2017 resolutions check-in: what’s working, what isn’t and what’s next

I reviewed some of my 2017 resolutions a few weeks back and now that we’re one month down (!!), I wanted to do a quick check-in!

One of my 2017 resolutions was to figure out what works for me, both physically and mentally, and so far I’ve done a pretty good job. I noticed that I can handle dairy, but too much will cause a breakout or an upset stomach. So, I’ve limited my intake and switched to a coconut or almond creamer for my morning coffee.

2017 resolutions - a modern agenda

Speaking of coffee, I still have my morning cup but I’ve eliminated all caffeine after 12 pm. Because of this I’ve noticed that I am sleeping way better. I’m also not crashing in the afternoon/early evening, which provides for more energy after work to get things done! I’ve still been chugging water like it’s going out of style, but I will admit the past few weeks I’ve been slacking and can tell by how dry my skin has gotten.

Another one of my 2017 resolutions that I haven’t really talked about was to eliminate as much eating out as possible. I am happy to report that I’ve taken my lunch to work every single day in January. My grocery bill is higher, that’s true, but I have cut my eating out budget drastically. In fact, it’s been cut so much that I’m saving money in the long run. I do treat myself to lunch at the farmer’s market on Saturdays, if I go. Sometimes I’ll also grab a pre-made snack at the grocery store when I go on Sunday. What is it about the grocery store that makes me SO hungry?

2017 resolutions - a modern agenda

So, for February, I have a few new 2017 resolutions I’d like to add to my routine:

  • add in more exercise: on average, my dog gets a 2 mile walk every day and I do some light cardio on weekends. I’d like to get back to my weight lifting routine. I noticed results almost instantly when I focused on strength training 3 times a week. I’m hoping to get into a routine in February because I know by March, I’ll have much more motivation once it’s light out later in the day.
  • explore more: I talked about this a little more in my previous post. Your mental health is just as important as your physical health. There have been many changes, new restaurants, fun shops and much more in my city lately. While I tend to hibernate in January, I have made a commitment to go out and see more. Recognizing the little details and discovering new things is a great way to guarantee a mood boost.

I will admit that January wasn’t perfect when it comes to my 2017 resolutions. I did have a 3-day bender filled that started with a chocolate milkshake and ended with mozzarella sticks. I’m not beating myself up over it. Sometimes, life happens. I am committing to focusing on how eating “comfort food” is impacted by my mental health and emotions.

What progress have you made on your 2017 resolutions? Let me know what is or isn’t working, or what new things you’ve discovered about yourself in the comments below!

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