February progress report


I did start Feb with a very optimistic frame of mind which steadily dropped down as the month progress. Possibly due to Vitamin D dropping after our sunny South American trip but also possibly issues with medication I have been taking. I was down a few lbs at the end of January and was feeling a bit more like myself, but unfortunately I managed to fail at my many of my goals in Feb. Possibly because I didn’t plan properly, but also properly because they weren’t very solid goals, they were more rough outlines and I don’t think I felt very accountable for them. But, as I’m now following Agile practices, it was a success in that I did a sprint, failed early and now can iterate until I reach my goal.

Weightloss. Let’s not talk about the results from this Feb goal… It’s time to re-plan and re-iterate. Tomorrow is 1 March and I’m in Edinburgh which means a 5am start, a night in a hotel and probably an evening out with colleagues. My strategy for dealing with this is

1.       Purchase food from M&S when I get to Edinburgh. Yoghurt & compote & granola for breakfast, Superfood salad, sushi for an afternoon snack.
2.       Go for a walk when I get back to the hotel. Or swim as I see there is a pool at my hotel.
3.       Have a low carb dinner, 1 glass of wine.
4.       Morning HIIT session before breakfast.

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Exercise – I’m enjoying having a little more time to myself without having so many evenings taken up by Crossfit but that free time has mainly been taken up by travelling so that’s a bit of a fail. I WILL do a HIIT session this weekend.

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Time management – this is okay. We have been careful about making bulk dinners and I think will do more this weekend, there is plenty in the freezer and plans for quick and healthy dinners.  I’m also getting quicker at doing makeup.

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Money – this is not bad actually. And my massive expenses really mean it’s a bit of a savings plan as I spend out of my current account and then pay off my credit card with the big chunk of expenses money when it comes in. The boiler lasted out the month but is now noticeably colder on the water front and it’s making some strange noises now and is being replaced on Thursday. Expensive but necessary and we are treating ourselves to a Nest as well so that we can control heating from our phones. This is probably the thing I am most excited about! Holiday expenses have a plan for paying them off and I’ve managed to spend less than £280 on clothes this month which is a miracle for the amount I’ve had to purchase – switching to a formal work-wear environment is an expensive and difficult task. I look at my pile of funky jeans every morning and swear about it while I reach for a smart dress or blazer. 

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So,  a shirt recap. Good on money, bad on actually losing weight, good on time savings, static on exercise.