2017 Resolutions | Looking Forward

I started writing this post so long ago. Then stopped because who else but me needs to know my resolutions, right? Then started again before deleting it once and for all. Now I’m back because although I’ve never kept a well intentioned resolution before, I’ve decided that 2017 really will be the best year yet. To accomplish this I have only one resolution: Be The Best Me. Simple.

Now obviously there’s more to the resolution then just four words and I’ve chosen to detail this more. I think it’ll be interesting to look back on this post in a few months, or at the turn of 2018 (!) to see if I’ve manged to keep this resolution.

“His resolve is not to seem, but to be, the best.”

Aeschylus

Being ‘the best me’ can mean so many things and I’m sure that if I asked you what it would mean in your life you’d pick something I hadn’t thought of. I’ll break it down in to three points that I really  need to focus on this year if I’m going to achieve the ultimate goal of being the best I can be. They all focus around being healthier in three different parts of my life:

Healthy Mind

This is something that I struggle with on a day to day basis, because I enjoy losing myself in the busyness of the day. I rarely take time out to reflect on the day, week or month that passed. My mind is always a couple of hours ahead of the moment that I’m physically in and so firstly for me, a healthy mind starts with learning how to enjoy the moment. To be able to switch off my brain enough that I can enjoy the company of those around me without zoning out to make plans for the future or review the past.

The second thing I resolve to do this year is take some intentional time out. I once read about a respected man who who spent a weekend every year away in the countryside, alone. He would read and journal while stepping outside of his busy day to day. He was a successful man with many businesses and a happy family but this one weekend a year ensured that he kept his life in balance. I’ve been meaning to force myself to take some time out for a couple of years now but never have… I will this year.

Healthy Body

This is a simple one to promise myself but probably the hardest one to carry out. ‘The diet starts on Monday’ but Monday never comes. Does that sound familiar to you? My goals have always been to lose a stone here or there for a party or holiday. I usually start a fad diet that doesn’t last much longer then a month and then give up, resulting in the lbs making their way right back to where they once were. This year I want to achieve a healthy body through balance. No fad. No quick fix. Just a good old fashioned move more and eat less. First step, signing up to the gym again tomorrow.

 

Healthy Spirit

The most important thing to me is my faith. You may or may not know that I’m a Christian and this point fits alongside that somewhat but for 2017 a healthy spirit really focuses on finding people with a similar drive in faith and life. I want to get settled in a Church and develop my friendships there. I want my existing relationships to grow. And in turn, I want to find out more about myself. How exactly this point will play out throughout 2017 I don’t know, but that’s a part of the journey right?

 

So, that’s my big resolution for 2017 and how I would break it down in to a more manageable three. I’m really determined to succeed in a resolution for the first time ever, but I won’t be beating myself up if I have a momentary slip.

I’ll be sure to keep you updated though… Have you made any resolutions for 2017?

Diet Diary- Week 1

I’ve started a detox. After a year or so of meaning to ‘start on Monday’ I finally took the plunge. Technically I started last week Wednesday but after only 4 days I fell, dramatically, off the wagon. To be honest, it really wasn’t that terrible (in comparison to how a usual poor weekend would have gone) but it certainly wasn’t in line with what I signed up to.

I’ve joined an online personal trainer who uploads daily videos and meals inspiration accompanied by a few private messages a day to make sure that I’m motivated enough to stay on track. I rebelled this weekend but I am starting the new week with a fresh attitude and the determination to stick to it for two weeks.

I’m sure many of us have dieted before, from taking up the latest eating trend to doing it the old fashioned way of Eat Less, Move More. This detox is something completely different for me… High fat, low carb. That’s no bread, pasta, potatoes or rice. And surprisingly, no fruit or high carb veg like carrots. Now I don’t know about you, but I eat fruit to be healthy! And carrot sticks and hoummous. But this plan doesn’t allow me to do that. Last week I made it to day two before I started to struggle with a constant headache and an ever shortening fuse. I’m usually quite cordial in the office but the snappy Naomi came out to play! I’ve heard of low carb diets before but high fat certainly isn’t a route that I would have chosen on my own. We seem to be taught that fat=bad but I’m slowly learning that ‘good fats’ are a thing, and that they good for you.

My small consumption of carbohydrate this weekend (a slice of farmhouse toast with melted butter) was enough to mean that I needed to start from scratch again today. So here I am, surprisingly satisfied after filling myself with green vegetables and a bucket load of determination.

I thought that I’d take the opportunity to blog my meals each day or so and give an update on how I find the next two weeks. After the detox is over I move into cycling my carbohydrates but for now, I need to stop thinking about them.

 Goodbye Mr Carbohydrate. I’ll miss you… Until I learn to forget about you.
 
Today’s Detox Diary
Breakfast: Tossed Super Kale Juice (minus the apple)

Snack: Mixed nuts.

Lunch: Tossed Chicken, Tomato, Lentil and Avacado Salad.

Dinner: Bill’s Naked Burger with salad and broccoli.