How is it the end of March 2018 already? Every year seems to go by faster and faster. I thought I’d give an update on how my New Year’s resolutions are going: to keep me accountable, see how everyone else is doing, and maybe provide a little inspiration to get back on track or continue on your journey! Check out my goals here.
Previously, my resolution has been “lose weight” and while I’ve managed to gradually lose 20 of the 30 lbs I gained, I haven’t been consistent. So, this year was to “get healthy” by setting S.M.A.R.T. weekly and monthly goals to stay on track. I use a monthly calendar to set monthly goals (such as no refined sugar or go to the gym daily) and each week choose one or two things to focus on, such as read every night before bed or drink tea with no milk or honey. January and February went by smoothly but then March hit and it went downhill. I caught a cold and after having it for three weeks I took a break at the beginning of March from going to the gym and, while my cold went away, I could NOT get back into the swing of things! I gave up on the month of March and started fresh yesterday. Why is it easier to fall off the bandwagon than get back on it???
This goal is also to focus on my mental, not just physical, health. I’ve been trying to get outside more, read rather than watch TV, spend time educating myself rather than read “fluff” etc. Social media has a huge impact on my mental health. I started getting down on myself because I don’t look like the fitness accounts I follow, or my clothes weren’t as nice as the fashion accounts. I took a social media cleanse and unfollowed accounts that didn’t make me happy. Now, I focus on how I feel and try not to compare myself to other people’s lives.
Hopefully the next three months go better than the last month.
January I did some snowshoeing in Gatineau Park. I wanted to spend more time exploring Ottawa but honestly, it was so cold the entire month I didn’t get outside as much as I wanted to.
February, I went to Winterlude in Ottawa, went snowshoeing, and visited Niagara Falls for the first time! It’s not very “local” but it was a short weekend getaway in my country (and I’d never been) so I count it.
March I did more snowshoeing and went back to Kingston to visit with friends from university. I can’t wait for the warmer weather to start cycling again!
This one I’ve been working on for a while but want to continue it as a resolution. I watched two documentaries that made me think hard about my lifestyle and consumerism: The True Cost and Minimalism. Read about 30 wears here: the goal is to make sustainable purchases and reduce the impact of the fast fashion industry.
My plan this year is to keep track of all clothing items I’ve purchased and to then donate, sell, recycle or throw out one item for each new purchase. I use Kijiji to sell items, donate items to my local church rummage sale or a thrift store or give them to friends/family. I had to replace my soccer cleats (the seams literally split) and I found out about Nike Reuse-a-Shoe. So awesome!
Established in the early 1990s, Nike’s Reuse-A-Shoe program collects old, worn-out athletic shoes for recycling, and along with pre-consumer shoe waste, transforms them into Nike Grind, a material used to create athletic and playground surfaces and more.
Additionally, I have an app called Stylebook that I use to track how many times I’ve worn an item (among some other great features like cost-per-wear). Since October, I’ve only worn 10 items (out of 277 items in my closet) 30 times.
I also took a social media cleanse from some fashion blogs I followed on social media. I was becoming so wrapped up in buying the newest trends that I wasn’t able to wear what I had in my closet. I thought taking a cleanse would help and it certainly has.
How are your resolutions going? Let me now in the comments below!