Saturday, 7 February 2015

Small Changes

About half way through last month I realised I need to make changes to my lifestyle. I was staying up later and later often after midnight. I was completely over eating and I was no longer comfortable in my own body. My stomach had gotten so big I couldn't lay properly at night, it was like being pregnant again. My knees and feet hurt from the extra weight I was carrying, I was excused all the time and my skin a mess.

Me and my friends meet up in a Tuesday morning for coffee, cake and a chat while the children play and a few of them had decided to lose weight. I dedcided to join them. Now on a Tuesday we weigh in before eating cake! It's really nice to have that support and we have started to go to an exercise class in a Wednesday night as well. There is no pressure and we motivate each other.

We are all losing different ways, I lothe to use to the word diet. A few are doing the 5:2 but I can't cope with the lack of food two days a week. I am currently calorie counting, mainly as I really need to work on portion control and this is helping. I am hoping eventually I can do it by eye and will just carrying on healthy eating. I have cut out a lot of the crap I eat, though I have not cut out treats completely. I want to eat better not deprive myself.

So far I have lost 12 1/2lbs and 2 inches off my stomach. I feel less bloated and have more energy.

I have also started to try and go to bed before 11pm which has really helped. I normally get up about 7am so this gives me 8 hours sleep. If I can get to bed earlier that's a bonus.

Little Miss has started playgroup and it's give me an extra few hours to work which means I don't have to work as much in the evenings.  This is making a huge difference, it means I can wind down a lot earlier which helps with the earlier nights.

A few small changes are really making a difference for me. I feel happier, healthier and energised.

Monday, 2 February 2015

#TheYearInBooks (February 2015)

I actually started and finished a book last month, though to be far it was a novella!

I read Sealed with a Christmas Kiss by Rachael Lucas which I totally loved, I knew I would. This is a mini sequel to her first novel Sealed With A Kiss which I highly recommended. I a slightly biased as I know her but I would never recommend a book that was terrible, friend or no friend.

I also finished the audio book of  The Good Life by Martina Cole. Again I love her books, you know what you are getting and sometimes that's what you need.

This month I am reading I Let You Go by Claire Mackintosh

Clare happens to be a blogger to friend of mine and I have high hopes for this book. It's a physiological thriller and I am looking forward to devouring it at half term.  

My audio book this month is Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. 

Gone Girl (Unabridged)

What are you reading?

Circle of Pine Trees

Sunday, 1 February 2015

On My Tree: January

I decided this Christmas that we wouldn't have a huge tree in the living room as I knew Little Miss would try and dismantle it. So we had a little advent tree in the kitchen and I made a branch tree in the living room.

Our Advent Tree

OH found a huge branch in our garden. Originally I was going to paint it white but decided I rather liked the natural. I covered it with white fairy lights and then decorated it with my favourite decorations.

When it came time to take the Christmas decorations down I realised I loved the tree lit up at night so decided to keep it and just replace the decorations. I had some birds that I made last year that where on branches in my office so used them for January.

The plan was to make more birds throughout the month but I just couldn't find time. I'm going to do a new theme each month and try some new crafts to make decorations for the tree.

The birds are coming off tonight ready for February's theme. Bet you can't guess what it is?