The 52 Project: January

Hi! How was your weekend? Mine was great. I admit, I was a little apprehensive because it was officially a year since my beloved Sugar passed away (I'm still thankful for those of you who guest posted for me a year ago), but I was fine, and spent the day celebrating life. I traveled to where I used to live to see my friend's new twin girls! So precious. Even though I lived there for around 13 years, I felt like a lost tourist, and it didn't feel like home or familiar anymore. Has that ever happened to you? Atlanta is where I belong. Do you like where you live now?

But back to this post--it's time for the latest The 52 Project update! Each week in 2013, I will attempt a different resolution. I'm mentioning the resolutions on my Monday posts, with more day-to-day updates on Twitter and Instagram. I feel like the small updates will fit better on those social media channels. I will then do a big monthly post recapping each week's progress for that month, and that's what I'm sharing today! Here we go:

Week 1: Drink only water
Result: I did it!
Would I Do It Again? Yes!
Notes: I was dreading this, but wanted to start the project off with a big challenge. I usually would have a glass of water a day prior to this resolution. I had a headache for the first three days, but that was due to a stomach bug. I found myself drinking over 64 ounces a day! I didn't notice any change in my skin (it was only a week) but I did feel more tired than usual. A little TMI, but I felt like I had bad breath the whole week. I didn't add fruit or any flavoring to the water. Now that the challenge has ended, I still find myself drinking only water while at work, with plans to occasionally have soda, coffee, and sweet tea.

Week 2: Spend no money
Result: I did it!
Would I Do It Again? Yes! But it's kinda impossible to do every week!
Notes: I am admittedly very frugal in general, but spend my money on entertainment with friends, be it movies, dinner out, and so on. I completed this challenge, but felt like I cheated since I used a giftcard for a coffee and a friend (who didn't know about this challenge--sidenote: only my closest friends and family know I even have a blog. I'm very shy.) took me out to dinner. Friends came over and cooked to watch the game, so that was fun and entertainment! I went to Goodwill (thrift store) with a friend and had fun looking at everything. It was like being broke at college all over again! It isn't a realistic resolution to do every week, but occasional spending bans, are helpful.

Week 3: Walk with my chin parallel to the ground
Result: I did it!

Would I Do It Again? Yes! This is a permanent resolution for me.
Notes: I'm not yet at the point where this is a natural occurrence but every time I catch my head down, I perk right up. The pic below is the cutest motivation: 

Week 4: Exercise 5 days a week
Would I Do It Again? Yes, yes, yes
Notes: Sigh. I can't stand letting myself or others down. I had the best intentions, but excuses and life took precedence. As the saying goes, "If it's truly important, you will find a way" and I didn't. There is always tomorrow, right?

This Week: Make my bed every day
I am a neat person and fairly organized, but once I moved into my first apartment, I quit making my bed. I have no idea how/why this started, and it always bothered Sugar, which made me giggle. Anyway, I once read that to change your life, start with little changes, like making your bed. And that's exactly what I plan to do. I plan on exercising as well this week, too. 

Did you make resolutions? How are they going so far?
Would you do a weekly or monthly resolution?

PS: If you have a resolution you'd like me to try, please let me know!

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  1. drinking water is on my list of resolutions, too. i've been improving!

    not too many people know about my blog, either :)

    mobile morsels

  2. Cant believe a year has passed by so quickly, I hope you will find strength in this time. Well done on your achievements, you've done excellently, and its really difficult to exercise that many times a week for anyone.

  3. Well, I'm glad I drink more water without setting this as a new year resolution, spending money doesn't really go for me, but then I don't feel guilty, coz I spend it on stuff on sale only, so.. :D

  4. Looks like you are doing very well as far as your resolutions go - congratulations! And as for the exercise - perhaps 5 really isn't your number? 3 works wonderfully for most people, every other day with a day off in between. Better for the body, too. :)

  5. Great job on your resolutions! Those are all things I probably would have chosen too.

  6. Look at you! Awesome work on your resolutions and I'm dying over that darling quote - LOVE!

    Pearls & Paws

  7. Glad to hear that you had a great weekend, Elle:) And don't worry about the exercise thing. We've all been there:)

  8. Yes, when I first moved back to Birmingham, it was a little odd at first.

  9. I've really been slacking in the workout department - need to get back on that horse

  10. I should really make my bed more (or make my husband do it!) You can do it Elle!

    Chic 'n Cheap Living

  11. I never make my bed... pretty much I only do it if I'm having new people over and want to show them around my place lol.

  12. I love this! You made some good commitments and reminded me of things I need to be more aware of!

  13. My resolution to workout at least 3x a week is going well so far. My resolution to eat healthier though not so much (as you can probably tell by my instagram pics), lol. Good luck on your resolutions!

  14. My sweet great-grandma passed away almost five years ago this coming summer and I still find myself missing her as much as the day she left us. I'm grateful for the memories and the influence she had on my life, but I sure miss her sweet laugh and her voice. Great-grandmas are the best :)
    Side note, only two close friends and a few family members know about my blog as well. I'm the same way, very shy about it...
    Great job on your resolutions! Keep up the great work!

  15. I think this is such a great way to document how you are doing with your resolutions, goals, or whatever you want to call them! Good luck on exercising this week!

    xo, Amy

  16. I'm glad you were able to spend some time celebrating life in honor of Sugar's memory. I am feeling sad about February approaching, since it used to be the month of my Nana's birthday before she passed away. These past four months since she died have been the slowest of my life. I hear you about the exercise goal, too. I fell off the wagon and skipped a ton of days last week, but I'm trying to get back with it again.

  17. It is hard to excise 5 days a week. I was excising 6 day a week and then after 2 month gave it up. I need to get back in to it.

  18. It is my goal to exercise 3 days each week. And I have yet to accomplish that. This girl hates exercising. Maybe I will start taking long walks everyday to get in some physical activity.

    Tracy @ Sunny Days and Starry Nights
    Giveaway for $80 MsDressy Gift Card

  19. Love your updates! My resolutions are still a work in progress...

  20. love this challenge!!


  21. I have SUCH a hard time with exercising regularly, so I can totally relate! Good for you keeping your head up, though, and only drinking water. That's awesome!

  22. Aw, well glad to hear you had a good weekend. I love this 52 project you're doing. I admire this!! Amazing. xo, Julie

  23. You did great!! I would have failed at most of those. I love the keeping your chin parallel to the ground idea & that quote is so darling!!!

  24. Ugh. I hear you on having trouble making it to the gym. It's just so easy for other things to take precedence. Hopefully this week goes better for you!

  25. I know you can exercise for 5 days! Have you tried at home videos? It works a lot better when you don't want to get your behind to the gym, which can be a challenge.

  26. I'm with you on the working out... I went to the gym only once this month!!! Shame on me!!!


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