52 things in 52 weeks – February update

52 things in 52 weeksAnother month over – we’re two months into our year-long challenge, or, more precisely, nine weeks through our 52. I’m rather pleased with my progress too. I completed six challenges last month and have crossed off several more in February.

How is your challenge going? Are you ticking off items quick as wildfire? Or are you making slower progress? Either way, whether you’re happy with how things or going, or getting disheartened, DON’T GIVE UP! We can do this together and feel that wonderful sense of achievement at the end of December!

Here’s how I’ve done this month:

Food challenges (one week each):
5. Try two new whole foods
Try a minimum of two new whole foods that you’ve never had before.
6. No low-fat, lite or nonfat food products
Do not eat any food products that are labeled as “low-fat,” “lite,” “light,” “reduced fat,” or “nonfat.”
7. 100% Whole grain
All grains consumed must be 100% whole-grain.
8. Stop eating when you feel full
Listen to your internal cues and stop eating when you feel full.

Food challenges (one week each):
9. No refined sweeteners
No refined or artificial sweeteners including (but not limited to): white sugar, brown sugar, raw sugar, sucanat, splenda, stevia, agave, corn syrup, high-fructose corn syrup, brown rice syrup, and cane juice. Foods and beverages can only be sweetened with a moderate amount of honey or maple syrup.

Other food challenges:
22. Do not eat chocolate at all for 4 weeks straight (0/4)
I actually slipped up one morning when, in a semi-somnambulant haze, I ate a chocolate biscuit with my coffee. I was just finishing the last morsel when I realised what I was eating and kicked myself. Then it happened again when I licked the spoon after putting chocolate spread on a waffle for Tadpole, so I’ve decided that instead of the 4 weeks, I shall give up chocolate for Lent instead and then this part of the challenge will be completed good and proper!

Financial challenges:
23. Put £20 into Tadpole’s savings every month (£40 / £240)
24. Put £20 into Button’s savings every month (£40 / £240)
25. Split all my coppers between Tadpole’s and Button’s piggy banks each week (9/52)
26. Put £1 for each day of every month into savings (£59 / £365)
27. Put £1 for each challenge completed into the Xmas fund (£10 / £52)
28. Save all £2 coins into the Xmas fund each week (9/52)
29. Save all silver up to the value of 20p into the Xmas fund each week (9/52)

Entertainment challenges:
30. Read 52 books in 52 weeks (3/52)
Check them out HERE.
31. Watch 52 films in 52 weeks (39/52)
Check them out HERE.
32. Take part in three author book blog tours (2 / 3)
Cloaked in Danger by Jeannie RueschBook review / Author interview
33. Visit six local attractions (1 / 6)
We visited the Hancock Museum. Check it out HERE.

Family-related challenges:
34. Continue breastfeeding Button to the age of 6 months (10 April)
38. Share a photo of my kids and me each month (2 / 12)
Check out our trip to the Hancock Museum HERE and our family wedding HERE for photos.
41. Take the kids to the library once a month (2 / 12)

Personal challenges:
46. Write twelve letters to my penpal (2 / 12)
49. Make twelve Xmas gifts /decorations (1 / 12)
50. Release twelve new cross stitch charts (3 / 12)
51. Post a monthly update (2 / 12)


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