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10-21-2013 03:31 PM
Nazsmum

Well the year is not finished, but doing well. I'm eating my vegs and had my hair cut for St. Jude. So did pretty well.

10-20-2013 03:18 PM
Smokering

How's everyone going?

 

As you can see if you check my OP, a lot of my resolutions have fallen by the wayside. :/ We really, REALLY suck at sticking to a food budget... for instance.

 

The good news is, I've bought a lot of Christmas presents! The original idea was one a month, and I skipped one or two months, but bought two or more other months to make up for it, which makes me perfectly happy. I bought four this month already! There's no way I could have afforded to buy all this stuff at once come December, and some of it took ages to arrive; plus, this has given me time to search out some really neat gifts for hard-to-buy people. So I'm firmly convinced of the virtue of this resolution! I'll do it again next year. (One slight problem is that I accidentally bought two presents for a few people - my little sister's hard to buy for, but I found her the perfect gift in January... and then a different perfect gift last month. Oops. Think I'll save one of 'em for her birthday in March.)

 

And I've sewn five and a half of my six garments for me. I wouldn't have, if I didn't have the resolution, so I'm really glad I did! Might make it eight garments next year. :)

08-27-2013 03:28 PM
Nazsmum

IsaFrench- you can do it.thumbsup.gif

08-27-2013 01:58 PM
IsaFrench

oh là là .... have just read my february post, the dress in question is still un-finished

i have more or less stopped moisturising my heels (now that i don't wear socks)

=> i understand that i should do a winter morning routine and a summer evening routine about heels ....

i AM eating less meat but not consistently ...

am also losing and gaining the same few kilos a few time ....

now, with September around the corner and the start of a new schoo years for the children, i might get into a new groove ...

07-10-2013 02:31 PM
Smokering

Well, I haven't updated for a good few weeks. (I edit my original post to keep tally rather than making new ones). I've been a bit depressed and couldn't be bothered with the record-keeping. I do mean to get back into it...

 

I'm not doing *too* badly. Sort of. The 'buy one Christmas present a month' thing has been my most successful thus far - I've bought at least one a month, sometimes more. It's nice to feel that Christmas shopping won't be as frantic this year, especially given how busy I'll be this December.

 

Doing one nice thing every month for the house and garden is kind of a bust. We really suck at that kind of thing. It annoys me, because I hate living with half-painted walls and a scruffy garden, but I've lost the oomph to do much about it. We did get a good compost system recently, though, and some new chickens.

 

I'm sewing articles 3 and 4 of the six garments I wanted to sew myself this year. Unfortunately neither is going terribly well. :p Sewing kids' clothes is SO much more fun and less stressful!

07-10-2013 04:21 AM
Nazsmum

I'm doing well. I lost some weight and had my hair cut for St Jude.

 

Doing well orngbiggrin.gif

07-10-2013 02:59 AM
katelove Anyone still here? I confess that I sort of forgot about this thread. Had a quick read back and checked my goals so I thought I would update

Weight loss: I am losing weight but veeeerrry, veeeerrry slowly. And I may have lost and gained the same kg a few times as well bag.gif I was 67.1kg this morning so have lost just under 5kg... in 6 months. Oh well, at least it's a loss.

Eating most meals at the table: dinner we're doing very well at this. Lunch and breakfast, fairly hopeless.

Friday shopping: not too bad. Going shopping every Friday but haven't mastered the art of *one* weekly shop. Probably need to meal plan to really succeed. And write proper shopping lists instead of just winging it and ending up with 7 blocks of fetta cheese in the fridge. Good thing it has a long life.

Veggie garden: is going well. We have mint, basil and parsley in the herb section. Marigolds, sunflowers and sweet peas (these seem to be failing though) for colour. And tomatoes, snow peas, kaalain broccoli, capsicum, rainbow chard and zucchini all happily growing away. So far we've only harvested some snow peas and a couple of capsicum but it's chugging along nicely.

How is everyone else going?
06-01-2013 05:21 AM
Nazsmum

June???yikes2.gif OK where is the year going???

04-19-2013 07:37 AM
Nazsmum

OK! One goal was to cut my hair for lock of love... BUT a place near me is having a cut-a-thong for St. Jude Children's Hospital.lady.gif

 

Now the question is...how will I cut my hair upsidedown.gif 

03-26-2013 12:27 PM
Smokering

Hmm. Not great, honestly. :p

 

Still struggling majorly with the food budget. We had a few particularly expensive weeks just now, because of DH's and DD's birthdays.

 

I've nearly finished Item 1 of the six I'm supposed to sew for myself this year. Not *too* off-track.... yet....

 

Eating dinner at 7:30 every night... yeah, not really happening. Entirely my fault for not getting organised more quickly in the afternoons. I think we are eating earlier than last year though, on the whole.

 

I am trying to be more conscious of being kind to DH, and that's spilling over from the "official" one day a week, so yay.

03-26-2013 05:37 AM
Nazsmum

How are you ladies doing??? March bigeyes.gif is almost over.

02-26-2013 07:43 AM
Nazsmum

Thanks.

 

Back to day 1. Doing well so far.

02-25-2013 12:57 PM
Smokering

Happy birthday! :)

 

Well, I finished my article last night, so I can get back to real life. I have a lot of sewing to do. Also cleaning. And cooking. And educating DD. And visiting friends. And gardening. And all the other stuff I put on hold while I pretended to be a Part-Time Freelancer with Work/Life Balance.

02-25-2013 04:02 AM
Nazsmum

Fell off the wagon this weekend...BUT it is my b-dayjoy.gif  I'm right back on today.

02-20-2013 12:52 PM
IsaFrench

am looking for a pattern for an easy dress for DD1 (who's now 2 inches taller than me ... but i don't want her to buy dresses i see that show too much flesh ....)

have already got the fabric (a half price flowery coton for the bottom half, a solid color for the top half)

probably sleeveless so that it's easier (she wants to learn to sew whilst doing it ...)

 

another resolution that i managed to keep has been to moisturise my heels every day, i used to thinkn it would work/try to do it in the evening but seldom kept to it for long ....now, i do it in the morning, just after washing myself and before putting on socks (having relocated the moisturiser in a convenient drawer in the bathroom)

02-19-2013 08:20 PM
Kaydove
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Originally Posted by Smokering View Post

How's everyone doing?

Sticking to our food budget is HARD. We've only come under the $150 limit once so far - usually we're $5-$10 over, which isn't too dire, but we had a few bad weeks recently. The trouble is, things keep coming up. I had to make a birthday cake last week, and I'm doing a big baby shower cake this Saturday, which will mean buying an extra block of butter, some yoghurt, cocoa and icing sugar. Possibly vanilla too. Not the end of the world, but it adds up. Also, I tend to spend the whole $150 at the start of the week, and then DH will come home with a bottle of soft drink or something to "cheer me up", which is sweet, but has kinda the opposite effect. orngtongue.gif

Eating dinner by 7:30 each night is likewise a bit of a bust.

I have a new... not resolution, but project to improve myself, I guess. I've taken up violin. My little sister and I are taking cheap Saturday morning music lessons at Uni. I wouldn't have done it if she hadn't bullied me into it, but I'm glad she did.

To stay on track, I need to sew myself one garment by the end of the month. Should be doable. I have a sailor dress mostly done, hanging in the closet - I just need to do the hem, buttons and buttonholes (and pretty up the invisible zip, which was not my cleanest insertion ever). I've been in a sewing rut lately, but DS has grown out of all his clothes so I'm making a couple of shirts right now, which will hopefully get me back into the swing of things.

Post pics of the garment you sewed!!! Once I get settled, I want to start use my sewing machine to make clothes but need examples to booster my courage.
02-19-2013 01:09 PM
IsaFrench

- eating meat only every other day = ok

 

my 3 other goals, not so much (not eating kid's leftovers, less time at the computer, pick any 3 exercises from a keep fit illustrated book)

 

on the other hand i've started decluttering a bit (on my "to do list" for the last 4 years ...)

and am starting to loose a little bit of weight (another one of my goals, that one, more than 10 years old)

02-19-2013 09:47 AM
Nazsmum

Doing OK...

02-18-2013 03:56 PM
Smokering

How's everyone doing?

 

Sticking to our food budget is HARD. We've only come under the $150 limit once so far - usually we're $5-$10 over, which isn't too dire, but we had a few bad weeks recently. The trouble is, things keep coming up. I had to make a birthday cake last week, and I'm doing a big baby shower cake this Saturday, which will mean buying an extra block of butter, some yoghurt, cocoa and icing sugar. Possibly vanilla too. Not the end of the world, but it adds up. Also, I tend to spend the whole $150 at the start of the week, and then DH will come home with a bottle of soft drink or something to "cheer me up", which is sweet, but has kinda the opposite effect. :p

 

Eating dinner by 7:30 each night is likewise a bit of a bust.

 

I have a new... not resolution, but project to improve myself, I guess. I've taken up violin. My little sister and I are taking cheap Saturday morning music lessons at Uni. I wouldn't have done it if she hadn't bullied me into it, but I'm glad she did.

 

To stay on track, I need to sew myself one garment by the end of the month. Should be doable. I have a sailor dress mostly done, hanging in the closet - I just need to do the hem, buttons and buttonholes (and pretty up the invisible zip, which was not my cleanest insertion ever). I've been in a sewing rut lately, but DS has grown out of all his clothes so I'm making a couple of shirts right now, which will hopefully get me back into the swing of things.

02-02-2013 05:24 AM
Nazsmum
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Originally Posted by katelove View Post

Keep forgetting to update.

I have lost a kilogram. Not brilliant for a whole month ( ideally I'd like to be losing a kilo a week) but at least it's a loss.

Have been doing Friday shopping. It's going pretty well although I forgot my list yesterday and had to do it from memory eyesroll.gif
I need to meal plan and shop accordingly though. I did just find a blog which has printable charts showing what fruit and veggies are in season each month though which I'm a bit excited about.

I'd also like to start experimenting a bit more and buying one fruit or veggie each week which we haven't tried before or don't normally buy. I'm including don't normally buy as we've probably tried most things which are sold at the markets at least once.

How is everyone else going?

biggrinbounce.gif for a kilogram. Keep it up!!!

 I'm. ..Do well. I'm Eating much much better and lost 4 poundsjoy.gif 

 

Things are going OK with my son.

 

And FEB is my B-day month. I'm celebrating all month. LOL

02-02-2013 04:33 AM
katelove Keep forgetting to update.

I have lost a kilogram. Not brilliant for a whole month ( ideally I'd like to be losing a kilo a week) but at least it's a loss.

Have been doing Friday shopping. It's going pretty well although I forgot my list yesterday and had to do it from memory eyesroll.gif
I need to meal plan and shop accordingly though. I did just find a blog which has printable charts showing what fruit and veggies are in season each month though which I'm a bit excited about.

I'd also like to start experimenting a bit more and buying one fruit or veggie each week which we haven't tried before or don't normally buy. I'm including don't normally buy as we've probably tried most things which are sold at the markets at least once.

How is everyone else going?
01-26-2013 05:20 AM
Nazsmum

Doing well and almost finished with JAN...need to going shopping for more vegs. Other then that doing well.

 

Smokering- If you are looking for interesting christian reading www.lovinggrace.org Wayne Monbleau have books about our priesthood. I don't see anyone else writting or talking about that.

01-19-2013 05:46 AM
Nazsmum

Smokering- Thanks

01-18-2013 12:52 PM
Smokering

Naszmum: Well, at the moment I'm reading The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins, which is smashing, but not particularly Christian. After that I'm going to read Unbroken, a non-fiction book by Laura Hillenbrand about a US soldier in WW2 who drifted on a life raft for thousands of miles, was tortured by the Japanese and eventually became a Christian. I don't know much more about the book than that, except it won some kind of award; I bought it for Dad for Christmas, and he said it was very good and lent it back to me. :p

 

Hmm, what else? Timothy Keller's book on marriage is brilliant. Really brilliant. I thought it'd be the same-old same-old, but it was really eye-opening. The Meaning of Marriage, it's called. 

 

Other than that I'm not sure I have much to recommend! I read John Piper's Bloodlines: Race, Cross and the Christian recently, but it struck me as kind of obvious. Have you read CS Lewis? He's a perennial favourite. The space trilogy is brilliant, and lesser-known than his other stuff - Out of the Silent Planet, Perelandra and That Hideous Strength. They're much more fantasy/allegory than hard sci-fi. I also love The Great Divorce, The Screwtape Letters, A Grief Observed (if you don't mind crying for a week!), Till We Have Faces... basically, anything he wrote. 

 

Or the Father Brown mysteries by GK Chesterton are pretty awesome. Detective stories solved by a priest. I disagree with his theology at times (Lewis' too), but like Lewis he's very savvy about the human condition, and very good at poking fun of absurdities and hypocrisies. And the stories are fun, and not too scary/gory - Sherlock Holmes level, more or less.

01-18-2013 08:46 AM
Nazsmum

I have been doing well. I am adding VEGs to all my meals. I even lost some weight thumb.gif

 

Hard road with my son. We went to the dentist yesterday and he is just so hard to deal with at times. But I'm standing my ground. Letting him cry and not letting him get away with "being bad" Anyway I'm standing my ground!

 

Smokering- Can ask you what books you are reading? I remember saying you read christian books. I need a new book.

01-16-2013 01:44 AM
katelove I forgot to update on Monday like I'd planned to.

Weight loss - I actually *gained* 100g which isn't terribly promising. However, as I also ate chocolate and/or ice cream everyday it's rather a miracle I didn't gain more. Hooray for tandem feeding. Have tried to be slightly more circumspect this week.

Eating at the table - I'm happy with this. We're doing well.

Friday shopping - didn't manage it last week but my new trolley arrived today so we are all set for this week.

Garden - on hold til April-ish I should think.
01-15-2013 09:21 PM
Smokering

Just realised it looks like I've abandoned this thread. I haven't, I'm just editing my original post. :p

 

I'm doing OK. Dinner by 7:30 is a work in progress at best... and we haven't exactly come in under budget for groceries yet, though I hope we'll make it this week. I completely forgot today that this is my be-nice-to-DH day, so I'm postponing that until Friday, when my article's done and I have energy to spare for niceness. :p I did buy him some chocolate today, though...

 

I'm not sure what my "make the house significantly nicer" thing will be this month. Maybe the curtain for our bedroom, although how nice that's going to look remains to be seen... I'd like to make a duvet cover for our manky coverless duvet, which would instantly make our bedroom look a thousand per cent classier... but I can't afford to buy any fabric right now and I don't have anything suitable in my stash.

01-14-2013 01:36 PM
mumkimum

 

::2013 goals:: and where they're at right now 

 

 

Make the various curtains I've wanted to get around to and hang/rehang/frame more things for the walls in the house.

Have gotten things cleaned up in general around the house, and put holiday things away.  Slow/low progress here.  

 

Paint the bathroom, then replace stuff that's gross in there.

Nothing yet.

 

Exercise on some kind of weekly basis (ideally 2-3x -- aiming to lose the 5-10 lb that keep my clothes from fitting better at least).

Have been okay doing stretching most days, and a few walks to school (need to get more intense yoga in a few more times or other workout videos, haven't done comprehensive 20-30 minutes of stuff all at once like I'd prefer - have been terribly stiff lately so I could use more, I can tell).  I did (on a related note) started food journaling again a bit, which helps not get way out of control with the other part of the problem.  Of course I also made chocolate cake which didn't help either.  eyesroll.gif  

 

01-14-2013 09:53 AM
IsaFrench

- eating no meat every other day => it's working so far (am meat-less on "odd " days)

 

- pick any 3 exercise from my gym book (i've got the mat, the ankle weights, the hand weights ...etc ....) per day => hasn't happened yet !!!

 

- not eating my kids leftovers => mixed succes here

 

- spend less time at the computer .... => not quite ...have replaced some of that time with sitting at my way too big jigsaw puzzle, very good for shutting my mind from nagging worries .... but desastrous on sleep and "to do" list !

01-08-2013 08:54 AM
Nazsmum

Be kinder to my son- I know this sound weird but my son is a HARD kid....Well I standing my ground and he is acting OK. He is getting better.

 

Eating Vegs (I will go VEG by the end of the year) I had 1/2 cup of mixed Vegs with breakfast eat.gif 1 cup with lunch just now. Planning on dinner pasta and vegs.

 

Growing my hair... Well I may need to get it trimmed

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