End of January – the results are in…

Okay, so the resolutions are underway, but how am I doing?

Resolution 1 – Get fitter: I will do at least two exercise sessions a week

Absolutely cracked this. Just gotta keep it up. Week is pretty much made up of Monday lunchtime – swimming (40 lengths in about 30 minutes), Monday evening – Zumba, Tuesday lunchtime – spinning, Wednesday lunchtime – spinning, Thursday lunchtime – Abs, Thursday evening – Zumba, Friday lunchtime – spinning, Sunday – walk.

I’m not beating myself up too much if I miss one or two of these as I think I’ve got a lot going on. I would like to swap out a Zumba or a spin for a combat-type class but have yet to find one.

I’ve lost 2 inches off my waist and 1 inch from my bust. Need to do more in this area as I bought a dress for a hen night that’s about two dress sizes smaller than I am. I have until March 24th.

Resolution revisited: Get fitter: I will do at least four exercise sessions a week.

Resolution 2 – Lose weight: I will lose three stone by the end of June 2012 *edit by the end of September

So I revisited this resolution within 24 hours of setting it! I think 5lbs a month as an average is very sensible – so aiming for September (and a likely trip to Greece) seemed like a good idea. Though this month I’ve lost:  10.5lbs. 

I can already fit into smaller clothes 🙂

Resolution 3 – Blog more: I resolve to blog at least eight times a month

In the words of Glee’s version of Don’t Stop Believin’….. “Ta-Da”!!!

I have to admit to not being great at sourcing blog entries or having them ready to go: I’m sure I could achieve more than eight per month.

Resolution 4 – Read more: I will read at least one book every two months

Examining John Taylor under the table was an eighties hobby of mine.

I actually finished a book of short stories called End of the Line edited by Jonathan Oliver. The book was free with a horror/haunted magazine. The stories are a mixed bag, but there’s a Christopher Fowler in there which is always good value. They are all set around underground/subway systems. Siding 13 by James Lovegrove was particularly creepy.

I have also finished another book: Talking to Girls about Duran Duran by Rob Sheffield.

Thrifty Gal picked this up when we were last in New York and pressed it into my hand as she finished it telling me I’d love it. And I did. Each chapter has an eighties song as its title which acts as a great device for Sheffield introducing a memory. I particularly enjoyed the Morrissey chapter where Rob uses lines from songs to provide an ongoing discussion with his idol.

Of course, the fact that the book is peppered with eighties references means that you’ll find yourself veering alarmingly from New Kids on the Block to Paul McCartney. Yes, I did post ‘No More Lonely Nights’ on Facebook the other night. It’s all Rob Sheffield’s fault.

When travelling home from a gig the other night (the remarkable Cornshed Sisters) I ended up eavesdropping on the conversation happening beside me. A man was having a conversation with a woman about the relative merits of Rio and Hungry Like the Wolf. Talking to girls about Duran Duran is the past, present, and undoubtedly, the future. Buy it now 🙂

So that’s like two books in one month – go me!!

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