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Life Catch-Up: January

This is the organiser I waited weeks for because I forgot to click “order”.

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!

Being Healthier

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!

Saving Money

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!

The Blog

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?

11 thoughts on “Life Catch-Up: January

  1. Congratulations on your weight loss and savings! It sounds to me like you are nailing 2017.

    I think we all start the new year off with the very best intentions, but sometimes, no matter how hard we try, we end up realising we can’t do it all. I started a 30 day yoga challenge but only managed 10 days. And in those 10 days I took a day off on my birthday, haha!

    I think it’s good that you are aware of what you spend on food as this can be costly and so many people have no idea what they spend on food. I have a friend who once spent as much on cooking one meal as we spent on a weeks worth of food. To be honest though, I’ve spent more money on food since I bought a car before it’s so much easier to just pop to the shops!

    My top tip would be to take a photo of your bus pass when you get it. It will make it easier to get a replacement one if you do lose it.

    1. Thank you! I think 10 days is a great achievement! I’ve never managed to exercise so consistently.

      I’ll definitely be taking a photo if I get one, then. I really don’t trust myself not to lose it!

  2. Congratulations on the weight loss and savings so far! I’m also losing weight and eating healthier, but I’m following the Weight Watchers plan. It’s going very well at the moment. Saving on the other hand… isn’t lol. Not yet anyway, I spend so much money on food! Especially lunch for work when I could quite easily bring lunch from home – cheaper and healthier.

    1. I used to buy lunch at work last year, and I’d end up spending almost £10 a day on stuff from the shop. It was so bad!

      Glad to hear Weight Watchers is going well!

  3. Congrats on all your accomplishments!That’s amazing on the weight loss and also on how much you’ve saved so far.

    I’ve also been trying to save money or at least trying to keep track of where all my money is going, which hopefully will help me save money too. I spend a lot of it on clothes and books so my goal is not to buy anymore unless I can afford to. Which is really hard so far, haha. I would be interested in hearing about how you go about saving money. I (personally) could definitely use the tips xD

    And wow – going back through your old blog posts sounds like a challenge! I read a few of mine and cringed a little because they don’t actually have that much content on them haha. It made me realize how much I’ve changed as a blogger (even in as short as in a year)!

    1. Thank you! I was thinking about doing a post on how I’m saving money soon, so I’ll let you know if I do. I’m mostly just stopping myself from buying things though. I have so many unread books so I’ve been reminding myself of that every time I go to buy a new one. It definitely helps!

  4. Never push yourself into things you can’t commit to and know your limits. Good luck on all your goals and know yourself better in what you can and can’t do for the moment, because eventually you can surpass them all. <3

  5. Wow. Congrats on all your accomplishments!
    I started the year off in a pretty bad spot financially, and still there, but my hubby is in the running for a decent job now, so I am hoping it’ll pan out! He might be taking a job at his dads place of work as an HVAC technician apprentice. Bless him for working his butt off to pull us out of a financial hole while I’m trying to bust my ass to get through school.
    We are moving in a few weeks, then my saving challenge will officially begin! I can only hope I do half as well as you’ve done so far baha.

    I’ve also started a journey of being healthier all around. I’ve done fairly decent on eating habit, though admittedly I still fail some days. I’ve already done a million times better than the last few months, and hey, my jeans are fitting better so obviously can’t be doing too bad. My weakness is bread and pasta *.*

    I also need you to know I’m in love with your new planner thingy o.O
    Seriously. I need one now. I can’t plan for anything, but I want it bahaha.

    1. Thank you! Hope you do well at your saving challenge too!

      Congrats on the healthy eating, also. I fail on so many days, but I usually end up doing better than I wouldn’t do if I wasn’t doing it, if that makes sense. And my weaknesses are pizza and chocolate. Could literally eat a family bag of chocolate to myself every night!

  6. I think that any small progress is good, especially with regards to eating better… I just ate chocolate biscuits today which I don’t usually do, so you can imagine I’m not feeling good about myself now that I’ve read about your progress. 😆 But it’s great and I’m really proud of you for making some changes. I need to stop eating candy!!

    I’ve gotta admit, the blog goals are pretty ambitious. I’ve almost given up on my similar goal of even just fixing (not adding, just fixing!) photos from previous posts. I sort of want to leave the writing untouched, though, generally. Feels like I’m “editing the past” 😆

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