12 days later….

Well, my biggest achievement this week is that I got through my first 5-day work week in a month!

I really thought I’d struggle more, but got through a very long, very busy week in one piece. Mainly, I think it’s due to getting loads of sleep and being a little healthier.

On January 1st, I published a post ‘2014 – The Blank Page’ in which I laid out 5 objectives for the new year and 12 days in, I can honestly say that I’ve stuck to them.

I’ve discovered a farmers market not far from home, which has some amazing produce. I bought Jerusalem artichoke, spinach, cauliflower, broccoli, delicata squash, butternut and more which has given me an amazing opportunity to experiment with recipes. Some have been a success and others still need a little work!

Having really concentrated on eating well, I had a little slip-up on Friday with surprising effects. Well, I’d had a really long day, the boyfriend was out with friends and I didn’t have the energy to cook anything so popped into the shops and bought a microwave pasta meal. Bad, I know! About an hour after having eaten it, I started feeling really unwell to the point where I was physically ill. Maybe I’m reading too much into it, but in a way my body was rejecting this food because it wasn’t healthy. So, I’m keeping to fresh produce and will keep you all posted on progress!

The most surprising development has been the fact that I haven’t had any alcohol at all in 2014. I know this probably makes me sound like a borderline alcoholic, but if you know me, you know I love a glass of vino in the evening, so this really is a major feat for me. I’ve also come across this article stating the benefits of cutting out booze for – makes for interesting reading. I even went for drinks after work the other day and only had a few soda and limes. Can you believe it?! ‘Dry January’ is something really important to me, because I guess I’m trying to prove to myself that I have the willpower to stick with something so watch this space!

The one thing I’ve struggled with is the fact that I’m still unable to get to gym after a chest infection over Christmas and New Year which I’m still trying to get rid of. This is really frustrating because through simply eating better, I’ve lost 2kg over the last few weeks, and this number could possibly have been more had I been able to go to gym. Hopefully next week will see things take a bit of a turn so that I can get back in shape.

Lastly, I’ve had a few television-free evenings this week and have slept a little better as a result (also due to no booze in the evenings!), so it’s something I really want to keep up with.

Well, that’s that for now. I’d love to hear about anyone doing something similar, so do send me a message!



Song of the day!

I love Sheryl Crow. Always have. Always will. Not only is she an amazing musician, but she’s also a brilliant lyricist. When you listen to her songs (and I mean really listen), everyone can identify with the lyrics. Especially applicable to myself at the moment is the following…..

“Everybody gets high, everybody gets low,
These are the days when anything goes

Everyday is a winding road
I get a little bit closer
Everyday is a faded sign
I get a little bit closer to feeling fine”

Every Day is a Winding Road, Sheryl Crow

Those words are very meaningful to me, especially at this point in my life. People go through good times and bad times, good weeks and bad weeks even. At the moment, I’m going through a bad week. Not emotionally, but mentally and physically. As you’ve all read, I’m really struggling with shin splints at the moment, so I’ve had to take it easy on the exercising front. However, I’m really struggling with motivation to get my big behind back into the gym. I’m making up excuses left, right and centre. It’s actually becoming ridiculous! Any motivational tips/phrases??

Well, I know I’ll snap out of this soon and get back into the swing of things. Sometimes I just wish that it wouldn’t take me so long. I can and I will. This is not a sprint, it’s a marathon….(cheesy metaphor, I know! Heheheeee)

Well, for your listening pleasure, here is the YouTube video of the Song of the Day….

I think what I’m trying to say is that as long as you keep your end goal in sight, know what you want or where you want to get to you’re doing fine. Every day is a step in the right direction. It might not always be a giant step, but it’ll get you there in the end.

Every day you get a little bit closer to feeling fine…..  🙂

My Fitness Pal.

As I mention in an earlier post, I’ve really been struggling to get back into the swing of things. I’m finding it really hard to get motivated, and am getting increasingly frustrated with my lack of weight loss. Well, I recently stumbled onto something I hope will really help. I subscribe to a blog called Questions for Dessert, and saw a website that Krissie uses as not just a motivating tool, but also a way of monitoring her food intake and exercise routines. So, I decided that it was worth having a look, and have consequently subscribed.

My Fitness Pal is free and it seems really easy to use. I’m hoping to use this as an additional tool and to find the motivation and encouragement I’m desperately looking for. So, feel free to check it out on the following link:

<img border=”0″ src=”http://tickers.myfitnesspal.com/ticker/show/672/1787/6721787.png” />

Created by MyFitnessPal – Free Calorie Counter

I will update you all with any new developments soon.