New year, new me…
Been there, done that. Got the journal entries.
For the past three years I’ve made futile attempts at making resolutions and sticking to them. Needless to say I’ve failed miserably. After scribbling “Get skinny” as resolution number one I’m still the same size and shape I was years ago.
They say (they being Maxwell Maltz) that it takes 21 days for anything to become a habit and honestly I can’t say I’ve ever really stuck to anything properly for 21 days.
This year, after some self reflection and realising things (cheers Kylie) I think I’ve finally understood why my resolutions have been doomed from the start.
I’ve had aims and goals, but I never set out a clear way to achieve them. Getting skinny isn’t a one-variable task, it should have always been part of a holistic approach to health and wellbeing.
I’ve wanted to learn a new language and TRAVEL for the longest time. I’ve always held a little torch for Spanish so that was an easy decision. Travelling has been a less explored passion of mine because I’m not keen on backpacking and with fancy hotels come fancy price tags. But I want fewer clothes in my wardrobe and more experiences instead.
My resolutions this year look something like this:-
- Get healthy.
- Read two new books each month
- Learn to bake
- Learn to sew
- Learn Spanish
To gym, as a verb, is something I’ve always struggled with. I haven’t found the knack of incorporating it into my daily routine, but I am trying! I’ve combined my love of fashion with my love of the idea of being skinny; enter my nike flyknits. They’ve been a welcome addition to my shoe closet and now I can feel good about busting my butt on a cross trainer because my feet look cute! You cant dispute my logic.
So here we are, one month into the New Year. Although I’ve made no progress with my Español, baking or sewing I have read The Great Gatsby and a not so enjoyable Mindy Kaling book. And I’m down 4lbs! I have been gymming… I’ve done burpees and I’ve even worked on my plank.
Major key alert, I know writing in a journal/diary isn’t everyone’s cup of tea but I think reflecting on any targets and goals on a regular basis is really helpful in achieving them. There’s little benefit in making resolutions only to look back in 365 days and seeing you’ve forgotten about most of them. Be your own critic and review what you’ve done!
So for now, I’m inspiring myself to get healthy by sticking trainers on my feet and getting myself into the gym! We’re at the start of a brand new month and a fresh start to try again!