1 February 2017

NYR | One Month On

JANUARY IS OVER!

I have no idea if I am elated or terrified. January is always a tough month, money is scarce (very!) and particularly with the current political climate, it can be very easy to get bogged down with 'why bother'-type thoughts.

I am definitely glad that you can feel the lighter nights coming, I am definitely glad that payday for me is getting closer (I get paid the 15th of the month) and I am definitely glad to say that, actually, as far as my New Year's Resolution goes, I haven't been doing that badly.

My NYR was health, in all its forms, so, let's do a quick round up;


| Skin

This was a big one for me, my eczema has really broken out this winter, possibly the worst it has yet. I went to see my GP who allowed me to use hydrocortisone on my face (on a teeny tiny spot) which has cleared up the patch I absolutely could not deal with.

However, one thing I have make a mistake with this year is the changing of my moisturisers. I originally used Imperialus by Lush, and after speaking to a Lush employee, I changed to Celestial. This was mistake number one. It did absolutely nothing for my skin and brought spots out, so in a moment of anger with Lush, I decided that Clinique Moisture Surge Intense was the way to go because that wouldn't let me down. This was mistake number two, but at least now I have learnt that unless there is a medicated option, Lush Imperialus is what I will be putting on my face.

My body skin (sorry, weird way to say that) is currently settling on Nivea Soft as although it does not cure my eczema, it really soothes it and I really like the way it feels on my skin.

| Diet

My diet has definitely improved, after getting chef boyfriend on board, we have had some lovely meals (which I am definitely going to post on here) including; a vegan lentil curry, soy and ginger stir fry, courgetti Bolognese and lots of lovely breakfast smoothies.

| Exercise 

Whilst I am definitely not where I want to be, I am definitely on the right track. Ending the year with spinning once a week, I now aim for my exercise DVD once or twice and have just joined PureGym. So here is my commitment to continuing to improve this and hopefully see results!

| Mental 

Definitely the most difficult, my mental health is definitely not where I want it to be. The turn into February has definitely seen a change, a more willing to look on the positive side. A couple of things have definitely helped; a big mutual moan on WhatsApp to two of my best friends, de-cluttering some of the house, making plans for when I have a few more pennies and eating better!

Have you done anything to improve your health in January? x

21 comments:

  1. What a great post, I used to have eczema really bad I used to use e45 for it, helped clear it. I hope you get it under control sweetie. Having a good moan helps clear the mind, hope your February goes well love Leigh | Www.imsophialeigh.wordpress.com

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    1. It really does get annoying! Thanks for commenting, your blog is lovely! (I love Lady Gaga too!) x

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  2. I have a lot of goals for my health this year too. I'm trying to eat healthier and be more athletic. I like that you're factoring in you skin care. I'm horrible at taking care of my skin. I really do try, I just have made a solid habit of it. Way to go you for keeping up with it. One month down! xoxo

    Breanna Catharina
    toocuteforlife.com

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    1. I think particularly in the blogging community, people seem to have skin care also sorted out with different routines and I am very jealous! I am just figuring mine out at 26! Hope your being healthier and more athletic is going well! xx

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  3. I'm glad your progressing with most things so far :) I'm trying to give myself more me time so I don't burn out ~ plus I too want to exercise more as obviously it's one of the best things you can do xx

    sophieannetaylor.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. More me time is a brilliant one because it is something that gets neglected so easily when we get busy! xx

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  4. Ooooh, courgetti bolognese and began lentil curry both sound amazing!! I've been trying to look after my health as well. All the current events stress is making me break out, though! I hope your moisturizer-related problems calm down.

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    Emily
    emilyhallock.blogspot.com

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    1. That's the thing, with stress (and the damn weather) it gets so hard to look after yourself! There will be recipes up soon if you ever wanted to check back! xx

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    2. I'll definitely keep an eye on your space!

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  5. I really recommend for eczema aveeno cream I hope it all settles down for you. I need to start doing some description of exercise other then shopping... I need to work of my mum tum

    Tasha x

    http://itsatashathing.blogspot.co.uk/2017/01/itsatashathing-labour-story.html?m=1

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    1. I have heard that the baby aveeno cream is supposted to be the best thing ever. I have actually just ordered some of the normal so it's nice to have it recommended! I bet you don't have a mum tum at all! xx

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  6. What a great post! I wish I could stay my health has improved in January but not really, no. Still eating junk food or takeaways. Not that often, but still. My skin looks much better though! xx Corinne from Corinne & Kirsty

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    1. That's good though, I will definitely be checking http://corinneandkirsty.com/ for skin tips and beauty ideas! God knows I need to improve my makeup game! xx

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  7. I love the idea of an update post! I definitely need to try and get back into exercise again because I am feeling horrid! x

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    1. This is the great thing about exercise, I don't necessarily want to lose weight, just feel a lot better in myself! x

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  8. Hydrocortisone is SUCH a life saver! I used it on a patch id had for about a year and it'd gone within a week! And that food sounds so good, we're definitely going to have to see that!

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    1. Isn't it?! You're blog is gorgeous, just been having a nosy and commenting :) xx

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  9. You've done so well already, well done! I ended up using Aveeno all over for my psoriasis.
    Also that food sounds delicious! Do you have any recipes?

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    1. Aveeno is where I am going to next! Yes definitely, recipes is definitely where I want to grow my blog because I love cooking (it's just a shame that I do NOT have a photogenic kitchen) xx

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  10. That stir fry sounds amazing! I'll definitely be keeping my eyes peeled for a post about that... I joined a gym too this year, been trying to go twice a week so far but we'll see how long that lasts!xx

    theassortedwriter.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Congrats on the gym, how are you finding it? It's so annoying that I feel better when I actually bother to go! I am hoping to get recipes up asap, just trying to make my kitchen a bit more photogenic (blogger problems...) xx

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