The current situation since start Project Lifestyle has highlighted the need for more work to overcome unhealthy habits at the weekend. I currently struggle to eat well at the weekends and it has often led to binges, gaining weight, and undoing all the healthy habits I use during the week. There is a lack of structure at the weekend by having too much choice on what I can do. There is also a loneliness aspect that comes from spending a lot of time alone. Some alone time is required for my introverted nature to rest and recharge, but there is currently too much to be healthy.
I am not doing this as part of a stand alone workstream as I feel it will take a strategy combining aspects of every workstream.
- Plan my weekends in advance
- Schedule my swimming, food shopping, car cleaning, and house cleaning
- Plan an evening in by myself to rest and recharge
- Say ‘yes’ or ‘no’ depending on the specific weekend – be selfish with my time
- Do not have events of both days of the weekend
- Meal plan
- Cook meals that take a longer time and can be set aside for week
- Make a packed lunch to structure my day
- Make pizza from scratch
- Be careful of ‘Free Time’
- Use for tasks leaving undone – meter reads, lightbulbs, washing, fence etc
- Use to read
- Reduce internet browsing time
- Plan visits and walks
- Take a packed lunch and thermos
- Use NT membership
- Explore locally
- Go on bike rides
- Fitness or leisurely
- Drive somewhere new to ride
- Explore farmers markets (without spending money)
So as an experiment I have scheduled my whole weekend to get in the things I need to do and make sure there is time to do the things I want to do.
I’m hoping this will help combat weekend binges and the feeling of wasting time, while allowing for rest and relaxation. I’ll report on progress in February.
This month for me has been all about Sherlock. I’m a little obsessed with this show. I remember watching the first series and then waiting for the second. It didn’t seem as long between 2010 and 2012, compared to 2012 to 2014!
I was drawn into how smart and sassy the show was. It made me laugh and think. I remember thinking it seems like a time warp. A show that lasted 90 minutes, but felt like a lot longer in a good way. Since watching the first two series the internet has taken over and sites like Pinterest and Tumblr have filled the wait.
There is also The Hobbit/Sherlock Cross Overs!
I got the DVD as soon as it came out, which was fantastically fast for once, a week after His Last Vow was shown. The extras are great and recommend watching them and enjoying them multiple times!
I loved the little details in this series. The fact Benedict Cumberbatch’s real parents were Sherlock and Mycroft’s parents. The lines about dragons. Drunk John and Sherlock.
I also listened to the Empire Spoiler Special Podcast and listening to Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat talk about all the fan theories and fully admitting that they lie! I loved that they have faith in the audience to follow along and get involved. I also loved that they brought up a quote by Oscar Wilde – The Suspense is killing me. I hope it lasts – as this sums up my feelings. I wanted to know what happened, but there is something enjoyable about the waiting. It’s like reading a book and waiting to get to the end, but also wanting it to last forever.
But ending like this??? I cannot wait for series 4!
P.S. Sorry for all the photos, I could not for the life of me figure out how to embed Pinterest or Tumblr posts – adding to my list of blogging tricks to learn!
I’ve decided to turn my Tuesday evening in to Green Tea Tuesdays. I have a lot of green tea, but don’t make the time to drink it. I’m not a fan during the day as I love normal tea or coffee for a caffeine boost. So on Tuesday evenings I have time before I go to swimming club to make a proper pot of green tea and sit down and enjoy it. So last week I used the flowering green tea I got for Christmas from Asiatica from Canada.
I was give the Transcending Beauty which is described as careful, romantic, just and fair. It is made with Jasmine Green tea and lily flowers.
It always makes me laugh that they come in mushroom shapes and don’t loo very appealing, but as soon as you pop it into boiling water it comes to life.
The green peals away and exposes the beautiful red flower inside.
It created a lovely jasmine green tea, with a floral edge to it. It was lovely green tea colour, but again with a pink tinge from the flower, which made it different from plain jasmine teas. I enjoyed this tea and now need to find somewhere in the UK that sells these types of teas.
Double Post Day!
I used to be a morning workout person. I would get up at the weekend no problem and head to the pool. At university for my Masters I got up 6 days a week and either went swimming or running.
Why am I struggling now?
I have gotten into the habit of working out in the evenings. I go to running club in the evenings. Swimming club during the week is in the evening. Exercise classes are only in the evening. I’m just out of practice I think. It also doesn’t help that this time of year it feel like it is always dark.
But the gym is open and I need to get my strength workouts in. I wish it opened earlier so it didn’t feel quite such a rush to get in, out and ready for work and car share pick up.
So I’ve come up with some tricks I need to start doing to help me out:
- Get my work bag ready the night before, including lunch and breakfast to take to work
- Get my clothes (work and gym) ready the night before.
- Schedule it in and allow some getting up time (for a cup of tea of course)
- As reward chose something to get when I have completed a month’s worth of workout – if I miss one I start again
- Go to bed earlier and shut the TV/laptop/phone off
- Don’t over schedule myself at the weekends – allow a day for me (nap if needed)
Some things to consider over time:
- Ask the gym trainers if I can split my strength workout into lower and upper body for shorter workouts and get help doing it for an effective workout
- Maybe sign up to Pact to keep me motivate.
- Can I find a home workout to do in winter?
So as a supplement to my January Fitness Workstream I am committing to get up every day this last week of the month and workout. I will be aware I will be more tired and plan to stay in so that I can go to bed when I need to. I will also allow time at the weekend to nap and rest. It’s going to mean being a bit selfish, but that goes hand in hand with my no spend month for February, so it makes sense to make the most of a gym membership I already pay for for my exercise classes, so might as well use it for the gym.
Wish me luck!
I’m a bit behind on my coffee subscription. I want to get to the place where I open the coffee the week it arrives and then maybe in the future I will get to the point where I can justify trying the weekly subscription and be in line with the In My Mug videos and be able to try the coffees as they come out.
So in January I received a bag of Columbia Finca Los Laureles Washed Caturra.
This is a new coffee to the site, so I was excited to try it. The description pulls out plums, black cherries, and red grapes as well as red apple sweetness. . I enjoyed this coffee mainly using a french press. I found it had a an interesting taste, which was calmed by adding milk. There was an interesting aftertaste that lingered after finishing each cup. I had mixed feelings about this, there was something that didn’t sit well, which is surprising as based on the description it would be one I would chose. Maybe it had something to do with the processing method, which I am still learning about.
I also tried it using my espresso machine and found it an interesting shot. It was quite strong, but not as lingering this ay. When added to hot milk it was mellowed and work better for me served this way.
I always find the videos extremely interesting to find out more about the coffees I’m trying, and I found this fact interesting – the coffee is sun dried in a greenhouse. I feel about of date on these things though, so I want to get myself back being more in time.