There are far better things ahead than any we leave behind. C.S. Lewis
Accountability coaches appear to be all the rage over the past few years. With New Year round the corner and resolutions to be made, it would be nice to be accountable to someone to keep us on the straight and narrow.
Is it possible to be an accountability coach for each other?
I hope so.
After years of making NYR’s and not sticking to them, this year will be different. For you all to be my Accountability Coach I am going to go public with my resolutions. By blogging every week and letting you know where I am with this years resolutions, this will leave me with two options, to admit to everyone that I failed or hopefully, make this the year that I succeed.
This year is going to be different by trying to make small changes every week, rather than starting the year with large resolutions that don’t see the end of January. Hopefully weekly goals will be changes that can be made to improve my lifestyle.
In 18 months I will be 50.
The time has arrived where if I don’t make changes now, I have to resign myself to the fact that I probably never will.
I will turn 50, healthier, slimmer and more active that I have ever been in my life.
For the past 3 years I have taken part in Dry January and this year is no exception. It is estimated that 4.2 million in the UK are already planning to do Dry January in 2019.
That’s 1 in 10 people who drink alcohol.
Dry January is run by the charity Alcohol Change UK and is about us being aware of the amount of alcohol we consume. In the past 10 years, the incidence of deaths from liver disease has increased by 20%. Dry January helps people drink more healthily year-round.
many of us know the health risks associated with alcohol.
- Liver disease
- Mental health problems
But cutting out alcohol has immediate benefits too
- Sleeping better
- Feeling more energetic
- saving money
- better skin
- losing weight
Try down loading the Dry January app to track your alcohol free days, money saved but more importantly, calories saved.
After the excess of Christmas, it’s nice to feel that things are getting back to normal again. Decorations can be taken down, most of us go back to work and for many of us, money is tight. January, once New Year is behind us, can feel depressing.
My change this week therefore is to start the New Year, New me, by meal planning.
5 benefits of meal planning.
- Saving money. Working from the weeks menu plan, enables you to create a shopping list just for the items you need. How often do we throw things out because they are past their best, or because we have bought fresher, newer ones at the supermarket. planning your meals for the week should cut down on this wastage.
- Saving time. Menu planning, means that you can be prepared before you get home from work. Because you know what you’re cooking the following evening, items can be taken out of the freezer the night before, so they are ready to cook on your return from work, food can be put in the slow cooker the day before you are due to have it for tea, and having to call out for takeaway because you haven’t planned, will be a thing of the past. (unless take away is on your menu plan.)
- Less stress. meal planning takes away the nightly stress of trying to think what;s for dinner. Stress can also be reduced on day when little time is available, by making double meals on days when more time is available. by making double, a portion can be frozen and planned for on days when you need something quick.
- Culinary Delights. Planning meals from cookery books or online enables us to already have the right ingredients to hand, making a change from the mundane of predictable easier.
- A Healthier Diet. Planning makes it easier to incorporate healthy changes into your diet. Eating less red meat, increasing intake of fruit and vegetables can all be made easier once meal planning has become second nature.
This is a picture of my meal planning. (including a take away on Tuesday)
Hopefully over the next few weeks, while making new changes, I will review the ones I have already made, until they become second nature.
It takes approximately 12 weeks to change a habit. So here’s to making lots of new habits through 2019.