A new year means new resolutions.
The idea is simple: you list the things you’ve been doing wrong the whole year round and vow to no longer do them once that clock strikes midnight.
You see why this concept is doomed to fail?
Life lesson learned: if you’re going to vow to live a healthier lifestyle, don’t do it drunk at a party at 1 am.
This past year I’ve turned things around for myself in a completely different way.
I’ve realized that if you want something to change, you have to start RIGHT NOW.
I started eating healthier, exercising more and doing more of what I love. And not once have I used my infamous “But it’s not even a Monday!” excuse.
Subsequently, by focusing on what I’ve been doing right instead of what I’ve been doing wrong, it also helped me to see my ‘bad habits’ in a whole different light. As long as they’re not getting in the way of my goals and dreams, I see them as my ‘guilty pleasures’.
That’s why I decided to celebrate my flaws this year with an Ultimate Anti-New Year’s Resolution list aka the things I WON’T change in the year to come.
I love a good binge. Of a new series that is.
I love to submerge in a completely new world and feel excited and amazed as the stories unfold.
Most of my college days my eyes were glued to a screen.
When I started blogging I knew this had to change.
I was going to need all of my free time to come up with new posts. That’s why I vowed for a while that I wouldn’t start watching a new series. Well, at least not one with more than 3 seasons.
But after a while I realized something.
There are moments you need to relax your mind, for example with a brand new episode of your favorite series. And there are times you have to work, work, work, work, work, work.
In the end you can’t fully enjoy the one without the other.
Eating in front of the tv
It’s the first rule of health experts. When you eat a meal, sit down at a table and stare silently in front of you.
I love to sit down and entertain (or be entertained by) family and friends, but when it’s just me, myself and I it’s Netflix I prefer.
This guilty habit does come with a down side. As soon as I hit play I get the munchies. The experience just doesn’t feel complete without stuffing my face. It soothes me.
And since I’m a notorious binge watcher (see guilty pleasure above) without the metabolism of a super model you see why this is a problem.
The freshman 15 is real people.
Since then I’ve learned to use both guilty pleasures in my advantage. I schedule my Netflix time according to my meals (really, it’s a thing). I also eat slowly and enjoy every bite. And I avoid snacking in front of a screen as much as I can. And when I do, I make sure it’s a healthy treat.
In 2016 I ditched processed foods and refined sugar. Hence all the sugar free recipes that have been popping up on my blog.
Once you’ve finally lost your bad food habits the cravings will stay somewhat at bay. But there’s another thought that has been motivating me: the thought of one day indulging in Nutella.
For now I stick to my Healthy “Nutella” Granola to satisfy my sweet tooth.
But I know I will have that decadent Nutella treat someday. And I will make it epic. Like a giant Nutella crepe somewhere in a sunlit town in Italy.