A Month Off

It was never intended so, but it appears that I took a month off from blogging! In truth, I’ve had very little to actually talk about. Since my holiday in Filey, I’ve been working overtime every week between my own store and to help out another local branch!

I’ve been exhausted, and unsociable, but am now determined to get back on track, both socially and with my diet!

Some of my plans for the month ahead include doing a little bit of work on the garden; I want to build some planters and get new plants down, as well as a huge amount of weeding and trimming. I’d also like to get my bathroom painted, but every month I seem to push that back a little more.

For some reason, the idea of finishing the bathroom fills me with absolute dread! I want it done, and it’s not really such a hard job. I just don’t seem to be able to motivate myself enough to do it!

I also need to get back on dog walks, as I’ve really slacked on taking the dog for her morning walk lately. It’s not fair on her, I know, but I’ve just not felt like it!

BUT I WILL GET THERE!

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 – 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!!!

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.