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5 Things I did in January to help me achieve my 2019 goals

February 1, 2019

Every month I am planning on summarising what I have done in the last 30 odd days that have helped me work towards achieving my 2019 goals. It’s half about accountability and half about keeping track of the month and making sure that I am still making positive strides forwards.

January has been mainly health related. I’ve started making little changes to my lifestyle in order to make my goals more achievable. I don’t want to feel like I’m constantly depriving myself or that achieving what I want to by the end of the year has been a massive chore. I plan on enjoying my year as much as possible – I have just booked our first family holiday and we have travel plans for April and November. I’m really looking forward to facing February head on and achieving some measurable goals – specifically weight related.

But right now, here are 5 things that I did during January that, in one way or another, have contributed towards me achieving my 2019 goals.

1. Diet and exercise.

I haven’t started any fad diets, no Slimming World and no liquid meals. Just good old fashioned healthy eating and ensuring the portion sizes are smaller. I can’t lie, it hasn’t always been easy. For the first two weeks I did find myself feeling pretty hungry around 10pm and wanting to reach for a little late night snack. Fortunately for me, incorporating a healthier diet into my lifestyle hasn’t been difficult as we meal plan and cook all our meals from scratch. The changes have mostly involved eating less, ensuring that I eat a good amount of protein each day and making wiser snack choices. I have lost some weight and at first I was pretty happy about this. But then I loaded up Facebook to find that someone who joined Slimming World a week before had lost the same amount of weight that I had lost all month, in just one week. I feel pretty disheartened despite people reassuring me that I’m doing well and that some people lose weight more easily than others.

2. Omega-3 fish oil supplements.

Throughout January I was also taking Omega-3 fish oil supplements. As a vegetarian (or not, now?) I really struggle to get enough Omega-3 fatty acids into my body. After doing some research, I was genuinely stunned by how much those 3 acids that we hear about so often contribute to our body and overall health. Omega-3 acids can even help with mental health! I’m definitely going to continue to take fish oil as not only is it good for the inside, it has also made my hair super shiny and my skin is better than ever.

3. Changing the way I drink.

I’ve been drinking water almost exclusively. Occasionally I’ve had a glass of squash, but that has mostly been during the evening or when I have had a sore throat and craved something with a bit of flavour. I’ve also cut sugar out of my coffees! When I was pregnant with Oscar, cutting coffee out of my life was the dietary change I struggled with and I’m not so keen to cut coffee out of my life again. I am happy to cut the sugar though and I have adapted to life without a spoonful of sugar in my coffee remarkably quickly.

4. Diet changes mean saving money.

Fortuitously, eating more healthily and reducing portion sizes has actually meant that our food shopping cost has decreased slightly. Things that we were eating and drinking, such as lots of cheese, squash and alcohol are now limited in our meal plan, if they’re even on it at all. We’ve also stopped buying snacks like crisps and biscuits, instead replacing them with supermarket own versions of Ryvita and rice cakes.

5. Matched Betting.

Back in November I started my matched betting journey and immediately decided to sign up to Profit Accumulator (use my code
329538 if you choose to sign up). Sadly, as Christmas loomed near, I dropped the ball a little bit and matched betting was forgotten about for most of the month. Last week I loaded everything up again, checked my balance in my exchange accounts and shifted some bits around. Now I’m back on the bandwagon and hoping to place some bigger bets and bring in some more money.

I’ve made other changes too, but I think these are the most notable ones. The money saving and ‘looking after my body’ seem to cross over, which is helpful!

Have you done anything this month that has helped you work towards your 2019 end goal? Let me know in the comments! Also, if you happen to know any amazingly tasty vegetarian recipes that are healthy and relatively cheap to make, hit me up.

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13 Comments

  • Sarah Stockley

    February 1, 2019 at 3:00 pm

    Well done on sticking to your goals. Portion sizes really do help, my sister in law started plating her dinner on a smaller plate so she was still eating things she loved.
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  • Sabina Green

    February 1, 2019 at 3:02 pm

    I cant say I know that much about matched betting. I am intrigued though. Sounds like you have been very good at sticking with your goals so far
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  • Sarah D

    February 1, 2019 at 3:30 pm

    I hope to stick to my goals too, I am trying to eat more healthily and drink more water. My biggest vice is Diet Coke, I drink way too much every day. A habit that I need to kick!
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  • Ger (It’s ME&ETHAN)

    February 1, 2019 at 6:22 pm

    Wow you are organised. I could use your attitude and strength to stick to your overall goals, fair play to you lady! I’m just over here clinging to keeping the house relativity clean

  • Rachel

    February 1, 2019 at 10:01 pm

    I need to cut out the rubbish in my diet. I am so bad with evening snacks, i cant bear to go to bed hungry but i think i will have too until my stomach gets used to not eating so late. I have cut sugar out of my tea but i can not drink coffee without sugar no matter how hard i try!

  • rhian westbury

    February 2, 2019 at 10:03 am

    Don’t compare yourself to others who are dieting, as long as what you’re doing is working for you then that’s great x

  • Pati Robins

    February 2, 2019 at 1:50 pm

    well done to sticking to all your goals – this is what i be doing to but starting from febuary as every january i seem to fail miserable

  • Stephanie

    February 2, 2019 at 5:29 pm

    Keep going with your healthy eating, I think it’s a good way to maintain losing weight long term and it just becomes normal to eat like you are.

  • Melanie

    February 2, 2019 at 8:17 pm

    Well done you for being so focused and sticking to it. I need to do a diet and exercise plan xc

  • Demi

    February 2, 2019 at 9:59 pm

    I’m on board with the eating and drinking better for sure. What an inspiring post to keep going forward with our goals.

  • Anosa

    February 3, 2019 at 6:56 am

    One thing I have always done is review my goals monthly as this keeps me accountable and an easy way to track my progress. We have almost similar goals.

  • Kerry Norris

    February 3, 2019 at 8:54 pm

    Well done on sticking to your goals. I need to up my water intake and cut down my portion sizes. X

  • Becca Talbot

    February 4, 2019 at 4:41 pm

    Well done for reaching your goals! Some great tips and advice here – I really should take this on board for 2019! Here’s to a better, happier, healthier and more prosperous year 🙂 x
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