We are just past the mid-point of the first month of the New Year, so it is a good time to assess the progress I’ve made with my goals so far. A great way to stick to resolutions, changes, or objectives in your life is take inventory from time-to-time.
Here’s my progress preport:
Find an endocrinologist and make my health a priority
Although my appointment with my new endocrinologist isn’t until March, I’ve been diligently composing questions I’d like to ask her, compiling medical records, which looks like War & Peace, and just taking note of how I feel each day — usually tired and lethargic. I’ve also been better about refilling my Synthroid prescription (i.e.: not waiting until I’m down to my last pill to call the pharmacy).
The most considerable change so far has been in the nutrition department. I have ditched my beloved White Chocolate Mocha in favor of something that contains less sugar (really, 59 grams of sugar for a morning coffee is a bit much — even for this sugar addict). Now my beverage of choice is either a Starbucks latte macchiato or a cup of Kicking Horse Coffee, which I brew at home.
Remove technology from the bedroom
This goal has turned out to be harder than I initially thought. I figured I could just remove my phone from the bedroom and I would be fine. But part of the goal was also to limit my technology usage in the evening. That hasn’t worked out too well since I do my best writing at night. I also have yet to buy an alarm clock. So as of January 18th, my iPhone still resides in the bedroom. I’ve made a little progress when is comes to not scrolling through Instagram right before bed or as soon as I wake up. And I also keep my phone on silent a lot more during the day than I used to so I can avoid getting distracted with emails and texts while I work.
Become a Starbucks shareholder
With the stock market being down at the moment, I’ve been diligently watching Starbucks price per share. Although I haven’t become a shareholder yet, I’m doing my market research before taking the plunge.
Stick to a fitness regimen
Last Saturday was my first time back at kickboxing class in two months. I was nervous to return after such a long hiatus, fearing how out of shape I was. But once I hit the studio and saw some familiar faces, I was pumped for the class. Sure, I was sore for a few days afterwards, but it felt good to start an exercise routine again. I’ve also added Pure Barre classes to my fitness regimen, and I’d like to start doing yoga at home on days when I don’t have a class to attend.
I have made a concerted effort to embrace happiness this year. Of course, that doesn’t mean that every day is sunshine and roses, but I do try to find something positive in each day to make me happy. Whether that’s trying Dunkin Donuts new croissant donut creation (seriously, so good!) or treating myself to some new sweaters, sometimes the little things in life are just what you need. I’ve been focusing more on the here and now rather than the what-if’s down the road. Allowing things to happen organically is a great way to rid yourself of stress and anxiety — and can lead you down the path of happiness.
How are you doing with your New Year’s goals?