January by the numbers, and my goals for February

Happy end of January, all. Hasn’t this month felt long? Even though I like January, this has felt like a long old month. Maybe it’s the weather, maybe it’s the dark, maybe it’s the political maelstrom, I just know it’s been a long month and I’m quite looking forward to a new page on the calendar.

As this year I’ve made my new year’s resolutions monthly targets, I figured I’d check in each month with an update on how they’ve gone, as well as given a few vital stats for the month just past. There are lots of plans and changes afoot in 2017, and I think it’ll be fun to keep a record.

So, January by the numbers…

Blog events attended: A rather lacklustre 2. I have, however, had some lovely get-togethers with bloggy friends.

Brunching up a storm with Emma was a highlight!

Books read: A better 6 (The Dry, Relativity, Homegoing, How To Be A Grown Up, The Bear And The Nightingale, The One).

Such a beautiful book!

Movies seen: 2, with a third this evening (La La Land & Sing!; tonight’s pick is Jackie).

Places visited outside London: 1 – a lovely weekend in Newcastle.

Pre-6am starts: 20. Including a memorable one at 5am sharp due to tube strikes.

Theatre seen: not a jot – something I need to remedy in February! I did get tickets for Angels In America and Hamilton later in the year though, so that was a theatrical excitement!

Weight lost: 10 pounds. Making healthier choices has had a nice impact on the scale number. I’m aware that it’s just a number, but it’s always nice to secure a loss. More to come.

And how did I do with my resolutions?

My wellness habit to introduce for January was no playing on my phone or iPad before bed. This has been a real game changer and I have found it much easier to get to sleep swiftly and at a sensible hour. By having a digital sunset I’m feeling much better!

For fitness I wanted to aim for five walks a week of 30 minutes or more. I’ve been able to do this too and have loved popping a little activity into the diary.  My habits for February are:

Wellness: 7 hours sleep a night, every night. I tend to be somewhere around six to six and a half hours, but I know seven is optimal for me. I need to get this habit in place!

Someone approves highly of this ‘more sleep’ plan!

Fitness: 1 swim per week. Like the walks this is a simple habit to add and track, but I’m hopeful that if I add these habits in gradually I’ll be building a lifestyle where exercise and looking after myself becomes habitual and easy, rather than something up and down.

How are you getting on with your new year’s resolutions?


  1. Saloca
    31st January 2017 / 8:17 am

    I am so glad January is over! For me it feels like the practice month for the rest of the year, and the sooner it's over the sooner winter can be over because I'm fed up of being cold! You're doing so well on your goals, keep it up!Sarah :)Saloca in Wonderland

  2. Emma Copland
    31st January 2017 / 10:02 am

    So you totally smashed January!! I love the idea of little targets they are so much more achievable

  3. charlienin
    31st January 2017 / 1:22 pm

    Well done, lovely! Onwards and upwards!Cx

  4. Christielli
    1st February 2017 / 2:35 am

    I haven't even gotten around to making my new year's resolutions yet to be quite honest.Maybe I'll resolve never to make them!I've always enjoyed your ability to quantify things! :)Also phonecall soon!

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