Last week I stepped on the scales and needless to say, I got a fright. A big, heavier than I’ve ever been, hope I don’t break the scales, fright! Now I know what you are going to say, you can still be slim and heavy blah blah blah but the truth of the matter is that I’m carrying a few extra pounds and sadly not the paper type that I use to buy stupid things like domain names and decide it’s a good idea to start a blog.
To be honest it was the fright I needed. It’s SO EASY to kid yourself that you are being ‘active’ by walking the dog and going for the odd cycle here and there, but when that’s coupled with eating a bit too much, the effect is inevitably weight gain.
So what did I do about it? I called my pal Laura over at Feel Good Fitness and she sorted me out with a meal plan and a training plan. She has already beasted me in the gym a couple of times this week and that combined with good eating has made a world of difference! I’ve obviously got a long way to go but I suppose the first step is the hardest. I’m really liking being back at the gym and working out and I also feel quite smug when I refuse a biscuit or a snack in favour of something form my meal plan! Anyhoo, you’ll probably hear quite a bit over the next few weeks about my fitness/fatloss/hope I don’t actually break the scales journey, so be prepared.
Book of the week!
I was going to write here about re-kindling my love of reading… but it’s only recently that I’ve started enjoying it. Even though I managed to pass my exams, I actually never finished a book in high school that had anything to do with English class. In fact, the only books I probably read then were the Harry Potter series, that started when I was in early high school and I remember crying at Uni when Dumbledore died. (context:, I had just flown to the states by myself for uni, didn’t have any pals, didn’t know anyone who could drive me to Walmart to buy stuff for my dorm room, couldn’t travel to soccer games with the team because my exam results hadn’t been transferred yet, so I took solace in my HP book and then Dumbledore went and died and it was the straw the broke the camel’s back as they say. I sobbed for hours. Quite pathetic looking back, but hey ho)
So, I’ve just finished this book and I really enjoyed it!
It’s called ‘Star of the North’ as you can see and it’s pretty cheap on the old Amazon.
‘Extraordinary…smart, sophisticated, suspenseful – and important. If you try one new thing this year, make it Star of the North.’ LEE CHILD
To be honest I only really read it because Lee Child said it was good. Not that I think any of you lot might do the same because I said it was good… but I’m a sucker for that type of marketing.
It is actually really good though. Oh and don’t be fooled by the title ‘Book of the Week‘ It doesn’t mean I’m going to read a book every week and recommend it, it just so happens that I read one this week.
Other than exercise....
What did I actually do this week? Well to be honest I wasn’t really sure what I was going to write about, but it turns out the weekend was fairly eventful.
First of all we needed to paint part of the house, so I thought I would be brave and have a go up the ladder.
Up on the roof...
OK not quite the actual roof, but now you are all singing the classic Robson and Jerome cover aren’t you?!
I KNEW IT! Hopefully that gets stuck in your head for as long as it was in mine…. ages!
Pedro wasn’t overly impressed as you can see
Then on Saturday we managed a wee family walk to Lismore! It’s not often that we are all in one place with some free time on our hands, so off we popped to Lismore to soak up the sun and the views.
Now by this point I had only just started my new meal plan and I certainly wasn’t going to blow it after one day, so what did I do? That’s right, I took my cheap tin of tuna that didn’t have a ring pull and a can opener with me. Apologies to anyone who saw me cutting about Lismore eating from a tin of tuna. Where there’s a will there’s a way!
I would highly recommend a jaunt over to the island though. We only managed a very quick walk to Port Ramsay and back but the cafe and visitor centre are amazing and the views all over the island are spectacular. Also if anyone needs a heavy duty gate then please contact Greig on the details above (3rd photo) as that’s the best email address I’ve seen in a while.
Oh and then the most exciting thing to happen in Appin since the show – lawnmower racing!!!
One lap of the house each timed and my dad conveniently left it slightly off full throttle so he could bring it home to be the first annual Cuil Draghinn Lawnmower House Lap Champion 2019. Obviously need to come up with a better title and a prize for next year.
Enough is enough
So that’s enough spraffing from me. Thanks again for getting this far in to the post!
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Anyone got any good book recommendations for me??? Or any fitness tips/comments/general words of wisdom please fire them below.
Cheers for now