January. This word, this month brings us diets, exercise, calorie counting, guilt, tight clothes, miserable weather, unhappy people and resolutions.

Why? Why do we do this to ourselves? Why do we go from celebrating to feeling bad about ourselves within the space of a day or two?

Every year I say I’ll lose weight, sometimes I do and sometimes I don’t. If I’m motivated then I’ll give it my all and invest wholeheartedly. Otherwise it is a half arsed attempt at losing weight.

I’m fed up of the cycle: lose weight, enjoy myself, be proud and then watch as all my hard work is undone by the following year. Every year I say it will be different. Every year I weigh myself the first Monday in January, take a note of it and feel bad about myself. I then aim to eat healthier, cut out the crap, exercise and do my best to stick to it till I get to my happy weight.

This year is going to be different! This year I’m not doing the weight cycle. This year is about ME! What makes ME happy? What do I want to achieve? Instead of lose two stone, my goal is about happiness! This is the main goal. Weight is going to be an outcome of my happiness. If something makes me happy then I’ll go for it, if it doesn’t I won’t.

I know I’ll cut out lots of the food that over the past month I have been indulging on, that’s just natural. But I want to maintain my happiness, and enjoy life.

Life is short! Happiness is important. Laughing is vital…for me anyway! So what am I going to do? How can I measure my happiness?

I will create a happiness scale. Yes I want to lose weigh but my happiness has to come first.

I’m not sure how this is going to work, but I want to experiment and see what works for me…hence this blog. Feel free to join me on my wellbeing journey.

Each Monday I’ll measure my happiness using the happiness scale. My answer will be determined by how my week has gone and how I am feeling within me. Whilst losing weight is a goal, putting my happiness first and focusing on this is the only way I can see it being sustainable. I want to love who I am and not be weight focused by counting calories or avoiding certain foods. But by doing things I WANT and not NEED or SHOULD be doing. I need to be kind to ME.

I want to shift my focus and thoughts to happiness, positivity and enjoyment! I want to do this for ME and my wellbeing.

I’m not sure if my plan will work but I am determined to have the lifestyle I want and enjoy it. I want it to just be part of me.

If you want to follow my progress then please do. I’m an ordinary 39 year old with a normal job and a desire to live a fun filled happy life. This year is about my wellbeing. I’ve made that promise to myself.

Wellbeing is something I’m passionate about. I want it to be important to everyone. Your own health, both physical and mental should be your number one priority. Just like an oxygen mask on a plane. You have to ensure your ok before helping others. I want to help others, I want to help you. I want to know what works for me.

I want you to all have a happy, healthy and awesome 2019. Follow me on my journey and start your own journey to happiness. Share your ideas and I’ll let you know mine.

Take this year to focus on your wellbeing and ensure you relax and enjoy life.

Love Emma

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