Last January instead of making a list of resolutions as long as my arm that would no doubt be forgotten by the end of the month, I set myself three small and simple goals which, although may have wavered at some points - namely Christmas, Birthdays and any occasion that pizza was involved the night before, I feel like I've managed to keep up and even make a bit of a habit of overall. With that little success under my belt, this year I've decided to go one better and incorporate three slightly bigger changes into my daily life in hopes of aiming for a healthier and happier 2015.
Getting on Top of Fitness
Exercise and fitness is definitely something I neglected last year and could probably count the number of gym visits (and total amount of sit-ups managed) on one hand. This is something I definitely want to change in the coming months and seeing as there are so many amazing resources for fitness online these days, the majority of which cost absolutely nothing, I won't even have to leave the comfort of my living room to get started. Fitness Blender and Blogilates are now up there amongst my most watched channels on YouTube and with hundreds of easy to follow videos between them, my goal is to dedicate half an hour of my morning as often as possible to working through their archives.
I've also taken the plunge this year and started the Kayla Itsines Bikini Body Work Out. If there was ever a motivational Instagram account to follow, it's Kayla's and after scrolling through people's stories of success and being overwhelmed by the positive attitude Kayla has towards living a healthier lifestyle I decided this was the work out for me. I was under no illusions that it was going to be an easy ride and although the morning after completing Day One it took me half an hour just to get out of bed, it was so invigorating to finish a whole work out knowing that I'm slowly but surely making my way to a positive change. Here's hoping I make it through the full twelve weeks!
A Green Smoothie A Day..
Last year I rather unwisely got myself into drinking coffee and have become worryingly reliant on a caffeine boost to wake me up in the morning. Although the instant effects may feel good, I inevitably end up in a bit of a slump come midday and really hate to think what all that dark roast is doing to my insides. Although I'm sure I'll still be enjoying the odd cup every now and then - gotta' use up those Costa points, this year I want to switch my morning pick me up to something a little greener.
Investing in a Nutribullet was definitely one of the best decisions I've ever made and everything from smoothies to hummus is now a breeze to rustle up. The Green Monster from the Oh She Glows Cookbook is a super simple combination of almond milk, banana, spinach, chia seeds and almond butter (plus anything else you fancy throwing in) and one of my favourites smoothies to make. Not only do they taste delicious but I can literally feel the goodness spreading through me every time I drink a cup and substituting one a day for my regular coffee should have me bounding around the house with good, clean energy!
Treating My Skin
Let's be honest.. I'm not getting any younger and 2014 was definitely the year I began to notice just how much my skin has changed in it's 22nd year. It's shifted from the oily end of the scale to a now permanent state of dehydration and although drinking my two litres of water a day will always be the best remedy, treating myself to something other than my normal skincare routine at least once a week wouldn't go amiss.
I've started off the year with a round of the Elemis Cellular Recovery Skin Bliss Capsules*. These two-a-day little boosters are about as close to a detox as a skincare product could get, packed with anti-oxidants and reviving ingredients designed to help your skin get back to how it should be and couldn't come at a better time after an exhausting end to the year. I'm also big believer in masks but usually leave things until the last minute when my skin is crying out for a good purifying instead of taking preventative measures. This year I'm going to dedicate my Sunday evenings to having a make up free, masked up moment and I'll be relying on the Aesop Parsley Seed Masque to save me from my current skin woes.
Another good habit I'm aiming to get into is using a Ying Yu Jade Facial Roller*. The difference this makes on tired under-eyes in the morning is quite astonishing - and it feels wonderful. It's also a great one for boosting circulation to the face and making everything look brighter and heather. Let's get rolling, rolling, rolling..
My goals for the year may be a lot harder than last January's, but I'm determined to stick to them while keeping you updated in the process. Beauty will always be close to my heart, but this year I want to take I Covet Thee in a slightly different direction with a few lifestyle posts making their way in between the make up raves and new skincare finds and I'd love your feedback on this, along with your new year's resolutions too! What are you hoping to achieve in 2015?
* Gifted PR Sample