Instagram Roundup + New Year’s Goals Update

Happy Thursday! We are SOMEHOW halfway through February. I’ve read most people give up on their New Year’s resolutions by this point in the year, so today, I want to give an update on how I’m doing on my goals. Toward the bottom of this post, I have a complete recap of my resolutions, my progress, and things I need to be doing better.

A little bit of background on my goals for 2018: Like many people, they revolve around fitness and health. When I got married in 2016, I really let exercise become less and less of a priority. I like to call the weight I’ve gained my “happy weight”. You guys know how it is when you’re in a new relationship. My relationship obviously isn’t new, but getting married has had the same impact on my routine. We eat out a lot, drink a lot of wine, spend a lot of time cuddling on the couch. When you’re eating out and hanging out on the couch FAR more often than hitting the gym, it’s not conducive to a healthy lifestyle. So by the end of 2017, I’d reached a point where I really needed to start thinking about my health.

Fast forward to 2018! My goal is to go to four Orangetheory classes throughout the workweek, and then to exercise on either Saturday or Sunday on the weekends. So far, I’m killing it in Orangetheory four days a week. I’ve been really, really good about attending classes during my lunch breaks at work (read my blog post about working out on a lunch break here). I’ve done OK on working out one day each weekend, but I’m not always able to squeeze it in (like this past weekend).

I’m also tracking what I eat on My Fitness Pal, which has been both SUPER difficult and helpful. I AM trying to lose weight, so knowing how much I’m consuming, especially now that I’m not 20 anymore, is something that requires my daily attention. I’m a huge snack person (gimme all the cheese, hummus, Dorito’s, and chocolates), so tracking my food has helped me determine when a snack or that extra serving is something I need vs. something I want.

Now, let’s talk about my progress. First, I decided to start my New Year’s resolution in late 2017, so I’ve actually been on this workout regime since November. When I first started attending Orangetheory classes four days a week, I actually GAINED about 8 pounds. At first, I was super distraught over this, but once I settled down I figured it was just from inflammation and lifting weights (i.e. muscle gain). Since this year, I have since lost those 8 pounds (bye, fat cells), and can tell a big difference in my face and tummy. I look less puffy and bloated. Progress has been slow, but I’m sticking to this routine!

Another goal for 2018 is to post more frequent and valuable content on this blog. While I’m still sharing outfit posts, I’m trying to incorporate more in-depth lifestyle content based on my experiences with weddings, diet and exercise, travel, relationships, home decor, and beyond. A few new posts that I’m proud of cover our kitchen remodel, cute places to eat in Dallas, and where to shop for mix and match bridesmaids dresses online.

Although I do think I’ve done better at posting more high-quality content this year, I need to be sharing more frequently. My sub-goal for this resolutions is to share a new blog post four days a week. Right now, I’m MAYBE sharing 2-3. There’s definitely room for improvement!

How are you all doing on your resolutions this year? Are you still going strong? Or do you need some inspiration? Drop me a comment below!


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