So that was October. It was the usual juggling of day job with writing with life, but other than that was as close to routine as I tend to get. Although we officially still have another day left of it, here’s the round-up of the month that was.
None, not even to Sydney for the day job, and, surprisingly for me, I’m grateful for that! I’m hoping that November will also be a stay at home month as every single weekend until we leave for the UK in December is now spoken for.
My 5 most “liked” posts for the month were:
With no travel, I’ve been able to stick to my mid-week routines and am 3.5 kgs lighter at the end of the October than I was at the start of it. That makes a total of just on 8kgs so far.
What am I doing? Nothing terribly revolutionary, and if you follow my Instagram you’ll know I still enjoy Saturday evening and Sunday lunches. I am, however:
- Not drinking alcohol between Monday – Thursday
- I keep it simple and have the same breakfast, lunch and mid-afternoon snack most weekdays
- I’m not eating starchy carbs in my weekday evening meals
- I’m keeping an eye on portion sizes
- I’m walking a lot – most workdays I’m doing 15000 steps and averaging between 90,000 and 100,000 steps a week. That’s a 5km walk before and after work. I am, however, giving myself one day off each week to faff about. That old injury in my ankle is causing me some curry but that’s another story entirely.
It seems to be working and while I have a pre-holiday goal in mind, all bets will be off while we’re in the UK!
To be brutally honest, I’m actually not feeling much different and can’t see where the 8kgs has gone from. My clothes at this time of the year are mostly loose dresses so weren’t feeling tight anyway.
I’m not sleeping any better, but according to my Fitbit, my resting heartbeat has gone down substantially and my tummy is a lot better – both good outcomes. Perhaps I don’t look as puffy in the face? I think I mentioned once before that I’m really not as in touch with my body as I should be…
October is a mini birthday season in our family with my husband, my nephew and my father all having birthdays – it’s a good thing I love Scorpios!
Because Sarah had a wedding to attend on Grant’s birthday we celebrated with breakfast in the park on the day of his birthday, and lunch by the water on the day after.
I’ve been completing the structural rewrite of Careful What You Wish For. It will go off to the editor for copy edit in December.
I was going to release I Want You Back before I go away but I haven’t got my head around the marketing and other work required to give it its best start in life. To that end, next year will be a busy one with 3 books ready in the first half of the year – all going well.
For now, though, here’s a sneaky peek of the cover…
I read 8 books during October. The stand-outs were:
This one by Kitty Flanigan was laugh out loud, nod along with it, funny.
As an aside, the novel I’ll be aiming to finish writing in November at one point had the working title of Alice Delaney’s Rules For Life…let’s just say I’ve now changed that.
(As an aside, if you want to keep up with what I’m reading, I tend to post my current read on my author Instagram @thehungryauthor)
Great Australian Bake-off, aka the nicest show on television, is back on and I’m very happy about that.
New to the ABC I’m really enjoying the Aussie political drama Total Control, and have begun watching Frayed. Set in Newcastle in 1989, it’s my soundtrack. Also on ABCTV I was happy to see the return this month of Grantchester and The Good Karma Hospital.
Finally, I was weirdly addicted to The Masked Singer and chuffed that I picked a few of the celebrities behind the mask.
I’m a bit late to the party, but working my way through the backlist of David Tennant Does A Podcast. Some have been fabulous and a couple so-so.
I’m also catching up on an old fave with Richard Fidler’s Conversations. I’ve particularly enjoyed the episodes dealing with the Royal Commission into banking – from both the initial exposure and the political manoeuvring to arrive at the Royal Commission, and the hearings itself. There was also a great episode on the politics behind the last Liberal party spill and how a group of about 10 people managed to get Scott Morrison into the top job. And no, I’m expressing no political opinions here…
Okay, that was my month…how was yours?