Photo 365 – 12-16 Catch up


12 – Draw
Doodles from my bullet journal.


13 – Mostly white
Clutching at straws here, this is the kitchen surface!


14 – Black and white
The key for my bullet journal.


15 – A treasure
I treasure all memories and things that show my children love me, I love them immensely! (even when they send me round the bend!)


16 – Sepia
And this is why I’m playing catch up with my Photo365 project! What started off as a bit of a sore throat virus on Friday 8th turned into a full blown chest infection by Tuesday 12th which stuck me in hospital for 3 days, 2 nights! I’m exhausted but feeling a little bit better than I did. I have 5 huge antibiotic tablets to take a day for the next 5 days. Hopefully then I’ll be able to start building up my strength and energy again.

I’m not going to beat myself up about missing a few days and needing to catch up. I couldn’t have changed this week, as far as my Photo365 project and my DayZeroProject task are concerned I’m going to consider this an acceptable catch up, I’ve still photographed what needed to be done, just not quite on the right day (I definitely couldn’t take many interesting photos from my hospital bed!).


Hello 2016!

Back in May I posted about my plans for the blog and generally being more creative… well, it didn’t really happen…

A back injury led to needing lots of rest and being unable to sit comfortably for stretches of time, I didn’t even manage to start my drawing workbook. This resulted in me needing  surgery in November. I’m still recovering from that, slowly getting more able to do things around the house though I still don’t know my limits and have very little stamina. Every day is a bit better and I am in so much less pain than I was before surgery. In addition to that, selling our house and finding another one to buy took a lot of time and effort 

I’m hoping that 2016 is the year for me. I plan to be more creative and more organised. I’m awaiting delivery of a notebook to use as a bullet journal which should help me with both of these aims. I plan to be healthier and fitter. I want (need!) to lose weight and I want to incorporate more exercise (pilates for my back and walking) into daily life.

I know that moving house will disrupt everything but I also know that the move is the best thing for our family in the long run.

I found this cartoon on Facebook and in think it’s a good reminder of what I should do through this year and beyond.


Progress report

Well, I’ve had my Fitbit now for almost 3 weeks and it’s time for me to take stock of my progress towards my health goals.

It has definitely made me think more about my movements. I’ve still got a  long way to go to be hitting my (currently low) step target every day, but I’m getting closer. I’ve also been considering how to fit more walking into my daily routine once term starts again. I’m not good about going for a random walk from home without a purpose (I have a tendency towards walking to shops and spending money…)  so I’ve downloaded some OS maps to my phone and I’m going to try driving into Epping forest, Paringdon Wood or to the river at Dobbs Weir after dropping the children to school a couple of times a week. I have downloaded an app which will map my routes as well so I can see how far I’m walking and gradually try to increase that too.

Weight-wise things aren’t so good. I lost 1.5 lbs in the first 5 days of tracking… then it went a bit wrong… I suppose starting a calorie tracking plan just before going on holiday with limited data allowance on my phone wasn’t the smartest idea, though with hindsight (what a wonderful thing…) I could have tried to write down what I’d eaten even if I didn’t know the calorie content would have kept me more on track. Anyway, I’ve returned home weighing more than I started… doh! I was rather down about this on Saturday, but I’m trying to just pick myself up and get on with it. I have the tools to get myself healthy, I just need to keep myself focussed and plod on. This isn’t going to be a quick process.

I’m going to finish this post with a photo to remind me I’m not just doing this for me. I’m doing it for these precious people as well. They are amazing in so many ways and really deserve the best wife and mother who has the energy and fitness to look after them and do the things with them they want to do. That’s not me at the moment, but one day it will be.