January Recap

It’s the end of the month already, the first month of the year is done!

So what happened in January? Not an awful lot.

I went to Strasbourg.IMG_2718Where it rained, a lot and got to spend time with Ms T and Jo.IMG_2699It was fun, however, it wasn’t good for my health, I came back with a cold and spent 4 days in bed and another week feeling rotten.

Strasbourg and illness has left me trying to pack 20 days of work into the 12 days I was actually in the office, which means things have felt quite busy.

In terms of my exercise goals, I’ve managed to do 15 minutes of yoga for about 20 of the 31 days of January. Not brilliant but not terrible and given travel and sickness and everything else, I’m calling it good. Not so good has been my complete inability to get to the gym at all, not even 8 times. There’s always next month! However, I have been using the Fitbit all month and am working hard on getting my daily targets met and every little helps!

I’m also happy to report that I have not bought a book at all in January. I have used the library and where I can, I’ve reserved books there. I’ve also got the TBR list on my Kindle down to below 90, yes, I know it’s still a ridiculous amount, but I have 11 more months to work on  it!  I think giving myself a limit on how much I buy has helped my willpower in this area, knowing if I really want it, I can buy it has helped me wait and think about how much I want it, whereas an absolute ban is too much denial for me to wrap my brain around!

I’ve also been thinking about money. Ma has named this year, ‘Austerity Year’, which is about right. Generally, I think I need to reset how I think about money and spending. I need to recognise the difference between want and need too, I don’t think it’s a coincidence that as my general feeling of uncomfortableness with my body and life generally has gone up, so has my spending. So as well as really thinking about what I spend money on and my attitude to stuff, I’m committing to not using my credit cards at all in 2015. So far so good but there are 11 more month in the year!

The flat is looking good and I feel it’s totally under control. I’ve had a sort out of the cupboard under the sink and thrown out a lot of stuff that I just wasn’t using in the kitchen. Generally, it’s great to come home and not feel bad about things that need to be done, that helps me feel peaceful and on top of life in general!20140122-110042.jpg

February Plans and Goals


Using the Fibit,  by the end of February, I’d like to have taken 364,000 steps and walked 154 miles. 13,000 steps a day and at least 5.5 miles a day.

I want to make 15 minutes of daily yoga a goal but if I hit 20 days of the 28 in Feb, that’s good enough for me. I’m going to reset the gym target and get there at least 8 times in February.


Continue as I’m going.


  • Clean the oven
  • Hang the pictures of Oli and Ben that I was given for Christmas
  • Tidy the cupboard (again!)DSCF4422


Food budget. It has felt like the amount of money I’ve been spending on food has been going up. So I’m going back to my £20 a week limit and committing to spending no more than £80 on food this month. Which when you put it like that, sounds a lot but bear in mind that this is for all my meals, breakfast, lunch and dinner which across 28 days is 84 meals so is less than a £1 per meal and includes having people over to dinner a couple of times. It’s not quite living below the line but it does require some planning!

So that’s what I want to do in February. Also happening in February…I’m going to Any Questions, making cocktails at Christina’s 30th Birthday party and generally celebrating the increasingly lighter days!


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