I’ve Got Chills

Okay, where’s spring? Taking on a 10,000 steps a day challenge in March sounded like a good idea. I pictured strolling through daffodils and tulips as the sun smiled down, whilst my Fitbit counted off step after step. The reality has been a lot bloody colder. It’s the chilliest March for years, and I was walking in the snow again today. Snow is much more pleasant to walk through than rain, but it was bitterly cold. The wind whipped about and I wished I’d put on my thermal leggings.

The upside of this cold snap is that I truly feel that I’m earning my sponsorship money. Being a supremely unsporty person, it is a real effort to make sure that I get over 10,000 steps each day, and the cold weather makes the extra walk I need even less inviting. I do feel like I’m working for each penny of sponsorship, which is going to Cancer Research UK.

Despite all of the cold, I have met my target today, thanks to a trip to the shops so that I could walk around in the warm. Doing some housework this afternoon has helped to get my extra steps. The forecast tomorrow is milder and I really hope that turns out to be accurate. I’ve got another busy day in work tomorrow, but it might not be step-busy. The evenings are much lighter, though, so I am getting more daylight for my after work strolls.

Last night I finished reading Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine and was satisfied by the ending. The themes in the novel included loneliness, kindness and friendship, three things that resonated with me. I’m passing it on to a friend to read and really hope that she enjoys it, too.

It made a change to read an adult book, but my next read will be one of the Carnegie Medal shortlisted novels. I’ve read two already, Release by Patrick Ness (whose writing I adore) and After the Fire by Will Hill, which hooked me from the beginning. I think After the Fire has the edge on Release for me, and I’m looking forward to finding out if any of the other nominees will overtake it as my favourite.

So, I’ll be chilling out again this evening, but with a book rather than on a walk. Cosying up in the warmth will be a very nice end to the weekend.

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