way to get its benefits to your body properly. On just getting it done – I often tell myself to begin anywhere when I feel like doing anything but the task at hand. Oftentimes starting is enough to make me forget about not wanting to do it. Before I know it, I'm into the task and I'm motivated to do more. Thanks for the tips babe! And Happy New Year!

    xx Yasmin
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  • This is an amazing post! I kept nodding my head through out all the post, haha. I definitely need that water bottle. I am horrible at drinking water, I usually drink only one glass or nothing at all. This is the problem I have with not feeling thirsty… Anyways, I am trying to drink more water indeed and maybe try to workout at least 3 times a week this year. Let's see how it goes ๐Ÿ™‚ x

    -Leta | The Nerdy Me

  • Loving your tips. I want to be more healthier this year and water needs to be a priority. I love the idea of this bottle. I've downloaded apps but they don't work well for me because I end up overlooking notifications. I'm also the same with stationary. It's it cute I'm more motivated to keep organised.

    Sxx
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  • Yes to drinking more water. I'm glad I got into this last year. I make sure I drink lots of water now! Xx

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  • I love this post, sometimes we just need some self control (not that I am one to talk!)

    Charlotte x

  • I think starting small is so important, if you try to do all these crazy changes it just makes life so much harder for you and you'll feel really bad if you fail!

    Lauren Ashleigh xx

  • Yes, yes yes to being attracted to your planner! So many people think it doesn't matter much, but if like it, you'll want to use it more!
    Angie | Chocolate & Lipstick | Beauty, Fashion & Lifestyle Blog

  • Great post! Yes to drinking more water. I need to do that more for sure because I'm terrible at drinking lots of water.

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  • i really need to fall in love with stationary because getting organized is top of my list!
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  • I always have (more than) enough "me time" and it's never enough actually! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Kathy's delight