A Week in Review - Feb 6th 2017

This week I though I would take inspiration from a couple of other blogs I follow to start doing a 'what I am doing now/this week' kind of post. My plan is that the posts will sometimes be based around the coming week and sometimes it will be about the week just gone......and sometimes it will just be a bit of a ramble! So here goes with post number 1, although so far this has been a fairly normal week with nothing much to report, its been so ruddy cold and damp that its not been that nice to be anywhere other than at home.

Last weekend I finally finished the blanket I have crocheted for my great nephew who was born at the end of last year. I am still fairly new to crochet so its a very basic blanket and I know there are a few 'errors' in it but I really, really  enjoyed making it. I am looking forward to handing the blanket over and I cant wait to see him now all snuggled up in it. I have a couple more crochet projects on the go but I will share more about those as they are completed. Once they are done I am going to push myself to learn some different stitches so I can do more than just granny squares and blankets. I have found a really good You Tube channel so that should help, fingers crossed and all that!

I had a good weigh in at weight watchers this week, sticking to plan and a bit of extra walking is starting to pay off as I had a loss of l.5lbs this week. Its onwards and upwards from here I am determined to keep at it and eventually get to where I want to be.

My first Scentsy order of 2017 arrived this week and in with all the customer orders were the tester pots for the new Spring/Summer fragrances. Oh boy there are some really nice ones coming out, cant wait for the bars to go on sale so I can buy some and start testing them out at home. There is also a new catalog due to go live on March 1st and as well as the new scents there are some gorgeous looking new warmers coming out. I cant share anything with you just yet as we are in the middle of our February sale, but as soon as that is over I will be bringing you some images of the new products.

So today is Friday - yay its the weekend!! Tonight I have a 'date' with my hairdresser although I am only going for a trim so its only a quick visit. I love wearing my hair longer and with a fringe but the downside to that means I need to go and see the lovely John Foster on a much more regular basis now, I am not complaining though as seeing John is always a fun time. Tom is working tomorrow night so I am heading to the cinema with a friend to see the new Fifty Shades film. I still cant quite get used to Jamie Dornan being Christian Grey, for me he just doesn't have that 'edge' that I got from the character in the books but I enjoyed the first film, hoping this one doesn't disappoint.

I am planning a early walk on Sunday followed by a relaxing and chilled out day at home. I really want to get in my craft room and start scrapping again.....watch this space!

Hope you have all had a good week. I would love to hear what you have been up to?

Thanks for stopping by, love and hugs - Jane xx


Weight Watchers - One Year On

Well its now been a year since I started my regime to become fitter, healthier and and ultimately slimmer. It has gone so fast, certainly doesn't feel like its been a year but what a year its been.

I started with Weight Watchers after a routine health check up with the nurse up at my GP's practice. I knew that they would tell me I was a little overweight and I was prepared for that, what I wasn't prepared for was the way I was actually spoken to by the nurse. She basically called me fat, lazy and unhealthy and I left the practice totally disgusted with myself. By the time I arrived at my office I was in tears (not the best situation when you work with an all male team who's idea of cheering me up was to suggest having a biscuit!!) and I was feeling totally down in the dumps - what a great way to start the new year. After sniffling and weeping my way through most of the morning a wave of determination came over me and I started thinking of ways I could lose some weight. I looked at various slimming aids and faddy diets but I soon realized that the best way to tackle this was by being sensible about what I was eating and making a bit more effort to be more active and that's when I thought I would give a Slimming Club a try. Luckily for me there was a Weight Watchers a class just a short walk from home so that seemed like the perfect choice, plus I had a friend had joined the week before who I could buddy up with. The first meeting was fantastic and I came away so motivated and inspired, this was not a 'fad' diet plan that would be difficult to maintain, this was a healthier lifestyle that would allow me to eat what I wanted as long as I stayed within my daily/weekly points allowance. Wow a diet that still let me have a few glasses of wine at the weekend - whats not to love!!

The first week I lost 4.5lbs and I was over the moon with that, after that things ticked along nicely and I continued to lose weight at a steady pace. I did have a few weeks where I didn't lose anything and I also had a few weeks where I had a gain but usually there would a reason for that like holidays, special occasions etc. I used my Weight Watchers app to track and record what I was eating and drinking and I was constantly scanning bar codes to see how many points there were in foods. I started menu planning and sticking to that and slowly but surely as the weight came off I started to feel the benefits. I was walking every day and going a lot further and faster without getting sweaty and out of breath, my back didn't ache after walking and my clothes were loose. For the first time in my life I started to look in the mirror and like what I was seeing - plus people were telling me that I looked good and that they could see I had lost weight. Shopping for clothes was no longer a nightmare experience, and by the Summer I had dropped 2 dress sizes - that was and still is a wonderful feeling. I even bought a red fitted dress for the work Christmas party, something the old larger me never would have done!

So here I am a year down and line and I am now 2 stone lighter than I was this time last year. I had a small gain of 1.5lbs over Christmas but despite getting back on track and being on plan I only managed to maintain rather than lose for the next few weeks. Last week was a bad week as I went to weigh in expecting a loss but when I got another maintain I fell apart and burst into tears. I started questioning WW and debating why was I bothering etc, etc but after a long hard look at how far I had come and what I had achieved I picked myself up and re-focused. I am happy to report that at this mornings weigh in I had a small loss of .5lb, its not much I know but its a step in the right direction and has fired me up once again to get to my goal weight. I want to lose one more stone and if that takes another year then so be it, I know I can do it and I will do it! I have a wonderful husband and network of family and friends around me who will kick my butt when needed but who also inspire and support me on every step of this journey. If it wasn't for Weight Watchers I know I wouldn't have got this far without falling off a diet wagon and for that I will be eternally grateful, the members of the group I go to support each other no matter what kind of week you have had and there is always someone on hand who will help and inspire you to continue.

I can and I will achieve my goal because this girl can!

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Love and hugs, Jane x