Not too long ago I wrote a post about how desperately I needed a physical makeover. I may be a Stay At Home Mum but I am really tired of looking like the clichè. If you know me personally you know that I like to be organised and have a plan of attack. Since time is no longer on my side I have settled for a To Do List:
1. Book a gel pedicure and eyebrow wax every six weeks
Pretty toes make me happy. I can be in my pajamas all day but as soon as I look down and see neat and colourful nails it lightens my whole mood. I often leave my eyebrows unshaped for too long because it’s so light that its not really noticeable. Or so I think until I visit my beautician and magically get transformed! So no more waiting three months to wax my eyebrows. – DONE
2. Lose the mum bun.
My hair hadn’t been cut in over six months and besides being in a terrible condition, the greys were fast winning the majority battle. I desperately needed a cut, colour and treatment. – DONE
3. Be mindful of what I eat.
I have a strong affection for carbs. I could eat toast and jam or toast and avo or toast with peanut butter and honey for every meal. The problem is that I was eating way too many carbs PLUS a lot of junk food and the effects are showing. I’m much too lenient on myself when it comes to food stuff but the truth is that I eat more out of boredom than hunger and that’s not good. What’s worse is that I have noticed that my eldest has started doing this as well. Major wake up call. So my plan is to
- Up my water intake
- Have a filling breakfast of jungle oats and a cup of black coffee to keep me functioning
- Avoid pasta, rice and bread
- Eat more veg and less fruit
- Snack only if I’m actually hungry and only on raw veg
I’m not going to be militant about it because that approach never works for me but I am going to stick to this whenever I am at home (which is 90% of the time) – IN PROGRESS
4. Be more active.
This is really important to me. I want to encourage our girls to be more physically active. To do this I need to make activities available to them. Plus I have a gym membership that is gathering dust. I’m going for two more chiropractic sessions to work on my back issues and then I’m going to start slowly with a little bit of exercise every day. Right now I’m too terrified of pulling a back muscle again so I’m not doing anything more strenuous than following my 10.5 month old around as she explores. – INCOMPLETE
5. Learn how to apply make-up.
This is something that I have never bothered with. The most I will use is eyeliner and face powder. (My Instagram selfies will attest to both my lack of eyebrows and raccoon circles around my eyes 🙈) If it’s a special occasion I might apply some mascara. I’m not a fan of make-up (foundation, eyeshadow etc) but I have come to the realisation that there can be a middle ground between clown make-up and me. I will never be the type to use foundation and eyeshadow every day because a) I have no time and b) I touch my face and rub my eyes so often that I will look quite terrifying by 10am. But there is a time and place for a made up face. Not to mention the boost in confidence from knowing that you look good. This step is quite exciting because I will be teaming up with a beauty blogger for a shopping expedition and a make-up lesson. Watch this space! – INCOMPLETE
6. Wardrobe overhaul.
I have a lot of clothes. Yet I use the same things every week almost on rotation. My husband describes my wardrobe as a cross between China Mall bargains and an Indian Aunty. Sadly he’s not wrong. I hate shopping so if I like something I generally buy all the colours available then call it quits and go home. If my style had a category it would be Loose and Cheap. Oh look, my style sounds like a prostitute. That can’t be good. Anyway, I clearly need a style injection. I’m yet to work out how to go about this. – INCOMPLETE
And that is more or less my plan. I’m giving myself until the end of the year to get my life together. Wish me luck!