Monday, 29 October 2012

2 stone down!!

I finally had my weigh in with my HCA today and it's official- I've now lost 2 stone (28lbs) over the last 6 months. I'm sure I said before but I think I lost the 2 stone by the time I went home for my visit, but needless to say the lack of gym and plenty of nice food meant I put a few lbs back on but over the last 2 weeks since I've been back I've managed to get back to that 2 stone loss mark. I realised today that this puts me at the weight I was when I met my husband! It's so true what people say about feeling comfortable in a relationship = weigh gain. But I'm working on that ;)

As I previously promised I've posted these current photos in my "Progress Photos" section. I'll pop the photos in this post too while I'm at it. 

I have to be honest and admit I'm struggling to see much of a difference since the last photos I put up under "Progress Photos". Maybe by the time I upload the next photos after I lose my 3rd stone I will! :)

I'll go into a bit more detail of what my appointment consisted of today. Firstly, remind me next time I make a doctors appointment straight after I see my HCA to allow more than a 30 minute appointment with her! I could spend ages talking to her, she really is such a great motivator and always offers the right encouragement. Today we caught up on what I've been doing since I last saw her like 5 weeks ago now?! I was honest about my "blip" but said I'm committed to my new gym regime. She's recently had some new training with a dietitian who gave her some new booklets about weight loss to use with patients. To be honest the info in the booklets was all what we went through in the early stages eg. healthy eating, exercise and motivation for losing weight etc. She said this herself but what we did decide from it was to use the target goals they suggest. Basically, she wants me to lose 5% of my current weight over the next 3 months which equates to 10.4lbs/4.7kgs. She thinks I'll exceed it and I have to say I'm quietly confident that I can too! (Hope I've not just jinxed myself here! But it is less than I was hoping to lose in that timescale anyway)

In other news, I saw my doctor to discuss what we do now about my knee seeing as the MRI came back normal and he agreed that we should do some more digging so I've been referred to a Physiotherapist which is exactly what I hoped would happen. Hopefully they can work their magic on my troublesome knee!  

I totally forgot to say I bought some new jeans while I was home and was thrilled when it was the size 16 that fitted best! I've been an 18+ for so long it felt amazing getting into those new ones.  I also seem to have shrunk as my new jeans are regular length as opposed to the old ones which were long- I don't know how that works! Lol But I'm not going to argue as it's the number I'm interested in! :)

Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Friend Makin' Mondays (Will I ever get this done on time?)

If you’ve taken part in FMM then you know the rules. If you’re new, please take a moment to answer this week’s question on your own blog then add your link in the comments section here at: so we can all see your FMM questions and answers. Please invite your blog readers to add their links here too so everyone has to opportunity to be seen. The idea is to connect with other awesome bloggers so take a moment to post your own FMM post and comment on a couple of other posts. Now it’s time for this week’s topic!

Winning the Lottery
What’s the first thing you would do for yourself if you won 100 million dollars?  Note: this question is specifically for you…what would you do for fun after the family and the bills and the obvious stuff was taken care of?
I would go on a MASSIVE shopping spree and buy heaps of clothes (which would of course be in my ideal size), shoes and accessories. In order to get to my dream size I would employ a personal trainer and nutrionist  and chef who would help me reach my weight goals.

  I'd also love to buy a dream house where me and my husband can raise a family. He would love loads of land to keep loads of animals, pygmy hippos, geese, dogs, ducks and teacup pigs etc. 

 I'd visit my friends and family that are all over the place and travel everywhere that I've ever wanted to see- Morocco, More of the US and Canada, Germany, Mexico, Australia, Hawaii, Italy, South Africa, Thailand...the list goes on and on! 
I’d also buy my husband his dream car (I can't remember what it is exactly) but I think it's a black Mitsubishi  truck, or something like that?!
I'd go to every gig/concert of every artist I ever liked.
If we could fly to space that'd be pretty sweet!

I guess I'd do pretty much all the typical things most people wish for. I think where I go wrong with the lottery is that I actually believe we have a good chance every time to play it. I'm always disappointed when we find out we didn't win anything. I think being able to make everyone you care for happy and those in need of help would be priceless. 

Now it’s your turn to answer this week’s question!  Don’t forget to come back and link up in the comments!  Happy Monday, friends…

It could be you!!! :)

Well today I got a lovely surprise. Jessica over at Being a loser never felt so good! has nominated me for the Liebster Award! I'm really touched I was one of her nominees it's just a shame you can't nominate the (wonderful!) person that you nominated you. I think this award is such a cool idea, I'll explain it for those of you who aren't familiar with it, like me, until recently ;)

Basically it's an award where you nominate bloggers that you enjoy reading. It's an award for bloggers with less than 200 followers, but who (in the person who nominates yous opinion) deserve way more! :)

Rules is rules!
- Once you're nominated, write 11 facts about yourself
- Then take a look at the 11 questions the person who nominated you asked and answer them
- Get your thinking cap on and come up with 11 questions of your own for your nominees to answer
- Then choose the 11 bloggers you want to nominate (they must have less than 200 followers)
- Let them know they've been nominated and remember there's no tag backs, i.e. you can't nominate the person who nominated you. 

11 Things About Me:
  1. I've been a Vegetarian for 16 years now (since I was 7!)
  2. I married my best friend 7 months ago :)
  3. He told me he wanted to marry me on our 2 month anniversary. I knew early on he was a keeper ;)
  4. I have a birthmark on my left ankle
  5. I think I'm "half double jointed"... I can bend my left thumb all the way back and touch my wrist but can't even get close with my right one
  6. I can do a mean Louis Armstrong impression of "What a Wonderful World"!
  7. Apparently I had an imaginary friend when I was really little but I don't remember them
  8. I used to try and get out of doing P.E. (gym class) all the time at school
  9. I'm not a fan of body building but I used to really like watching "World's Strongest Man"- it just amazed me!
  10. Forrest Gump is my favourite movie and one of the only things I can watch over again and again
  11. When someone (anyone) sneezes I ALWAYS say "bless you" even if it's under my breath so I don't look like a proper weirdo because I don't know them

11 Questions Jessica asked:
  1. Do you have any children?... Not yet
  2. If you have 3 wishes what would they be?... For my husband to be in full health. To not have to struggle for money. To be physically closer to my family.
  3. If you could take ONE item to a deserted island what would it be? My husband
  4. Favourite t.v. show?... Homeland
  5. Last book you read?... Sula by Toni Morrison-I've not finished it yet though
  6. Last Movie you saw in the theater?... Bat Man 
  7. Favourite band/singer?... The Killers
  8. If you could vacation anywhere, where would you go?... Hawaii 
  9. Do you like Pina Coladas? Or getting caught in the rain?:P... I do, they are yummy! And only if I can have fun playing in it and not have to be somewhere afterwards
  10. Favourite store to shop at?... Dorothy Perkins
  11. What is something you are scared of?... Household leaks and pipes bursting :(

My 11 questions for you to answer:
  1. Name one thing that made you smile today?
  2. Which song brings a happy memory to mind?
  3. Could/would you ever live abroad? If so, where?
  4. What made you want to start blogging?
  5. What was your favourite subject in school?
  6. Which of the 4 "Sex and the city" girls are you most like?
  7. What food do you like now but didn't in the past?
  8. Have you ever collected anything as a hobby?
  9. What's the most impulsive thing you've ever done?
  10. Is there anything you gave up on that you wished you hadn't? What was it?
  11. What did you want to be when you were little?

Here are my nominations!

Amybeth @ Healing Graces
Daniel @ Dan's Tank
Julie @ Mom taxi Julie

I hope nobody minds being nominated (you don't have to do anything if you don't feel like it). I just enjoy reading your blogs and think others would too :)

Sunday, 21 October 2012

It's been a while...

Feels like I've not been on here too much lately. So here's an update of what the last month or so has consisted of.

I was due to go home to Scotland for on Oct 5th but ended up going home earlier. The week before I went home I went to the gym 4 times again and finally tried that Pilates class. I'm so glad I tried it but it was rougher on my knee than I thought it'd be. I think while I still have problems with it I'd rather not do the kind of movements involved in the class I did. So although I was a little disappointed that I didn't enjoy it as much as I thought I would I'm still really glad I gave it a go.

Speaking of my knee, after my MRI scan I heard nothing from my doctor so I rang last week and turns out it didn't show up anything. In one way I'm glad but at the same time I want to know what causes the locking and the pain. I plan to make an appointment this week so I can discuss it more with my doctor, hopefully I can see a Physio or something because having started using the gym again I can already feel some pain. 

 While I was home it's fair to say I made the most of the home cooking and we went out for meals a few times. It was my parents Silver Wedding Anniversary so I couldn't really say no... ;)

This is my parents and the second pic is of me and my sister.

While I was home I couldn't really believe how much I missed working out and going to the gym! I went on a few long walks with my mam, which was good but I definitely didn't do enough exercise. As I had to go home early I missed my weigh in with my HCA. I *think* according to the scales that I managed to achieve my goal of losing my second stone BUT because it's not official I'm not going to celebrate it yet. I think my weight now is about the same as it was before I went home and I have my next weigh in a week tomorrow. So I'm trying to get a few more gym sessions in before then! 

Here's a couple of photos from my trip: 

On my way back I had a 2 hr break in Edinburgh (my favourite city in the world!!) I loved walking around the old town area and then took a wander round the castle, stopping to admire it in Princes Street Gardens. 

Once I returned to Nottingham I decided to join a new gym with my friend Rosie, I've never had a gym buddy before so we'll see how it goes! We had our induction on Wednesday and I've been 3 times this week so I'm pleased with that. It feels good to be back in a gym :) And now that I'm not on the programme I was on before I can go to the gym whenever it suits me, so it'll be good to not feel so restricted. I also had my review call from "Healthy Change" who the programme is run by. It went well and they're pleased with my progress so I don't need to check in with them for another 6 months- hopefully by then I can really impress them! 

I have some other stuff on my mind but I think I'll leave it there for now though, as it's a miracle if anyone's read this far in this long post! 

Hope everyone has a good weekend! :) 

Monday, 15 October 2012

Friend Makin' Mondays

I'm sorry I've been a bit absent on here lately. I'll do a proper post when I get a chance in the next few days, but for now I'll do this weeks Friend Makin' Monday to ease me back in to blogging! :)
If you’ve taken part in FMM then you know the rules. If you’re new, please take a moment to answer this week’s question on your own blog then add your link in the comments section here at: so we can all see your FMM questions and answers. Please invite your blog readers to add their links here too so everyone has to opportunity to be seen. The idea is to connect with other awesome bloggers so take a moment to post your own FMM post and comment on a couple of other posts. Now it’s time for this week’s topic!

Quick and Random

1. Choose three songs that would be on the soundtrack of your life. "Mr Brightside"- The Killers (Love this song and dance and sing like a crazy person when it comes on when I'm out), "Hallelujah "- Jeff Buckley (The song that was playing when my husband told me he loved me for the first time), "Morning Kisses"- Emily Marston (Our first dance song at our wedding)
2. Share the details of one project that you’re currently working on.  I've recently finished putting some photo books of my wedding together for a couple of family members.
3. If you could learn to do one thing overnight what would it be? Learn to be more assertive.
4. If you could be a fictional character which one would you be? I've thought and thought about this one and I really am stumped, I honestly don't know!
5. What’s your favorite thing about the month of October? Halloween and thinking up what Christmas presents to get people.
6. Share one TV show that you’re embarrassed to admit you watch.  X factor...I get annoyed when they put through the acts that can't sing yet I still watch it every year!
7. Name one friend that you’re thankful to have in your life today.  This is tricky but my friend Teresa has been in my life for over 10 years now (Wow! I never worked it out before) We're currently in different countries but still make an effort to keep in touch. I think she's so brave for doing the things she does and I think it's so cool how independent she is when it comes to travelling and living abroad. I'm thankful to have a friend like her as we have such a good time in each others company and we laugh  A LOT!...I miss her. 
8. What was the most relaxing part of your weekend?  Huggles with my husband. I took a trip home to Scotland and was away for 9 days. As they say "distance makes the heart grow fonder" ;) 
9. Do you like to dance?  If the music is right (and probably if I've had a drink or 2) then yes...I've got to feel comfortable with the company I'm in though as my dancing is usually a bit silly. 
10.  Share one thing that you’re looking forward to before the end of the year.  Losing more weight and hopefully being able to comfortably fit into the next clothing size down for all (or most) of my clothes. 

Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Friend Makin' Mondays (Late again...)

If you’ve taken part in FMM then you know the rules. If you’re new, please take a moment to answer this week’s question on your own blog then add your link in the comments section here at: so we can all see your FMM questions and answers. Please invite your blog readers to add their links here too so everyone has to opportunity to be seen. The idea is to connect with other awesome bloggers so take a moment to post your own FMM post and comment on a couple of other posts. Now it’s time for this week’s topic!


Uniquely You

1) Do you prefer to talk or text? It depends who it is. Generally I prefer to text friends, there's something about talking on the phone I don't really like too much (might have something to do with the call centre job I had for 3 months...never again!!) I prefer talking face to face so you can read peoples expressions etc. That being said I do talk to my mam everyday on the phone and when I'm not with my husband (like just now) we'll definitely talk everyday.
2) How often do you make your bed? question!!
3) What sounds do you hear right now? Not a lot, I can hear some birds chirping and that's about it. I'm visiting my family in the Highlands of Scotland just now so there's not a lot of background noise where they live. :)
4) List three things that you always carry with you. iPhone, a photo of my husband in my purse and a tissue, in case I get the sniffles!  
5) What are your favorite TV shows? Right now I love Homeland and American Horror Story. We're waiting on Season 2 starting in the UK- I can't wait!!
6) Is there a hobby that you’d like to devote more time to? If so, what is it?  Scrapbooking
7) What is your favorite drink? As hard as my husband finds it it believe, I actually like drinking water. But I also like ice tea and (I'm trying to cut down on this...) but coke, not even the diet stuff  it has to be the full fat stuff.
8) Share a couple of cool facts about your family. Like Kenlie's mom, my mam didn't speak English as her first language. It wasn't until she started school when she was 5. Gaelic is her native language, I think the fact that she is bi-lingual is pretty cool! My dad had a portrait he painted of my Granny in the Scottish National Portrait Gallery- I felt super proud going to see it exhibited. :)
9) List one thing that you will do for yourself today. Spend time with my family.
10) Share something that you’re thankful for today. The people I love the most all being around
Now it’s your turn to answer this week’s questions! Don’t forget to come back and link up in the comments. And try to say something to someone new this week. There are some pretty cool people connected here. Happy Monday, friends!Uniquely You