2018 New Year’s Resolutions: Final Recap

365 days ago, I set 4 goals that I wanted to accomplish in 2018. I’ve made New Year’s Resolutions countless times before and haven’t stuck with them, but this year I was really committed to making them happen. And I did! I met all of them except one, and even on the one I failed to complete I still made progress. What made this year so much more successful than other years? I think two things: 1) I set goals that were a stretch but still attainable and 2) I set goals that I believe in. Here are the 4 goals I set and how well I achieved them over the course of 2018:

Log everything I eat: This I was able to do! I started a nutrition program called the 2B Mindset back in June and I absolutely love it. There are only four guidelines that you have to follow: drink lots of water, eat lots of veggies, track all your food, and weigh yourself daily. Following this program has made logging my food become an automatic thing I just do which I think is a great habit to have. The program is also super sustainable because it’s not some crazy fad diet that’s really restrictive– it’s just a few tweaks that make eating healthy and losing weight easy!

Resting heart rate below 60: I didn’t achieve this one, sadly! However, I did bring my resting heart rate from 71 bpm in January to 65 bpm as I’m writing this at the end of December. It’s not perfect, but it’s still progress 🙂 I think this can be attributed to losing weight, being more active, and lowering my stress by changing my environment and meditating.

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Travel to five new countries: Completed! I visited Ireland, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Slovenia, Italy, and Austria. 6 countries total and 5 of them were new. I think this is the most countries I’ve been to in a single year. I wonder if I’ll ever top that?

Move to a new city: Done! I moved from DC to San Diego in August and it’s one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. I love the culture, my grad school, my friends, the beach, the weather…pretty much everything!

Setting these resolutions pushed me to be more self-disciplined, to try things outside of my comfort zone, and to ultimately grow in leaps and bounds. It was an extremely positive experience and I can’t wait to set resolutions for 2019 and see how I continue to grow and change!

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Lunchtime Reading: December 28

  1. Internally freaking out about “tech neck”, the newest thing that causes wrinkly skin. Oh boy. (Spine Health)
  2. If you are now as worried about your neck as I am, fear not: this skincare guide is a good intro. (The Everygirl)
  3. My sister got me Glow Recipe’s blueberry cleanser and wow is it amazing! 🙂
  4. Love this beginner’s guide to winter skincare. (The Work Edit)
  5. This is what happens when you don’t drink enough water. (Eat This Not That)
  6. Losing weight is hard, but you can make it easier by enlisting help from your doctor. (Very Well Fit)
  7. Can’t wait to try the 8 best beauty products from Trader Joe’s. (Barefoot Blonde)
  8. Thanks to Abra’s suggestion, I am now drooling over this beautiful workout jacket that’s on sale at Nordstrom!
  9. I just finished The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg and loved it 🙂
  10. 40 things you can do to be happier and healthier in 2019. (The Everygirl)

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Lunchtime Reading: June 7

Today I started a new health program, so in honor of that, I’m making today’s Lunchtime Reading health-themed!

  1. 8 things you’re doing to make eating healthy way harder than it needs to be. (The Everygirl)
  2. The best health and fitness podcasts to help you reach your goals. (Refinery 29)
  3. These hazelnut energy bites look soooo tasty! (The Paleo Peach)
  4. The right (and wrong) way to get in shape for an active vacation. (CN Traveler)
  5. 20 health foods everyone should be eating. (Women’s Health)
  6. The pretty skin diet— I am in love with this! (Town & Country)
  7. Wellness fads seem ridiculous unless you’re the one trying them. (The Cut)
  8. The feeling when you hit your 10,000 step goal. (New Yorker)
  9. 23 things that happen when you start getting in shape. (Buzzfeed)
  10. Scared of getting obese? Here’s how to fat-proof your life. (Fitness)

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New Year’s Resolutions: 3 Months In

I can’t believe it’s already April! With 3 months of 2018 behind us, we’re 25% of the way through the year. I thought it would be a perfect time to check in on my new years resolutions and see how they’re coming along!

  1. Log everything I eat: I haven’t been consistent about this. I’ve been jumping around between different apps/journals/websites and it’s a little overwhelming. I think I should just pick one method and stick to it! Moving forward, I plan on using the fitbit app because 1) I always have my phone with me and 2) it takes into account my activity when it calculates how many calories I should be eating!
  2. Resting heart rate below 60: I still have a while to go on this one. I think hitting the gym consistently is the most important part, but meditating/managing my stress will also help it go down.
  3. Travel to five new countries: working on it! I have tickets to visit Ireland with my dad, and I plan on doing some extended travel to Europe this summer–Maybe Switzerland, Austria, Slovenia, Germany, and Iceland? Still up in the air, but I think it’s definitely doable 🙂
  4. Move to a new city: this one is quite possible. Things aren’t set in stone yet, but it’s nice to be so young and free and able to go anywhere!!!

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Lunchtime Reading: February 8

  1. What I’m wearing: this hilarious tee-shirt, courtesy of Hitha.
  2. Marks and Spencer has the cutest one-pieces! Perfect for vacation 🙂
  3. I started reading The Defining Decade, and it’s great. 10/10 would recommend.
  4. A hilarious, brutally honest DC bucket list. (The Medium)
  5. Thirty travel goals for 2018. I want to do all of them! (CN Traveler)
  6. Not sure if I am excited for or terrified of the new K-beauty mask I got? (Allure)
  7. This weekend I saw Call Me By Your Name and it is my new favorite movie.
  8. Need some new workout jams? These playlists have you covered. (Refinery 29)
  9. Embracing the Danish idea of Hygge will make your winter suck less. (Darling)
  10. How to take better travel photos, according to a professional photographer. (The Everygirl)

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Lunchtime Reading: January 2

First Lunchtime Reading of 2018! So exciting 🙂 I can’t wait for all the adventures this year!!

  1. Speaking of adventures, I am literally obsessed with American Nomad and their “Catch Flights, Not Feelings” apparel and accessories. I ordered this sticker for my laptop and this tee shirt.
  2. I love January because it’s a fresh start. Here are the 4 things I want to accomplish in 2018.
  3. Need ideas for your own new year resolutions? Check out this list. (The Everygirl)
  4. The best places to visit for every month of the year. (Business Insider)
  5. 31 reasons moving to Boise, Idaho is moving to Norman Rockwell’s America. (Boise Relocation)
  6. Move over, Millennial Pink. Purple is taking center stage. (NY Times)
  7. If you’re looking for somewhere unique to stay on your next vacay, check out this list of the 52 most successful Airbnbs in America. (Huff Post)
  8. The new book that everyone can’t stop talking about, including Obama. (NPR)
  9. Here’s a list of New Year’s resolutions based on your Myers-Briggs type. (Bustle)
  10. Tips for spicing up your wardrobe this month. (Lauren Conrad)

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