Ok, so I have been back on the Celebrity Slim for a week now. I started off at 117.8kg and am now weighing in at 115.6kg, which I am most pleased about. Yes it’s nowhere near the 7 lbs I lost in the first week when I did CS in December, but it’s definitely all moving into the right direction. After all, this is the lowest I have weighed in about three years, maybe even four. Mr. W. ( yes he is back on the scene) is all worried that I will weigh less than him in a couple of weeks, which makes me giggle. It’s been years since I weighed less than my partner.
I really need to start working out more regularly. Now that my anaemia is much better, not 100% gone but a lot better, I really should commit a bit more to my workouts. Going to do some Yoga I think, this might just help my knackered rotator cuff too, as swimming is becoming a bit of a nightmare because of it. I enjoy the swims, but Christ are they painful and the night after it is particularly painful despite heat treatment etc.. Other than that I am fine healthwise. I have a lot more energy, now that I actually have some blood to pump around my body and I feel really motivated. Let’s hope everything stays as well as it is going now 🙂
- Today was quite a special day for me, well given the fact that it is now 16.41 it still is a special day. Today I had my first proper swim in three years… half a mile in half an hour. Back then it would have been nothing, as I used to swim a lot more and a lot faster than that, but today it was amazing. Feeling the water and my normally rather clumsy body work together like clockwork, feeling every single muscle in my body for the first time in ages was pretty cool. In fact, I was so happy I almost cried.
I bet you are wondering, if I love it so much, why did I stop? Three years ago I got diagnosed with pernicious anaemia after a long time of feeling really, really crap. Like normal anaemia it makes you feel tired but this one also affects your nervous system, which resulted in me not even being able to walk across an open field or go swimming, because my balance was so poor and I got really disorientated and panicky because of it. Life was pretty grim and after a few incidents in the pool where I had really bad palpitations (another symptom) and dizziness, I began getting really anxious just at the thought of having to get into the pool. This anxiety got worse and worse over the years but lately the desire of wanting to get fit and healthy again kind of made me think about swimming again.
For months and months I planned on going and never ended up going, making all sorts of excuses until today while I was working it kind of clicked in my head and I thought, if I don’t go right now I will never go, ever! So, thankfully I work from home which gives me a little flexibility and I told my boss I would take an early lunch and I went. My heart was pounding and I was feeling dizzy again, this time I knew that it was more the anxiety that made me feel like that than the little bit of hay fever that made my head feel all squishy. So I ignored it. Luckily I thought of this scenario so many times that I came prepared and I had put my swim suit under my clothes so I just had to walk in, take my stuff off and get in there. No thinking required.
When my body hit the water it was the most amazing feeling ever, stretching my body as much as I could as I pushed off the pool wall, I felt alive again, a feeling that has been absent for a long time. I am so glad I went. Fingers crossed things stay like that.
Hey everyone, sorry for not posting for so long, but due to super bad anaemia I have pretty much not been able to do anything over the last month or so.
But now I am back, let’s see what’s new and what’s not…good news is that I have, despite not being able to work out at all, not put much weight back on and I am now starting again at 117.1 kg. I am still feeling pretty dizzy and stuff so I am having to still take it easy and not totally kick the arse out of it in the beginning. I did an hour on the rowing machine for the last two days and it’s left me feeling pretty pooped today, so today is rest day. I wish I had some money at the moment to go back on the low carb stuff for a week or two to get things rolling again, but as I am skint I guess i will have to make do with what I have.
So much for the fitness part of my blog, now to the crafty one…since I was not really able to run around much I started loads of projects and even got one finished lol so keep your eye our for more crochet postings in the next few days… my projects include… A Tunisian crochet bag, a granny square top, an entrelac blanket from all my wooly leftovers and a couple of scarves I have in the making one of them being knitted …I hope you will enjoy them as much as much as I am.
It’s good to be back 🙂
Over the last few weeks, but this morning more than any day, I have noticed why I am not struggling anymore with my weightloss. Simply because I have stopped stressing over it. Yes, it is still very important to me that I lose weight, but over all it’s my point of view that has to change, my outlook on life and the things in it and it already has changed considerably. I work out more, still not daily but at least three times a week, I watch what I eat etc.. What really matters though is that I measure success in different ways now. Before I measured my success in Kilogram or Pounds, now I measure success in many different ways.
For example last night I jumped into my friends mini bus and I noticed how much stronger my legs have got. Or when I walked past the fresh orange juice in the shop ( I love fresh orange juice) and thought “nah, not worth wasting the calories on”, when I carry four bags of shopping at once and it doesn’t hurt my arms anymore because I have been doing weights… these are the things I measure my success with these days.
Just like this very minute, it’s lunch time and there is half a pizza (before I would have eaten a whole pizza by myself) and a bit of salad waiting in my fridge and you know what? They can wait a little while longer, because yes it might be time for lunch but I am not really hungry right now, so I will eat in half an hour maybe.
So when your weight loss is not going as fast as you like, or maybe you haven’t lost anything for a couple of weeks, don’t stress, stick to what you have been doing and think of all the other good things happening for you because you chose to change your lifestyle and I am sure you will find that you too are being successful loss or no loss 🙂
This Christmas me and my friend Saru have decided to only give each other hand-made pressies, as we did not get to see each other over Christmas ours will be this Saturday. Saru has only started with crochet about a year ago so she is not all that well equipped yet, therefore I decided to make her a bag for her hooks. When I started, I had no idea what it was supposed to look like once it was finished, but then I came across a really nice piece of fabric and it kind of all happened from there.
I first wanted to make the closing mechanism (would you still call it a mechanism when it comes to items like this? Oh well you know what I mean) out of ribbons which I wanted to sew at the back of the square bit, soon realised it would be too fiddly if you wanted to quickly put something away, so I went for buttons instead. But once they were on they looked really boring, so I decided to make flowers as their button holes to brighten the whole thing up ( as if the colours wouldn’t be bright enough already).
My sewing, as you can see on the close-ups really could do with refining, but I guess for my first attempt as a grown up (a grown up with terrible eye sight I may add) I don’t think it’s all that bad. But there is definitely some practice needed ( or maybe just more light when I work). Anyhow, there it is… another pressie for Saru! I hope she likes it 🙂
Go and check out my friend Brett’s blog. We have never met but you know what, he is an awesome dude. So motivating and also understanding and always there to talk to. And Brett, if you read this, you are doing amazing, keep up the brill work and thanks again for last night, it’s good to talk 🙂
12 weeks 45.5lbs lighter.
Swimathon Weekend 2012.
I have again decided to take part in this and swim 2.5k for Marie Curie Cancer Care. They and I need all the support we can get,as they live of those donations and I need to get to the pool as often as possible to finally become the person I desperately want to be.
Even a little donation will make a difference, it all adds up ( just like those nasty calories).
Thank you, your support is very appreciated.
Actually, let me rephrase that… I don’t want any sleep! It appears this unknown force has entered my body, it’s called ENERGY! And boy do I have a lot of it all of a sudden. It’s Saturday morning 9 am and I am up, dressed and ready to go out to brave the battle against the crowds in the supermarkets. This is unheard of! Normally I wouldn’t even get up before lunch time, the excuse being that I work all week etc., but let’s face it, I was being a fat, lazy lardy bum! ,
I am actually quite liking this new found energy, even though it killed my ability to sleep for any longer than eight hours. According to science that is enough anyhow. I am not quite sure if i can say that this energy has anything to do with the diet or with the fact that I am listening to what my body wants a little more, maybe it’s a combination of both, but whatever the reason, it’s kind of given me a bit of my life back that I thought I’d never find again, because if I am being honest, I hated sleeping half of the day away and not doing anything.
As for doing things with my extra hours in the day, today we are going to make Christmas biscuits. This will be a real challenge as I really do not intend to have a single one of them. It’s meant to be simply an activity to do with the children and maybe something nice, if they turn out ok, to add to a Christmas present.
Right, better get ready for action. Not even had my shake yet. I will post the results of our baking marathon on here in the next couple of days and if things turn out to be edible then I’ll post recipes too.
Have a lovely weekend everyone 🙂
Saru's birthday cushion
This is something I did back in October this year for my friend Saru. Her and me are literally hooked on crochet and any other crafty idea that pops into our heads. Saru is a bit of a newbie when it comes to crochet ( I taught her:-) ) so I thought it would be a good idea to kind of turn her cushion into a little sampler, to show her what kind of stitches were possible.
Originally I wanted to make several different granny squares which I would then crochet together but then decided for this huge granny square option instead, as this way I wouldn’t have so many seams to worry about and it might be a little more comfortable when you put your head on it. The yarn I used for this is called smooth DK by King Cole and it really lives up to its name. It is lovely to work with, doesn’t split much, which is something that you really have to look out for when you want you use a yarn for crochet rather than knitting, as it is very annoying when you can’t work as fast as you like because your hook keeps getting caught in the yarn.
As for the stitches, I started off with a simple flower granny square (the instructions for this you will find in a video tutorial below. Thanks eliZZa). and then I just carried on with a double crochet all around, with a few variations like a few popcorn stitches or some drop down stitches to spice things up a little.
I have been crocheting for quite some time but never more than the odd blanket or so. It has only become a real hobby of mine since I met Saru at uni and I found someone who is just as passionate about crafty things as me. While making this cushion I have learned a few things.
1. When doing things like cushions, when you measure them always add a couple of centimetres to allow for the thickness of the item, otherwise you will end up with an open back.
2. When changing colours while crocheting in the round. Change to the new colour on the very last time when you pull the yarn through the last stitch in the previous row. so you already have a loop in the new colour when you chain up for the next row. Failing to do that will result in a not so neat colour change as you can see in the picture of the cushion. Oh well, we live and learn.
Here is how I made the flower in the middle of the cushion. Check out EliZZa’s other videos too, she is a real genious 🙂