We're into the second week of February, and it seems like this is the time when all of those resolutions we made start drifting away - we lose our motivation, we get frustrated, we get distracted by life, and the things that felt so important at the beginning of the year feel less so now. So I thought it was the perfect time to do a resolution update of sorts, and while I hope it motivates you to keep up with whatever resolutions you made, I'm doing it mostly as a reminder to myself to keep going, as I'm feeling a little defeated this morning.
I mentioned a few of my resolutions in my 2013 re-cap post but hadn't really organized my thoughts at that point. Essentially, my resolutions revolve around taking a look at all of those little things that bother me and fixing what I can, and accepting what I cannot. Maybe it's life after 30, but I had noticed over the last couple years various things that I hadn't had to deal with before - bad skin, breaking hair, and more than a few extra pounds.
So what have I accomplished in the last 6 weeks? I've upped my hot yoga and discovered barre class, and between the two have been going 3-4 times per week. I love barre and I can thank Grace for the inspiration to finally try it. It definitely emphasizes that I am not the most graceful person in the world - a ballerina, I am not - but the burn I feel in my legs and butt afterwards is worth any awkwardness. Have I seen any results yet? To be honest, not really - BUT, I am almost 32 years old, and things just don't happen as quickly as they used to. I keep reminding myself that these things take time, and if I keep at it, my body and the scale will reflect my efforts in time.
I've been bringing my lunch to work for the most part, and any days that I do not, I have been getting turkey wraps or spinach salads from a local deli rather than the heavy cafeteria or food court food I was consuming before. I've been trying to make good decisions every day. They're not always perfect, but they're better.
A few of you have giggled over my eyebrow resolution, but after treating myself to an eyebrow wax before the holidays, the girl told me I had a great natural arch but had ruined it with plucking! I decided then to commit to at least 5 appointments. I just had my 3rd, and I must say I'm pretty happy with the results.
Skin! Oh, skin. It's been giving me trouble this past year, with little red bumps all over my cheeks. I thought maybe this was some form of adult acne, but I went to my doctor and we confirmed that I have rosacea so I'm currently on an antibiotic treatment to get it under control. It can take up to two months to work and so far I've only noticed minor improvements, but this is something I am committed to getting under control.
Hair wasn't on my original list of resolutions, but after noticing yet another chunk of hair had broken off on one side of my head, I decided it was time to tackle that as well. I'm naturally fair haired but have been getting mega blonde highlights for years, and it, along with flat irons, curling irons, etc, have taken their tole. I also noticed most of the breakage was happening on the side that I sleep on every night. So, I opted for a subtle ombre last time I got my hair done to let some of my natural color grow in and to give it a break from the bleach. I got some better shampoo & conditioner, and recently picked up a satin pillowcase which is supposed to help a lot with breakage through the night. I'm still deciding on a treatment of some sort, but plan to pick one up soon.
So there you have it! 6 weeks in and still going strong on all accounts. Am I (extremely) frustrated that the scale hasn't budged and I still have red bumps on my cheeks? Heck yes. But I'm going to keep going. Small steps every day.
What resolutions did you make? Which have you stuck to? Which have fallen to the wayside? And more importantly, what are you gonna do about it?