Hello there! So there are only a few days left now of 2012 and I'm sure that a lot of you are trying to decide on what your New Year's Resolutions will be - or not?
Personally I think they're a great idea, as it is an excuse to better yourself and change some things in your life which you wish were different. But they can be very difficult to keep and trust me, I know! There have been many, many resolutions which I had made at the start of the year, and by the time Easter rolls around, they are long forgotten about.
Usually every year I only make one resolution, and this is because if I make more than one, my effort will be divided between them which means I am more likely to give them up. So if I have any advice, it would be to stick to one resolution, and you will find it easier not to stray from your goal.
Another tip I have is don't set yourself unrealistic and vague goals like 'lose weight' or 'eat healthy'. Try to narrow it down to simpler things like 'go for a jog every second day' or 'give up fizzy drinks', I promise this will make it easier and you will keep your resolutions for longer.
Also, you don't have to give up things as a resolution, most people give up things like chocolate or alcohol, which is such a dramatic commitment that they're not mentally ready for. Instead, take something up, like swimming or blogging - something you're interested in. Resolutions don't always have to be about giving things up.
This year, I've decided to go for a pretty unusual resolution that is pretty different to the typical ones you hear of such as 'lose a stone' or 'stop eating sweets'. I'm going to become a vegetarian.
Even just as I write that, it seems so strange that I would stop eating meats. I am a massive meat eater. All my life I have been in love with all types of meat (except pork!) and I ate a lot of it too. It runs in my family and we always had meat included in every single dinner. So people are going to be surprised when I explain what my resolution is for this year.
Although I am calling it a New Year's Resolution, I plan on keeping it for the rest of my life (if I can). I'm sure you're wondering 'If you're such a huge fan of meat, why are you becoming a vegetarian?'. Well the simplest answer is for health reasons. I have researched into the benefits of becoming a vegetarian and personally I believe that for me it is a good choice.
I didn't necessarily decide to adopt this eating plan for animal rights reasons. Don't get me wrong, I love animals and being a vegetarian will have benefits beyond myself, but it was mainly the health reasons that made my mind up.
I know it is going to be VERY difficult, but I hope it will be worth it, I like to set myself challenges so this will be an interesting task I'm setting myself. I may be writing some blog posts every now and then to show you how I will be dealing with my meat cravings (ha ha!) and what meals I discover on my journeys.