I’m not one for making New Year’s resolutions usually. I think that if you want to make a change or start something new then you should do it now, not wait for the beginning of a new year. However, because last year was so bloody awful, I feel a little differently this year. I want, and need, things to be different.
This is what I want to do this year:
I know this is probably the most common new year’s resolution. It isn’t just a case of losing weight – I need to be healthy. I don’t smoke or drink very much so I don’t need to worry about that, but I am now the heaviest I have ever been, and I hate it. We eat healthily – lots of vegetables, very little fried food or takeaways – but I do have a weakness for biscuits and chocolate, which needs to stop. Not only do I hate the way I look (I’m size 18) but I’m also now in the ‘at risk’ category for diabetes, which runs on both sides of my family. I can’t put my health at risk when I have three beautiful little boys dependent on me. I also want to have more energy to be able to run around after them. By Christmas this year, I want to drop down to a size 14, which I think is easily achievable with a bit of willpower.
Sounds really silly and superficial, but when I used to only leave the house with my hair, nails and makeup absolutely perfect, it’s a big thing. I rarely wear makeup anymore, which is stupid because slapping on a bit of foundation, bronzer, mascara and lipstick takes me less than five minutes, but makes me feel and look a million times better. It’s exactly the same with my hair – I always shove it up into a messy (as in genuinely messy, not ‘I’ve spent an hour trying to make it look messy!) bun, but it actually only takes me five minutes to straighten. Even I can find ten minutes in the morning to do my hair and makeup!
Look after my skin
Following on from the last point – I have a cupboard full of lovely moisturizers and skin care products, but use them once in a blue moon when I remember. I’m also terrible for forgetting to take my make up off on the odd occasion I wear any (gross I know!). My skin hasn’t suffered too badly – yet – but I’m thirty this year and if I don’t start doing something I’m going to end up with horrible skin.
I used to be super organised, but in the past couple of years I’ve become a real scatterbrain and it drives me crazy. I had a personal organiser for Christmas, which will help me stay on top of school dates, appointments, bills and bloggy stuff. I’ve sorted out the folder where we keep all the important paperwork and documents, and we’ve started meal planning. This will hopefully save us some money on our shopping, and avoid that chaotic 5 pm ‘oh shit, what am I doing for tea?’ moment.
Get out more
Getting three kids under four dressed and out of the house is a challenge in itself, and one
that I manage to do by 8 am every school morning. When it comes to the weekend I could sometimes quite happily stay in and do nothing! Graham and I have vowed to take the kids out on the weekends more often, even if it is just down to the local park for an hour. No excuse when there is two of us to get the kids organised!
So, that’s what I want to do this year. Nothing too grand, nothing unachievable. The fab thing about blogging is that I can record things on here, and it will give me that extra push and motivation to actually do it. At the end of the year, I will be able to look back and see if I’ve done it.
What are your goals for this year?