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Fat Bird Rides…Again!

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Hazel, Sue, Adele and me looking sweaty after a hard day building the show stand

I didn’t get around to blogging last week, it isn’t because I didn’t want to, I was at the Harrogate quilt show, so I suppose that took all my mental space. We had a great time at the show, so a big Thank You to everyone who came and supported us, on the other hand I listened to a lot of the traders and I think the general trend is that shows are going downhill. A word of caution, please please support the quilt shows or you will lose them, just ask the Scottish ladies!! There used to be three quilt shows in Scotland that I am aware of, all have bombed through lack of support, remember traders have to pay an awful lot of money to stand at these shows, they are not invited as guests or charity; that is before costs for travel, staff, food and hotels.

In fact, I’ll continue with this grumble as I am interested in your views too. I’ve just outlined it costs an awful lot for a trader to attend a show and therefore fabrics etc. have to be charged out at a fair price to cover all the costs; it is therefore incredibly frustrating when customers utter those dreaded words…I’ll see if I can get it cheaper online! It is so unfair that people are allowed trade accounts to trade from their spare room and then undercut other traders who go to all the trouble of bricks and mortar shops and exhibitions. Think about it ladies, it’s not just the shows, quilt shops are closing left right and centre too; we all want to save a few pennies but is that at the expense of losing the shops and shows we all enjoy visiting? I understand that things can be improved on both sides so let’s open a discussion and see what people think. Messages greatly received.

Oh! and if you want any of our lovely designs head over to www.quiltingantics.co.uk

 

On the weight loss front things are still going well, I lost 1lb last week giving me my 3 stone award and then 1.5lb this week whoop whoop! 1lb can be disappointing but I have to remember one off is better than one on, also added to the 1.5lb this week it has become a huge 2.5lbs (slightly more than a bag of sugar)

If I’m honest, I did treat the team to a Billy Bob’s ice cream on the way home from the show last week, counting it into my daily allowance, also not have any other treats that day, it was so worth it. In fact, I had ice cream on two days and then on the other two days had a slice of cake. So naughty but so nice; which when I stop to think about it, makes a 1.5lb loss incredible.

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Treating the team to an ice cream nom nom nom

I’m not going to pretend that it has been all plain sailing though. The crux of my weight loss is down to giving up the three cherished B’s, bread, butter and booze. This week I have longed for a drink, I haven’t been bothered about the booze for ages so I don’t know what has been different this week (maybe the menopause?) and for the last couple of days I have been so hungry that I could eat my own head off! I made a butternut risotto last night from one of my slimming cookbooks, it was really easy to do and then I gorged on it. I thought that if I was stuffed full with comfort food it might take the cravings away, it did, then I occupied myself with some hand stitching and a really good series on Netflix which meant that I totally forgot about the booze too, what a relief but sometimes you have these challenges to overcome. (Grumble grumble)

 

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Butternut risotto, pic from book.

For the risotto, I rough chopped a pack of lean bacon, lobbed it in a big pan with a bag of ready chopped fresh butternut squash and onion (it was a soup mix.) I rough chopped 3 cloves of garlic and threw it in the pan with about 250g of risotto rice. Crumble in one or two chicken stock cubes and tip in 850 ml of boiling water. Pepper to taste. Stir well and regularly over hot heat so that it doesn’t stick, when it resembles the pic its done! Mine looked a bit smashed up by comparison. Optional throw a few chives on to serve (I never do)

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Onwards and upwards now…fat bird rides again! If you are wondering what I’m on about, I got the bike out this morning. My target this year has been to get back on my bike, it felt very strange and I think I will have to go through the ritual of being saddle sore before I settle into it properly (not for the feint hearted.) I can’t lie, I am really self-conscious at the moment with my full moon sized arse hanging off the back of the seat but I did it and that’s a fact no one can take away from me today! I probably rode less than a mile, stopping for a chat with Suzanne mid-way (well done on your weight loss too) but it was enough for today, as today is about having the confidence to do it, tomorrow is a new challenge.

 

For now, though the immediate challenge is TV…yikes. I’m back on the Hochanda channel next Friday 13thSeptember at 8am and 11am, I’m nowhere near resembling ready, there is so much still to do its ridiculous but as always, it will all come together and be alright on the day…fingers crossed! I will give you a peak at the new projects on my Facebook page and Instagram when I get organised.

Proud mummy moment. The little man started secondary school this week and whilst he wouldn’t allow me to share his pic on the day here he is looking very grown up showing us a routine he has JUST learned with the very talented Ess Green.

 

 

Getting back on top. Secrets of a fat bird.

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Getting back on top. Secrets of a fat bird.

Hi everyone so…its Sunday morning and I’m hard at work (minus the little distraction of writing my blog.) I’m going through a real period of change at the moment. It was the big 5 0 for me last year and there’s nothing like a milestone to make you think…and I did, I’ve done a lot of thinking and there have been a few realisations along the way. The biggest one for me is health, anyone who knows me, knows that I’m not the size zero kind of gal! With that in mind I trotted off to join a slimming club earlier this year and I have to say so far so good. I’m not going to preach to you because if your head isn’t in the zone, then your head just isn’t in it. This is my personal self help therapy, I hope making public my journey helps me stay on track and if I inspire someone along the way then that’s a bonus.

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I wish these were my ankles but alas no, they are some that I have claimed off the internet.

So I turned up at the end of March this year, not to my local slimming group, as I didn’t have the confidence with people I know and who may or may not judge me but in one about 20 miles away from home. OK its in the town where Leon dances so it isn’t like 20 miles into the unknown but I felt safer there. The first time I got on the scales, I just felt repulsed by what I had unconsciously become, mentally countering this by telling myself that I was still 1lb lighter than the last time I joined. I’m not ready to share my number yet but I hope as my journey progresses that I might find the confidence to own up.

Anyhow, I’ve got lots to loose so the pounds are still dropping quite quickly and so far in five months I’ve lost 2 stone 10 lbs. I’m really pleased  and feel completely different in myself; life is becoming more comfortable to physically bear. I know I could have lost more but I wanted to keep things real. My sacrifices so far are bread, butter and booze and I am eating so much fruit that I think I’m fermenting either that or composting!

This is an enormous step for me and I think I’ve confessed enough for this moment in time but I will come back and give you another instalment soon, I kept a few notes on my feelings at the beginning and I might pluck up the courage to share the secrets of a fat bird with you.