Fi's Mutterings

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Journal Jar – Favourite Animal? Why?

What is your favourite animal?  Tell why.

Oh! This is another hard one.  I have a few favourite animals but I really don’t know why I like them.

I’ve always loved dolphins, I don’t know why but I always have.  More recently it’s been because of the evidence which shows that they interact very well with disabled people.  Certainly, Adam enjoyed it as much as we did and interacted really well.

I also like dogs, lions, elephants, giraffes …


Journal Jar – Worst Holiday Memory

What is your worst holiday memory?

When I first read this prompt, I thought it meant holiday as in Christmas, Easter, New Year etc. and maybe it does but then I wondered if it maybe meant holiday as in vacation.  As it is an American prompt, I was probably right the first time as otherwise it would say vacation, yes?

So, I’m going to take it to mean my worst Christmas, Easter, New Year, or whatever, memory.  I’ll be honest, I don’t have any really bad holiday memories and I’m probably really scraping the barrel here but my worst holidays are the ones when my husband isn’t here or when Adam has a migraine and ends up throwing up everywhere.  To be fair though, even those occasions aren’t all that bad.


Journal Jar – Special Skills

What special skills did you learn as a child? Who taught you?

Cooking and baking – they are special skills, right?  My mum and grandma taught me to cook and bake.  They also taught me to read recipes and adapt them if necessary.  Also, to value to the recipes which have been handed down through the generations and pass them on.

My mum also taught me to swim and ride a bike.

My family taught me the importance of listening to and not judging people when they are upset and need to vent.


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Dreaming BIG

As part of my businesses, I attend webinars on a regular basis.  It is so much easier to have training which you can access in your own home rather than having to travel to a training morning, afternoon, evening or day.  Don’t get me wrong, I like attending trainings where I can meet people and see the speakers face to face but having a young adult at home who needs someone in the house with him makes going to “live” trainings difficult.

Last night was the first of a new six week rolling programme and it was all about goal setting/getting.  After all, how are you going to know what you need to do within your business if you don’t know where you are going?  What do you want?  What are your dreams?  If money were no object, what do you want to do? What do you want to see?  Where do you want to go?  Who do you want to do it with?

Listening to the speaker on the webinar really got me motivated to re-visit my life goals, not just the goals which I set for this year.  I was so inspired that it took me ages to fall asleep last night thinking about my Big Dreams.  What was I thinking about?  A house, my dream house.

So, this is one of my DREAMS and, now that I am writing it down, a GOAL.  Within the next 10 years, I will have moved into a house with 3, preferably 4, bedrooms, a large kitchen with plenty of cupboard space for all my Tupperware, crockery, pans, baking supplies and electrical appliances (crock pot, Kenwood mixer, bread maker …) etc, a large living room with lots of bookshelf space for books, dvds and ornaments, a dining room – I really want a dining room again, ours is now an office as we have too much stuff with 3 businesses being run from home – a study/office room, 2 bathrooms (1 as an en-suite to the master bedroom) and a downstairs toilet, a double garage and large driveway.  I don’t need a big garden but I’d like enough space to be able to sit outside in the sun, if we ever get any in the UK.


Journal Jar – Best Subjects at School

What were  your best and worst subjects in elementary school? In middle school? In high school?

OK, this is what I get for getting my journal jar prompts from an American site.  Elementary, middle and high school?  We have infants, junior and senior or primary and senior.  Just need to do a quick bit of research…

According to Wikipedia – Education in the US, elementary school is the same as primary school in the UK, from 5-11 or 12, middle school (or junior high) is from 11-14 and high school is from 14-18.

So, here are my answers to today’s prompt:

My best subjects in primary school were Maths, English and Geography.  My worst subject was definitely History, I could never remember all the dates of the Kings and Queens of England!

My best subjects in what we now know as KS3, were still Maths, English and Geography but I also enjoyed German.  My worst subject was still history and I gave History up when I chose my subjects for GCSE.

So, on to the high school age group.  This is actually quite hard as in the UK we split high school into the GCSE part – up to age 16 – and then, if you wanted, you can leave and go to work or you can continue to A-Levels.  My best subjects at GCSE were English and German, I also enjoyed Maths and Geography.  My worst subject was Physics, in fact I took the GCSE exam twice!  For A-Level, I only took English Literature, Geography and German and didn’t do very well at any of them.  I loved Geography though and would have gone to do a degree in Geography if I’d got the grades I needed.

Which were your best and worst subjects at school?  Do you like them now?
I actually quite like history now that I can choose which parts I want to learn about.  I still don’t know the dates for the Kings and Queens of England though 😉


I’m still doing my Virtual Walk

I know I took a HUGE break from blogging and I’m trying to make up for it.  Not sure how long the daily posts will continue now that I’m back at work but hopefully they won’t disappear all together.

Anyway, while I’ve been away, I’ve still been logging my miles on my pedometer (now a Fitbit) and am still working my way around the world to “visit” all of the Disney parks.  I completed my walk from home to Walt Disney World in October 2014 and then started the new one to go from Walt Disney World to Disneyland.

So far, I have completed 2,373.22 km of the 3,977 km.  Only 1,603.78 km to go 😀


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Journal Jar: Bicycle

Did you have a bicycle as a child? What was it like?

I learnt to ride a bike when I was 6 or 7 when living in Malawi.  The bike was second hand, blue, too big for me and didn’t have stabilisers.  I  remember my mum running behind me holding on to the back of the seat while I got my balance before letting go.  Just as well it was too tall for me as mum didn’t have to bend down.

My second bike was a second hand purple Raleigh Chopper.


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Goal Getting in 2016

This year I’m not going to just set goals, I’m going to get them too.  I’ve split my goals down into different categories and have also looked back on 2015 to see what I have achieved in those categories too.

Fitness and Wellbeing

After getting to my goal weight with Weight Watchers in 2014, I have now maintained my goal weight (within 3 lbs) for 17 months.  At my weigh-in on Thursday (New Year’s Eve) I was 1.5 lbs over my goal weight but that is OK.  In January, I am going to re-gain my goal weight.  I am going to get back down to my original goal weight, which is 5 lbs lighter than my current goal weight, by my birthday in September.  I know that is a long time but it took me 9 months to lose the final 3.5 lbs to get to my current goal weight and it is a timed goal.

As we all know, the weight on the scale/BMI really isn’t a good indicator of good health so I’m also setting myself a body fat percentage goal.  My weighing scales have the option to measure body fat and whilst I know they aren’t exactly accurate, they aren’t too bad.  My current body fat is 30.3%.  According to most of the information I have found online, I am within the normal range of 26-32% for women.  However, a healthy range is 20-25% and I would love to get down there.  Initially though, I am going to aim for 29.0%

For my fitness goals, my main focus is getting my strength back to where it was at the beginning of 2015, especially in my upper body following my shoulder injury in January.  Pre-injury, I had got up to using 8kg dumbbells for shoulder presses and 10kg for rows.  Unfortunately, I am now back down to 3 to 4 kg.  Although I have still been able to work my legs, due to the shoulder I am not able to lift as much for the deadlift or squat as I used to but this is slowly going back up and I lifted 20kg for the deadlift for the first time in over a year in December 🙂

Of course, I am also going to be focusing on running.  I managed to complete the parkrun (5km) in under 30 minutes in February 2015 but haven’t managed to do it since.  In fact, I think my average time for 2015 is around the 32 minute mark.  This year, my initial goal will be to get back under 33 minutes for 5km, then 32 minutes, 31 minutes and finally back under 30 minutes.  Adam and I will also be taking part in the York 10k run, York 10 mile and, the big one, the Disneyland Paris Half Marathon 😀  I’m so excited!

Family/Relationship

During 2015, my husband and I started having date night once a week while Adam is at his youth group on a Thursday evening.  This has meant that we have made time for us away from everything at home.  This is going to continue in 2016.

Finance/Business

I have some finance and business goals but they are, at the moment, private.

Adventure/exploration – where did I go and where do I want to go?

In 2015 we went back to Disney World.  We love it there and have never had a bad experience.  As it was Adam’s 21st birthday and he wanted to go, we went.  In 2016, we are going to Disneyland Paris – the half marathon is there so it has to be done.

Learning and Growth

Personal development has become a big thing for me over the past few months.  In 2016, I am going to read at least one book for personal development e.g. The Seven Decisions, Go Pro – 7 Steps to Becoming a Network Marketing Professional, Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway.  I will also listen to personal development CDs in my car (when my son isn’t in it – he insists on the radio).  I am going to get back to reading in general too with a goal of reading at least 50 books in 2016.

Contribution/Community

During 2015, I ran 6 events with Adam to raise money for charity.  I also use easyfundraising.org.uk to claim donations when shopping online and will continue to do this in 2016.  I have also donated 10% of my Tupperware sales and 10% of my Forever Living Products sales in August.

I also volunteered at parkrun 3 times in 2015.  I am going to increase that to at least 4 times in 2016.  Much as I love taking part in parkrun, I know that it is only possible because people come out and volunteer instead of run.  I think I need to give back.  It isn’t just about raising and giving money, it’s about giving time too.

So, those are some of my goals for 2016.  What are yours?  Did you achieve what you wanted to in 2015 or are some of your goals rolling over into 2016?