Healthy Living #13 Goals for a Healthier 2015

Being healthy and exercising has never been something I was very good at. I've always been very up and down in both my weight and my 'healthy' lifestyle, sometimes I'd go weeks or even months of eating healthy and regularly exercising, but on the other side of things sometimes I'd crack and binge, eating my weight in chocolate! This could be a momentary binge or a week or month long downward spiral into both unhealthy eating and thinking. I didn't have a healthy outlook on life, I've never been very kind to myself and that's something that I'm hoping to change in 2015. 

Since being diagnosed with Anxiety in October my health has entered that downward spiral. I eat terribly to make myself feel better, I do NO exercise and I've put on a lot of weight in a short space of time. The most concerning thing for me is that I'm mentally unhealthy, I've become meaner to myself and my anxiety has taken over my life. Starting a new year is always a great time to rethink and start trying something new, so for me it's time to become healthy and fit and get back to feeling like myself. I know this is going to be a long journey with lots of ups and downs but I'm ready to start taking some little baby steps to get myself going. 

I briefly mentioned some of my Health & Fitness goals in my goals for 2015 post, but I wanted to elaborate on those and add in some more specific goals. I like goals as they give me something to work towards, but Im trying to keep them simple and not measurable by specific numbers or targets as this can sometimes be too pressurising and makes me more likely to give up.

Emma's 10 Goals for a Healthier 2015

1. Stop Dieting 
It just doesn't work for me and I don't want to do it anymore. No more counting calories, or cutting out sugar or carbs. I don't like the restriction of dieting, having good foods and bad foods, I don't want to feel guilty or naughty for eating biscuits or chocolate or cake. I don't want to feel like a failure when I 'give in' to my cravings. I want to eat when I need to, and I want to have the freedom to choose to eat what I want, when I want. I'm hoping that changing my outlook on eating and food will help me become healthier in the long run. At the moment Im going to choose the chocolate and biscuits and ice cream because that's what I turn to for comfort, but if I'm no longer telling myself off or feeling guilty for eating these things eventually I'll stop binging on them and instead turn to healthier foods that I also love and enjoy. I'm done with dieting, I just want to eat.

2. Eat Healthier
I guess this links in with the previous goal, I want to eat healthier because I love healthy food and it makes me feel amazing. I'm not putting pressure on myself to suddenly change how I eat, this is a gradual one and it's going to happen one baby step at a time. Whether it's having an apple instead of biscuits, or it's eating half a big chocolate bar instead of the whole thing. Little tiny improvements are what I'm aiming for. 

3. Try Smoothies
Yesterday I brought myself a blender! It's something I've wanted for ages so I decided to just go for it. I love fruit and vegetables so I wanted to start trying to make smoothies and I'm very excited about giving some recipes a go!

4. Start Running Again
Over the summer I started training for a 10k race that I eventually didn't end up doing. I went from not being able to run 1 minute to running for 30 minutes straight, I was so proud of myself and I felt amazing, I started to love running and seeing myself improve each week was such a great feeling. I'n determined to get back into running this year, I'm hoping to be able to run 10k, but at the moment the first step is just to get back into running. 

5. Meditation or Yoga
Both of these have been known to help people who suffer from Anxiety so this is definitely something I want to give a go and hopefully incorporate into my daily routine. I think starting with mediation is the best way for me to go and once I've gotten into this try and give Yoga a go. 

6. Track My Progress
I've been tracking my weight for as long as I can remember, I even have a note on my phone with every weigh In I've done for the past 2 and half years. It's time for a change though. I no longer want to track my weight loss, In fact I don't even want to weigh myself any more. I want to track my progress, whether that's in running or exercise, my mental health and how Im coping with anxiety, or even my feelings on a day to day basis. I want to be able to see my journey, the ups and downs but also the gradual improvements. It's all about baby steps in 2015 for me, but I want to be able to see these baby steps grow to giant leaps!

7. My Mental Health
Most of these goals will have benefits in helping me become more mentally healthy, but there are also more specific things I want to do to focus on my mental health and learning how to cope with anxiety. I'm not totally sure what steps Im going to take, I'm currently in counselling, i'm on medication and I've looked into cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and other self help methods. This is the most important goal for me and all the other goals are helping me towards become mentally healthier.

8. Get a Routine
I currently have no routine, I go to sleep when I want and wake up naturally, I do what I want when I want during the day and kind of go through each day as it comes. However I don't think this is the best way to get things done, I need a routine, that means going to bed and waking up at similar times every day, exercising regularly and organising a work schedule so I know what Im doing everyday. This is something I've tried so many times before and I've never been able to stick to it, so I think my starting point is going to be getting my sleep schedule sorted out. 

9. Love Myself 
I'm tired of being mean to myself, it's time to love myself. This is definitely going to take a lot of time but It's something that I need to do. 

I'm really looking forward to having a happier and healthier year. I'd love to hear your health and fitness goals for 2015, whether thats loose weight, run a marathon or pamper yourself more. Don't forget to look after your mental health this year, it's just as important as your physical health! 

25 comments

  1. love this post!

    It is exactly what I am currently trying to do, just be healthier. I am also starting yoga next week and cannot wait for it!

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    1. Thank you :) And good luck, ooh hope yoga goes well, it's definitely something I want to try out!
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  2. Such a great post Emma! I completely agree with all of these points, and at the end of the year I also decided to take baby steps rather than just limiting myself to a diet etc. I don't see much point in diets either, as you get more of a routine and start craving healthier foods you'll learn to trust yourself and know that you're eating what you want and what's best :) sometimes we just really want a big bar of chocolate and it's bloomin' okay to eat it!! Good luck with the 10k and yoga too, you'll smash it! :)

    My biggest fitness goal is to run a marathon! Oh god...haha!!

    Hazel xx

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    1. Thank youu, glad you agree. Yeah it's all about the baby steps and being kind to yourself, gradually we'll get there. Screw diets I just want to eat and not think about food so much! So excited and nervous to get back into exercise, it's been so long! Good luck with the marathon!!! That's insane but so inspiring.
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  3. I think these are fab goals! It is a great thing to realise that these fad diets are useless. I think as long as you are balanced and you have some bad but mostly good stuff then you are on the right way. I never want to feel deprived or restricted with my diet! x

    Jasmin Charlotte | UK Lifestyle Blog

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    1. I've really just come to the realisation that dieting is pointless, it's got me nowhere except a terrible relationship with food. Yeah I want to feel free to eat whatever I want. :)
      Emma xx

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  4. I really enjoyed this post- your goals are really sensible and I agree that diets are a waste of time! I know from experience that meditation and exercise help with anxiety a lot, so hopefully they will for you too :) xx

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    1. Thank you very much. I tried to keep them as realistic and achievable as possible. I'm really looking forward to trying meditation so hopefully that will be good for my anxiety :) xx

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  5. I have a connection with pretty much all of your goals! I'd love to get back into the gym but I know I don't have the time, so instead I need to make time for little yoga sessions at home, or going for a run. I binged a LOT last year and I'm determined to curb those eating habits and get myself feeling happy again! xx

    Hannah x | hannatalks

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    1. <3 Just take it little steps at a time, love yourself and be kind, you're beautiful as you are, but if you want to be healthier and happier just try and take little steps towards that goal when you can. :)
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  6. Yes yes yes! Yes to all the things! I feel like my goals this year, while not quite as formalized as your list, all revolve around improving my health as well. Smoothies are a fantastic way to fit more healthy food into your diet (especially if you're a bit of a picky veggie eater like me and can hide spinach in them). Also, as someone else who struggles with stress, I can't recommend meditation, or yoga, enough. Even just ten minutes a day is wonderful for helping me manage it.

    Cat
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    1. Glad you agree! :D It's all about being healthy this year, It seems like a lot of people are trying to get healthier and not so concerned about loosing weight which is brilliant. Everyone says yoga and meditation are great so can't wait to give them a go. :)
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  7. Great post Emma. I used to be obsessed with what I was eating, torture myself if I ever ate a biscuit and so on and monitoring every little thing, including my weight every single day. I've since stopped restricting myself and was surprised to find how much less appealing tons of chocolate/cake etc was when it wasn't forbidden anymore! I also never ever weigh myself, I go by how I feel/look and it makes life SO much easier. Best of luck and keep us updated!

    Bxx
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    1. Thank you, I was like that too, so obsessed with calories and fat and sugar, good foods and and foods, all of it was so tiring and just made me upset. Well done on stopping restriction yourself! I've just started trying to be more open and at the moment Im still reaching for the chocolate and cake and that but I'm hoping that will gradually get less appealing. I don't want to weigh myself for a long time, I think the best way is going off how you feel.
      Thank you and I will keep you updated :D
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  8. Your 2015 goals are spot on - I can relate to most of them! I am trying to get into running but not doing very well so far haha! Lucy x

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    1. It's so nice hearing that people can relate to them. And well done! That's awesome, I'm sure you'll get better as time goes on, baby steps and all that ;)
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  9. I've really got back into yoga since the new year and having smoothies for breakfast also seems to be making a difference.

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    1. That's brilliant, new years really is the best time to kick start yourself into getting healthier. xx

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  10. Hope you manage to keep to your goals! There is a great quote on Pinterest that says 'Food is the most abused anxiety drug. Exercise is the most underutilized antidepressant' which I think is a good thing to remember! Just keep reminding yourself how boosted your self esteem was when you could see yourself getting fitter! :D Good Luck!
    Emily x

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    1. Thank you :D That quote is so true, I really should exercise more, and it's so true I felt so good about myself when I was regularly exercising. xx

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  11. Love this post, Emma! Especially love the focus on mental health. You're so right about it being just as important as physical health! And I think the most important one here is loving yourself! My fitness goal for this year is to run a 10k and my mental health goal is to manage my anxiety and depression without the help of medication :) (Which is going pretty well so far, if I do say so myself!)

    Happy Sunday, darling! Much love xxxxxx

    Rhianna | robowecop

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    1. Thank you babe :) It's so important isn't it! We will have to run a 10k together haha! And yes you're doing amazingly and you should be so proud :D
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  12. The first and last one of these are just spot on! I completely know what you mean about feeling really bad when you 'give in' to a craving, but we shouldn't and we should be allowed to treat ourselves! And I think we all need to love ourselves a bit more, I think we'd all be a lot happier :)

    Soph Xxx

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    1. I think everyone needs to do those ones. We should be allowed to eat what we want when we want, our bodies should tell us what food source we need and we eat that. We've just become brain washed to be mean to ourselves.
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  13. I love smoothies! I love using mango, raspberries and pineapple the most (even though I hate pineapple as a fruit on it's own!) I've also started practising yoga properly this year, and I found yoga with adriene on youtube. She currently has a 30 days of yoga challenge and I'm finding it very helpful!

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