You know that expression “begin as you mean to go on”? Well, it’s February you guys. And enough is enough. Enough eating. And drinking. And making excuses. It’s time to just bloody well get on with it (note this lecture is pretty much to Beth from Beth for the benefit of Beth).
This morning I was up and out the door waaaaaaaay before I usually would to take Harper to the GP for an 8am appointment to get her asthma plan paperwork sorted out for School. A simple task, and yet? Well it was taking action and just getting shit done.
Yesterday I tackled an email that I had to action (pain in the arse cancelling a software service based in the US that you couldn’t cancel online but had to call the US during weird hours). It had been sitting in my inbox since MARCH last year, waiting to be done. And you know what? I DID IT. No longer it sits in my inbox mocking me every day, it’s done and filed away.
And that’s how I am going to tackle February. If February was a child of mine it would be getting this face:
I know, I know. I tried to take a photo of myself on my phone looking stern and tough, except it comes off a little “are you mid way through a fart Beth?”
But you get the picture. I’ve had enough. I’m going all tough on my own arse and I am going to get through February being tough SO HELP ME GOD. Man, maybe I have had too much coffee this morning?!
Change can be hard to make don’t you think? I am always good when I flick the switch and get into it, but I do find that falling back into old habits is so comfortable and easy to do. And that’s what I have been doing since mid December. But it’s time friends, it’s time. I love this article from the very clever Kelly Exeter about making change. Well worth a read if you ever struggle with it. Her advice is to start tiny, making small changes that will actually stick. In fact, perhaps I should be trying that approach?
In any case, I’ve got some February goals that I am going to stick with. I mean it’s just 28 days right? It’s a quiet month, back into routine and life without much socialising going on, it can’t be THAT hard. Right? RIGHT?! Tell me I’m right!
- I’m off the booze for the month. Feb Fast, whatever you want to call it, soda water is about to become my friend.
- I’m back to eating better. #notafatmoleforchristmas needs to be reinstated toot sweet. I mean I am heading to New York at the end of March and I need to be at a good fighting weight for ALL OF THE THINGS that will be shovelled into my guts.
- I’m back to fasting 2 days a week. I did this last term and it was a great way to change my mindset about eating and thinking about WHAT I shovel into my mouth. Sure, there were some changes around the waist, but it was more about the mental for me. It changed the way my brain thought about food. Time to get back on board.
- And I’ll be walking. EVERY DAY. No excuses. Sure, that walk might be around the block. Or to school pick up or drop off. It might not be 6kms on the tready, but it will be something. I HAVE to make time for this stuff, it’s important to me, it makes me feel good and if Rob can do it, I can too.
Anyone want to jump in for the month? It’s not going to be pretty, but it has to be done. A modem re-set if you will. It’s just 28 days, so let’s stop fucking around and just get on with it. Maybe you’d just like to start a smaller change like Kelly suggested? A focus on putting yourself first. Reading more? Less screen time. Less time online? More time doing creative things. Let’s knuckle down, put yourself first and see some change.
So February, do you hear me?
No more mucking around, as the expression goes that I learnt while in the NT “we’re not here to fuck spiders”, let’s do this.
Sorry Mum for all the swearing.
And lastly, who can come up with a hashtag for us?!