I was really downhearted in the middle of July and had a long talk with my mom about how unmotivated and unhappy I was with trying to lose weight. I feel like I’ve been working on losing weight for a long time and it’s been a slow progress – about 15 pounds in 3 years. I have trouble being consistent when I’m busy and I keep getting hurt (sprained my ankle and my back). Being healthy and getting fit is a lot to juggle: it’s not just about exercising but also about eating properly, minimizing cheat days and (for me) stretching and doing yoga. I was also using my back as an excuse for far too long.
July: The beginning of July was not good but after creating this excel file and buying a Fitbit, I felt like I was doing better. I tend to eat healthier when I’m exercising consistently and I love that the Fitbit tracks workouts like doing weights or anything that increases your heart rate. I have a tendency to jump into too many things at once so my goal was to do the “10-week workout” at least 5 times a week and to go to a yoga class at least twice a week. Both are good, manageable goals that still push me to workout. July was a good month.
August: I got so busy at the end of this summer that I was mostly just doing cardio and a few yoga classes a week (which is still pretty good). I stopped doing the 10-week workout in exchange for the Bikini Body Guide (BBG) by Kayla Itsines and I’m doing it with a friend which has helped motivate me. I was much better about sticking to eating well on the weekends and getting in a few workouts as well! Soccer also kept me busy: I had up to three games a week!
September: I was really focused on preparing for my trip but managed to complete the first three weeks of BBG. Unfortunately I hurt my ankle at soccer in the middle of the month which put a bit of a hold on the workouts – I wanted my ankle to be healed for my trip where I was planning on doing a lot of walking.
July: I had a wedding in Calgary and spent two weekends in Prince Edward County (not local but still Canada). I also spent a lot of time at Hog’s Back Falls enjoying the sunsets and went to Parliament for a sunset.
August: I checked out the sunflower fields at the Central Experimental Farm in Ottawa, went to two Sound of Lights shows, spent time with family at Upper Canada Village, did the Kingston Penitentiary Tour, and generally just enjoyed the last few weeks of summer.
September: I wandered around Ottawa with a new friend taking some long exposure shots and just prepared for my trip. I also went to the Museum of History in Gatineau!
I failed in July! I got caught up in all these amazing sales, spent way too much money and did a horrible job staying on top of buying/selling items. But, that’s okay! It’s a process and I plan to not purchase anything else for the remainder of the year.
I did take some items to a local consiegnment store and sold a few more items on Kijiji. It’s a great way to make a little bit of money back on my purchases but also feel more confident that my donations aren’t just making their way to a landfill.
I still use the Stylebook app to track how often I wear items. I’ve been working on increasing my wears per item, especially for those new pieces I purchased in July. (It’s also a great app for preparing a packing list!)
How are your resolutions going? Have you forgotten them already? Let me know in the comments below!