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January’19 App Goals

Last year I discovered some really useful apps that I am finding are really helping me to make healthier choices for myself. With this new year, I plan on setting out goals to try and help me keep up with trying to be healthier in ways that I can control. So although I call this my January goals, I am probably not going to do a post like this each month as really they are going to be the same month to month. But oh well, be best to start as I mean to go on for the year.

If you want to have a look at the apps I discovered last year, that I am setting the goals for, then you can read all about that in my previous blog posts.

The first is a very simple app that is automatically on most phones, or at least I know it is on Iphones, and that is the Health app. It is a rather simple app that can track how many steps you have done, as long as you keep your phone on you. Although it is not as accurate as a fit bit or any other sport watch it is still useful for someone who isn’t overly active and just wants a way of judging what days have been more active than others. So the aim for this app is to hit a minimum of 2000 steps each and every day. Now this may seem like a very low target, but as a spoonie who has very limited mobility this is actually quite an achievement for myself. My plan is to allow myself a day a week where I will not beat myself up if I do not reach this goal. The thought behind this is that it will hopefully stop me from over doing it.

My Water is another app I had used last year that allows me to track my how much water and other fluids I am taking on board. As someone with kidney and bladder issues, I have to take on more water than an average person in on to hold of infection and keep things flushing through. As of lately I have kind of let the app go dormant but with the new year I am going to aim to hit 3 litres each day. That’s the minimum that I am meant to do as it is, though I should ideally have 4-5 litres. I don’t really want to have any let off from this one, but I am also very aware that when I am out and about it is harder to track how much I am having, but I am going to really try and track it each day and see how I go. img_1063

Finally is an amazing app, Headspace, a meditation app that has guided sessions you can work through. It even has series of sessions on various topics, such as pain or sleep, and these can be truly really useful if you have a specific personal demon that you want to try and combat. Now, I have a full subscription with this app, but I have once again dropped this app into a dormant state, which is not only money down the drain but its also not helping me with trying to improve my mental state. So from January, I am going to start using it dedicatedly again, I want to do a minimum of 4 minutes of  mindful time each day. This app also links back to the Apple Health app so I can track it all on one app. I also want to be using the app a minimum of 6 days a weeks; again I am giving myself a day so if Im out and about and don’t get round to it or forget then I will not be beating myself up with it.
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So those are my app goals for the year, well at least unless I increase them. My plan is to track these goals within my bullet journal, so I wont nessacarily put an update each month on the blog but I will see.

Do you have any apps that help you to form and stick to healthy habits?

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Hello January, Hello 2019…

Wow, its that time again, its been another whole year and its been one hell of a ride. This year has been full of ups and downs, twists and turns, euphoric highs and rollercoaster falls; but its certainly been worth it.

So to kick off this new year, I am filling this entire month of January with a new blog post each and every day– (well at least, that’s the aim). If you have followed me for a little while then you will know that I have not always stuck to my blogging plans this year, and its been a very hit and miss year for the consistency of blogging. I have determination this year though that I will achieve all 31 posts for this month.

Now that’s where its over to you.. I still have many spaces left for ideas for what you would like to see from me. It can be anything, books, health, lifestyle, tags; I am an open book, excited to hear what you would like to see on the blog this month.

I will try my best to keep up with all the ideas, and if I don’t get round to them this month then don’t worry, I will get round to them in the following months.

Well that’s it for day one, short but sweet. Happy New Year, I hope you had fun seeing off the end of 2018 however you celebrated.

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Bed Rest Diaries #3 Part 2

Well if you were here last week then you would of seen that I have been feeling a bit rough and that I did a short stint on bed rest, you can see the post here. Despite really hoping to be back on my feet so I could head back to my partners house, it really did not work out that way and am still at the time of writing this, on bed rest. schizo

On Wednesday, I was told to keep resting due to the antibiotics upsetting my stomach; normally you would try new antibiotics, but as I have had issues with them already not working, they really didn’t want to do this, and was told to try and keep going with them for now.

Wednesday wasn’t exactly the most resting of days, my partner and his little lady came over for lunch. Now watching a one year old may be tiring instead of resting but it does really help me with my mental health; I don’t know if that is a general thing, but spending the day with that little lady, makes it almost impossible to not smile. I cant help but think that spending time with young children, or just children that are happy and playful, will always find a way of brightening your day. Little Beauty, as well as her Daddy, always make me happy.

But after talking to the doctor, I then headed back to bed and proceeded to binge watch all of season one and half of season two of Fear the Walking Dead. Wow, I didn’t expect it to be so good! I have never been a fan of the Walking Dead, but this has really got all of my intention. Don’t really mind being on bed rest if I get to binge watch this.

Thursday became a complete rest day. My Nan has come over to help me out, and I spent the entire day just working on my journal and doing some blog planning. I find these to be things that are ideal for resting for me, they keep my brain working, while allowing my body to completely rest and recuperate. With silly TV on for background noise, I love getting my craft box out and doing some planning. Sadly though, with me struggling to get my eyes to focus because of headaches, I have not been able to read which is really disappointing for me as I love to try and marathon through books when I’m on bed rest.

And that leads us onto today, Friday. Once again, I was back to the doctors, but thankfully this time I was told that my chest has finally cleared up. Unfortunately though my body is still showing signs of infection, and my lunch capacity test thing came up really rather low. So another few days on the nasty antibiotics, and lots more resting. Today has been a much better resting day, watched silly Christmas films with my Nan, and once again working on some journal prep. I feel a touch better mentally today just from having the doctor tell me my chest is clear, but sometimes that is half the battle when you have anxiety. Now I’m going to spend the evening watching the soaps, and relaxing before an early night I think.

Well, I am returning to this on Thursday… Yes that is almost an entire week since I last updated, and I have to say that resting has completely failed. We went out Saturday night for a Christmas meal with my Mums family, and although I was very apprehensive, it actually went really well. But that was then followed by a dinner at my partners, and then a few very tough and trying days helping look after my partners daughter. Sad to say this included an almost 12 hour stint in A&E. All is good now though, and am finally back home.

Still I am having a few issues with breathing whenever I try to do anything, so it is looking like I will be doing a further phone call to the doctors tomorrow.

How has your week been?

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Reading Goals 2018

OH dear, you’ll be seeing this before my look back on my 2017 challenges as that’s going up in the new year, but you would be thinking ‘why are you bothering with challenges after such a failure?’ I’ll tell you why, I find it fun, even if like this year, that it all goes pear shape because life gets in the way, its nice to look back on when I’m not sure what to pick up next.  Continue reading “Reading Goals 2018”

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Favourites, Christmas Edition

Yay, its Christmas! I adore Christmas, all the decorations and sparkle, plus getting to see all the family and catching up with good friends. There is just something about Christmas that I feel that you can just spoil those you love and treat yourself to the things you normally wouldn’t. And that is just what I have been doing, I have a pile of pressies for my family, and I’ve been treating myself to some of the gorgeous Christmassy special things. Continue reading “Favourites, Christmas Edition”

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Most anticipated releases 2018

This is one of my favourite posts to write as I get to look into all the many books that I want to get in the new year; many of which I realise I don’t want to have to wait for. Have to admit this year there isn’t many debuts that I’m overly excited for, but I’ve got a lot of new things from some of my favourite authors to be looking forward to. I have a feeling that there will be a lot of very good new books to read in 2018. Continue reading “Most anticipated releases 2018”

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Life Goals 2018

I’m not too sure if I did this last year, but I know that I always think about what I want to achieve with my reading, but with the year I’ve had, I really think that it would be good for me to set myself some aims of what I want to achieve in my life during 2018. With my health conditions, its really quite hard to for me to predict what will happen in the next month let alone the year, but I think for the sake of my mental health, I need some clear cut goals. So here we go. img_0341-3 Continue reading “Life Goals 2018”