5 ways I’m making a healthy start to 2018
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5 Ways I’m making a Healthy Start to 2018

by Anna Nuttall

As I said on my end of year quiz, I lost half a stone in weight. So I’m determined in 2018 to lose that other half. Here are 5 ways I’m making a healthy start to 2018.

Break out the celebrations – well done for me with ending 2017 being a little lighter then I was 12 months ago. Half a stone in weight is still a cause for celebration as it better than nothing.

But I can’t get too complacent as I still got that other half a stone to lose. It isn’t going to get up and leave without me putting up a good fight. So I got to work on it.

And so far it not too bad as I already lost a pound this week. I know, I was surprised, especially when I stepped on the scale. But hey I’m ending the first week of 2108 on a good note.

And that how I want 2018 to be – always ending the weeks on a good note. A little something, I can take away every week and give myself a slap on the back.

So how I am making this change and always trying to end a week on a good note?

By making the smallest change I can, and by not doing anything dramatic and big. Or otherwise, my brain will just shut down and give up. Richard is reading a book at the moment, ‘Algorithms to Live by’; and it talks how if we decide to make the biggest change of habit or something, our brain will just naturally give up and you tend to go back into old habit. So making the smallest of will essentially help you in the long run.

Here are 5 ways I’m making a healthy start to 2018 and how the smallest of change can make the biggest of impact.

Going to the gym and setting up my own routine:

I don’t know what it is, but the older I get – the more I find myself not really enjoying any gym class. I tend to enjoy going to the gym and setting up my own routine. My own exercise regime. That way, if I get bored or loose stamina, I can just pack up and go – instead of spending the whole class looking at the clock. I prefer moving into my own groove and doing my own things.

Not stare at the screen too much:

Might be something you wouldn’t necessarily add to this list, but if you are like and spend 24 hours staring at the screen; then you will see why I mentioned it. I don’t want to be spending my entire day looking at my screen waiting to get square eyes. At the end of 2017, my eyes were starting to dry out and I found myself needing eye drops just to stop them being sore. So yeah no more checking my phone first thing in the morning, and the last thing at night. No late night computer work or PlayStation 4 gaming either. Just go out and see things for real – not through a screen.

Sleep more and ignore the alarm clock:

Richard has this time perfect bedtime/morning schedule. He has to be in bed at 10 pm and wake up at 7 am. You might laugh, but it drives me mad. He is quite particulates on it and hates it if something happens where it disrupts his scheduling. It not so much the bedtime hour that bothers me as going to bed is always a good time for me, but the early morning alarm that drives me mad. Especially in winter and you were having a really nice dream. So I’m going to ignore the alarm clock, let Richard get up and do his things; I’m having a lay in.

Use more Organic products:

Saying that I’m not entirely sure if I’d be able to keep up with this as nowhere in my town sells organic products. So I have to buy them online. A small change but I feel will be beneficial to my skin and to the environments.

Stop drinking so much Pepsi Max:

The end of 2017 I found myself hooked on Pepsi Max. I could quite easily drink a bottle a day, that how bad I was. Not great on my general health – let along my teeth. The crazy thing is, I always hated soda drinks. As a child, I would never drink Coca Cola or Dr Pepper, if someone would ask for a drink – it was always water. I was the sad child at school with a glass of water, while everyone had soda drink. But at least I had healthy teeth. Oh well, I need to get back to that.


That was my 5 ways I’m making a healthy start to 2018. Do you have any to add?


(collaborative with Vision Direct)

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Roamy 6th January 2018 - 9:05 am

Lovely and thanks for sharing,like you, I hate the alarm clocks, it`s dark and maybe wet outside and I have to drag myself out of bed and get ready for work .

Lara 6th January 2018 - 12:01 pm

Those are great goals!! Sounds like you will definitely manage to achieve them. A year of practising these will surely show you huge results by the end of the year. All the best on your journey xx

Vox 6th January 2018 - 12:11 pm

Congratulations on your recent weight loss! Coming out of the holidays and not gaining—but losing—weight instead is a real accomplishment! However, I know how you feel. Even as you congratulate yourself, you know deep down that you can do better. Your strategies sound doable and specific to your lifestyle, so I think you’re already off to a good start. Thanks for sharing!

Jen | My Healthy Homemade Life 6th January 2018 - 12:47 pm

Sounds like some great goals for 2018!

Rosemary Davis 6th January 2018 - 2:02 pm

All great plans…I end to stop the screen watching.

Patti 7th January 2018 - 11:40 am

I love the beginning of a new year. Mentally you feel ready to take on any battle. I too ended up 2017 lighter than the year before. I intend to do the same this year.

Live Clean Nourish 8th January 2018 - 3:00 pm

Getting off that soda is the best thing you can do for your health. It’s just plain poison. Keep workin on it.

Kirsty 8th January 2018 - 3:41 pm

I lost 27lbs in about six weeks at the start of last year, and after a weeks holiday of realising that calorie counting was making me miserable I gave up. That said I somehow managed to keep most of the weight off until injuring my leg at the end of 2017 meant I could hardly walk, but regardless I still start this year around 13lbs lighter than I started last year and I know I can lose the rest of the weight when the time is right. Well done with everything you have achieved so far, I have great faith in you achieving your goals this year!

Anna Nuttall 8th January 2018 - 8:06 pm

High Five, that’s amazing. Well done. Thank you – I really do hope I reach my goal!

Shelby @Fitasamamabear 8th January 2018 - 6:57 pm

Sleep is an awesome one to focus on as it makes such a difference to every system in your body!

K.T. Lynn 8th January 2018 - 10:07 pm

Congratulations on your weight loss! I’m currently trying to lose 10 kgs…and I have had a really difficult time with this last milestone. You have great resolutions though! 🙂

Mark Richards 9th January 2018 - 12:56 am

I agree with you. I have been drinking way to many surgery drinks, and eating to many surgery foods. I need to get on my elliptical machine and go to town. Best of luck with your New Years Goals. You Can Do It!!

Sarah 9th January 2018 - 3:45 am

I find tracking my food choices and planning my menu has been helpful in my weight loss journey. You sound like you had a great 2017!

Karen - Kupon Girl 13th January 2018 - 7:42 pm

I need to work on staying away from Potato Chips! (Lays- Less Salt) They taste really good but are not healthy for me!


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