Yesterday, I had a look at my post back in January where I set myself some goals to keep myself occupied and overcome some challenges.
How am I doing?
Ahem. Let's be honest, eight days after I read that post we decided to move and since then my time hasn't been my own.
No spending for three months - let's face it, after my last post there's no point digging this grave over.
Walk 500 miles - not done. Just not got out there at all. I've dragged myself to work and dragged myself home to sleep. Food was in there somewhere, rarely planned and often eaten on the hoof. Since I've moved to mother-in-law's, I've been sleeping a lot better, but I still feel like the best thing I can do for myself is sleep rather than knacker myself out with exercise. My stress levels are very high while I sort out the paperwork for buying the new house, and I'm quite unsettled not living in my own space. I'm not going to compound that with a new exercise routine.
When I'm on my own in Lincolnshire in a few weeks I'll address it then. The stress will be gone, I'll be even more rested, as I won't have so much housework to do, and I'll be settled and more motivated. There are plenty of new places to explore in the new area, so I'll get back to the walking then.
Reading - I've only just got back to reading. Again, tiredness and a lack of time just meant I didn't go near one until very recently. However, last week I did read one on my list - 'When Bubbles Burst: Surviving the Financial Fallout' by John Calverley. It's about how financial bubbles develop, such as the property and IT boom, and how and why they suddenly burst and the bottom falls out of the market. I can't pretend to understand everything that was in there, as my knowledge of how the financial markets work is not deep, but I like the way he lays out the evidence for doom as each bubble develops. You can see the events unfold and realise they are a train wreck waiting to happen, but of course everything is with hindsight.
The one thing that stuck in my mind was when he talked about how you know the top of a bubble has been reached. Paraphrasing, suddenly even your grandmother knows about this 'new' fad (be that IT shares, property) because it is being written about in the news media, and thinks she should get in because there's money to be made. That's an indication that the market for that product is saturated and will run out of buyers soon, then start the slide downwards until the bottom falls out of it.
Have a complete nutrition plan - this fell by the wayside slightly over the last few month, as I began to rely on gluten-free carb-heavy food again for speed. It was easy and quick to fling together a cheese sandwich or bowl of pasta made from gluten-free products, than a meal based on the autoimmune diet protocol. I have suffered for it and was feeling bloated and unwell again. About five days ago I gave up all grains in any form and came off almost all sugar. I say almost, I allow myself something once a day, be that two sugars in a coffee or small lolly, to ensure I don't feel too deprived during the transition phase and go back to eating it again in large quantities. I know from experience this will happen, so I'm trying to head it off.
No more than 30 minutes on the internet a day - I just can't make this work. Admittedly we've been searching for a house and doing a lot of the buying and selling process by email, but even so I use the internet for so much it just isn't feasible. I spent at least 4 hours last Sunday catching up with financial blogs and articles from various sites, let alone the other blogs and sites I like to read, and each day I'm searching out pictures and inspiration for the new house and garden. However, I'll admit I've been on non-financial forums a lot over the last few months, almost as a sort of release valve for stress, so over the last week I've tried to cut that back a bit. I don't post, so technically I am rubbernecking other people's lives and using it as entertainment, which is unpleasant and has to stop. There are better ways to use my time.
I'll come back and update on my goals in a month. By then I should be getting close to completing on the new house and preparing to move in.