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2017 – An update part two

2017 Goals

It’s time to update you all on my 2017 goals. If you want to read my original post where I set the goals, it’s here and if you’d like to read my first update which was published in March, it’s here.

Health

I’m continuing to do well with this. I’m being mindful when making food choices. My new work has a salad bar which is free, or you can eat a hot lunch. I’m making sure I access the salad bar most days only having the hot lunch once a week, or sometimes not at all. This is working out well and I’ve now lost almost two stone.

parkrun

As you know, this is going well. When the 2017 dawned, I’d never completed a parkrun. Now I’ve completed three and I’m loving it. I have improved my time each time going from 58:24 down to 53:27. I hope to keep improving this. I’ve found by completing more parkruns, it’s making me be more mindful of food choices and making want to exercise more in other ways too. If you want to read my posts on parkrun they can be found below:

My First parkrun

My Second parkrun

My Third parkrun

Read more books

In my last update I wasn’t doing too well with this goal. I had read three books and listened to the Harry Potter audio books. I’ve now got back in to reading and have read 9 books. I’ll probably post a list of what books I’ve read at the end of the year as I don’t plan on reviewing them all.

be me

Again this is going well. I’m only accepting invitations for events I really want to attend. Because I work with a lot of young people, they have a constant desire it seems to be out of the house away from their parents, whereas I actually like being at home. It’s lovely they invite me but sometimes I just prefer to be at home!

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2017 Goals – An update

2017 Goals

At the beginning of 2017 I set myself 4 goals to achieve. Since we’re in March already, and we’re a quarter of the way through the year I thought it was time to do an update.

Health

The first goal was to take charge of my health. I’d started this towards the end of 2016 so it was natural to keep it going in 2017. I’m preparing fresh and healthy lunches as well as watching what I eat in the evenings. I’ve also started trying to exercise twice a week, although I’m not always making twice but  I have lost over a stone which I’m pleased about.

parkrun

As part of trying to be healthier I’m doing more walking and have started Couch to 5K. I want to be able to complete a parkrun. I’m not bothered about running all of it just yet but would like to complete it in under an hour. Even if it’s 59:59! I’m using the medals I’m earning through Virtual Runner UK to keep me in check and motivate me to keep trying.

Read more books

I started off really well with this goal. I read three books quite quickly but then haven’t read anything for a while. I need to get back in to this. I have however been listening to audio books. My husband doesn’t enjoy reading but wants to read the Harry Potter books so we’ve downloaded them and have been listening to them. We’re currently on the second book.

be me

I’m actually surprised how easy I’ve found this one. I was dreading learning how to say no to people but actually I’ve been true to myself and have turned down social opportunities I’m just not interested in.

So that’s my 2017 goals update. I hope everyone else is managing to stay on track with their personal goals.

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January Round Up

So January has been and gone. I haven’t blogged a lot in January but to be honest I haven’t done a lot and I only want to blog when I have something to blog about. In January I’ve been working really hard and this has taken a bit of a toll on my health. I’ve had a constant cold and sore throat as a result of being run down. It feels crazy to be run down when we only just had the Christmas break but that’s where I’m at.

So on to the round up. In January it was my Birthday. I received some lovely presents from family and friends and celebrated with plenty of yummy food. Whilst at West Quay for my birthday lunch I found these gorgeous Kilner jars in John Lewis. I have never seen jars with the coloured lids like these. So I snapped up two of each colour. They were reduced in the January sales too which made them even sweeter.

Kilner Jars

I also did gel nails for my birthday. My nails are seriously weak though after removing them 🙁

Gel Nails

During January I also worked hard on achieving the unicorn medal I mentioned in my previous post I Am A Unicorn way back in November. This should have been easily achievable but with a malfunctioning treadmill and a phone dying instead of  recording my walk I actually had to do a lot more than the given 10K distance. There’s a review of how I achieved it coming up but here’s a picture I took on one of the walks.

Sunset

I thought I’d see how I was going with my 2017 goals too. Hopefully by revisiting them each month it’ll keep them fresh in my memory.

Health – Taking charge – I’m now taking both healthy breakfasts and lunches to work and I have stuck to this throughout January. I’ve also cooked a lot more in an evening so these meals are healthier too. I’ve mainly been using Joe Wicks Cook Books.

Read – Lots More Books – I’m on my third book of the year.

parkrun – I haven’t completed one. I have completed 3 5K walks in January though. Still suffering terribly with the leg pain that stopped me running in the first place though.

Be Me – I turned down the opportunity to go out out and confidently said “That’s not me” and it was ok!

Pretty pleased with how I’m going with my goals so far. Looking forward to seeing how I get on in February. I think my first goal will be helped by lighter evenings and warmer weather!

And to finish, if you missed any of my posts during January here they are again:

2017 Goals

December Roundup

Earning the All Aboard Medal from Virtual Runner UK

parkrun – Thoughts from the finish line

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2017 Goals

2017 Goals

I’m not usually one for making goals, but maybe this is why nothing ever changes for me? I’m not setting myself specific targets but goals I’d like to work towards throughout 2017.

Health

In 2017 I want to continue taking charge of my health. I started this in the latter part of 2016 by preparing healthy lunches to take to work. During the week between Christmas and New Year I’ve made sure I’ve done something active every day be it a walk or a bike ride. I hope to continue getting in a bit more activity.

Read more books

This is a goal you see a lot. I love reading but I tend to spend more time reading blogs, Facebook, Twitter etc. when actually I could read a book. I’ve read lots between Christmas and New Year  and I hope to keep this up through 2017. Once upon a time I used to keep track of all the books I read in a year. Maybe this will add an incentive to keep reading.

parkrun

It’s time to complete one…and maybe a second if I enjoy it! I love volunteering at parkrun and to date have volunteered 70 times! (71 on New Years Day) Yet I’ve never completed a parkrun. It’s time to change that.

be me

I need to embrace my inner me. I sometimes feel like I have to accept every invitation that comes my way and whilst that’s ok sometimes, fact of the matter is I like being at home. I’m not in to going out and having a wild time anymore, that just isn’t me and I need to learn to be comfortable with that.

So that’s my goals for 2017, what are yours?

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My favourite Children’s Books

I read a lovely blog post here on modernmrsdarcy about how to help kids love to read. I always loved reading as a child and still do now, although more time to read would always be a nice thing!

As a keen reader from childhood and a Nursery Nurse it’s fair to say I’ve read a lot of children’s books! So I thought I’d write a little guide to some of my all time favourite children’s books.

fiveminutespeace

All images courtesy of Amazon

I had to start with this book. I’ve owned Five Minutes Peace since I was 3 years old and I still have my dog-eared copy now. It’s been through some transitions with me from my Mum having to read it to me, to me learning to read it myself, to me reading it to children whilst doing my Nursery Nurse training. It’s a fun story of Mrs Large (pictured) trying to get Five Minutes Peace from her children but they keep coming in and disturbing her.

littlebear

Can’t You Sleep Little Bear? is another book that I’ve owned since childhood and still have my original copy and again it’s been through the same life transitions as Five Minutes Peace. Little Bear is scared of the dark so Big Bear brings him lanterns but they still don’t get rid of the dark all around outside. This book is one I enjoyed from being a little older around 5-7.

sneetches

The Sneetches is a great story but what I’m going to tell you about is a story inside it called Too many Daves. Dr Seuss is a must on any child’s bookcase and Too Many Daves is the ultimate for me. When I read this story to children they laugh out loud. It has that marvellous language Dr Seuss uses and has a plethora of funny names in it that will make children belly laugh and the name Soggy Muff might even raise a smile from adults 😉

tiger

Judith Kerr writes the most beautiful children’s books and she illustrates them herself too. The Tiger Who Came To Tea is just so olde worlde and is magical. I love how they buy Tiger Food from the supermarket at the end like it’s the most normal thing in the world.

mog

Mog The Forgetful Cat or any Mog book for that matter is a must read to children. Mog is a forgetful cat who gets in to bother but everyone is happy when she saves the day.

grumpycat

I’ve only discovered Grumpy Cat quite recently but it is such a sweet story. Grumpy Cat isn’t really grumpy, he’s just lonely but he doesn’t know how to approach the other cats. Then along comes Kitten who saves him from a life of loneliness.

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Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Mother’s Day is fast approaching so I’ve put together a few ideas of lovely gifts for a range of Momma’s. Details are below:

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  1. For the Mum who loves to read:  Kindle Voyage by Amazon £169.99 – If your Mum loves to read then this is the ideal gift. It holds hundreds of books and makes reading on the go a lot easier. There are so many variations of the kindle now so check out which one would be best for your Momma.
  2. For the Mum who loves to be outdoors: Funky Veg Kit by Plant Theatre £11.99 – If your Mum enjoys pottering around in the garden/allotment then this gift could be a cool idea. It allows you to grow purple carrots, red brussels sprouts and stripy tomatoes plus two other seeds.
  3. For the Mum who loves technology: Rose Gold Apple Watch by Apple £300 – So this is a pricier gift but if your Mum loves technology and you can afford it, then why not treat her? There are so many apps available now for the Apple Watch and the feminine touch of Rose Gold makes this a great present for your Mum.
  4. For the Mum who loves to be glam: Mini Leather Handbag by Cath Kidston £85 – Sometimes the prints on Cath Kidston bags aren’t to everyones taste and so this plain leather bag is perfect for a classic look.
  5. For the Mum who loves to relax: Scenterpiece Melt Cup Warmer by Yankee Candle £27.99 – A new addition to Yankee Candles range. These Warmers are used with a small melt cup that sits inside it. They’re priced at £4.99 and come in a range of scents.
  6. For the Mum who loves coffee: Heart 8 Cup Cafetière by Marks & Spencers £19.50 – If your Momma loves a natter over a coffee then this would be a cute addition to her kitchen. I love the heart detailing.

How will you be treating your Mum? Do you have a special day planned?

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