Positive Changes for January

This year I decided not to make specific New Years Resolutions but focus on goals I wanted to make during the year. I didn’t want to force myself into making any changes I wasn’t ready for this year and then fail miserably. I tend to wait until I am ready to give myself and my lack of will power the best chance at sticking things out! However without realising I have noticed some positive changes for January and I am hoping they will stick around for a while longer.

So what positive changes for January have I noticed? To be honest there were more than I realised when I sat down and thought about it.

  • No Red Bull. Before Christmas I was drinking at least one large can a day and not even the sugar free one either. But since changing jobs I found that I didn’t need it and subconsciously stopped drinking it. I blame it for the sick feeling and headaches I had in the first week of January, withdrawals anyone.
  • Drinking more water. This is something I have been consciously trying to do and now drink 2-3 litres a day. I refill an empty 750ml water bottle and keep it with me all day including work. A side effect of this is excessive trips to the loo. Like every 5 minutes. Forget the gym I’m running up and down stairs all day!
  • Renewing my gym pass. I have been wanting to do this for ages and finally got round to it last week. I already feel better and am sleeping better because of it. Despite not having been for about 2 years, I still remember most of the moves for aqua zumba and I’m still as uncoordinated as ever!
  • Eating better. My slow cooker has been in serious demand this month and Olivia is obsessed with homemade chicken soup. This means every other day I am making it in the slow cooker and I have now built up enough to stockpile for a while in the freezer. We are both eating more fruit and veg too. 
  • Walking. I have been walking so much these past few weeks and I even managed to win a FitBit Flex, it is my new favourite thing in the world. I am now regularly smashing my  10,000 step goals.
  • I joined Weight Watchers. It’s still early days but having been using Nutribuddy Weight Loss Starter Kit it has spurred me on to do more, to lose more.
  • Coffee. I was addicted to coffee. Having at least two cups a day but this past week or so I have only had about 4 cups in total. I didn’t even realise I wasn’t having my staple morning java hit until a couple of days ago!

 

Have you made any changes to your habits this month? Or is there any that you would like to make?

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  1. You have managed to change so much already this year! I’d also be interested in reading your review of the fitbit! #happydiaries

  2. WOW what an amazing start to the year! I agree with you goals are the way forward far more positive. I have had a slow start to the year as I had surgery and have been recovering but I have been careful not to eat too much as I have not been burning very many calories. I have replaced my coffee with tea, reducing my caffeine and sugar intake as I don’t have sugar in tea and have been drinking more water too. I have a long way to go but have made a start. Recovering from my surgery remains my focus but I am going to get back to swimming ASAP. Good luck with the rest of your goals.

  3. You’re dong really well to have created all these new healthy habits, some of them without even trying! I’m just trying to pick up one new healthy habit per month this year. January was for drinking more water, February for getting to bed by 10:30pm. I hope I’ll have 12 new healthy habits by the end of the year. Keep up your good work, it sounds like you’re well on your way to looking and feeling more fab!

  4. I am eagerly awaiting the birth of my little girl (due date was 25th Jan but no show so I am being induced on sat 6th) so I have been having lots of time for myself in January and enjoying doing things that I never had time for while I was working full time. I have had quite a few quiet moments and thinking about all the positive things about to happen in my life xx

    #happydiaries

  5. Sounds like you’ve made a lot of important changes, well done you! I don’t think I could give up my coffee, and I’m horrible at remembering to drink water, BUT I’ve been making a lot of smoothies lately and loving the nutritional boost I get from them! #happydiaries

  6. I tried Red Bull once and it made me sick to my stomach so I never drank it again. All energy drinks give me the shakes. I have also been trying to drink more water. I love water but I have noticed that I drink water after I’ve worked out or done some sort of physical activity. I have switched my nightly tea or wine at dinner for water, hoping to drink as much as possible. I might get myself a fitbit. One of my favorite bloggers uses one and we are starting a friendly competition next week to see who has the most steps. It’s something that she hopes will help motivate us and I’m always up for something like that. If you’re interested, you can read her post on it. http://domesticatedmomster.com/2016/01/27/workout-wednesdays-jan-27-2016/. Popping over from #happydiaries

  7. Let us know what you think of the fitbit! I really want to try one! You’ve made some amazing changes, I love that you’ve thought of the long term and found things that will better your health. Too many people say ‘loose weight’ or ‘be a size 8’ and I wonder how they actually get on The kicking the coffee habit is a brilliant one, I’ve tried to get on board with this and actually find I have MORE energy ahaha

  8. I love my fitbit. It’s a fantastic tool to get one moving. I’ve been poorly this last few days so I haven’t been walking as much as normal… but hopefully I’ll be right as rain soon! Good luck with your goals!

  9. I have heard so many good things about the fitbit. I have an app on my phone which sort of works out how many steps I do, which is fine, as long as I have the phone with me x

  10. I’ve tried to drink more water and up the amount of exercise I do. I’m not doing too badly. I’m with you on the multiple toilet trips though when drinking water!!