February: Fresh Start

IMG_7229January is traditionally the month of fresh starts and New Years resolutions. As much as I do love hitting the New Year running, I’m also aware that January is always a bit of a depressing month. No matter how much positivity you can throw at it. It’s quite dreary, mostly broke and there are generally zero events revolving around large meals, family and gifts. So I always tend to go a little easy on myself in January with this in mind. Overall, Jan was a decent month – but for me, there’s still room for improvement. Which brings me to Fresh Start February.

Mainly because I like alliteration, but also because I want to shake things up a bit. February will be seeing a few changes for me. On the blog and ‘behind the scenes’. A few of the changes I’ll be making to both the blog and life in general in Feb… in case these offer any inspiration to make your own fresh start:

1. A life clear out: I started this at the weekend with a mega wardrobe clear out. I was feeling ruthless (best way to feel for a clear out) and managed to strip my cupboards and wardrobe of four bags of clothes within a couple of hours. Feels amazing to have seriously downsized. My top tip for clearing out your wardrobe is always make yourself rules and stick to them. My rules were – simple colour palette (in general, there’s a handful of colourful exceptions) and if I don’t feel good when I wear it, it goes. Simple and effective. More tips on clearing out on a post a did a while ago HERE. Still to go on the life clear out… the shoes…

2. Less sugar, more water: I started the water part in earnest in Jan, but have always been a bit shaky on cutting out sugar. So this is my new mission for Feb. Biggest challenge being how plain addictive the stuff is! But the plan is to cut back on sugar and sweet snacks in general and continue to increase water intake. The combination is hands down the best way to see improvements in everything from skin to energy levels so basically needs to happen. Starting with a nice big old glass of water and lemon first thing and then more through the day. It really is refreshing!

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3. Dial up the exercise: I am so guilty of being a fair weather exercise person. But that whole ‘Summer bodies are made in Winter’ expression is all too true and unless I want my Summer body to still be wearing it’s Winter insulation coat then I need to get my butt moving. I’ve already started with some personal training sessions via the amazing service of PRIV * which basically offers a whole host of on demand services, including personal training. Despite this, my frame of mind has been struggling to make it a priority. But I have 10 sessions still to go with the next one booked in for early next week. I am determined to get that exercise spark back and really get myself into a routine – ideally of working out 3 times per week. Starting with two and working my way up… Will of course report back, am focussing on overall routine change over weight loss right now so hopefully this will be the start of something long term. I also signed up to do the British 10k around London again in July, so will be doing a bit of training/get fit mission for that too that will likely find a way on to the blog…

4. New look blog: Coming your way very soon. A simplified version of the blog, taking it back to traditional blog style of chronological order of posts and a simple trio of categories. Plus the best bit… it will be mobile friendly again! Woo! It should be over the next few days that this all goes live, fingers crossed. So please do let me know what you think and any feedback. Keen to make it as user friendly as possible – so let me know what you think, in total honesty!

5. Cooking from scratch: Anyone who knows me, knows that cooking isn’t my ‘thing’. That’s right, as much as I’d love to be one of those domestic Goddess bloggers who just happens to bake fresh bread whilst tapping out a blog post, I’m not. You’re more likely to find me snacking on a bowl of cereal than whipping up a delightful meal from scratch. I’m not a hopeless cook, I’m just a bit impatient I think and since Ollie actually tends to enjoy cooking… naturally I tend to leave it to him. But in Feb, my aim is to cook from scratch at least once a week. It won’t necessarily be Earth-shattering meals, but they will be made from ingredients (i.e. not frozen food in oven…) and I aim to do this all by myself *pats self on back*…wish me luck!

What about you.. any little Feb ‘fresh start’ things you’re introducing this month?

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7 Comments

  1. February 5, 2015 / 11:07 am

    I really like this post ands the pic’s are beautiful!
    xx
    belle-fin.blogspot.be

    • Jen
      Author
      February 7, 2015 / 8:14 am

      Thank you! Kinda makes me want to just grab a big old glass of lemon water again looking at them!

  2. February 5, 2015 / 11:08 am

    Lovely post! I too want to get back into cooking from scratch, definitely much better for you since you know exactly what is going into your body.

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  3. Kat
    February 5, 2015 / 12:02 pm

    Love the idea of Fresh Start February! I think any month of the year is a great time to make some changes 🙂 I’ve been pretty good overall with my diet and exercise in January but I do want to get more organised at home in February/Spring time. A Spring clean is DEFINITELY in order, my makeup collection in particular needs downsizing…. 🙁

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  4. February 5, 2015 / 4:48 pm

    I love posts like this- they get me really motivated. I recently did a wardrobe clear-out and bagged up 15 bags of clothes to donate! It was exhilarating!
    xx
    Jenny // Mish Mosh Makeup

    • Jen
      Author
      February 7, 2015 / 8:14 am

      Good work! It feels good doesn’t it?! Plus so nice to be able to actually get to stuff without needing to dig in over stuffed drawers/wardrobe!

  5. February 9, 2015 / 6:46 pm

    I feel you on this, all my plans of starting fresh in January kin of fizzled out by the 2nd. I’m looking to get back to the gym and finally take a yoga class.

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