January 4th, 2016


Review of Books Read in 2015


That was the year that was 2015

2006 answers / 2007 answers / 2008 answers / 2009 answers / 2010 answers / 2011 answers / 2012 answers / 2013 answers / 2014 answers

Have taken out some of the questions and streamlined them...

What did you do in 2015 that you've never done before?
Led a team at work

Did you keep your New Years Resolutions and will you make more for next year?
In 2015 I wanted to read 100 booky (did 90), write 100 blog posts (did 83) and have monthly dates with Alan (done) and run 1000 kilometres (217 km)
This year, 2016, my big goal is to lose 20kg (and also read 100 books and write 100 blogs)

Did anyone close to you give birth?

Did anyone close to you die?
thankfully no

What countries did you visit?
UK, Minorca, Germany

What would you like to have in 2015 that you lacked in 2014?
More knowledge about my job!

What dates in 2014 will remain etched on your memory and why?
Starting my new job on 5th May

What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Moving jobs internally, taking on a new team, surviving a steep learning curve

What was your biggest failure?
Failure to look after my health and wellbeing - I didn't go to the gym enough, run enough, eat well enough etc etc

Did you suffer illness or injury?
Stayed healthy, but didn't feel on top form - see previous question

What was the best thing you bought?
Juicer & Netflix subscription

Whose behaviour merited celebration?
Still my wonderful sister...and my wonderful Alan

Where did most of your money go?
kinderkrippe, Kindergarten and on our summer holiday abroad

What did you get really really excited about?
Meeting my virtual running friends at the Run Mummy Run Retreat

What song will always remind you of 2015?
don't think I had one

Compared to this time last year are you:
a) happier or sadder - happier
b) thinner or fatter – fatter
c) richer or poorer - richer

What do you wish you'd done more of?
reading and blogging

What do you wish you'd done less of?
worrying (as every year)

How will you be spending Christmas?
We spent it here in Zurich just the 4 of us

What was your favourite month of 2015?
July&August - Boys' birthdays, family holiday in Minorca, Kate and boys came to stay

What was your favourite TV programme?
So, so many. Breaking bad, Suits, Elementary, White Collar, Master of None, Grace & Frankie

What was the best book you read?
Little Paris Bookshop: Nina George

What was your greatest musical discovery?
That I managed to get my "old" ipod to work again! Now have 160 GB hooked up to the speaker in the living room :-) & Spotify!

What did you want and get?
a Team at work and more responsibility

What did you want and not get?

What was your favourite film of this year?
Minions :-)

What did you do on your birthday and how old were you?
I turned 42, had an apero / goodbye party at work for my old team

What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
more time to myself, to read and blog (same as last year)

What kept you sane?
my kindle, oh, and Alan :-)

Who did you miss?
my sister, we seem so far apart (same as last year)
my mates sal, mags, karen, caroline

Who was the best new person you met?
Lidia :-)

Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2015
Step by step

2016 Resolutions

My one big goal for this year is to finally lose weight. I have 20kg to lose to be healthy and fit. I am fed up of my clothes not fitting. My running bras are all too tight. My wedding ring feels tight. I know how much effort and mental energy it takes to lose weight. This is a lot of weight to lose, but I have all year. Slow and steady.

So how am I going to do it?

1. Food
I am doing to alternate juicing weeks with eating high protein/healthy fat low carbs. This has worked for me before. I have a juicer, a blender and various apps with healthy recipes in. I need to dramatically cut down on alcohol as well.

2. Exercise
I have renewed my gym membership - I hardly used it last year. I want to go to the gym twice a week.
I have started running again using a couch to 5k app - and will run three times a week
I will do the Zurich 10K in April.

3. Time for Me
More time reading and blogging. My healthy triangle is made up of running, reading, writing. If I spend less time sitting on sofa drinking red wine, then all these other things will happen. The weight loss, the exercise, the reading, writing & running

*Lose 20kg in 2016
*100 Books in 2016
*100 Blogs in 2016
*100 Runs in 2016
*100 Gym visits in 2016