Time For Change

One of my aims for 2017 was to, not only become healthier in myself, but also to use better quality products. As of yet, I am yet to have made many changes to the products I have in my life, however, the next month or so, I am now determined to change this.

I have spent the best part of the last five days with a severe eye infection, which is something I have always been prone too. Sometimes, the infections are actually triggered, initially, from an allergy to elements of certain products. Sometimes, it is simply an infection.

After the pain I’ve been in over the past few days, I’m on the course to find better products, mainly for my arms and face. To start with, I’ll be on the look out for separate daytime and nighttime moisturisers, as well as a cleanser and a body lotion. Currently, I use a Nivea night cream and a Boots own day cream. At the moment, I’m not using a cleanser, and my body lotion varies.

I’ve got my eyes on a few brands that I’m keen to try out, which I will talk about more in depth later on, but am always open to suggestions.

Hit me up with any ideas!

Stephen.

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Weekly Update – 1/3/17

Weight – 12stn 3 (GAH)   Weekly Steps – 88,313, Getting Better – 1 Box Wine, 3 Gin and Tonics  Savings – £12.74, Getting Better

MORNING EVERYONE! Can you believe that it’s March ALREADY?! I can’t. This year is already racing by! Lets just hope that the weather manages to cheer up a little bit.

I didn’t managed to get a post up last week, as I was away on holiday in Filey, Yorkshire. However, my weight the night before we left was stone to 11stn 13, which I was over the moon with, however, due to poor diet choices and excessive alcohol consumption whilst away, I have obviously climbed back in to the twelve stone zone. I WILL BEAT IT THOUGH!

I also managed to do a lot more walking last week, which I was over the moon with, and am now determined to continue with now that I am back home! *crossed fingers*

Not much is happening at the moment, but in the next week weeks I’m hoping to get started on tidying my back garden up, as well as getting rid of a huge pile of rubbish that I’ve let accumulate at the end of my drive whilst we’ve been plodding on with the house.

I’m also hoping to make some progress towards a better paid, higher position at work again over the coming weeks and months. This month two years ago I was a manager, but unfortunately, due to company shrinkage at the time, my store closed and I (luckily) managed to step back down to a general assistant position in the shop it all started at!

However, the last two years have been a real struggle with money, but slowly things are getting back on track. My credit card definitely is looking more positive these days, which I’m over the moon with!

Have a lovely day everyone!

Stephen.

Weekly Update – 15/2/17

Weight – 12stn   Weekly Steps – <33,000, Gave Up  Alcohol – 2 Bottles Wine, 2 Bottles Prosecco, Valentines Day…   Savings – £0.28, Also Valentines Day…

I think, last week, I gave up in every sense of the word, so it was a total surprise to see any weigh loss on the scales. I’ve returned to form so far this week though, so fingers crossed my update next week will be a much more positive, inspired one… That said, I’ll actually be away on holiday next week, so am not 100% sure whether an update will be managed.

In other news, the weather has been a little erratic this past seven days, so it’s be hard to get out the house and do things. Instead, I’ve been sat inside watching Netflix and catching up with my reading. My current book is ‘The Burning World’ by Isaac Marion, and so far I can see it’s a fantastic read; even if a little close to current events. Next on my reading list is ‘Wild’ by Cheryl Stayed.

Other than that, life is about exciting as mash potato!

Have a good week!

Stephen.

Weekly Update -8/2/17

Weight – 12stn 1   Weekly Steps – 55,403, ABYSMAL   Alcohol – 3 Bottles Wine, ALSO ABYSMAL   Savings – £12.28, ABYSMAL PROGRESS

 

I knew that my weight loss wouldn’t be as great (if at all) this week, so losing anything is a gain! I strongly believed that if I’d put more effort in and walking the dog a little more, and a little longer, it would have made a bigger difference. My aim this week is to be in the elevens!

I’ve also not been as commit to healthier options this week and have eaten two pizzas and drank almost three bottles of wine; which actually horrifies me now. BACK TO IT NOW! Saying that, i’ve still been refusing myself treats and snacks, which counts for something; especially when you live for chocolate!

In other news, I’ve applied for a new position at work, which I will talk about more in a separate post! Have a great week!

Stephen.

Weekly Update – 2/2/17

Weight – 12stn 2   Weekly Steps – Uncalculated   Alcohol – 2.5 Bottles Wine   Savings – £7.28, No Progress

 

When I weighed myself this week, I was surprised by how much weight I had lost; but, I feel it’s important for me to point out that I actually didn’t feel well for two days and didn’t eat as much as I should have. Next week, I fully expect to have put some weight back on.

I’ve been pretty lazy in regards to exercise this last week; which I fully intend to correct next week. Post Christmas has been so manic, and i’ve not been as focused as I should have been; but it’s a new month now and time to make plans and really stick to them!!!

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.

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.