At this time of the year, we all get a chance to reflect on our own personal journey from 2019. Whether it be in fitness, diet, family, or work life, there are things we all would like to improve on and set goals towards this year. 

But picture this, the new year has passed, some of us may have gone out the night before and drank, and drank, and drank some more, and we’re all feeling a bit lethargic come the 1st of January. Suddenly all those ambitions and goals we set for ourselves don’t seem as important now, right?

Now don’t get me wrong, the holidays are all about relaxing and enjoying ourselves before we get back into the full swing of our day to day lives, but there’s one key thing you’re missing in all of this!

We all know that change doesn’t happen overnight, and while we’re all enjoying our well-earned rest, there are people out there who are actively putting a plan in place to achieve those ambitions we set not just a few days earlier.

This plan is the first step in making sure that you weren’t just making up those new year’s resolutions for nothing. It’s easy. It’s quick. And it works!

The plan doesn’t need to be simple, but simply writing down your goals and when you would like to achieve them, with maybe a few ideas of how you’re going to do it is a huge step forward.

After that, you will feel much more prepared to take it step by step, day by day, until you make noticeable progress towards your goals!

P.S. Be realistic! If you know that suddenly getting up at 5:30am to go on a run isn’t something your able to do consistently, then don’t do it! Make your goals realistic and achievable, and you will get them!

Here are 5 more tips to help get your New Year off to an amazing start:

          Record EVERYTHING. The more you track, the more you will be in control.

          Make your Christmas treats last. It feels amazing to gorge all the treats come the holidays, but think how much better it would be to limit yourself to one or two of something a day. It will last longer, and you’ll feel better for it!

          Don’t put so much pressure on yourself. Around new year, people think that they have to change overnight. This is not the case. Start off slow and put some time and effort into achieving your goals.

          Know what your body likes. While we can eat a huge range of foods, many of us have slight intolerances to foods that can make us feel groggy, get headaches, and overall slow us down. Testing what foods you’re intolerant to can really help.

          Don’t be afraid to ask for help! This is a big one. We don’t have to go at everything on our own, and the harsh truth is that most of us will definitely need help with our health and fitness at one point or another, so don’t be afraid to reach out.