One Year, Five Stone

If you follow me on Instagram you will have recently seen a photo I posted showing myfive-stone-weight-loss-ben-redgell weight loss progress I made in 2016. It hasn’t always been easy but I am pleased with the progress I have made and I’m looking forward to carrying on losing weight in 2017.

I think the New Year is a great time to reassess your habits and set new goals for the year to come. When I went back to university in September my healthy eating didn’t go to plan as much as I had hoped but the new year has given me new motivation to get healthy, drink more water and go to the gym a lot more. My graduation is likely to be in November and I want to look the best I can so I can look back at photos and be happy with the way I looked.

I have decided to stop eating carbs again which I did for around seven months last year and saw great results. Instead I will fill up on lots of fruit, veg and meat. I may try and introduce porridge to my breakfasts to give me fuel for the day but I don’t particularly like it and am enjoying smoothies at the moment!

I’ve also decided to seriously cut down how much Diet Coke I drink; I can easily go through a big bottle a day and have decided it’s time I need to cut down. I began this a bit last year and I started getting a lot of headaches when I began cutting down which showed me I might have been addicted to the caffeine more than I thought. Instead I will be switching to water or squash and only drinking Diet Coke as the occasional treat or when I drink alcohol.

If you are considering losing weight or getting fitter this year I would say go for it. Skip the fad diets and work out what works for you. In my mind losing weight is simple, avoid processed foods and opt for healthy options and do a little more exercise and you should start seeing results. But I know it isn’t easy and it takes a lot of will power and self control to choose healthy options, particularly if others around you are eating unhealthy foods.

Set yourself small goals that are achievable. If you have followed my blog or instagram for a while you will have seen that I like to measure my weight loss in bags of sugar and it was extremely motivating to track the progress I was making in a visible way.

I would also advise taking a picture of your beginning weight, even if you are never going to share your progress, just so you can see for yourself the progress you have made. I never thought a year ago I would be sharing progress pictures of my weight loss but I am a lot happier and confident today!

Finally I want to wish you good luck! Why not see if you can lose a bag of sugar this year?

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New Years Resolutions: Pointless or Full of Potential? 

Over the past few days I have seen a number of posts on various social media discussing 2015 and their goals and resolutions for the new year. Alongside this I have seen a fair few posts about why people aren’t setting New Years resolutions. I wasn’t going to post my resolutions on here mostly because it took me a little while to figure out what they were but recently I’ve been considering people’s attitudes towards the new year and it prompted me to write a post.

Everyone is entitled to their opinion and beliefs and can choose to take part in as many or as few traditions as they like. However when scrolling through Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and WordPress I have noticed that a lot of people who choose not to set themselves New Years resolutions seem to sound slightly patronising or self-righteous when stating their reasons. Whilst I agree that you should try hard to better yourself all year round, sometimes posts can appear dismissive of others who decide to see 2016 as a fresh start and set themselves some goals.

Whilst there may be a few gym memberships that don’t get their money’s worth or some diaries that don’t get more than two entries before their writer gets distracted, I can’t see what harm setting New Years resolutions can have. I think having goals to work towards and ideas of milestones you would like to hit this year is a good thing to have in mind and will give you a positive target to work towards. If you don’t manage to hit your resolution it’s not the end of the world and there will be plenty more opportunities that come along that will allow you to try again. But if you do achieve your resolution then more power to you!

So with that in mind I’ve set myself three main resolutions (pre-warning: they’re nothing out of the ordinary)

  1. Be Positive – As vague as this sounds, one of my resolutions is to try and approach this year with a positive mindset. I’ve struggled in the past to look past the negatives of a situation which ultimately achieves nothing so I’m going to try and see situations from a more positive perspective and be more aware of how my attitude can affect myself, the situation and others.
  2. Continue to blog – I’ve really enjoyed the two months I have been blogging and I want to continue to blog throughout 2016. I want to learn more and interact with other bloggers whilst providing content for people to enjoy.
  3. Be Healthier – I know, yawn. Everyone says it but I feel like if I write it down and share it with the world it might help me stick to it further. I want to drink more water, lose weight and become fitter with the one of my main motivators being my graduation in 2017. I don’t want to look back at photos of me and my friends in our graduation suits and wish I had lost weight because those photos will inevitably end up on display somewhere in my mum and dad’s houses. Quite a few of my friends are trying to become healthier this year and hopefully doing it together will help motivate us and keep us on track.

What are your resolutions? Good luck and Happy New Year!!

(Also the picture is from New Years Eve celebrations, where a random stranger embraced the chins with me and Hannah!)

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