Back in January, I wrote this post, on the obligatory New Years resolutions and invited you all to participate by getting your own down. As we are almost half way through the year, I thought it was a good time to check in and see how I’m getting on with my goals. As it’s not quite the second half of the year I thought it might be a good time to restart the clocks on things we were aspiring to back then. Perhaps some of them no longer seem important to you and you want to discard them in favour of new plans, maybe you have achieved your goals. Either way, please do chip in and here’s my no holds barred resolutions in review…
1. Swear less. Ahem, not much progress on that one. As expected!
2. Be more tidy. I’d like to have the mother of all clear outs and spring clean our entire house…
I’m not sure we have progressed much with tidiness, but the clear out is well and truly on! In just a few weeks, my sister is moving in with us while she looks for a house locally, as she is relocating to Manchester. Cue us being forced to make serious headway with the spare room. Currently, the room has a wardrobe, chest of drawers and another chest, all full of ‘stuff’. All of that needs a new home so she can properly move in and make herself comfortable as it’s likely to be 3-4 months or more that she is with us. I’ve already started on my wardrobe (the theory being that if I’m going to empty my second wardrobe, it needs somewhere to go!) and I’m using this post as my inspiration. On the plus side, it’s a great excuse to finish decorating in there and I’ll be sharing more on that particular project very soon.
3. Eat healthier. I’ve refrained from ‘exercise more’ here as I’ll be getting back to my usual BMF routine, but I do need to kick my dietary habits into touch and try to streamline. Being comfortable in your own skin is great but when your clothes tell you you are most certainly not comfortable, it’s time to make some changes!
I refrained in January from saying that I wanted to go on a diet but shortly after I wrote that post I started Weight Watchers again in ernest, planning to try and lose a few pounds. By the end of January I was 6lbs down and lighter than I had been for over 12 months. I felt great but I hadn’t committed to a long term change or improved my exercise habits and the never ending winter, plus a skiing holiday, then our trip to South Africa saw me gain it all back (and some) and then do precisely nothing about it. Now I’m at the stage where I have thoughts about wanting to lose weight every single day. I’ve totally fallen off the BMF band wagon, not least because I want to slim down rather than bulk up and exercise is not featuring heavily (if at all,) in my schedule.
For one reason and another I’ve found myself looking at a lot of old photographs recently, from the last 5 year period. I realised that around 1-2years ago, I already felt heavy, but when I compare those to more recent pictures, I’m really unhappy with the way I look. On the flippant side, I frequently have to double check that my arm actually belongs to me in photo’s because I can’t believe how chubby it is, but at the other end of the spectrum, I even feel myself less confident in front of Pete as I wonder what he thinks of my less toned self.
Thank goodness, the photo’s have been a great motivator, plus my bridesmaid duties looming at the end of July, a hen do to look forward to (and hopefully look good at!) and Jess’s example as she shapes up for the wedding too. I now have a diet and exercise buddy which makes everything easier, have lost a couple of pounds already and took the plunge by buying Jillian Micheal’s 30 day Shred video to really tone up in a concerted effort. I know some of you have done it so I’ll be posting a review soon and let you know how it goes!
So wish me luck ladies, and please do go back to this post to check on any your shared or repost your resolutions and progress over the last 5 months. Hopefully we can all work them out together!