If you read my most recent post, you’ll know that I’m making 2018 the Year of Kimberley. My motivation levels are normally less than useless, so I find it impossible to achieve goals I set for myself because, as a typical Aries, I’m so bloody impatient. Whatever I set my mind to, unless I see immediate results I get so disheartened and I get have the “why do I bother” paddy until I’m sulking on the sofa with crisps and biscuit crumbs down my bra.
I’ve had a long hard think about how I’m going to achieve my goals this year, and I guess the answer comes down to not being so hard on myself. Especially when it comes to exercise and diet, if I have one slight wobbly day (no pun intended), then I’ll completely throw all my toys out of the pram, and give up and tell myself I’ll just become one of those morbidly obese women who sit on men for money.
Me – overdramatic? I don’t know what you’re talking about.
HOWEVER. The first week of January actually went really well. Here are the things I achieved:
- I completed all 7 days (consecutively) of my 7 days of calm meditation program. I’ve tried doing it before and I got to day 4 before giving up, but I actually finished a whole program this time!
- I did my brain training app every day. I feel like all the anxiety/stress/depression I’ve been through has really affected my brain and in particular, my memory, so I’m trying to exercise my brain a little more.
- I drank 3 pints of water every day. This is a huge one for me as I absolutely hate the taste of water. It’s just rank. It doesn’t taste of anything. One downside to this is I’ve needed to pee literally every five minutes, but once my body gets used to it I know I’m going to feel so much better. And I’m praying for better skin.
- I actually got back on the bike. I’m trying to go for little and often, so I’m aiming for 15 minutes a day to start off with until it becomes a habit, then I might try for a little more. The thing I struggle with is when it becomes boring and tedious I tend to just pack it in instead of changing it up and making it different, so I need to work on that when I’ve had enough.
- I had healthy meals and cut out all the crap. I’m not gonna lie, this is a very tough one as I have such a dependence on food to stay sane, and trying to cut out soul food is gonna be hard. Already I’ve remembered how fucking miserable I get when I get hangry. My husband has also become a vegetarian, so that’s going to make it a thousand times easier to eat healthier.
I know these may not sound like a lot to some of you, but to me, just being able to keep everything up for a week is huge, and I feel so proud of myself. I have a nasty habit of criticising myself way too much (don’t we all), but I think the key to staying motivated and sticking to my goals is to celebrate even the smallest of victories. I’m not talking about popping the champers out every time I drink a glass of water (as nice as that would be), but congratulating myself whenever I get one step closer to my final goals. I’ve also noticed that by completing everything, meditation in particular, I’ve felt so much happier and content in my everyday life. I feel better about myself for doing it.
It’s going to take a lot of time before I feel like I’ve achieved everything I want to achieve, but I’m going to make sure I celebrate the smaller victories along the way. Remember, practice makes progression.
What are your goals for 2018?