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!

xx

2012….So Far!

So, what have I been up to lately?

2012 has been pretty positive so far, which is great. Although this week’s been really manic at work, it’s at least made the days fly past. I’m not trying to wish my life away, but being busy is always so much nicer than sitting at work feeling bored. I’m waking up every morning feeling really good about the day and you’d be surprised at just what a difference a positive attitude makes to your day. I’ll almost go as far as to say that when you’re thinking positively, the universe gives you back double! But that’s a debate for another time! 😉

As I mentioned in my earlier post, Goodbye 2011….Hello 2012, I mainly want to concentrate on CHANGE this year. I know that’s a pretty broad term, but it’s the simplest explanation for what I want to achieve this year. I want to change my attitude towards food and gymming; I want to change my lazy ways and get out more; I want to learn more; and I just generally want to change my attitude to everyday life. There are a few more things, but you guys get the gist of it I’m sure….

On another note, my first Weight Watchers weigh-in after Christmas was not as bad as I thought it would be. I only gained 1.5 pounds, which I’m hoping will be easy enough to shift in a week or two. However, my main weight loss aim for January/February is to hit the 10kg mark. Let me explain….Weight loss has been really slow for me over the past year. I’m super close to losing 10kg (in fact 2kg’s away!), and I feel that if I can just achieve that, the rest will get easier. That’s what I’m shooting for at the moment….the 10kg mark that eluded me in 2011!

I’ve even started the year with a bang, as I (finally) went to the Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park, which is something I’ve been threatening to do for years now. I took my new camera and played around with some settings. It turns out I need a bloody degree to operate the thing, but I’m excited to learn.

Fitness wise, I’ve been hitting the gym really hard (as promised) and even attended my first Pilates class at 8:30am (!) last Saturday. Let the record show though, that the main reason I actually got up for Pilates was due to the 7am “Wakey, Wakey” phone call I received from a friend. The kick up the butt really helped though! Apparently it’s called        “Tough Love”! Heheheeee I really enjoyed the Pilates though and will be attending again this Saturday…..

I’m also back to logging all my Weight Watchers ProPoints, and planning all my weekly meals. I cannot emphasise enough how much this helps. Just a little bit of organisation makes such a big difference to keeping your eating habits in check. I really recommend this for anyone trying to lose some weight. It’s one of the best tools in my arsenal!

Well, that’s all for now folks! As you can see, 2012 has been very kind to me so far. I just hope all this positivity lasts…..

I’ll leave you with a few Winter Wonderland pics I took and also some gratuitous Christmas 2011 photos too…..Enjoy! 🙂

Puddy giving me the evils!

Puddy guarding our Xmas Tree!

Our Silver Xmas Tree!

Winter Wonderland!

Bears at Winter Wonderland!

Winter Wonderland Roller Coaster!

More Rides at Winter Wonderland!

Balloons! 🙂