Yarny Photo Challenge – I’m lazy!


It turns out I don’t have the discipline to stick with a photo challenge just now. It’s not a big deal and it has at least made me realise I’d like to keep my blog going and share some bits and pieces of craft as I make them.

I have been crafting very simply recently – crochet squares and hopefully working towards a blanket I can donate to KOGO (knit one give one). I also have study to catch up on (a creative art subject) and plenty to keep me occupied at work. So the photo challenge? Not my priority and not worth feeling too guilty about.

I  trying to get myself back into some good habits and it will take some setbacks before I get there. I’m attempting to use a pen and paper ‘bullet journal’ to help me. Let’s see how that goes!


One full week


I am feeling good because I stuck with my plans for one full week.  I paid attention to what I ate every day, even when I wasn’t blogging it here.  I didn’t exercise every day but I stayed mindful of how much activity (or how little) and thought about ways to do better this week.  I made plans, and I stuck to them as best I could and I am really happy that I didn’t cave to my wishes to over-eat, find chocolate, all those habits which are still in me.

I didn’t post my food diary in here every day, but I did keep track.  My week looked like this:

  • Tuesday 1,412 calories
  • Wednesday 1,597 calories
  • Thursday 1,665 calories
  • Friday 1,712 calories
  • Saturday 1,878 calories
  • Sunday 1,670 calories
  • Monday (currently on track for 1,760 calories)

With a ‘goal’ of 1,800 calories per day I am really happy with this and I am seeing results on the scale.  I know, the scale should not be the only indication but when you weigh as much as I do, the scale tells a pretty clear story.  My story so far is that last Monday I weighed myself, and I think the scale was remembering some poor meals I had over that weekend because yesterday when I weighed myself again I was already 3.6 kilograms (almost 8 pounds) less.

That’s motivating.  There is still a very long way to go, but that’s very motivating.


Things I am learning about myself


Some of these things are not exactly new lessons, just reinforcements of things I already knew.

You may have seen that from 1st January through to a few days ago, I was playing with a “Photo a Day” challenge.  I started with great enthusiasm.  “I can do this all year long!” I said to myself.  As though myself were a stranger who might be fooled by my naivety.  So …  that lasted a couple of weeks and it was fun, and I may pick it up again at some point.  But eventually when you’re doing these things a photo prompt will come along that just leaves you a bit uninspired and bored.  The last few days prompts have been:

“New” , “Old” ,  “Nature” , and today it is “Jump”.  The idea of doing this is to be as loose with the theme and creative as you like, and so I don’t blame the prompts but “New” just didn’t prompt any ideas in me, and here is where we come to the thing we all know about me but I re-learn all the time:  Once I let something slide for a day (food diary, exercise, good habits) it is extremely difficult for me not to just drop the whole thing.

Which takes us to my food and exercise over the last week or so – yeah, no good.

So here is something else I learn about myself all the time, and this one is a comparison between my teenage self and my adult self.  When I was a teenager I was pretty good about keeping a diary for a while.  Something or someone would annoy me and I would jump straight into that book with my pen of angst, scribbling insults and furious rants and blaming everyone around me for my boredom, frustration, anxiety, etc.  But I was never that good at being angry forever, and so eventually I would get over it, be having good days, and have nothing to write about.

I’m kind of the opposite with this blog.  When I eat well, or have some pretty things to show off, or want to tell you about something I am proud of, here I am.  You can certainly rely on me to pop in here and tell you all how great I am because I resisted a temptation or dropped a kilogram.  But when I am quiet?  You can be pretty certain I ate that whole packet of chocolate biscuits, or sat down and browsed the internet all day instead of being creative and active.

So this is what I learn – that in some ways I struggle to change at all, and in other ways I am a complete contradiction of myself when I was young.  None of this is particularly mind-blowing or stressful, I just find it interesting.  I like to think I will continue to evolve as a person, I guess I am hoping that I will continue to motivate myself to put effort into that!


066 – Take four week break from Facebook


From Sunday 29 June until Sunday 27 July I wasn’t logged into Facebook.  I deleted the app from my phone because I quite habitually click on it even when I don’t need to.  I also deleted it from my bookmarks on my laptop for the same reason.  The idea behind this was to reduce the time waste, as I spend so much time browsing the news feed and seeing what everyone is up to.

Verdict?  I still spent time browsing online, using social media, just not Facebook.  This was a good thing to become more aware of though (and let’s not pretend I wasn’t already aware of my habits in some way).  I hope I don’t forget the lesson, and I think I’m going to try to regularly have laptop-free evenings rather than one particular social media site.

I’m glad I gave this a try.  I missed some things, but I coped with missing them.  Also back to normal was so nice, with lots of people “liking” my silly return posts and it is nice to see what has been happening.


043 – Remember to take reusable bags to buy groceries every time for a month


On the weekend I went to buy groceries and realised I had forgotten my reusable bags.  Which made me realise I had been remembering to take them every time we went shopping, for months!  So I am calling this challenge complete, taking bags with us to the shops is definitely a habit now.

Sometimes it is possible to see that you have been doing something right because of the day you forget!




I nearly lost my FitBit yesterday.  This thing was not cheap, and so I was quite disappointed, but it reminded me that I have really only been wearing it out of habit lately.  It tracks my lack of activity, and I shrug and wear it again the next day.  Now that it is not lost, I really need to start using it as a tool to encourage me to move around more!

Apologies for the slack blogging lately, work has been extremely busy and I am enjoying my knitting!  I hope everyone else out there is finding time to enjoy hobbies and life.