2014 New Year’s Resolutions

We survived Christmas and New Year’s Eve, even the tree! My previous tips proved to work well again. Proud!

There are some projects I started back in 2013, and it is high time I give you a little summary on them, so read on. 🙂

Water Challenge: ended! I have to admit, I did not do it for the whole 30 days. For those who missed it, you can read about my water challenge here and here. It went well but I found managing 3 litres very difficult every day. I could not fit carrying litres of water to my daily schedule and my body literally hated drinking that much. Have you ever had the feeling that you cannot stand the “taste” of water anymore? I got there, and I decided to stop it 4 days early. I did not want to risk my relationship with fluids 🙂 However, it helped a lot, and solved my drinking problem. Now I drink around 2 litres every day, which is plenty compared to my 2 glasses per day water intake. I shocked my body and it adapted to the situation. I don’t even realize how much I drink now, it comes naturally.

Things the water challenge solved:

  • increase natural water intake
  • bladder problems
  • higher blood pressure and hearth rate (lowered both)
  • fitness (I can walk more, stand more; did not try running just yet)

Things I thought the water challenge will solve, but didn’t:

  • sleeping problems
  • skin issues (acne, cellulite)
  • skin and hair hydration
  • dark circles under the eyes

Over all, it helped a lot in my whole well-being, so I am happy to recommend the method! It won’t hurt!

Design and photography: I left Higher Click mid December and now have a new Online Marketing role at an established Hungarian company, so I concentrate most of my time and attention on that, but as soon as I’m trained in I will find the time to improve there.

Gluten free eating: not for me. I traded it in for simply clean eating, and still lost weight. I now think keeping “normal” weight is a matter of attention not a matter of diet. I do spend a lot of time on buying food at farmers markets, breaking up with processed food and eating quality meals. I keep quantities smaller but more indulging. Works well so far.

Running: definite no so far, but I might work on it a little more and see if I like it better!

And for the new year?

  • Go to a yoga class! (Okay, maybe “go to many yoga classes”..)
  • Smile and give thanks for everything I have.
  • Worry less about things that are really not that important.
  • Kiss the cats often. (occasionally the boyfriend, too. :-))
  • Let the past go fully and concentrate on the new things in my life.
  • Continue clean eating and cook more.
  • Stick with one hair color and let that be blonde eventually. 😀
Happy New Year - Life with the cats
Happy New Year from Anita and the Cats

Photos Of The Great Outdoors and The 30 Days Water Challenge

Big news! I am starting the 30 days water challenge tomorrow. I have always been told off for drinking 3-4 glasses of water a day (tops!) so it is high time I started doing something about it. I know this is not normal, but I really don’t feel like drinking more than that. The “How drinking 3 litres of water a day took 10 years off my face” article was the last drop in the glass (how poetic) and gave me the final push. I have been warned by relatives, boyfriend, work colleagues and my doctor about this and I have been trying, but never managed to take in more than 1.5 litres, so I am really curious if I can manage 3 litres… Sounds like plenty… But if only half of the achievements listed in the article prove to be true it’s all worth it.

Let’s see! I’ll report about how I managed – this time next week 😉

I also wanted to share a few photos I took over the weekend, while learning my camera’s settings. Any feedback is more than welcome and much appreciated. I hope you like them. xoxo