August flew by, and the first month of The Happiness Project is done and dusted. For those of you new to The Happiness Project, you can find out more here in my Month One post. For those of you who read all about the project, and why I want to make a year long commitment to complete it, you'll remember I set myself 4 goals for August. Here's how I did on each...
1. FALL BACK IN LOVE WITH BLOGGING
Probably the easiest of all goals I set myself for month one, I have officially fallen back in love with blogging! I actually have a post in the pipeline all about rekindling my love for blogging, so make sure you look out for that! I won't say too much now, but I have definitely got my blogging mojo back!
2. ADD REGULAR EXERCISE INTO MY ROUTINE
This is one that I kinda accomplished, but not for the full month. I wanted to add exercise into my routine, twice a week. For the first couple of weeks, I made sure to go out for a walk or doing my Ministry of Sound Pump It Up Dance Workout DVD (see here), so I was getting that exercise in twice a week. But in the middle of August I had my thigh tattoo finished, so I've not been able to exercise since, whilst it's still healing. That's the beauty of The Happiness Project, though - as I add new targets and goals each month, I'll also be keeping up with the previous months goals, too, so I'll be back at the exercise this month.
3. BE MORE ORGANISED AND TIDY
Another fairly easy one. I'd be lying if I said every single day no matter what, I made sure the house was tidy before bed. Some days I was just too darn tired. But most days, it was, and I woke up the next day feeling much better knowing I didn't have a house to tidy when I woke up! It's amazing how much that can make your mood happier and brighter!
4. STAY ON TRACK WITH WEIGHT WATCHERS EVERY SINGLE DAY
The one goal I set for month one, that I really wasn't sure I'd keep, but I did! I've really been trying hard with Weight Watchers and staying on track, and I've tracked every single day!
So now you know how I did for month one, what about month two?
For my month two goals, I'll still be aiming to keep achieving all of my month one goals. The goals I set for month two will be added on top of the goals I'm already making sure to complete daily (like stay on track with Weight Watchers, stay tidy and organised, fall back in love with blogging), as well as weekly (like exercising twice a week), but there's a few other things I'd like to accomplish in month two for The Happiness Project.
1. DRINK TWO LITRES OF WATER EVERYDAY
This is a bit of a cheat goal, as I try to ensure I'm drinking enough water everyday already, but sometimes it's easy to forget. Keeping my body hydrated and drinking the minimum recommended amount everyday makes such a huge difference, to my skin (which looks clearer, brighter and more youthful), my mind (which is clearer and less tired), and my body (we've got to treat our bodies right from the inside out!). On the days I slip up and forget to drink my water, I can be left feeling tired, muggy, and it's much easier for me to get headaches and migraines. My skin also shows the signs of dehydration pretty quickly. Goal one of month two is to drink two litres, everyday, no matter what!
2. READ EVERY SINGLE DAY
Since I finished University, I've had a lot more time to read, and read for pleasure opposed to text books and journal articles. Although I've been making more time to read, I want to get back to how I used to be before University, where I would read every single day at least once, usually before bed. I'm starting to be a proper adult, who goes to bed at a reasonable time instead of staying up with all the night owls until the early hours of the morning, so reading each night before bed is perfect. Really hope I meet this goal, as I do love a good book! (I'm currently reading Gone Girl, but if you have any recommendations, let me know!)
3. PLAN AHEAD
This is an overall goal, but mostly for two things. I want to continue planning ahead all of my meals for Weight Watchers, which I started to do quite religiously over the last week of August. Life is so much easier for us when we know what we're having everyday and it stops me a) dithering about for hours, "But do you fancy this instead?", and b) (and most importantly), it stops us ordering unplanned takeaways, which happens way too often! I also want to plan ahead for the rest of this year, because, let's face it, no matter how many of us don't want to think about it yet, there's only 113 days/16 weeks until Christmas. Girl needs to get planning!
So those are my three goals for month two of The Happiness Project, what do you think? If you've started your own journey on a happiness project, I'd love to hear how you're doing, and if you bought The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin (£7.99) after reading my Month One post, then let me know what you think to it - I'd love to know if you found it as inspiring as I did!
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