Hello, hope you are well and welcome to my first blog of February – we made it! Not sure about you but doesn’t January feel a long, cold, dark month? I must admit having the family birthdays (three of them!) is a January joy but the rest of the month felt quite tough.
Well on the plus side I am rather proud of myself that I completed my sugar-free and alcohol-free January, hurrah! Funnily enough it was the alcohol that I ended up finding harder than the sugar which was even a shock to me. I guess I hadn’t realised how habitual having a drink can be. A glass of wine whilst cooking dinner, a cocktail (or three) on a night out and even those two pints of cider with a pub lunch – it all adds up but has also become a habit.
Choosing not to drink for a month has been a good time to look at habits and patterns and also when having a drink to wind down from a long day or to relieve stress, it made me think of healthier ways of doing it such as going for a walk or doing some exercise or meditation.
I found not having sugar easier than I had thought. Don’t get me wrong there were plenty of times I craved my fix of chocolate cake, cookies or biscuits but with the creation of my sugar-free brownies (recipe in my last blog) and Nakd bars as well as tangerines and bananas, my cravings were satisfied.
I also have started making the most delicious hot chocolate, also sugar-free, that I will carry on making – next time I do one I will take a picture and add the recipe to my blog.
I actually enjoyed the experience of trying to be a bit healthier so much that this month I am going to try another two things but this time instead of taking away I am adding… sleep and water! I will tell you more in my next blog.
I also had a cold, a really bad one – I actually had to stay in bed for two whole days, can’t remember the last time that happened. I am feeling much better now, still a cough hanging around but almost back to normal, healthy Craig. It did make me think though how sometimes isn’t it a shame that we have to get ill before we will really allow ourselves to rest, do nothing and just get our energy reserves back up?
So, as you can see its been quite a reflective January with one thing and another. Yesterday, on the last day of January, I saw one of my good friends Alexa who gave me a belated Christmas present, great way to end January and all the Christmas and New Year connections.
Lots to look forward to this week at QVC. I will be with Richard Jackson hosting the new ‘Container Gardening’ show this weekend and also have a Jewellery show with the gorgeous Lisa Snowdon on Saturday night. It’s the first time I’ve seen her since she was in the jungle so should be a great show with lots of celebrity news and her sparkling jewellery.
Thanks for reading my blog and do let me know how your January was and how you are getting on with resolutions if you made any?
Big hugs for February!