Day 289 – Jan 1st 2018
Happy New Year everyone!!
Its New Year’s Day 2018, and its fair to say that although I wasn’t feeling too clever when I woke up, I have certainly woken up in far worse states than this in previous years.
It marks the end of a period of overindulgence during the festive period, as like most people I like to eat and drink well, up to and over Christmas, and then allow myself to wait until January before I begin to feel guilty about it.
This year felt slightly different though, I woke up on new years day actually feeling a little bored with drinking. It was definitely time for a few weeks off, and although I got fed up and caved in after two weeks the last time I tried, I was determined to see this one through. I am not normally one for resolutions, but I felt that I also needed to make a few other changes this year, mostly based around the diet and the sleeping habits.
Firstly the diet… biscuits, beer and chocolate all banned, at least for the first month anyway, and we’ll see how it goes after that, maybe I can introduce things back in slowly. Snacks are certainly my one big weakness, and I am worst in the evening, usually when I stay up too late and have a drink in my hand.
So on we come to the second part, sleeping habits, and this is the real tough one, a real engrained habit. I am a night owl, and have been for most of my adult life, getting to bed at a sensible time seems like such a challenge. Well, this year is about challenges. I have yet to weigh myself, but my weight has to be the focus of my efforts initially, and all these resolutions are going to work towards getting my weight down. Sleeping better, drinking more water and less alcohol, and cutting out the snacks are all going to help. All I need to do now is make sure I can get to the gym often enough. I am already going weekly, I just need to commit myself to at least twice a week.
I can do this, I am armed with all the tools I need. My iPhone, Apple watch and bluetooth headphones are going to help me track my fitness and sleep, as well as my old friend myfitnesspal to help me track my food, plus the support of my wife. Yeah, I’ve joined the “new year, new me” gang!
Who else is feeling determined??