Archive | April 2012

That’s The Way to Start a Week

After having to write about my horrific week yesterday, I was determined to make this week better. Not just better, but brilliant. Day one: 100% – Woop!

I know the first day is always easy, and the second, and the third really. I slip up on the fourth usually, so I don’t want to get too cocky, but I’m really proud of myself.

I woke up to find my alarm hadn’t gone off, and hour and 15 minutes earlier. Not a great start. I worried that meant it was going to be a bad day. It totally wasn’t.

I was good eating (1141 calories), with my fruit/veg portions (all 5), with exercise (31 minute run after getting home). I was even good with writing (328 – my daily goal is 150!).

Now I just need to be in bed before 11pm, and do some more knee exercises. I’m confident I’ll do both of those, so day one is a total winner!

I’ve got an exam on Thursday. I really should therefore be revising (considering this is a retake and I did the first exam over a month ago – I’m going to probably have forgotten it all), but I wanted to blog about how great my day’s been, it’s been a while since I’ve been able to say I’ve done really well! Of course, it’s procrastination too!

Today I bought a book – the next book for our book club. It was my suggestion – The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. I’m gutted that it’s only out in hardback – I have such an issue with being able to hold and read hardbacks, and they’re so heavy to carry around. I probably wouldn’t have suggested it if I’d realised. But I did. I got it from Amazon, so should get it by the end of the week. Hopefully by Friday cause I’m going away on Saturday and want it to read on the journey. Provided I’ve finished The Lake of Dreams by Kim Edwards by then!

Right, I’ll pop off now and revise for this silly exam. Legionella – Management and control. Exciting stuff guys!

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Still Not Doing Well

Not really much has changed since my last blog on Thursday. I was planning on turning my week around, making it a good week instead of the bad one it was heading for, but I failed. On pretty much every goal I have.
Writing – I’ve written more that 150 words on 3 days this week. In fact, I’ve written more than 200 words 3 times. So when I’m writing, I’m getting on with it, I just need to get writing more often!

Exercise – I’ve done no serious exercise this week. At all. I took my gym kit to work on Tuesday, and brought it back home on Friday. What a fail. I also took the tube to work most days instead of tube and walking. Partly cause the weather was so bad I didn’t want to get wet, partly cause I was carrying heavy stuff (my laptop one day), and partly because… well… I couldn’t be bothered if I’m honest. I will get better this week. Although the weather doesn’t look to be picking up at any point.

I’ve also neglected the exercised for my knee and hip. Technically, because I didn’t do much walking or running, it was ok, but I know it would be better to be doing them, with or without the walking/running. This week!

Eating – I don’t even want to go there. Over 1200 calories EVERY day. AGH! I only ate 5 portions fruit/veg twice (maybe three times, not sure what happened on Tuesday?). This one will get better when the calorie one gets better – when I eat less calories, I automatically eat more fruit and vegetables to fill me up!

Lifestyle – Tonight will be the only night this week where I’ve made it to bed before 11. Getting up has been so hard, so I can feel it then, I’ve been borderline late for work pretty much every day. Not good. Tomorrow I’m starting at 8am, so I HAVE to be there early, which means I have to go to bed early. Before 11 anyway. I’m literally posting this then going to bed.

Blogging – this is the only goal that I’m doing ok on. I did a blog on Monday for World Book Night, then I did a check-in blog on Thursday and today for ROW80.

One goal has gone well. That is not good enough. Last week was so so good, I was so proud of myself, I have no idea what happened this week. I’m not going to let next week go as badly. I went shopping today, and couldn’t find anything to fit me. I have to lose weight, and to do that I NEED to eat better, and exercise more. I did it last week, so I know I can do it again. I will do it again. I swear Wednesday’s check in will be a ton better than this one. It absolutely has to be!

Another Bad Week

I don’t know what’s up with me this week, but I don’t seem to have any motivation to do anything. Well, that’s an exaggeration, I don’t have the motivation to do much.

I’m at work, so can’t post my chart, which is probably a good thing, because I think I’ve got more red (bad) than green (good) this week. See, I only think because I haven’t filled it in since like Sunday. Not good.

I do have some motivation to do some things – this is my second blog of the week, out of three. Ok, so it’s a day late checking-in for ROW80, but it’s still a blog, and it’s still a check-in blog. Yay.

I did some writing on Tuesday too. One day out of three isn’t THAT bad (I’m not counting today yet, I’ve got loads of time to write today!). Yesterday I was out for dinner, got home late, and had an early night – I needed it.

Exercise isn’t great. I’m doing the excercises for my knee/hip, pretty much every day, I think actually every day, so that’s good, but I’ve not been to the gym this week. I’ve actually only walked the 20 minute journey from the tube twice, on Monday to and from work. I didn’t yesterday because it was raining, and ditto Tuesday. Oh dear. I wish it would stop raining, walking that way to work really doesn’t bother me, but I don’t want to turn up a drowned rat.

I’ve got a lifestyle goal to be in bed before 11pm. I’m not sure how that’s going, I can’t remember.

And eating? We shouldn’t really talk about that. I’ve not been making 5 fruit/veg (getting 4 ish, so not terrible), and I’ve not been counting calories this week. Because I know I’m going well over!

It’s only Thursday, there’s still time to turn this week into a good week. I can do it. I can J

World Book Night – Book Blog

I thought seeing as it’s World Book Night, it would only be fitting to write a blog about books. I don’t know much about most of the 25 WBN books, so I’ll write about the ones I know, and then just some other books I’m thinking about at the moment.

I nearly applied to be a WBN book-giver-outer. Nearly. I started filling in the application form. And then I thought about it more. WBN is on a Monday. I’d have a full day of work, and then have to give out 24 books? Somehow? I had no idea how I’d go about that, so I forgot about it. Yes, I wimped out.

I did really like the idea of giving out books. I love books, so would love to share that with other people. Especially when one of the books is my all time favourite book. Still, now it’s the actual day, I’m glad I didn’t volunteer (lazy that I am), but it’s great reading about all the people that have been giving out books.

World Book Night Books:

The Time Traveller’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger is my favourite book ever. I just loved the painful romance of it, and the strong love the characters felt for each other. The final scene is the best scene I’ve ever read. Ever. It’s just so heartbreakingly moving. Niffenegger’s follow up Her Fearful Symmetry was really good too, but nothing that I’ve read comes even close. Well, not that close anyway.

The Secret Dreamworld of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella. Oh how I used to love this Shopaholic series. It was great, every year, or few years, there would be another instalment featuring the hapless, ditzy, but lovable Becky. I looked forward to those releases so much. Until I got the latest one, Mini Shopaholic, and I couldn’t read it. I tried, but I couldn’t get any more than a couple of chapeters in. I don’t think it’s the novels that changed, or the writing, I think I’ve just grown up, but Becky hadn’t. I really, really wish I could go back in time about five years and read it then, because I just know I would have loved it then. I hope Kinsella does more stand alone books, because they’ve ALWAYS been brilliant. Speaking of which, I’ve not bought ‘I’ve Got Your Number’ yet, I really should.

Notes From A Small Island by Bill Bryson. I’ve not actually read this book, but I’ve read quite a few of Bryson’s books, they’ve all been brilliant, and funny, and clever. My favourite is A Short History of Nearly Everything, which is exactly what it says it is. It’s supposed to explain everything in the universe, from it’s creation to, well, now, in simple terms that you and I would understand. I did, I learnt so much, and then I got 2/3 of the way in, and it started going over my head. I want to read it again, and work really hard to get further. I’d also love to read Notes From A Small Island. In fact, I think it’s in the lounge, on my TBR shelf.

Other Books:

The Lake of Dreams by Kim Edwards. A few years ago, I read Edwards’ first novel, The Memory Keeper’s Daughter. It was an amazing, thought provoking novel. I loved it. When I saw this in the shop a few weeks ago, I had to get it a) because I’d loved the previous one so much, and b) because it had an awesome cover. Unfortunately, I didn’t like the sound of it that much. But because of a) and b) I picked it up. I’m on page 35 now, and am enjoying it. I knew I would. I’ll keep you informed how I go on.

Twilight by Stephanie Meyer. I really wanted to hate this book. I read it because the girls at work kept pestering me to read it, telling me I’d love it. Yeah, I thought, I’ll show you, I’ll read it and hate it. Don’t you just know it, I loved it. It’s the novel I talked about above, that comes close to The Time Traveller’s Wife. Again, I think the love story was just really well told, and I totally fell in love with Edward too – team Jacob, what’s wrong with you?

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. I read about this when it first came out, and was captivated by it. I didn’t really know why, the description isn’t very detailed, that’s maybe why. I suggested it as our next book for our book group, and everyone agreed immediately. I need to buy and read it before 13th May, when we meet. I’ve just discovered it’s only out until the end of May in hardback. Damn. I hate hardback novels. I’d so rather wait and get it in paperback, but I can’t. Damn. Despite this, I’m still really looking forward to reading it!

There you go. Those are the books on my mind at the moment. What’s on your mind now? What are you reading, or just thinking about?

End of Week Round Up

Wow, another week over – where is time going this year? It’s going to be May in like a week. Jeez!

I’ve had a bad few days, although if you look at my graph, it’s still very green – yay!

I kind of stopped writing on Thursday, and that carried on Friday and Saturday. Happily though, I broke that pattern, and have written over 250 words today – woop!

In blogging terms, this is my fourth blog this week – 2 check-ins, 1 book review, and another one. Yay, go me.

Exercise is also going well, I’ve been to the gym twice (oh yeah!), and walked home from work on Monday (5km). That’s not counting all the normal walking I do a day. This week I’ve done less as it’s been raining a lot, so I’ve gone for the journey that involves less walking so I don’t get to work a drowned rat. It’s seriously been raining this week. Forecast for this week looks wet too, but I’ll try to be braver this week!

My mum has a theory that when she’s on a diet if she sticks to it Monday to Friday, then eats what she wants on the weekend, she can carry it on for as long as she needs to. I always thought that was a bad idea, until I read something that said it was good. I’m hoping it’s a good idea, cause that’s totally what I’ve done this weekend. I’ve probably totally overdone it though, so think I’ve put back on any weight I lost last week.

Oh well. Now I’m back into the gym-going-routine I should find losing weight easier. I hope so anyway. It’s only about a month until I’m planning on going on holiday. I really want to lose as much as possible in that time.

I’m still doing random writing, not novel writing, but I’ve been writing the same piece all week. I don’t really know what it’s going to be, there’s not enough of a story to make it a short story or anything, but it’s interesting writing this character, I like her, and I’m intrigued about what’s gong on in her life. Whether it turns into anything, or stays nothing, I’m having fun writing it, which is really good.

Each day I’ve actually managed to do some writing I’ve gone quite a bit over my new 150 word goal – Monday 679, Tuesday 205, Wednesday 356 and today 254.I’m really happy about that because the weeks before, when my goal was just 100 words, there were quite a few days where I barely made that. Or I made it, then as soon as I checked, I stopped.

I’m definitely getting more into it. I’ll keep my goal 150 this week, then crank it up again next week. Not sure if it will be 200 or 250, I’ve a week to decide.  

Before I Go To Sleep by SJ Watson Review

Memories define us.

So what if you lost yours every time you went to sleep?

Your name, your identity, your past, even the people you love – all forgotten overnight.

And the one person you trust may only be telling you half the story.

Welcome to Christine’s life.

This was chosen as our book club book for last month. Each month one of us suggests a few books, and we all decide which we like the most.

For some reason I love books about memory – The Memory Collector by Meg Gardiner, and films too – Memento and 50 First Dates. Without reading any of the other book descriptions, I KNEW I wanted to read this on. I knew that if it wasn’t the chosen one for the book club, that I’d still have to read it.

I was gripped from the off, you’re literally thrown in there with her and feel the horror of what she’s going through from page one. It starts with her waking up, thinking she’d had a one night stand and is in her mid twenties. She runs to the bathroom, to find she’s actually 20 years old.

I loved this book so much. The writing was so real, you felt you were there going through it with her. Every time I put it down (which wasn’t many, I read it very fast), I shuddered at the thought of going through that – of forgetting everything that had happened the day before, of not remembering my partner, having to fall in love with him again each day. Horrible.

The thing that wrecked it for me, was that it won two crime awards – Crime Writers’ Association Award for Best Debut Novel and Galaxy National Book Award for Crime Thriller of the Year. Great things for the author, really great things, but it meant I read it wondering about the crime. Instead of just reading it and letting the story come to me, I was looking deeper into everything to find the crime. That’s not a criticism of the novel, I couldn’t get enough of the novel, I just wish it hadn’t been branded on the cover.

I strongly recommend this novel. All three of us that read it (yeah, it’s a small book club, more just friends getting together, and deciding on a book to all read), totally loved it. I think you will too!

Slightly Adjusted Goals Working Well

On Sunday I decided to alter my goals. I was going for baby steps in my writing and eating goals, and the baby steps were working, so it was time to take it up a step. A little step, but still a step.

My writing goal WAS 100 words a day. I decided to crank that all the way up to 150 words. I know it’s not a massive increase, but it keeps the number doable in my head. ‘Oh, I only need to write 150 words, that’s nothing, I can write,’ vs ‘Oh no, I have to write xxx words, I can’t do that tonight, I won’t bother writing any.’ This is probably what I’d really think too.

So far, after 2 days, the new goal is working. I got 679 on Monday and 205 yesterday. Technically I decided to do it Sunday, and Sunday I wrote 582, so I’m doing really well. For comparison, before I put it up to 150, there were quite a few days, where I only just scrapped 100!

My eating goal was a maximum of 1400 calories a day. I wasn’t rocking that one so much, I only got that few twice last week, but decided if I’m going to do this seriously, I should cut it down even lower. 1200 is my new max goal.

Again, this one is going really well too (again I started decided to start it on Sunday): Sunday – 1093, Monday 1171 and Tuesday 1148. I’m eating really well, with all my 5 portions fruit/veg, and not really starving myself either. So far I’ve lost 2lb. That’s pretty good for not many days!

Looking at my chart (I’m actually going to remember to put it in the blog this time) for the last 3 days it looks awesome. Green, green, green. Wonder how long I can keep that up for.

How are your goals going?