I’m going to join in with #JanuaryJoy this month, which is organised by Rebecca of Florence Finds. It’s a way of brightening up January through daily blogging (during weekdays) with a prompt word or phrase according to the calendar listing for the month provided by Rebecca. If you want to join in – do it! This is the first daily blogging challenge I have attempted – so in order to not feel like a failure when I forget to post, I have decided to instead of doing weekday posts (which is probably a little unrealistic for me at the moment with my new job going to full time next week) do a weekend post for the next 5 weeks that will focus on a couple of the prompts for that week.
So the prompt I’m going to talk about this week is:
1 – Make some resolutions
Each year, around the 28/29th of December, I have an internal dialogue as to whether I should make any resolutions. Resolutions in the past have often been around losing weight, stopping biting my nails and resolving to undertake some detailed craft projects. Most of which have failed miserably!
In 2013 though, I managed to lose 1.3 stone since May. I did this through setting targets when I was going swimming and using My Fitness Pal (a calorie counting app) to keep a regular log of food eaten. It helped that I didn’t have a job – I was able to walk everywhere, get to know Inverness (where we moved last March), and I also have a swimming buddy to motivate and be motivated by! Since starting my new job last month (as well as it being December when it seems harder to fit in the exercise but easier to cram in the nice meals out and festive food) the swimming has been non-existent, but I am walking 4 miles a day as my commute to/from work, so my resolution is to fit in two swims per week in 2014. We are also hoping to get a dog in the next few months, so that will also help a non-commuting walking routine, and are considering walking The Great Glen Way as part of one of our holidays. I’m going to continue with logging exercise and food intake as it does totally make a difference and gives me a sense of routine. If you want to offer support/be encouraged yourself then you can find me on MFP as susan_barrie.
I also read this brilliant post by Bex of Olive Dragonfly this week, which I really identified with – especially the whole blogging/interacting with other bloggers – this is something I really want to continue with this year. She also pinned this image which I think less of as list of 11 resolutions, but more 11 points of a mindset that I want to develop as I get older.
What about you? Do you find resolutions helpful? What was the best/most pointless resolution you have made?