So it’s now December.

And it’s cold.

And it’s dark.

If any of you are ever thinking about taking on challenges like I’m doing, can I offer you a bit of advice?

Start by talking to your parents about when you are conceived.

Unfortunately my mother’s birthday was in May, which meant we were all born in March (2nd, 16th and 18th).

Yes, I know that doesn’t work out. But for years I couldn’t work out why we were all born in March, so I asked her.

Her reply? ‘Well haven’t you worked it out? It’s because my birthday’s in May’

‘Mum, that doesn’t work!’

‘Well it always took a bit of time to get him going.’


Anyway, that’s not the point. The point is that if my mother’s birthday had been in September I’d have been born in November. Then I’d have started these challenges during the worst time of the year weather wise, but I’d have been buoyed along by enthusiasm and the weather would have improved as ‘my’ year went on.

But I wasn’t.

I was born in March.

It’s now December and it’s cold and dark and winter’s only just started.

Spring doesn’t start until Wednesday 20th March 2013 – 4 days after THAT birthday!

That means the rest of this challenge will be done in the winter months. 😦

It is so much harder to make myself get out there to do stuff now but the whole point at the start of these challenges was that I could only fail if I showed lack of commitment and I’m not going to let that happen.

Here’s my progress so far, it’s week 38 which is 72% of the year. As you can see, I’m still ahead of schedule.



And it’s only 18 days until the shortest day of the year so it will be getting lighter πŸ™‚

Let’s just hope it doesn’t get too snowy or icy ……..

Hmmm and what happens today?


9 responses to “So it’s now December.”

  1. mmm… my girls’ birthdays are in March/April…
    Always nice to see your updates!! What an achievement: and over 775 tons lifted!!!!
    You will do it, whatever the weather! and look at what you’ve done so far anyway! I certainly couldn’t do that!
    You do make me want to challenge myself too. But I probably will keep watching you for now πŸ˜‰ x

  2. You’re doing brilliantly. So great that you are ahead of target. I love it when it starts to get light & we are past the shortest day. Once that’s done the time flies till spring. This is the worst time of year for me, December, cold, dark & stressful time & money wise & January cold, dark & stressful as not much money! As you say it’s nearly the shortest day!! xxxxx

  3. Ps, my birthdays October, so i’ll be fine if I decide to start a mad cap scheme!, I mean series of challenges xxxxxxxxxxx

  4. Gill you continue to inspire, motivate and entertain (in a good way) not only me but everyone who reads this blog. Also it looks like you were the only one to predict the snow!

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