Review Of 2014

Wow, I can’t believe we are already in 2015! 2014 went super quick and soo much happened. I went a week without technology, had & threw up afternoon tea at The Ritz, saw a fashion show at London Fashion Week, Milked A Cow, went on a road trip to Ohio, went to a Rodeo in Ohio (in a maxi dress!), had a photo shoot with my mum, went on a spa weekend with Hayley and finally made my own Christmas cards!

As well as all of that I had 2 holidays, brought a new car, broke my foot, went to the grand national, reunited with old friends, lost new friends and caught lightening bugs in America. To say it has been a quiet year would be a bit of an understatement. However, for some reason whenever anyone says to me “oh what have you been up to?” I never seem have much to report back, which in actual fact is a LIE!

I cant really say what my favourite thing of 2014 was as I have a lot of happy memories and ones that I will treasure forever. There have been some sad times as well, Matt & I know people that have ended relationships, lost family members and experienced a lot of sadness this year.

I am really excited to see what 2015 has in store for me, I know that one thing is for sure I am fly to VEGAS in April! I cannot wait, I am sooo excited! I have also started number 24 – its a bit hard to find something to take a picture of everyday, but I am excited to look back on them in a years time! There are 2 more things that I would like to cross of this year, but I am going to keep them for myself and surprise you all when I announce them! People often ask each other, what New Year’s resolutions they are making; I cant help but feel that you are setting yourself up for failure, especially if they are diet or fitness related. I have made 3 resolutions for this year, but these are things I started doing at the beginning of December:

Be Kinder To Myself – dont put too much pressure on myself to hit certain goals, just enjoy life

Make More Effort With Those That Make The Effort With Me – I am not great at texting people back or calling people, but I am concious that I dont want to lose friendships that I have, so I am going to make the effort more, especially with those that always make an effort to reach out to me.

Save At Least 12k By The End Of The Year – I already have about a 3rd of this saved, so its a reasonable goal, but one that I want to achieve to get my own home!

Have you made any resolutions for the new year? what were your favourite things of 2014?

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Confusing Diets & PCOS!

OK, as you know for as long as I can remember I have been on a diet of some decription – mainly Slimming World! However, I have a new issue – I have been doing SW for so long that I CHEAT and only to myself! I dont count syns, I eat more A or B options than I should and get annoyed when I dont see any results on the scales!

Recently I have been researching what diets are best for people who suffer with PCOS, as for anyone who has followed this blog from the beginning will know after reading will know that I was diagnosed with this condition when I was 16/17, so almost 10 years ago!

I have read up of the typical symptoms of PCOS and can see myself in them so much & I want to do something to reduce these for me today, tomorrow and 10 years time! Here are the common symptoms of PCOS as per the NHS Website:

irregular periods or no periods at all
difficulty getting pregnant (because of irregular ovulation or failure to ovulate)
excessive hair growth (hirsutism) – usually on the face, chest, back or buttocks
weight gain
thinning hair and hair loss from the head
oily skin or acne

What i didnt realise is the risks that having PCOS can impact, women who suffer from PCOS are more at risk of the below as well:

type 2 diabetes – a condition that causes a person’s blood sugar level to become too high
depression and mood swings, as the symptoms of PCOS can affect your confidence and self-esteem
high blood pressure and high cholesterol, which can lead to heart disease and stroke
women who are overweight may also develop sleep apnoea – a condition that causes interrupted breathing during sleep

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Out of that list of 10 things, hand on heart I can say that at least 4 of those effect me and I want to do something about it, I want to be healthy for me. The big one that scares me on there is the difficulty of getting pregnant, I would love to one day (not in the near future) have a child and become a family with my significant other, but just like learning to save properly, I need to take this into my own hands and get something into action NOW!! Sitting around for the next 2 years carrying on as I am wont get me to a healthy weight range, it wont stop the excess hair growth, it wont stop my hair being thin, it wont stop my moodiness (especially about my weight) and it wont take the risk of diabetes or high blood pressure away either!

I have been looking at diets online and its really confusing, what is the best one out there and what should I be doing for me. Some of you will be reading this and saying ‘it depends on the person, different things work for different people’ and yes you are right, but unfortunately I am not the sort of person that can read a diet and go ‘Ok I know what I can/cant eat now’ I am not a good cook, so I need something written down so I know what I can and can’t do – which is why a slimming club worked for me, but I just dont think Slimming World is the right place for me at the moment.

As I write this, I have made the decision that I am going to book an appointment with my GP and get this all under control, request to see a dietician/nutrionist to help me things moving and get this show on the road! In the mean time, whilst I await an appointment (because it takes FOREVER!) I am going to cut carbs, diary & junk food out of my diet and keep exercising and just try to stay focused on the end goal. I know I can do this, I have lost the weight before I just need something or someone to help me this time…..maybe going back to Slimming World will help?!

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September’s Favourite App

Hello,

This is a bit on an unusual post, but I thought I would see how it goes and if it gets a good reception I will give it another go next month!

So this may sound a bit mad, but since I can remember I have always had music or a telly on to help me go to sleep, but earlier this month I realised that I need to get out of that habit and just learn to fall asleep normally! So I downloaded an app called Stop, Breathe & Think App on the app store, it was free at the time.

I have been using it pretty much every night ever since downloading it. It asks you to to stop and think about how you really feel for 10 seconds. It then asks you to pick how you feel mentally and physically & then pick 5 emotions. Once you have done that it gives you some self mediation recordings to listen to. They vary in length, but when I am laid in the dark with just my mind it is so easy to switch off and listen to the relaxing tones and just breathe and rest.

I have done some research and the App was created by a Organisation called Tools for Peace, their mission statement is

Tools for Peace inspires people of all ages to develop kindness and compassion in everyday life.

I cant imagine a better thing to do, as a society we are so self absorbed and concerned with money & what we can buy to make us constantly happy, that we over look the simple things in life that can enrich our lives. For example helping an old lady across a road, holding a door open for a stranger, carrying someones shopping to the car when they are struggling with a trolley and a buggy!

So although, the app for me is to help me wind down to relax and sleep better, the reasoning behind it makes me feel so pleased that I am start of something a lot bigger! You can pay for extra’s too to lengthen the mediation timers, which I haven’t done as it seems to be serving me quite well at the moment.

So, if you are like me and struggle to sleep or just want to learn to meditate and take 5 minutes out of your day for you this is definately an app for you!

Revisiting the list……..

I have been mulling this over now for a while, checking my list an trying to work out what can replace Number 20 & 21 and maybe changing some other that realistically are either too expensive or just not doable!

Here are a few idea’s:

Travel Somewhere by myself
Visit a fortune teller
Celebrate my birthday in a foreign country
Feed An Animal At The Zoo
Volunteer
Throw a massive 30th birthday party
Go to the Mall of America
Go to a make up counter and buy the right make up for me
Go on holiday with no plans – just go with the flow
Eat no meat for 1 month
Visit a castle & learn its history
Go To Disneyland, wear mouse ears and act like a big kid

There a few in that list that I could 100% do and achieve before I am 30, but actually only 5 that I probably really want to do, but there are a few things in there that would probably be an experience I would never have before!

I am going to think this over for a while and see where my decision takes me!

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Get It All Off My Chest!

Hello All!

I seem to have been neglecting you all for a while and I am sorry for that! My brain has been going into over drive recently with lots of things whizzing around that I am trying to make sense of! I won’t bore you with the details, actually I think I will!

As you have probably guessed I LOVE to do my nails and whilst I was hunting round various Sephora stores in Rome, I thought to myself “oooh I want to get a home gel kit” which then turned into “oooh maybe I go back to college and learn how to do nails and maybe do it as a side business”. I have researched various different course and companies and looked at all the start-up costs, but realistically I would be spending out approx £1000 until I have either fully trained myself up and got all my equipment and then is it really worth it? Would I get the business? Would I still love doing nails if I did it up to 10 times a week? At the moment, it’s a no; I have managed to talk myself out of it. It’s still very much in the back of mind and maybe something that I do look at in the new year – I think I need to stop being so negative about it and just actually do something for me once in a while!

I have closed a door in my life that I was keeping ajar as a “just in case”, that clearly wasn’t worth leaving open. The only thing about that is that I am going to have to amend my bucket list – what with I’m not sure – but I will keep you updated!

I have also been looking into my finances and trying to make sure that I can actually start saving for a mortgage, I started doing really well, then I brought Little Dot and went on holiday, but I have started again and I have been looking into fixed savings accounts where I can’t touch the money for 2 years. I am pretty jam packed for the next couple of weekends so on my next free Saturday I am going to go into all the banks and see what they can offer me so I can start properly getting my finances in order!

I have been thinking about my bucket list and some of the things I have left, mainly learning Yoga or Pilates/reach size 12/run the race for life. As I broke my foot I haven’t been to the gym for some time and I was planning to go back this week but I recently got an email from my gym to say they were closing the gym for 10 days due to an upgrade! So I am going back 1st September and I am going to GO FOR IT. We have 8 months till Vegas, so 8 months to lost about 1/1.5 stone and tone up. I can do it!

Phew that felt good to get things off my chest!

Bump In The Road

Hi Followers!

I am sat here with my feet up relaxing, thinking that I really should be going off to pack…..but I am going to need a hand as I have acquired a “Moon Boot” during the week!

So last Saturday when we were house sitting, we had a couple of friends over & I decided (after 2 frozen cocktails – please note I was not drunk) that I would take the dog for a quick wee up the road, whilst I was out, I thought I will take him round the block for a quick walk, unfortunately Chester saw a cat and pulled on the lead, I was strong enough (all that hard work at the gym paid off) and pulled him back & we carried on walking, then some how (I think I fell up the curb) fell over was in a lump on the floor. I remember thinking “shit” my ankle/foot really hurts and so does my right knee, but after a quick check to make sure no-one saw me I got up and walked back to the house.

How Gorgeous Is This Dog!

How Gorgeous Is This Dog!

As soon as I got in I let Chester off the lead and made my way upstairs to the loo to regain my composure as I had started to cry and realised that my favourite £7 size 14 blue jeans had a massive hole and my knee was grazed and bloody, at this point I was aware my foot was throbbing, but was more upset about my blue jeans! Matt & his brothers partner came up to look for me and make sure I was ok – we laughed it off, but as I went to go down the stairs I realised that I could hardly weight bear on my left foot. I made it through the night and woke up in the morning to some bruising coming out, which I thought was normal & there was no swelling & I could move my toes so I figured I hadn’t broken anything.

Me & Matt spent the day down the beach and went for a really nice lunch and just chilled out, when I got home my mum & dad suggested that I just go and get it checked out just to be on the safe side, so with 5% battery life on my phone, me & dad went down A&E. They checked over my foot, I wasn’t given an x-ray and they discharged me saying it was likely to be just a sprain and not worry. Well Thursday came along and alothough the pain hadn’t got any worse it wasn’t getting any better & after chatting to Heather at work I decided I needed to see my GP, so I was lucky enough to get an appointment after work and headed down there (note that I have been driving & walking on my foot since Saturday) my GP wasn’t too happy and thought that there may be a blade of bone broken off and suggested I go back to A&E or a local walk in centre to get it x-rayed!

So me & mum headed down to the walk in centre and I told them that my GP suggested to come down and get it x-rayed etc etc. The first nurse I saw said that dependant on what the nurse practioner thinks when she examines me I might not get an x-ray today, which frustrated me slightly as I wanted it to be x-rayed to make sure I hadn’t broken anything….thankfully the nurse practioner (also called Emma) agreed it needed x-raying just to be safe. I hobbled down to x-ray and was seen straight away, I was given my notes and me & mum realised there was red dot in the x-ray bit, I said to mum that a red dot was never a good sign – but mum was being positive and said you never know it might be nothing! Emma came back round to where we were sat and said “unfortunately you have broken your metatarsal bone in your foot” and my response was “oh f**k” thankfully she said she didn’t want me in a plaster cast and agreed that I needed an air boot! She said that I could still fly WAHOOO she insisted that I needed to take crutches with me as a ‘just in case’.

Sooooo for my holiday that I have been looking forward to for pretty much 9 months I will be in an air boot, on crutches and if shopping today was anything to go by a wheel chair for some bits…..but I am sure this wont stop me having a whale of a time!!

Wheeling Round Tesco!

Wheeling Round Tesco!

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Zooming Round Asda

It’s Going So Well

Thursday 8th May

Spurred on by my 3lb weight loss last night after a week of planning my food (for the first time in ages) I have done it again and incorporated the reduce boredom eating plan! Today I have Porridge & Banana for breakfrast & already had 1 glass of water! I have made a chicken salad for lunch with a yoghurt and apple. I have also got the chicken out for SW fajitas for tea. At about 10am this morning I was under a bit of pressure at work and all that I could think was “I’m hungry” but I really wasn’t….I recognised that I wanted to eat to ease the pressure off – point gained to me! I drunk 2 litres of water today AND 2 cups of green tea…I am feeling really positive today let’s see what tomorrow brings!

Friday 9th May

So it’s lunch time of day 2 and I had a MAMMOTH breakfast this morning and although I had a few iffy moments I didn’t feel the need to eat during my morning at work & in fact I’m looking at my lunch wondering if I will be able to eat it all! I am doing well with the water intake and having 2 cups of green tea as well! So far so good! Its 6.30pm and I am sat here waiting to go out with friends…so I will be eating after 7, which is ok! I have eaten well today and I am on plan with SW, I have already drunk my 2litres of water today as well! I am not too sure how tomorrow will go, I have not planned my food and me & Matt have no set plans. I am going to make sure I don’t snack in between meal times though and not after 7! Let’s see what a new day brings!

Saturday 10th May

It’s Saturday, means no planning! Had a bacon & egg bagel for breakfast, 2 wholemeal rolls with sandwich filler for lunch BUT I have had 2 bottles of water, so although my food intake hasn’t been great I am trying to keep up with the water! Matt is doing SW Katsu Curry for tea tonight which is really yummy and syn free so at least I know I will be ok with that! Tomorrow I will be straight back to my planned day and doing ok! But I haven’t been snacking in between meals so at least I have been ok that way! I don’t know why I’m beating myself up; I hadn’t planned anything today so I should be expecting not to stick to the plan.

Today

I have been for a run this morning and I had breakfast (4 days in a row – this is a complete turnaround for me!) I had a snacky lunch, consisting of Humus, carrot sticks & 2 babybel. My water intake hasn’t been any good today, I have to admit I haven’t had any BUT I have had 2 mugs of green tea! I have just let myself down though, I have sat here in my room blogging and eaten some sweeties….oh my lord – totally bad move! BUT I have a completely SW Free meal planned for my tea and I will NOT going to be eating after 7pm – which I know is my danger time.

So although I have had some moments where I have been a bit naughty, I am doing well with my rules that I have put in place AND I am also sticking as much as I can to SW. All in all I am hoping and praying for another loss, even if it’s just 1lb I will be happy! Back to the gym tomorrow and working my butt off – I am feeling positive and happy with my eating for the first time in a long time! Nothing beats wearing my size 14 blue jeans and not feeling uncomfortable!