I'm not too bad... my time out has been ok but didn't
shape out the way I had envisaged in my last post.
I've decided though that it's time to slowly ease back
into my blogging, my business plan, and my
continued journey to better health and abundance.
I completed the 30-day Whole Foods Challenge. I did have a small amount of weight loss on the program but the biggest thing I noticed, and was very pleased with, was that my skin (adult acne) got a lot better on my face.
I haven't really returned to moderate exercise though since the June ab-challenge (which upset my neck quite a lot). Due to this my body composition has changed. I have lost a lot of tone on my upper and lower stomach, as well as my arms and legs. After the June ab-challenge I decided to focus more on stretching, which I am really enjoying, but now understand that I really need to find a happy balance between both moderate exercise and stretching.
What other things have I got to report? We had a few more house guests. My husband's friends dropped by for a few nights at the end of their European holiday and my Dad and little sister spent about a week with us. Lots of enjoyable tourist activities, and of course plenty of social food-ing and drink-ing.
I decided to cut all my hair off! I was so nervous but decided to take the plunge sooner than later after a horrid week of humidity here. If you follow me on Instagram you can see the new "do" there.
Some of you may remember the payroll consulting work I've been doing over the last 6 - 9 months? We officially have a training day booked in so I am wrapping up the training manual and will be off to London in mid-September to co-host the first official training session!
I recently had a 1:1 Skype consultation with the lovely Val at Inspiration with Val. We met on Twitter and following some wise words I am trying to "say yes to opportunities". Unfortunately at this time I can't afford to continue sessions with Val but she left me with some good tips. One of which I've heard before, from my lovely psychologist who I used to see; "have some Kat time, whether it be an hour or an entire day".
From this I have started singing lessons with my neighbour. I haven't had classical training since I was 18-19 years old so I have a lot of daily practice I need to do but she sees a lot of promise in my voice and has already teed up some duets and performances in the coming months.
I have acquired an unhealthy addiction to Veronica Mars TV series, but I am trying to get a handle on this so that I can have more genuine Kat time that aligns with my goals.
So where to from here? Well I am going to be making some small changes to the way I share recipes with you, this also includes looking at moving my blog across to Wordpress (massive job!) I am also looking at creating my first e-book. I'm thinking something in line with my business ideas, so therefore in the realm of breakfast and brunch. I will be doing barista training in the coming weeks to support my business goals.
From a recipe/menu planning point of view? The honest truth is that money is a problem for us at the moment. My 6 months off officially ended in June so it's now time I find some part-time/casual work. Until the house is a dual-income home, and we don't need to dig into savings to survive each month, our recipe/menu planning will be budget driven first and foremost, and health driven as the secondary consideration. Unfortunately, for the time being, organic food won't be my first choice. I hope my readers are understanding during this time.
Lastly... I've made the decision to come off the pill (or in my case Nuva-ring). I will go into this more in a separate blog piece. It's mostly due to wanting my body to be as chemical/fake-hormone free as possible (organic food aside at this time).
Thanks for sticking around during this "time-out" phase. I'd really love to hear from any of my readers who have questions or constructive feedback. I look forward to seeing where this next part of this journey leads...