We’re into our first week of 2015, the first Monday, Hump Day, TGIF and the weekend!
So, what’s up for this week?
Everyone is usually HIGH and MIGHTY during the first week of the New Year and then when the flame burns off, it goes downhill from there (I hope not!).
I started my Monday with a BANG! Woke up early in the morning to put in a tough core workout session followed by 20 minutes of stretching. I ate clean and healthy for breakfast, lunch, snack and dinner. In the evening, I took my brother to the park to run his first 5KM. Now, I’m feeling SORE all over! I hope I can keep this up, no downhill from here *fingers crossed*.
Oh, if you haven’t already noticed, I’m a DOTCOM now! WHOOP!
As we step into the new year, did you manage to make a list of your New Year’s Resolutions? Did you achieve any of your 2014 resolutions? I don’t know about you but I’m still struggling to figure out my 2015 resolutions!
Resolutions are just dreams and goals that you set for yourself. They mean nothing if you’re not willing to commit to them. In order to achieve them, you have to go into it with the right mind set, you need a plan. If you’re jotting them down for the sake of it (because the whole world is getting in on it) then you’re going to be in for some disappointment at the end of 2015.
If you haven’t written down anything, let me help you out! I’ll make it simple, PROMISE!
Roll your shoulders back, take 10 deep breaths and READ ON!
- Stay Healthy, Get Fit
Have you been putting off your 2014 fitness goals? If there was ever a time to get rid of your bad habits and excuses, the time is now. And no, I don’t expect you to go cold turkey. Go for gradual change. Start with baby steps. Make a simple change in your everyday routine. Throw in a healthy snack, take the stairs and start working out at least 30 minutes a day (3-4 times a week).
Sign up for that bootcamp session, dance class, group training, road race etc, that you’ve always wanted to explore. If you want to start somewhere, join the Puma Running Club for our weekly training sessions every Wednesday, 7.15pm at Desa Park City. A group of us will help you achieve your goals!
Soon, moving your body and eating healthily will come naturally. Your body will thank you for it!
My goal: Focus on strengthening my CORE, resting when needed and cutting out the sweet stuff.
- Family Time
Spend more time with your family. They are the ones who will be by your side through thick and thin. As the years pass, I noticed how much my parents have aged. And when you’re busy making a life for yourself, you tend to forget to spend time with them.
My goal: Spend more time with them and attend all of our family gatherings!
- Get Organised and Get to it
Your life can be a big ball of mess when you’re not clear about your goals. Write them down! I got myself a physical diary (the good ol’ paper and pen!) to jot down my plans for 2015. It is easier to achieve them when you can SEE them. Try not to keep a digital record. Do away with the technology (we don’t need more of that!).
I have a bad habit of putting things off for a “later time” which usually never happens. And I have suffered many missed opportunities because of it.
My goal: JUST GET IT DONE!
- Save Up
Save some money and spend wisely. Most importantly, spend within your means. With the GST rolling in, everyone will be feeling the pinch.
Set up a budget list and stick to it.
You can start by:
-Eating in, preparing your own meals (you will realise how much you can save in a month!)
-Switching off the lights etc and reduce air con usage (Save the earth! GO GREEN!)
-Walk instead of drive (If it is near)
-Recycle whatever that can be recycled (Paper, glass)
-Cut out unnecessary spending (bags, clothes, shoes, unhealthy snacks etc)
I have come to realise that material stuff brings no value to life. Spend the money on somebody who needs it or use it to travel to a new place, a new country! The adventures and experiences gained are always PRICELESS! Life instantly becomes more meaningful.
- Be Kind
Be kind to others. Regardless of how others treat you, a speck of kindness and courtesy is the minimum that everyone deserves. Compliment rather than criticize, you can never give too many. A kind word can change someone’s life.
Be kind to yourself. Be grateful for what you have. Accept your flaws and work to improve on them (if you can). Accept you, for who you are. Once you set that straight, no one can use it against you. Don’t always try to please other people, you can never satisfy everyone. There will always be people discriminating, criticizing, disagreeing and judging. Just BE YOU! Keep an open heart and mind.
Remember to appreciate the little things. The beauty of life and its simplicity is right before our eyes. You just have to SEE it!
To me, a new year is only a new day. However, you can take this opportunity to start over, a clean slate and use this as a tool for motivation. Just keep striving for your own taste of greatness. Keep pursuing your dreams! And surprise the world with what you have!
Keep in mind that:
I hope this helps! What have you got on your list?