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

2014 – The Blank Page.

Happy 2014 one and all…..I hope it’s been wonderful so far and that everyone celebrated in style!

(I’m not going to bore everyone with excuses for not writing for over 9 months, so let’s skip right over that. I want to start writing again and will be doing so for good in 2014)

I can honestly say that 2013 was exceptionally good to me. It started with redundancy and ended with a new job that I love, turning 30 and finally becoming a British citizen. Over the last 12 months, I have proved to myself that I can achieve so much if I just put my mind to it. Without a doubt, I was terrified of failing at so much and I have always been my biggest critic but this year I’ve shown that I am worth something.

The one thing I was unable to achieve and failed at miserably in 2013 was losing weight. There are a million reasons why and I only have myself to blame for not achieving what I wanted to. I want this year to be different – I’ve shown myself that I can achieve things if I really want to, so why not this?

Usually I don’t really believe in setting resolutions because nobody ever sticks to them anyway. However, I want this year to be different, so I’ve given it some thought and have come up with a small handful of things I’d like to change…

1. Lose 5 stone
I know this sounds pretty general, but this is what I need to lose and I will do what I can to achieve this. I’ve registered with the gym and will be doing more outdoor activities to this end. Also, I am cutting out all alcohol for the whole of January and if anyone knows me, they know how hard that’ll be!

2. Eat healthier
I want to start shopping more intelligently which means more fresh vegetables and knowing where my food comes from. Included in this is more innovative cooking and being less wasteful. You are what you eat, right?

3. Learn more
Whether that is to help me in my job, or generally enriching my personal life. I’m not a stupid person, and want to be more knowledgeable. Whatever I can do to better that, I will!

4. Technology time-outs
It shocks me when I start thinking about the time I spend in front of the television, on my phone or on a computer. There is so much I can do with all that time, so 3 days a week I won’t be switching on the telly at all and will be applying myself in some other way – whether that’s painting, reading a book, going for a walk or anything else. As long as it doesn’t involve anything technological!

5. Say ‘Yes’ more often
I want to do more and live more – that involves saying yes, when sometimes I don’t want to. Perhaps it’s turning thirty that’s got my mind reeling a little, but the years seem to be going by a lot faster the older you get. I don’t want to blink and find that I’ve missed so many great things in my life if only I’d said yes!

Well, that’s it – keeping it simple and achievable. As promised, I’ll be blogging a lot more often this year, so if you’d like…..do keep reading.

Here’s to 2014 being awesome!

xxx

Goodbye 2011…..Hello 2012!!

Here's to 2012 treating me a little better....

It’s the last day of 2011, and it seems appropriate to think back over the last year and make new resolutions for the year to come. I recently wrote a post about my 1st year of blogging, in which I told how far I felt I’ve come this past year. Although, physically, I haven’t lost half as much weight as I’ve wanted to, mentally I’ve come a long way. Here’s a link to that post:

https://lynne2thin.wordpress.com/2011/11/30/one-year-on/

My personal opinion has always been that weight loss is at least 80% mental approach/attitude and 20% exercise and healthy eating. Once you’ve overcome the mental barriers that hold you back from really achieving what you want to, you can then put the physical wheels in motion. I’ve managed to mentally achieve a lot in 2011, and even though I still have a long way to go, I feel as if I’ve laid the ground work for really applying all I’ve learned to how I’m going to live my life in 2012.

So, here are a few resolutions I want to achieve in the New Year:

  • Go Large in January. Much to my own disgust, I really let go during December. I gave in to every food/drink whim and have managed to pick up 2kg again. In a month! So, I’m going to spend January doing a lot of gym work and really going lean on my food intake. I want to just kick things off so that I can get my head in the game again.
  • Races, Race & More Races! My enthusiasm for running really fizzled out towards the end of 2011, and I felt really guilty about that. I actually ran a 10km race and then just never did anything much after that. I’m really disappointed with myself and want to do better in 2012. I want to get back into the running groove and run a few more 5km, then definitely do another 10km and see how I go from there.
  • Be conscious of my eating. Since joining Weight Watchers, I have access to a lot of their online resources which includes food logging. I did no such thin during December and I want to get back in control of what I’m eating. I’m also going to keep planning my weekly menus and do most of my cooking myself.
  • Photography. I’m not sure if I ever mentioned it, but I’m passionate about photography. For my 28th birthday, my amazing boyfriend bought me a new Canon 550D camera. Needless to say, I was over the moon! I want to spend 2012 learning more about photography and hopefully turning it into a craft that I can hopefully make a living out of one day.
  • Learn something new. There are so many things I’ve always been interested in and I want to spend 2012 just learning new things. Whether that’s doing a course of some kind, learning to tango or just attending lectures that I find interesting. I want to stimulate the brain a bit more!
  • Volunteer. I’ve been wanting to do this for some time, but never seem to actually get to it. I’m very passionate about animals and our environment and want to help any which way I can.
  • Change. It’s time for me to make a lot of changes in my life and I think 2012 is the year for me to really do this. There’s a lot I want to do and achieve, and I want to really put my mind to making the changes I need. Whatever those changes are, I want them. And I want them really badly. Change is always good, right?

Well, those are (in a very vague and general way) my New Years’ Resolutions for 2012. What are yours??

Yay for 2012!!!

I WISH YOU ALL A HAPPY NEW YEAR & I HOPE YOU ACHIEVE ALL YOU WANT TO!!

xxxx

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