Weekly Update – 25/1/17

Weight – 12stn 7   Weekly Steps – 54,584   Alcohol – 2 Bottles Wine, Possibly Three…  Savings – £7.28, Progress

Well, all I can say about last week is that it was a struggle. I didn’t wear my Fitbit for two days, so my steps aren’t actually accurate, but it’s still disappointing to see such a low number. I’m still pleased as punch though that I managed to lose any weight at all! I resist every single sweet treat and unhealthy meal I could, and it was SO hard.

Success, though, is definitely sweeter. ONWARDS AND UPWARDS!

Stephen.

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The Motivation Of An Undercooked Jacket Potato

MORNING! Out here in the hills of Nottinghamshire, it’s a misty one! Currently, I can only just see the car on my neighbours drive, opposite. I’ve taken the dog for a (short) walk and am currently ploughing headfirst through a mountain of laundry. I should be editing a rerelease of one of my books, but I have little to no motivation at present.

Actually, all I can think about is how bad I am at doing and keeping on top of my laundry when I’m at home. I don’t really have an excuse either, other than that, as I spend all day doing it at work, I just don’t want to do it.

But ‘just not wanting to’ isn’t, in my own opinion, a valid excuse. I should just do it, so that it doesn’t all sit around the house annoying me. It’s not that hard to actually get it all done; I’m just extremely lazy when it comes to doing it, which then results in the even more miserable ‘laundry day.’

One thing I should definitely try and focus on this year is being better around the house. My partner and I are slowly putting together a lovely house, which I am really proud of; and I should really commit to putting more time and effort into keeping it all spick and span!

All I actually want to do though, is sit at my (brand new) dining table and stare out of the window, into the mist. According to twitter, today is Motivation Monday. I have the motivation of an undercooked jacket potato.

*Sigh*

Stephen.

Weekly Update – 18/1/17

Weight – 12stn 8   Weekly Steps – 84,283   Alcohol – 2 Bottles Wine, Exact  Savings – £2.29, Still

And that’s week two all over and done with. I’ve ‘technically’ not lost weight, as i’ve gone up to 9stn 8; however, it turns out my scales were on an unloved surface and not correctly recording my weight. Last week, on the 14th, I weighed myself at work, and came in at 12stn 9.

So, in the future, my weight shall only be recorded whilst at work; most likely every Saturday. We have decided to form a small group where we all weigh and record it every Saturday morning. Hopefully, this will motivate us all to work harder to lose a little. It’s certainly motivating me.

I’m currently still investigating and attempting to follow the 5:2 diet and so far, so good. Its simple and easy to follow, and the recipes are plentiful! I’m hoping to share some of my favourites with you in the coming days and weeks.

In other news, my dining room is now almost finished! Pictures to come.

Sorry for the short update!

Stephen.

Weekly Update – 11/1/17

Weight – 12stn 6   Weekly Steps – 62,919   Alcohol – 3 Bottles Wine, Approx  Savings – £2.29

WELL, I’ve made it a week! HURRAH! I’m surprised at how easy the first week has gone, actually! I don’t have much money (post-Christmas blues) which is actually really helping with food choices, as I simply can’t afford to quickly nip in to the Burger King next door to work or pick up a sandwich and snack on my way in the morning.

I’ve actually been MAKING my lunches this week; who knew that was even possible?! I’m currently giving the 5:2 diet a go, which I will talk about in the future, but the two fast days went really well, although the recipes I chose could do with a little tweaking before I share them with people!

I definitely didn’t walk anywhere near as much as I should have, which is very disappointing and something that needs some work. I also didn’t save as much as I expected to, but seeing as I don’t have much money post Christmas, I can accept for now!

It would be amazing to be able to say that I feel different inside, but I don’t. Not yet, anyway. I am looking forward to feeling a little bit less… Ballooned? And for my clothes to feel a little less snug!

My dining room is currently starting to take shape, and I’m now just waiting to get some plaster work done and then it’s on with the paining! When it’s all (completely) finished, I’ll share some before and after pictures! I have a strong passion for Interior Design, and with this being my first house, I’m so excited to be able to share the progress I (we) make!

Anyway, lots of love! I’m hoping to post a weekly update on my ‘New Year Goals’ every Wednesday, and a new piece of creative writing every Friday! I’ve still got Wednesday’s and Sunday’s to figure out, but everything is starting to come together!

Have a great week!

Stephen.

New Year, New Me, Right?

This year, I’m setting myself my ‘Resolutions’ publicly. Why? Because, firstly, it’ll give me something to blog about and secondly, I’m hoping that it’ll help me to become more ambitious and stick to them. Over time, I’m sure they’ll change and develop, but I’m determined to make them work.

So, here they are; my 2017 Resolutions!

RESOLUTIONS

  • Current Weight – 12st 9lbs.
  • Target Weight – 11st

  • Current Waist – 32/34in
  • Target Waist – 30in

  • Current Wine Consumption – 3/4 Bottles A Week
  • Target Wine Consumption – 1/2 Bottles A Week (NONE on work nights!

  • Current Savings – 0
  • Target Savings – £500

ADDITIONAL GOALS

  • Finish Decorating BATHROOM   SPARE BEDROOM   DINING ROOM   LOUNGE   KITCHEN   HALL, STAIRS AND LANDING
  • Start and stick to the 5:2 DIET
  • GET IN SHAPE
  • YOGA (Restart)
  • Become better at HOUSEWORK (Plan chores for the week)
  • (Try) LEARN SPANISH
  • (Also Try) PUT TOGETHER A RECIPE BOOK
  • DRESS BETTER
  • USE FREE TIME BETTER
  • BLOG PROPERLY