This first week has been just a short one, which is probably for the best with tackling such a large Stoptober list. For those of you who don’t remember, or missed my post, for Stoptober (the whole of October) I’m giving up Chocolate, Cakes & Sweets, Takeaway, Alcohol, Spending, Being Lazy & Using Tiredness as an excuse.
Wednesday -Day 1 and I was feeling very motivated! I informed everyone on Facebook and at work of my intentions, so no one was persuading me to try stuff or to break me. The hardest temptation of the day was definitely carrot cake, though I did give in to a bite of cheese scone (it was Lincolnshire Day and it had Lincolnshire Poacher cheese in it!) but that doesn’t break the rules anyway. I didn’t drink. I came home and got the washing in. I took Chris out to get his bike. And I spent the evening organising my week. A good start!
Thursday -It was only Day 2 but already it was feeling a little harder. At work we were making chocolate brownies which was so tough for me as we’d had them the week before and they were amazing. While I did try the tiniest of bits, it was merely to see if it was cooked enough or not. It was so difficult resisting the urge to actually eat some so I’m pretty proud that I didn’t. As well as that, I stuck by everything else. When I got home from work I made 2 phone calls that I’ve been meaning to do for ages, emptied the recycle bin, put on some washing and stacked the dishwasher – all before getting the girls dinner. I then spent the evening writing two blog posts to schedule for Friday and Saturday, meaning I would be free from my blog till Sunday and could get other things done!
Friday -Without Brownies at work to tempt me, Day 3 definitely wasn’t as hard as Day 2. That said, we made some new oat biscuits which we’d never made before and they had to be taste tested. Luckily (and technically) biscuits aren’t on my “stop” list, but that said I still only had half of one. After dinner there were some left and honestly that was a little harder, to resist having another. Otherwise though, I got 3 loads of washing hung before heading to work, left early in order to get parcels and had a very productive evening – jewellery and sewing. So far, so good – but trying to remind myself its only 3 day out of 31!
Saturday -This was by far the hardest day of the week, but only because I ended up stressed and upset on two separate occasions. By lunchtime I was ready to chow down on a huge chocolate bar but luckily I settled for a bacon buttie which just hit the spot! The rest of the afternoon I managed to de-stress making a dress for Oliva, only to end up angry and upset again – which did result in drinking a small glass of wine. This was the first time I’d deliberately broken my “Stoptober” and honestly I didn’t feel too bad for it. I’m not a big drinker anyway so stopping it was merely because it had been in my list of suggestions, not because I really needed to. Anyway, out of 2 bottles I don’t think one small glass was a big deal. Otherwise though, all the rest are going well.
Sunday – I was up earlier than I needed to be on Sunday and it actually felt good. After making myself a cup of tea, I went to hang out the washing so that felt productive. At 10am I headed to Aldi to get some shopping and then cracked on with a Sunday Roast for dinner. In the spare moments running up to lunch, I started on a new dress for Olivia and then after lunch was eaten and all cleared away, I went back to sewing. On top of that the girls and I managed two dishwasher loads during the day and brought in the washing. Only at 6pm did I even go near by computer, knowing I didn’t need to until writing this post. This evening I hope to write my Monday Round-up for tomorrow, maybe along with another post for Tuesday. I also want to grab a bath at some point and watch a TV show with Megan and Chris that we need to catch up on.
Week One completely with only a bite of scone, a tiny bit of chocolate brownie and half an oat biscuit – mostly because it couldn’t be avoided as that’s my job. I’ve felt organised and much more on top of things this week, even cancelling a membership I’ve been meaning to do for a while and chasing up how many payments were left on a debt I’d had outstanding for a few years. Generally I’ve felt very good this week and I’m not only cutting out a lot of junk by not having cakes, chocolate etc. but I’m trying to be good with the rest of my diet generally. I’ve been using My Fitness Pal again religiously, being sure to log every day. With exception to the small glass of wine I had last night, I consider this week a complete success! Only 4 more weeks to get through!
Weekly Spending List
Absolutely nothing! I had to get some food shopping and some petrol but otherwise I haven’t spent anything – not even on Ebay or via Paypal etc. Even the food shop didn’t have anything unnecessary added to it.