My only resolution for 2013 has been to Take Care Of Me. To me, Take Care Of Me is a life philosophy: when I’m happy, I’m my best self. It’s that simple. January was great, I hit some road blocks in February, and had both an injury and progress in March. Let’s see how April went!
April was the Month of Status Quo. I felt bad going in to this post thinking that I had nothing exciting to report but I’m actually really proud of this month. I kept my nose to the grindstone and had one solid month of good habits within a great routine.
This whole going to the gym before work thing has been a real success for me. I know some people think it’s crazy but I’m fresh and wide awake at 6am (after going to bed at 9pm and sleeping for a solid 7-8 hours, that’s the key!). It’s such a relief come 5PM that I can just go home and not think about lugging myself, and the day’s baggage, to the gym. Heck, most days I’ve completely forgotten I’ve already done my work out for the day by 5PM. I think the most important lesson is to make it work, no matter what that looks like for you. And for me it’s totally working – in April I went to the gym before work on every work day for the entire month (21/30 days!).
Financially I’m doing very well too. I’m still paying off the last of my car but that’s manageable. I had a bit saved this month so that I was able to buy a few new things for our upcoming vacation. Heck, I even splurged on my first pedicure of the season last weekend. I was recently talking to my friend Nicole about how spending money on myself goes beyond just splurging. It’s an important way to reinforce to myself that I am deserving of the time, expense, and luxury; that I am worth it. That’s exactly what Taking Care Of Me is all about.
April also brought a large change at work for me (a big departmental merger). It was admittedly stressful but could have been much worse. Going through this transition showed me how much better my ability to give up control has gotten. I kept my head down and focused solely on kicking ass and staying humble throughout the process, and it really paid off.
Overall, the biggest lesson I continue to learn is that making healthy choices keeps me in such a positive place. Feeling good has really opened my eyes to the ways I used to sabotage that or threaten it with worry, overthinking, negative self talk, and soothing with food. I’m much less likely to let those bad habits creep in and ruin my day/week/month when I have so much momentum behind me. Staying on track keeps my resolve strong and my motivation high. This is just another reason why this resolution has been so important to me and why I am very proud of these updates.
I’m really looking forward to May! John and I will be celebrating our second wedding anniversary with another road trip – San Diego, CA to Portland, OR. I cannot wait!