Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Don't funk with my heart...

Hi.

Yes I know it's been a while, but I've had a not-so-great couple of weeks. I have been slowly nose-diving into a funk and I have zero motivation. My doctor reduced the dosage of my antidepressants about two weeks ago, and I think I'm just feeling the effects now. If I carry on feeling like this I'll have to go back and see him about it.

My weight is unchanged. I know I should be motivated because it's our Oz trip in just over two weeks, but with work and looking for a job and trying to get my coursework done for my Open University tutor and helping my husband with the set up of his business I feel like I'm kind of fading into the background. My time goes nowhere and before I know it, it's time for bed again.

I gave up trying to fit back into my wedding dress for our vow renewal. I would need to loose two dress sizes, so I caved and bought a new dress. I have a lovely outfit to wear in a gorgeous shade of Jade butwill have to get out my Miracle Pants so the whole ensemble doesn't look like a lumpy cabbage roll.

Maybe I'll feel better tomorrow.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Busy Saturday

Went to my tutorial yesterday. I was debating not going, but we are in Oz when the last tutorial runs, so I thought I should show my face one final time. My tutor was just as unimpressed with my last assignment as I was. He went through the next assignment with us and told me that he expected 75% minimum because I have a good understanding of the subject of the next assignment, and I now also understand the way they get marked. I have answered two out of the four assignment questions already, and hope to get it completed and submitted by the end of the bank holiday weekend. Then I have three weeks to write my final assignment before we go away.

It was my Grandma's birthday yesterday. I went straight there after my tutorial and spent most of the day there. My Aunt, Uncle and Cousin from the Lake District were there and it was really good to see them. Then my Uncle from Oz rang, then my Auntie from Oz rang, then my Grandad's family turned up in the afternoon. It was nice to see everyone, but I was glad to get home!

Did okay calorie-wise, although I didn't have breakfast before I went to Uni, so slapped hand for me on that count.

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Flip flop feet

Another long walk last night. We will be walking a lot in Australia so I hope our weather picks up so that my man can start walking more in his flip-flops. He needs to build up his walking when he's not wearing boots to support his ankle.

I have an Open University tutorial tomorrow morning. I'm not happy with myself for only getting 60% on my last assignment - it's still a pass, but it's the lowest mark I've received on this course so far.

Friday, August 8, 2008

Cancelled Class

My Rosemary Conley Class was cancelled tonight. Sue, the leader is sick. I hope she gets well soon. To make up for it my man and I went for a longer walk than normal. I'll have to watch my calories this week as I won't get weighed until Thursday next week now.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Snack attacks

I did not stick to my calories today. I know I should have, but I was in a snacky mood at work and that's when I eat more. I never get like that when I work from home. I eat breakfast and then while I'm waiting for downloads to complete or things to update, I'll go put a load of laundry in or make a coffee or tidy up my work area - these are the times in the office I would be searching my desk for snacks. So working in an office is definately bad for my waistline.

I had a great time at Kim's house last night. She made a fantastic pasta and meatball dinner and I took meringue nests, raspberries, blueberries and yogurt for pudding. We had some really nice red wine that they brought back from France earlier this year and just chilled out and chatted. I really enjoy us getting together. It's been a long time since I had such a good friend.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Mmm... crisps!

I didn't go to my exercise class last night. I just didn't feel like jumping up and down. So we went for a longer-than-normal walk. We needed dry cat food so we stopped in at the local shop and I got a bag of crisps. I had been very restrained all day so I allowed myself the treat. They were great, but the raging heartburn later was not.

Later on we went over to our next door neighbours to watch a dvd and eat popcorn.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Monday happenings

The walking is going great. We are both feeling the benefits and even when my man's ankle is fully healed I think we'll still walk together in the evening. Even though we don't have kids, it's become "Our Time". We intend to explore a lot while we're in Australia, so it can't hurt to practice before we go.

My friend Kim sent me a text today asking if I wanted to go to her house on Wednesday night for dinner and wine and stay over. She's just started a new job and I'm really looking forward to hearing all about it.

Not much more to report. Tried to keep within my calories, I could have eaten worse, but I could have eaten so much better too.

Monday, August 4, 2008

Boring Sunday

I did really well yeaterday and kept within my calories again, and we went for an extended walk in the evening. I got a bit more done on my next OU assignment, and that's about all really.

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Sat-urgh-day!

Had a lovely Saturday. Went to my nanna and grandads on Saturday morning and ended up having lunch there and staying until gone 3pm. I had promised my nanna I would do her nails, so they didn't keep catching and splitting. It didn't take long but she's chuffed to bits. It's her 82nd birthday next week, so I'll be going over again next Saturday, after my OU tutorial.

My man has passed his exam. I'm so relieved. If he'd failed it would have cost about £160.00 to re-sit and that's cash we just do not have spare at the moment.

I tried on my wedding dress as suggested by my RCC leader. NIGHTMARE. It's so much smaller than I remember and there is absolutely no way on this earth that I'm going to be able to wear that in 8 weeks time! Oh well, it was worth a try anyway! At least I have an excuse to go shopping now!

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Brain training

My man spent most of last night studying for his last exam. His head is in bits, but I'm sure he'll do fine. I got my books out for the next theme in my OU course and gave then a look over. Only 2 more assignments to go on this course, but with our 3 week holiday in between. I'll have to get my head in gear and get as much done as I can because my new course starts when we come back from Oz!

Kept to my calories yesterday, but we didn't go walking, we were too busy exercising our brains!

Friday, August 1, 2008

Dress debate

So, I went to my Rosemary Conley Class last night - I've put a pound on, but never mind, it happens. I actually think I've built up tons of muscle in my legs from all the walking we've done - my boots feel tighter, my trousers are tighter round my thighs. Either that or the fat is layering itsself back on ready for winter!

I'm supposed to be wearing my wedding dress when we renew our vows in Australia - so the ceremony is about 8 weeks away - my RCC leader, Sue, has suggested I get the dress out of the wardrobe and try it on to see how it fits now, then leave it hung up in the bedroom as motivation. Good thinking.

My friend, on the other hand, said it's unlucky for the groom to see the dress. It's our 10th anniversary this year, so he's already seen the dress, but knowing my man he'll have forgotten what it looks like! (When our photographer brought our wedding photos, he asked my man if he wanted to look at them. My man said, "No thanks, I don't need to, I was there.")

We're having a vegetarian week (with fish) at home. I'm not a huge fan of meat and will always clear my plate of veggies/rice/pasta first then just nibble at the chicken or whatever. I spent two evenings trawling the internet for recipes and shopped accordingly. Veggie-fest here we come!

Play the game

This was posted on Roni's Weigh and I wanted to play too!

What time did you get up this morning? 7.07am
Diamonds or pearl ? diamonds
What was the last film you saw at the cinema? Transformers
What is your favorite TV show? NCIS
What do you usually have for breakfast? cereal or toast
What is your middle name? Anne
What food do you dislike? Mayonnaise and tomatoes
What is your favorite CD at the moment? Foo Fighters - There is nothing left to lose (has been for 5 years!)
What kind of car do you drive? Mercedes-Smart Roadster Coupe
Favorite sandwich? Turkey Salad - no tomoatoes
What characteristic do you despise? Dishonesty
Favorite item of clothing? A cute white t-shirt with a drawing of a black cat on it that looks like my Stealthy-Monster
If you could go anywhere in the world on vacation, where would you go? Australia (6 weeks and counting!!!)
Where would you retire to? Anywhere except the UK
What was your most recent memorable birthday? My 31st, it was my last one before my mum died
Furthest place you are sending this? Doesn't the internet go on forever?!
Person you expect to send it back first? No-one
When is your birthday? 15 March
Morning person or a night person? Morning in the week, night at weekends
What is your shoe size? UK size 5
Pets? 3 cats - Bailey, Stealthy-Monster and Diddler
Any exciting news you’d like to share with us? We are renewing our wedding vows in 8 weeks time.
What did you want to be when you were little? An airline pilot
How are you today? I'm fine, just looking forward to the weekend
What is your favorite flower? Lillies - I love the smell
What is a day on the calendar you are looking forward to seeing? Saturday 13th September - Australia here we come!
What are you listening to right now? General office noises
What was the last thing you ate? A packet of French Fries and a hazelnut yogurt

Do you wish on stars? Nope
If you were a crayon, what color would you be? Turquoise
How is the weather right now? Overcast but warm
Last person you spoke to on the phone? My husband
Favorite soft drink? Cherries and Berries Cordial
Favorite restaurant? In the UK: Hard Rock Cafe - Manchester, Abroad: El Castillo in Hissaronu, Turkey
Favorite color? Blue
What was your favorite toy as a child? Lego
Summer or winter? either
Chocolate or Vanilla? Chocolate
Coffee or tea? coffee (de-caff, of course!)
Do you want your friends to email you back? yep, but they don't know about my blog, yet.
When was the last time you cried? When I banged my arm a couple of weeks ago
What is under your bed? Shoes and more shoes

What did you do last night? Went to my Rosemary Conley Class, ate dinner, watched tv
What are you afraid of? the dark
Salty or sweet? Sweet
How many keys on your key ring? Car: 2, House: 5
How many years at your current job? 1
Favorite day of the week? Friday!
Do you make friends easily? Yep
How many people will you send this to? no-one, just my blog
How many will respond? hopefully anyone that finds my blog!!!