Fire Up for Fall Week 3

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So here we are another week. Late this time – far too much to do and not sure when I’m going to fit it all in! Sorry this is brief –
  1. What have you done this week to help get to your goals?
Lose 10lb – finally weighed myself so have a starting point. Not keeping a food diary but feel I’ve been good 70-80% of the time. Had one takeaway but no total blow outs. I will see what weigh in day brings. If I’m not happy I’ll start on the food diary next week.
Decluttering – pottering along on this one.
Use the car less, walk more – still going strong on this. Managed 11,000 steps one day this week. This is very rare for me so I’m happy. Still walking to school.
Make 3 Christmas Presents – still in the planning stage. Had a mooch around hobbycraft.  Bought a couple of magazines for ideas. Will make a start next week.
Cook 3 recipes from my Greek cookbook – not managed any this week but making a cake tonight. Will put photos up when I’ve done it.
  2. What have you done to make yourself feel fabulous?
Got a good start on the Christmas shopping. We have lots of birthdays leading up to Christmas so they’re nearly sorted. I had my eyebrows done (although not convinced!) and finally spent some vouchers that I had for my birthday.  Got these –

  3. Where do you see yourself in 5 years? What are your goals? Ambitions?
No idea at the moment. Less tired hopefully.
  4. Give us a tip or a fact. About anything, what is something great you’ve  heard that everyone should know?
You can clean anything with a combination of vinegar, lemon juice and bicarb.
  5. Fun Question: What was your most recent dream that you can remember?
I usually remember my dreams well but can only think of one from the weekend. It was a bizarre brain dump dream where loads of little ongoing things cropped up altogether – a bit of Spooks, a conversation I’d had with Eloise, a bit on the news about geocaching, the fact that Samuel needs a new toothbrush. Obviously all things lurking in my mind that my brain needed to sort out.
Positive picture – the weather here last week has been mad with record breaking tempertaures. On Sunday we went to Steven’s Dad for a barbeque and sat in the garden until it got dark. It did not feel like October.  Autumn has come back to us today though but this was the weekend (I do not see the attraction of cramming on a pebbly beach with thousands of others though!)  –

Fire Up For Fall – week 2

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It feels like I’m writing this far too quickly but I was shamelessly late with last weeks post. So here we go (remember positive picture!!!)


1. What have you done this week to help you achieve your goals?

Lose 10lb –  nothing on this. Just had too much on, an empty freezer and the sort of tiredness that makes planning and cooking meals feel like a marathon. Day one starts tomorrow. Back on track with the food diary and doing the food shopping this week so will go with good saintly thoughts in my head.

Declutter the offending hotspots – babysteps all the way on this. We’ve just had our bedroom decorated so that helped a major declutter of our bedroom – 4 bin bags gone. My side of the bed is now clear and I am determined to keep it clear. Last night I started work on the next spot – our landing. I don’t iron so our ironing basket lives there (full of clothes) permanently – NO MORE! Was very disciplined last night and cleared it *warm fuzzy snug feeling that I am ashamed is related to ironing*

(This photo confirms my thoughts that we need to get the carpet cleaned!)

Use the car less, walk more – feeling happy with this one. I am determined to walk more to save money on diesel and to help lose weight. I will not drive to school – its a 10 minute walk. My neighbour thinks I am mad that  I chose to walk in the rain when my car is sitting on my driveway. I’ve started wearing my pedometer again and I find just wearing it makes me conscious enough to walk more. Yesterday I did 9,000 steps which is lots for me, a more realistic 3,000 today.

Make 3 Christmas presentswasting time on pinterest planning hard for this one. Several ideas which I will start on now rather than leaving it far too late as usual.

Cook 3 recipes from my Greek cookbook – only decided on this one tonight. I got this book for Christmas and have not used it as much as I wanted to. Will get it out after finishing this post and plan a meal for this week.

2. What have you done to make yourself feel fabulous?

The new curtains arrived for our bedroom. Simple but I’m happy. I’ve wanted to redecorate our room for a few years so now its done I am very pleased. Still lots to do but its coming together well

3. What is your talent? What are you good at? {Genuinely, EVERYONE has
something big or small}

Trying new things, multitasking, crafty things, wasting time online, worrying about things that really aren’t that bad, being a mum.

4. What’s been the highlight of your week, toot your horn, what are you
proud of !

Getting that oh so scary opportunity at work. All helps towards the long term goal of a dame hood 😉

5. Fun Question: What’s your guilty pleasure TV?

Casualty (although last night I got cross, again, at its total lack of realism), love Spooks and so sad its finishing. Also at the moment I love Great British Bake Off – have even got Steven hooked on it. I sit and watch, knitting, and planning lots of fabulous cooking that I never manage to do.

Wondering if this post is as long as it feels……

Positive picture

Fire Up for Fall: week 1

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1. What are your goals for the Fall Challenge? (List your 5 or more goals)

Lose 10lb

Declutter the offending hotspots

Use the car less, walk more

Make 3 Christmas presents

2. Why have you chosen those goals?

I’m trying to challenge myself but in a way that is practical and useful! If I feel more benefits from doing them then I’m more likely to stick with it. I was tempted to repeat some of the summer ones but that would be a bit too easy for me 😉

3. What have you done this week that’s made you feel fabulous? 

We had our bedroom decorated this weekend. I’ve been wanting to do it for 3 years so feeling very happy that its done. Waiting for the curtains to arrive before I do the official photos so will share soon. Oh, and if anyone wants ideas for Christmas presents we’d like bedroom things in duck egg blue, brown and cream!

4. What do you think will be your biggest challenge in reaching your goals?

Maintaining momentum when things are busy. Life has been hectic for the last two months for various reasons. As much as I convince myself it’ll soon calm down its not. I’m feeling positive though and not too stressed (exhausted, but not stressed). I have a habit of easily feeling overwhelmed and getting a bit doom and gloom so I’m making an effort not to fall into that trap.

5. Fun Question! Where in  the World do you live? What’s amazing about it?

I live in Northampton which almost in the very centre of the UK (depressingly far from the coast). I’ve lived here for 9 years. Its not a bad place – I can think of better and worse places to live.  Historically, Northampton seriously upset King Charles II in the English Civil War.  He decreed that Northampton would never be allowed to be powerful and its rumoured that this is part of the reason Northampton has never been given city status (the connections to Princess Diana don’t really help the town with the royal family either!)

The bus station was branded as one of Britain’s worst buildings in a tv series a few years ago. Its true – it is awful. The inside is far worse than the outside!

I suddenly realised I had forgotten to include a positive picture so have updated!  I started the last challenge with a photo of my children and that seemed like a good place to start this time.  Eloise started school last week. I’m finding it hard to believe that my baby is old enough to be going to school. She is loving it though.