Temptation is all around us, particularly in January. That half-eaten box of biscuits. The cold weather. The lure of a nice, creamy hot chocolate to get you through the afternoon. Sometimes it gets too much, and before you know it – you’ve caved in and ruined your New Years resolutions to stay healthy. With long working days providing the perfect backdrop for eating and cheating, read on for our tried and tested methods for sticking to your guns and making it through January with your resolutions in tact!
Make a snack stash
Have a think about the healthy snacks you like. Go on… have a real think. Eventually, you’ll come up with something that isn’t crisps or cake, and when you do – make sure to have a continuous supply with you to counteract imminent 11am munchies. Whether you like nuts, fresh fruit, crudites, dried fruit, yoghurt or wholegrain snacks, keep some with you on your desk or in your locker, to ensure that when hunger strikes you have a healthy option to hand.
Don’t tempt fate
If you’re hoping for a dry January, don’t go to the pub with your mates on Friday afternoon, with the plan of ‘just ordering a Coke’. Watching your friends sip their wine and with the weekend ahead, it can be too easy to fall into familiar patterns without thinking. Don’t tempt fate – stay away from trigger situations.
Talk about it. A lot.
Talk about your resolutions to anyone who will listen, as much as possible. This will help your aims stick in your mind, but more importantly – you will cultivate an environment where even thinking about falling off the wagon will result in colleagues poking fun and calling you useless, and you certainly don’t want that!
Put any extra energy or urges into working hard, and fast! Feeling the need to reach for the sweeties? Wander over to that colleague you’ve been meaning to help with something, or pitch that idea you’ve been working on to your manager. Giving your mind something else to do is the primary benefit, however you may be surprised about how many additional achievements you can fit into your day!
Every day you visit the gym or stay off of cigarettes is a tiny victory, so reward yourself in other ways by buying a new outfit, or binging on some favourite movies to mark every milestone. Allow yourself to celebrate and you will keep your spirits up even when times are tough.
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