At the start of January I was convinced that I could do everything. I was convinced that I could write three blog posts a week, stick to my diet every single day, exercise, plan/write part of a novel and spend a few hours a week doing something creative. Sadly, that hasn’t been the case, but I don’t feel like a failure. I actually feel like I’ve done pretty well this month. While I haven’t managed to juggle working full-time and meeting an unrealistic list of goals, I have done reasonably okay at my diet, blogged four times (including this one) and improved a few old blog posts.
I think that’s the problem with starting a new year. I always get overly ambitious and think I can change everything at once just because one number in the date has changed. Which is ridiculous. Changing everything at once is too much, and, sometimes, you just need a few attempts before you can get it right. Rome wasn’t built in a day and all that.
So this post will be focusing on what I have done, not what I haven’t, because any progress is still progress. Plus, January isn’t the only time you can make changes or make things better. It’s just a month, after all.
Anyway, here’s a little breakdown of what I’ve been doing in January!
I started Slimming World on the 3rd and, although I’ve not stuck to it religiously, it has changed my eating habits considerably. Even on days when I fail, I’m still eating better than I would have been. It’s made me think more about which snacks/meals to choose and it’s really helped me to cut down on chocolate. I’m not quite there yet, but hopefully it’ll get better over time!
The money-saving challenge has begun!
This month I’ve hardly bought anything – I’ve avoided Pokemon cards, games, books and expensive snacks, and it’s saved me a good bit of money. I actually had something left in my account the night before pay day, which was refreshing after the Christmas months. Finally back on track!
Next month, I’m going to work on cutting our weekly food bill down, as we spend way more than two people should be spending. I’m ashamed to say the amount on here, but it is A LOT.
I’m also planning to buy a monthly/3-monthly bus pass, so I can save some money on travel. Watch me lose it and cry!
In my New Year Goals post, I mentioned that I wanted to improve all of my previous blog posts by adding images and editing them. I’ve started work on this, but it is a huge job. So far, I’ve proof checked one post (which is so badly written, curse younger me!), added a few new photos and started writing a to-do list of posts and images. Yeah, it’s going to be a long and horrible process…
Life in General
Nothing majorly exciting happened in January, I mainly just worked, watched repeats of Desperate Housewives, fangirled over Bree and Karl in Desperate Housewives, and tried to look forward to “salad Saturdays”. Yes, I now have salads on Saturday. No, they are not as good as pizza.
I did go out a few times though, with both family and friends which was nice, but other than that it’s been a quiet one.
January in figures
Weight lost: 12lbs
Money saved: £260
Books read: 2
Blog posts written: 4
Exercise done: 20 minutes (so very bad!)
What did you do in January?