Monday, 30 June 2014

back to normal?

In a bid to get life (and weight loss) back on the fast track  to normal I'm going to be more intentional with blogging. Making it a higher priority again, its fun, and it helps keep me on track health wise.

Naturally what should follow the above statement is a thoughtful post on how determined I am to be better, to prioritize shifting weight blah blah blah blah blah...... maybe tomorrow, in the meantime I present a new series:

Pictures of the random things I see whilst working

Part 1: door knocker addition


Doesn't your current door knocker feel inadequate now..... and if you don't have one, invest!

Saturday, 28 June 2014

I owe you a post........

I owe you a post...... about the pain of job rejections from your dream positions

I owe you a post...... about how heart breaking it can be when someone you love loses someone they love at the tender age  of 16

I owe you a post...... about the stupidity of boy drama, when really there is no boy 

I owe you a post...... about just how comforting, comfort eating can be

I owe you a post...... about the mean-mindedness of some people, and the anger and frustration when that attitude causes someone you love to lose their job

I owe you a post...... about how tiring just getting through life can be at the moment

I owe you a post...... about pictures instead of just words

I owe you a post...... about how little brothers will even try vegetarian bacon for the love of a girl (well, at least lust)

I owe you a post...... about the joy of the on-screen keyboard for filling in for lazy keyboard keys

I owe you a post...... about a 20 year old who is keeping me sane with phrases like "oh  good, you're not leaving now I can buy a monthly train ticket and arrange chocolate and vodka nights"

I owe you a post...... about how Reginald threw a hissy=fit and is not not speaking to me

I owe you a post...... about how I got in a mexican stand-off with..... my Bible

I owe you a post...... about how I won said Mexican stand-off

I owe you a post...... about  how satisfying a perfectly crafted phrase can be

I owe you a post...... about how I've discovered a new force unbeknownst to any physicist, which exists in the confines of my room, whereby dog toys magically appear, from thin air

I owe you a post...... about how bloglovin has continued its needlessly cruel campaign of hatred against me through its continued refusal to post comments

I really owe you guys a post

Sunday, 22 June 2014


So things got even crazier after last weeks post.

I may not have failed.

I may still have, ut its no longer certain. I have spent the week making last minute edits, which involved alot of stress and very little sleep. So we will just have to wait and see what the outcome is.

I gave myself a free pass for the past few weeks diet wise. Yes I need to find etter ways to handle stress than eating, ut this really wasn't the right juncture for that. I will weigh myself tomorrow and move forward from there. ut I'm not worried, whatever the numer on the scale, I can handle it. I know what I need to do to get ack on track.

What i may not eale ale to cope with. And what the more quick witted of you may have already figured out. Is that at somepoint during the past 48hrs (scince I finished working on my thesis) the 2nd letter of the alphaet has decided to stop working.

Its a it of a nightmare.

Stupid laptop.



Sunday, 15 June 2014

dear internet.....

dear readers, I haven't in fact died. 

Nor have I fallen off the face of the planet.

I know this may come as a shock given my recent radio silence.

Instead I've been dealing with some stuff.

Mainly the fact that I have probably failed my research degree and it is mostly my own fault.

The surprising thing is, failing it doesn't bother me. In fact in a way its a relief, the whole ordeal is over.

What does bother me is having to TELL people I've failed. I am a people pleaser, and this is definitely not people pleasing news. And also I guess a lot of it is a pride issue.

But all the anxiety associated with this has definitely been leading me astray with my health journey...... not that I have returned to old habits of stress eating, more that it just hasn't been a priority. But now that all this is most likely at an end it can be.

Anyway, I thought you guys deserved an explanation for my disappearing act.

In other news, I have a job interview on tuesday. Which would be an amazing opportunity, prayers and "ninja vibes", would be most appreciated.

in the meantime..... this is a hilarious, and spookily accurate depiction of my life.....

Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Weigh in Wednesdays are back!

Hellooooooooo, I am super duper excited be back linking up with the weigh in Wednesday girls, I may have been avoiding this link-up because I was afraid to face the music. But last week I did, and it wasn't pretty. But as detailed in Sunday's post I have a plan in place to get back on track, otherwise known as weight watchers. So I went back to them a week ago, and I was dangerously close to 200lbs, again, 197lbs. I was not impressed, but I knew exactly how I got there. But I'm pleased to be back at WIW with a great kick start, this week I lost 4.5lbs and am down to 192. Hopefully next week I can eek back into the 180s.

It's good to be back.

Monday, 2 June 2014

I apologise in advance for this post

It's my day off.

This post is long over-due.

And I'm procrastinating.

Et Voila, you have the perfect storm for blogging ;) 

So remember last week when I was telling you all about my week in Elgin? Of course you do, because I know you all live and die by my posts. So you'll be excited to hear about the continuation of my adventures. I saved the best for last....... the journey home. I hear you all scoff at that. But bear with me.

The journey back from Elgin down to Stirling (I realise these names mean nothing to you but they provide context, also there is always google) is full of the most stunning scenery.

I tried to get photos of it for you but mostly what I got were blurry photos of hills swooping by. This photo gives you a glimpse (not the fact there is still snow on those hills). However, I don't want you to feel as though you are missing out on something spectacular (even though you are), so I'm going to describe it all to you. Again you can thank me later.

The hills are stunning. Gee, that's not a very good start is it? Let's try again. Perthshire is the most beautiful part of the country. The hills are blanketed by glorious native woodland. At one point there were breaks and all that you could see was a carpet of bluebells, seriously, it took us a while to figure out that's what the blue was!

At another point there was a herd of deer grazing on the hillside. But we aren't talking 10-20. No, this was over 60, maybe more. 

Hmmmmmmmmmmm I'm not sure I'm cut out to be a travel writer am I? I really just don't know where to start. In-fact I give-up. You are all just going to have to come over and visit me and then I can just show you. That'll be so much easier!

this was a bit of a fail of a post wasn't it?

Eh, you'll get over it!

Sunday, 1 June 2014

Tatlock's truth June challenge

So it's no secret that I have been sucking at life lately.

I am so behind with my thesis I could cry (and maybe I have, who's to say).

I have received more job rejections than I thought humanly possible.

For a job that is suppossed to be stress free, there has been increasing amounts of stress.

And last, and most relevant to the blog, I have SUCKED at this whole health and weight-loss thing.

In-fact, quite the opposite, I have been stress eating again. it started off so innocently, but it's like a damn has burst and i'm out of control.


I have a cunning plan.

I have re-joined weight watchers. It hurt, £25 is not an insignificant amount of money for me, but seeing the seemingly ever increasing number on the scale was hurting a whole lot more. So from tomorrow (June 2nd) I will be having my hand held by the WW conglomeration.

So weight watchers is gonna help with the diet, but what about the rest of it, because it IS a life-style. Well that's where Shannon's fantastic challenge comes in.

For the first time in my life I am failing at water drinking (curses on the lack of public toilet facilities), so I am going to have to make a real effort to do most of my drinking first thing in the morning and at night.

Portion control..... thanks WW mobile app, it'll keep me on the stright and narrow, I hope.

Exercise, I'm altering this one a little, I am walking for 6ish hours straight. But I need to start training for a run again. But I wanna ease myself into it..... so 2x a week I will run. Also I have a stretches book from like the mid 80s. it takes 15mins, I WILL do that everyday.

So there we go. 

Tomorrow we will turn this thing around.

p.s Saturday I put in an application for an AMAZING job, prayers and good vibes would be much appreciated