Happy FRIYAY! It’s a gorgeous day out and it looks like everyone has a lot of festivities going on this weekend. Mainly for #Canada150!
I’m ending off the week with something a bit different. Since it’s the start of Summer 2017, I wanted to write more of a reflective & goal oriented post.
For quite some time now, I’ve been pretty distracted from my planned daily routine. I made New Year Resolutions that I was pretty gung-ho about, but that drive lasted about 2 months.
I haven’t felt much like myself lately, due to the fact that work (fulltime + hobby blogging) pretty much consumes my life. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t consider blogging “work”, in that I’m doing it purely for enjoyment purposes. But I’m also trying to take it very seriously.
With work comes stress, then comes time to let loose on the weekends. And on top of that, I’ve pretty much been avoiding the gym, and craving/eating junk food, which has also caused my breakouts to be the worst they’ve ever been.
This combination contributes to a constant cycle. Work + stress = late nights = “no time for the gym” = tiredness = cravings for junk food = eat junk food = breakouts = low confidence. I guess I’m writing this post to hold myself accountable—to take action and change up my lifestyle to become a better me!
So, I’m listing out my main 2017 Summer Goals. I’ll keep track of all of them until the end of September. And with all of the temptations that this summer brings, I’m hoping I can look past all of that and do my best to live a healthier lifestyle.
1. Start & Finish a 12 Week Workout
I have 2 workout plans on my phone: Kayla Itsine’s Bikini Body Guide and Transformed: 12 Weeks to Your Best Self by bodybuilding.com. I’ve had both plans on my phone for a while now. I’d pick and choose random workouts, mostly from the Transformed workout plan, and pretty much half-ass complete it to make myself feel better. I’m more of a weights type of gal, so I’d avoid cardio & HIIT workouts to avoid the challenge.
I’ll be completely honest here, I have pretty low confidence issues when it comes to my body. I don’t have a slim and tall figure—any muscle that I’ve gained over the years have basically turned to mush.
But I’m now determined more than ever to achieve a healthy body. With this goal in mind, I also plan to eat healthier, but I’m not indicating this as one of my main 2017 summer goals, due to the fact that there are just too many food temptations in the summer (helloooo, carnival/farmers market eats!). But, I’ll try to limit my indulgence meals/snacks to once or twice a week.
I’ve set a goal to complete each day of the Transformed fitness plan in its entirety, and replace some of the cardio days with HIIT workouts from the Bikini Body Guide. As it’s a 12 month program, I’ll be posting about my progress at the end of September.
2. Keep a Gratitude Journal
I’ve heard time and time again, that in order to feel fully engaged in both your work and personal life, you need to change your perspective of how you view your life. The existence and rapid growth of social media makes it so easy to have a negative stance on every aspect of your own life.
I feel like I’m never content. I’m always craving for more, rather than appreciating what’s already in front of me.
I’ve set a goal to keep a gratitude journal. I’ll write in it everyday before bed (this will require me to go to bed earlier too) so that I can reflect on the day and focus on the good. I’ll be posting about how this has affected my way of life at the end of September.
3. Limit Late Nights to 4 Times a Month
And by late nights, I mean past 12AM. I think it’s becoming quite a habit for me and Henry to go out and hang out with friends at least once or twice a week, normally on the weekends. This may or may not involve one too many drinks. Lol… so you can only imagine how unproductive we can be on days following these late nights out.
So Henry and I have agreed that we will try and limit our late nights to 4 times a month. And if we do happen to go out more than 4 times a month, we’ll limit our alcohol intake to no more than a couple of drinks per night.
With all the weddings and birthdays happening this summer, it’ll be hard! But it’s something we need to do to improve our well-being.
We’ll track our progress for the next 3 months and see how it’s affected the overall productivity of our lives.
Well, there you have it. Just wanna be completely open and honest here as a way to hold myself accountable. What are your summer goals for 2017?
Thanks so much for reading, and happy goal catching 🙂