Day 71

 After going to bed just before midnight, I think it was gone 1.30am, if not even later when i finally dozed off. I woke up at 8.30, but then snoozed “for a few minutes” and before I knew it, it was 10.04AM.

Feeling bad that I overslept, I spent the first hour of today feeling like a zombie. I need to pull myself out of this mood quickly because this is exactly the kind of day that sends me into depression.

I take my morning a little easier and listen to some music, and after about an hour, I’m feeling positive, but need to get stuff done today.

11.18AM – WORK

Yes, I’m literally just getting right into it this morning. I’ve got too much to do, and it’s the last day of the month, so I want to make it count.

Take a deep breath, think positive thoughts – remember – what I focus on, I get more of – and get to it.

Today’s music is this:

If I can just get those four articles that I worked on yesterday finished up, then I’ll feel good about my progress.

Here goes.

I get three articles done with relative ease, but realise that I’m hot and grotty, so I pause at 12.27PM and go to take a shower and get dressed.

12.27PM – SHOWER

I take a shower, brush my teeth, wash my hair, dress. I feel refreshed, but still fighting an uphill battle on a down day.

I get a drink, get sat down, and get some music on.

Now I’m listening to this:


I got the third article done, and stop the clock at 1.20PM, having totalled only 1 hour and 40 minutes of work to polish off those four articles. I’m happy with that.

I’m also hungry, having eaten exactly nothing all day. I’ll get lunch when I get back, but first I want to quickly run down to my parents.

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I’m going partly to put a load of laundry in, but mostly because I set a weight target for May, and since I’ll be doing a monthly review and planning for June tomorrow, I need a final weight measurement to see if I made it.

If I’m at my target now, even though it’s half way through the day, I’ll consider it a job well done. If not, it’s not a problem, I’ll just have to work harder next month.

I head down there, and the great news is that I did it, barely.

There are 14 pounds in a stone, and my weight as I measure it this lunch time is 13 stone, 13 and three quarter pounds. 13.13 3/4 pounds. I just made it, in fact, that’s actually a quarter of a pound better, because my goal for this month was just to get myself back to 14 stone.

I can start working on making improvements from here.


I grab my first pint glass of water of the day and decide to start at the beginning. I am going to make an omelette.

I make a normal spinach and onion omelette with chia seeds, but change it up by adding a weird mix of stuff, chili, nutmeg, and paprika.

I won’t do that again. Although it gives the omelette a unique flavour, it’s way too strong for me.

Whilst I’m doing that, a lady calls to help me sort out a problem I’ve been having with my electricity bill. I gladly get that taken care of.


I sit down to eat my odd tasting omelette and do a little bit of research about whether it’s OK to heat chia seeds.

According to this piece from Claire Obried, it is.


Today, I’ve got to get on and write that blog I was asked to put together for National Freelancers Day.

That takes up most of my afternoon, but is a blog I can actually be proud of.

The completed thing is here:

How to Survive and Thrive as A Freelancer – Top Tips and Lessons Learned 

Getting that done puts my weekly article chart at just 7 articles left from 25. it also gives me 1189 towards my word count.


Ruth texts me to ask if I can resend the invoice so she can pay me. I do that now then go to get some quick food going on before i go out.


I make a bowl of green beans, kale, carrots, broccoli and a little cauliflower with some strips of chicken, and grab my second glass of water.

I demolish that happily whilst browsing Twitter, then go to get ready to go out, even though the Friday meeting is typically the last place on earth I want to be.


I brush teeth, shower, shave, and get ready to go.


I cycle to the meeting but take time out first to head down the canal for a while and clock up some miles. It’s a beautiful evening and it’s good just to be out.

I’m almost tempted just to cycle around and skip the meeting, but I’m glad that I didn’t, and that I actually went to the meeting, because it turned out that it was actually pretty good.

I enjoyed being there, and even got paid at long last by Ruth.

After the meeting, I cycle home, adding a total of 11.45 miles to my weekly total.


This makes a change, actually having a healthy dinner on a Friday night. I have my usual steamed sweet potato and veggie curry, and grab my third pint glass of water, then I sit down to eat it in front of the TV.


It’s Friday night, I’ve worked hard all week, so I leave things be and hang out in Second Life. I know it’s dumb, but it’s harmless, and trust me, it’s way better than what I used to do on Friday nights when I was still drinking.

I did that and then turned the computer off just before 1.30AM, but it was gone 2.50AM when I finally got to sleep.


I’m glad today happened, because it was a good lesson in remembering to be kind to myself.

There was no need to beat myself up this morning, all it did was take away from what could have been a great day.

I’m looking forward to tomorrow, when I get to kickstart another month of working towards goals.

Tomorrow is another day. Here goes.


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