Goodbye, January 2019!

I know I’m putting this up a few days early (and man, how long has it been since I actually put up a recipe review on a Wednesday? — too long…), but I’ve got several other posts scheduled this week and, well, this was the best fit!

Let’s talk about what I’ve done in January…

Blog

In terms of my blog, I’ll have published 20 total posts by the time January 31 comes around! (This is post #19 – I’ve got one more tomorrow before the month ends.) I’ve published a post every single Friday and Saturday, and I’ve hit most Top 5 Tuesday posts, too! (I’ve got some that I might go back and back-date, but we’ll see.) It’s been slightly more consistent this month, which is what I was aiming for.

Reading

Man, I’m already 9 books into the new year (you can check out what I’m currently reading in the GoodReads bar to the right!) and it’s feeling great. I can’t remember the last time I read this many books of my choosing without having to stop and read something for class! The freedom is fantastic.

Books I bought:

  • The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo (read)
  • Spark Joy by Marie Kondo (read)
  • Jedi the Last by (unread)
  • The Killer Collective by Barry Eisler (Kindle First; unread)
  • The Snow Gypsy by Lindsay Jayne Ashford (Kindle First; unread)
  • Paper Girls #1 & 2 by Brian K. Vaughn (read)
  • To Be Or Not To Be: A Choose-able Adventure by Ryan North (read partially)
  • Isaac’s Storm by (unread)
  • Charlatan: America’s Most Dangerous Huckster by (unread)
  • Dancing in the Dark: A Cultural History of the Great Depression by (DNF’d)
  • The Girls of Murder City by (unread)

Now while that’s a list of all the books I’ve bought in January, those are certainly not all of the ones I’ve read. I’ve worked my way through a few of Steven’s books and a few that I’ve had sitting on my shelf for a few months.  I didn’t even get through all of the books that I bought this month! That’s one of my biggest problems – I just buy books and keep piling them on the shelves.

Writing

I have done absolutely nothing this month. I need to go back through a few old stories, because I got an email from Z Publishing House asking me to submit again to their new collection. I’ve got my fingers crossed that I get in again, because I’d love to be published twice! It’s a small step, but it’s still a step!

Going Green

I’ve bought a lot of things online this month. Like, a lot of things. This is really not good for the whole “be more environmentally friendly” thing, because most things shipped from online sites (I’m looking at you, Amazon) are full of plastic waste. I did order one thing from Hot Topic – a purse – that came wrapped in paper on the inside, which was way more environmentally friendly. I wish more sites would do that! Then I wouldn’t feel so guilty about buying stuff off Amazon every other day…

Being Healthier

I bought a pylo (plyo?) box this month. It hasn’t arrived (yet), but should today, and then I’ll have to put it together tonight. Next week is Week 7 of the main program I’ve been doing (which is technically Week 11 for me, because I did four weeks of pretraining prior to starting the whole thing), and it starts off with box jumps. I’m both nervous and excited on this.

I’ve been doing several miles a day on my stationary bike, and I’m in love with it!

In other news, I’ve lost five pounds in those 11 weeks, but I’m also having a bit of trouble keeping it off. I’m blaming my weekend binges. I know I should be eating better, but sometimes it doesn’t happen. I need to be more forward on meal planning, and I’m hoping that I’m able to really get into that soon. It’s just so much work. If it was simpler (or if I had someone to do dishes for me!), I’d probably meal prep every week. As of now, it’s mostly prepping two smoothies for breakfasts the next few days.

The main thing is that I’m feeling healthier. If you look at me, you’ll probably say I’m “average” or maybe even “thin,” but I haven’t felt “thin” in a while. I want to lose some of this fat around my stomach, I’d love to lose something up top, and I’d like to be able to do a push up or 30 squats without dying. I had to order a few knee braces today (thanks, HSA!) because the jumps/squats have been so hard on my knees. I’m only 24 – I shouldn’t have these problems yet! But overall, I am feeling much better about myself, and I know that come Round 2 I’ll be doing even better.

What Else?

Well, I’m not sure! I’ve done a lot of Pokemon hunting, I’ve ordered some hair dye (!!!), and I think I’m getting my life under control, one bit at a time. Time will tell if I’m able to keep it up all year or if it’s unsustainable.

How was your January? Have you given up on your resolutions, or are you making good headway on them? Let me know in the comments!

And as always, keep reading.

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