My February health & Fitness challenge is over! For those who are not aware, I am embarking on a 12-month Happiness Project, with a different challenge each month designed to brighten my mood. My challenge for February was to work on my health and fitness.

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One month done; how did I get on?

This month has been a massive eye opener for me. I have a massive mental block when it comes to health and fitness and tend to convince myself that if I just decide to lose weight, it’ll happen… even if I don’t really make much effort towards it! I’ve had a really hectic month, with working 2 days a week in a friend’s office, setting up a new networking group and a whole bunch of other stuff.


Before I had S, it was easy to make the choice to exercise; I could just decide to go for a run or toddle off to the gym or something. Now I have S, it’s a bit more tricky. I can take her out for a walk, but she’s at that age where she wants to get out of the buggy and walk – in which case it’s more of a leisurely stroll than a brisk walk. Better than lazing on the sofa, but only just!

This month has made me realise that I need to sort out my schedule so that there are set times put aside specifically for exercise, probably while S is either at nursery or in bed asleep. I intend to join the gym around the corner and visit it at least twice a week.

Healthy Eating

I do think I’ve improved a bit with this; I’m making more proper meals, rather than just eat junk. However, I’ve a long way to go! The worst days are those when I’m working from home all day. I’ll skip breakfast and crack on with some work, and then look up around 1pm thinking “cor, I’m starving” and invariably reach for the closest pile of junk to shovel into my mouth. Living in the centre of town doesn’t help this either; rather than make something healthy at home, I only need to walk half a block to get to loads of different places in which to buy unhealthy food! I definitely need to work more on this.

Thinking Slimmer

I think this is probably the only area where I’ve done ok. I listen to my Slimpod every night before bed, and as I’ve mentioned before I do feel like it’s helping. I tend not to crave sugar and chocolate quite so much, but I still crave “something nice” and so I wander aimlessly around the shop trying to find something to eat. Often I’ll pick up chocoalte at the checkout from a sense of “well I need something nice to eat!” rather than actually wanting or craving that specific thing.

Weight & Measurements

Basically, there has been no change this month. Which is not really so shocking, since I’ve not really been able to do much. No time for shopping, no time for cooking, no time for exercise.

Did It Make Me Happy?

When I managed to exercise, it felt good. I have taken S out for more walks and I think we’ve both enjoyed that. I think if I could improve my diet a bit more it might help my mood too


My nan was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes when she was about 72. My mum is 62, and now has Type 2 Diabetes. My family doesn’t have a great track record on this, and I don’t want to be the one who continues the awful pattern and manages to get a diagnosis at the age of 52. Actually, just writing that down scares the bejesus out of me. I feel like a statistic of the worst possible kind. The other day I told my mum off for not taking her diabetes seriously; she doesn’t seem to have made any changes to her lifestyle, just keeps telling me she stopped taking sugar in her coffee years ago. My response to that was “well, it’s coming from somewhere else then isn’t it!”  After she left I realised that I probably consume a lot more sugar than my mum ever did at my age, and I really need to do something about that.

I know I can do it; I’ve given up sugar before, I’ve given up drinking Coke loads of times. I need to take this seriously and make sure I get myself onto the right track where food and exercise are concerned. I know what I need to do; it’s not like I don’t know how to prepare healthy meals or how not to eat my bodyweight in crap every day; I just need to put that to action. I’ve decided to keep doing weekly updates, to give myself some sort of accountability. The updates will move to Mondays, because I think it will be easier to fit in, and I like the idea of starting a new week, as it were.



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Vicky Charles

Vicky is a single mother, writer and card reader.


Raising Mighty Girls · 28/02/2015 at 16:07

I’ve made good head way trying to eat, think and be healthier this month – it’s been fairly good. Looking forward to the brighter evenings though so I can get our running in a more pleasant environment – hate running in gyms! #weekendbloghop

Louise @ Birds and Lilies · 28/02/2015 at 17:53

Your happiness project sounds like a great idea; I’ll look forward to reading more about it. It’s so hard isn’t it when you actually want to do some exercise but you struggle to fit it in? I much prefer exercising in the morning; it helps me start off the day better and helps raise your metabolism for the rest of the day, but I can’t make my daughter wait for breakfast while I exercise (obviously) so I end up doing it after she is in bed, so it’s hanging over me all day. I am getting married in July so I have stepped up my fitness too. Sounds like you are making lots of positive improvements :) xx #weekendbloghop

Helena Clarke · 28/02/2015 at 19:02

I started weight watchers in Jan and, after an enthusiastic start, have been struggling to keep it up. The recipes are great and I felt full, so it really should work, but when I have had a bad day, or I am tired after work, or I am particularly busy (so that’s most days covered then!), I often cave in to junk food and laziness! Good luck with the health kick; you have made me feel more motivated!

Erica Price · 28/02/2015 at 19:10

I must admit the diabetes thing worries me as both my mum and uncle have it. The worrying thing though is that mother is fit and slim. I could lose a few pounds, but I have a healthy BMI, but I wonder if that is enough. Good luck with the challenge.

    Vicky Charles · 01/03/2015 at 15:07

    I think it’s hard to tell or predict isn’t it, but being overweight probably doesn’t help. I know I need to do something, now I just need to actually do it!

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