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Progress update (or lack thereof)

Monday, 14 August 2017 at 17:36

Let's recap. We are in mid-August - way more half way into the year, so this might be a good time to look at my goals.

Firstly, I have finished university. Although my Masters results don't come out until the end of August, I have got a distinction in my LPC and will most likely get my Masters in 2 weeks' time. Good jobbie.

Secondly, I finally have some sort of a career. In fact, it is the career I was so close to giving up on. Drum roll - I am actually going to be a solicitor! My training contract starts in 2 weeks... in Cambridge.  Jonny and I are therefore embarking on yet on another adventure. It seems we can't stay in the same place for more than 2 years at a time. We are tossing flat-sharing in the past and will shortly be moving into a lovely two bedroom flat. How very exciting.

I have still not learnt how to drive and with it being mid-August I don't think I can do it by November. Goal update: pass my theory and have at least one driving lesson by the time I'm 26. Goals are about reflecting, right? I shall recap in a few months!

We are past July and no, I still haven't come out of debt but I have found a way to steadily pay it all off, which is a massive weight off my shoulder. Phew.

Health and fitness-wise, I have just inhaled two giant milk chocolate buttons which Jonny's mum has kindly sent us. Not forgetting about finishing the marshmallows. It is worth mentioning that I have just come back from the gym, having spent about 1.5 hours there. So basically, I just undid all the good. No, I have not finished the Kayla BBG guide, but I have won 2 DietBets and finished Jillian Michaels' 30 Day Shred. I have also just started Ripped in 30 and shall report on the success. The work-outs might be a little bit disrupted due to the impending move, but I will do all that I can. No, I will not cut out alcohol.  Many leaving do's are on the cards and I simply cannot say "no" when people are toasting to my success. Why would I not enjoy the flattery? Perhaps I will stick to gin and wine (perhaps not mix the two, as that never ends well).

In terms of blogging, I want to use it as brain dump. I have become quite good at reducing my impulse buying of clothes but still struggle to get a coherent wardrobe and style. I will also have my own space, so will document sorting that one out, too.

Stay tuned!

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2017: New year, new goals.

Tuesday, 24 January 2017 at 11:24

We have all heard the dreaded "New Year, new me" mantra repeated on social media on 1st January. Yes, it is true that we all set overly ambitious and unrealistic goals, I am a true believer that commitment to change is great and it does not matter if a new year is a catalyst for it. Let's raise a glass for 2017 goals.

Education and career

1. Finish university in 2017 with a MSc in Law, Business and Management.

2. Get a some sort of a career. I seem to have made a career of being a Paralegal. The sad truth is that I am great at what I do and there is absolutely no reason why I should not progress. I have got caught into a cycle of complaining about my job prospects and frankly, this needs to change. Less complaining, more action. Let's be honest - becoming a solicitor is bloody hard. When 1,500 people apply for 40 spaces, you know you have to be pretty special to get all the way there. This is the year when I work my hardest to get there, but hey - if it does not happen, it is fine. I need to be open for a Plan B. There will be many job I can be very good at and still be satisfied with. 

Personal development

3. Learn how to drive by the time I am 26. It is shameful that at this age I still have made no attempt at learning to drive! This is the year!

4. Come out of debt by July! This one will most likely be the most challenging one, but hey ho - gotta be done!

Health and fitness
5.  Look good naked, aka the goal we all have every 1 January.  Ever since I was in my late teens, I have been on some sort of a diet. Looking back at it, I think it is incredibly sad.  This year I will aim for balance. Yet again I started the Kayla Itsines BBG guide. I am currently working my way through week 3. Yes, it is bloody hard and the thought of exercising 6 times a week makes me shiver. I have been really struggling with my energy levels and digestion issues, which is not really great at the age of 25. I am already very good at meal prepping and cooking relatively healthy, but I let myself go with booze and the occasional binge. 

Last year I got to week 6 of the BBG programme. I then had to stop due to an issue with my knee, which was subsequently diagnosed as chondromalacia. This year I am restarting the programme - this year I will modify all of the jumping to protect my knee. After all every move counts and the modifications don't mean I break any less sweat. 

Watch this space as this blog and my instagram at @fitaggie have been created to keep me accountable. 

This weeks measurements are: 

Height: 160 cm
Weight: 65 kg
Waist: 74 cm
Hips: 104 cm
Thigh: 63 cm
Calf: 40.5 cm
Arm: 30.5 cm

Over and out!

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