Black days · Healthy eating · keep fit

True confessions ………

Ok Ok …..I confess I failed my personal challenge of no booze for October … the Stoptober challenge.

Its been at the back of my mind …niggling at me and slowly crawling to the front when all I’ve done is think about it … failing … and when I let it in all the other things I’ve failed at come flooding into my thoughts. At the risk then of disappearing into a slump of depression …I have got to fight it.

How ?? What can I do ??

Well for me … I keep busy, occupying my mind with good stuff so not to let my failings pull me down.

So this Saturday night with a glass of prosecco (sorry) I’m planning what to do this coming week. 3 days next week are easy as I’m working, doing 12hr shifts gives you little time to think of anything else during that day. The rest of the week I will plan a mix of chores, pleasurable projects and some meet ups with family, this will be done hour by hour fitting in meal times and setting alarms and bed times etc. If there’s one thing I have learnt when handling my depression its that I need routine.

I will include creative projects such as time outside in my garden or a sewing session, there’s nothing better at the end of the day and seeing something that you have achieved or produced. As well as those boring household chores to keep up to date with like washing ironing dusting vacuuming the list is endless when you think about it. We are in the middle of decorating both the kitchen and living room so I can do stuff towards completing that. Hoping to get it all done by Christmas ūüôā

A couple of meet ups with family have already been arranged which is great as it also gives me something to look forward too. Very excited about Wednesday evening as I’m meeting up with my 2 sisters and mum for a meal and then going on to the theatre to watch ”The Motown story’. Yep this will include eating something not good but i’m hoping with wise choices and accounting for it the rest of the week that the damage will be minimal. Also got an afternoon planned with my daughter well actually I’m playing taxi but that’s fine I might get a coffee out of it too.

Something else I need to do is start feeling healthier and better about myself so I’m going to bite the bullet and for the 3rd time enrol with slimming world …. yes I know what I shouldn’t be eating and what I should, but there’s something about the weigh in that makes you stick to plan. Meal planning, preparation and shopping, will have to be taken into account too, cooking up some meals for work when on my days off.

So ok I may have failed Stoptober but sometimes you have to fail something …. to then get up from it. I may even come back better than I would have done.

Lastly to all those that pledged to give up something for Stoptober ..well done not long now xx

Ruby Rose my gorgeous granddaughter and my 2nd granddaughter in the making due in Feb ’18 both reasons to stay sane xx

Back to work after being an 'at home mum' · Gardening · Healthy eating · keep fit · life changes · Vegetable plot

Happy new year to all my followers ….

Its been ages since i blogged here … but i hope to put that right. I’m not going to make resolutions to do certain things .. i hope to make new routines and achievable goals.

August 2013 after being on the waiting list for yrs we finally managed to get an allotment on a site just 2 minutes walk away from home. So this year we intend to keep just 2 raised beds in the garden vegetable plot and grow the majority of our vegetables down and the allotment. I hope to blog on our progress throughout the coming growing season.
Plot 1a
garden vegetable plot

I do hope to try to do the usual… get fit & loose weight but by concentrating on other things i hope they will just happen.

Later in the year i hope to go to university to study Back to Nursing course which will enable me to practise as a trained nurse again. Until then i intend on improving my maths currently enrolled in a course at college and attending all the study days possible that work arrange.

Also the usual subjects will probably come up are adventures of my dogs … any photo shoots i get inspired to do.

So again happy new year to you all … lets make 2014 a memorable one xx

Being a mum · Being a step mum · Black days · Gardening · Healthy eating · keep fit · Vegetable plot

Quick update…..

Sadly i’m still in a lot of pain with the trapped nerve in my neck/shoulder,¬† off¬† for some pyhsio this afternoon.

Because of the pain i’m struggling to get motivated with my plans to change my diet/exercise routines, actually i have very little motivation or inspiration to do anything much.

I’ve hardly picked up my camera this last month and only managed a few long dog walks :-/ although this last 2 weeks snow stopped us being able to get out.

buses kept on going
buses kept on going

Before christmas my dear hubby had said yes to taking my eldest and step son to a concert in Birmingham which would involve waiting there while they had fun,  that happened this week.  So after watching the weather reports very closely we took the drive in our little car, thankfully snow stayed away for the whole evening.

We’ve never been to Birmingham and were really surprised how big everything was, the buildings were so very tall and best of all the shopping centre was huge.

Birmingham Bull ring
Birmingham Bull ring
Jelly Bean Bull
Jelly Bean Bull

After making sure the boys were at the right venue we took a little walk around, grabbed something to eat then went back to the car to wait ……. surprisingly they were all finished by 10.30pm and got back to the car buzzing and very happy.

I’m slowly collecting new seeds to go in our vegetable plot but as yet i’ve held off sowing anything.¬† Just collecting toilet roll tubes ready for sowing pea’s, bean’s, sweet corn and my favourite ( i know not vegetables either )¬† sweet pea’s.¬† Because of this very cold spell and the covering of snow i’ve not even gone into the garden much although i did take a few photos as the snow has made it all look quite pretty.

Vegetable plot
Vegetable plot
snow snow every where
snow snow every where











My ‘girls’ have all had a check up at the vets and are all healthy apart from Misha who is perhaps a little over wieght.¬† Watching them discover the snow in the back garden was like watching three puppies playing.

Misha & Titch
Misha & Titch


Hopefully in the very near future i’ll get into my new routines¬† and this will include some more regular blogging.

Take care peeps xx





Healthy eating · keep fit

Monday Morning Menu ..

It’s now been ¬†2 1/2wks ¬†since i completed my 31 day challenge during October, where i refrained from one of my vice’s the dreaded ‘booze’. ¬†Since then i’ve over indulged in both drink and¬†unhealthy eating ūüôā

As i found that ¬†blogging about ¬†my challenge helped keep me motivated i thought i’d blog more often.

Mondays i hope to layout my plans for the week, my menu (as i continue my fight with loosing weight)  my plans to exercise ( to help improve my fitness) and anything else that i might have going on.

Tuna Pasta

Wednesdays i’ll do a wordless blog show casing my love for taking photos, they’ll include photos of¬†all sorts¬†as i’m in a group that gives us daily prompts over the month and anything else i might think of.

sun setting on our walk

Fridays blog i’d like to devote to my ‘girls’, my 3 cavalier king charles ¬†spaniels and what adventures we get up to.

My ‘girls’ never far from my side

And so it begins …….

During October my blogs included all 3 meals i planned to have each day but because i tend to stick to very similar foods for breakfast and lunch i’ll only actually mention my main meals.



Monday :  Gammon, potatoes and mushy peas

Tuesday:  Chilli con carne + rice  (using slimming worlds recipe)

Wednesday :  Tuna Pasta with salad

Thursday :  Quiche, savoury rice and salad

Friday :  Sausage, egg and chips

Saturday :  Chilli con carne and baked potato

Sunday  :  Roast chicken dinner


Exercise Plan

( This has to be cheap and cheerful)

Monday :  Walk the dogs  ( our walk normally takes us 45 Р50mins, i intend to increase the speed i walk and the distance we cover over time)

Tuesday :   Super Clean  (house work i hate it so i intend to charge up my iPod and clean from top to bottom at high-speed, vacuuming, dusting, changing beds and anything else that needs doing)

Wednesday :  Walk the dogs

Thursday :  Walk the dogs

Friday : ¬†Walk into town ¬†(30mins there and back) ¬†also as today is my weigh in day i’ll do half an hour on my wii fit

Saturday :  Walk the dogs

Sunday : ¬†Day off ¬†ūüôā


Hope you’ll stick with me and hope my blogging improves once i get stuck into it.