New Year Resolutions. We’ve all made them, we’ve all said we will stick to them. But it can be challenging for sure. For me, I have always had a hard time remaining loyal to the goals that I have set out for myself at the beginning of each new year. It’s difficult! However, as I mentioned over on my Instagram, this year I am setting my goals with a new attitude. I am not going to beat myself up if I trip up one day (or even one week). I will just pick up where I left off and continue on. I am only human and I am coming to terms with the fact that all of the resolutions I have can only be attained by looking at them with a realistic outlook. I am going to mess up, and there is nothing I can do but pick myself up and move on. With that said, here are some of the goals I have set for myself this year.
- Less screen time: I am so guilty of spending way too much time on my phone. Mindlessly scrolling, watching countless YouTube videos. It’s something that relaxes me. However, in 2019, I really want to limit the amount of time that I am spending looking at screens. Bedtime is typically the time when I am doing the most watching/scrolling/ etc. and therefore, I have swapped out my phone for books. I have been really bad in the past with sleeping with my phone next to my head or under my pillow, and I know this is just not a good idea. So I have now taken to plugging my phone in on the floor or even in another room, and when I am having trouble settling down for the night, I get to reading.
- More reading: Intertwined with my “less screen time” resolution, I have charged myself with reading more than I have in past few years. Growing up, I was ALWAYS reading. I moved through books like it was my job. I really missed that. I think I got lazy, too caught up with other things, and was making excuses as to why I didn’t have the time or energy to read. Well, no more! So far, I have read 2 books this year, and I am well into my third. Contrary to the excuses I had previously been making, I am beginning to remember the wonderful, relaxing, and nurturing aspects of escaping in books. It’s not that I haven’t always known this (I majored in English after all), but I became lazy and was turning to YouTube as my main source of relaxation entertainment. There is a time and place for that, but getting back to reading is certainly becoming my favorite me time activity once again.
- Exercise: I have recently made a commitment to getting into a real workout routine. I am not doing anything crazy, but rather following my body’s lead in terms of what I feel like doing on a particular day. I am a week in, and I can tell you honestly that I feel soooo much better. Of course, I have goals to tone up, lose fat, and all that jazz, but I keep reminding myself that this routine I have going will do so much more for me than just making me feel good in a bathing suit. I feel more energized, while also feeling more tired when it is actually time for bed. My body feels more limber and my joints more mobile. As some of you have seen, I am documenting my workouts over on Instagram stories, and this has been such a great motivator for me! It feels so good to be able to document when I complete a workout. I hope it is inspiring for you as well!
- More good food: In tandem with my new fitness routine, I am working on upping my nutrition but at the same time, being more thoughtful and conscientious about the amount and quality of food that I am ingesting. As anyone who knows me would tell you, I have a huge appetite and I LOVE FOOD. In order to get in a healthier rhythm with eating, I have taken to logging my meals in MyFitnessPal. It has been really helpful for me in order to 1) not overeat, and 2) ensure that I am getting in all of the vital nutrients that my body needs.
Happy Sunday, my friends! I wish you the best and hope you are having a fantastic start to 2019!