May was a difficult month: I moved into a new apartment and work was insanely busy so I had a hard time staying on top of my S.M.A.R.T. goals. I did really well with choosing healthier meals, even with my busy schedule, but had difficulty with the fitness and mental health aspects. Workouts were a lower priority than getting my apartment organized and I ended up watching WAY more Netflix than normal. So, the last week of May I decided that I would watch NO Netflix and focus on listening to music, reading or going for a bike ride to get back on track with exercise and mental health. I have to say though: even though I slacked in the workout department I managed to lose a few pounds by eating healthier.
June I focused on biking to work a minimum of 3 times/week to work on preparing for my 75 km bike ride. To do this, I finally took my new bike in to MEC for an adjustment and it made a world of difference! It’s crazy how much better my bike ride is on this bike rather than a Supercycle. It’s made cycling around the city way more enjoyable.
I did NOT make use of my gym membership but they released a new program for small personal training sessions that I’m going to look in to. I need to get back to strength training, not just cardio and that will be my focus for the next few months.
April: C and I spent a weekend exploring Ottawa. We finally did the Parliament Tour, went to the War Museum and out for dinner to a new restaurant (Ottawa’s only speakeasy). I also took a tour of Rideau Hall (the Governor General of Canada’s house) – I need to get the name of her decorator.
June: (was a super busy month). J is getting married in July so we had her bachelorette party the first weekend of June in Toronto. (I’ll be doing a post about some weddings at the end of the summer!) I also got the opportunity to go to Edmonton for three days for work. Unfortunately, I spent most of my time there working but I did manage to get some time to explore and check another capital of Canada off my bucket list. I also made it to Algonquin Park for some camping and hiking and then flew back to Alberta for a week for more wedding stuff.
I started a spreadsheet of all the clothing (including shoes, accessories, etc.) that I’ve purchased this year as well as all the items I’ve sold or donated. At the beginning of April I made a large clothing purchase and returned it all. After I took it home I realized it was totally unnecessary for me to purchase more so I took it all back. Then, in May I bought a few more tops and returned them all too.
There were a few items I did NEED to replace: a new pair of soccer cleats (my old ones were literally falling apart at the seams), a new pair of sports shorts (my old ones were also very worn) and new pajamas (also literally falling apart at the seams).
I purchased a new pair of heels for J’s wedding and a new pair of heels unlike anything I currently own so I decided to keep them. I also bought a pair of white jeans from Kijiji (regularly $300 and got them for $30) and it was a 1.5 hour bike ride to get them so I’ve justified it. I also purchased a new sports bra from Lululemon (it was sale 50% off) and it is amazing! I’ll be on the lookout for another one.
I use the Stylebook app to track how often I wear items. At the end of the year, I plan on doing a closet cleanout and get rid of items I do not wear often enough.
How are your resolutions going? Have you forgotten them already? Let me know in the comments below!