Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Astonishingly, I lost 1 3/4 lbs during the wedding week. More excitingly, I broke the 13 stone barrier! I weighed myself this morning and I'm 12 stone 13 3/4 lbs! How long have I hovered just over that 13 stone mark? LOL
Also, I have had to tighten up my jeans belt another notch, so I have lost at least an inch off my waistline!
Mind you, I suspect half the reason for the loss is that when I am emotional/stressed I lose my appetite, and the other half is that during the four days (Thursday to Sunday) of the wedding weekend I walked 17 miles! Yep, I kept my pedometer in my pocket for the entire weekend out of curiosity. :-) In fact, over the seven days I walked 30 miles!
I may make a further loss this week, thanks to the fact that we have both come home with cold/flu type symptoms. Tara's started the Saturday night, and mine started on Monday. We both feel pretty poorly. :-(
Still, never mind! These things happen when you have 80 or so people in one place for four days. I just hope Rob and Bryony escape. They are off on their mini-honeymoon, and Bry was complaining of a sore throat as they were preparing to board the plane Tue morning. Rob managed to keep the honeymoon destination a complete surprise from her until they were at the checking-in desk at the airport! Their actual honeymoon will take place next year, when they go to see the Northern Lights. As this is the wrong time of year for that apparently, they settled for a three day break, and Rob decided to tell Bry nothing except to pack for warmth. *grin*
So, where did they jet off to? Well, Bry rang me from the check-in line to tell me. They have gone to Reykjavík in Iceland! How cool is that? *pun intended* I just hope the volcanoes behave themselves while they're there. :-) We have been promised a ton of photos, so we have that to look forward to, as well as the wedding pics, once people start sorting through them.
Well, seeing as I can do little else today except nurse this bug, I'm going to go through all my friends blogs and see what I've missed this last week. Maybe I'll crochet a bit while I'm catching up with you all. :-)
I hope I feel up to walking Sophie in a bit. Pat and Anne spoiled her rotten while we were away. She ended up staying in Anne's house from Thursday afternoon until Friday evening, sleeping beside Anne on the sofa in her sitting room Thur night, and Anne took her for a walk round the field behind our house.
Pat took over Friday evening, taking Sophie to her house, and keeping her there until we got back on Sunday evening. Sophie got three walks a day with Pat! :-)
It's funny, but Sophie really didn't get excited when Pat bought her home Sunday evening. She just went with the flow, I guess. It wasn't until we were walking our regular fields at Highwoods Monday morning that she finally clicked that things were back to normal, and she had what I can only describe as a crackerdog five minutes! (Readers of the James Herriot books will know what I mean.) It was great to see her racing around with a manic grin on her face. I don't think she'll mind being back to one good long walk a day, not now that life is back to normal. :-)
Well, I'm heading to the kettle for a cuppa while I wait for the council workmen to arrive. Well enough or no, I can't go for a walk until they arrive and tell me what they need to do. They are supposed to be doing some work to the outside of the house, painting wood, and rendering round the windows as far as I know, though the woman I spoke to seemed awfully vague about what was planned. I have a sneaking suspicion that they aren't coming but we'll see. :-)
Have a Wonderful Wednesday.
It's good to be back. :-)
Sunday, December 12, 2010
Hi Honey, I'm Home! :-)
I have a Son-in-Law who takes his duties to his Mum-in-Law very
seriously. Not only did he dance with me last night to tunes from a
Cornish Bagpipe band whose name momentarily escapes me, but you can
see them on the beginning of the You Tube video...
...but when we said goodbye this morning he gave me a bearhug, lifting
me a foot off the floor at the same time! He is a tall chap! LOL
Photos should soon start pouring in from all sorts of people for me to
share, but for now, picture this....
The Registrar is introduced to me 15 mins before curtain up, and he
says, "You're Lexie? It's good to finally meet you. I gather you are
reading Dr. Seuss! A wonderful poem that is used far too rarely on
these occasions. I'm reallly looking forward to hearing it!" Already
nervous about what I have to do, the nerves shot up a couple more
So, the assembled family and friends sit through the Registrar's
introduction, a Bill Bryson reading (giggles and applause), a
Declaration of Freedom to Marry, and excerpts from a poem called I
Like You by Sandol Stoddard Warburg (little giggles and applause).
Then I get introduced.
I stood up and faced the 70-odd guests.
"Before I read this poem I thought I would share a little story with
you all. *puzzled looks from Bryony and Rob* When Bryony first asked
me to read this poem, Rob was a little concerned that I wouldn't
manage to make it through the reading without bawling my eyes out.
Well, it is a very emotional occasion, so I thought I'd best come
I stepped forward to my chair, and whipped a large white tablecloth
out of my handbag, dabbed my eyes with it, to great laughter, then
presented it to Rob and asked him to hold it for me 'just in case'!
*grin* The look on his face was priceless!
Then I read this:
Oh! The Places You’ll Go
Congratulations! Today is your day,
You're off to Great Places! You're off and away!
You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes.
You can take yourselves
In any direction you choose.
You're together forever. And you know what you know.
And YOU are the ones who'll decide where to go.
You'll look up and down streets. Look 'em over with care.
About some you will say, "We don't choose to go there."
With your head full of brains, and your shoes full of feet,
You're too smart to go down any not-so-good street.
And you may not find any
you'll want to go down.
In which case, of course,
you'll head straight out of town.
It's opener there in the wide open air.
Out there things can happen and frequently do
to people as brainy and footsy as you.
And when things start to happen, don't worry. Don't stew.
Just go right along. You'll start happening too.
You'll be on your way up! You'll be seeing great sights!
You'll join the high fliers who soar to high heights.
You won't lag behind, because you'll have the speed.
You'll pass the whole gang and you'll soon take the lead.
Together you’ll fly; The best of the best.
Wherever you go, you will top all the rest.
Except when you don't. Because, sometimes, you won't.
I'm sorry to say but, sadly, it's true
that Bang-ups and Hang-ups
can happen to you.
But together you'll escape any waiting and staying.
You'll find the bright places where boom bands are playing.
Together you’ll find all the fun to be done!
There are points to be scored. There are games to be won.
And the magical things you can do as a two
will make the winning-est winners of you.
You'll be together as together can be,
with the whole wide world watching you win on TV.
Except when they don't.
Because, sometimes, they won't.
But on you will hike.
And I know you'll hike far
and face up to your problems
whatever they are.
So be sure you both step
With care and great tact
and remember that Life’s
a Great Balancing Act.
Just never forget to be dexterous and deft.
And never mix up your right foot with your left.
And will you succeed?
Yes! You will indeed!
(98 and 3/4 percent guaranteed!)
Guys you’ll move mountains
Today is your day!
Your mountain is waiting.
So get on your way!
I got a huge cheer and a round of applause at the end, then I took the
tablecloth back from Rob, dabbed my eyes one more time (for real this
time because the last few lines made me well up), and sat down in my
Then the registrar completed the ceremony with the exchange of rings
and vows, and David (Rob's Dad) and I witnessed the signing of the
I have a Son-in-Law! Yay!!!
This isn't Bry and Rob.
It is some random couple I spotted in the LOLs. :-)
Sunday, December 05, 2010
Had to share this, while snow is still on a lot of our minds:
Recorded after the great freeze last year. :-)
And there's this too! LOLOL
Sunday, December 05, 2010
Yes, the weather warmed up as fast as it chilled, and all our snow has gone melty-melty. There is still ice in places, but that is melting fast during the day, though causing havoc at night and in the mornings as we plummet below zero and then some each night turning wet roads and pavements into ice rinks. For the next few days we will be bouncing around across the great Zero Degree Divide, spending more time under it than on top of it from what they are saying. :-)
You should see the amount of mud where the melt has soggied the ground! :-)
We made it to Highwoods this morning for the first time since Thursday. There was a lot of compacted snow and ice on the pavements and footpaths, but it was reasonably easy to dodge the worst of it, and the fields have gone from those pictures I took on Thursday back to largely green with patches of snow where the drifts had made it deeper. Looking at it today, it was hard to believe the winter wonderland we had walked through only three days earlier had ever been there. Amazing!
I would have taken pics, but we were joined on our walk by a lovely lady called Della, and her young black Lab called Bailey. We were kept occupied watching out for him and keeping our feet. LOLOL We were out for about an hour and a half, and it was lovely to have the company. :-)
Della was very impressed that Sophie is coming along so well with dealing with her nervousness around people. The only time her tail went between her legs was when there was four of us stood chatting, and about half a dozen dogs milling about, and it got a bit too much for her. Once we moved on she was happy again though. She enjoyed spending time with Bailey, and I think that once I get back from the wedding I might start letting her off the lead up there sometimes. I'm always worried that something will scare her and she'll bolt, but so far so good once we are actually in the park. :-)
Well, this last week or two I have failed to weigh myself, or keep track of much of my food, and my exercise has been intermittent, to say the least. What I do know is that I haven't excessively eaten, and have been pretty much on track, outside of munching on a little candy corn, courtesy of CARLA-216. *waves and blows thankyou kiss* It tastes rather like fudge, and the texture is similar too. Funny really, because I always imagined candy corn to be hard, like boiled sweets. Fortunately, although I like fudge, I can only ever eat a tiny bit at a time, so I shall be good and only eat a few pieces of the candy corn at a time. :-)
The really good news is that although I haven't lost, I am still at 13 stone 1 1/2 lbs! Wow! This is great! I plan not to worry about sparking until I get back from the wedding, but if I carry on this way, and don't get silly at the wedding weekend, I should be fine. :-)
My journey has never been about weight loss so much as making my life more active and healthier, and if weight loss comes along for the ride, then that is icing on the 'healthy' cake. *grin* I am already feeling fitter, and I'm more aware of what I am eating than I used to be. This is all to the good, but I must admit that I'm looking forward to getting back to tracking properly. Maybe Carol Vorderman will stop telling me off on my Active Health game then. LOLOL
My batwings are back in full flap though. I haven't done a scrap of weight training for over a fortnight, and it is obvious when you look at my arms. Oh dear! Well, at least I know how that all works now, so again, after the wedding I'll get back on top of that too. :-) I hate how I fold when I'm under stress, but sometimes there is just too much to deal with, and I just need to find a way to deal with this kind of thing for the future. Coping strategies that revolve around exercise is something I need to develop. :-)
I have two mantras on the go currently:
The first, for the safe journeying of all involved with the wedding, and for the smooth running of the wedding itself, I am encouraging everyone to say the following:
"It will all work out! *clap hands once*
It WILL all work out! *clap hands once*
It will ALL work out! *clap hands once*
Believe it!" *clap hands three times*
Anyone who'd like to add good vibes for Bryony's Wedding are welcome to repeat this a few times between now and Saturday. We can use all the positive energy we can get, especially for the journeys there and back on Thursday and Sunday. :-) Sing it, drum it, shout it, however you feel the urge. :-)
My other mantra, and this doesn't need assistance, is:
"After the wedding...." *grin*
Tara is sick of hearing me say, "After the wedding...." Poor love! So many things are on hold until "After the wedding...." it's not funny! *grin*
But what can you do? I have finite cash, and everything else just has to wait. With one exception. Sophie's extending lead has finally given up the ghost, so I have to go buy a new one tomorrow. Them's not cheap!
Well, I'm off to start writing lists. Packing lists, Waitrose shopping lists, town shopping lists, Sophie's list of needs, cleaning lists, you name it, and it goes on a list. :-) I'm drowning in lists of lists! I'm listing under the weight of all these lists. LOLOL
I hope everyone enjoys the changes I've made to my Sparkpage incidentally. I didn't want to let go of Autumn, but how can I deny it has gone when I've been wading through snow? LOL So, I've gone all Thomas Kinkade with the background, because I love his work. 'Painter of Light' is a very apt description of him, and the winter moonlight scene I chose is one of my favourites of his. :-)
Have a great rest of the weekend!
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