Did you set any resolutions for the new year? I can’t help but get caught up in the hype when the month turns over from December to January. However, I’m the absolute worst at keeping any kind of resolutions for myself. My resolutions aren’t unlike most humans I know: diet, exercise, relationships, hobbies, job and so on. But what I’ve realized as I write this, these resolutions are more like wishes without a plan. I wish I weighed 20 pounds less, I wish I would exercise more, I wish, I wish, I wish.
It’s time to turn wishes into reality, don’t you think?
I’ve always blamed my lack of success on my lack of willpower. Truth is, I’ve done some hard things in my life. I can do resolutions. Megan gave me some incredible advice earlier today. I complained that I wouldn’t lose 20 pounds before my birthday in March but she said I could lose 10. I scoffed. She said “Hey, 10 is on the way to 20.” Progress, not perfection.
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My biggest problem is that I get in my own way. I overcommit to other things to avoid doing what I really need to do.
See, I hate the way I feel right now. I exercised only a handful of times last year and half-heartedly dieted when I felt really awful about myself. I seriously checked out in 2016 while I worked on other things. Megan and I have talked long and hard about balance and how any given day we can be great moms, great bloggers, great volunteers, great friends, great spouses but not all on the same day. 2016 chewed me up and spit me out. I was overcommitted to everything except myself.
For me, 2017 is about putting more emphasis on what’s truly important in my life with the hope that it opens the doors to reaching my ultimate goals.
Here’s what I’m doing:
- Eliminate the negativity with a social media detox. I did a mini-detox after Christmas and I didn’t miss a damn thing. It felt amazing. I didn’t realize how much time I waste scrolling through other people’s drama.
- Get rid of the clutter. I’m constantly choking on stuff in my home. I spend so much time each day picking up things or putting things away. I’ve already started asking myself if these things bring me joy, if not – to the donation pile or trash they go.
- Bump up the self care. It makes me feel gross in the morning when I opt for Bravo instead of washing my face before bed.
So these aren’t groundbreaking resolutions but I want to kick off January with some attainable goals and start creating new habits. I’m in the camp of I NEED RESULTS NOW and I know these three things will give me that. I’ll check back in February with an update and a few new goals for the month.
Megan and I are kicking off a new video diary type vlog later this month to share our diet and exercise goals and progress. Be sure to subscribe to our blog and/or YouTube channel so you don’t miss that.
What are you doing to make your wishes a reality in 2017?