How you feeling this morning? So are you ready to face all that 2015 has to throw at you, or are you still nursing a hangover and waiting instead to ...
Try to keep in mind that resolutions are meant to to be a catalyst for positive change in your life. Keep your resolutions positive and don't make life hard for yourself, healthy living has never been about restrictive diets and excessive exercise, real results come from consistent effort, one successful day after another.
I still would recommend the 5:2 as a decent way to get you to start losing weight, although there's no scientific proof it works. Combining it with a decent exercise regime seemed to work for me, while I found the structure of the week (exercise, fast, exercise, exercise, fast, whatever, whatever) satisfying.
It's time. The calendar tells me I can't delay any longer. I have to drag myself, groaning, out of that post-Christmas hibernation and set myself up for a whole year's worth of failing. I've got to make my New Year's Resolutions.
This New Year I have decided things will be different. Not for me the guilt-trip of recrimination that generally follows my orgy of over-indulgence during the Christmas holidays. In short, I have decided that come January I will no longer be making public declarations of unrealistic New Year Resolutions.
I'm a firm believer that being positive is always a bigger win, personally and professionally, than being negative. Looking on the bright side, seeing the glass half full, trusting that every cloud has a silver lining - they may well feel like clichés but they fundamentally lie at the heart of the way I choose to live.
This time of year can be brilliant fun, but occasionally can also be just a little bit stressful, what with buying gifts, cooking elaborate dinners or perhaps simply being thrown together with relatives you do not see very often for long periods of time.
I've spent a lot of time talking to people who have successfully lost weight. When I ask them how they finally succeeded they often look a little sheepish. They tell me they just did the things they always knew they should. They ate better and they exercised.
Here's what I've done to help get my energy back on track, boost my mood and get my attitude right. You can have all the ideas in the world, but if your attitude isn't right you may as well be smacking your head against a brick wall.
Now with all my infinite wisdom and 29 years I know that everything in this life that you want you must work and work incredibly hard at and for. I used to think I was good at working at my weaknesses but really what I would do was work at what I was good at and try and become great at that and completely neglect the things I found the toughest.
I hate talking about 'diets' I hate when the focus is on 'diet'- I really find these conversations pointless and almost on a level frustrating. You know when you tell yourself you can't have that, it's all you want. Psychologically I feel this is what restrictive diets do. You become obsessed with food, it is your only thought and it's draining.
Human beings are social animals. This is something we've known for a long time, but often neglect in practice. Maintaining our social interactions is a fundamental human need, and consequently holds many undervalued benefits to our health, our well-being and our economic prosperity.
I've tried many facials in the past and it's been pretty much the same procedure as it would be for a female clientele. The main difference with some male grooming spa menus is that they swap the natural aromatherapy products for musky scented creams and potions. I guess this swap is supposed to make us feel more masculine - in reality it can be somewhat overbearing.
So we are all familiar with the gym and gym classes, but what do gym classes mean to you? Legs bums and tums, spinning and maybe a bit of body pump if you're lucky. Now talk to many people and this is still what their perception of gyms and group exercising is.
How many times have you heard yourself saying things like "turning up to the gym is half the battle" or "doing something is better than doing nothing"? Both statements are true in so far as they can motivate us to get up and do some exercise.
For those of us with some level of gym experience - that is three to 12 months of regular working out - there are eight basic rules to speeding up your fat loss, whatever your mind and body preference.