Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Weekly weigh in - 2lb lost :)

Shell Louise

YES!

After a terrible few weeks of gains I've finally got myself back on track and I've lost 2lb.

I'm really pleased because that was my aim and I did it! I'm in control today which hasn't been the case on a Wednesday for a while; I get myself into the mindset that because it's Wednesday I don't have to worry about what I eat. Wednesday was a treat day but instead of having just one treat I'd eat for the sake of it.

I've had a piece of chocolate cake today for my treat but instead of ignoring the syns, I checked how many syns it was using the app and I've counted them into my allowance.

I will lose another 2lb next week :)

160lb to go


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Monday, 15 September 2014

Weekly weigh in update - A few days late!

Shell Louise

I should have done this post lasr Wednesday after my weigh in at Slimming World but I've been distracted by some home improvement projects we've started....more about those another day :)

Last week my eating was under control. I stuck to plan and counted all my syns and expected at least a pound loss.

You can imagine how disappointed I was to step on the scales and see a half pound gain.
I know half a pound isn't much but it feels like a lot more than it is when you're expecting a loss.

As it stands, I've gained a stone in the last few weeks but I'm not giving up.

I will get back down to 22 stone 8lb which is the weight I achieved to get my 8 and a half stone award and then I'll work on getting 2 pounds a week off after that.

I need to lose 162 pounds to get to my goal weight (which I've set to 12 stone at the moment. I'll see how I feel when I get there and decide whether I need to lose more) before my 40th birthday in July 2016.
Losing 2lb a week from now until then would mean I'd lose 190 pounds by my birthday so taking into account things like Christmas and birthdays etc I feel confident that I can lose 162 in the time I have left :)

I weigh again on Wednesday and after letting the gain last week get to me, I binged Wednesday night. I know it doesn't help to binge, it just makes me feel like crap but when I get it into my head I can't control it.

I woke Thursday morning with a renewed sense of determination and I've been totally on track all week. I've stuck to the minimum 5 syns per day to try and make up for all the syns I had last Wednesday but I don't know if it's going to be enough.
I'm not going to have another Wednesday like that though, no matter what the scales say.

From here on in I'm attacking those 162 pounds because I've had enough of them hanging around!
I'll mark off the numbers each time I lose a pound :)

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Thursday, 11 September 2014

My Indesit Dishwasher Caught Fire!

Shell Louise

I can't say I've ever heard of a dishwasher setting on fire before so it was very surprising when mine did exactly that.


A couple of weeks ago I'd just started playing Harry Potter Cluedo with Aiden, Kaycee and Ella when I got a feeling that something wasn't right with the dishwasher.
I'd filled it and switched it on just before we got the game out and about 20 minutes later a thought I heard a funny noise coming from the kitchen.

I'd got a bad back at the time and was hobbling round using a walking stick so to save me having to get up and check, Ella went to see what the noise was.
She shouted that smoke was coming out of the dishwasher so I told Aiden to run and switch the electric off.

Ant came in just as I made it to the kitchen and thankfully took over the saving of our new house from fire!
He grabbed a fire extinguisher that had been left by the previous owner, from under the stairs (thank you so much Mr J; ours was still in a box in the garage somewhere!) and put the fire out before any damage was done to the rest of the kitchen.

We had to stand outside for ages while the smoke cleared. The smell was awful and took days to properly go.

The white powder from the fire extinguisher went everywhere. It just floated on the air and covered everything in the kitchen and living room with a fine layer of dust.

Ant and the kids had to do the majority of the clean up because I couldn't stand for long periods.

I phoned Indesit who arranged for an engineer to come and inspect the dishwasher 3 days later.

He arrived and did his inspection and told me someone would phone me later that day to arrange to have the dishwasher collected and a new one delivered.

I was delighted that were going to replace it. I didn't expect a replacement because the dishwasher was 5 years old, I thought they'd give us money off a new one as a good will gesture or something so a brand new dishwasher was brilliant and I was very grateful.
We've had to buy a new washer and freezer in the last couple of months and the budget has been stretched too far to include a new dishwasher as well!

I was disappointed when no one called me that day as the engineer had said. I waited until Monday and still no one phoned so I phoned them.

To cut a long story a little bit shorter, I had to phone a couple more times that week until I actually got to speak to someone who could arrange the collection and delivery.
I told the guy the model I'd like if possible and he was happy to send the one I wanted :D

That was last Friday and my brand new dishwasher was delivered yesterday.

It's lovely! It's so much quieter than the old one and I love the digital display, telling me how long it's got left to run :)
It makes nice little beeping noises when the cycle has finished and when you switch it off!
I'm really happy with my new, bigger and better dishwasher so I'd like to say a huge thank you to Indesit.


Unfortunately, all is not as well as it should be though because the driver who delivered the dishwasher and took the old one, managed to rip our new kitchen flooring in two places.
We only put it down in April :(

Excuse the dirty floor, lots of the powder from the fire extinguisher came out of the dishwasher when it was moved. What with all the mess of removing one dishwasher and bringing in another, people walking all over it and water escaping from the old dishwasher has left the floor in a state. I've still to get the mop out and clean it yet because my back and hip has been playing up again today.



We now have to replace the entire floor :( It seems like it's one thing after another just lately. I'm hoping this is the last of the bad luck regarding the kitchen and white goods because I've about had my fill now!

I've emailed Indesit to let them know about the floor. I feel awful because I'm so grateful for the dishwasher and don't want to get anyone in trouble but I feel like it's unfair to us to have to replace a floor we've only just paid for about 6 months ago when we weren't the ones who ripped it.


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Monday, 8 September 2014

Book review - Secrets at Rosehill by Kathryn Brown

Shell Louise

When I started my previous Day Zero project I challenged myself to read 100 books in 1001 days. I failed miserably but I'm trying the Day Zero project again and again I'm challenging myself to read 100 books in 1001 days.

I've started with the sequel to Discovery at Rosehill by Kathryn Brown. She's the author of one of my favourite blogs, Crystal Jigsaw and you can find her on Twitter @CrystalJigsaw.

Secrets at Rosehill continues the story of medium, Camilla. She's now very happily married to former reverend, Marcus and they're enjoying their lives at the gorgeous Scottish estate.

She's regularly visited by the spirits of former residents of the estate as well as family members, such as her grandmother.

I like the way Kathryn reminded us of the happenings of the first story without making me feel like I was having to go through the first story again before I could get on with the new story. It was very cleverly done and I appreciated it because that's one of the most annoying things for me when reading a series of books.

Here's the synopsis from Amazon:

Now married to Marcus Calloway, Camilla couldn’t be happier. Accepted as a medium by the local villagers, her beloved Rosehill estate is at peace. But when Marcus heads to London to help someone in need, messages from the spirit world cause Camilla to doubt her husband’s integrity. 

When her first love Ross, suddenly returns to Scotland, could her suspicions about Marcus’s infidelity drive her into his arms? 

And who is the spirit that continues to haunt Camilla, leaving her fearing for her marriage? 

I really enjoyed Secrets at Rosehill and I'm now planning to read another of Kathryn's books, Bedknobs and Bachelors. It's the only one of the four she's written that I haven't read, the third being Nightingale Woods.

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Thursday, 4 September 2014

Slimming World Weekly Update

Shell Louise


I'm back with my Slimming World updates in the hope that sharing every week will help me get back to losing instead of going up and down this flipping stone!

I did have my 8 and a half stone award. I've now put a stone back on so I've currently lost 7 stones 7 and a half pounds in 2 years.
I lost 7 stone in the first year so you can see how rubbish my second year has been. All I keep telling myself is that I'm not going back to 31 stone so even if it takes years, I'm sticking at it :)
I don't want to be in this stone bracket anymore. I want to get back to the previous one and by Christmas get out of the 20s all together :)

So here's my pledge to myself:

100% on track this next year so it's as good as my first year with 7 stones lost.
No uncounted treats.
Daily exercise (as soon as my bad back is better)

Goals for this week:

Meal plan for the week to help keep me on track
Drink a glass of water with lunch and dinner instead of diet coke
Move as much as my back will allow

I'm joining in with Well Being Wednesday and the Madhouse Family linky :) I should have written this yesterday but the time ran away with me, what with it being the last day of the school holidays!

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Back to School - No more infants!

Shell Louise

I love the back to school photos. It's such a lovely record to have, seeing the growth and changes at the same time each year :)

This year there are a couple of big changes and that's the location of the photos and no more infants school. We're all very much settled into our new house but it was strange this morning finding a new place for the photos and I did miss my waterfall which was the preferred background for the past few years!
I'll have to hurry up and get the garden done for next year's photos!

Aiden's in year 10 this year and I'm hoping he puts a bit more effort in now he'll be starting work on his GCSEs!

Kaycee's in year 5...


and Ella's now in year 3 at junior school :)


Time is flying by!



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Back to school 2012
Back to school 2013

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