#58: Fast from dawn til dusk

I really thought I might crack on this one. I failed to get up for a pre-dawn breakfast, so actually I was fasting for almost 24 hours.

I popped this on the list, as I very rarely test my will power, and also because I am accustomed to grazing the entire day, now that most of my time is based at home. It is a bad habit, both for weight gain and productivity. I can rarely settle to any task without a cup of tea and a biscuit in hand. Bad news!

Doing without breakfast was fine. It is too busy dealing with the brood to get any pleasure from eating breakfast anyway. It was one less thing to think about and that was fine. But starting the day without a cup of tea is a disaster. I just never feel as if I have woken up!

By 7.30 am I relaxed my own rules to allow myself to drink water.

At 11.30 I relaxed them further to allow a cup of tea. It was the only way. I would have caved in otherwise. I was weak, grumpy and headachey. But with a mug of tea in hand, all was well again.

Missing lunch wasn’t really a problem. I had one more cup of tea.

The afternoon was challenging as I was trapped in a car with 3 children for 3 hours, while they munched their way through a ton of food. I almost ate their leftovers out of habit! But managed not to.

So, I just about got to sort-of dusk. By 7pm, I was tucking into 2 platefuls of dinner, and 3 puddings. I had arrived at the in laws’ house and needed to show my appreciation, you see. They certainly couldn’t have been left thinking they had cooked a bad meal! Though they may be reviewing their supplies for the weekend with some anxiety lest I maintain such levels of gluttony.

So I conclude that I can go without food for a day, but caffeine is another matter!

#57: Become a charity trustee

Well this one panned out slightly differently from my intentions 3 months ago, but I am delighted with the result nonetheless. For as of Friday, I am not a charity trustee, but a school governor. Which I believe is the same kind of responsibility, but in a different setting. The election results are just in, and I am to be a parent governor of the primary school where my 3 children attend.

(And just in case any school parents are reading this: please don’t imagine that I only applied to tick off a challenge on the blog! Quite the reverse in fact – I put it on the list because it is something I really want to do, and have too long dithered over. I am much looking forward to learning more about the running of school, and being involved in this way.)