It’s that time again! New Year is honestly my favourite time of the year. I think it gets a lot of stick, and I totally agree with the whole notion that the idea of ‘New Year, new me’ can put a lot of pressure on us to completely transform our lives simply because it’s the start of the next year. However, I don’t think setting goals and resolutions for the year ahead is a bad thing at all, and it’s something I really enjoy doing for myself. When done in a positive and healthy way, it can be a really rewarding and enjoyable experience. This year, I have a few resolutions that I’d like to share!
- Adopt a more low GI diet. Since being diagnosed with PCOS (something I will talk a bit more soon) I’ve been trying to figure out what to do with my diet for the best, seen as dietary changes and weight loss is probably the most recommended treatment for PCOS. I’ve seen a few recommendations floating around, primarily going gluten and dairy free, and transitioning to a low glycaemic index diet. The plan is to go for the low glycaemic index diet first as this is kind of the least extreme option and see if that benefits me. A low GI diet generally means cutting out foods that induce a spike in blood sugar, such as processed foods and white carbs, and is useful for PCOS as it helps to regulate insulin levels (very simply put, I’m not an expert in this!) If the low GI diet does help that’s great, but if it isn’t enough I can then have a go at cutting out gluten/dairy and see if that makes any difference. On a side note, these dietary changes are also my goal for this year’s Gymshark66 challenge!
- Try bulking and cutting. This is definitely the next fitness-related thing I want to try. I’m hoping that a cut will go hand-in-hand with trying low GI. I’ve never successfully lost weight, and realise now that it probably hasn’t been my fault, as PCOS can really mess with your hunger hormones and also reduce BMR by a huge 14-40%, so it can be pretty much impossible to lose weight in the ‘conventional’ manner (calories in vs. calories out). Anyway, my hope is that my dietary changes will give me a boost in losing a fair bit of fat before summer, and then once I have lost this I’m really keen to try my first bulk! I’m pretty good at building muscle, so to be able to do this following some fat loss would be really exciting as it should actually show up a bit more then!
- Save money. My main non health and fitness goal for 2020 is to get better at saving money. I’ve opened a new, better savings account and have vowed to save every penny of my money from freelancing. I have a really bad habit of using my writing money to ‘mop up’ when I’ve overspent and to just use it as ‘bonus’ disposable income, which I realise I really need to stop! I’d love to end 2020 with a healthy amount of savings to show for all my hard work.
These are my three main, long-term goals for the year and I’m so excited to see where 2020 takes me! What are your resolutions for the year ahead?