Every year, when people talk of New Year’s resolutions, I explain that I don’t do resolutions. For years I have explained to friends that resolutions shouldn’t be saved for the first of January. If you want to change your life, then just do it. But the last few months have passed in a whirlwind. And I have spent so much time focusing on others, which means that I have neglected myself. But this needs to change, and January will mark the new year of the new me.
I shouldn’t really say ‘new me’. I plan to remain the same old Elfa. But with one major tweak. I am making fitness and healthy eating as priorities in my life. This is the year where I will finally get fit and tone up. Part of that is definitely losing some of the baby weight. Long-term readers might remember that I managed to lose a stone and a half (21 pounds) in 2015 in preparation for my 40th birthday. Sadly I gained all the weight back last year, plus a few extra pounds for good measure.
My back hurts all the time, and I I just don’t feel very healthy. I see an osteopath once a month, but that doesn’t really help, it just keeps my body from falling apart. So I have booked myself onto some Reformer Pilates classes, about 12 to be exact, in the next two months. I had a personal training session today to re-familiarise myself with the Reformer machine and to remind my body of all the muscles that I have but that I never use. I won’t lie. I am aching. But it’s a good ache. I have booked 1-2 Pilates sessions per week, plus I will continue with my weekly walks in Richmond Park.
I will also try and eat more healthily, but that will have to be gradual as I want to focus on the exercise first. I haven’t made any concrete goals (like the amount of pounds to be lost or the size jeans that I want to wear). I just want to feel better. Wish me luck. And happy new year! xx