Firstly – HAPPY NEW YEAR! I hope you started 2015 off with a bang.
I started my blog back at the beginning of 2014 with my New Year resolutions. They weren’t resolutions as such, but things I wanted to achieve. In short, I aimed to develop more strength and definition, to cook more and maintain my blog – the latter I think I’ve done quite well! Although, looking back, the wish for more strength and definition came from a body-conscious person, it makes me realise how far I’ve come in terms of confidence and strength from within.
My main discovery last year was yoga. It helped me develop my strength and also my mind. I started wanting to be able to hold all these fancy arm balances, but a year down the line I’ve discovered there’s so much more to yoga than poses, and I want to explore it even more in 2015. In terms of health, I’ve taken my diet more towards 75-80% clean and allowing indulgent days without guilt. The health bloggers community has opened my eyes to alternative lifestyles, some I’ve taken on, others that aren’t for me.
Big personal changes in 2014, but all for the better, as hard as they were at the time. I’m looking forward to starting a new year with…wait for it…a new job! I’ll still be in barrecore, but when the new Kensington studio opens in mid-January, I’ll be the Lead Instructor!! I’m so excited to be taking on a more senior role and looking after a brand new studio.
2015 Life Enhancements (not resolutions)
One non-barrecore workout a week / fortnight – barrecore is amazing, but I want to broaden my workout horizons this year and get myself to other classes too.
One new class / teacher a month – in addition to one non-barre workout, I aim to try a new workout, new teacher or technique at least once a month.
One new recipe a week – I have so many fantastic recipe books but I always cook the same few things. I’m planning on trying at least one new recipe per week to test my skills…this might be a disaster.
Don’t forget ‘me time’ – although I live on my own, and I appear to only have ‘me time’, I mean more time to focus on creating a calm, relaxed atmosphere for myself where I switch off from work, social media and other stressful factors.
What are your plans for 2015? My advice to anyone setting themselves plans or resolutions for the new year…don’t set yourself impossible or expensive tasks. Take something you enjoy and turn it into a habit perhaps. Don’t go on a fad diet! If you want to make a change, make it a lifestyle change, something sustainable and long-term. Finally, if you don’t keep your ‘resolution’ – don’t panic! You haven’t failed! Reassess, regroup and don’t dwell on it.
Wishing you a wonderful, happy and healthy 2015.