Saturday, 23 January 2016

Saturday Chit Chat

Well I haven't done one of these for a while. As ever, I have been meaning to write all week - but like the week and January it has flown by.  We seem to be hurtling into 2016 - it only seem a few weeks ago my eldest started secondary and yet he's completed 5 months of Year 7 already.

So how are the jeans fitting everyone? Mine are still on the tight need a shoe horn side. Although I have nearly lost all my Xmas gain - a whopping 7lb.  I've also nearly completed the 8 week PIYO dvd which I have spoken about in previous posts.  I will most certainly do it again as I've liked making the time to do it and have seen an improvement in my flexibility and general well being. My favourite session is "sweat" - its a combination of lots challenging moves but in particular - planks, push ups, lunges and warrior poses. 

To cover up my Xmas excess I treated myself (any excuse) to a gorgeous cape from Cocoon Luxury Wear. I didn't get it for free like some other bloggers - namely fashion bloggers - who got their hands on a free one but little old me got one in the sale. Sadly, its a tad too cold to wear it at the moment but it shall be making an outing once it gets a bit warmer.  

So continuing on with getting fitter and healthier in 2016 - I have decided to try out Glow Fit.  Its basically an exercise class with a weigh in. I really like the sound of it and have sent my local group and email to ask a few questions. As I understand it, you pay £24 a month, no joining fee and can attend as many fitness classes as you like. So there is a kettlebell class, aerobics and High Intensity workout which I can fit in during the week. But the best part of all, asides from the exercise, you can get weighed to keep track of your progress. There is no food plan to follow - only the normal sensible suggestions.  I think it could be right up my street.  I did even contemplate joining Slimming World but I know you just pay the money and leave - who stays for the meetings? Also a friend goes who said the consultant is overweight.  I remember that same consultant from many years ago who was overweight then.  I really think that says it all don't you?  It clearly doesn't work in the long term.

Anyhow, that's my brief update and will be back soon to let you know how I get on! 

Saturday, 9 January 2016

Top 5 Reasons NOT To Get An X-box One

Sorry to everyone in my world - bloggers,gamers, friends and everyone in between who merrily purchased an X-Box One this Christmas. In fact, I don't think I know anyone who doesn't have an Xbox or similar device in their household. But not to be deterred, I shall begin my assault on this modern day box of "fun" because that is what I do best!

Before I really get my console going. The background to my loathing of the Xbox (please replace with any other console name) has been well documented in this post. In short my son became addicted and started to become a bit of an arse. The Xbox was unplugged, put in the loft and has remained there since February last year.

Thursday, 7 January 2016


From the other side! As Adele would sing. And yes I did purchase it although my husband once said "how many sad songs can a fat girl sing?" which isn't very nice but he's not a fan. I like Adele (more her than her music) and so does my daughter - she loves playing it on her new CD/Ipod docking station that we got her for Christmas. I like the more up beat track on the new album - water under the bridge. I've gone off onto a massive tangent as the other side I wanted to refer to was, of course, 2016.

How was it for you? Christmas and what not. We had a very enjoyable family break. Long, lazy lie-ins. We got up about 10.15 most days. My daughter was a tad earlier but still a respectable 9.15 am. I loved the lazy days and even the mess. Although I was still very busy leading up to Xmas - as most mums are - all the school plays, the gifts for the teachers, the wrapping oh lordy the wrapping! The final presents and trying to find the presents you hid. Every year I hide something in a safe place and without fail every year they never re-appear.  I did feel totally relaxed on the 27th when we visited my parents. I decided to plonk myself down only to get up for feeding and drinking times. We even managed a trip to the Science Museum which the kids loved. Although Buddy was getting tired after about 3 hours and my daughter was getting slightly bored at that point. There is so much to see - I could have happily stayed a few more hours. There's so much interaction and who'd have thought I'm a bit of an astronaut geek. I loved their cosmonauts exhibition. The only downside to the museum was that it was so hot in there.

Now as a bit of a London day out with the kids semi-pro - I always insist on light coats i.e light raincoats and layers no matter how cold it is out there. The trains, tubes, buses etc get very hot and there's nothing worse than the kids moaning about it.  But even with my semi-pro rules with raincoats off and only tops it was still too hot.  I came home with an awful migraine and took myself to bed for a few hours. Or maybe it was just the excitement of it all! Anyhow, I seemed to be much better after my dinner and washing up had been done for me.

Now turning to the important matter of weight.  I have to say I have been mighty impressed with myself up to recently on my dedication to my PIYO workouts. As you can see from above,  But now since the kids have gone back to school - I'm 4 workouts behind. I even took my youngest two to breakfast club this morning so that I could gain an extra hour. Instead, I did a mass clean and ended up not having time!

But asides from that I am now on week 6 of the 8 week programme and I really love it.  I had to miss 2 workouts from being sick and 2 through no time.  Having said this, I still put on 7lbs over Christmas.

All the goodies are more or less gone, I'm back in the zone and here's to cracking it in 2016!

See you shortly