Day 1!

End of day one and all is going very well. I went for a walk this morning for 40 minutes. So…I didn’t get very far, about 2.5km but I did take some cool photos with my new camera lens! I will add a few onto the end of this bloggles! It was a refreshing walk although I have to admit it was absolutely freezing hence why I cut it a little short! I picked up my pace when I wasn’t taking snaps and it was fine until I hit the open fields and that wind, wow! It was icy and forced me to turn back for a stroll through the houses. It was peaceful yet I think next time it might be more fun to take the little ones not only for company but for good photo opportunities! The rest of my day was spent creating in my little homemade office. A few lovely little orders have arrived for my oswell&rose goodies which were lovely to create this afternoon before heading off to collect the little ones from Granny and Grandad’s!

The little darlings slept out last night so breakfast was kind of skipped due to the ‘taking advantage of the rare lie in’! I had a yogurt and banana for breakfast with a coffee and then I had an enormous jacket potato with salad, boiled eggs and a scoop of mayo! My snacking consisted of two plums and a yogurt! A little less than I should be having but I did skip breakfast which I know is mega naughty and tomorrow I will have some so I am not classed as starving myself just yet. I do feel better and I feel good that I have completed my first day. The other half came home from work with a totally humongous piece of sponge cake and to be honest for the first time in a while I wasn’t even tempted! Yey!

I am focused and I will achieve my goal!

Tomorrow is forecast to be a rainy day so my planned day out going for a good walk with the kiddies may be a bit of a wash out (tee hee)! I know the kids would love the rain but with runny noses already I am not going to tempt fate with the school term starting on Tuesday! I might try my Davina DVD and then some in house activities with the little ones! I little bit of exercise is better than none at all!

Bedtime for me! Tatty bye!!



Roll on 2014!

Right! When I wake up in the morning it is a new day! A new beginning! It is the first day of a new life! I have had a year of ‘trying’ to diet when truthfully I have been a bit of a yoyo but how long can I do this for? The answer is ‘no longer’!

I slipped or ‘squeezed‘ my what are supposed to be skinny jeans on earlier today and a black fitted jumper. A normal kinda outfit, I wasn’t going anywhere special but thought I would make a little bit of an effort! Well…before me in the mirror stood a girl who looked back at me about 10 years ago. I little (lot) older, of course much wiser and pretty much the same size! This mean that 10 years ago  when I first stepped foot in a ‘diet class‘ I actually have not got anywhere! Yes…10 years and I am still as heavy as I was then! Really something needs to change! 

In 10 years I have fallen in love, had a bouncing baby boy and a beautiful baby girl, relocated from South to north, got hitched, had a few jobs, started my own business ( and….lost weight, gained weigh, lost, gainedlostgainedlostgainedlostgained….just a blur! Slimming world, weight watchers, Atkins, calories, no carbs, no wine (eeek) gees come on now! So much in 10 years and yet I am still a bit of a lump!

The time is now! I am 32 and I am happy! Yes! Despite being ‘heavy‘ I am happy! I have a lovely family, friends, a nice home, luxuries, fun, everything I need really but if I continue down the path I am going it will be my health that may begin to prevent me from staying happy!

Using my life and those in it as my inspiration I will start tomorrow with a healthy motivated mind enjoying a healthy balanced diet and a good exercise programme…this will aid my body and my mind. Refresh my soul and enlighten my life (wow intense!) ! I shall dust off my trainers and squeeze into my tight exercise leggings and stride into my new future with a smile on my face, fire in my belly and (a twix in my pocket ha just kidding) a goal to achieve!

I will blog on with my progress if anyone happens to be interested! Come in 2014! Let’s have a good year!!!!


And again!

Soooooo I have done it again! My second run! I did the same amount of time as I am using the podcast BUT I did it faster…my average mile was faster than last time and I figure that as I am combining running and walking and my Nike app thinks I am running its a pretty good speed! I must have a right march on!! I do have to admit though that I was sooooo hot as the weather has suddenly improved! I was a bright colour purple for quite a while after and until after my shower when I was just looking a bit sun kissed! The purple was not a good look! I do have to admire the honesty of my darling daughter as she clearly stated when I walked into the living room ‘ooo you smell Mummy!’ Charming! I suppose I can use that as a sign of a good workout!

In the past when I have started diets I have always reduced food before exercising but I have to say that this time I am on it! Starting the exercise at the same time as reducing my calorie intake has made the world of difference and I feel really good. I already feel like I have lost weight but for some reason that is not my main priority; it is more about how I feel inside. I still believe that a huge part of this is the exclusion of wheat and gluten.

Oh I must also mention as well that I have found my skin is a lot clearer. This I am putting down to the fact that since reducing my calories I have obviously cut out many sweeties! One obvious one is my beloved and most dearest ‘chocolate digestives’ waaaah! That is one thing I miss…a nice coffee with a couple of my fave biscuits! But I think the sacrifice is worth it when my skin feels clearer and smoother!

With that in mind I would encourage anyone to focus more on how they feel inside rather than the weekly weigh in and I am sure that the positive feeling you get from changing your lifestyle to a much healthier way your life will improve inside and out!

‘Cleanse from the inside out; watch life be beautiful”


Oh and just or the record 🙂


I did it!

WOOHOO!!!! So my first outing consisted of: 5 minutes walk followed by 8x 60second jogs with 90seconds rest in between and finishing with 5 minutes walk. It took me half an hour which is averaging of 13.48 minute mile which considering there is a lot of walking in there I am happy with that. I must do this 2 more times before moving onto week 2. Scheduled in for Thursday after work and Sunday morning.


I do not feel like I have overdone it at all. If I had gone out there and jogged until I physically couldn’t any longer then walked a bit then jogged and so on I think I would be on my knees by now feeling unfit, deflated and a bit sorry for myself but by doing this programme I am feeling refreshed, energised and motivated ready for next time!

Oh and 283calories burned!



Let the fitness begin!

Oh my days I am just preparing for my first run! This time last year I had very recently completed the Race for Life which is 5k and this year I am almost 2 stone heavier and unfit so this will be a challenge! I do not know where it all went so wrong but this seems to be a trend of mine, lose weight, get fit for 6 months and then spend the next year slowly going the opposite way! A trend I think really needs breaking! This is why I have decided to use calorie controlled diet and exercise.

There are so many new styles and trends of diets that can be easy to stick to for a while but long term they are just not practical. Now ‘calories’ are old school. My Mum used calorie counting back in the sixties…this is a diet that has not gone out of fashion for one main reason! It works! So with my 1200 calories my food is sorted!

Now, for my exercise I have chosen the programme by the NHS UK which is a pod cast using interval jogging to slowly build you up from couch potato to a 5k runner! I did do a bit of this last year but I could kind of run the full 5k already so I did not really benefit from it. However this year I think will be the perfect time to try it.

My darling husband is just doing the dreaded school run and then we will be setting off together! My DH can already run pretty well so I can use him as a bit of a pace maker for when I do my spells of jogging.

So to sum up! I am on day 3 or my new life and first day of fitness! Bring it on I say! All I have to do is believe I can do it and it will happen! Have a happy day everyone!


Fallen off the wagon!

Alright alright I fell off the wagon!!!! And not just a little bit…a lot!!!! For experimental purposes though I have now really noticed the difference of a diet with and without gluten and wheat. The difference is quite clear and I have decided that I am going to continue a diet ‘without’ as I do feel much better. I am not going to commit to I diet 100% without as there may be odd occasions where I do have it but for the majority of time I will stick to it. I have logged back onto ‘myfitnesspal’ app and I will log everyone I eat everyday. Exercise is going to start today with my ‘Muffin top burner’ fit in 5-20 minute work out DVD. yes i know that’s a bit lame but I am also going to start walking. I will do my DVD when I can get out and I will walk when I can. I have just over 5 weeks until a mini break so I have a date in mind and I need to make a big difference I that time. 2lb a week would mean a loss of 10lb which I know I will feel a lot better for! So bring it on! I am climbing back on and ready to go!!!



Following a loooong day at work we were starving and ready for our dinner. Myself and two of my best girls were off for a good old natter over dinner with the high possibility of a sneaky beverage of the alcohol family! We decided to go to a local restaurant as they do a nice little early bird menu of two courses for £12. Sounded perfect. We were politely showed to our seats and we ordered our drinks. The menu was placed before us and our tummy’s are grumbling! We were faced with a choice of five meals, mostly meat and none were gluten and wheat free! Now, do I break my focus for one meal out or do I see what they can do for me? It turns out that my two friends were also a little disappointed with the choice and so we decided that we may have to go elsewhere. We apologised to the manager and stated that we didn’t fancy what was on offer and were off for a more tea like tea, nothing too fancy. He was very polite and absorbed our menu feedback. He then relayed this information to two rather large, quite hairy and pretty mean looking chefs who had already made me feel a little nervous even before we decided to leave. We were just finishing off our drinks when we heard one chef state “what they don’t like fish n chips, that’s too fancy” and so on! This we found super rude and very unprofessional; three lovely ladies were now three angry women ready to complain. We calmly walked to the exit and surrounded the manager(!)…I calmly (yet nervously with a quiver to my voice) stated that the restricted menu was not the only reason why we were leaving but also the fact that I do not eat gluten and wheat for medical reasons (eeep) and so I could not actually have anything so when the chefs start ranting about our departing could they kindly wait for us to leave before doing so. And although we may have returned in the future now we probably will not! Apologies were accepted and we went off to a brillo 2for1 and had delicious BBQ chicken with cheese, chips and peas ‘nom nom’ oh yes and a nice large vino! A good old chin wag took place before returning home to a nice quiet house…babies sleeping and the hubby chilling…sweet.

Good food.good wine.good friends.AMAZEBALLS!



Dum dum duuuum!!! Drum rooooll please………///…..6lb loss! Yippee even with a ‘blip’! Needless to say I am we’ll chuffed with my self *patting oneself on back*! And day 3 now of no wheat and gluten and feeling EPIC! Ha ha! I do feel loads better I have to say and rather enjoying the challenge! I was at work today and I had packed my usual feast, yogurt, fruits of several varieties, few rice crispies for breaky and a Freddo for my 2pm snack…and of course as I reached into the top drawer of my desk to grab out my asda good for you cup soup…yep ‘contains wheat and gluten’! Oh poops! My staple work diet has to change! I quickly popped out to stock up on, a bag of spinach leaves, cherry tomatoes, sliced ham (a nice one!) a jar of beet root and a huge jar of pickled onions nom nom! Waaaay better than a cup soup and a lot more nutritious and satisfying too *happy* !

Tea consisted of my usual egg salad today as I did not get in from a meeting until 9pm! Not the ideal time to eat but totally unavoidable! Was yummy still! So to sum up! A good day I think!

I hope you are all feeling like you too have had a old day!