Here we are at the end of April…well almost… and time for the monthly check-in.
April began where March ended – in Hervey Bay. In between there’s been sunshine and rain – both weather-wise and figuratively speaking.
In many ways, the month has been good – because of public holidays (Easter, Anzac Day and Labour Day) we’ve had four short weeks in a row… gotta love that! On the downside, we don’t get another long weekend until October… sigh.
Anyways, we’re not here to talk about public holidays and long weekends – WOTY is all about keeping the focus on, well, the word of the year:
Me – author, baker, sunrise-chaser
You might recall that the resolutions I set myself were:
- Move daily
- Do something fun once a week –something that doesn’t involve work.
- Send out an author newsletter each month.
- Book our UK trip and take the entire month of October off work.
These were all intended to help put me first – my health, my wellbeing, my writing career.
So, how did I go? I’m glad you asked.
Okay, I’m going to cut straight to the chase and confess that if there was a wagon to fall off in April, I fell off it. To be honest, I didn’t just fall, I jumped with wild abandon.
While I didn’t stop moving and managed to hit my step, strength and cardio workout targets for the month. I did, however, undo most of the dietary gains I’d made the month before.
Alcohol-free weekday targets? Time-restricted eating? Minimise starchy carbs? Yeah…about that. I achieved some days, so the month wasn’t a complete write-off, but a massive meltdown in the middle of the month put me right off my game.
It was one of those meltdowns that I imagine we all have every so often – those ones that have their basis in absolutely nothing rational but generally end in a chuck-all-your-toys-out-of-the-cot-what-is-the-point-of-all-of-this-hard-work-anyway type of moment. And everything seemed like hard work – from the day job (which, come to think on it, usually is hard work) to my daily exercise sessions to meal planning to pretty much any other commitment I’d made during the month. I was even resenting my morning beach walks. So I did what I usually do when in those situations – sabotage myself.
Naturally it didn’t last – I don’t have the focus required to maintain either a good rage or a good grudge – but it certainly put me on the back foot for a bit, but I’m back to doing the Pollyanna thing again now and haven’t grumbled about the 4.30am alarm at all this week.
In any case I’m trying not to beat myself up too much – I might not have given 100% every day, but I did show up.
We managed an outing most weekends. As tends to go with us, most were food-related:
An early morning long walk to brekky at Salt in Urangan while in Hervey Bay – how good is that view?
A new restaurant at the top of Buderim Village – Dee Den. So so pretty and the food is good, but I think they’re still working out what level of spice their market can bear as it was a tad toned down for us.
A new Vietnamese cheap eat in Buderim Village – excellent pho, great Vietnamese salads and spring rolls served the street food way – with lettuce leaves for wrapping.
Dinner and the first fire pit for the year with friends in the hinterland.
High tea in the hinterland on a grey, rainy day. (Keep an eye out for next week’s What’s On Your Plate for more about this.)
Another tick in the box for an April newsletter – that’s two in a row!
I also finished the structural edit on Alice Delaney’s story, It’s In the Stars. That will be off to my editor this afternoon after I finish my final read-through.
I think I’ve found a cover designer for Philly Barker Investigates – hopefully I’ll have an update on that next month.
Also for the first time, all my books are now available on all digital platforms, Borrowbox, and in print. If you’re after a paperback copy you can order through Amazon or your favourite online store. (Just how pretty do they all look?)
In book club, we’ve begun our journey into the novels of Jane Austen and this Dorset Apple Cake was the first bake inspired by Persuasion.
I made a couple of new soup recipes – the roasted spicy pumpkin in the pic with the scones, and a rather fancy pants onion consomme that was super healthy, super clear, but took hours of stock making and onion chopping and clarifying. It was, however, worth it. With some asparagus and snow peas, it made a posh starter.
I also tried a few new to me recipes for evening meals. One was this 15-minute spicy pork with instant noodles that I found on Instagram. The best pimping of instant noodles I’ve yet met and it didn’t use those nasty chemical sachets that come with the noodles.
Finally, I made this baked feta with olives as a starter with a difference one night when we had friends over.
We’re completing much of our walk in the dark these days, with the sun peeking out from under the covers until after we’ve done the walk and coffee thing and are heading home. There have, however, still been some cracking early mornings. Here are some of my faves.
On the last Friday of each month (Southern Hemisphere), the co-hosts of What’s On Your Bookshelf hold a link up for readers to share their reflections and actions inspired by their Words of the Year (or goals/intentions for 2022). Sue, Deb, Donna and, of course, myself are looking forward to you joining us and sharing how you have focused on your WOTY during the previous month. The linky is below.