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! 💪

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Grab A Cuppa.

Well hello there and thanks a lot for stopping by. Grab a cuppa and have a wee read on what has been happening in my life, spoiler alert, I lost my job and this post is mainly about that!

It’s been a good few months since I have blogged, actually more like a year(!) and this is all because I fell out of love for/with blogging, I stopped reading them and stopped typing them up. Now that I’m not working I can focus on typing up more posts of which I was planning to do last year…

So yeah, I’m unemployed. I stopped working for the woman in the black cloak in August 2016 and started working for a stockbrokers, I was so happy about my new journey (more money, not a call centre etc…) and I was determined to make this my new career and I had big plans of upskilling and even looking to move around the company, sadly come the beginning of March this year these ‘grand plans’ were shattered.

We had a company meeting at 11am on March 2nd to be informed that our jobs were at risk of redundancy, which basically meant that we were out of a job. I’ve never been made redundant before I was in complete shock, in fact the whole floor was in a state of shock, anger and upset, we all walked out once we had received the news and headed to the bar to drown our sorrows and process the information, after a couple of hours we headed back to the office we had our 1-2-1 meeting with our managers who provided us with a bit more information on the situation. A week or so after the announcement we were informed that only a handful of people were keeping their jobs and the rest of us would be out by April 28th, within that time I have applied for jobs and had a couple of interviews, both of which I didn’t get (obvs). I’m now about to begin my 3rd month of unemployment and it’s driving me insane, there are only so many Jeremy Kyle shows you can watch and so many times you can clean the house within a week… I’m currently signing on which means ‘some’ money is coming, but not enough to pay the mortgage. It’s horrible being in this position and I wish this on no one, making cutbacks and putting any plans for a holiday on hold, in fact we are putting our wedding plans on hold and it may be another year or so before we can even think about booking it. But I am hopeful something will come along soon and this ‘bump in the road’ can end, I could just take a job in a shop or do Festival work but neither of these are jobs are where I intend to take my career and I would very much like to get back into the financial sector (but let’s be honest I’ll have to take any job if I don’t secure something in the next couple of weeks).

I haven’t been utilising my ‘time off’ as much I should have been, I have obviously been applying for jobs and I’ve gone on a few walks, but I mainly spend my time in the house cleaning, doing wash loads, exercising and watching box sets. I could of/should be volunteering to at least get me out of the out house and feel like I have purpose, I am not cut out for the life of a housewife, I get bored. It really does knock for six when you are in a job (which you enjoy) and it be taken away from you, you go through a grieving process and it took me weeks if not a month or so to get my head around it. I am also shocked by the only 2 benefits which I can receive which are JSA and a reduction on council tax, I don’t find that to be very fair considering I have been paying my NI and taxes for years, yet because I own my home and live with a partner who works ‘they’ assume that we can afford all our outgoings. However if I was single and living on my own I would be given every kind of benefit and I can assure you that £147 a fortnight does nothing but help pay for my personal bills, of which I have many…

Anyway, enough of me ranting, I’ve a house to clean… But if anyone knows of a job vacancy in the Edinburgh area, which is not a job in a call centre, please let me know!

 

Round Up.

It’s been a while since I’ve bothered to write a post, don’t get me wrong I’ve thought about it (a lot) and had ideas for posts but I’ve been ‘busy’ watching telly and being generally a lazy bitch.

As I type this I’m in the bath with a face mask on looking all kinds of alien like, listening to The XX and to get me back into the swing of things I thought I would do a wee ‘Round Up’ post.

So what’s been happening I hear you ask… I went on holiday with my friends to Croatia, changed jobs and companies at the end of August, got engaged in September and I also turned 30. THAT IS IT. To be honest 2016 was a good year for me, the new job and getting engaged were the two biggest things that happened. Leaving a call centre and taking on a more administrative roll has been an absolute fucking delight! Anyone who has worked in a call centre will know how utterly sole destroying it is, the people are great and I miss all my old work pals, but I cannot be happier to have left!

Onto the ENGAGEMENT, I will be, at some point in the near future ‘Mrs Wilson’ (or ‘Marshall-Wilson’ as I would like to be known). Me and J are in our now 10th year (!), that’s a bloody long time to be with someone so it was inevitable that it was going to happen (and I had an idea that it would be before my 30th). The proposal was nothing fancy or cheesy it was done after dinner in our house (*to be honest he could have asked me in the car driving to the shops and I would have said yes). Thankfully I am OBSESSED with my ring and it fitted so there was no need to resize it, although for the first couple of weeks my ring finger would swell up (I think it was trying to reject it!).

We’ve had the obligatory engagement party which coincided with a Halloween party held by and for my family and now we in the very early stages of planning so hopefully in the next couple of years we will have tied the knot.

I’m hoping that 2017 will be another good year for us and we make changes to the house and organise our wedding, but no doubt there will be some bumps in the road (which will be tackled head on), but I hope whoever and where ever you are that you enjoy what the new year brings you. For now I’m going to top up my bath with hot water as it has gotten cold and contemplate getting out in the next half hour before I turn into a prune.

Hopefully (and I say this every time!) I will be and bit more consistent with this blogging malarkey! But for now, bye Felicia! 👋

4 Weddings & No Funeral.

In 2015 we (Jaimie and myself) have 4 weddings to attend. 4! One of which is a reception, one I will be a bridesmaid and the other two will be ‘all day-ers’. Now, apart from the Susans wedding where I will be a bridesmaid, I have the dilemma of deciding what I shall wear to the other 3… I have been looking at one website in particular (Asos) and have found some stunning dresses, clutches and heels, all of which I would like to purchase. I thought, what better way to make sure everything suits, than to make a board on Polyvore (check out the website, if you’re into fashion, you’ll find this so much fun!). Here are a few of the outfits that I am loving and desperately want to purchase.

Wedding Outfit 1.

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Dress – £115

Heels – £29

Clutch – £18

Wedding Outfit 2.

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Dress – £70

Heels – £48

Clutch -£40

Wedding Outfit 3.

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Dress – £100

Heels – £53

Clutch – £18

Wedding Outfit 4.

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Dress – £59

Heels – £53

Bag – £24

Now, I already have wardrobes full of dresses and mountains of shoes and bags, but I don’t really own anything that is wedding appropriate (though I am sure Jaimie would beg to differ!). All of the these outfits are over £100, but by the time I start look to buy my outfits then they should HOPEFULLY be in the sale… (wishful thinking!), because as most people know, weddings are not cheap and for me to spend that amount on an outfit would be crazy…

Wedding Recption Fun Times.

Last Saturday we attended Jaimie’s friend Calum and his wife Fran’s wedding reception at The Balmoral, it was great fun and the bride and groom looked fantastic. It was nice for us to be able to dress up, have a night out and let our hair down as we don’t tend to do that very often as we’re old and now have a mortgage and a kitten (it wasn’t a late night however as I was working the next day).
Here is a few pictures of the evening, featuring the bride & groom, myself, Jaimie and his bbf Ally (and not forgetting the outfits!).

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Jaimie is wearing trousers and tie from George at ASDA, shirt from TKMaxx, shoes from Clarks and the navy velvet jacket was my grandads.

I’m wearing a dress from George at ASDA, shoes from ebay and the coat is from M&S.

G & A get hitched!

Last Saturday my dad’s cousin and his parter of 14 years FINALLY tied the knot!  We were not at the ceremony as they wanted a small gathering, but the whole clan turned up for the party, which was fantastic!  It was held in a suite in The Dome on George Street where we were treated to some champagne and canapés on arrival and throughout the night, there was also a DJ who played songs on request, most of them had been put forward a couple of months in advance.  

Now, I like a dance and I was quite surprised to see that Jaimie, my non dancing boyfriend was hardly off the dance floor(!), I’m not sure if it was amount of alcohol that he had consumed or just that he was ‘feeling’ the music and was showcasing some of his best moves (of which he has very few…), however I was not complaining as we rarely dance together, he even had my great auntie up! 

Anyway’s it was a fab night for everyone who attended, more so for the grooms and we were all suitably merry by the end of the night! 

Pictures Of The Week/Weekend.

So Friday was The Royal Wedding and what a wedding it was!  Kate’s dress was stunning and they both looked so in love which was beautiful to see, people seem to think the Royal’s as a tad stiff but Friday showed a different side to them, it also showed how it brought the nation together.  Of course there was a majority that didn’t or couldn’t care less, but when you seen the crowds in London and the rest of the country’s celebration’s it was a lovely site!  I would have loved to have been down in London, the atmosphere must have been electric!  

The rest of the weekend was lovely, I spent Friday night with some of my bestest where we consumed some alcohol, food, good banter and I watched them play on the Kinect (Paul’s dancing was… something to behold!), Saturday I spent the day with Jaimie, sitting in the sun with good music, good chat and cider, in the evening we played a game of Trivial Pursuit….. Jaimie won (it was sooooo close!) and yesterday I spent it with my mum shopping.  I also spent the weekend painting my nails, receiving presents from J’s mum and dad, finding old photo’s, stripping my hair and getting rid of my nose stud for a hoop.  No idea what the plan’s for today are but I hope they are good plans. 

Wedding Of The Year.

I am hunner’s excited about this weeks up and coming nuptials of ‘Will’s & Kate’, I have been following it for a while and will be spending my Friday watching the big day on the telly with my mum (and possibly my auntie) surrounded by bunting, eating scones from my commemorative plates and drinking potails from our commemorative mugs! 

I will be dressing up for the occasion too, no idea what I will wear but it will compliment my bruised and swollen foot(!).

There are some hilarious TV show’s surrounding the wedding, there was a show on Sky Living a couple of nights ago called ‘How To Nab A Prince’ in which you get shown how to speak, what to wear and where to hang out to meet your prince.  And all this week there are numerous other shows on the telly box about the couple and how they met etc. even though these programmes are cheesy I am watching them (…..!).

Today I am going to make it my mission to find the film that was made about them, it looks awful, hence why I MUST SEE IT!