I’m putting my Best Boot Forward!
Ugh. I really don’t like January, and February is only marginally better. Although I feel like I’m getting a lot done, I’ve spent the past two weeks with a cold. I almost get rid of it, then it comes back again! Last year I was like this for three months. So, I’ve slowed down. Dropped some things I couldn’t manage. Tried to strip back to the bare minimum.
Chloe’s questions this week have given me some food for thought. I guess most people would expect me to say that if I could only change one thing about the world, it would be how people treat our planet. They would be wrong. If that changed, homelessness would still be on the rise. Two women a week would still be killed by their partners or ex-partners in England and Wales. I would still be afraid to let my daughter walk alone at night.
People don’t have room to care for the environment when they’re struggling to put food on the table. They don’t have room when they fear for their safety. Caring for our planet is important, but equally important is the safety of vulnerable people. Equally important is the elimination of poverty. Maybe this is the political side of me coming out, but I would never be able to narrow it down to just one thing. Too much in the world is wrong.
Would I be a Suffragist or a Suffragette? I’m not really sure. The history books tell us that the Suffragettes won votes for women. I had to Google Suffragists just now! I suppose the answer lies in what my circumstances might be at the time. Would I still have three young children to look after? Fat lot of good I would be to them hunger striking in prison. Then again, I’ve never been what anyone would call “middle class”, so I doubt the Suffragists would have welcomed me. Like in the present day, we still have to balance family life with the issues that matter most to us. What I know is I do what I can, I strive to do more, and I’d be exactly the same if I was alive a century ago.
Lose 12kg in a stable and healthy way
Things have not gone entirely to plan! I’ve gained almost all of the weight I lost last month. I’m not exactly sure how, and Ian and my (brutally honest) son told me the other day I was looking thinner, but the scales aren’t showing it! It *could* be that muscle is heavier than fat, sure, but the past 2 weeks have been really busy and I haven’t been making the best choices. Ah well, onwards and upwards! This week we’re heading swimming, I’m going to start the POP Pilates beginner’s calendar and I’m going to start using the food diary app again. I need some more food like this!
Sort and redecorate the house
I’ve chosen the prints, but we need to get more frames and more time! This week the big job is to give the living room carpet a thorough clean. This is where custody arrangements come in handy: it’s much easier to do a big task like this with fewer people in the house!
Have enough savings to cover bills for 6 months
My balance is more or less the same as it was two weeks ago. Because of the cold and a few other things, there have been a few quick fixes here and a few takeaways there. That said, I have had some gift ideas from Rhian and none of them are too expensive, and Valentine’s Day has been covered for a princely sum of £5 each, excluding food. Over the next few weeks, I want to be heading back up to the two month mark. This week, I’m going to rein in my spending: one treat for the kids is plenty this week and no quick fixes!
Continue to reduce our impact on the planet as a family
I’ve created the plastic audit sheet and we’re starting it today because it’s bin day! I took a quiz the other day to find out what my carbon footprint is and I was quite shocked! Without giving away all of the spoilers, I’m still using slightly more than is my fair share, so I have to get on top of that ASAP. I’m going to use my results to plan a way forward for the rest of the year.
A slow couple of weeks, but I’ll get there. How has yours been?