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I can hardly believe we are now in the final month of 2013! Does anyone else start to do that ‘life assessment’ thing about this time of year? I’ve started thinking about what I have and haven’t achieved and what I would like next year to bring, but I’m getting ahead of myself!

November was a pretty good month for me, although at times I do feel like it’s been a bit of a roller coaster – more on that next week! I’ve spent some time with my family and we had a fantastic time at the Durham Lumiere festival:

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We had our trip to Brighton which was just brilliant and exactly what I needed!

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It was fantastic to see Christina again and so lovely to meet Lucie.

I’ll be talking more on this in a later post, but despite some of the ups and downs this month, I’ve been feeling so good ‘in myself’. Despite eating a shit tonne of sugary treats in Brighton, I didn’t actually gain too much weight, and I’m feeling very comfortable and confident in my body at the moment. I actually feel like making more of an effort with my outfits!

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Exercise wise, I have been stuck in a gym rut, which to be fair I shouldn’t really call a rut as it’s been doing the job. I just know I would benefit from some different workouts, especially yoga and hula hooping, so maybe need to refocus on those next year.

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The HRM has been a useful tool in making my gym workouts effective and enjoyable.

When it comes to food I’ve been loving my chilli! 

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My Turkey Taco Chilli and Simple Veggie Chilli have been made at least once a week, such a perfect healthy and comforting meal for this time of year.

I shared a few new recipes with you including my Raw Salted Caramel Sauce, Slow Cooked Thai Chicken, Pumpkin and Spinach Curry and Stir Fried Brussels and Squash with Spicy Peanut sauce.

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I’ve had a great time blogging in a different way using the Dayre app too. My fave posts from this month include my vlog on tips for overcoming evening snacking and the post I did all about the mood and food connection and how to try and get ahead of the game with SAD. 

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Ok, it might seem a bit ridiculous to have to pledge to yourself that you will enjoy December, so give me a moment to explain! In the past I have struggled to find a balance in December with all the food around basically. I have been either overly restrictive and therefore missed out, or have indulged too much, felt like crap and guilty as hell. This year I just want to enjoy it! I’m challenging myself to find a balance, continuing from where I am with things at the moment really, just enjoying food without stressing about it!

I absolutely love this time of year, and in addition to the fabulous food, I’d like to take every opportunity to enjoy whatever comes up. I have a few nights out planned and I’m sure that some things will have to be put on the back burner to make way for them (and maybe the resulting hangover!) and I need to remind myself that is fine. I just want to prioritise my time with friends and family and have a really good time!

I can’t wait to spend some time in the kitchen as well, I have a little list of recipes old and new that I’d like to make. I’ve even been spending some time putting my favourite Christmas recipes into a free e guide for my newsletter subscribers so if you’d like that as a freebie just sign up here before the end of the week!

How was November for you? Do you have a pledge for December?

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