It’s that time of year…a fresh start for completely transforming yourself!
Just kidding, that’s a little extreme! It’s that time of year for setting some intentions and heading in the direction you want to go. So naturally I have a few things (4 to be precise) that I’ve starting doing this month to get myself in the right direction.
1. Workout Every Day in January
I was inspired to try this one from Kathleen Barnes of Carrie Bradshaw Lied, who is doing the same thing with different parameters for January.
Like everyone else, I ate a lot and worked out less over the holidays. Not as bad as I have in the past, but still I’m ready to get back in to a good routine of exercise. And I’m jumpstarting that with an everyday workout for the whole month.
So far I’ve gone on runs, done yogalates (I love Chelseas’s workouts with GymRa on Youtube), and climbed the Incline in Manitou Springs (where the photo above is from). For a workout to count, it has to be at least 30 minutes long. And walking the dog DOES NOT count!
Funny story actually, I had a 30 minute yoga class playing on Youtube for my January 1st workout, and when it finished another workout video autoplayed at the end. Even though it wasn’t my style, I decided to go with it…it was this tabata twerkout!
GUYS…it was fun but so embarrassing. I had to close the blinds and tell my husband not to look at me! I was a vertical flopping fish, not a twerker. Needless to say, I won’t be adding it to my workout lineup 🤣
2. Make More Meals at Home
Since Thanksgiving my husband and I have been in the process of moving to Colorado Springs and visiting family for the holidays. This has meant a lot of meals on the road (hello, french fries 🍟) and eating out in general.
I usually love to eat out, but it’s gone on for too long that I look forward to making meals at home now, and I’ve been killing it, if I do say so myself.
Basil chicken with honey glazed carrots and onions and basil couscous? DELISH. Pea pasta (literally pasta made with pea flour so you’re geting more veggies) with zucchini, asparagus, parmesan, and lemon? AMAZING.
I’m not a full on pescatarian anymore (you can read about my 1 year experience being a pescatarian here), but I save a lot of recipes to my Pescatarian Eats Pinterest board if you’re interested. There’s a lot of pasta and a lot of one-pot meals…cause this girl loves carbs and ain’t got time for lots of dishes.
As far as meat goes, the recipe I SWEAR by for chicken at home is Gimme Some Oven’s baked chicken breast. It’s seriously life changing. Who knew all it took was brining chicken to make it so juicy?!
3. No Shop January and Intentionally Wearing Older Items
Have you heard of dry January where some people choose not to drink alcohol? That’s not really for me (I love a glass of wine every few nights!), but I am doing a no shopping January.
Our bedroom in our new rental home isn’t that large (room for a bed and nightstands and that’s it), and doesn’t have a walk in closet. So naturally, as DINKs in a four bedroom house, my husband and I decided we each should have our own ‘closet room’ where we can keep our stuff.
Finally seeing all of my clothes out in one place and barely having room for all of them is embarrassing. I have way too many clothes. So I’m not buying any clothes in January. I’ve done a no shopping challenge before and made it through okay, so I’m confident I can do it again.
I’m also going to challenge myself to wear older items by selecting 3-5 pieces that I haven’t worn in awhile and setting them out in my closet at the end of the week. The following week I’m going to try and incorporate those pieces into some of my outfits. If the week goes by and I don’t wear some of the older items, then they’re going to go out for donation.
I hope this will help me realize that even if I like a lot of my older clothes, I never feel like wearing them and they’re just taking up much needed space in my closet.
4. Hike a Few Fourteeners
What the heck is a fourteener? Being new to Colorado I just learned about them. They’re mountains in Colorado over 14,000 feet in elevation that people like to climb. Pikes Peak, pictured above, is one of them.
I am all about embracing this Colorado lifestyle while we’re here. I’m one of those girls that likes to wear heels one day and hiking boots the next, so why not give these a go?
I’m going to put off hiking a fourteener until at least early spring so that the weather will be nicer, but I am really looking forward to reaching a few summits this year!
I’ll update you guys on how all of these resolutions go on Instagram, starting this week with re-wearing some of my older items. What are your resolutions or intentions this year?
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