2014 Resolutions February Check-in!

February Resolutions Check-in! - sidneyrose.wordpress.com

This month has flown by! I can’t believe it’s March already.

1. Use a face or hair mask at least once a week. 

I have not been super good with this one this month. I’ve only done 2 masks this month. I am going to make a regular day to do a mask. It will probably end up being Saturday or Sunday, but my schedule might change around a bit this month, so I may have to adjust. Doing my first one of the month today!

2. Write at least 3 pages a week.

Again, this has been ok, but not with the consistency that I would like. I want to set aside specific times in the week to write and not just “when I have nothing better to do”.

3. Read one book a month.

I failed this one. I know, I read like 7 books or something in January, so maybe it evens out? Ha. I did start reading Emma by Jane Austen, but I didn’t finish it. I will finish it this month and try to read one more as well.

4. Lose 100 pounds.

This month has been very successful! The scale has not necessarily shown just how great it has been, but I lost 6 lbs this month. Which brings my total to 17.8 lbs for the year so far! I’m very happy about it. This month has been really good though, I have been more consistent and I’ve really been tackling some root issues. One of those issues is emotional eating, and I have done SUPER well this month with that. I’ve also updated my guidelines quite a lot. If you want to see the originals, they’re here.

  • I eat when I’m hungry and stop when I’m full
  • I eat what I want,  but I try to make it healthy and varied most of the time
  • I exercise when I want to and do something that I find fun
  • I talk to someone or do something productive when I am at risk of emotional eating
  • I don’t keep junk food in the house and I don’t buy fast food
  • I keep healthy foods like fruit and vegetables easily accessible
  • I plan my meals ahead of time (even if it’s just in my head)
  • I keep my kitchen clean and organized

So excited for the rest of the year!

5. Make a monthly blog post about how my resolutions are going and what I have done to work towards them.

Check!

This month has been full of a lot of changes, and also a lot of progress. I am already looking forward to writing March’s update!

It’s not too late to keep going with your New Year’s Resolutions or just make new goals to improve your life! Do you have any goals you’re working on at the moment?

My New Year’s Resolutions

I’m not usually one for resolutions, but there are some specific main things I want to accomplish this year, some easier, some very difficult, but I’m determined to make the effort for the WHOLE year, not just January. Also, I don’t usually share my goals with people, so posting this makes me a bit nervous, but here we go.

New Year's Resolutions - Sidneyrose

1. Use a face or hair mask at least once a week. 

This one of those little beauty tasks that is easy, but somehow I always put it off.

2. Write at least 3 pages a week.

I used to love creative writing in high school, but during university I fell out of the habit and I would love to get back into it. The pages can be on the computer, or just in a journal, on any topic or project.

3. Read one book a month

I already read a lot, but I’d just like to be more consistent about it.

4. Lose 100 pounds.

Here’s the big one. Now, I know losing weight is one of the most popular and also most commonly failed resolutions, and it’s not as though I haven’t tried before, but I realized a couple weeks ago that it is now or never for me. I’m not getting any younger, and I’m not getting any healthier and I need to establish better habits now before my bad ones become lifelong bad habits. I won’t go too much into what led me to this point, but I will say that I know enough of nutrition and fitness to know that crash diets and extreme exercise are not the way for me. The following list isn’t exhaustive, but these are some of the guidelines I will be following to help me and they will evolve over the year. But this is where I’m starting:

  • Walk every day for at least 25 min
  • Eat (mostly) unprocessed, home cooked dinner every night including 2 vegetarian dinners per week.
  • Try not to eat processed/preserved meat
  • Only one slice of bread a day (or 1 english muffin, 1 pita, 1/2 bagel, etc.)
  • Eat more whole, unprocessed grains (oatmeal, barley, spelt, quinoa, etc.)
  • Only 1 oz of cheese a day / Always weigh cheese with food scale / Only buy light cheese
  • Don’t eat fast food (except subway or sushi on occasion)
  • Weigh once a week
  • Don’t eat in front of the computer unless its fruit/vegetables (i.e. eat meals and snacks at the table, if something must be munched on whilst watching a show – make it fruit or veg)
  • Don’t keep chips, candy or sweets in the house and don’t go looking for them (i.e. if I know the bf has bought some snacks and put them away, don’t search them out.)

If I stick to this list, and put my knowledge of nutrition, calories and cooking to work, I will defeat my worst food and inactivity habits.

5. Make a monthly blog post about how my resolutions are going and what I have done to work towards them.

So you all can keep me accountable 🙂

Do you make New Year’s Resolutions? If so, what are they?