Time for a challenge – results!

So about a month ago I thought I’d challenge myself to see how little I could spend in a month, only allowing myself to buy food to cook with, essential toilettries and anything I needed for the allotment (knowing that wouldn’t be a huge spend). So now that it’s nearly the end of the month,…

These feet were made for walking

By some kind of Easter miracle, the weather this long weekend has been pretty fabulous. Usually Bank Holidays in the U.K. = rain, but not this time, in Hampshire/Surrey at least. So I’ve made the most of it by spending a fair bit of time outside. With my course now finished, culminating in the submission…

Spring is in the air 

April already! A quarter of the year has already gone by, but happily it has brought with it the first signs of spring, and very welcome lighter nights. March has been a good month, and progress is being made. I’ve finished one six-week gym programme and I’ve started the next one. I’ve yet to hit…

The waiting begins…

After a fairly changeable, wet and blustery week, I was happy to wake up to a still blustery yet considerably brighter Saturday. I was especially excited upon waking up because it meant only one thing: allotment day!! After the clocks go forward this weekend I’ll have time to nip down after work before it gets…

Four-year plan

When I was 39, I went through a whole mid-life crisis in the run-up to turning 40.  I’m way behind a lot of my peers in terms of owning my one home, being married, having kids etc.  Financially I have a good job now, but previous working life was sporadic, having taken time out to…

All you need is….the outdoors

I’d decided to take a long weekend off work to catch up on my course work, and figure out what to write about for my final assignment, an essay due in mid-April. I’m doing the course via distance learning, so I fit it in around work and life.  I spent a couple of days catching…

New goals

I’m not sure how many posts I’ve written setting out a ream of goals that have fallen by the wayside.  Lots probably.  Anyway, this year, while my running goals have now fallen by the wayside, I’m doing well on the financial side of things, and starting to really feel the benefits of the low carb…

Livin’ la vida loca(rb)

  So it’s been five weeks since I’ve been eating low carb, high fat (LCHF), and in that time I’ve lost 8 lbs, for a total of 23 lbs since last May.  A week of that (well 5 days) was when I was in Lanza and I was eating bread and having some booze, so…

February round up

So another month nearly gone. As ever it feels as though the year is speeding along with increasing rapidity. For once though, I’m pleased to say I feel as though I’m making progress. Debt repayments are going to plan, and I even managed to sneak in another £90 payment over and above my planned amount.…