Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Elevensies

Hmm Tuesday, a day I'd been sort of looking forward to, and sort of dreading at the same time. I'm sure most of you will understand what I mean if you've been away from the scales for a while! I tried not to dwell too much on thoughts of weigh in and started my day reasonably early at around 9.30 with a cuppa before deciding on my fast becoming the norm breakfast of fruit and yogurt - today's was with some muesli added in.


After a rest day yesterday, and way too many days prior to that without a play ride on Margot, it was time for me to get out on her again and so into town I went to pick up my train tickets for my Maycation, which is now less than 48 hours away, choose some new glasses as mine seem to have disappeared down a black hole and grab something for the Slimmer of the Week basket at group. I even managed to remember it was a taster tonight and so grabbed the ingredients for a potato salad. Oh the efficiency! 

As soon as I got in, I got started on the potato salad, a fave of mine that I really should do more often, but something I only seem to remember when it's sunny! It's painfully simple too! 

Potato salad:

salad potatoes
extra light mayo (I used 4tbsp for 2 syns)
fat free natural yogurt (about the same amount as mayo)
garlic salt
pepper
mustard powder (a wee sprinkle, to your taste really)
spring onions

Boil the potatoes, chop the spring onions. Mix everything together. Done :)

I would have hoped you've noticed by now, I'm not one for faffing about! Speaking of which, lunch was a vegetable soup I'd lobbed in the slow cooker last night as one of the many, many packs of reduced vegetables that I can't seem to stop myself picking up at Tesco had split, and so it was added to a tin of tomatoes, tin of beans, a stock pot, mixed herbs and some lentils, and an empty bean can full of water to magically become soup.


Anyone that says it's expensive to follow Slimming World should note that this bowl of soup is about a quarter of what that little lot made, for a total of probably a few pence over a quid. After I'd eaten lunch, I settled down to enjoy a bit of rare quiet time. For some reason the telly hadn't gone on today, and it was lovely. Hague was job searching on the laptop and I just had a nice read. Very nice way to while away an afternoon, until it was time to face the music that is.

I hopped onto Margot and into town, picked up Hague some sudafed as he has a cold, brought that back to him and then rode back into town again. I was still early for weigh in and so stopped at Costa (for a change)...


I'm sure I can lay the blame for at least half my gain on that....maybe...who am I kidding? I arrived at group, and was put in charge of the shop where my frazzled little brain got its first bit of use of the day, hopefully everything tally's up okay O.o That was the least of my worries though, as my thoughts of a huge gain were spot on....and I don't think the fact I'd eaten all day, had a coffee AND wore jeans to weigh in can really be the sole cause of a rather show stopping gain of 11lbs....no, that's not a typo, there isn't a random extra "1" in there, that is eleven bloody lbs! I wasn't surprised at group, I'll be honest, I knew it'd be big, and what's the point in getting upset about it? Part of me wishes I'd weighed in before now though, as with my MayCation mere hours away, I'm looking at another gain next week before I can get my butt firmly into gear again and nip this silliness in the bud. 

After group, where as I had to count the votes for Man of the Year I discovered I'd been nominated - note to self, best get the upper lip waxed - I headed home to a dinner waiting for me, courtesy of my poorly Hague.


Syn free and bloody handsome it was too, there are a couple of the low fat Quorn sausages lurking under the eggs too, I followed it up with some grapes which I demolished before I remembered to take a picture and then resumed my sitting and relaxing regime until the worms demanded more feeding and so I put together an eclectic plate to nibble on whilst catching up with the online world.


Picture of my potato salad there for you at last, along with some Quorn chickeny thingums, my Babybels and a HiFi bar, which I washed down with a chocolatey cuppa in the bath.

Food Diary - Green

Free and Superfree
forest fruits
blueberries
Activia 0% vanilla yogurt
homemade vegetable soup (tomatoes, baked beans, lentils, tesco value fresh chopped veg, stock pot)
eggs
Quorn low fat sausages
potato
mushrooms
tomatoes
grapes
salad potatoes
fat free natural yogurt
Quorn roast chicken fillet strips

Healthy Extras
A - 350ml skimmed milk (in latte)
A - 3 Babybel light
B - 35g Dorset Cereals simply nutty muesli
B - HiFi bar

Syns
Burton's fish n chips                            6
Costa medio chai latte (skinny)           5½ (6 as a HeA)
2tbsp extra light mayo (Hellmann's)     1

Total syns                                           12½

When I got off those scales today, I really wasn't overly surprised, or bothered about my gain, but having had the time to mull it over, I'm rather annoyed at myself. No-one made me go off plan, no-one has made me relax to the extent I have over the last few weeks, and on the plus side, I've proved that I really will have to attend (and weigh in) at Slimming World for good now, so that's that question answered, but I now weigh what I did 6 months ago, that's a shocking waste of time. Yes, 4/5 months of that I was getting frustrated and upset as the scales weren't shifting, but that's no excuse for my, let's be frank here, gluttony over the last few weeks.

In the new Slimming World magazine, the new Woman of the Year has written a letter to her 14 year old self, detailing the life her adult self missed out on, and what she is now achieving. On her list of the reasons why losing the weight has been so wonderful was the seemingly simple phrase, knowing what "normal" is....that really hit home to me, as it's been the thing I have been pushing and pushing for all this time - and if I don't take control once more, I'll be back to scoping out chairs in restaurants and heading back to Evans to buy clothes I don't like. That is not going to happen. No way. Na Ah. I have four days away planned with my fabulous TOK, where we have many plans to explore Bristol, Bath, Cheddar and Wookey Hole. We also have much food based fun planned - but once I'm back in Yarmouth on Monday, that's it. I'm on this thing like glue.

No excuses...

No avoiding weigh in....

No off plan "just because"...

I will get to target, or I will stay on plan doing my damnedest to get there, regardless. The messing about ends now*

*Now obviously means next Tuesday once quite a few cream teas, punch and puds night and a few cocktails are enjoyed and out of the way after the weekend :)


Monday, 19 May 2014

On Plan, And On Air?

Not quite as exciting a day as yesterday I'm afraid, but it still had it's moments! I woke up pretty late today, something to do with trying to stay up last night on not much sleep at all I'm sure, and so breakfast was a rather late affair, eaten at around 1ish. I really do have a time line all of my own at times.


Just some black forest fruits, which had merrily defrosted themselves all over the fridge, topped with yogurt and the Weetabix chocolate minis, which are rather yummy, and also good as a little picky snack. As Hague had already left the building to head to Harbour Radio for today's shift, I got myself up and out and had a mooch around town to do my few jobs before meeting him there, via both Costa AND Starbucks to get a couple of iced Americano's....why both? Well, Hague likes sugar free caramel syrup, which they only do at Costa, in fact it's the only sugar free syrup they do, and I prefer vanilla, which they only have at Starbucks, along with hazelnut...rather a frustrating state of affairs! At least it led to a chat with the manager at Costa (the OH of one of my lovely local SW ladies), and a promise that he'll try and get some more sugar free flavours in :o) I also picked up some nail varnish to get my nails all prettified ready for my MayCation which is now mere days away!

Whilst we were at Harbour, the station manager, BiggNevv finally caught up with us about doing a radio show of our own and wants us to think through some ideas and get back to him! Me and Hague, let loose on the airwaves eh? Such fun! I'm so excited and we've been discussing ideas as the evening has gone on. I'll keep you all updated, don't worry :o)

Once we got in, I was rather peckish, and so did an incredibly quick lunch of gnocchi and salad, all of 5 minutes in the making!


Once "lunch" had gone down - it was eaten at about 6pm - I decided to take Boo out for a stroll as it was still sunny outside, luckily I had the sense to pick up a jacket though as it was freezing in the shade and on the beach. Boo didn't seem to mind though, and thoroughly enjoyed her walk.


Isn't she beautiful? She may be a scruffy, stinky old thing, but I love her to pieces. Once we were back home, and I'd warmed up with a cuppa or two, I snuggled up with a book whilst Hague continued to watch Prison Break. I am of course on a social network for reading, just look me up on GoodReads to catch up with my current reads. 

It wasn't too long before I realised I was hungry, but I had no idea what I wanted, just that I definitely wanted some Jersey Royals, and so it was a while before I cobbled together my final meal of the day.



Bit of an extreme close up there for dinner, but it was the spuds, with broccoli and sprouts, some cottage cheese and a Quorn gruyere cheese escalope, something a bit different there. Dessert wasn't so different, although it did contain the Benefit bars which have re-appeared in my local Aldi! Yay! With a couple of Chai teas to get me all chilled out, and my nails painted all pretty and purple and sparkly, it's almost time for me to head to bed, and hopefully see a bit more of the daylight that I managed today!

Food Diary - Green

Free and Superfree
black forest fruits
Activia 0% vanilla yogurt
salad leaves
pepper
cherry tomatoes
butterbeans
Kraft fat free Italian dressing
fat free cottage cheese 
Jersey Royals
broccoli
sprouts
banana

Healthy Extras
A - 350ml skimmed milk
A - 45g Feta cheese
B - 30g Weetabix chocolate minis
B - 2 Aldi light Benefit bars

Syns
100g gnocchi                                2
Quorn gruyere escalope                7
Danio blueberry                            3

Total syns                                     12

Rather a yummy food day today, and it was nice to mix things up a tiny bit with the extravagant synnage on the escalope. Very exciting to know that we're going to get a radio show as well - it will be more chat based than music though, and will probably focus on health and fitness as well as the sweetly random place our minds seem to reside, laid out for the world to listen to - yes, the actual world, as it's an internet radio station, which you can find HERE Hague is already on a couple of times a week, as sidekick to Keith on a Monday and Friday, and it's looking like we'll be on Wednesday evenings, as I said, I'll keep you updated of course!

So here's a question for you....what would make you tune in? What would you like to hear from TheSlimmingWorldFiles on the airwaves? Do you have any ideas for features for us to play with? Let me know!

x

Sunday, 18 May 2014

Emotional and Wonderful

Day's like today are what life is about. Simple as that. It's been happy, emotional, with unexpected fun and glorious sunshine, and it's not over by a long shot yet. Wonderful :o)

No food pics today, as after my perfectly on plan breakfast of overnight oats the day headed a lot off plan, I'm not going to worry too much about it though.

The day started rather early as Hague was working, and so we were up at just after 7 when I had my oats (phnar phnar) and then I took Hague to work, and after that it was straight to Norwich for my Race for Life. I've been so excited about it that I barely even slept last night as if I managed to jog the whole way, it's an item gone from my Bucket List, which is hugely exciting don't you think?

It was stunningly sunny, and bloody warm, but I was practically bouncing with excitement :o)





We seemed to be missing a few of our group when it was time to start, but at 11am I was ready and waiting! I won't lie, in the heat, and running on the grass, and with the inclines it was tough going, but I did it. I kept jogging the whole way round, something I've wanted to do ever since I first did Race for Life many, many years ago, and I actually did it!






I crossed the line at 38:50, but as I crossed the start line 58s after the timer started my official time is 37:52, something I'm immensely proud of, and it was only when I was walking back to the car with Hague that it hit me....I'd run the Race for Life, and I'd raised £880 for Cancer Research by doing it. I got rather emotional at that point. To some people that wouldn't be such a big thing, but 2 years ago even walking 500m was a struggle, and at last year's race I walked, and crossed the line after 48:48. I'm proud of my achievement today.

I'm also a rather happy girl to have had Hague there with me whilst I achieved such a huge milestone. 



Enough excitement for one day maybe? Not for us! We stopped at MaccyD's on the way home - very naughty I know - but we decided to celebrate, and whilst there I got a text from my Mum to let us know that her and my Dad, plus my Sister, Bruv in Law and my Nieces were at the Pleasure Beach and did we want to join them, if my legs were up to it. So plans for a bath and a nap were thrown aside as we got in, got changed and headed down to the Pleasure Beach (all of a 5 minute walk for us)!




We had such a giggle, it's been years since I've been on a Waltzer, and on the Twister, for the first time ever, my arse wasn't in the "Largest Person In This Seat" side. Although that did mean I squashed my Sister to death for the duration of the ride. Oops! Didn't stop me from going on again though and squashing Hague to death. Oops! Again. We had to leave after an hour or so as Hague had put some pork in the oven, and so we came home to a lovely roast dinner, which I followed up with a long soak, and a failed attempt at a nap. Then it was work again for Hague before us heading back home, where we shall be enjoying a few drinks, and a bit of off plan snackage whilst watching all of The Hangover films.

I also decided to compare pictures from last year's Race for Life with this year's too, to see my progress. Rather proud of the results too :)



A truly wonderful day that's for sure! And I still have 8 more days off work! Yay!


Saturday, 17 May 2014

Double Blog-Tastic!

It's been a rather busy couple of days I must say! I decided to get up early(ish) on Friday as I seem to feel tired regardless of what time I get up, and so figured I might as well get up and early and enjoy a couple of hours with Hague before work, and sort myself out a nice breakfast, so up I got, and into the kitchen I went to pour out some of my toasted couscous to soak ..... I had rather an intriguing few minutes then trying to work out what the hell was in the couscous...


This is just a selection of the goodies we found! I'm reasonably sure the yellow thing is a dried kernel of sweetcorn, and there is rice, pasta and what seems to be grass in there too. Extremely odd to say the least, but hats off to Holland and Barrett, who responded very quickly to my FB post and Tweet and are sorting it out as we speak. Funnily enough, I put that bag to one side, as there were still a few rogue bits of randomness in there, and opened a new one for breakfast!


Lovely mix there of the couscous, plums, grapes, yogurt and my HeB of weetabix chocolate minis. After a few cuppas and a bit of a chill it was time to head to work, yet another glorious day, at least it was the last one before my week off. I was hoping to get away without catching the end of week clean and changeover, but nope, for the third time in my 3 week rotation I had that pleasure! So in between cleaning, I ate this little lot;




As you may notice, there are two mini muffins lurking in the first picture. My manager is moving to the other factory, and as is tradition, bought in a metric f*ckton of cakes as a goodbye....


...just part of the selection there! I checked on the syn values and went with the muffins as both of them were 9 syns, which I didn't think was too terrible! After a long shift, with much cleaning and a small bit of grumping at Hague for not managing to get my iPod from Barnsley back to Great Yarmouth, it was soon 10 o'clock and I could break free for 10 fabulous days! Dinner was waiting for me, as Haguee may not be great with remembering stuff, but he doesn't too too badly at looking after me :)



Bit of superfree rebellion there, as I really didn't fancy it, although I did have some fruit for dessert. The spuds were topped with egg mayonnaise and both of my HeA's of cheddar. Not too much longer after that we headed up for a bath and bed as we had an early start today for Hague to go to work, but not before I had a flash of inspiration, as I knew I had a vintage iPod hanging about in the bedroom, which I didn't think was working, but I figured it was worth plugging in it and seeing what happened...


...it lives! Me and TOK shall have the best the eighties have to offer flying through our ears next weekend. Happy, happy days!

Food Diary - Friday (Green)

Free and Superfree
plums
grapes
toasted couscous
yogurt
apple and grape snack pack
spinach
salad leaves
beetroot
pepper
cherry tomatoes
asparagus
pasta
Kraft fat free Italian dressing
Activia 0% yogurt
potato
eggs
mango
Shape 0% yogurt

Healthy Extras
A - (both) - 40g reduced fat Cheddar
B - 30g Weetabix chocolate chip minis
B - HiFi bar

Syns
2 Morrisons mini chocolate chip muffins                         9
Crispy Fries                                                                  3½
tbsp extra light mayonnaise                                            1

Total syns                                                                      13½

Onto today then, where we had quite a lot planned, work for Hague, shopping, browsing and general moochage, plus boring old food shopping and watching the FA Cup Final. The day didn't quite pan out like that, but we didn't do too bad! We started out far too early, with my alarm going off at 7.20 to ensure Hague got to work for 8am, as I was going to keep him company, the plan was to go food shopping straight from there - but we were rather weary, and so I had a light breakfast and then headed back to bed.


In my defence, I really hadn't had the best night's sleep! I was going to get up around midday, and then accompany Hague to kickboxing, before a good old mooch around town whilst he was there, alas, he wasn't feeling too great and so he joined me for a nap, and that was the last we saw of the world until 2.30 when we both woke up feeling much better and so headed out into the beautiful sunshine for a couple of rather pressing errands, including picking up a Matalan order and trying to find some pink running shorts for tomorrow. It was truly gorgeous as we walked to the shops:


Matalan first, where I picked up a bargainaliscious onesie, then onto Sports Direct to try and find those shorts....why are running shorts so bloody expensive? I really didn't want to be spending fortunes on them and so in the end went for some normal jersey shorts, the size was worth sharing with you all...


Insane!
Size chuffing 12! 
I have no idea how that even works! I might even wear them inside out tomorrow! Last year I walked the race in a pair of sz20 jeans, and that was after losing 6½ stone! Suitably happy we headed home, and despite having a good old lick of speed going on we didn't quite make it home in time for the kick-off of the footy and missed the first goal! Oops! Lunch was soon on the agenda though.



Not the heaviest of lunches as it was already closing in on 6! So just some pasta, soft cheese and veg, followed by a Danio and pear whilst I watched the rest of the footy, sympathising with TOK having kittens in Bristol at the Arsenal display! We just about had time to watch the end of the game before I once again dropped off Hague to work, and then went for a quick whizz around Aldi for the majority of our shopping, where in an unexpected happy moment they had Benefit bars on the shelves again! Fantastic! I've missed them so much :) With the shopping done, I picked up Hague, had a wee catch up with poor Glenys who's been stuck in hospital for days and then we stopped at Tesco to get the rest of the shopping. We finally got in at around 9.30 and I got started on a light dinner before settling to watch the boxing.



My version of a light dinner anyway ;) I've munched on the Buttons whilst tapping away here, and will finish up my day with a lovely milky cup of Chai tea before bed, as it's yet another early start tomorrow with my Race for Life starting at 11am! 

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Food Diary - Saturday (Green)

Free and Superfreee
grapes
sharon fruit
cherry tomatoes
spinach
pasta
pear
pepper
salad leaves
asparagus
Jersey Royals
Quorn peppered steak
Shape 0% yogurt

Healthy Extras
A - 350ml skimmed milk
A - 75g reduced fat soft cheese
B - HiFi bar
B - 45g Feta cheese

Syns
5 Wrigley's Extra chewing gum pellets               ½
Danio blueberry                                                3
tbsp Kraft light honey and mustard dressing       1
Cadbury's Buttons (treat bag)                           4

Total syns                                                         8½

So that's the first of my 10 days off done and dusted, and it wasn't too shabby at all - although I don't seem to have eaten much, guess that's what happens when you're a busy little bee (or napping)! 

I'm rather excited about tomorrow, and finally running Race for Life. I shall be a vision in pink as I now have pink shorts, a pink shirt and a pink tutu. I'm even pondering painting my nails pink! Surely that's worth a quid of anyone's money? It would be amazing for me to finish the race tomorrow morning, check my sponsorship link and see that total at 100%, I'm so close! 

I shall wish you a goodnight now as I settle down for a relaxing hour or so before hitting the hay, all snuggled up in my new, summer onesie with a JadeyPuss for company...


Night night to you all, oh, and SPONSOR ME please ;) xxx


Friday, 16 May 2014

Run Of The Mill

Two in a day! Get me! This is mostly due to the fact that I’ve not really achieved a great deal today apart from getting up (just about) in time for work, eating, working and that’s about it…I think it’s easy to tell it’s getting close to my week off eh?

I did set my alarm for the reasonably late time of 11am, just in case, and even woke up before that, but decided to settle down for more sleep and didn’t drag my lazy self up until nearly midday, so that barely left me enough time to get a blog up, get breakfast and a cuppa down me and then get myself out for work! Serves me right!


 Yummy breakfast of toasted couscous, which we’ve finally managed to stock up on after a fortnight of trying! I must stop telling people where to buy these things, as I can never get them when I want them ;o)

It was a truly glorious day as I drove into work, nothing like that to dent the old spirits as I knew I’d be inside, where it’s stuffy and warm, rather than beautiful and sunny. Here’s hoping the weather lasts through next week though, as my MayCation with TOK is looming large! Squee!

Work food was pretty standard I’m afraid, just a wee bit of mixing it up with the HiFi flavour!






Lunch was more of my batch cooked soup - I seem to be building quite a collection at the moment, all good for having something ready to grab to take to work! Today was another one where I was working here, there and everywhere, although today, it made the day fly by nice and quickly, which is always a blessing, and so 10pm arrived, and I had the even better news...not sure it's news, but the discovery anyway...that the road which had been closed for the last 2 nights was open again, shaving 20 minutes off my drive home! Yay! This meant that my planned visit to Tesco for caramel desserts which had been abandoned yesterday could take place - and I managed to strike lucky with reductions too, so I picked up my ice-creams (£1.20), plus two bags of Kale, 2 packs of mixed veggies for soup, carrots, salad and fruity snack packs for the grand total of £1.89, not too shabby eh? It was then to home I headed where Hague had a rather scrummy dinner ready and waiting.


Gnocchi, with much veg, soft cheese and Stilton. Totally gorgeous! It was, of course, followed up with one of the caramel ice cream thingums from Tesco.


So good, and just 5½ syns! 

Food Diary (Thursday)

Free Food
toasted couscous
fat free natural yogurt
figs
summer fruits
grapes
sharon fruit
veggie soup
banana
Shape 0% yogurt
pear
broccoli
asparagus
courgette
onion
pepper

Healthy Extras
A - 75g reduced fat soft cheese
A - 350ml skimmed milk
B - HiFi bar
B - 30g Stilton

Syns
Cheese Curls                    3
200g gnocchi                    4
Tesco caramella dessert    5½

Total syns                         12½

So there we have my not overly exciting Thursday, although it has been interspersed with more plannings for my MayCation, and speculative browsings for a few days away with Hague, should we be able to afford it at some point this year! It has also involved my Race for Life target smashing through the £800 mark - which is just unbelievable, so if you've donated already, whatever the amount, thank you so, so very much - it really does mean the world to me, and your generosity has astounded me...if you haven't donated yet...why not?? 

It's so easy...just click HERE and get donating...you know you want to ;o)

I should end today with another revisited reason, but with so much going on at work today, I've not had too much time to ponder. The first list was quite easy, as I had so many frustrations and niggles that I wanted to put behind me - finding new things to focus on, and different directions for my reasons is something that needs thought, and so think I shall :o)

xx

Thursday, 15 May 2014

Revisiting Reasons

I seem to be on and off the SW bus so much I need my own bus stop at the moment!


I wouldn't mind waiting for a bus in there!

To be fair, when I do head off plan, it IS planned, and I’m in control, rather than out and out ridiculous binges. Just a bit of what I fancy and then back on plan. I was off again this weekend, Hague was in Barnsley and I fancied a lazy, picky, naughty weekend, so that’s what I had. I was straight back on plan for Monday though, and had every intention of getting myself to group this week and weighing in, but a combination of bits and bobs prevented that – mainly a migraine hangover from a rather nasty one that had me scurrying home from work early on Monday to die with my TripTans for a few hours. Pretty sure that one was caused by sheer exhaustion as I only got 3 hours sleep on Sunday night, then had 4 hours of Death by PowerPoint at my Speed Awareness course, swiftly followed by work! It was just too much for my poor head, so it exploded a bit!


Luckily my tablets are pretty magical and I was fine to head back to work yesterday, still on plan!
Today I should have weighed in, but unfortunately weariness got the better of me, as it usually does after a migraine and so staying in bed won out! I stayed in bed rather a long time though and so it was a quick breakfast and a cuppa before heading out of the door! I WILL be back at group, and weighing in next Tuesday though – no excuses allowed!



 Muesli, yogurt and fruit, then off to work I went. Work was okay, but it felt rather a long shift, as I was moving between machines for most of the 8 hours, I still managed to eat this little lot whilst I was there...





It was a relief to be free just before 10, although as a diversion has been set up for part of my journey, that freedom can't really start for much longer as it's taking me 45 rather than 25 minutes to get home :o( Not great! Hague had dinner waiting though as he's rather splendid like that :o)


A lovely veggie chilli, with sweet potatoes and rice, with another couple of portions for work meals later in the week, perfect! I followed it up with a quick dessert before bath and bed.


Food Diary (Wednesday)

Free Food
figs
blueberries
Activia 0% yogurt
apple
pasta
Kraft fat free Italian dressing
spinach
tomato
pepper
beetroot
persimmon
banana
rice
sweet potato
veggie chilli

Healthy Extras
A - 3 Asda lighter cheese slices
A - 40g reduced fat Cheddar
B - 35g simply nutty muesli
B - HiFi bar

Syns
Crispy Fries                     3½
blueberry Danio               3
HiFi bar                           6
100ml skimmed milk        2

Total syns                        14½

A rather nice day food wise, just a shame that work was in the middle lol! I realise I have been rather slack with my food diaries, but I do list what I eat on MyFitnessPal too, so if you want to keep up with what I'm eating, feel free to add me on there. I'm afraid it's just a case of shifts getting the better of me at the moment, so my blogs are few and far between, sorry :o(

Recently, I’ve been chatting to a journalist about my weight loss journey, and she brought up my reasons list. For those of you relatively new to my blog, I posted 18 different reasons I wanted to lose weight, way back in September/October 2012.  I knew that getting to target would be a long haul, and I knew I’d need things to keep me going and so I put together my list. It contained many reasons, so huge, some small, but all very important to me, and so when I was asked how many of the list I’d completed, I figured it was a great time to revisit it, as it’s been a long old while! It was rather lovely to see just how many I’d ticked off that list of 18 things….

There are just 5 I haven’t yet done, and seeing as 3 of those are getting to target, seeing my Nieces grow up and reaching my 95th birthday as my Nan has (97 in July!) I’m quite pleased with my progress! In fact, as progress has slowed for me, it’s something to sit down and re-do, with some more reasons to stick with my journey until that ever elusive target is mine :o)

I’ll kick off with Reason #2.1 as it’s something that didn’t even cross my mind the first time, as exercising was not something on my agenda when I was still weighing in at over 21st and so nothing like that made it onto the list. Plus, it’s quite pressing, as my Race for Life event is on Sunday! (click HERE to sponsor me)….

Reason #2.1
To be able to run Race for Life, the whole thing, all 5 kilometres. Something I’ve wanted to do since my first ever one way back in time when I still lived in Essex and the internet was barely a thing :o) I’ve walked it several times now, my fastest time so far being last year when I managed to finish in 48 minutes and 48 seconds. This year, my target is just to run it all, although under 35 minutes would be fabulous, it would be pushing me quite a lot, we shall see, that might be on for the end of the list!