So another year has flown past and we are currently listening to the barrage of "New Year...New You!" messages from all sides.
Even himself asked my 7 year old at the table this morning what her "new year's resoloution" was???
She answered with "I don't know, I'm 7" #proudmammymoment
The pressure we put on ourselves this time each year is immense.........
Must start the New Year right!
Must loose weight, get fit, eat right, get rich, get that promotion, take over the world........etc!
In reality we know these resoloutions mostly don't last past the 6th because we tend to try to eat the whole elephant!
Lets be kind to ourselves this year, and do this fresh start in a healthy way so that we have a real chance at sucess!
What if instead of a hundred huge life changing resolutions, you simply made 1 simple promise to yourself? Something small but instrumental that would make a real difference.
Maybe the "elephant" is a stone or 2 you really want to loose. One simple promise to move everyday can kickstart that! Or maybe you eat way too much sugar. Taking a spoon out of each tea or coffee daily could make all the difference.
And what if instead of trying to take over the whole world you just decided to take control of you? To look after how you feel, get proper rest and be as good to yourself are you are your best friend.
The fact of the matter is that every day is a new chance to start over! It doesnt have to be a Monday or a new month or even a new year. You decide when and how and why to change! And instead of trying to tackle the whole list at once, set smaller goals. Actually succeeding will make it so much easier to continue!
For me I have a few promises (not resolutions!) made for the year ahead. Some of them are long term, slow burn type projects which I have to be patient and measured about...... hence my first promise is to be patient with myself!
I also need to sleep more, and I want to start learing Swedish. I know that I won't have all these things sorted tomorrow, or maybe even done by this time next year but if I can take a bite or two out of the "elephant" than it will have been a successful year!
Happy New Year and may 2017 be happy, healthy xxx
Jessica Keniston is a mother of 4, former dancer and lover of fitness who has turned her passion into a career. Read favourite tips, recipes and workout advice here, and sympathise with the daily motherhood struggles!