New Year, New You

Today my Wii Fit welcomed me back after a 362 day break between workouts. Needless to say, I have gotten a little out of shape over the last year. While I haven’t gained (or lost) any weight, I definitely have gotten a little fluffier.

During my workout today I noticed a couple things I did not like. During a short run I noticed my bum was jiggling up and down which was very uncomfortable haha. The second thing that bothered me was how the lunges I did nearly killed me. After doing 20 lunges per leg I had to sit down and catch my breath. After taking a short break, they were still sore and didn’t want to stand much longer. They were a little shaky and my entire body was exhausted while my mind wanted me to keep going.

So I made some fitness goals for this new year. I want to make my butt stop jumping when I jump, I want to strengthen my lower body so I can do longer work outs, I want to strengthen my back muscles because it’s been sore lately and I’ve been doing a lot more sitting now that I can’t walk to work, and finally I would like to tone my stomach because it’s a little more flabby than I prefer.

Don’t get me wrong, I feel like I still look in shape and you wouldn’t call me unfit by any means. But I want to make my body stronger so it continues to treat me good.

Do you have any fitness goals for the new year? How long do you think I can keep up my exercise routine? Obviously my track record is not great haha.

Clothes for Donation

Every year I try to go through my closet and weed out the clothes that I no longer wear. Last year I heard a great idea which I am doing for the second year in a row. They said to turn all of your hangers around so they are facing the opposite way. As as you wear your clothes throughout the year, you put them back the right way. That way you can see what clothes you actually wear. At the end of the year it will be easy to see what clothes you wore and which ones you haven’t.

I was able to fill a whole garbage bag with clothes I haven’t touched over the last year. There were a few articles of clothing that I didn’t wear but I’m still keeping. They were mostly dress clothes that I only wear on special occasions (not too many of them this year) or clothes that I have special memories with. And that’s okay. You don’t need to get rid of everything just because you didn’t wear them. But just make sure you don’t keep everything!

I told my boyfriend about my system and asked if he had any clothes to get rid of, and he said no. He says he doesn’t throw out any of clothes because he wants to keep them for his children. He says than when his kids are older, they will think his clothes are cool and will want to wear them too. While it’s a cool idea, I can’t imagine having my clothes sitting in my closet for 20 years waiting for the day when my child may or may not want to wear them.

What is your opinion about getting rid of things you don’t use? Do you hold onto things forever, or do you like to clear out the clutter?

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