New Years Resolutions - 2018

I've seen quite a few of these posts. I'm not going to lie, I'm mostly writing this for myself; as a motivation to make me push to do it. I'm very much a "give up" person, and I feel like maybe if these are written down, for everyone to see - maybe I'll actually do it... who knows!

I'm keeping my resolutions realistic for me. Like I said, I give up a lot, and I never usually stick at anything I set out to do. So I didn't really want to make things that I'm likely to give up whether its a week or months into the year.

1) Eat less meat.
I originally wanted to go vegetarian or pescatarian, but I was already struggling within a week. Now before anyone says "how hard can it be to not eat something", I do have medical needs and a very restricted diet already so cutting out a food source completely that I'm actually ABLE to eat without getting ill is hard when there so many foods out there that do the opposite. So at least until I'm in some kind of remission from my illness I think eating less meat is better than not doing anything at all about it.

2) Do more for charity.
I did the odd bit here and there last year and I definitely want to do more this year. Especially for Crohn's and Colitis UK and local cat and dog shelters because they're pretty important to me. I've already started collecting dog food for the shelter which I'll continue to do all year then donate it just before Christmas when they're at their busiest.

3) Move to cruelty-free cosmetics/skincare.
I'm super proud that a week into January and my skincare is already all cruelty free thanks to The Body Shop and Superdrug. My makeup however, will get used up and then when it comes to replacing products I'll only buy cruelty free brands. So that should slowly happen over the next few months, since I didn't think wasting products (and money) is useful for anyone!

4) Go out more.
I have a real problem with going out. Things have to be very well planned, I like to know exactly where I'm going, where toilets are and how long I'll be out because of my illness. I don't want to let it dictate my life anymore and I want to make a point of getting out more since I did turn down some things last year because of this stupid condition. Not anymore!

5) Stick to a regular gym schedule.
Now I actually enjoy the gym, and I enjoy working out. But I just don't do it. I just don't get up and get out. I have a real problem with fatigue and motivation so I want to make a point of doing it more. It might mean building it up slowly or doing a few workouts at home too, but I want to make a real difference to my health with things I can control myself. Since medication and 'doing less' has caused me to gain a couple stone, I want to feel a bit more comfortable in myself so actively doing something about it should help!

There we have it. I will do this.

What are your new years resolutions? Are you like me and find it hard to stick at things? Fingers crossed that 2018 is the year I really get my butt into gear and get things done!