The January blues are all too familiar to many and have well and truly set in. After all the festivities of Christmas and New Year, January definitely drags and feels like the longest month of the year. After an early December pay day many of us are shorter on cash than we’d like to admit and a lot of people have already given up on New Year resolutions by this stage.
If you feel about ready to give up on your own resolution, try rethinking them into more manageable and achievable steps. Here are some great tips that will help you keep going and achieve the results you really want.
When losing weight it’s important not to restrict yourself too much and to give your body what it craves by making educated choices about your food. If you’re craving a takeaway, then Chinese food is by far one of the best options. Considered the healthiest cuisine in the world, opt for a stir-fry dish containing bok choy, steamed fish and vegetables or, alternatively, chop suey. Of course, there are certain things to avoid when choosing from the menu. BBQ spare ribs, fried rice and sweet and sour chicken are all full of fat and definitely ones to avoid if you’re trying to lose weight. Sweet and sour chicken in particular, contains over 1,000 calories per serving due deep-frying and added sugary sauce.
Often people give up on their weight-related resolutions because they don’t have a specific plan in place that will enable them to achieve their goal. It’s a good idea to set yourself achievable weekly goals as well as your overall target. For example, going to a fitness class every Wednesday or eating an extra portion of vegetables with dinner are targets to aim for right away and as you achieve each one, it’ll really spur you onto reaching that final goal.
Having a much needed spring clean really does help to de-clutter the mind too, however, you can’t just be organised, it’s a complete lifestyle change. The first thing to do is de-clutter the house and get rid of any junk that you don’t need anymore. A new filing system would be a good idea to keep all important documents together and available at hand whenever you need them. To keep on top of being organised, write a to-do list each night including the main tasks you need to get done the next day to help keep you motivated.
It is really important to keep the size of your to-do list manageable. If you’re working from a larger list containing aims for the year – book a holiday, sort the stained carpet etc. – then tick off a couple of elements each month and use your daily list for smaller but essential tasks like picking up butter from the supermarket, new tyres for the car etc. – with this advice, you’ll be a master of organisation in no time.
Saving money isn’t just a New Year’s resolution, it is something people strive for throughout life, but there is no better time to starting point than now, especially after an expensive festive period. The key to sticking to this resolution is to try and find ways to save money on everyday things and also a way to make it fun.
Budgeting is a great way to stay on track as you can set a specific amount that you’re happy to spend on food, clothes and leisure activities which will give you a solid number to stick to. Mint is the best budgeting app out there and definitely one to try if you haven’t got it already. You can connect the app to your personal bank account and it will create personalised budgets just for you, saving you loads of time on spreadsheets.
You may or may not be aware of the breakable money pots and Terramundi Jars that are available to help savers – they are also a fun gift to give children! They’re a great way to save lose change as there’s no possibility of dipping into it and they hold around £1000 in £1 and £2 coins.
One last top tip to always remember and it will certainly help if you are on a weight loss journey: never go shopping when you are hungry. You are more likely to end up with a trolley full of food you don’t actually need and a big shopping bill to go with it.
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