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An avid tea-drinker who likes nutmeg in her coffee and warm lavender-scented quilts. She knits, crochets and partakes in random acts of craftiness (and kindness). She likes obscure works of literature, philosophy and the idea that her mind exists separately from her body. She enjoys moving furniture around, literary criticism and baking bread. She writes haiku about nettles, would like to swim with seals and become completely self-sufficient. She writes as if her life depends on it, listens to beautiful music, and loves her darling husband Mr. VP.

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Thursday 30 January 2014

Keeping Promises

At the beginning of January, I made a list of things I wanted to achieve, to avoid the January-blues that short, cold, wet days can bring.  I’m pleased to say that I’ve achieved a lot of them and 2014 is proving to be one of those years where lots of things fall into place and allow change to happen.  This week has been such a busy but fulfilling one and even in some ways a disappointing one (particularly around work).  It has been one of those weeks where I was able to get almost all of the things done that I had hoped to achieve, and then some.  I promised I’d say ‘yes’ to a lot more, and I am keeping that promise.

So far I have/am:

  • Given up sugar.  This is one of the most difficult things to do, as someone who loved her odd sweet treat at the end of meals, but I know that with my metabolic issues, it will be for the good.  I allow myself small amounts of sugar at weekends, but still very little.
  • Joined a gym.  Just going into one was nerve-racking, but once inside, I felt immediately comfy and less self-conscious.
  • Started swimming again.  I haven’t been swimming in over 5 years but on Tuesday evening, Mr VP and I went together.  I managed 40 lengths (over half a mile) in under an hour.  I was beyond proud of myself.
  • Sticking like glue to the life-long diet plan that my metabolic problems require me to adhere to.  A lot of things have had to click into place to allow a whole change in mindset regarding what, how and when I eat.  It’s not fun per se, but it will be very beneficial for me.
  • Begun the arduous task of looking for work.  In this ‘current economic climate’, it is nigh-on impossible to find any kind of work, let alone the kind of work I actually want and am suited for.  Argh.  But I’m trying, so a Gold Star for effort.

I got up at 7am this morning, threw on some clothes in the dark (full of style I was not!), jumped into the car (braving the drizzle and the cold) and went swimming.  I managed a respectable 30 lengths in 40 minutes.  Making a commitment to doing this a couple of days a week has revolutionised the way I think about myself and my body and I hope that I will begin to notice the fruits of my labours soon.  I know that I’m currently in the feeling-utterly-exhausted-by-it phase, but I also know that there will come a time when I get back to my mile-in-under-an-hour and feel great afterwards.  Right now I’m just pleased that I am able to resist the temptingly-placed chocolate bar machine right outside the changing rooms.  Progress, right?

2 thoughts on “Keeping Promises

  1. Jo says:

    Brrrrr, swimming isn’t for me in this cold weather, I admire your resolve.

  2. Mimi says:

    That sounds wonderfully inspiring, and you should be proud :) x

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