April for me has been a month which is never ending it seems to have gone on and on and on. And as I write this at nearly the end of this everlasting month May still seems a long way away. Strange feeling as actually under my category April is a four week month and far shorter than March it follows or May it proceeds. But for me it has gone on and on and on. Why? I don’t actually know maybe the Easter holidays now seem ages ago? Could be that I was really really looking forward to pay day? The lack of spring? Although progress has been made and I can see changes in the garden. I still feel that spring is not quite here and winter still remains to give us one last kick. It’s maybe a mixture of all of them but for me April has been a month that has gone on too long. But what of progress in my resolutions?
Well the greatest achievement has been that four months into the New Year I have achieved one of my goal’s which was to get into my size 12 jeans. I am pleased to report that not only can I actually now fit them I have actually worn them out and about! So now the trick is to make sure that I still fit them on the 31st December or it’s just been a temporary achievement. So for the moment I am still on the 5:2 diet and once I reach my goal weight I can start the 6:1 diet. At first didn’t really see that I had lost weight but gradually I can no longer deny that I can see that I have. I even got a wolf whistle! OK it was from my husband but it did make me feel really good! So onwards and upwards to the goal weight. Was delighted to weigh myself today and discover I was two pounds under my target for the month. My goal is to get there before August but who knows I may get there sooner. But perhaps that’s where the hard work starts once I reach it which is my overall point about New Year resolutions they are not just for January they have to be a permanent change to actually be successful.
This was the month that I did make progress on my resolve to be a cash kinda of a girl! If I am really honest it was out of necessity it was rather a tight months with a few unplanned and not wanted expenses making me count the pennies more than usual. But as ever when I cash it I realise that taking cash shopping wither food or otherwise you really notice and think about what you are buying and are less likely to add unnecessary items. So pay day today. Contained myself to a bubble bath treat two bottles £4 and tea and cake at the bookshop with my sister – in – law and bought book club books. Then I’m back on cash! It makes you think and it seems to be the best way of keeping me on track. Clothes wise I feel that I have been good. Though to be honest way way back at the beginning of this eternal month I did buy my annual fit flops in a burst of enthusiasm that spring must be round the corner! They have had one brief outing and the lack of progress in that department has kept my favourite brands and shops out of pocket. Not sure I have been good or the weather in this case has been a positive for me. On the plus side too I have made progress on my writing goal. April saw me attend my first creative writing course. Now I have done many things that challenge me in my life but this for me was a mountain. I love writing. I would like to do more of it. But can I? Should I? Will I be told to think again? All these thoughts and more went through my head after I signed up. I had butterflies galore on the day and could easily have taken any excuse not to go. But I did taking encouragement from my kids who said go for it Mum. And? Well I am enjoying it. It’s a group of people from all different types of life with different styles of writing. But although each lesson is still a challenge as these things are when they mean a lot to you. I am really enjoying it. Though think the most important thing I have learnt is just go for it. Write a short story. Take time to do it. So I must make time maybe that’s a new resolution.
On the less successful side. I haven’t read any more than a chapter of the same business book that I was reading last month. Just haven’t had the time or the inclination. Although I have done lots and lots of walking especially when we were on holiday at Easter. We’ve been so busy there hasn’t been much time for dancing! So lack of progress on the additional exercise front. So these are two for May. Hopefully the sun will shine giving me time in the garden to read. And we will dance!
As for 2012 resolves they continue. My grateful things for the day has continued some days with lots being written in my diary and in other’s just one sentence. But it’s something that I consider every day and it humbles you to realise that there is so much to be grateful for. April was a bumper month for books. I have read I confess nine though that includes two children’s books. There has not really been a bad book in the pack though I wasn’t particularly keen on book club book titled Gold. My favourite though by far had a similar theme to Gold which was about childhood cancer sufferers yes not an easy read and in both books I cried at various parts. But the book I would recommend for April is “The fault in our stars.” It’s not an easy read and it is a far from comfortable subject but like Gold you see the disease from the child’s perspective and that’s humbling as you see how their worry is for their parents. It is principally about the relationship about two teenage cancer suffers and it is maybe one of the most poignant love stories I have ever read. Read it.
Finally was able to share my love of books this month thanks to World Book Night and my other sister in law who told me about it and urged me to be a giver. Was delighted to be able to hand out to St Boswells mums one of my favourite books “The Island” by Victoria Hislop. Hope they love it as much as I do. And it’s set in sunny Greece so you can sit and dream that maybe just maybe the sun will visit us soon too. Or May might be a long month too.