Thursday, May 28, 2015

Reasons to be Cheerful

For those that join in the blog hop: Sorry it's late!! Bit of a mix up, Lakes Single Mum is actually taking a break (about time, that women seriously deserves one!), so it's me hosting.

For those that don't blog hop, but like to read: Happy Thursday! It's time to share your positives with me, however big, or small. Life seems easier, when we look for some small positives.

We had some lovely posts join in, last week, if you read mine, don't forget to go and read one or two others, they really will brighten your day.

Anyway, here are my:

Ojos World

1. The School Trip. It was, mostly, a huge success. He had one small incident, which the teachers handled brilliantly. Otherwise, he thoroughly enjoyed himself (I think I'm in for an expensive 5 years with this child!)

2. The Summer House. It has been ordered! Technically, it's a shed, but I don't care. I shall paint it, fill it with comfy stuff and love it.

3. Thinking Slimmer. I really do think it's changing me. My attitude to food is changing, I have so much energy (I get my steps in every day, with quite a few highly active minutes). I got lost, again, while driving yesterday. I didn't panic, I just worked it out, and found my way to where I needed to be. If I don't lose weight now, it's the medication I take, there can be no other explanation.

So that's it for this week, from me. I love reading your reasons to be cheerful. You may think it's small, or insignificant to others, but it's not! If it made you smile, this week, it's important. 

Much love

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Fat and Happy? Hell no!

There seems to be a lot of 'fat shaming' lately, in the news.

From the awkward Simon Cowell slip, to the persistent, ignorant, rantings of Katie Hopkins. Oh, and not forgetting the beach body thing, that went crazy!

 Every body has an opinion on why people are fat! 

You then have the flip side, a barrage of beautiful, slightly overweight, women saying 'Yes, I'm fat, but I'm healthy and happy'. Basically a big up yours to the fat shamers.

What about those of us that fall between the cracks?
This is me, standing up and saying:

Yes, I am obese.
No, I'm not f**king happy about it!!!!
 Image courtesy of Akarakingdoms at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

I am desperate to lose weight. I hate my size, my body. 
I am proud of it, that it produced 3 beautiful boys. My hubby often lies in bed, with his hand on my stomach, because it grew his sons and he loves it for that. 
Does this embarrass me? 
I can't say I'm a fan, but I understand his point of view. 

I've never felt ashamed of my body, in front of my hubby. He says he loves me the way I am, and I know him well enough to believe him.

I am not healthy, not in the slightest! I take 13 tablets and 2 injections, every single day. 

Am I trying to change?
Hell yes!!

Thanks to the slimpod (there is a picture link on the side of my page), I am changing my relationship with food. I am snacking a lot less, eating smaller portions for meals etc. I'm also exercising a lot more. Yesterday I upped my step goal, on my fitbit, to 12,000 a day. I do hit it, with at least 30 minutes of highly active minutes, included.

This week, I got into a pair of jeans I have not worn in years! (although, still too tight for public viewing).
 I can't see the difference in my size, at all. That's probably because I can't see my body in anything other than a negative way. 

So, no, I'm not fat and happy. If you bring the subject, of my weight, up I will be unhappy (I will possibly cry). I do hate that everyone else can lose it, but I can't. 

But I'm doing my best to change things.
I really am!

(Oh, and please don't say 'simply move more, and eat less', I will most likely hit you)

Much love


Saturday, May 23, 2015

My Sunday Photo

I found this picture, on my phone, that I had clean forgotten I had taken. It's from inside City Hall, in Cardiff, one of the sculptures over the doors.

I love this building, I'm in not great at photography, but it really is a photographers dream. 

The pictures just scream to be played with, manipulated to enhance and dramatise.


 I think a visit to Cardiff may be in order, this week. So you can expect more like this, next Sunday!

Much Love


Filled with Hope

I thought I would join in with some more blog links, give me ideas of things to write, and I've fancied this one for a while.

The Reading Residence

So what would be my word of the week, this week? What word sums up this week, in particular? My mind immediately goes to 'stress', but no, that is too easy...........and sums me up all the time!

No, I've decided my word, this week, is:


My tween is currently on a school trip. We have had absolutely no notification that they got there safe, actually I've not heard ANYTHING. I hope it's because they are having so much fun!

I've hoped for years that my hubby would stick to his word, and buy me a summer house. I can't get out much, in the sun, I burn very quickly and also get very sick, very quickly. A summer house, with electric so I can have a fan, is something I've wanted since sitting in my mams. It's the perfect way to be outside, without actually being outside.

Today, it got ordered!! 
(Granted, it's actually called a shed, but I will decorate it, no one will know....)

I hope it's easy to put together, as the hubby isn't really up to hard graft. Thankfully the teen is becoming quite handy around the house, so I hope he'll be helpful.

I hope I can keep getting my steps in, this week, with it being half term. My youngest son hates leaving the house, but there's a daddy around this time. Can we all say 'Escape!'.

So, this week, I'm full of hope.

As well as the above, I'm hoping for lie ins, a bit of sunshine. 
And
Maybe, just Maybe

A date night!

Much Love

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Reasons to be Cheerful

Happy Thursday lovelies.

 It's one day to half term! In this house that means a week of lie ins, and lazy days. My youngest hates leaving the house, unless it's for a car ride. Thank goodness for my treadmill, or I wouldn't be getting any steps.

Anyway, here are:

Ojos World

1. A beautiful day: The wedding, last weekend, was stunning. The weather was perfect, the venue was ideal: full of open spaces for children to run about, and for adults to relax and have a chat. The bride and groom beamed all day, and long may it continue.


I didn't know where to put my hand! I look pregnant lol
2. Fitpod and Activity levels. The latest 'pod' I was sent, was called a Fitpod. (If you want to know what I'm talking about, click the Slimpod badge, on the side of my page). It really seems to be having an effect. My activity levels are up, I'm hitting 10k steps every day, even managing 15k yesterday. I'm also getting, at least, 45 minutes of active minutes according to my fitbit!

3. Paying off our Holiday. Now we are all set for gorgeous Weymouth, in the summer holidays. It will be our 4th time, in 3 years, to visit this park. Nothing like a bit of routine to keep my lot happy!
This was taken from the park, on site. No Filter!

So what's making you smile? Come share with me, I do love to smile.

Much Love


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