How did you celebrate, with a big bang or just with quiet contemplation? Personally our family celebrated with a day at the beach and then the early local 9.30 fireworks and bed. Habitually early risers makes late nights challenging, I hope I am not the only one. Followed by another peaceful day at our favourite beach.

Did you make any New Year’s Resolutions? Did you know that only 8% of people actually keep their resolutions? There are a host of reasons for this failure to stick with it.

One reason is the setting overly ambitious and restrictive goals ― like quitting sugar when you haven’t already been making small changes to improve your diet. Maybe a better goal might be to work on small improvements on your diet on a daily basis. So for example each day re-new the goal to give up sugar, by aiming to swap out cake for fruit or veg instead. Small changes everyday will give you a better result.

Re-evaluate every day and if you aren’t already doing this starting up a daily journal is a great way to help achieve your goals. We have also created a very simple goal setting download that you can print and add to the front of you journal. One of the keys to success is to re-visit those goals on a regular basis.

January 1st symbolically signifies a new beginning. However, remember each day allows for a new beginning, and hence consider the opportunity to reset everyday.

Another reason why resolutions might fail, is trying to change everything at once. Focus on one small change everyday and then continue to re-evaluate. Creating new habits can be as tiny as flossing your teeth everyday or adding in one push up on a daily basis until eventually it becomes a sub conscious routine or habit. Another example is setting the goal to read a new book each month, why not start with 2 pages each day? Or are you ready to start meditation? Try for a minute a day to get you started.

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Did you also know that Chinese New Year Solar New Year is on the 4th February and the Chinese Lunar Year falls on the 16th February. This makes the following month a very powerful time to be re-setting and re-starting.

It is the perfect time of year to be honouring family, friends and ancestors. It’s a time to show gratitude for all blessings and the perfect opportunity to reflect on mistakes and failures during the previous year and then let them go acknowledging that the New Year heralds a chance to start afresh and build the life you deserve.

One great way to start is to literally have a clear out of your home, get rid of the old and stale and clean up all that dust that has accumulated under couches and beds. Freshen up by adding some bright cushions and moving furniture around.

Here is a simple family recipe to get you started on a healthier journey. Nothing sexy about, but our Savoury Ground Beef, but being a busy family, we like to keep it simple and budget friendly in our household, with easy healthy go-to-meals that can be modified to suit individual tastes.

Director Exercise Therapy Australia

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