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Healthier and fitter in 2018



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"A healthier and fitter me in 2018".

This is the first year that I've said that and really meant it.  And I don't mean going on a diet either, intact it's the first year for a while that I haven't started a diet on January 1st.  

I'm so tired of starting January diets, 'cheating' about two weeks in then feeling guilty, begrudgingly getting back on the waggon then falling off completely by Valentine's Day.  Don't get me wrong, diets do work for some people, hell they've worked for me before I used to swear by WeightWatchers points, count those points and the pounds just fall away.  But WeightWatchers no longer seems to work, I am older, more tired and actually really I'm not too fussed about what I weigh or even what size dress I wear anymore.  What I do want is to feel better in my clothes, feel more energised and feel good.  

So, this year is the year of No Dieting, Be Nice To Your Body.

This is the year of Exercise and Feeling Good, Incorporating Techniques to Combat Stress and Thus Aid Restful Sleep.

Because goodness knows I need to address the stress and sleep thing far more than I need to count my calories or deny myself a digestive biscuit or two.  Plus everything I'm reading is saying that lack of sleep and stress (i.e. raised cortisol levels) messes with your hormones and helps keep weight on so I could be fighting a losing battle with that one.





 I took these photos at the beginning of January when I knew I was going to write this post, since then my legs are definitely more toned and my abs are as well.  I've been perfecting the art of the Plank, it's an absolute ab killer, I hate it but it really works.  My pilates teacher makes us do them as well (raised eyebrow emoji!).  

Anyway I'm actually feeling really good and energised as over the past few weeks I've managed to get quite a few gym sessions in plus my pilates and kept an eye on my steps via my FitBit which works now that I've found the charger for it (always helps).

My aim is to continue this throughout the year, I don't really have a goal as such, no target weight or size but as I've said, I want to feel generally fitter and I do feel that this is good way of doing it.

Let's see how it goes, I'll check in with updates throughout the year.  I'll be back soon with a proper beauty post (I've got a great long list of things to write about).

Maria
xx


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