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What’s Left?

The other day a friend of mine asked me what was left to do on my Bucket List and I struggled to answer her! I have done so much that I cant remember what’s left! So I thought I would show you a list of what is remaining on the list!

Everything that is in yellow has been done and crossed off……I still have 18 things left to do & 4 years to do it and I have some ideas for a few of them, I just need to start planning and putting into action!

The List

So far this year I have already crossed off 6 things & I have another one planned for next week – its all coming together slowly!

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Love

Emma xxx

I’m Baaccck!

Good Evening Y’All!

Its been a while since I have posted on here and I would normally apologise, but I have been enjoying myself on holiday and recovering from my holiday then partying at the annual family party! I have crossed 2 things off my bucket list whilst I was gone, booked to do another & thought about getting rid of something else on the list!

Its all a bit crazy, but its been a good 3ish weeks away from blogging and I have had great fun! There are lots of things to share with you, but I think I will start off by sharing some photo’s from our holiday – there are over 2,000 and I don’t think you want to see them all!

In New York – https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10152736998341055.1073741838.501516054&type=1&l=f903de8dd5

In Indiana – https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10152737025441055.1073741839.501516054&type=1&l=32b85c16bd

I have to say I brought ALOT on holiday, some stuff for me & some stuff for others – I think I might do a blog post of all the things I have got that might be interesting to you! I will also admit that I gain 8lb whilst on holiday – I’m not ashamed to share it as I really let go and enjoyed it and made the most of the good food. I am back on plan now and trying to get in shape for Rome in August and my next adventure in April next year!

Well have fun looking at the photos and stay tuned for posts about the holiday within the next few days!

Love

Emma xxx

10 Years……

These photo’s was taken just over 10 years ago when we left school to go on study leave ready for our GCSE’s – which at that point were the most important things in our lives, they determined what we would be doing at college, what uni we were going to and at that stage I think we all probably thought what job we would end up doing. I stumbled across a memory book that a lot of people had written in a few weeks back and some of the words that they had written were lovely and its a shame that the friendships didn’t last. There was 4 of us (Katy, Jemma, Amy & Myself) that all lived close to each other and would find ourselves congregating at the local shops or on the grass verge of one of the corners of road, we never drifted too far from home and would often end up back at Amy’s (she had older brothers with good looking friends!) and there was no arguing that I can remember we just used to have a laugh! Back then I literally had zero responsibilities, no commitments and I was just living in the moment, I was close to quite a few people and we literally all lived in each others pockets for the last year at school and most of the first year at college….

group @ amys

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walkin home gang

College started in the September of 2004 and I had decided to do a BTEC in Media in a local college where none of my friends were going. I remember at the time not being too bothered as I was sure I would remain friends with them anyway and I was never one to do something that everyone else was doing! I met some wonderful people during my time at college and I really did have a blast. College is where I met my best friend and actually apart from my family, the one person that has been a solid person in my live over the last 10 years! We would just get the train to college and maybe meet up in breaks as we were on the same media course, I left 1 year before her and strangely enough we didn’t drift apart, we kept in touch and ended up doing some random trips, holidays and multiple days out shopping! I also made a really good friend Becky, who when we finished our course went to work at Disney in Florida for 1 year, it was sad to see her go and unfortunately we did drift apart – but she was a good friend through those 2 years. Unfortunately, whilst I was making new friends I was drifting away from old friends, our interests started to change and I found that I didn’t fit in with their new circle of friends. I was lucky and still managed to keep contact with Katy and Amy on and off and to this day, Amy still lives up the road and we chat occasionally and myself & Matt have been to stay with Katy in Plymouth and whenever she is home I always try to meet up with her if I can! I also kept in touch with Mike, who during school we weren’t really too close, but over the last year or so when he started “going out” with 2 of my best mates at the time and he actually ended up becoming a really good mate and even though we don’t talk too often now, I would hope that if I needed him that he would still be there for me as I would him. During my college years, I was also working part time at a coffee shop and a night club – I love both my jobs and the people in both places were fantastic, I learnt so much from everyone!

My 18th Birthday Night Out With The Girls From College & My Then Best Friend

My 18th Birthday Night Out With The Girls From College & My Then Best Friend

Mike & I On My 19th

Mike & I On My 19th

One Of Mine & Steph's Holiday Adventures

One Of Mine & Steph’s Holiday Adventures

College finished and I started working full time, as I mentioned I kept in touch with Becky & Steph and would still occasionally talk to some of my friends from school, but I wont lie as people went off to uni and I stayed at home, I again lost touch with people and I was working in an older environment so I found myself unable to make any new friends, my weight also increased and I was becoming miserable. When I headed to Indiana in 2007 to stay with my godparents for the first time, I made a decision in those 2 weeks to look for a new job, in a younger environment with room for progression. I was lucky enough to find and be offered a job quite quickly and started working in my role in the July. I was cautious at first to make new friends as it had been a while since I had really put myself out there, but I met 3 girls that really took me under their wings and for a while we had great fun and went out a lot and partied and I was losing weight and having fun. For the first time I was earning a good wage with prospects of moving onwards and upwards, I brought a brand new car – it was a 5 door and I remember my mum asking me if I was sure, the finance was over 5 years and I remember thinking (at 19!) that in 5 years I will probably be married and have a kid, so I will need 5 doors and a decent size boot for the buggy…..

Having Fun In America!

Having Fun In America!

One Of Our Many Nights Out!

One Of Our Many Nights Out!

Unfortunately, I got made redundant in the April before I turned 20, I got made redundant – in the last 10 years from leaving school this is the one vivid memory where I can remember exactly how I felt, the panic, the worry. I had literally brought a new car 6 months previously, I had no idea how I was going to pay my finance, lucky we were given a good deal and I managed to find some temporary work before I got another full time job (funnily enough where I still am today), which I thought to myself, I will stay here until the market gets back to normal and I can go back into commercial mortgages….how wrong was I! I really landed on my feet in the job I am in now, the company is great the people that I work with are fantastic and I have progressed further than I ever thought or want to at the beginning! Not even a year after joining I decided that I was going to go on holiday to stay with my godparents again and I am glad I did, I had a fantastic time and cant wait to go back in a few days time! At that point in my life I was in what I thought was a loving relationship, but looking back now I would tell my 20 year old self that I was wasting my time in fact 6 months of my life “seeing” someone that I thought loved me back! what a waste! But about 2 months after I realise he was a waste of space, Matt got in contact with me and the rest is history…..

Now this blog post started its life this afternoon when I was talking with Heather at work and we were simply saying how different at 16 we thought our lives would be. If I am honest, at 16 I expected my soon to be 26 year old self married, with her own home and probably either pregnant or have a baby and a good career. Realistically, I have only just properly started saving for a mortgage, I still live at home, yes I have a stable relationship but as far as I know we are not close to getting engaged or married and I certainly haven’t had a baby OR pregnant!

So to all those youngsters that are leaving school this year….don’t expect too much out of the next 10 years….life has a funny way of taking you down the path it wants you to go on, take a chance and enjoy the bumps in the road, you will learn so much from them. Don’t be upset if those close to you today don’t last the next 10 years, there will be something’s that they just cant support you through and others you will find that you have different priorities or morals as you grow individually. There will be people that come along that are unexpected and that will end up meaning more to you than you ever thought they would. Just enjoy the next 10 years….because I am sure the next 10 that I have to look forward to will be full of even more adventures that I cant even begin to imagine!

xxxxx

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!

Italia Romance

Last year me & Matt were looking at going to Rome…..but unfortunately he had his skiing accident which wrote off any foreign travel idea’s we had! I ended up booking my holiday to America with my family for this summer & we just decided to save and save for Vegas in 2015 with our friends.

I have been on countdown for America now for a couple of months and I am getting a list together of things I need to take and things I want to buy….its starting to get a bit long! We also have all our money ready for Vegas and San Fran next year & just need to get it booked – which we are doing probably before I go away in June!

I have had a few days off from work this week and we went for a look around the shops, just for something to do and for me to have a look at some shoes suitable for doing walking in on holiday (I have narrowed it down to converse, Birkenstock’s or just plain pumps!). We walked past Thomas Cook and they had an amazing deal on for Thailand for 14 nights, just £599 (flights + hotel) unfortunately it was for 1st May & there was no way we could do that trip, but it got us thinking maybe Asia isn’t that expensive?! We grabbed some lunch and then walked past Thomson and I jokingly said

Let’s Book A Holiday!

I wasn’t expecting Matt to say yes – his standard response is

No, We Are Going To Vegas & San Fran Next Year & You Want To Move Out

So I was surprised when he said “Ok – But Where?!” as a spur of the moment, he came up with Rome – we decided it would have to be a long weekend we both have planned off over our anniversary in August (this decision making was literally done in about 30 seconds). We agreed we would see how much it is first and if it wasn’t expensive then we would go ahead and book it. Thomson quoted us the cheapest £859 for flights, hotel & transfers – that included 1 night free, I had no idea what Matt’s budget was, but I knew I really couldn’t justify anything more than £400. So I asked the agent to print off the quote and that we would grab a coffee and talk it over (thinking, I can probably find it cheaper online!). As we walked out Matt said we should go to Thomas Cook and see what they can do for us. So we went in and somehow managed to get 4 nights B&B, flights, transfers (including 1 free night) for £795, so it worked out at about £99 each per night, which came in under my budget – we thanked her and said we needed to make some calls and would be in touch. I called my boss, Matt called his and thankfully we both definitely had the time off given to us and we marched straight back in, transferred the money from the Vegas & San Fran pot and paid for it….so we are off to Rome in August!

I literally land in the UK from America on 7th July and Fly out to Rome 1 month later! Its all a bit mad and unexpected – but I am so excited to celebrate our 5th anniversary together in Rome!

So, if you have any recommendations of restaurants or places we should definitely visit (apart from the obvious) please send me your suggestions!

xxx