The Holidays are Coming!

Now you have that song in your head, don’t you?!

Just over four weeks until Christmas at time of posting this. Where did the year go?! Are you finished with your shopping? Have you decorated already?

Growing up my family had a tradition of putting up the Christmas tree over Thanksgiving weekend. I’ve mostly kept to that tradition as an adult but this year I’m working 10am-9pm Thanksgiving Day and over Thanksgiving weekend as well…So I may put everything up tomorrow while I have a day off as I’ve only got like five days off between now and New Years. It’s just my son & I so I am ummming and ahhhing over whether to decorate or not. My son asked if we had to put the tree up. I think because my place is so small and I’ve still got ‘stuff’ here and there trying to sell, donate or throw thing away to make space (and money)…it can seem a bit much.

NOT my house. NOT my tree.

But last year I finally had my perfect, could’ve been taken from a magazine tree! So I think I will put it up tomorrow, just for me if anything else. I also have a lovely garland that hangs from atop the mirror in the hallway. Decorations I’ve always had in my mind to do one day if that makes sense. I think I’ll put on my Kasey Musgraves and Lady Antebellum Christmas music and get to it. Then when I’m finished, I’ll sit back to some more of Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings on Netflix.

I’m finished with my shopping as I’ve only got my son to buy for apart from a work and friends’ Secret Santa. Just waiting for some of it to arrive from America. He doesn’t get as excited as he did when he was little and Christmas is full of magic and wishes, but he still loves things he gets and appreciates them. He knows I don’t have a lot of money to throw around and knows how much overtime I put in leading up to the holidays to make sure everything is taken care of. So he is definitely appreciative and that, for me, is a great gift. To have a son so aware of other people, of money and not being materialistic like a lot of people can be these days.

Moving on into 2020…I don’t think I have any resolutions as such, I never keep to them anyway. But I know I’ll be going into the new year as a better version of myself. I’m losing weight, forming new and better habits, feeling better about myself and in life in general. Still waiting for my winning lottery numbers to come in though, hehe.

This week I lost 3lbs after putting on 1.5lbs last week but I knew why. I had an ‘off plan’ weekend which ran into the week and then some stress eating as well. Last week I also switched from the known plan which is now called ‘Blue’ to the new ‘Purple’ plan which allows for carbs without having to point them. I’ve missed potatoes and such. You can have brown rices, wholewheat pasta and potatoes without pointing them but obviously you have to watch your portions. I think this has helped me get out of a 1lbs per week loss rut. Dont’ get me wrong, I was thrilled to keep losing a pound a week but sometimes you just want that bit more and feel you’ve worked off a bit more. So this was a GREAT week for me and I’m just half a pound away from losing my first stone! Very excited and proud of myself for my efforts. Given all of that, I definitely feel I’ll be starting the new year as a new, better me.

That’s all for now. I gotta get back to work!! 🙂

Hold on Tight. This is gonna be a bumpy one!

It’s been a few days since my last post so I wanted to share a few things that’s been on my mind or that has happened so it’s gonna be a bit of a ride and I appologise now for that.

Firstly, just a little rant about cinema goers. So all of the cinemas near us have allocated seats that you choose when you book your tickets. If you don’t pre-book and get your ticket at the cinema on the day, they still have you pick out seats. The other day my son & I went to see Gemini and we had our pre-allocated seats which was one of our two usual rows. As I climb the steps; A, B, C, D…H…our seats are the first two on the right of the isle yet…two men of varying ages were in our seats. I look at my phone, look at the floor and look at the chairs, checking row and numbers and say loudly “Yeah, these are our seats H7 & H8. ‘Scuse me, these are our seats.” They both sat still, eyes locked forward like we weren’t even there nor had we said anything to them. My son, being quite a passive person, was like “Mom lets just sit on the other side, it’s fine” Fine. But that’s not the point. Then…the two guys in front of us talked through the whole film, I could hear them over the action scenes. I shushed them to no avail yet anytime I coughed, they had the nerve to turn around and look at me. I get people go to the movies with friends, etc and want to chat or “omg i think he’s the killer!”, etc. but in hushed tones. They didn’t even lean over to each other, proper loud. Although I enjoyed the film, I did not enjoy the experience. Argh! So there’s that. Rant over.

Be respectful to others in cinemas!

On a more positive note…I’m doing really well diet wise though! I’ve lost 11lbs now in 6 weeks. Squeee!! Between having a lovely Weight Watchers Coach and listening to Losing 100lbs with Phit & Phat have helped me change my attitude towards eating and losing weight. Not to mention just my mindset and how I think of myself. I know I won’t lose weight every week and that is okay. I’m being honest with tracking my food and being accountable for my choices. I’ve been eating better, I’ve been cooking, meal prepping… all these things I’m not used to doing but I’m so proud of!

In the lead up to Christmas and a road trip next May, I’m trying to rack up the overtime hours at my full time job. Basically, from now until the end of December, if I don’t have my son, I’m working over the weekend. LOL Plus my cat sitting business…surely it’s time for my numbers to come up, haha. I’m donating and selling a lot of my things because I need the space and the money, not the stuff so last weekend was “Yay! I just sold X on eBay for £60, that’s our weekend outtings and food paid for.” It’s scary being a single mom on minimum wages but I’m making it work. I’m working hard and I’m proud of myself for working so hard. Still hoping for a winning lottery ticket though! But ‘when’ I win my million, I’d still work where I am because I enjoy it, I’d just be able to relax and not worry.

With that in mind, I’m really excited to announce that I was chosen to be an affiliate for the Skinny Food Co!!! I’m loving their products and they’ve started accepting affiliates so I applied and was accepted! Yaayyy!! How awesome is that?!?! So I want to share with you my personal link and hope that if you want to try some of their guilt free products, you’ll shop via my link below. Sauces, syrups, flavourings, jams, spreads…you won’t regret it! And of course, by using my affiliate link, you’ll be helping me too ❤

I guess I should go for now and finish watching this week’s Walking Dead for the second time (OMG!!) then hit the sack. Thank you for letting me share my rambling thoughts with you. Sometimes you want to say more than you would on Facebook and such and I just love writing. I really should try to get back to doing my short stories. Hmmmm….I could do a collection of short stories and self-publish on Amazon. A couple of my friends have done that. Ya never know 🙂

Good night & have a pleasent tomorrow!

When you’ve been eating healthy…

Eat the Rainbow

So four weeks ago, my doctor referred me to Weight Watchers in an effort to lose weight so I could be eligible for knee surgery as I’ve advanced arthritis in my knee. Although I’m “too young” for knee replacement, they’d be willing to do some scraping surgery to get more room between the bones in my joint, as at the moment my knee is “bone on bone”.

I’ve tried various diets over the years, mostly Weight Watchers though, and I’ve never lost as much as I wanted or needed to. Sure, after a while I’d get bored or fed up with measuring, counting, etc. and so on and would just quit. However, when I’ve followed Weight Watchers properly, it’s always worked for me. Of course, I’m only human and wouldn’t lose every week, but it was working. Until I stopped following it.

I’ve been following their new plan for four weeks now and am doing quite good. I’m not saying how much I’ve lost, but I’m very pleased with my efforts and success so far…apart from this past weekend.

Saturday, following an overtime shift at work, my son and I went to the cinema to see Zombieland: Double Tap which we enjoyed. I also enjoyed a large mixed (sweet & salted) popcorn which was over my daily point allowance PLUS add on my lunch at work and such. Then Sunday we went out in the morning before I had a lovely brunch for a friend’s baby-shower where I had a lovely meal followed by two huge cupcakes.

Yup, that’s me…feeling unwell on a Sunday night.

Although I really enjoyed myself both days…come Sunday night, my body was yelling at me to get back on my healthy food track! I felt so unwell, it was horrible. Luckily, I didn’t get ‘sick’, just felt unwell but it’s still not nice to feel queasy and feverish.

So today, I parked further away from my office to get some extra walking in and I plan to do this from now on whether and time permitting. I devoured a Subway Tuna Salad (it was surprisingly satisfying) at lunch and tonight will be booking a WW recipe of teriyaki beef with veggies.

Fingers crossed I can ring this in and make up for the lovely weekend and manage another loss come Saturday. If not, I will know why and will keep pushing forward aiming for a loss the following week.

I’ve been enjoying all of the cooking, although it can get a bit stressful when you don’t get in from work until 6.30pm and am a ‘beginner’ cook and preparing takes you twice as long as the instructions anticipate. Doing meals that serve 4 people is broken down into portions and that’s my lunch and/or dinner for the next four days. That’s been really helpful. Learning how to make things fresh and doing it so it works out as zero points is awesome! Like rather than 2-4 points for tinned baked beans…I’m now making my own for zero points! Little things like that have, in my opinion, really helped me to lose weight.

Anyway, I think that is enough rambling for now on this subject. Thanks for reading.

Please share any diet or weight loss tips too!!