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Resolution Update: March 2017


Resolution Progress

There’s nothing like sharing your goals with 1000 of your closest friends to keep you accountable.  Today I thought I’d let you know how my resolutions are panning out so far.

Increase the influence of Shifting Roots on social media and in the community

It’s slow going, but it’s happening!  I’ve joined some blogging Facebook groups and Tailwind tribes, started guest posting for Mommy Connections, and have a few more collaborations in the works.  P.S.-If you’re a Canadian blogger and want to join my Tailwind tribe, DM me and I’ll send you an invite!!

My Instagram following is still small, but it’s steadily growing.  I’ve participated in some hashtag competitions and won or received honourable mentions.

Pinterest has probably been the most exciting, as my reach has really grown and my pins are getting more consistently pinned and bringing new readers to my blog.  If you’re one of those, welcome, and thanks for joining us!

Thank you readers for all the likes, comments, and shares.  Every one of them helps bring me closer to my long term goals.

Is there something you’d like me to write about?  Let me know!

Practice self-care everyday

I’m not sure what other people’s self care looks like, but mine basically involves managing my time in a way that both gives me rest and keeps me productive.  I’m constantly looking for little routines that bring me more peace.  For the first time this week I prepared half of my food, and it was the most peaceful decision so far.  If you’re curious, I only prepared half because I still wanted some flexibility to eat something else or go out with a friend, and not waste a bunch of food.

I also have morning and evening routines that keep me happy.  Starting the routines has been challenging, but now that I have them I like them.

I still find myself tempted to cut into self-care time when I’ve got a bit too much on my plate.  Last week I had one really major slip-up (I’ll be writing about it hopefully within a month) but other than that have been pretty consistent.

Feel more comfortable in my own skin, exercising regularly for endorphins

This has been the biggest challenge.  I’ve been putting in the work, I feel the endorphins, I’m experiencing fitness gains, but I’m still disappointed that how I feel on the inside doesn’t match what people see on the outside.  It seems like my weight-loss rate in my 30’s is 1 measly pound per month.  Gah.  At this point I don’t even know if I can count it because anything within 3 pounds either way could be considered a normal fluctuation.  I digress.

I really enjoy my spin class at RydeYXE.  I love to cycle and quite frankly, I need to get out of the house sometimes.  The instructors are great, the music is loud, and nothing feels as good as a hot shower at the end of it all.  On the days when the weather is warmer I’m experimenting with getting back into running.  All the cycling and weightlifting over the winter has left me in decent enough shape that it’s actually fun.

It’s still hard to put my health first.  Some days I wonder, “What’s the point?”  I’m putting in the work and my body isn’t responding in all the ways I’d like it to.  But then I see the 80 year old at my spin class I know that I have to keep going.

So that’s where I’m at.  How are your goals going?  Even if you’ve forgotten about them since January, it’s never too late to start again.

Kristen Raney

Kristen Raney

Kristen is a former farm kid turned urban gardener who owns the popular gardening website, Shifting Roots.  She is obsessed with growing flowers and pushing the limits of what can be grown in her zone 3b garden.  She also loves to grow tomatoes, but oddly enough, dislikes eating them raw.

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