Hi! How was your weekend? Mine was great. I admit, I was a little apprehensive because it was officially a year since my beloved Sugar passed away (I'm still thankful for those of you who guest posted for me a year ago), but I was fine, and spent the day celebrating life. I traveled to where I used to live to see my friend's new twin girls! So precious. Even though I lived there for around 13 years, I felt like a lost tourist, and it didn't feel like home or familiar anymore. Has that ever happened to you? Atlanta is where I belong. Do you like where you live now?
But back to this post--it's time for the latest The 52 Project update! Each week in 2013, I will attempt a different resolution. I'm mentioning the resolutions on my Monday posts, with more day-to-day updates on Twitter and Instagram. I feel like the small updates will fit better on those social media channels. I will then do a big monthly post recapping each week's progress for that month, and that's what I'm sharing today! Here we go:
Week 1: Drink only water
Result: I did it!
Would I Do It Again? Yes!
Notes: I was dreading this, but wanted to start the project off with a big challenge. I usually would have a glass of water a day prior to this resolution. I had a headache for the first three days, but that was due to a stomach bug. I found myself drinking over 64 ounces a day! I didn't notice any change in my skin (it was only a week) but I did feel more tired than usual. A little TMI, but I felt like I had bad breath the whole week. I didn't add fruit or any flavoring to the water. Now that the challenge has ended, I still find myself drinking only water while at work, with plans to occasionally have soda, coffee, and sweet tea.
Week 2: Spend no money
Result: I did it!
Would I Do It Again? Yes! But it's kinda impossible to do every week!
Notes: I am admittedly very frugal in general, but spend my money on entertainment with friends, be it movies, dinner out, and so on. I completed this challenge, but felt like I cheated since I used a giftcard for a coffee and a friend (who didn't know about this challenge--sidenote: only my closest friends and family know I even have a blog. I'm very shy.) took me out to dinner. Friends came over and cooked to watch the game, so that was fun and entertainment! I went to Goodwill (thrift store) with a friend and had fun looking at everything. It was like being broke at college all over again! It isn't a realistic resolution to do every week, but occasional spending bans, are helpful.
Week 3: Walk with my chin parallel to the ground
Result: I did it!
Would I Do It Again? Yes! This is a permanent resolution for me.
Notes: I'm not yet at the point where this is a natural occurrence but every time I catch my head down, I perk right up. The pic below is the cutest motivation:
Week 4: Exercise 5 days a week
Result: FAIL FAIL FAIL
Would I Do It Again? Yes, yes, yes
Notes: Sigh. I can't stand letting myself or others down. I had the best intentions, but excuses and life took precedence. As the saying goes, "If it's truly important, you will find a way" and I didn't. There is always tomorrow, right?
This Week: Make my bed every day
I am a neat person and fairly organized, but once I moved into my first apartment, I quit making my bed. I have no idea how/why this started, and it always bothered Sugar, which made me giggle. Anyway, I once read that to change your life, start with little changes, like making your bed. And that's exactly what I plan to do. I plan on exercising as well this week, too.
Did you make resolutions? How are they going so far?
Would you do a weekly or monthly resolution?
PS: If you have a resolution you'd like me to try, please let me know!