Most people embark on the New Year’s Resolution train on the dawn of January 1. I used to be one of those people. It would also be true to say that two weeks into the full steam ahead plan to overhaul your life in the upcoming year you burn out and resort back to the comfort of old habits.
This year, I decided to give myself a one month trial—January would be a trial month to test out potential plans for a better me in 2018.
Among some of the ideas were the following:
-organizing different areas of life (home office, closets, classroom)
-getting on a sustainable work-out plan
-possibly leaving the gym (to save money)
-pay off one or two credit cards
-focus on saving money (see above…I will be saving $220 a month when those credit cards are paid in full!)
-meditating or practicing mindfulness
-cooking more often
While I am working towards all of these, two are already in progress/completed. I was unable to leave the house one day because of a snow storm we were having. I signed into my bank account and noticed that my gym had increased the amount of money they were charging me per month. I vaguely remember them mentioning (back when I first signed up two years ago) that once my contract commitment was up, my monthly payment would increase.
This made my wheels start turning. I have a space in my house where I can work out. I just need something as motivating as the classes that I love going to. I specifically joined this gym because they offer classes: ZUMBA, yoga, barre, Bodypump, Spinning….
I didn’t trust myself to wander around the gym going from machine to machine to complete a workout. Mind you–this was my entire life in my late teens and twenties. I lived to go to the gym and work out. I felt strong and empowered. I grew up a little and my priorities changed a smidge at first and then a lot later and I realized I didn’t need to be a gym rat in order to feel good about myself.
Going on behind the scenes, the flu epidemic is so widespread this year it makes me crazy thinking the air outside my home could potentially contaminated. I was not planning on going to the gym until the height of the flu was over. I, personally, was not infected. But I also resist getting the flu shot every single year. To date, I have (knock on wood) never had the flu.
So, it is not surprising with my now paying extra for a gym that I have not used since Christmas, coupled with the fact that I am trying to resist coming into contact with any additional and unwanted germs that I should be on the hunt for a new workout plan.
Alas—I find one—back on that snow day while scrolling through social media. It was an ad for the FitBit coach. It promises motivating and tailored workouts of varying lengths and intensities. I tried it and enjoyed it.
Having given it a week, I decided that I would be A-Ok if I called up and cancelled my gym membership for 26.change a month, plus a once yearly $40ish maintenance fee. Butterflies engulfed my belly as I made this earth shattering decision. While I still have access to my gym through March, I intend to go back to the classes I went to originally and use the app in my spare time (ehh hmm ;)).
My second feat of the year is to begin organizing my life. I have made some headway in this department, but plan to make a different post about it later as I make more significant developments.
To give you an idea of where the improvements will be made:
-the hallway linen closet
-my closet full of clothes
-my office and optimizing the use of space
So there you have it! Come back to the blog for updates on the progress soon.
If you have any tips or tricks for organizing or cleaning out the closet, be sure to drop them in the comments section!
Thanks for reading and have a great day! 🙂