July goals: Update

Hello there! I’m working from home today because the train I usually take to get to work was cancelled and with the next one it was unclear whether/when it would be stopping where I wanted to go. If I’d realised that earlier, I’d have stayed in bed longer! But never mind… this way I started work earlier than usual so I get to have extra breaks.

At the beginning of July, I posted some goals for the month. Now that it’s August, I suppose I should look back at those goals and see whether I actually achieved any of them or not. Making monthly goals is not a thing I usually do (and I won’t be making any for August… goals and birthday month don’t mix!).

  • Complete the 30 day squat challenge.
    I actually did it! Okay, it ended up being more of a 33ish day challenge because I inserted a few extra rest days when my thighs went on strike and refused to even consider the number of squats I wanted to put them through that day. I see no difference in the size of my thighs, but Jan claims they feel firmer so there’s that.
  • Be more careful with my money.
    Meh. Sort of. More careful than in June anyway, although I still had slightly less left at the end of the month than I would have liked to, especially sionce I assume I am going to need a lot for Taiwan!
  • Lose 2kg before my brother comes.
    Well, I got half way there. Lost 1 kg before my brother came. Now I’m down to 1.5 kg lost, although it fluctuates a lot. The scales did show the weight I was aiming for once last week, but I think it was just a fluke.
  • Not a combination of ingredients I would have thought of myself, but utterly delicious!
    Not a combination of ingredients I would have thought of myself, but utterly delicious!
  • Complete the summer reading challenge.
    Those who read my last post will know that I did not, in fact, complete the challenge. I still have one book to go.
  • Eat fruit.
    Wellll, I had some raspberries in a glass of spritzer, ate two whole apricots in July and also had a mago and avocado salad (amazing!) one night while my brother was here. Not quite as much as I was aiming for, bit it’s fruit so I’ll take it 😉

So, there you have it. A semi-success, I suppose. I would have liked to save more money and do better on the fruit front, but this is better than nothing.

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July goals

I don’t usually do this kind of post, but this is supposed to be a place for me to gather my thoughts and what I’m thinking about right now is goals for the month 😉 Also, our internet has been flaky since we got home, which has kind of thrown a spanner in the works of the Vienna posts. It’s difficult to upload photos when the browser keeps telling you it’s unable to connect!

  • Complete the 30 Day Squat Challenge! I had to restart because I didn’t do any squats in Austria. I’m now back to day 4 and this time I actually want to finish it.
  • Be more careful with my money. I did waaaay too much online shopping last month (mostly buying books and summer clothes), and when I checked my bank balance just before we went to Austria I nearly had a heart attack. Of course, it didn’t help that the TV licence people took their money, which doesn’t happen every month. In July, I need to budget better and actually have some money left when my brother comes to visit!
  • Lose 2 kg before my brother comes. That will put me 2 kg above what I weighed after I had my wisdom teeth out. I can’t believe I’ve actually put on 4 kg since then (almost back up to my original weight!) so I’m determined to get at least halfway back to that weight!
  • Complete the summer reading challenge. I should be able to read 2.5 books by the end of the month, right?
  • Eat fruit! I’m terrible at it because whenever I buy fruit it goes mouldy before I can consume any so I end up not bothering to buy any more. But this month I want to buy some and actually do something with it before it’s too late!

That’s all. Five things sounds like it should be doable. Especially since some of them I’ve already started anyway… I just need to actually stick with them this time!

 

Some kind of smoothie

smoothieI had to buy a new hand blender because I’d managed to break my old one. In the interest of fairness, I should add that said breaking was entirely down to my own stupidity and had nothing to do with any failings in the device itself. Apparantly the metal attachment hadn’t been properly screwed back onto the handle part after use. Being me, I didn’t bother to check this before using the blender but, seeing it already put together, simply plugged it in and pressed the button. Even when it started making weird noises while spinning all I did was think “Hmm, it doesn’t normally sound like that!”. It only occurred to me to check what was going on when the smell of burning plastic filled the air. Result: the plastic thingy in the handle part things that causes the metal rod for the blades to spin is all worn away so the spinning thing no longer happens. Basically, I’m pretty much a moron…

To christen my new blender, I made this drink which involves the blending together of fruit (and coconut milk), so I guess it’s a smoothie of some kind…

Ingredients:
125 g raspberries
1 tin coconut milk
The juice from half a lime
1 small banana

Method:
1. Break the raspberries  up a bit and place them in a jug with a little bit of the coconut milk, then blend the raspberries until smooth (you might want to wear an apron in case raspberry juice goes everywhere. Or maybe that only happens to me… we’ve already established that I’m a moron, after all ;-))

2. Add the rest of the coconut milk and the freshly squeezed lime juice and stir everything together well with a spoon.

3. Chop up the banana (slice it then halve the slices) and add it to the mixture. Blend everything together until smooth.

4. Place the mixture in the fridge to cool before drinking. Trust me, you won’t want to drink it warm!

Tada… a refreshing drink for summer! And it’s full of fruit (and no added sugar), so it’s also healthy and stuff. Aaaand it’s lactose free/vegan, so basically everyone can enjoy. Unless you’re allergic to coconut milk. Or limes, raspberries or bananas. I bet somebody out there is! (Also, if you’re wondering why the banana went in last… it’s because I only put it in as an afterthought when I realised the mixture was kind of runny. I suppose you can probably put it in earlier, if you like. Or leave it out and use more raspberries – I didn’t have any more so that option was out for me!).

Something beginning with B…

My friends like to do these random surveys/fill in the sentence/whatever things. They send me them by email or post them as Facebook notes. Mostly I just ignore them but I liked the look of this one so I decided to steal it for blogging purposes.
Here are the rules:
1. Tell us your first name: Beverley
2. Complete the following statements. All answers must begin with the first letter of your name.

1) 4 letter word: Bell
2) Girl’s name: Bettina (I’m assuming using my own name would be cheating…)
3) Boy’s name: Benjamin
4) An Occupation: Banker
5) A colour: Blue
6) Something you wear: Bra (It was the first thing that came to mind ok!)
7) Beverage: Bacardi
8 ) Food: Burger
9) Something found in a bathroom: Bath
10) A city: Barcelona
11) A country: Brazil
12) Song with a girl’s name in the title: Black Betty
13) Something you shout: Boo!
14) Celebrity: uuhh… Bryan Adams
15) Cartoon character: Bugs Bunny
16) Flower: Bluebell
17) Animal: Bear
18) Fruit: Banana
19) A book title: Bloomability (by Sharon Creech)
20) A film title: Breakfast Club (OK, so technically it’s The Breakfast Club, but “the” doesn’t count… right?)

OK, now it’s over to you dear readers. If you’d like to join in just leave me a comment with a link to your blog (so I can come and see your list) then get memeing.