Instead I've been feeling thankful for the things I have in my life. While I bitch about work on FB (come on, I gotta let off steam somewhere) I am pretty lucky to be in the position I am in work wise, lifestyle wise & financially. I have a partner who loves me (even if it is like living with a 4 year old at times - but I spose a lot of blokes can be like that); enough family who do too; & am even more lucky to have more than a couple of really good close friends. I am reasonably fit & healthy.
In reality, I could probably plod along as is & continue to feel lucky & happy. However, earlier in the year, I decided to change some things in my life this year (as opposed to new years resolutions), so thought today would be a good time to revisit those. Click here to read the entire thing.
# Stop defining myself as old/saying out loud that I am old - I've made a conscious effort on this one. Although I'd be lying if I didn't mention that my life is probably already half over & that makes me feel a little anxious. I'm also going to reduce the time between hair colouring! @ 4.5 weeks, Plumbing Boy said to me "are you going to the hair dressers soon? Your part is really really grey"!
#Stop feeling guilty for time spent on myself - eg going to the gym, painting nails, sitting & reading a book. Well - I've read quite a few books already this year, but pretty much still only when in the tub. I've painted my toe nails once so far, the colour has just about worn off. I've had it on my list of things to do for around the past 3 weekends, but haven't gotten around to it yet. Still doing better than last year - I don't think I painted them at all! Haven't felt guilty about going to the gym at all (quite possibly because I haven't been going enough!!!)
#Stretches - do them. Need to work on these more.
#Look after my nails. While I haven't been painting them, I have been using an almond oil on the cuticles as well as moisturising daily (don't want old lady hands to give away my age!) & filing them when they need it (rather than ripping a busted one off with my teeth - ewwww). They're actually in reasonable nick!
#Stop Frowning. I was making an effort to relax my face before I went on hols in January, but seem to have forgotten about that one since I've been back. Time to put a note on my monitor! (I used to have a note saying "stop arguing with the customers even if they are wrong!")
#Exercise - do it! This has been a bit hit & miss. I've been doing Pump twice a week, which is on target. My running has dropped down to about 2 per week, but only 5kms. Haven't done anything towards my goal of 10kms (until last night). Admittedly I had an injury, but I'm pretty right now, so time to make a bit of an effort. 15 mins of Abs/Core every day at home - just a couple of planks & some crunches will do. My middle has gone very soft. Big fat fail on this one - have made no effort what so ever.
#Finish off my Fit Fab & Forty Challenge. Specifically, getting my waist measurement under 80cms & reducing my body fat %. My goal for this was Easter 2011, then maintain for the rest of the year. I actually joined a 12 week challenge with WAS to help kick start this, after 3 weeks I've lost 1kg & 1.5cms of my waist. I think that happened in the first week & I've done nothing since. I did have a bit of a mental shift last week, & while exercise wasn't done, portion control & positive thinking kicked in. It's time to actually do stuff, instead of think about stuff. I spent last Monday talking myself OUT of going to the gym, then realised I needed some inspiration: 5mins spent reading Shauna's blog & I changed my mind & went. Yesterday morning I decided I wanted to run 7kms last night & spent the whole day psyching myself up. Off I went & did it. Very Happy with myself. I've also decided to change my running days - I've been doing 5kms before pump Mon, Wed & Sat to minimise time spent at the gym. I don't think I can achieve my goals by minimising gym time. I'm going to change the run to a 30 minute power walk before pump & Run Tues, Thurs & either Saturday or Sunday, depending on what I've got on. Tues & Thurs can then be longer runs as I don't have to worry about doing pump straight afterwards.
#Curb Alcohol consumption. Specifically on week nights. This hasn't gone so well. I did a week, then fell off the wagon. Time to try a bit harder.
#Pay more attention to food/meal portion control. Considering the lack of movement on the scales/tape measure, I don't think I've paid this enough attention. The last few days I've been better, so hopefully as my motivation improves so will this.
So. How is everyone else going with their resolutions?
Happy Friday ladies & gents. Hope you enjoy your weekend!