I started this project last month, inspired by the coaching powerhouse that is Rachel Gadiel.
Last month I committed to taking more supplements (I now take them every night although I took a lot of chivvying to get into the habit!), taking up netball (done), walking through the Kent countryside (which I did and ended up in this gorgeous pub), reading Smarter, Faster, Better (half way through – working on it!), writing to my lovely uncle in Spain (done), working my way through Madeline Shaw’s book Get The Glow (done, although I had a healthy banana bread disaster! :-I) and finding nutritious mid-week meals (definite room for improvement).
I like the idea of refreshing goals each month. Some may stay the same, especially if I’ve not cracked them but I hope these posts might inspire you to do something new each month and dream bigger, dear readers.
+ A habit I’m going to break – I struggle with this one because it always feels really negative and I’m already really good at chastising myself for not keeping up with something or ‘being better’. But in the spirit of the Dream Bigger List I’m going to answer it. I want to walk to work every day. How boring does that sound?! I was doing it but after having norovirus I got out of the habit and I miss it, not only because I don’t listen to as many books and podcasts but because I sometimes look at my fitbit at the end of the day and wonder how the hell I only did 5,000 steps. Walking to work is almost 3 miles each day so, starting now I’m going to get walking and ditch the bus fare.
+ Something new I am going to try – Not quite an activity, but staying on the health theme – I’m going to try something called d-ribose. If you don’t have CFS or adrenal issues skip on my friends, this will be boring. If you do however, this could be pretty exciting. I’ve been dipping in and out of Dr Sarah Myhill’s website for some time now and decided to buy her book. One of the recommendations she makes is for a supplement called d-ribose which is something a healthy body makes, but cells with low energy (i.e. cells suffering from chronic fatigue) don’t make it properly. I’ve read lots of accounts of this really working for patients, so let’s give it a try.
+ A place I’d like to visit – My mum and dad’s house in the Lakes. I can’t remember the last time I went and it holds so many lovely childhood memories for me. My sister and I (and her baby daughter) are planning a girly trip there this month and I can’t wait! Bring on Lakeland walks, Lancashire cheese and being woken up by sheep.
+ A book I’d like to read – I’d like to finish Caitlin Moran’s Moranifesto this month. I am listening to it on audiobook and it’s taking me an age to get through. I love Caitlin Moran and want to do this book justice – I’ve done ten hours and still got four to go so it’s going to take a lot of walking to and from work to finish it this month. Then I’m on to Oprah Winfrey’s What I Know for Sure. Reviews to follow…
+ A letter I’m going to write – To my friend Rachael who recently got married and I couldn’t make her wedding. She’s a friend from uni and I was so sad I couldn’t make it to York to see her. It’s tough having friends all over the country, especially when you live at the very end of it you can’t be everywhere at once but I know a letter to her will mean a lot. I definitely think a handwritten letter helps keep some of my dearest, furthest friendships alive.
+ What are you most grateful for right now? – See this post in which I celebrate two years of being ill. It sounds silly (why would anyone CELEBRATE two years of being ill?!) but it actually makes sense when you see what it has taught me and how far I’ve come. Here’s to another year of learning and growing and getting better.
+ A new healthy dish I’m going to cook – I’ve so many healthy cookbooks I’ve decided to use these monthly posts to try out a new one each time. So, this month it’s Anna Jones who has cleverly written a recipe book split into how long things take – ‘in the time it takes to set the table’ and ‘ready in twenty’ being two of the most appealing timeframes. I like the sound of her rainbow bowls and her halloumi seeded salad and will be persuading H to try these mid-week. I even suggested we have a night each week where one of us is responsible for a new, healthy recipe. We need more go-to recipes in our lives for the days when we can’t be bothered to cook. We’re good at slow, ‘event’ weekend cooking but for fast, low effort stuff in the week we fall back too often on convenience… watch this space!
+ I’m going to get better at – Taking photos. I am so conscious this is a bit lacking on the blog and I know I can do better. I went on a course last year and took the winning photo of the day (see feature image of this post – another GO ME moment!) so I know I have it in me. I’ve ordered a new camera so fingers crossed you’ll see my pics improve…
Let me know one new thing you’re trying this month, I’d love to know!