NEW HABIT: Try to go to the gym twice a day on weekdays for 3 months
The good news that my job role is to develop into something more professional from the 1st April means I am more inspired than I have been for a very long time. I want to dress more professionally for the role and feel good about myself. It has inspired me to join the gym because we have a new one recently opened right between my home and work. My sons go to it and my eldest son has been saying for a while that he could easily train me to lose weight and gain muscle if we went together. Impulsively, I went to the gym after work on Friday and signed up for 3 months. Thats two months before my role starts and one month after. I should think with commitment I can lose the 30+ surplus pounds I’m carrying around. 10 pounds a month is totally doable. I have joined an Anytime Fitness gym. It’s about £40 a month and you can only join for 3 months if you pay it all up front.
The gym is really nice with lots of stuff available. I’m chuffed that the showers are like individual bathrooms so I can lock the door and get on with my beauty regimen. Fingers crossed they are not too popular and busy. There are also a variety of classes I can attend, included in the price. I’m excited because there are lots I’m interested in, like variations of yoga. I can book the day before. There are even classes at 6am and I’m sure if I get addicted I would attend them, use the gym and then go to work.
I want to make the gym part of my daily routine once or twice a day so I have had to review all my habits and their timings for the entire day. Here is my revised plan for my daily weekday habits.
0645 hrs- Get up & put on gym wear
0650 hrs- Make bed
0655 hrs- Dental routine
0700 hrs- Finish packing for work
0705 hrs- Do any washing up
0715 hrs- Go to gym
0730 hrs- Gym session
0830 hrs- Shower & beauty regimen
0900 hrs- Breakfast at work
1600 hrs- Return home
1615 hrs- Change into gym wear
1620 hrs- Put laundry on
1625 hrs- Prep dinner and tomorrow’s breakfast & lunch, and have snack
1800-2100 hrs- Gym classes
Head to bed routine
Pack for tomorrow
Netflix for one hour
Go to sleep
“I will aim to visit the gym at least once in the morning and once in the evening on weekdays for 3 months and then review”
NEW HABIT: Introduce my first weekly bath night on a Sunday
The first time I embarked on my path to perfection I introduced a bath night on Sundays. I maintained it for several weeks and it proved to be a really good part of my beauty regimen. A bath provides an opportunity to do things that aren’t easily executed in the shower. I like to exfoliate and put a face pack on and shave thoroughly. The other opportunity a bath offers, is time for relaxation. Time to think and time to meditate and slow things down.
I recall from the past that bath night is always very fragile and easy to skip. It’s a shame to skip it because it ticks so many boxes and sets me up for a good week. I’m considering to dangle a carrot to encourage me to commit, like a glass of wine or something. It’s also nice after the bath to put fresh pyjamas on, get into a clean bed, read or something, and get an earlier night to prepare me for the week ahead. It’s about making a ritual out of it, surrendering to the experience and eliminating all other distractions.
Tonight I will plan my first bath night. I think after dinner is the trigger to switch the hot water on and go up for the bath, perform the ritual and find myself in bed a little earlier than other nights. There are lots of elements I can add to the ritual and eventually perfect the entire evening.
I have a box by the bath for all the things I need when I am in there. Things like a candle, a razor, facemasks and exfoliators.
“Every Sunday I will have a bath night after dinner and then head to bed”
For the last few years I’ve started to get long fine hairs or thick black hairs on and around my chin. First I tried laser surgery but found the hairs just kept coming back and it was burning my skin and expensive at £50 a pop.
Then I tried electrolysis which was reportedly more effective and much much cheaper at only £10 for 5 mins. I went for several months but again the hairs never really stopped growing.
Since I gave up electrolysis I’ve started plucking them again because I just can’t help touching them and they annoy me but they keep causing red painful bumps when they try to grow back and become ingrown.
I have two very painful bumps at the moment and there is nothing I can do to get rid of them. I fiddle and pick yet they won’t go away until the hair breaks through. One of them, I think, may have millimetres of hair stuck below the skin because it keeps coming back and I can feel the bump but it isn’t a zit.
Today I vow to stop pulling the hairs out because the repercussions are just not worth it. I look like I have acne when I don’t. I have decided to buy a little face de-fuzzer to cut them regularly instead. They will come back faster and I’ll have to keep doing it but at least I won’t have the problem of ingrown hairs anymore.
Soon, I’m going to introduce bath nights and that will include exfoliation which will help soften the hairs.
Firstly, I grew out all the bleach in my hair so now I have my natural colour. Since then, I have been growing it long. It’s getting to how I want it to be but there are several inches still to go. I also want to have a nice hairstyle to go to work with. At the moment, I just leave it long and straggly which isn’t ideal for my job role.
My hairdresser comes to my house to cut my hair. I’m changing the regularity from every 10 weeks to every 12 weeks to save money. I’m also now budgeting £40 for it every 12 weeks.
“I will have my haircut every 12 weeks and budget £40 to pay for it”
“I will budget £40 towards a haircut every 12 weeks”
NEW HABIT: Budget £100 a year to pay for new work uniform
I wear a uniform to work. I charge my new tunics to my boss but every now and then I need new shoes and trousers which I pay for myself. Procrastination sometimes means I go for months in tatty shoes, or trousers with white knees, undone hems or broken zips. I’ve always seen September as a new start. I guess it derives from the academic year when we get new clothes for school. To prevent me from being tatty, I really should review my uniform every year and make sure I’m the smartest I can be. I really regret the last pair of shoes I bought because I bought them online and they are too big. I won’t be making that mistake again. I do like to splash out on really good work shoes, like Skechers or FitFlops. I’m on my feet all day. I can get my trousers really cheaply from Matalan or Asda. I am going to budget £100 a year so that I can buy new shoes and trousers every September if I think I need to.
“I will budget £100 a year to pay for new trousers and shoes for work around September time”
Tomorrow, on Monday 14th January, I will embark on my diet transition. It will be my first step in transitioning towards a whole-grain, plant-based vegan diet. It is what I consider perfect for the world, perfect for health and perfect for me.
It will start with me following the 21 day microbiome purifying programme by Synergy. My boss has done it and can’t speak highly enough. It’s expensive at around £200 a kit but she bought it for me as my birthday present. I see it as a great way to trigger a diet transition.
The kit contains magnesium, probiotics, vitamins and meal replacement shakes. It claims to detoxify the body and flood the gut with good bacteria. Priming the body to be a place where good bacteria can flourish.
I have to eat pretty healthy when I follow this which will put me in a good position to transition to a plant-based diet.
The next 21 days will look something like this:
1-5 days cutting out sugar, caffeine, alcohol, processed foods and carbs and taking magnesium
6-12 days of supplements. A shake for breakfast and lunch, and a healthy high-protein meal.
Day 13-21 Continued healthy eating and supplements
It is on day 13 that I plan to fully commit to a plant-based diet.
I will blog about my experiences on the microbiome purifying programme, and report back with any benefits that I notice, when it ends.
About a week ago I introduced my facial routine in the evening as well as the morning. It means I’m now using moisturiser twice a day. I had been using up my Dermologica products so now they are getting used up really quickly. I thought now was a good time to level up my evening moisturiser to Liz Earle’s Superskin™ Concentrate for Night treatment oil. I love this stuff. When I used it before my skin was super soft in the morning and it smells so lovely that when you inhale it deeply before an application, it really inspires a sense of calm and readiness for sleep. My hands are a little oily afterwards so the temptation to thumb my phone is seriously unattractive, lol!