Mind, Body and Soul by Lola Olarewaju


’Tis the season to make resolutions, FA, LA, LA, LA, LA, LA…. Been there, done that, right? New Year after New Year we make promises to ourselves; buy the latest fitness gadgets and diet books; join the gym… all to no avail. We set our start date – usually as 1st January – and then when the big day arrives, bursting with so much enthusiasm, we aim for our goals only to experience defeat by the third or – for the really determined ones among us -the fourth day. So, the question is: why should this year be any different?

Well, because if you choose to do things differently this year, you will get different results.

If there is one piece of advice I can give, it is to never ever again start your New Year Solution on 1st January like the rest of the world does because, more likely than not, it will end in failure for the majority of us for a number of reasons: from not being ready mentally, to you still recovering from your hangover and/or from your Christmas bulge, and so forth. If you insist on starting in January, then try later on in the month, on a date when you will be better prepared to start your journey towards a New You.

If we are honest with ourselves, most of us know we need to exercise more, eat more healthily, reduce stress from our lives and so forth, but we don’t. But, if you are truly ready to make the changes you desire in your life, here are three tips to get you started on that road:


Romans 12:1-2 – Renew Your Mind

It might sound like a cliché, but the truth cannot change. Change the way you think about healthy eating and exercise, and you change your life. SIMPLE.

If there is one thing I have learnt during my 15 years working as a fitness professional, it’s this: ‘DIETS DON’T WORK’. In fact, dieting makes you FATTER in the long run. Secondly, there are no shortcuts to becoming healthy in the long term. A balanced, healthy eating lifestyle, with regular exercise on the other hand, is guaranteed to help you shed any extra pounds permanently.

The key to losing excess weight is not in diet pills; the newest fitness gadget on the market; following the latest fad/celebrity diet. Instead, the formula to being fit, lean and having a strong body that will support you for the rest of your life is eating wholegrain foods, oily fish, nuts, seeds, legumes, fruits, vegetables, plus regular exercise, such as walking, jogging, dancing, swimming, skipping and much more.


Habakkuk 2:2 – Write Down The Vision…

Write down your goal – making it realistic for you. Break your goal into bite-size pieces, and set about achieving the goal bit by bit. If the goal is to lose four stones this year, start by losing 2lbs a week, and gradually the rest of the weight will go.


Philippians 4:13 – ‘I can do all things through Christ Jesus’

In other words, ‘Just Do It’. Get On With It! Begin doing the little bits that need to be done and, as the year rolls by, as Galatians 6:9 says, ‘We shall reap, if we faint not’. JUST DO IT! HAPPY NEW YOU!


Are you looking for an inexpensive activity to start you on your new fitness regime? Then can I recommend skipping. Skipping is an excellent and cost-efficient way to get fit, lose weight, tone up and keep your body strong. All you need is a skipping rope and a little space, and you can start to skip yourself into that NEW YOU!



The original and ultimate superfood, blueberries are bursting with antioxidants, nutrients and vitamins, which makes them the perfect addition to porridge for breakfast; taken to work as a mid-morning snack, or even added to a mixed grain salad in the evening. They also increase the brain’s feel-good production of dopamine – a natural neurotransmitter that makes you cheerful!

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