Sunday, 12 July 2015

AWOL Part 2

So in part 1 I hinted that as well as all the health problems there was another reason for my absence.

Luckily this time it was a much pleasanter reason. Suddenly everything started happening with my teaching applications. All 3 places I applied for invited me for interview, all of which were taking place within a 2 week window. And there were lessons, essays and interviews to prep for each. Then to add to this I'd already arranged my professional skills tests within this window, prior to them inviting me for interview. And with all the business with my hands I hadn't been able to start preparing for those much before hand. So I had a lot to do in a very short time frame.

Those 2 weeks passed in a bit of a blur. I was convinced I was going to fail the maths component of the skills tests, as I'd been failing the practice exams on a spectacular scale! However, despite computer  meltdowns at the test center (yes really in the middle of my test the thing went poof!) I managed to pass, divine intervention is the only explanation for that one folks.

Uni/training provider No.1 let me know at the end of my interview they were going to offer me a place. Uni/training provider No.2 rang me just as I was driving away from the interview. I dithered over the next few days but ultimately decided to go with No.2, without even interviewing with No.3 as it just felt right.

A condition of both offers was to spend 2 weeks in a primary school before the end of term (mid July here). So I've just squeezed that in. It was brilliant, the school I did it at was awesome and the teachers were delightful. Less delightful is the horrific cold they gifted me, which had me sent home on the last day after the head called me "croaky McGee". 4 days and counting with no voice!

Et voila, you are all caught up!

It's not like I haven't thought of you guys or this little blog. I do frequently! I still read most of the blogs on my reading list, and plan multiple blog posts in my head, but I never seem to find the time to sit down and write them out.

I for see no major obstacles in the near future though!

Sunday, 28 June 2015

Where have I been?

Hi guys,

its been a very long time. For a few weeks it was simply stupidity. The kind of stupidity where one writes several posts but forgets to hit publish. Not once. Not twice. But a grand total of 3 times. Opps.

Then things round here got quiet for another reason. As you all know I get tendentious periodically in both hands/wrists. Well I had a bad flare up. Actually bad is a bit of an understatement, it was on a scale which I have never experienced before. The pain was extreme, and seemed to of spread. I cried when I accidentally moved my muscles or if someone touched my hands. I went back to the doctors and was prescribed some pretty powerful pain killers. You know how a lot of pain killers warn you about drowsiness and advise avoiding heavy machinery? Yeah well believe me when I say NO ONE wanted me behind the wheel of a car on them. I took my first lot whilst at work and had to ring my parents to come pick me up. Lesson learnt! It was bad. They also made me feel rotten. Dizzy & drowsy but the worst of it, it didn't matter how much or what I ate, I just couldn't seem to settle my stomach. And OH MY GOODNESS I SLEPT SOOOOO MUCH. So much that yes all CAPS was completely necessary ;p 

Despite this I felt so blessed. The patients were all super understanding and kind. They didn't complain that I was soooo slow (I had 2 full hand/wrist braces on) or that I was constantly making mistakes with their appointments due to the pain fog. And my boss and colleagues were amazing, I KNOW they gave me all the easy jobs for those few weeks. 

As well as giving me some super strong pain killers she ordered some blood tests as she was concerned it was actually Rheumatoid arthritis. Fortunately the blood tests came back negative, HUGE relief. So it was a case of being very careful and a lot of prayer. Like a lot, a lot. People I've never even spoken to at church were praying for me, which was very humbling and over-whelming.

Well prayer works, because I'm not pain free. And I can do push ups (just to clarify, I don't, but I could). That might not seem like a big deal, but for about 5 years I haven't been able to support my own body weight without one or both wrists giving way and then being in pain for days, so to me its a massive thing.

There's more to tell (much nicer reasons for my absence). But as this is already an awful lot of words for one post!

So thanks to all of you who have not only stuck around despite me being AWOL but who have waded through all that text to reach the end, kudos!


Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Facing the music

So this week I'm back at 180. I've been bouncing around between 180 and 177 for weeks. And this week I was ready to throw a wobbly over it. I've been good I cried. I stayed within my points i reasoned, so why aren't I losing weight? But then I was honest with myself. Did I remember to track that extra slice of toast, or those biscuits I had at work, or the mouthful of cake. No. I justified it, "it's just one bite" " one biscuit won't make a difference", and nor will it, but all those little nibbles, a wee treat here and there, it all adds up.

And don't even get me started on exercise or the lack thereof. Although the switch to British Summer time should make a HUGE difference on this front, as it'll be light enough for me to go for a run in the evenings. I'm just not a morning person and try as I might, I cannot for the life of me get up to exercise!

Either way, change is needed. I need to tighten the diet reigns, and curb the indulgences. And I defiantly need to exercise. I know in the past that's whats made the difference when I hit a plateau.

If i can pull it together enough to lose a little over 1lb a week, I can be in the 150s by my holiday in July. Now that really is something to aim for!


Sunday, 22 March 2015

Introducing Bessie

I would like you to meet Bessie:

Isn't she lovely. Although I have now removed the rear basket, it felt a bit unnecessary for everyday and panniers seem like a better option for my holiday. Regardless she's still a looker.

We just went out for a very leisurely ride around some of the local villages. It was 7 miles in total and took 48 minutes at a VERY leisurely pace. Which means our goal of 20 miles a day for Ireland is very doable! 

I completely forgot my phone so no pictures, sorry. But I snapped a quick one of Reg and I once we go back.

Wednesday, 11 March 2015


This is a bit of a fly by post. Wednesdays aren't really easy because I go straight to the midweek service after work (well via a friend's for food, priorities!). Anyway its now late and I'm pooped but I didn't want to miss the link up.

Weigh In Wednesday

This week I weighed in at 178, 1lb down for last week. I had a blip where my weight crept back up by 2lbs a few weeks ago, that went last week which means this week I officially broke new ground! Very exciting indeed. My goal is to remain focused and consistent, no more re-gains!

Right I really need to go to bed, but I will be catching up and reading all your blogs tomorrow!


Monday, 9 March 2015

I've got apologies and excuses a-plenty......

The above title is to be sung to the tune of the little mermaids hoarding song........ don't pretend like you don't know exactly what song I mean, nor that you didn't go back and try and fit the blog title to the tune. PUH-LEEEEASE nobody is buying that!

I could take this opportunity to apologise for being away, to pledge to do better oooooooooooorrr I could sweep it all under the rug and pretend that nothing is amiss, I'll give you 2 guesses as to which option I'm going with......

Ding ding ding. Those of you who selected option Number 2 are the lucky winners of the smug sense of satisfaction that comes with knowing you're right....... you're welcome!

Did I make my 175lb by feb 20th goal...... NOPE... Last Wednesdays weight in saw 179..... opps!

Well did I at least get my application altered for primary school and sent in. HA! Of course not, who do you think you're talking to....... in fact why on earth would I have broken my silence if it weren't the sweet siren call of procrastination.

Well then surely you have done your thesis corrections I hear you cry! Actually no. But mainly because I've decided not to do them...... as in ever. I came to the decision it wasn't worth it to me. I'd have to do more lab work....... and suddenly it dawned on me that this could quite possibly be never-ending, and even if it wasn't in reality it wasn't worth sacrificing my physical and mental health at its alter anymore. Personal growth!

Well what have I been doing???? You mean than finally coming to the above decision about 3 years too late??? Well I have been doing some planning for my epic bike tour. And by planning yes I do mean reading adventure biographies and cycle tour blogs. Also I have bought a bike. I pick it up tomorrow. And guys...... I won it on ebay. As in I actually had the highest bid!!!!! I NEVER win at ebay. Like ever! I may or may not be as excited by that fact as I am about the bike.

I also had an epic catch-up weekend with all my undergrad course mates. It was awesome. There was shopping (I got a new sports bra at a heavily discount price), reminiscing and foooooood, so very much food. 

Reg stole some pudding but I refrained, NSV or what!!!

Also public shout-out to the ever-awesome Desiree, for not only identifying that things had been slipping but kicking butt and actually working her ass off (literally) to reverse it. A brilliant example I definitely need to follow.

That said I have to go......... I need to complete at least 2 sections on this application tonight!

Saturday, 14 February 2015

I told you I'd be back....

Eh up folks!

See I told you I'd be back.

I need to get back into running. It's good for me, the trail route near me is open again. And weirdly, I miss it. Oh and it helps that I've signed up for a mud run in July! As my Vibrams have died, and no matter how hard I try I can't seem to get on with traditional running shoes, I've replaced them with another pair of minimalist shoes from Kigo:

Also I'm on the hunt for a bike, because this summer I'm cycling from Belfast up to the giants causeway. We're going to be taking it slow, Ann (the girl crazy enough to agree to do it  with me) would like to stop at every pub along the way :p I'm really excited about it,its be YEARS since I had a holiday where I actually get to go somewhere! Also, it'll act as another motivation to get active with a come training jaunts at the weekend.

Also I've only just discovered RuPauls Drag race........ its so awesome!!!


Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Sheepish return to WIW

Sooooooo...... I feel like I am constantly apologising for being a bad blogger lately, hence the sheepish aspect. It's just now I have a job AND a social life I can't seem to manage blogging too...... I should probably be concerned by my inability to function as an adult. Eh.

The good news is despite the lack of appearances here I have been stalking you all....... its just its easier to do that on the go than write blogs! Commenting is still proving to be an issue through the blog lovin app so you'll just have to trust me when I say that I have come up with HILARIOUS responses! 

Anyho, despite my non-appearance here I have still been plodding on, albeit ever so slowly, with the weight loss m'larky. And Am pleased to announce that this morning the scale read 179, which is the lowest weight I've seen since I don't know when. I'm super excited to be breaking new ground, I'm hoping this sees the end of the gain/lose cycle that kept me stuck in the 180s!!!!

Also Reginald says, hi. Well, its less polite, but that's how i'm choosing to report it! Although we have been having fun its hard to show you guys as my phone is being super temperamental. But I'll save that saga for another post!

SO this weeks, 1 thing to make me a better person, is actually to be more consistent with blogging, so hopefully you'll be seeing more of me around here.

But I just want to take this opportunity to say how proud I am of all you awesome ladies who have been killing it lately and providing lots of much needed motivation and inspiration.


Saturday, 24 January 2015

Quick check-in

I thought I should probably check in and let you know I'm alive, and even ticking along with my weight-loss.

Normally I'd do a WIW to update you but Wednesdays keep turning out to be super busy days. Wednesdays remain my official weigh in day but I never seem to have the time to post about it! However, I'm down 3lbs over the last 2 weeks, meaning I've lost my Christmas gain, YAY!!!

Also I've been to a yoga class. It kicked my butt because I have the flexibility of a 2x4. Furthermore, I get the giggles every time someone talks about breathing deeply through your nose, I am physically incapable of doing that and am doomed to being a noisy mouth breather for life! Some of the poses are full of innuendos and I seem to be the only one immature enough to find it funny!

There is a works related do on the 20th of Feb, for which I would like to get down to 175. A completely achievable goal as long as I stay on track with my eating and keep adding in little bits of physical activity.

Lastly on a non-health related note, I've had an ever increasing un-easiness about being a secondary school teacher (the logical choice). So this week, after a lot of prayer (and at the incessant nudging of my gut), I did a complete U-turn and have opted for primary which I feel 100% at peace with. It does however mean that I need to completely over-haul my hitherto completed application. Yikes!

I best stop procrastinating from the application and get on with it!

Toodles xxx

Wednesday, 7 January 2015

WIW..... or facing the music

I was very tempted to skip this week. I'm so tired and could have successfully justified it to myself, but Ash's post inspired me to be more honest. 

Weigh In Wednesday

So this morning I weighed in at 185, which is another 1.5lb gain on last week bringing my festive gain to 3lbs, yikes! And it took aaaaaaaaaaaaages to lose those same stinking 3lbs before Christmas!

Oh well. I know exactly what I did wrong (after eight mints I'm looking at you). I need to set up a routine again where making better choices is the simplest/easiest option. Luckily my hours at work have just increased which means I get a lunch break, which should help.

But really what I need to to is get back into the habit of exercising again. 2014 was marked by a lack of deliberate exercise, there was lots of walking with my previous job, but precious little activity outside of that. I'm determined to make 2015 the year that I make a habit of exercising.

Also I need to be better at blogging, I need the accountability and motivation it provides!

Sunday, 4 January 2015

New year.....

Eh up folks!

Its 2015, is it just me or did 2014 disappear spectacularly quickly? For me, the new year won't feel like its started properly until tomorrow. I spent my new years eve with my Kat up in Carlisle, commuting from there to work on friday. Her new girlfriend in a bid to win my approval cooked up a mostly vegan feast (FYI it totally worked). We ate, we ate some more, we introduced Lisa to our favourite tv show and marathoned it (pretty much our new years eve tradition), and whilst I don't think she really "got it" she was a good sport and didn't complain about it and more importantly didn't object to being the nominated disk changer.

We all had work on friday, but once that was out the way we got right back to the eating and binge tv-a-thon! On saturday we did venture out, we walked to  the priory:

It's very pretty. And as it was super cold it was 100% necessary to visit the on site cafe for afternoon tea before making our way home :p . Then we hit the local pub for some good pub grub, where I managed to bag the best seat ever directly in front of the fire (I get cold soooo easily these days so this was a big coup). Being a vet, Kat has a house full of animals, none of whom approved of the blanket I was making for their owner, every time I sat down to work on it, they sat on it, effectively halting any further work!!! Also Kip (Kat's adorbable dog) loves me and objected every time I tried to leave the couch, and who am I to argue with such an adorable cannine (I'd up load a photo but all I have are a collection of blurry brown balls of fur)!

Anyho, after such a decadently lazy few days filled with eating and minimal movement I dread to think what the scale will say. But for me Monday marks the return to normal, good eating habits and more consistent exercise. 

And as I sucked with Reg's Christmas count down I'm going to leave you with a few highlights from his capers: