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2013 - resolutions!

LJ is down, so I'm typing this in notepad with the intention of copying and pasting when I can. I don't know if that will mean terrible things happen with formatting. We will see.

I'm not including anything from my previous post in the list here. I know "finding a new job" is a common new years resolution, but I want my resolutions this year to be things I have control over - it is all down to me (barring anything particularly dramatic happening). I will of course be applying for jobs/doing what I can to get the flat sold/whatever. But those things are all subject to many other variables and so don't belong on this list.

less bloody cbeebies
We have got into a habit of having the tv on whenever we are home. Need to put a stop on this one, or I will have a little girl who can't function without having the tv on like her Dad. It will mean a horrible few days while Izzy gets used to the idea, but I am in charge damnit! I don't mind an hour or so in the morning while I wake up enough to face the day. And at the end of the day the tv is kind of part of the bedtime routine (we go off to read stories and generally get ready for bed after the Simpsons finishes!). But during the rest of the day we really don't need it on - it only detracts from the playing!

make better use of the days Izzy is at nursery
At the moment I nap when I get the chance, do some housework/erands and kind of collapse on the sofa in a daze the rest of the time. I still need to do the napping bit, and the housework, but I want to also spend a bit more quality time with Stuart while he has me to himself - he spends a lot of time watching me tidy up at the moment! I'm going to start off with going to a group on a Monday morning with him and I will see if there is anything else I can think of to add in as we go along. Although I do think it is important for me to relax on these days - the rest of the week is so chaotic and I'm a better mum if I get some down time!

carry on weight watching
I want to be at my target weight (9 and a half stone) by the time I go back to work. I will reasess at that point - I might carry on for a bit longer and see if I can get to 9, but it depends how easy I am finding it at that stage. My target weight is exactly in the middle of what is healthy for my height, and I will be happy with that. I am finding it very easy to loose weight at the moment (give or take any terrible occurances over Christmas - I've not weighed since before christmas - due to weigh again tomorrow morning. But putting on weight at Christmas is fine. It is what you do the rest of the year that matters!) At the moment WW is helping me to control my enourmous hunger caused by feeding Stuart, so that I'm eating the right stuff. The hard bit will begin in a few months time when we start him on solids. I will have to reduce the amount I'm eating slowly as he reduces the amount of milk he is having. I'm hoping that my appetitie will decrease slowly too, but it is all too easy to keep eating massive amounts out of habit as I learned to my cost last time.

exercise more
I want to start going swimming once a week again when Stuart is a bit bigger. For now I just want to fit in a bit more walking. Hard to do with Izzy because her little legs can't take her very far/fast, but I can go a bit further on her nursery days. And I want to walk places a bit more with her - I'm pretty sure was walking into town and back and stuff when I was her age. Not that it will happen overnight, but we can both build up gradually.

knit something that isn't a rectangle.
I can knitt a whole row and pearl a whole row. Increasing/decreasing/any other fancy patters are a bit scary and I've no idea how to read a pattern. But my ambition for this year is to knitt something that isn't a scarf or a blanket. Or at least if it is a scarf or a blanket, requires me to learn some new stuff to complete it. I have bought myself a knitting for dummies book and am ready for this challenge. I found a pattern for a jumper I wanted to knitt and bought the wool and it has been sitting in the cupboard for at least 3 years (actually, I think it might have been before Izzy was born... and she is 4 next week!) so I would like to attempt that by the end of the year, but I might do something slightly less ambitious first. We will see!

"money neutral" Christmas and birthday presents all year
I managed to pay for pretty much all the christmas presents by making good use of swagbucks and a few other survey sites. This year I'm going to aim for covering birthday presents too. Also am going to put any cash I earn from quidco/whatever into savings, so that can be used to pay for extra christmas food/socialising expenses if we need it. (If not it can stay in savings till we need it for something else. Which is good too!) This might sound a cheap way of giving people presents, but these sites definitely don't pay minimum wage let alone the amount I earn at work. They are just a better use of time I would have otherwise spent sitting on the sofa pratting around on the internet/a computer game.