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Health and fitness resolutions

I have set myself many goals and aims for 2014, in various areas such as health, fitness, happiness, travel, home, and so on.  But I also have an aim that spans all of these, an aim to be kinder to myself and more mindful - attentive to how I'm feeling, the impact I'm having on others and my stress levels and emotions.  So rather than setting myself long-term goals for the future (lose 10lbs by April, avoid carbohydrates for a month etc) I'll be trying to focus on developing habits that positively contribute to my health and wellbeing, eating foods that make me feel more energetic and listening to my body and the way it feels.  I'm trying not to be so hard on myself - if I put on a few pounds (or a lot, lot more than a few, oops), miss a run when I was intending to go, if I gorge on Domino's Pizza or if I drink a few pints of cider when I was planning on having a dry January (ahem).  Life is much too short to be repeatedly beating myself up for things I perceive I shouldn't have done, or for a different number than I want there to be on the scales.

The fact is, I pretty much know how to get stronger, more toned and feel healthier.  If losing the fat around my middle I'm so desperate to get rid of, and feeling more confident about my body, is a side effect, then that earns some major bonus points for me.  I know that when I eat lots of sugar I feel sick - I frequently buy bags of Haribo and seem to shed the memory that I always feel horrendous when I eat the whole packet.  I know that eating too much of most things leaves me feeling bloated and uncomfortable and yet I'll demolish six slices of Domino's pizza and then have to go for a bread-induced nap.  I know that running always makes me feel awesome but I'll hit the snooze button at 6.15, and I know that white bread has almost no nutritional value and yet I'll make marmite on toast instead of porridge for breakfast.

I don't need an education, I just need a bit of willpower and a lot of listening to my body.

My goals are as follows.

[001] Do something active every day.  
Whether it's a walk, a run, or 20 minutes before bed watching a spinning video and pedalling away on my new exercise bike, I want to try and make fitness and being active a part of my daily lifestyle.

V Fit Spin BikeV Fit Spin Bike
{exercise bike gifted by argos as part of a health and fitness campaign}

[002] Go on ten dog walks per month
This might sound like a strange one since Bodhi obviously gets walked every day, but actually our routine is that Tom walks Bodhi in the morning whilst I'm getting ready for work and then we travel into work together. Although we often walk Bodhi at the weekends together I'd really like to accompany Tom on Bodhi's morning walk or walk him more often alone, I love walking Bodhi and I feel like I miss out on time with him when Tom walks him.  It will also help me with my first goal.

Bodhi and Henry
Bodhi and Henry on the beach

[003] Pursue yoga and meditation.
Yoga and meditation will help with my 'mindfulness' aim, improve my health and fitness and lower my stress levels - it's a bit of a no-brainer for me.  I've already started a course of meditation via Headspace and been to my first yoga class so I'm chuffed to be on track with this goal. 

[004] Try a mostly dry January
This is related to my 'listening to my body' goal - the thing is, I don't really like drinking alcohol.  There's not that many alcoholic drinks I like the taste of and I hate feeling hungover, I get really angry with myself that feeling sick and tired stops me being able to do the things I want to.  I was aiming for a dry January bar my trip to Slovakia (I want to try the local wines!) but I also already failed on the rest of the month by drinking cider and wine at the weekend.  The way I felt on Sunday made me more determined to give this a proper shot though! And in line with my 'being kind to myself' aim I have accepted the slip up (we were at a friends for a weekend and it was really hard to say no to being offered drinks!) and moved on.

Along with my exercise bike I also have two new DVDs, a hula hoop, a slendertone belt and an ankle support to help my running post-sprained ankle.  I'm feeling really positive about being more active and am excited to see, and feel, the results.  I've taken measurements and weighed myself as I know that tracking my progress is a huge motivator for me and I'm really hoping to see positive changes.

Have you made any health and fitness goals for 2014?

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33 comments

  1. These are great goals Rosie. I am still going strong into dry January. Mostly because, I realised I can't remember the last time I didn't drink for a week (let alone a month) since I turned 18, almost 5 years ago. That kinda scared me... I am being taxi driver when we go out at the weekend which, actually, I don't mind at the moment. Plus it's cheaper ;)

    As for diet/fitness, I actually cancelled my gym membership. I got into such an unhealthy routine of bullying myself into going that I ended up hating it. But I am doing very well at Slimming World and have 9.5lbs left to lose before my holiday at the end of March. 1lb a week is so doable, and I'm looking forward to getting there eventually :)

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  2. It all sounds brilliant! I definitely think not beating yourself up if you do slip up every now and again is important - it's something I'm terrible at and it means that when I do miss a few runs then it's so much easier to continue in that pattern! Giving myself a break means I'm more likely to get up and go out again the next day!

    Yoga is also top of my list for this year - I really enjoy it and it definitely helps me feel more relaxed. If I end up fitter and healthier on top of that, it's a definite bonus!

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  3. Good luck with your goals Rosie, they sound great! I think doing a little bit every day is a much better way to start the year than committing yourself to mad exercise routines that take up 2 hours a day and are impossible to stick to. I've started jogging three times a week, with the aim of adding other smaller workouts in on in-between days. I'm also trying to take my dog on a few longer walks each week to mix up my routine. I think keeping it fresh is key! x

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  4. Good luck in all off your goals! I'm often too hard on myself if I slip up but as long as you bring yourself back to why you are reaching for those goals, I don't think the odd treat hurts. its all about balance! loved this post!

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  5. Good for you Rosie, I think your goals are ideal and after a month or so the routinue will feel completely natural and you'll see great results mentally and physically.
    For the last 14 day's I've been listening to my body and feeling so much better as from the 1st January I gave up MFP and calorie counting and just fed myself what I felt I needed rather than paying attention to calories and try to make all choices (including treats) as good for me as possible .
    My jeans I already more roomy so something must be going right!
    Katie @ cakevsscales

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  6. Rosie, this all sounds so great! I'm a huge advocate of being kind to yourself - I'm tired of mentally beating myself up for wanting a slice of cake!
    I tried yoga for the first time yesterday, just using an at-home tutorial, but it was a great start and I'm excited to see how I progress over the coming weeks!
    I've also just downloaded the Headspace app to give it a go. I tend to think I'm not being productive if I'm doing something like reading or watching TV, so it would be great for me to dedicate that time to meditation daily and really relax for a while!

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  7. Yes yes yes - to all of this. The key to making lasting change in our lives is having the big WHY behind it. The WHY is there to propel us forward to reaching our goals. Connecting in to how we feel and being sompassionate makies it all a lot easier.
    Such an awesome post lady! And let me know if you are in London one time and we can go yoga-ing together! xxx

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  8. You've pretty much just written down everything I've been telling myself the last few days. I want to be a lot easier on myself, if my mind needs a chippy tea then I'll have one!

    I also want to get back into exercising, as I feel so much better when I do. I usually use fitness blender to keep my workouts varied, but having no internet since moving has made this really difficult, along with my goal to practice yoga once a week, which I also do online.

    Good luck with everything!

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  9. I just want to feel nice in myself when I walk out the door and for my clothes to be a little looser. I know i'm eating the wrong foods and as a result my skin is awful and I feel bloated. I started eating a lot better last week ad as a result had some of my bed nights sleeps in ages. It's my birthday this week and I know I won't be losing any weight but it doesn't mean I have to gorge every single day, just on the days i'm doing birthday related things. After all, why should I turn down cake?!
    Sophie
    x

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  10. I think my mindset is going along the same lines - great post! My trouble is I get really into something for a short period of time and then slip off the wagon and don't get back on for months. I totally agree about making it a lifestyle change - creating new habits and a new outlook. I'm starting on pilates and trying to get back into running, plus a lot more walking too. Last night I was supposed to do an exercise dvd but I didn't because I'm coughing and spluttering and needed to go to bed. Rather than beat myself up about it, I'm trying to give myself more of a break. I try and remember what my counsellor once said: "tune in to all the negative self talk that goes on in your head and ask yourself, 'would you say that to your best friend? Your worst enemy? No? then why say it to yourself?'" xxx

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  11. I'm exactly the same in terms of willpower. I know I should put out a bit more than I put in in order to make myself feel more confident and get the results I want, and I never enjoy a Chinese takeaway as much as I want one. I've started January by cutting out a lot of stuff and actually exercising and even only halfway in I can see and feel such a difference in myself. The best part is that it wasn't nearly as much effort as I thought it was going to be - which I think must mean that I'm actually ready to do it!

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  12. I'm trying hard to teach myself to be less hard on myself. I reached the stage recently where I wasn't at the weight / measurements that I wanted to be and it reduced me to tears, all too often. I feel like I hate what I see when I look in the mirror and I want to change that. I'm just trying to figure out how.
    Maybe changing my routine so that I started some more things, or some different things, would help.

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  13. These sound like great goals... I'm planning to start yoga this month, too :)

    Sophie
    http://what-sophie-said.blogspot.co.uk/
    xxx

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  14. Great goals Rosie, I love your approach having this sort of approach is much healthier then detox diets and fads! I love Yoga, I recently tried an introduction to medication at work (we have free fitness stuff at work) I enjoyed it much more then I thought its the first time I've ever fully switched off I enjoyed it so much I was a little too relaxed to have much of a productive afternoon at work like haha!

    http://subjectbeauty.blogspot.co.uk/

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  15. I'd love for my back to be sorted out in 2014, I have a meeting at work tomorrow (they've been brilliant even though I've been off since may 2013!) and I think they are letting me go. It's sad, but they have been supportive. I've also cut out diet coke (which I only really drank of an evening with rum,) and milk too (which always ruins my stomach.)

    I think the important thing is what you touched on, to be healthy but to change our attitudes and lifestyles as opposed to crash dieting. No good can come from that.

    Great post, as always.

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  16. You know what, my mate got an exercise bike but he just rides it on front of the telly while he has his tea. I guess he's not loosing anything mind. Some solid goals there. My aim was to put on weight and I got to my target of 12.5 stone the other day, so now it's time to turn it into muscle!


    Buckets & Spades

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  17. I just started a mini workout regimen in the afternoon. I do 4 different ab mini workouts for an intense 15 minutes every day. It's really working and I feel much better. But I do slip of the wagon occasionally :P so I definitely sympathize

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  18. I wanting to try yoga as well, it's so good for both your body and mind! I've been eating healthier and exercising more in relation to my resolutions and it's going pretty well so far!

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  19. I love your goals! They are fairly similar to mine. I lost a couple of stone 2/3 years ago now and have managed to keep it off, but need to stop being so hard on myself if I gain a few lbs! At the moment, I am trying to focus more on my fitness levels and how it's making me FEEL. It is hard though because I'm in that mindset that I can't put on any weight, but I'm hoping I'll get there! I'm really enjoying the gym at the moment though (there's just been a big refurb at my gym and it's awesome), and go 5 times a week plus I walk a lot so I'm feeling good :)
    I'm attempting a dry January too! Although I had some champagne truffles the other day..do they count?
    Good luck with your goals! Hope you keep us up to date with how you're getting on :) I love health and fitness posts! xx

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  20. I too have fitness goals that i'm hoping to stick to, it's great that you wrote them all down! Good luck!

    http://chelsealeighbeauty.blogspot.ca/

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  21. In my New Years post, I resolved to be kinder to myself, as well as adapting my mindset for long-term change- just like your goals really :) With that in mind, I've signed up for pilates next week. I also really want to try yoga and meditation, would you recommend headspace?

    I must say, I love your blog and writing-style Rosie, it's a daily read for me! xox

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  22. Great post! I'm sometimes quite tough on myself too, like when I didn't go running the other day I felt really guilty, but I'm determined to go today, so it doesn't really matter. I think as long as you try and are kind to yourself in the process, it's gonna make you want to stick with it. Well, for me at least. And, echoing the above comment, I'm a daily reader too. I love your blog xx

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  23. Great fitness and health goals Rosie. I am trying to get back to an earlier body shape but am keen on approaching it from a healthy perspective while also being kind to myself. If you are looking for some extra workouts there are some great videos on youtube (particularly this channel http://www.youtube.com/user/BeFit). Good luck!

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  24. Great goals and I love how motivated you are :) my aim from now on is to only eat when I'm hungry and eat slower, too often I eat because someone else is or I'll eat just because it's 'lunch time' but I'm not hungry which makes me snack more often, and slower because if I am hungry I'll want to eat EVERYTHING! but if I slowed down or put less on my plate I probably wouldn't have eaten that much but still be nicely full. Good luck with your goals :)
    Kerry x

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  25. Hey Rosie,

    I have just stumbled upon your blog whilst looking for similarly sounding blogs haha - yes a bit strange but I wanted to see what Rosey and Rosie -ness was out there!

    I'm all the way over in Canada but originally from the UK. Your blog gives me a lovely sense of nostalgia - Your photo's and stories and wonderful.

    Anyway, I just thought I would share the love :)

    I'm pretty fresh off the blogging boat and only started a couple of months ago but would love any critique or advice you may have. Should you have a chance to check my blog out, of course.

    http://www.roseytee.com


    Love, Nat xo

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  26. Hi Rosie.
    I really love your blog and especially find your health amd fitness posts very inspiring.
    I have a blog which I have done bits and bobs with but I am keen to blog regularly about my health and fitness and the changes I want to make towards a healthier lifestyle. It would mean so much to me if you would take a little look.
    Keep up the wonderful blog, it really is a brilliant read :)

    Love immy x

    http://immya.wordpress.com

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  27. This is really positive...I also want to try and get exercise as part of my daily routine. They say that it should be as routine as brushing your teeth...!
    Good luck with this and I look forward to reading your updates!

    Katie x
    http://www.missenchanting.co.uk/

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  28. Being active is the way forward! Just take it one day at a time and push yourself, even if you don't feel like it!

    Meditation and mindfulness will help massively, they did with me :) I used an exercise bike whilst my knee was injured and it was quite a good way of keeping cardio in even when I couldn't run.

    Just bought a treadmill so back to running now! Will be doing some fitness posts if you want to keep an eye out :)

    Rachel
    TwentySomethingBeauty.com
    xx

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  29. These are fab goals Rosie, especially the daily one! I hope your ankle is better? <3 Claire @ Jazzpad

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  31. This has my big thing this new year, I am so unfit it is unreal! I have gone from a very active job, to a barely active job in the space of a few months and it really shows! I love how positive you are about keeping fit and active, you have actually inspired me to take up running this year and I am feeling great for it so thank you!! xx

    www.thelibrarian.co.uk

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