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Glass half full?

So you may or may not know this so if you do bare with. I have struggled of the past 15 years to accept who I am, some days I’m happy, some days I’m not, but I think most people are like that. 

I recently spoke to a friend who is experiencing something similar and after a long chat I felt much better about it all. however it doesn’t take much to get me questioning myself again.

one area I’ve struggle to accept my situation is babies. That’s right those little bubbles of joy and happiness. Sadly I can not conceive naturally, due to a few different reasons, which I won’t go into in to much detail. TMI and all that

However I can influence some of them through weightless. Now as I’m sure some of you may have experienced yourself it’s not just as simple as eating salad for a few days. In my case this requires a mental, physical and emotional commitment that can be hard to start and harder to maintain. My end goal in terms of weightloss is huge (double digits people!). And the support you get it variable. Some people think they are helping when saying ‘having a baby should be the biggest motivation’ yeah of course it is but also a huge pressure! 

I digress. So where was I……… oh yes so again I have set off on a mission to shed the pounds and start my family, that old bio clock is a ticking after all.

my beautifully kind friend Liz made me these following our chat.

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knowing I am a visual person, she thought that seeing my progress grow might help me stay motivated.

time will tell.

i’ll keep you updated if the stones move

what goes up…….

So i decided to challenge myself earlier in the year. Climb Ben Nevis, ambitious i know. then disaster, I  partially tore my achilles tendon junction late in 2015.

still i was determined to get fitter and do it.

so off i set with some of my guy pals to camp and climb.

we stayed at Glen Nevis campsite Friday – Monday, giving ourselves 2 full days incase the weather was dodgy.

you really can experience 4 seasons in one day. We decided to head up on the Saturday as that had the best forecast. and boy were we right. the weather was glorious and the views were breathtaking.

now we didn’t exactly rough it we had electric hook up and took a slow cooker and George Foreman grill, but hey its 2016.

we also took the opportunity to visit the local town of Fort William while we were there. Not so much to write home about but was nice enough to visit, and partake in a bit of bowling!

Sadly i didn’t make it to the top, my friends did however so thanks to them for the pictures from there.

My plan is to get my leg 100% better and try again next year!

but hey i had a super weekend so no complaint here!

just for reference here is the mountain the day after we went up……. oh wait its hidden behind that low cloud!!

 

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Things I’m learning in my 30’s

At the beginning of the year I turned 35. Thats right, officially mid 30’s, officially an adult, a grown up. You know! 

And in the 4ish short months this year has been with us I’ve come to realise a few things. 

1) I’m not in my 20’s, now you’d think that was obvious but it’s harder to realise then you think. I’m in that weird in between age that zero clothes shops cater for, I’m constantly battling being dressing like my mum or looking like a try hard. Help!

2) find a good hairdresser, befriend them, be nice to them and they will always see you right

3) to always condition my hair, like on every wash. And also I don’t have to blow dry it every time I wash it

4) skin care regime is important in currently loving these by Elemis. I try and look after my skin as much as possible. However more often then not I do it for 3 days and then forget then before  you know it it’s the next week. Must make more of an effort 

  
5) to try and cook more from scratch. I’m not the greatest cook, not by a country mile but I try and I’m trying more. I made this dish by the Hairy Dieters at the weekend. Pretty delish if I say so myself 

  
6) to travel more. Not always to foreign lands but to explore the area I live in. Explore the country I live in. But also sometimes to those foreign lands, meet new people, try new food, see other peoples cultures and heritage

7)look after myself. This is the one thing I’ve just realised but yet to put into practice. This is the one thing I need to work on. 

Till next time, I’m just off to find out where all the other 30 something people are at 

Sisters are doing it for themselves. …

So I got a lovely nomination today from Secrets of Beauty in the sisterhood of world bloggers

Definitely  worth checking her out. She has some amazing tips and posts and from a  pretty unique perspective

So the rules for the award are simple :

1. Thank the blogger who nominated you, linking back to their site.

2. Put the Award logo on your blog.

3. Answer the ten questions sent to you.

4. Make up ten new questions for your nominees to answer.

5. Nominate five blogs.

Questions asked :

1. Who is your Favourite singer?
Kelly Jones ( stereophonics ), have seen every tour they have done in the UK!

2. What is your Favourite beauty brand?
Got to be Elemis, ever since an amazing facial I swear by their products

3. Where is your favourite place in the world?
Anywhere besides a pool!

4. Who inspires you most in life?
People who work hard for what they want

5. What is your favourite season?
Winter, when just snuggling down indoors with layers and heating on just makes you feel at home

6. Why did you start blogging?
I thoughts it would be a fun way to talk about my life to people who might be interested. There aren’t a lot of people my age blogging and I thought it might help me connect

7. Who is your favourite blogger?
The first person I was ever aware of who was a blogger is George over at Fuller Figure Fuller Bust
I now follow her on most social platforms, she’s pretty awesome

8. How long have you been blogging?
Started in October but only really been paying it attention since the beginning of this year

9. What is your all time favourite makeup product?
Anything by Benefit

10. Do you like reading?
I love it!

So now I would like to nominate

Ruth Writes

Plus Powerful

Being Woke

Our Daly Life

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To follow the rules above and then answer the below

1. What is your dream job?
2. Who is your favourite singer/ band?
3. What’s your perfect night out?
4. What’s your perfect night in?
5. What’s the last thing you bought online?
6. Who is your favourite blogger?
7. Why did you start blogging?
8. Who is the last person you spoke to on the phone?
9. What inspires you?
10. What is your favourite animal and why?

Get to thinking

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It’s good to talk….

So todays assignment, to take inspiration from a previously followed/ read post.

So here goes, and i hope i don’t lose any of you who might not relate to this one.

I am currently half way through a little project i like to lovingly call ‘Operation who am i?’ (not really but sounds good hey?!)

A few years ago i got a wake up call.

I have been getting bigger and bigger since a traumatic incident in my early 20’s, one i am not going to go into now, and i finally saw some pictures and realised i didn’t recognise myself.

this one in particlar

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this is me and my mum, at her house on the day of my sisters wedding.

i cried, and still do when i see it. it’s hideous.

i had not long been to the hospital and found out that i couldn’t have children, well until i lost around 12 stone! to put that in perspective that is more than my sister weighs, i essentially needed to lose a whole person!

i was devastated, i had been kidding myself about my weight and size for such a long time but here it was for everyone, well mostly me to see.

how could i have been so blind?

this was 3 years ago. i have now lost around half what is needed. and that sadly was the easy part.

i have recently lost my motivation for why i started and seriously need to find my mojo.

have any one seen it?

but there is a bright side, because as you know i am not a negative Nelly.

i have lost half my goal, i am so much fitter and healthier then i was.

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i am going to give myself sometime at the weekend to just sit down and map out the next part of my plan.

so there it is!

this blog is not purely focussed on my weightless journey because i am so much more then that but i will update at various milestones.

hope i didn’t lose to many of my new readers there

There goes the neighbourhood…..

Another day another assignment. Be a good neighbour,  not to the people next door to your house,  you know the ones who you awkwardly send a Christmas card to ‘no 9, merry xmas from no 7’. But the ones who exist in blog world.

Now I am guilty of being super excited about getting likes and comments as I am pretty new to the game but reading today’s assignment made me realise how stingy I have been at spreading the neighbourly love.

So I have found myself some new blogs to follow and decided to engage with my fellow bloggers
So here a jyst a few I’ve given a follow/ left a comment for
Hopefully this will encourage me to spend as much time reading and I do writing

1 – Connecting Memories

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This blogger  also has a second blog at Do you see what I see which is also worth checking out

2 – Ruth Writes

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3 – People I met in my Twenties

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4 – Girl Overboard

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5 – Our Daly Life

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Any other recommendations are gratefully received

Weekend pottering

Weekends are always a funny few days aren’t they, not long enough to do anything super productive but short enough to get the quick errands complete.
Now I am a great procrastinator, which is the great thing about blogging I guess. So I can set myself a task but find a 1001 ways to do anything but.
Until I get into the right head space then I’m all in.
Tidying and cleaning is my nemesis in this quest.
I don’t mean the quick flip the hoover round the room clean, I mean the deep spring clean,  floor scrubbing, wardrobe review clean.
So I took friday of work in order to do this……. and now it’s sunday evening and I am sat watching Gogglebox with 1/2 the house sorted. 
Now this would normally feel like defeat
BUT
I did manage to complete my first Parkrun in pretty reasonable time

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I did manage to set up my new computer

Book my wedding and honeymoon

Clean my bathroom, bedroom & kitchen

Do big food shop & cook a roast dinner

Celebrated  a friend birthday and supported another friends band who were playing locally

Cleared though my ever growing collection of Birchbox samples

Caught up with a friend and her adorable weeman

Plus I caught up on reading a few of the new blogs I follow

So tho I  love to procrastinate I still manage to get s**t done!

Does anyone really know you?

So I’ve decided to put a bit more effort into some thing in my life, and this little blog is one of them.

I started blogging in Oct 2014 but then didn’t write another post till January this year.
Mainly I realised I probably didn’t have much to say…..
I still don’t but I say it anyway because,  well why the heck not

So im revisiting my WHY and WHO questions.

My why, why, why? To be honest I don’t know. I have a friend so I consider quite ‘down with it’ ( god that make me sound ancient) who blogs. So I started reading some and following a few others on social media platforms and thought where are all the people like me?! Then I realised that there is only one me and maybe the world would like to know a little more……
That’s not entirely true I thought it would be a place to write about the things I like and things I’m thinking about that I don’t always want to have to justify to others ( come on Facebook own up you judge Judy you)

So the who, that’s slightly easier…..
I’m a northern (UK), 30…… something lady type person who is only just finding out who i am and what i like.

Things i like

1- working out/ trying to be healthy/ losing weight, now before you move on i don’t mean in a whooping, Lycra clad way, calorie obsessed way. I mean in a challenging myself changing my life kind of way, future posts will explain more stay with me on this one.

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2 – i like clothes/ accessories, again stay with me on this one, I’ve spent 15 years dressing in black, baggy unflattering clothes and now i have colour and shape (not just round), as some of my OOTD pics on Instagram. And I love accessories,  mainly as I didn’t have any nice clothes for so long I learnt to love all the extras that go with

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3 – I love beauty and make up products but never get round to starting any kind of regime, maybe I should start soon! 

4 – i will take photos of absolutely anything, recently completed a photography course to learn how to take better ones, again expect plenty of pics popping up every now and then, apologies!

5 – reading and watching films are ny favourite ways to relax.

6 – i love to travel, don’t do enough, need to do more. Past 12 months have seen trips to Brugge, Mexico, Italy,  Dublin and an upcoming trip to the Dominican Republic.

7 – I have a pug, a relatively new addition to my life and he is the best ( not at all biased I assure you)

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8 – I love stationery, more a slight obsession

9 – I have a lot of different hobbies and a master of none.  But I will give anything a go

Hopefully I haven’t lost you and maybe some of you will hang around for more

Day 6 and the final weigh in

So we’ve made it through to the last full day on camp. And if you were thinking that the team would start to take it easy on us  ……… you’d be wrong.
Our last ever morning cardio was the dreaded dune run, all I could remember from last time was that the more I ran the more sand I acquired.  And this was no different. But I managed to make it round 6 times which was great for me. Hardest part is the ‘run’ ( more like scramble) up the dune!
After 1/2 hour we were back to base for breakfast and then we had our 1-2-1’s with the trainers,  a little private time to reflect on way we’d done, and set out a plan for the future.  This is a great opportunity to really pick their brains and get some personal trainer time.

The straight into combo circuits, another tough session but we all gave it the final push!

After lunch it was our last set of team sports,  a ‘friendly’ came of Bucketball,  archery and volleyball. Sadly archery got rained of part way through but after a quick break we were straight back out.

Then final abs blast.  It seemed unbelievable that it had all ended again, the week just flew by.

So now I guess it’s what you’d all been waiting for the results.

So a final but of background.
My last visit to camp I was 2 1/2 stone heavier and i managed to lose 15 lbs and 52cm in the week.
Mindful that i was now lighter and fitter I was unsure what to expect………

Stepping on fhe scales i was so nercoid bur then Caroline told me she was shocked and my heart sank had i actaully put weught on! No the scores were in, i was now 18 lbs lighter and another 40cm smaller. That’s right 18 lbs in 6 days, I couldn’t believe it. All my hard work, sweat and aching muscles had all been worth it. I was now also the camps official biggest female loser on a 7 day camp and I still had the largest cm lost from previous camps.

I’m not sure the team will ever know how truly grateful I am to them but I will show them by carrying on and getting to my goal

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I am already looking at dates for next year

If you are interested in finding more about the camp you’ll find it all here Northern Bootcamp
Or follow them on twitter @NorthBootcamp and they are also on Facebook

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