We all seem to reserve our declarations of self-improvement until the end of the year. Vowing to take up the gym, cut back on sweets and learn a foreign language as soon as the new year chimes in. Unfortunately, most of us fall short of those promises and then we wait another 365 days before allowing ourselves to reflect and improve again.

I, on the other hand, believe that self-improvement is a year-long journey and we shouldn’t wait until a specific day to do so. No more ‘I’ll do that next month’ or ‘Diet starts on Monday!’ It’s taken me a long time, but I’ve finally rid myself of that lazy mentality and realised that life shouldn’t start tomorrow, you can usually do most things right now – you just choose not to.

So, in an effort to practice what I preach, here are a few mid-year resolutions that I intend to work on.

Go to the gym

The classic new year’s resolution that results in hundreds of pounds being wasted each month by well-intentioned cliches. I have been guilty of this one but I haven’t consistently gone to the gym in months and I’m fed up of paying £50 a month for nothing.

Instead of trying to get out of the contract or accept the financial hit, I intend to go to the gym three times a week. I like exercising and because I lead a pretty sedentary life (offices, am I right?!), I need to make an extra effort to make sure my body is moving and healthy*.

* Going to the gym does not guarantee health, but it’s my choice of exercise and I’m not expecting anything – I just love to squat.

Stop smoking

‘GASP! Amy, you smoke?! Do you know how bad that is for you?!’

Yes, I do know how bad it is for me. What’s worse is that I don’t even smoke Monday to Friday. I don’t crave it, I don’t like it. But, as soon as I’ve had a drink I’m gagging for a fag.

It’s not something I’m proud of, nor something that I’m ashamed of. It’s my body and it’s my choice, but not one that I encourage. Anyway, I know I’m capable of never smoking again, I just fall into a ‘why not’ attitude and all of a sudden I’m 10 cigarettes in and by the morning, I’m regretting my decision.

Stop eating McDonald’s, every week

I love a McDonald’s. It’s my fast food of choice but I find myself in there at least once a week. Whether it’s out of convenience or laziness, a quarter pounder meal is on my weekly meal plan.

While there’s nothing wrong with indulging on ‘bad food’, nine times out of 10 it’s from sheer laziness and I could usually make a better, healthier decision that won’t leave me hungry 20 minutes later.

Scroll past my bedtime

I need nine hours sleep. Many would say that’s a lot, but I disagree. If I consistently get nine hours sleep a night then I am active and awake during the day. If I don’t I am tired, moody and unhappy.

Therefore, I’m baffled at myself every time it gets past 10pm and I’m still searching for something to watch on YouTube. I find myself unable to stop scrolling and even though my brain is shouting at me to turn off the phone. I just can’t stop.

I’ve been trying to force myself to read before bed and leave the phone by my bed. One day, I want to put my phone in another room, but while I live with my parents, it’ll have to stay on my bedside table.

Do you have mid-year resolutions or do you stick to them once a year? Let me know in the comments down below or tweet me @amyjmcdonnell 🐦

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