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An Unstructured Weekend

Monday, August 03, 2009

The band had a gig up in Lossiemouth which meant I had to leave at 10am on Saturday, sit in a van for 5 hours, have an overnight stay then another 5 hour van ride back on the Sunday. I got home about 5pm on Sunday.

My eating was not great as I didn't have a great deal of control over what I could eat as our meal was provided for us. I did manage to go for a power walk down the beach on Sunday while I was waiting for the guys in the band to wake up.

However, something must be changing in me because instead of saying "Oh well I've ruined it now, I might as well eat what I want". I woke up this morning with an overwhelming urge to go to the gym to work it off.

My husband expressed an interest in changing his diet and lifestyle too and has been a great support this week. He even joined the gym that I go to and signed us up for badminton on Tuesday. I have found that in the past he has hindered my weight loss as he loves me regardless of my weight and would often put temptation in my way. I hope that it will be much easier for me now that he is on board as we can be a support for each other.

This is where I went for my walk . . .

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

DIVA600781 8/18/2009 6:17AM

    Fab blog love...will have to have a chat regarding how to eat when you're gigging. Eck tells me it was Chilli and chips, did you know Chilli is actually not too bad, so you could have asked for extra chilli and left the chips and still managed to be good? If I know I'm going to be doing a long haul gig I make extra of something when I make up meals the week before. Some hot meals taste just as good cold. If you really dont want a cold meal you can always get one of those food flask things, be warned though don't go for the cheap ones like I did they're useless spend a bit more and get a decent one and it keeps the food hot for ages! Anyway, don't know why I'm putting this on your blog, Ill hopefully be seeing you on thursday (you guys have got clients viewing so I'm coming to do the hardsell lol)!

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MUM2PICKLE 8/5/2009 5:01PM

    Love your attitude....

also love the piccies of where you went for your walk.

Hope the badminton went well with you and hubby!


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When life gets in the way . . .

Thursday, July 30, 2009

OK, so you are full of enthusiasm and ready to shed the weight through healthy eating and exercise when all of a sudden life hits you with one of its surprises. Whether pleasant or nasty, life always seems to get in my way. Just when I think I have my mind focused on what I want, which is to lose weight and get fit, something crops up.

For the last 7 years I have worked really hard to get my degree and move into a successful job. I am very driven in my work and very focused. This is at the expense of my health. I do lots of charity work and have a few hobbies but I often use my busy life as an excuse not to focus on myself. I wish that I could put as much effort into reaching my own goals as I put into my job, charity work and hobbies.

This week my husband and I have been discussing moving house and I have been feeling very stressed about it. I feel like it will totally disrupt our lives and we have just really got ourselves settled. I feel like I just want some time to get my body and mind healthy without 'life' getting in the way. I think that I self sabotage myself by taking on too much and then use this as an excuse to stay fat and inactive.

So maybe the title of this Blog is wrong, maybe it's not life getting in the way but it is me who gets in the way?

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DIVA600781 8/18/2009 6:28AM

    Congratulations on having the weightloss EPIPHANY! LOL Mines was realising I used my illnesses as an excuse, everyone has a different EPIPHANY (I love that word).

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SVENTRELLA 7/30/2009 8:56AM

    Forgive yourself! Humans are busy folks. You are going to succeed because you realize what your are doing. It just might take a bit longer. Stay positive girl and never give up.

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An Inspirational Person

Monday, July 27, 2009

I was out for lunch (a healthy chicken salad) with my friends today. One of my friends was telling me about a cyclist who recently achieved Silver at the Beijing Olympics. Anyone who can be successful enough to make it to the Olympics is inspirational but Wendy Louise Houvenaghel is even more of an inspiration, considering that she only took up cycling in 2002 as a hobby! My friends and I were discussing the mindset that to be physically talented or to be good at sport is something that you must initiate when you are young. Something that one must prepare for from adolescence.

Wendy was 27 and working as a dentist for the RAF when she decided to start getting fit and start cycling alongside her husband. Four years later she went on to become a full time track cyclist and in 2008 she won Silver for Great Britain at the Beijing Olympics.

I am not suggesting that we will all become Olympic competitors but I thought that it was refreshing that someone who had already chosen their path in life changed direction and decided that they were not too old, too settled or too lethargic to try and get fit. She found an activity she enjoyed and she ran with it (or technically rode with it!)

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DIVA600781 8/18/2009 6:26AM

    I love this one!

I was talking to Eck about something similar regarding our work on our original music. We're really bad for saying we're too past it to do anything with our own stuff, when really what we're doing is accepting constraints imposed on us by society and the beast that is the music marketing machine. All the 'original' artists are young (some haven't even left school yet) and the industry is alot less welcoming to older artists who are just releasing their own music, but this doesnt mean it's impossible or not a viable option.


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MOONDUSTER 7/30/2009 2:49AM

    Awesome! A sure sign that we can achieve anything we set our minds to!

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MUM2PICKLE 7/28/2009 1:17PM


reminds me that saying "I can't" is almost like saying "I Won't".....

we each can be who we decide to be.

THanks for the reminder!

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