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{02/11/2017}   12 Things I want to do rather than just talk about doing – November 2017

I have ever so slightly redeemed myself in October, despite some consistent failings, mainly around weight and clothing.  Actually, this list starts off badly, then I felt artificially buoyed by a run of successes, hence the addition of the “slightly”.  I now have the realisation that there are only two months to go before (yippee) I can think up more suitable/achievable/inspiring goals and (oops) to complete enough of this year’s to feel a sense of achievement and self-worth.

Another pool to prove I really have been swimming

Another pool photo to illustrate a gym plan B 

  1. 3 times per week at gym.  I forgot to think of something else to replace my post-gym-world goals.  I still do 10,000-plus steps a day and have been in an unexpectedly large number of very nice hotels with pools so I have been swimming far more than usual.  That’ll do for an exercise goal, indeed that’s as good as it could ever be!
  2. Website with clear purpose.  I would cross this one through too, were it not that I still intend to achieve this.  There’s always November, right?!
  3. Quit steno.  To put a positive spin on what really should be an accepted mega fail, I am doing less steno and I am spending a lot more time thinking of ideas for my plan B career.
  4. Lose Gain 14 lb.  Yeah, yeah, it’s not really a viable goal but it’s what I’m heading for.  I am spending far too much time around buffets, and not just for breakfast (there has recently been buffets for post-breakfast, morning coffee, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner – I am incapable of walking past snack-style buffets without taking a few, ahem, nibbles).  I need to address this goal reversal, it’s neither healthy nor attractive.
  5. Write two blog posts per month.  One, as they say, is better than none.
  6. Read 12 books.  My reading levels slowed down in October compared to September but I read one and started another.  The one I read was only just not chick lit, but it has given me ideas for a plan B job so The Bookshop on Rosemary Lane by Ellen Berry was a good read and I am at least reading one book per month, which is an improvement on 2016.
  7.  Mobile on silent more.  Largely, yes.  I don’t know that its being on silent has decreased my mobile time though, which is the main reason I wanted to keep it on silent more.
  8. Reduce Increase amount of clothes.  Incoming has massively taken over from outgoing clothes.  This needs to be addressed and maybe November could be the month as I’ll soon be getting out some more wintery clothes, will need more room and can establish whether I’ve worn all the clothes that made it past my last significant cull, which was long enough ago to determine that anything that hasn’t been worn since isn’t going to be worn.
  9. More picnics.  I saw some people having a picnic along a beach in Oman.  They were cooking on coals, had a shisha pipe on the go and a mass of food in tubs on a large picnic blanket.  I desperately wanted them to invite me to join them.  They didn’t, but I felt inspired to have a fancy picnic … though the weather in the UK at the moment isn’t as conducive as a hot Middle Eastern night beneath palm trees next to a sandy beach and the Arabian Sea …
  10. More fish.  I was away for most of August in either Oman or India and I made a real effort to focus on fish and seafood and I totally overachieved on the more fish front.
  11. Tax in May.  Been there, done it … and now just registered I actually have to pay it in January.
  1. Christmas shopping by November.  I’ve done so much Christmas shopping already that I almost feel I must have overachieved on this too, but I’m sure there are a few more things I need.  This challenge has been massively assisted by lots of time off in India and Oman, where shopping is a far easier and more enjoyable experience than it usually is for me.
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