March was a busy month. We got word that our renovations would be starting in April so I spent a lot of my weekends at Reece’s and Beaumont Tiles picking out fixtures and fittings and toilets and flooring and mixers and toilet roll holders – did you know that you can buy toilet roll holders that cost $300? Yea I didn’t a few weeks ago either.
Anyway here is my update.
- To reduce body fat by 5% through exercise and eating well in 6 months
My heart still isn’t quite into this goal and I’ve realised that it’s because if I fail I know I have no one to blame but myself. So if I do it half-heartedly and succeed, well that’s great for me but if I fail then it’s not really a surprise. It’s something I’m working on. The benefit of this goal is even if I don’t reach it, my exercise routine is far more consistent in the last two months than it has been in years. I’ve quit the gym because I just don’t enjoy going but I’ve signed up to start playing netball so hopefully that’ll amp up my enthusiasm. I’ve also stopped weighing myself weekly. I felt I was getting back to that unhealthy mentality of everything being about a number so I may just do it once a month from now on. Don’t want to fall back into old habits.
- To not smoke for 90 days
It’s been 84 days since my last cigarette so I’m 93% through. I still at times quite enjoy the smell of cigarettes but the cravings have mostly subsided.
- To exercise 4 times a week for 3 months
I’m probably averaging 3 times a week at the moment. I generally do a 10 min yoga routine once a day but I’m not including that as exercising when it’s on its own. The next couple of months will be made harder as my house will be getting renovated, its raining a lot more and its getting dark and chilly quickly.
- To save $250 a month for 20 months in order to enrol into a life/health coaching course.
I’ve popped March’s $250 into a bank account.
- Arrange to pay $200 a month to HECS debt by March.
I still haven’t actually attempted to make a payment yet but I have $400 sitting in a bank account accruing interest waiting to be paid off.
- Only purchase lunch one Friday a month and bring lunch from home all other work days.
I’ve bought lunch twice. Both times were burgers and despite being really good at the time, made me feel quite sick afterwards. I’m getting to the point where I’m actually paying attention to whether I really like something or I just think I do so I think that’ll limit buying lunches. Its interesting that all you really need to do is be organised but some days I simply can’t be bothered.
- Declutter, throw out/donate and organise one space each month for 12 months.
As we are starting renovations in a couple of weeks I didn’t focus on one space in March, rather I focused on what needs to be gone before the works start. I gave away an unused bass guitar and amp, a couple of paintings, a massive TV cabinet, an exercise bike and a few other bits and pieces. This also involved moving around furniture so it’s out of the way
- To be able to do a split on left and right leg by the end of 2017
Left is still very close. I can’t really see a difference between last month and this month but I’m at that stage where the last couple of centimetres takes FOREVER. Right feels like it’s getting a bit closer. I haven’t even attempted straddle yet but I do notice that when I stretch with my legs apart and lean forward I’m getting closer to the ground.
- To be able to do a back and front walkover by the end of 2017
I can hold a back-bend for a lot longer than previously so I think the arm strength is definitely improving. My legs and hands also feel closer together than previously so my back is obviously stretching more. I only notice this if I stretch in the afternoon – in the mornings I’m still tight so it’s harder to see a difference.
Minimalist March didn’t go exactly to plan. I got to day 17 and then stopped because I had to focus on getting rid of other big ticket items that I mentioned above. I did throw out a heap of items so that was really good and did another wardrobe clean out which was then donated to a local charity shop.