So at the end of last year I set myself 13 resolutions for 2013 - at the time I acknowledged that this was quite a big challenge but I was confident I could keep them….well to my old optimistic self I say HA! YOU FOOL! because OF COURSE I didn't manage to keep them all, no one ever keeps resolutions really do they? What was I thinking…
Anyway, for a laugh let's look back at all 13 of those resolutions and see how I did:
1) Reach my goal weight
To recap, this would involve losing around 5 stone, and we can safely say that this did not happen. I tried Weight Watchers for the first few months but as I was just doing it online and not going to classes I found it very hard to stick to to. I also tried the 5:2 diet for a while but didn't notice any weight loss at all. I did stick at the gym though and for the vast majority of the year I went at least once a week, and for about 50% of the year I used My Fitness Pal to keep an eye on my calorie intake. Overall I've finished the year almost 1 stone lighter than I was at the start which is better than nothing. For 2014 I'm going to try get back on the wagon though and up my gym visits to at least twice a week, and try keep sweet treats and takeaways etc to the weekend only. A few of my friends are also trying to lose weight at the moment so I think having a bit of friendly competition will be a good bit of motivation.
2) Get my 5 a day and drink more water
I'd say my water intake has improved a bit but I'm still not eating enough fruit and veg really so I need to get better at that in 2014.
3) Read 20 books
Unfortunately I read around 4 books in total this year, which sounds absolutely terrible when I write it down. Must. Do. Better.
4) Get "film educated"
The idea here was that B was going to make me watch all those classic/iconic films that I hadn't seen. We started the year off well with me watching Run Lola Run and The Big Lebowski in the first few months but then we kind of forgot about it.
5) Visit the top 10 attractions in Edinburgh
We did visit a few tourist attractions in our fair city through the year - The National Museum and Edinburgh Zoo - but nowhere near the full 10.
6) Visit 5 new places
Now this one I did do! With work I visited Southampton for the first time, in August B and I went to Pitlochry for our anniversary, my multi-city holiday took us to Berlin and Frankfurt (Amsterdam I'd been to before), and then in November I went to Aberfeldy with my blogger pals.
7) Make £1,000 selling on eBay
Ha I wish. I did do a bit of selling earlier in the year - getting rid of about 20 items of clothing - but that was £100 at most I think. I am planning on getting back into the eBay game from January though as we want to move house in 2014 so I need to get rid of lots of stuff first.
8) Try new things
I think I did stick to this one really - I went ice skating, travelled on my own a few times for work (Paris and London), was a bit more experimental with my hair and makeup (mastered the fishtail plait, cut my hair short, tried ombre), and took myself out of my comfort zone but going to a couple of blogger events on my own.
9) Go to more blogger events
Definitely stuck to this one - I've lost count of how many events I went to this year, both brand and also unofficial blogger organised ones. Again this is something that took me out of my comfort zone as I don't really like to turning up to things on my own and find meeting and chatting to new people quite daunting, but I'm so glad I just pushed myself and did it as I've made so many great friends from going to events.
10) Start making Youtube videos
Again another one I managed to stick to, with me starting my Youtube channel in April. I eased myself in with some tags and hauls, but since then I've moved into doing vlogs which is a bit tougher (especially if it involves walking around talking to a camera in public!) but a lot of fun. In 2014 I plan on doing a lot more with my channel, hopefully including some collab videos with some of my blogger friends.
11) Make an effort to see old friends more
Hmm, not sure I have stuck to this one to be honest. I've spent a lot of time with friends this year but it's largely been my new friends I've seen rather than my old ones. Although in saying that I did see some people this year for the first time in aaaages (like my uni pals at a hen weekend and wedding), but I didn't make as much effort as I should have really.
12) Learn to drive
HA no this did not happen. Not even had a lesson yet. Really should start in 2014, but I just can't be bloody bothered!
13) Save for a deposit
So at the start of 2013 the plan was that B and I would save up for a deposit with the aim of us trying to buy a house in 2014. However we've had a change of heart and have now decided that we're actually happy to continue renting for the foreseeable future and instead spent 2013 pretty much doing what we wanted (hence the epic 3 city holiday in the summer). Now the plan is that we are just going to save "for the future" in 2014 (i.e. future holidays, a wedding, babies etc) and while we do want to move out of this flat we are going to look for a new place to rent rather than getting on the mortgage train.
So that's 4 out of 13 which isn't great really is it? Although to be honest I'm not that bothered - I've come to the conclusion that resolutions are a terrible idea - they are basically just a way of making you feel bad about yourself at the end of the year when you realise you haven't stuck to them. So I'm not making any this year - I'm just planning on going into 2014 with a positive attitude and with good intentions to try get healthier, see friends, continue my blogging/youtube journey, and plan for the future. I think that's a much better way of starting the year rather than going in with a set of goals I'm unlikely to achieve.
Down with resolutions! ;)