The Happiness Project: February: Exercise & Energy

Where did January go? One day it was all resolutions and high hopes, and the next thing you know, we entered into the doldrums of winter (which don't really exist in Los Angeles, but which I can sympathize with anyway). It's already February tenth, which means I am more than a week behind in getting the second month of my Happiness Project going...but luckily, I am not putting too much pressure on myself. This is a project that I plan to make as stress-free as possible, and it can last for years, so there's no need to expect it to be perfect right off the bat.

If you'll recall, January was all about organization. How did that all pan out for me, you ask? Well, I got about a quarter of my list done. I cleaned out lots of areas, made lists, and planned for closet organization (which Toby is going to build himself when he gets time at the shop). There's still much left to do, but each month is going to build on the previous months, and I wasn't planning on getting everything done in January anyway. I crossed off plenty of projects, I feel rejuvenated, and the clutter in our apartment is slowly decreasing. Good enough for me.

So now, February. I decided to combine Exercise and Energy because they go hand in hand with one another, and for me, it's kind of a chicken-or-the-egg situation. Exercise energizes me, but it's hard to get the motivation to increase my activity level if I don't already have at least a little bit of energy to begin with. So I'll be creating (and hopefully implementing) an exercise plan, yes, but I also plan on getting more sleep, spending less time on the computer, eating more regular meals (of healthier foods) throughout the day, and continuing to organize, because I find that the more my life and living area are aesthetically pleasing, the higher my energy level. Feng shui, anyone?

And hopefully all of those things will lead to more exercising. Because runner's high is a real thing. As is hiker's high and brisk walker's high and yogi's high and just about any other physical activity's high. The real trick is getting yourself out the door.

tennis shoes

I hope to keep you updated a bit more about this month's Happiness Project efforts than I did last month. Someday, when my life is utterly perfect and carefree because of this project, it will be nice to have some posts to help me look back on the days when my life was a mess. I'll think to myself, "Ah, poor Rachel, you used to be so pathetic. Now you're fabulous and full of glamour and don't have any more zits or jiggly thighs."

I kid, I kid. Kind of.

Happy...tenth day of February! I started the day off right by not going to yoga like I was planning to, so that's cool. I'm planning, dudes. Don't judge. Have a good day!

P.S. If you need a little extra motivation to get up and going yourself...check out this link. Ew. 
Proof of lack of doldrums