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Not Smashing It - January Review

January has passed by in a blur! I'm looking back at my aims for the month to see how I feel about them. 

I didn't drink alcohol very often anyway, so I haven't missed that at all. The only time I've thought about it is when I think about the habitual drinking - bit early for the football, we could go to the fanzone, it's my birthday, I could have a drink to celebrate etc. It's been a good lesson to think about that. 

As the temperature has dropped I have eaten less salad but I'll get back to eating that today as I'm a bit souped out. Plus, winter salads are amazing. 

Positivity - hmmm, that's a tough one, being more positive has just made me realise how much negativity I encounter each day, that's not going to chance so I think a lot of smiling and nodding is in my future. 

Letting go of things at the shop is getting easier, in fact I'm becoming more detached from it with each shift, not that I don't get anything from it, just that I'm not as engaged or feel like what I do is ... I don't want to say I'm not appreciated because that wouldn't be true, but just I think I'm just aware more than ever that I'm not essential (I know no-one is indispensable but you know what I mean). I think this year is probably the time to move on, but I do want it to be to something, not just away from that. 

We have come in under budget this month too which is brilliant, and I was delighted to pick up a smll laundry basket, something that had been on my wants list for quite some time, £2.99 from the charity shop. It's like new and fits perfectly in my wardrobe, ideal for chucking things into at night, rather than leaving them on the floor. 

The exercise was, of course, the biggest change and the one I'm most happy with. Getting up out of the cosy bed hasn't been easy exactly but it has been fine and not once has the thought of not getting on the bike entered my head. I've settled into the routine of cycling for 12 minutes a day Monday to Friday. I am not starting from a higher resistance setting, going further, with a higher wattage output, and so burning more calories (it's a bit of a fancy bike) today than I was at the start of the month. I also look forward to the weekend far more where I don't have to cycle! But I am generally more active when i'm out and about and productive around the house. 

Other than a few crossed words with people, I don't think the month could have gone much better. 


Comments

  1. Some very good positives there, especially on the exercise. We're not keen on salads during the winter....on the odd occasion when we do have one, we like something hot with it, a jacket spud e.g.

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    1. Thank you, the exercise routine has been surprisingly easy, I have really shocked/impressed myself with that.

      Jacket spud with something and salad is such a simple pleasure!

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  2. Congratulations, it sounds like you have had a successful January! I set out to do ‘dry January’ but turned it into ‘very restrained January’ instead as we do like to visit local wine bars for Happy Hour once a week (due to personal circumstances we are seizing the day while we can). I struggled with volunteering at charities so gave it up, too much gossip and bickering but would like to give something back, maybe that will come in the future? I’m a great one for telling myself that there’s always something just around the corner.

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    1. Thank you!

      "Very restrained January" sounds great, there are health reasons for my giving up drinking, but I think anything that makes us think about when we really want something and when it's just routine is positive.

      I totally understand what you mean about the gossip culture with volunteering, I've noticed it in myself and am trying really hard not to get sucked into it, although I know I have been unpleasant at times. You're right, an opportunity will present itself for you, how exciting.

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  3. Well done. Exercise is on the top of our list and we did start well. Sadly the weather makes it impossible for us to get out for a walk so I have been doing a few step ups on the stairs. Better than nothing, but not great!

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    1. This is the thing with all these resolutions being at the worst time of year weather wise! I'd initially thought about taking a walk every day, but I know that's just not going to happen. I needed a no excuses option and that's where the bike came in. You're right though, anything is better than nothing.

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  4. You did very well.

    God bless.

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  5. It's great that you came in under budget in January and were doing exercises. Well done!
    I on the other hand didn't get any exercise last month. I was too lazy. :(

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    1. Thank you.

      I have spent far too many years not exercising regularly, I needed a no excuses method and so getting on the bike first thing was just right for me.

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  6. That's great on the exercise front and the budget front. I like the idea of having a second washing basket to put clothes on that aren't ready for the wash but I want to wear again and put out of the way. We have one from my Father in Law's waiting at my Mother in law's house.
    I agree about the positivity!

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    1. Thanks Kezzie.

      The new basket really has been a great investment, makes all the difference to the tidiness of the house.

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