Our weekly columnist has already fit work around family time, and now vows to start at the gym, have a 'dry' February and 'defuzz'...
And the forecast says...
Now that we’re into February and most people have long given up on their new year resolutions, I’ve finally got round to starting mine...
First up is my work-life balance. As every working parent knows, daily life is a juggling act with work and home pulling you in different directions. Luckily I have a great boss at The Weather Channel. So, I’ve tweaked my working hours slightly, now starting an hour earlier so that I can finish an hour earlier.
Those extra 60 minutes in the evening have made a huge difference. Not only do I get a quieter commute home but I get to spend more time with my children. There’s time for me to cook dinner before they get 'hangry'. I can help with homework and best of all, I can get them off to bed earlier and enjoy grown-up time.
I may have done the breakfast shift for years but I’m not naturally a morning person. Still, a recent study revealed that those who get up with the larks tend to sleep better, be less likely to suffer depression and are slimmer too. Got to be worth a try!
Which brings me on to the next area of my life up for a new year overhaul. Just about everyone I know has a dream ideal weight, usually about a stone lighter than they currently are. I haven’t weighed myself for ages but I know it’s way more than a stone to reach my wedding weight!
This week I finally eased myself back to the gym. I hadn’t gone since before Christmas as I seemed to have cold after cold, plus, I was waiting for the 'January gym-goers' to drop out. It’s not easy fitting workouts into my working day but the high intensity TwentyFour class at Virgin Active only lasts 24 minutes (see what they did there). Takes a bit longer to recover, mind...
In honour of those who completed a dry January, I am attempting a dry-ish February. I’m only going to drink when I’m out somewhere - no boozing at home. Given that I have two small children and we’re still in the depths of winter, it’s going to be a long month. One day longer thanks to the leap year!
And finally, I have decided 2016 will be the year I get rid of all the hair on my legs. No more faffing with razors or waxing, I’m going to try laser. Summer weather will be here before we know it and hopefully I’ll be fit, healthy and ready to bare my pale winter skin. Hmmm, might have to get the fake tan out first!
Kirsty McCabe writes her weekly column here on www.juniormagazine.co.uk. Follow us on Twitter: @juniormagazine to keep up with the latest news
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