Monday, 22 May 2017

Two Year Anniversary

 Today is my 2 year Slimming World 'Target' Anniversary.

On the 22nd of May 2015, I reached my Target weight of 9 stone and felt over the moon. With the stress of moving house etc, I continued to lose weight and lowered my target weight to 8st10lbs. Incredible things followed after appearing in the local paper, which was then shared in the National Media.

My target weight wasn't sustainable in the long term and in the May of 2016, I changed my target back to 9 stone. I started running and found a love for something I'd previously hated and had never tried - running my first 5k for Cancer UK.

Struggling to keep in this 7pound bubble, in the September of 2016 I changed my target weight to a more realistic 9st3lbs and that's where I've stayed. I know it was only 3 pound difference but each pound makes a big difference to maintaining.

Being at target is hard because you know it's forever. I'm so determined to keep the weight off this time, that putting the weight back on isn't an option. Finding your 'perfect, happy weight' is key. I feel I am at the right weight for me now. I can wear size 8 jeans and size 12 tops. I am fit and healthy and eat the most delicious food on a daily basis, whilst maintaining my weight loss. 

I am genuinely the happiest I've ever been in my own skin and it's all down to my Slimming World group, fab consultant and the inspiring Instagram community. I still go to group to be inspired, take home fab tips and meal ideas and basically for motivation you just can't get anywhere else. I've not got to group as much as I'd like recently, due to work but I think that staying to group whilst losing the weight and subsequently since being at Target, has kept the weight off today.

I woke to this view this morning when I got up to go to the loo at 4:55am
Life is good, life is for living and I am determined the rest of my life will be at a healthy weight and it's all thanks to Slimming World.

Friday, 19 May 2017

Exam pressure.

So as you know I've been doing some exam invigilation and somehow I've managed to become a 'scribe'! I was asked, said I'd never done it before but would give it a go and now seem to be permanently the boys scribe. It's like doing the exam yourself and my poor hand hasn't written so much in years! Poor Sophie has been revising for weeks and faced her first AS exams this week, in Economics, Geography and Maths - the dreaded Physics is next week!

At least the weather hasn't been great whilst stuck inside, although a little more sunshine would be most welcome now - it is mid May!

Yesterday I did supply teaching in Reception and had some extra visitors in the classroom. I used to love doing the life cycles topic when I taught full time.

The peonies I treated myself to have not disappointed - big and blousey, with a fragrant perfume.

So the weekend is nearly upon us and I'm hoping for lots of sunshine, so I can sit out and enjoy the garden. Sophie has the weekend off work to revise and I have no plans, so let's hope the weather is kind to us all.

Saturday, 13 May 2017

Another week....

....goes by!

I know I often say it but where does the time go? Another week flies by and you look back and think what did I achieve! I've sat out in the garden whenever the sunshine has made an appearance, less frequent than I would like. I did look at this photo, taken from where I sit and did think, just how well the new extension blends in now, looks like it's always been there!

I went running on Monday - felt good at the time to be back out there but boy did my legs ache for days after. Not been back out since but might give it another go tomorrow.

I've been busy exam invigilating and supply teaching all day yesterday in Reception. I'm an exam 'Scribe' on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday next week - no idea what that will entail but I hope the boy doesn't want me to write too much!! Then I'm in Reception again at the end of the week, so I'm keeping busy, ready for a relaxing weekend.

Sunday, 7 May 2017


So yesterday morning I set off early, heading down to Cornwall. Typically as I arrived at the 'Welcome to Cornwall' sign, so did the rain, so it was a soggy visit.

I had time to spare so went straight to St Ives. No visit to Cornwall is complete without a visit to my favourite spot, even on a quick day trip.

I timed it perfectly as the doors opened to my favourite place 'The Hub'.
No breakfast being served, just coffee and cake - still most welcome.

I then had a quick walk around the harbour, in the rain, still beautiful and quiet! 
I guess I don't often visit out of full season.

I walked past my little cake shop - trying to be good!

But did buy pasties from here - the best pasties in St Ives! You can't visit Cornwall without buying a pasty and again, timed to perfection as the first batch were being taken out of the oven. Perk of coming now, when it's quieter, no queue!

Sadly for Sam, the Fudge Box was closed - this is the best fudge in St Ives. 
I'll just have to come down again, won't I?

Always love this shop and I popped in to a few of my favourite gift shops too.

Lovely not to be rushed, knowing the boys weren't waiting for me outside.

I parked in the train station car park, so a lovely walk back to the car.

I then drove the along the coast from Hayle to Hells Mouth Cafe, rang Mum and Dad to say I was here and sat with a coffee and waited  for them to arrive.

The whole reason for my visit was to surprise my Granny. We just don't get to go to Cornwall as much as we used to, now Jeff and the children are so busy. I last saw her just before Christmas and when you are 93, soon to be 94, time is precious. So with Jeff working, Sam meeting friends, Sophie working, I decided to get in the car and go and surprise her!

Freshly caught crab sandwiches for lunch were a welcome bonus. I then took her for a spin in the mini, drove to Portreath to look at her old house up on the cliff top, or rather look at where her bungalow used to be!! It is no more, it's been completely re-developed, a huge house in comparison to where her little bungalow once stood. We then went back to hers for a couple of hours, before I headed back home. It's a good 5+ hours there and back but completely doable in a day and it was lovely to see her face as she entered the cafe and saw me standing there.

Pasties for tea when I got home - perfect end to a lovely day.
Next time I'll book some sunshine x

Monday, 1 May 2017

Hello May!

I love a new month, a clean page, a fresh start, a new set of goals.
For me personally, it's to find out what I now want to do. I've supply teaching booked in and I've signed up for some exam invigilation, so will be kept busy whilst I decide. 

I still always set myself some Slimming World goals, just to keep the focus there.
Quite simply 'stay in target' this month and hope to 'get to the bottom end', ready for the Summer and any excesses that might be enjoyed over half term.

I am actually quite proud of myself. It will be two years ago in May, that I reached my target weight and other than a few pounds, I've pretty much stayed in target and kept the weight off for two years. That is the longest ever, that I have lost weight and subsequently kept it off. It's not easy but I still go to group for support, accountability and motivation and it seems to have done the trick.

And I still eat very well!
Keeping the weight off is easier with Slimming World because you can actually eat really good, healthy, delicious food and not feel you are deprived or missing out. Hopefully this time next year, I'll be writing the same thing again x

Hope you are having an enjoyable Bank Holiday weekend, Jeff's working, Sophie's revising, Sam's on his computer and I was sat enjoying the sunshine until it clouded over, so I'm now researching holidays for 2018! No chance of a holiday this year but next year could be our last family holiday if Sophie goes off to Uni, so I'm seeing what's affordable and suitable to keep everyone happy, before I ask everyone else what they think.

Friday, 28 April 2017

Thursday, 27 April 2017

As April ends.....

What a busy month April has been.

It started off with the Reunion - a fantastic night of reminiscing! 

We bought the mini and said goodbye to the 'sensible' car!

Jeff built the new deck in the 'sunny corner' of the garden - all ready for Summer now.

Jeff and I worked hard to find homes for all the dots and spots stock

My friend Anne Marie, celebrated her birthday in Slimming World, Country style

We've found time to start adding a little bit of us into the garden - planting and styling it to our taste. It's starting to feel more like 'our' space now.

This week I have found homes for all the unit furniture - tomorrow I hand over the keys
 and dots and spots will officially be no more!

It's been a busy month, with the main focus on closing down dots and spots but Jeff and I have come out the other side still smiling. He joined me at yoga last night, to improve his stretch - he's super fit but as a result all his muscles are so tight, so yoga it is!

So the month of May, I wonder what you have in store? Sophie has her AS levels fast approaching, I have some supply teaching booked in and have signed up for exam invigilation and half term doesn't seem too far away. Let's hoped it's filled with sunshine too but not on invigilation days (that would be a waste!!!)

Sunday, 23 April 2017

Easter Hols - Garden Project

Jeff goes back to school tomorrow after a 3 week break. As with every holiday, we like to tick off another project and as always Jeff ends up going back to school for a rest. 

This holiday, our main focus has been clearing the unit and closing down dots and spots but with the Summer approaching, we also wanted to tackle the 'sunny corner'. If you remember it was once home to the summer house, which we removed last summer. I think we thought that the concrete was okay, better than the Summer house but I thought it was a bit back yard'ish, with the different surfaces and old plastic pots that had been left.

So we, or rather Jeff, has built another deck!

I removed all the ivy off the wall, as we intend to have planting all around the back of the deck - grasses or bamboo - something to add some greenery in front of the old brick walls, slight screening from the houses at the back but we don't want to lose our view of the Tor

We intend to make a proper deck path and gravel up to the edge of the deck over the crazy paving. We've planted a couple of white hydrangeas, which we hope will eventually fill that bit of bed.

We've cleared part of this bed along the side, ready to plant out some beans and peas.

And further along that bed, we've planted out some raspberry canes and strawberry plants, where the blackberries are and added in a rhubarb, ready for picking next year..

I've moved the old step ladder down to the side of the house and planted out these red planters I had over at the unit, with geraniums. I intend to add some more herbs when it gets a little warmer and have potted up a mint - perfect spot for picking, by the back door.

I picked up a new table and couple of chairs from Ikea for the top deck - we ate out there last Summer. You get gorgeous sunshine in the morning at breakfast time, half sun/shade at lunch and mostly shade at tea when/if it's hot - perfect.

We've utilised a couple of the pots that were left and we brought over from our previous house. The old pail is full of Hosta's and the old chimney, proudly holds the cascading strawberry planter.

The old apple tree is full of blossom this year and we've planted an aubergine, courgette, cucumber and squash plants in the space underneath. They may come to nothing but at less than a pound a plant, it's worth a go!

There is still a lot to do and will probably be on hold now until half term, unless there are jobs I can get on with on my own. We spend so much time out in the garden, it's so nice now that's it's feeling like ours. The previous owner had the garden looking lovely but it wasn't completely to our taste. Then with the building work and subsequent mess, it's slowly taking shape and feeling more like us x

Saturday, 22 April 2017

End of another week!

Heading over to the unit now every day this week to palm off furniture to various people.
This morning the big Ikea units go and by Tuesday morning everything, except what's staying for the next occupants, will have been found a home!

Annoyingly they can't come until Thursday, but this little lot of packet tops is being collected for recycling  and then Friday it's time for a room inspection, key handover and I'm done.

Yesterday I had a well earned day off. I went to Slimming World, faced the scales after 5 weeks and was relieved to still be in my target range. Aiming now to head back to the bottom end but I've no big events to spur me on, just me and the will to do it. After group, a fellow Slimming Worlder was celebrating her birthday and invited a few of us back to hers for this lovely lunch - it was delicious.

So I'm about to head over to the unit - have a great weekend. Not much sunshine in the forecast - it's saving it's arrival for when I'm done and have some time to enjoy it x