1. push yourself to get up before the rest of the world - start with 7am, then 6am, then 5:30am. go to the nearest hill with a big coat and a scarf and watch the sun rise.

    2. push yourself to fall asleep earlier - start with 11pm, then 10pm, then 9pm. wake up in the morning feeling re-energized and comfortable.

    3. erase processed food from your diet. start with no lollies, chips, biscuits, then erase pasta, rice, cereal, then bread. use the rule that if a child couldn’t identify what was in it, you don’t eat it.

    4. get into the habit of cooking yourself a beautiful breakfast. fry tomatoes and mushrooms in real butter and garlic, fry an egg, slice up a fresh avocado and squirt way too much lemon on it. sit and eat it and do nothing else.

    5. stretch. start by reaching for the sky as hard as you can, then trying to touch your toes. roll your head. stretch your fingers. stretch everything.

    6. buy a 1L water bottle. start with pushing yourself to drink the whole thing in a day, then try drinking it twice.

    7. buy a beautiful diary and a beautiful black pen. write down everything you do, including dinner dates, appointments, assignments, coffees, what you need to do that day. no detail is too small.

    8. strip your bed of your sheets and empty your underwear draw into the washing machine. put a massive scoop of scented fabric softener in there and wash. make your bed in full.

    9. organise your room. fold all your clothes (and bag what you don’t want), clean your mirror, your laptop, vacuum the floor. light a beautiful candle.

    10. have a luxurious shower with your favourite music playing. wash your hair, scrub your body, brush your teeth. lather your whole body in moisturiser, get familiar with the part between your toes, your inner thighs, the back of your neck.

    11. push yourself to go for a walk. take your headphones, go to the beach and walk. smile at strangers walking the other way and be surprised how many smile back. bring your dog and observe the dog’s behaviour. realise you can learn from your dog.

    12. message old friends with personal jokes. reminisce. suggest a catch up soon, even if you don’t follow through. push yourself to follow through.

    14. think long and hard about what interests you. crime? sex? boarding school? long-forgotten romance etiquette? find a book about it and read it. there is a book about literally everything.

    15. become the person you would ideally fall in love with. let cars merge into your lane when driving. pay double for parking tickets and leave a second one in the machine. stick your tongue out at babies. compliment people on their cute clothes. challenge yourself to not ridicule anyone for a whole day. then two. then a week. walk with a straight posture. look people in the eye. ask people about their story. talk to acquaintances so they become friends.

    16. lie in the sunshine. daydream about the life you would lead if failure wasn’t a thing. open your eyes. take small steps to make it happen for you.
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This month’s workout plan! I included a printable workout tracker to help you stay focused, motivated, and to see your progress! To use it just count your reps and record them each time you exercise. By the end of the month you’ll be able to see gains in both strength and stamina (for exercises that are a minute long hold just record how many breaks you take). I also included a spot to give a check mark for days when you stretch and days when you drink enough water! Finally there’s the calendar at the top to record how much cardio you do (and what type) daily!

This plan is designed to really keep you motivated. You have a different workout each day of the week so it never gets boring and every strength move is one you can do from home- no gym necessary! I also included a short list of just some of the many ways you can get cardio in!

Since I’m only a few weeks away from my first bridal fitting (eep!) I’ll be doing this plan along with you! I’ll be posting my progress and my own chart each week. Plan on joining in? Post your chart & progress and tag it piecesinprogress! Each week I’ll give a shoutout to all my February fitties!

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ps- Exercise is only one part of a healthy lifestyle so make sure you’re eating a healthy, nutritious diet along with this plan! Looking for some meal plan inspiration? Check out my meal plans page and the weekly meal plans I’ll be posting all month! :)