Howdy people. My weigh in day has changed to Thursday - I'm not sure how that happened but there you have it. Anyhow, I lost 1lb - so that's 8lbs since I whipped my fat arse (not in the same oiled up league as Kim Kardashian I'm afraid!) into gear.
I do feel a bit sluggish though and not as toned as I used to be. My boot camp has been cancelled indefinitely which is a real pain as I really loved it. I feel the suffering I experienced for nearly a week after my sessions was fruitless. However, I have just received another book to review by Joanne and its called what's your excuse for not getting fit. I had a little flick through and I like it already. She refers to living in the UK and it rains - get over it! So if you don't exercise when its raining then you're missing out on a whole load of exercise. So true. I will do a proper review soon. I have only been doing a power walk once a week recently which isn't enough and I really feel it.
So the plan, from Monday, is to do at least three of the following 1) hill walk, 2) bike ride, 3) swim, 4) kettlebells, 5) pilates and 6) Wii or one of my fitness xbox games. Remember when I used to do those? I do believe I was slimmer mmmm.
Turning to other tittle tattle - I loved the Sainsbury's advert although I don't know what Paul McCartney would have to say about it. I am, of course, referring to the Pipes of Peace he released one Christmas. But I suppose how else do you depict the scene of the British and German's having a knock around on Christmas Day? I love the Pipes of Peace - maybe he could re-release it? I hadn't seen the John Lewis advert so I had a gander and I'm sorry but it was a bit pathetic wasn't it. Total commercialism with the penguin and all. I do believe you can now buy it for a stupid amount on ebay - urgh people please. Besides I've never been a fan of kids having a special toy - bit like friends - love them all. Also saves a lot of pain and heartache if you lose it.
Speaking of all things war related - my husband is such a love. I don't normally gush about him as I always cringe at personal shit like that on facebook and the like. Anyhow, following on from watching the Royal British Legion remembrance concert last Saturday - I was wondering exactly where my grandad was fighting in WWII. I knew he served in Italy and then after he was based in Palestine - which he said was actually far more scary. I can believe it. Least if you are fighting a war you can defend yourself but if you are keeping the peace in a war torn country its quite a different and very difficult situation to be in.
|The Gothic Line - pic google|
In any event, the husband ordered a book on the 3rd Battalion Grenadier Guards and an officers account of this battalion told us what my grandad was doing during 1944 (he was posted then when he had just turned 18). Turns out he would have been dropped off in Naples and worked his way up to the northern part of Italy and 'The Gothic Line'. We read first hand accounts by an officer. In particular that they ate their Christmas Day dinner 4 days late and heard the Germans singing O Tannenbaum. So when I saw the Sainsbury's advert it did bring a tear to my eye.
My husband found out he fought the SS and the German Paras - they were also known (a tad unfairly) as the D-Day Dodgers as they hadn't fought on the beaches of Normandy. My grandad had in his possession an SS lugar pistol which is worth a small fortune now - sadly my dad decided to swap this for some football cards when he was younger!! Ahhhh. A decorated Lugar is worth up to £40,000 now. Oh well, maybe we'll have our Del boy moment another day.
|Made out of bronze these were given to the families - it is quite something to still have one in the family. Picture ebay|
So that's all my chit chat for Saturday. I'm loving these cosy nights in and I have managed to do all my Christmas shopping online. No squealing was involved. I've also ordered the turkey from the local butchers. Next week (Sunday) to be precise is my birthday - we're hoping to take the kids to London or see Paddington Bear at the cinema. Perfect!
See you soon