8 Things to do before the New Year

The year is almost over and we are ready to say goodbye to 2019. Although convention tells us to wait until January to make any major changes, a few small achievements before then will help you end this year on a positive note.

Here are 8 ideas to get you started.

1. Visit the doctor

If you are the type of person who enjoys general good health, chances are you haven’t visited the doctor for a long time. Remember that it is important to go for a medical check-up once a year, especially if you are over 40 and have a family history of certain medical conditions.

Health problems have a way of sneaking in even when you are feeling good. You can also use this opportunity for the doctor to give you the green light to take on The 28 Day Diet.

2. Clean out your email inbox

Follow up unanswered emails, delete expired messages, and otherwise organize your email folders to make life a little easier for yourself as the new year begins.

3. Set short-term New Year’s goals

Note that we did not use the phrase “New Year’s resolutions”. The reason is because these types of intentions waste time because we think too big when we put it together.

Instead, think of smaller, relatively achievable goals that you can focus on in the new year. A good example is to divide The 28 Day Diet into attainable parts of one week, and start by focusing only on the first 7 days.

You will be more successful in achieving smaller goals than the lofty New Year’s resolutions you have made in the past.

4. Reorganise your fridge

In addition to the expired tomato sauce and moldy jam, you can also reorganise your fridge to get rid of all the unhealthy foods and processed snacks.

Make sure you fill your fridge with fresh fruit, vegetables and all the healthy food types we advocate on The 28 Day Diet so you can kick off 2020 with a new perspective.

5. Make a spontaneous decision

Don’t worry about “what if?”. Make a decision in the moment without worrying too much about it. Move outside of your comfort zone and do something you never thought you could, but always wanted to do.

You don’t have to overcome your lifelong fear of heights by embarking on an adventure of bungee jumping, but you can tackle smaller things like starting to write the book you’ve always wanted; or ask for the promotion you know you deserve; make small changes in your lifestyle to live healthier; or even finally changing your hair colour.

6. Enjoy your holiday food in moderation

No matter how dedicated you are to your diet, you don’t want to go through the whole season without at least getting to enjoy your favourite holiday food.

The key is balance: Eat a small portion of your favourite dish and avoid the foods you don’t really love but eat out of boredom.

Another easy way to find balance is to fill half your plate with vegetables or salad – the fibre will keep you full and prevent you from getting into a sugar crash – and fill the other half with your favourite dish like delicious lamb roast.

7. Reflect on past mistakes

Reflect on the things you could or would have done differently over the past year. Discover what you can learn from each mistake and forgive yourself completely.

Say goodbye to the old you and get ready for the new you. Make 2020 your best year.

8. Celebrate your achievements

Pat yourself on the back for everything you’ve achieved in 2019. Even if it is a small victory, it is important to acknowledge and celebrate your achievements.

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