Yes, I said it already, and yes, it is a bit late now, but hey we're still less than three weeks into 2017. A whole new year full of possibilities, challenges, adventures, love and happiness. A new year full of new starts, fresh opportunities and renewed optimism - hopefully.
It's all too easy to set high, nigh on unachievable goals at the start of a new year and then be bitterly disappointed when they don't come to fruition, but here at Attachment Towers we're all for baby steps and incremental changes, the stuff that can really make a difference. We're aiming to bring you lots of Choose Happy posts this new year, and lots of ideas for making little changes that have a big impact. Whatever our circumstances, in regards to family, relationships, finances, home, work, body image, weight, lifestyle etc etc, change is possible, one step at a time.
So, on that note, how are your New Year's resolutions going? Apparently today is 'Blue Monday', the most depressing day of the year, although the 'science' behind this claim is highly debatable. But many of us will be flagging, gazing at slowly waning resolutions to go to the gym five times a week and follow a strict clean eating philosophy. What if it could be easier than that?
Instead of vowing to go to the gym most days, then failing to, then slumping on the sofa with a chocolate bar because what's the point, why not commit to go for a walk every day - 10 minutes. Just 10 minutes. You might even find that you enjoy it and want to do more.
Instead of committing to full clean eating or a crazy diet, make sure you eat a super healthy, protein and slow release carb breakfast every day. Poached egg or avocado on toast with grilled tomatoes and mushrooms; home-made granola with Greek yogurt and berries or a rich compote; peanut butter on toast with banana; a breakfast burrito or huevos rancheros; scrambled eggs or a frittata with kale or spinach. Get 2-3 of your 5-a-day before you leave the house, and aim for 8 or more fruit and veg portions across the day. You'll power up your body and end up making healthier choices for lunch automatically.
Simple things like meal planning can make a huge difference, but remember it doesn't matter how small you start. Just one meal, one walk, one book, one action will start you moving towards the life you want. Put the stuff that really matters on your to do list, identify your goals and plan some baby steps, and you're already starting down the path you want.
Look out for more Choose Happy posts coming soon...