I can’t quite believe we’ve reached the half way mark of 2016 already. I know, I know, it’s so cliché to say that the time goes by so quickly and it speeds up as you get older – but hey, it’s true, I honestly don’t know where the year has gone. Seeing as we’re six months down the line, I thought it would be a good opportunity to look back on the resolutions I made back at the start of the year and see how I’m progressing.
My word for the year is ‘Push’. I’ve had months where it’s been a struggle to get out of bed and push on with the day – I guess I hinted to that in a previous post. So that probably means I’ve not quite as far along with my goals as I would have liked, or intended to be. But that’s ok. Let’s just recap and reshuffle if needs be.
Ok. So this one has probably been my least successful resolution. Last year I really did feel good in terms of my body – with personal training and home routines. I just haven’t got back in to it. Once you’ve stopped, it’s harder to start. I know that’s no excuse, I just haven’t found the motivation. The good news is, I’ve made steps to tackle this head on. If I don’t feel motivated to exercise on my own, at home, and I don’t have the money for a personal trainer, why not a group class? I’ve always wanted to try Pilates. I decided to book an 8 week course at my local studio and I’ve had two classes now – after my first class I could 100% tell this was for me! I’m so pleased to have signed up to this and can already feel the benefits. I finally bit the bullet and pushed myself out of my comfort zone and I’m proud of that.
So far this year, I’ve mostly felt guilty when I’ve been in the kitchen and definitely haven’t been inspired to cook. I struggled with simple meals I already knew, let alone try new ones! I think I’ve only tried one new recipe this year, which is pretty shameful. Most of this year I’ve not felt motivated and have resorted to takeaways or unhealthy chuck-in-the-oven meals. The guilt I feel about it isn’t good, but I’m hoping to feel more motivated and fall back in love with cooking.
I haven’t been blogging, which is usual creative output, but I have been creating. More so in recent months, I’ve had little bursts of creativity and actually created things for me – personal projects, designing logos just for fun and illustrating just ‘cos. This can definitely be improved and I’m feeling inspired to keep it going, so fingers crossed! I was thinking of setting a little challenge to myself to draw something everyday – even if it’s just a doodle or a quick sketch, at least I’ll be drawing. It doesn’t have to be good, and I don’t have to share it, but I wonder whether it will help me.
I started the year off really well with this one. Then, not so much. With the push of going to the Pilates classes on my own I feel like I’m tackling this one again – I’ve just got to remember not to let myself get too comfortable and continue just doing ‘safe’ things. I don’t like challenges per se but certainly pushing myself to do things I wouldn’t normally do every now and again is a good start for me.
How are you doing with your resolutions? I think it’s always a good idea to ‘check in’ on how you’re doing (whether you blog it or not) and change anything that maybe isn’t quite working. We’re all learning and adapting so I don’t think there’s anything wrong if you’re not doing as well as you hoped – let’s jump back in as best as we can and try again.