Pyjamas All Day.

Currently still in my pyjamas, on the sofa with a blanket on me, a cat snuggled beside my left leg and one laying on my chest. I am ill, I have been in for over a week with a really bad cold which has felt like the flu (but not as severe), this has resulted in me taking 4 days off over 6 days. Now as I am a contracted worker this means that I don’t get paid for any sick days that I have so the next two pay slips are going to be crap! Yey!

I thought, as I lay here on the sofa, my lungs feeling weak and my cough sounding like an old dog barking that I might do a wee update post. It’s been a while, some months since I posted I thought why not update my blog with the many goings on on my life (I lie, there are hardly any…). So here goes..

I’m still in my temp job which has been extended until the end of April, which only gives me a couple of months to secure a permanent job, this is not stressing me out at all. NOT ONE BIT. NO STRESS HERE, BUDDY!

I’ve rediscovered my love of reading and books with the thanks to the library. I used to love reading and then I got a Kindle and I realised I didn’t read as much because I actually loved holding a book in my hand and turning a page. I’m currently reading The Acid House, by Irvine Welsh (side note, my cousin was one of the producers on the film, which I’ve still not seen…). I’ve also read Girl Unknown, The Inner Fix and I’ve got The 4 Week Body Blitz currently out on loan, unfortunately I’ve been to ill to start it BUT that will change shortly when I’m fighting fit.

Last year I dropped quite a few lbs which has resulted in my body shape changing and me feeling so much better (*please ignore the fact that I am currently ill), I’ve been wanting to drop the weight that so sneakily creeped up on me over the past few years and with the impending ‘Marshall / Wilson’ wedding I wanted to make sure I look decent in a pretty dress! I’ll be keeping up the lifestyle of exercise and healthier eating long after the wedding (fo’ life, yo!).

Speaking of wedding, it seems that after being engaged for over a year we have finally decided to get married this year. THIS YEAR, 2018. In under 10 months to be precise, we’ve provisionally booking our wedding date and it seems that we will be signing on the dotted line this coming Sunday. I’m looking forward to actually getting it booked so we can start to put things together and organise all the bits and bobs that go with organising and planning a wedding. Like most, if not all ‘brides / grooms to be’ I have an Amazon Wish list and a Pinterest full of ideas.

Well I think I’m going to leave the post here as I’m feeling pretty tired and might head back up to bed for a well needed snooze.

See ya! 🤧

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Witness The Fitness.

HA! Don’t be fooled by the title, I am in no way fit, but I am getting there.

If you have read my blog before you would have read a ‘few’ posts, mainly in January about me joining the gym or starting an exercise regime/healthy eating which I intended to stick to… Now, I did mange to stick to them for a while (month or so) and then I would go back to being lazy and stuffing my face (which I still enjoy doing, I’m only human…), but this time I’ve managed to stick to it.

In January (what a surprise!) I joined Slimming World and during my time with them I managed to lose about a stone (I went up and down), but sadly I’ve had to give it up due to my financial situation (less money, mo’ problems). I won’t say that I made every meal ‘syn free’, BUT I made quite a few and every meal was tasty, except for one, I decided to ‘go off piste’ and create my own which was a disaster, but we won’t talk about that… Thankfully even though I am no longer attending any of the weigh ins or classes (only stayed for one, the unsocial bitch that I am) I can still get all in the SW info I need on the World Wide Web. One of the best websites/blogs for recipes and also a good laugh is Two Chubby Cubs, I urge you to go and read their blog even if you aren’t following the SW lifestyle, also a good place to get recipes and info on ‘syns’ is on Pinterest and Facebook (there are tons of pages that you can follow).

Along with the SW lifestyle I’ve also been exercising a TON and can actually see the change in my body, which is such a confidence boost(!) and I’ve also got A LOT more energy that I didn’t previously have. I have been using a range of apps to help me keep fit and on track and I have a heap of them on my phone, I like to switch things up as I get bored easily and my favorite apps are: 8fit – pre fixed workouts which you can tailor the exercises to suit your level of fitness, Asana Rebel – this app offers you pre fixed yoga workouts, Bodyweight – this has a range of workouts and exercises, Fitplan – this has prefixed workouts , Gymster Pro – lets you choose the areas you would like to work on whilst utilising the equipment that you have around you, Sworkit – you chose the length of time you want to work out and also the type of workout you want & Track Yoga – does what it says on the tin, yoga sessions.

I love these apps and I love the variety of each one, now I’m not going to sit here and say I have paid or pay for any of these apps with the exception of Gymster Pro, they aren’t cheap and I cannot afford to be shelling out over £100 per year to have them and ALL of their workouts, but I find that using the free workouts to be just as effective as having access to all of them. That is not say don’t purchase/subscribe to them, if I could afford it I would as you always get more features and content when you do, but right now I’m perfectly happy with using the free workouts and exercise sessions. We’re lucky enough to have enough rooms in our house that I’ve now dedicated the ‘dressing room’ to my workouts and meditation (which I’m also doing, it’s great for your metal health) and I have ‘some’ home gym equipment, I have a workout/yoga mat, bench press, dumbells, kettlebell, resistance bands and my newly acquired gym ball/balance ball (whatever you want to call it). My intention is to re-floor and convert our attic into a gym/music room (I’ve got a drum kit which still resides at my parents 4 years after I moved out…) , the ‘dressing room’ is a good size, but we have 2 large wardrobes and a dressing table in there and I’m now struggling to find space to put my equipment #FirstWorldProblems.

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This time around I haven’t set myself any goals in the way of ‘I want to lose 10lbs in 2 months’ kinda thing, I’m just exercising eating ‘syn free’ meals all whilst allowing myself a takeaway and that jar of Nutella when I’m in dire need of some hazelnut/chocolate goodness. I’m not going to lie and say that I wouldn’t like to drop a couple of dress sizes and be nice and toned by the time I get married, but as that will probably not happen for a couple of years I have plenty time drop the lbs and I’m not putting any added pressure on myself (because why would you want to do that to yourself, right?!).

Anyway I’m going to give my new exercise ball a go, cheerio! 💪