Saturday, 20 January 2018

Yay! Week 3

Wow! the third week of January is done!
Still filling it with flowers to cheer up these miserable grey days.

Treated myself to this little spotty number, yes I do still like my spots. Although given the amount of these that went through the checkout on Thursday, every woman in the locality will be wearing one! 

Slimming World weigh in this morning, boy it comes around quickly. Lost another 1.5lbs, so that's 9.5lbs in 3 weeks, pretty pleased with that and that means only 13lbs to bet me back into target.

Doesn't help that I have the weekly cookie bake still to do. I now make a batch of cookies every week for the packed lunches, as the ones I was buying contained so much sugar. These still obviously do but nowhere near the amount of the shop bought ones.

I was looking back through my blog - hard to believe it's 2 yrs ago now that this room was being built. The underfloor heating had just gone in and the screed about to be laid. Hard to remember it like that now, although at the time it was hard to imagine a finished room!

So, I end this post going back to the beginning - filling the house with flowers to rid the January Blues. Daff's are back in the shops at a £1 a bunch - best £1 spent I'd say.

Have a good week x

Saturday, 13 January 2018

Week two - done!!

I always have to just 'get through' January, I'm not a fan of winter and the cold. It's been a particularly cold week as the heating packed up at work. When the olive oil starts turning cloudy, you know it's cold (below 10 degrees). As always I'm on the lookout for signs of spring, ever hopeful and willing on it's arrival, for brighter days and warmer weather.

Faced the scales again at Slimming World this morning, another pound and a half off and I got my half stone award. Pretty chuffed with that and 8 lbs off in 2 weeks.

I love it when I'm back on it and focused. I get to eat the most delicious food and lots of it and still lose weight. This was today's lunch - a sweet cinnamon omelette, with fruit and full fat Greek yogurt with honey - absolutely scrummy. I share all my meals over on my Instagram page @beckypcosandsprouts

Sam and I were just chatting about our holiday this Summer. It's been booked for a while now, as we found an affordable villa, with a private pool, in central Puerto Pollensa. I think he's quite looking forward to it and for a boy who doesn't like the heat, that's something. We've not been abroad as a family for the past two years now and I think having his own pool is quite the appeal. Fingers crossed it works out, as the last time we went away, he spent most of his time in an air conditioned room watching rubbish TV! It's still a while away but it's another way to get through January, having something to look forward to and it gives me chance to start saving up.

Saturday, 6 January 2018

Week one - done!

So the first week of the new month, new year even, is done!
I worked Monday through to Thursday, so don't feel I've been around for much of it but I have taken Sunday off work, so am enjoying the long weekend at home together, before school starts back on Monday!

This morning I faced the Slimming World scales and lost a fabulous 6.5lbs! Not sure how, well I do know I have been totally on plan, no cheating at all and I do know that a chunk of that will have been down to Christmas excess, so I'm not imagining or hoping for great things next week. Slow and steady is what I'm aiming for and refocusing my brain into what I should be eating, rather than what I would like to get away with eating. I know, due to my PCOS, that I can't eat a lot of the things I enjoy and still stand any chance of not piling on the pounds. I just need to give myself a firm talking to every now and again and remind myself of what I need to do. I 'KNOW' what I need to do, just actioning it sometimes is tricky but I'm in a good head space at the moment, so giving it a good go! Just 16lbs will see me back comfortably, exactly on target. It feels good to be back in control.

So normal routines resume next week, 5 weeks until February half term. Both Sophie and Sam have mocks at the end of the month and of course the dreaded actual exams this Summer. Jeff will be head down, full on now, until half term break and I'll be propping everyone up at home. I have a few days off booked, as I had holiday to use up from when I started in September. I've earmarked the bathroom to be decorated then - a little time yet before I get the paint brushes out but I do want to get that job ticked off the list. January is usually a month to just 'get through'. I try to fill it with flowers and will Spring on it's way.

Monday, 1 January 2018

Hello 2018

So a pinch and a  punch.... 
New day, new month and a new year ahead!

Wishing you all a very happy 2018

We celebrated with angel delight and sparklers and...

.....a game of monopoly, which I lost, no real surprise there! 
We welcomed the year in together as a family. Last year Sam was at a sleepover and Jeff and I were taxi service to Sophie, so this year with no plans, we saw the new year in together. As with any new year, we reflect on the past year or what might happen in the new year ahead. I like to think of a single word to carry with me into the new year and I have chosen the word......

.....'simplify' for my word of 2018. 

I like to choose a word I feel I can adapt to all areas of my life. Closing down the business in 2017 made me re-evaluate a lot of things in my life and I came to the conclusion to make my life as simple and uncomplicated as possible. Getting rid of the unnecessary drama, negative voices and clutter, be it people or things. I want to spend my time with the people I care about and who care about me, doing the things I enjoy. So I will continue with this throughout 2018 and hopefully I will be happier and more content as a result, this time next year.

Wishing you all a very happy and healthy New Year x

Sunday, 31 December 2017

2017 REVIEW of the year

So I decided to do a review of 2017 after a little self persuasion. Had 2017 been worthy of a review, not much happened, did it? Well once I started sifting through the photo's, looking back through my blog and instagram feed, I guess quite a bit happened. So here's a look back at a few highlights each month, from the year that was 2017!


So January pretty much was spent out in the car with Sophie driving, driving and more driving! Met up with an old uni friend after 15 years, which was brilliant and definitely something to repeat, which we actually did in the Summer, just forgot to take a pic!


February was more driving and a passed theory test (phew!) 


March was a pretty big month with Sophie PASSING her driving test 'first time' with just one minor and me announcing my farewell to dots and spots. Jeff celebrated his 48th birthday and I started doing a little more supply teaching.


April was a big month for me - I went back to Shropshire after many years away, to celebrate my 30 years school reunion - had the best time catching up with everyone. Jeff bought me a mini convertible, well dots and spots did, with the money from closing down the business, after nearly 9 years trading - a mixed event! And Jeff spent his Easter holidays building a new deck in the back garden, in readiness for the Summer.


I spent most of May exam invigilating and had an impromptu day trip to Cornwall to surprise my Granny. Bath brought out the brollies again for the Summer and we were treated to the most wonderful skies over the Tor.


Had a family get together early June, a fab night out in Brum to see Take That and Sophie and I started on our University Open Day Tour, with trips to Exeter and Birmingham.


Sneaked off for a day trip to Burton Bradstock early July, whilst the kids were at school, felt a little naughty and Jeff had his first dip in the sea for the year! Sophie and I continued with the Uni Open days with visits to Surrey, Cardiff and Southampton. We all enjoyed a few sunny'ish days down in Cornwall, celebrating Granny's 94th birthday whilst we were down.


Enjoyed the whole of August off - no work for Jeff or I and it was great, with much of it spent out in the garden! Sam celebrated his 15th birthday and is now officially taller than Jeff. I met up with old school friends at Gloucester Quays for the day, so glad we're all back in touch. Sophie had a mixed bag for her AS results, bombed a bit in Maths but did better than expected in Physics - still got 2B's and 2C's and has subsequently got offers to all 5 of the Universities she applied to.


Started September with the annual gathering of Jeff's clan, celebrating his brother and dad's birthdays. Sophie took over the school run!!!! and I started work as a checkout girl in Sainsbury's. The garden was late to get going but we picked our own homegrown peas, beans, strawberries, raspberries, apples and squash into the autumn.


Completed our Uni tour in October with our last visit to Reading, which also became a top two contender! Sam had to knuckle down with GCSE mocks looming (he did ok, better than expected) and Sophie posted off her UCAS application. Sophie and I enjoyed a birthday trip to London to celebrate early her 18th, with the highlight being a trip to the Sky Garden, a 'must do' if you go to London..


November is always the birthday month to me, with Sophie celebrating her 18th and first legal cocktail and me my 47th!! I treated myself to a day out in Bath, visiting the Christmas markets and my sister and I went to see Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott (aka Beautiful South / Housemartins) in Bristol - can't beat live music!


Jeff and I got December off to a great start with another night out in Bristol, to see Scouting For Girls - the best live band out there and a band we both equally like - fab night out, especially as it was a school night!! My side of the family came up mid month for a Christmas get together and present swap, as I've spent most of the month working, the busiest of days!! Poor Sophie was sick Christmas Eve, so was pretty much a spectator for Christmas day - good job it was just the four of us at home!


I'll waffle on about 2018 next time - potentially another busy year with A Level and GCSE exams going on this Summer and then subsequent decisions to make, about College choices and subjects for Sam and University options for Sophie. The house could become quite quiet!

Hope your 2017 was a good year x