Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Feeling positive

Sooooo...I've not really been spending as much time on here as I'd like but I feel like I'm starting to make some progress again *high five* anyone?? :)

I've had some back pain lately which was holding me back a bit and if I'm really honest with myself giving me an excuse not to go to the gym for a few days :-/ BUT it's been feeling a little better so I've started back at it again. I've also been swimming a couple of times too- I just love swimming!! Must be the piscean in me :) 

Work has been getting me down lately and stressing me out tbh and to make matters worse I was supposed to be doing a 7 day straight stretch starting last Thursday. Seriously there's nothing worse than needing a day off and not getting one (well there is, but y'know what I mean!) But luckily I did as one of the girls swapped a day with me so I had yesterday off. And boy am I glad I did, I had such a productive day! I got the flat in order, lay in the sunshine (from the comfort of my sofa-haha!) [sidenote: Isn't it amazing what a difference a bit of sunshine makes to your mood?!] Then I joined my friend at the gym and did an hour of cardio / weights, signed up for an abs class next Monday (I'll let you know how that goes!!) AND THEN we went swimming! (Not to mention all the walking too) Needless to say I'm a little sore today- but the good sore, where you feel like you've earned it! 

Here's some progress pics of my 2 mile times. It's coming down!  

I'm excited for the day I can run 3.11 miles/ 5 km! It's becoming a goal of mine and one I hope to be able to achieve by the Summer, I think. 

I've also finally got round to using myfitnesspal again and am loving it! Last time I used it I only ever did it on their website but this time I downloaded the app and (I'm aware I'm waaaayyyy behind with the cool kids here!) I am absolutely amazed by that barcode scanner thing, it takes all the effort out of looking stuff up! It seriously BLOWS- MY-MIND!! 

I've also given up crisps for Lent, seriously my biggest weakness BUT so far so good. This is the first thing I've ever given up for a predetermined length of time so I'm hoping I can prove to myself that I can do it! I'm also trying to reduce my fizzy drink intake, which is getting there too....What did everyone else give up for lent? How's it going? 

I think that me all caught up on what I've been doing exercise wise. 
Night folks :)

FMM- late as always...

1.  Does your blog have one overwhelming theme?
Me talking about wanting to lose weight; getting a little bit closer to my goals and then hitting a wall! But you know what they say "every little helps!" :)
2. How did you come up with the theme(s) for your blog? Was it intentional?
I've said before but my blog started as a blog for scrapbooking but now it's about my weightloss. It was kind of intentional as I wasn't scrapbooking anymore and was reading more and more weightloss blogs instead and just thought I want to get on board with that!
3.  Share something cool that has happened in your life as a result of blogging.
When I've hit a brick wall with my weightloss and read everyones blogs I feel remotivated. I think the thought that someone else is going through a similar journey and they might be looking to you for inspiration or motivation makes you feel somewhat more accountable- which  in my case can only be a good thing! 
4. How much time to do spend reading blogs everyday?
Not a lot..I keep meaning to spend more time doing it,time just keeps getting away from me :-/
5.  Do you blog on the weekends?
Only if I'm off work. I work some weekends and have noticed I don't tend to blog unless it's my days off.
6.  Do you keep track of your stats?  Do they matter to you?

*I've just realised this question is referring to blog stats-silly me!...I'll be honest I do like seeing that someone's checked out my posts, it encourages me*  First answer----->I did religiously when I was on my loosing streak.  Then I stopped filling in myfitnesspal and then the weight started creeping back on. I really need to keep myself in check by writing what I put in and what I work off, otherwise I get lazy. Hence, why I've started using it again :) I also have a graph of my weightloss (and unfortunate gains!) and my HCA keeps track of my waist measurements.
7. How do you decide how much to share about your personal life?

I thought about this a lot when I started blogging about my weight. Ultimately I've decided to focus on my weightloss and although there's certain things I've thought about talking about I'm not 100% comfortable to share them just now. 
8. Do you aspire to be a writer, or did blogging happen for some other reason?

9. As a blogger, do you think it’s more important to write for yourself, or for your readers?

I think it's got to be both. I write to help myself on my journey but hope that others get something from it too, like I do from so many of them.

10.  What kind of plans do you have for the future of your blog?
Just to spend more time on it! :)
Now it’s your turn to answer this week’s questions.  Don’t forget to come back and link up in the comments.  Happy Monday!

Monday, 4 February 2013

Friend Makin' Monday

Now it’s that 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: www.alltheweigh.com 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!

Five Things

1. Share five things you hope to do before you die. 
- Have a family
- Travel to a bunch of cool places
- Be able to wear whatever I like and not be restricted by my size
- Treat my parents and family to some special things, trips away etc
- Own our own house

2. List five things you love about yourself - This is tricky! I'm not sure I'd say I "love" these things but I don't hate them...this is apart from the last point, obviously :)
- My fingernails grow super quick 
- My hair (when it behaves itself)
- My eyes 
- I've been very lucky that my skin has been pretty good in general, even as a teenager I didn't get many spots
- My husband, because he's part of me :) 

3. Share the five coolest things that you’ve done in 2013.
- Going home for my "second Christmas" to be with my family
- Booking our honeymoon to Venice
- Running 2 miles on 3 separate occasions (each of which were quicker than the last)
- Putting the plans for my brighter future into practice
- Deciding to look at more of the positives in life than dwelling on the negatives

4. List five things that you always have in your kitchen.
- sweet chilli sauce- yummers!!
- cordial as my husband hates water...I don't understand this
- bread
- onions
- quorn products

5. Share five places you would like to go on vacation.
- Hawaii
- Bavaria
- Rome
- USA (far to many places to name!)

6. List five celebrities/public figures you’d like to meet.
- My mind has gone blank I can't of anyone in particular, sorry 

7. List five bands or artists you’d like to see perform live.
- Florence and the machine
- Ben Howard
- Ed Sheeran 
- Smashing Pumpkins
- REM 

8. List five TV shows that you don’t want to miss. 
- American Horror Story (AHS: Asylum has just finished and I can't wait to see what comes next! )
- Homeland
- Girls
- Once Upon A Time
- Boardwalk Empire

9. Share five things you wanted to do as a child. 
- Be a nurse
- Be a mammy
- Have dogs
- Get my eyebrow pierced- what was I thinking?!...I'll stick with just my nose and ears I think!
- Travel around the world

10.  Share five things you hope to do in 2013.
- Become a healthy weight I can maintain
- Worry less
- Be more relaxed and spontaneous
- Do more crafts
- Be able to run  5k (not necessarily at an event, I just want to prove to myself that I can do it)