Thursday, 31 January 2013

January 31 2013

It has now been 31 whole days since I started this blog.  I saw on Instagram or Facebook or somewhere how people were doing #365 projects, (there you go, it must be Instagram cos of the hashtag), and I decided to give it a go.  I tried on Instagram, taking a pic every day of which book I was reading...well that lasted approximately a week. I like reading, and in fact usually have a couple of books on the go. And I love taking pics, so I thought that would work.  Turns out, I am not too fond of taking pics of books I am reading.

This on the other hand stuck.

It hasn't been hard, but I haven't tried too hard.  Most posts have only been a few lines, and occasionally a pic or two. 

I think next month I will try putting a little bit more thought into my posts, not for any particular reason, other than, I have stuck it a month so why not?

Another thing I have stuck for a whole month is the gym.  I am proud of this fact.  I very rarely stick at anything, it is far easier to just sit on the sofa and watch TV rather than going to the gym and working out.  I still don't know what put it in my head that I should do it, I have thought about it before, but that's all I did.  Thought about it.  I never did anything about it. 

This time I didn't think.  I went to the gym and paid my money the first night.  The second night I went.  And it was hard.  It was very hard.

The most I had done previous to this was walking home from work, slowly.  And at the gym they expected me to actually break a sweat.  I came home that night complaining that I didn't want to go again.  It was hard and I just didn't like it.  However I had paid my money, so I didn't want to waste it.  So I went back.  Again.  And again.  And again.

I wouldn't say I like it now either.  But I don't hate it as much.  And it feels really good walking out of the gym afterwards, knowing that I stayed on the stepper just that little bit more, or survived the Zumba class without collapsing.

Its true what they say.  Your body gets used to working out quite quickly.  I can do things now that I wouldn't have dreamed of a month ago.  And it is making my dreams bigger.  I want to lose more.  I want to get fitter.  I want to be able to run marathons.  (Ok that's going a wee bit too far, but you get my point)

If I can do it, you can do it.

What do you want to do?  Make a decision and do it.  Don't let that little voice in your head tell you that you can't do it.  You can!!

Wednesday, 30 January 2013

January 30 2013

I got my big weighin and measure up today at the gym.
I lost 8lb in 4 weeks and 4 inches from my body.
I know I should be happy but I have worked really hard and wanted to lose more.

It's a good thing. I know it is.

8lb is brilliant to have lost.

I am toning up and it's much better than nothing.

Tuesday, 29 January 2013

January 29 2013

You are going to laugh when you read what my good thing today was.

It's payday.

I survived January.

I got paid before christmas over 5 1/2 weeks ago.

And I got paid today.

That's exciting for me.

I hope it's exciting for you too.

What was your good thing today?

Monday, 28 January 2013

January 28 2013

Gym again today. Phew that was a hard one.
I did my normal gym routine. Then did a Zumba class.
Then just as I was leaving the instructor said sure why not stay for next class. So I did.
It was a tae bo boxercise kinda class.

I thought I was going to die! But I did it.

Way to go me!

Sunday, 27 January 2013

January 27 2013

Today we went for a drive. Me, R, baby girl and boy. We went to Castle Ward first.
Then to Lady Dixon Park. It was cool. Walking about in the fresh air, even if it was freezing. And I got to be with my favourite people.

Saturday, 26 January 2013

January 26 2013

I went to the gym again this morning. Afterwards I went into the mall and bought myself a couple of new tops. I came home then got bored.
I then took myself off to the cinema. 1.1 mile there and back. I watched Jack Reacher.
I have to say I was surprised. I have read the books and didn't see Tom Cruise in the role. But I really liked it.
Of course R and baby girl think I am mad cos I went to the cinema myself. But I like to do that.
Do you ever go to the cinema alone?

Friday, 25 January 2013

January 25 2013

It was harder to think of today's great thing. It was an ordinary day. I went to work. I came home. I made dinner. I ate dinner. Then R and baby girl came home at 9.45. Their dinner was ready to be zapped in the microwave. So what's so great about that? Well we are all happy and healthy. We have a roof over our heads, food in the kitchen and clothes we can wear. That's pretty great. Isn't it?

Thursday, 24 January 2013

January 24 2013

Today was a great day. I slept in which wasn't so good but I still had a great day in work. Baby girl is so much happier recently. R is happy. We have a great life. Why would I want anything else?

I went to the gym after work too. I am surprised how well I am keeping on at this. I go three times a week. Ever since I started. I am super proud of myself.

Next week will be scary tho. I am getting weighed and measured. I hope I do well. Although I have noticed myself being smaller so I am pretty sure I will have lost.

If I were a boy

If I were a boy I would:
Pee standing up, just to try it
Be nicer to my friends, boys are always such dorks to each other
Be more understanding about period pains and the need for chocolate and hot water bottles
Appreciate not needing to wear a bra
Learn to like shopping, for hours, without buying anything

This is a link up with Erin and Gay

What would you do if you were a boy??

Wednesday, 23 January 2013

January 23 2013

I went to the gym again today. I thought baby girl was going to start but she decided not to, she is doing Zumba at home and Just Dance in her friends house.
Well, I decided to try this Zumba thing too. I went and did my normal workout, then joined the class for Zumba.
Waiting in the queue listening to the girls talk I got a little scared. Could I do this? It sounded really hard. 'I sweated buckets last week' said one, 'Hardest class I ever did' said another. Slightly nervous I walked in. The instructor, a strangely mad woman looked straight at me 'Have you done Zumba before?' 'No' I said. 'Make it up', she said smiling.
So I did. And it was fun. I am going next time.

January 22 2013

Yesterday I went to the gym and the girl there told me she could notice a difference in me. I have been going two weeks.

Today I wore jeans to work. With a short top. To many of you that's not a big deal. To those of you with a belly, well those girls understand. I know I still have quite a way to go but I feel real good about how far I have came.

I am grateful for the confidence going to the gym has given me. I still don't like it. In fact I really don't understand how anybody could like it. But I go. Three times a week. Through rain and snow. No shine tho, it is winter!

I am also grateful for my family. For the love they give me every day.

What are you grateful for?

Monday, 21 January 2013

January 21 2013

I was just on Facebook and saw that today is "Blue Monday", this is the day we are most likely to be feeling down.  When I posted that as my status I got a comment from a friend in the USA telling me how he always lile Mondays as he gets to hear from his friends across the Pond.  What makes your Mondays better?  Is there something that is guarenteed to cheer you up?
I thought about that for a while and realised that for me it is family and friends that cheer me up and lift my spirits.
I am lucky to have a brilliant daughter and a great extended family.  My new hubby is pretty cool too.  These people are the ones that lift me when I am down.  They don't even need to be in the same room as me.  I can think about the last thing they said to me, the last txt I received and that hug before I left for work this morning. 
I know that these things cost nothing but mean so much.
Today the good thing in my life is family, whether it is the family you were born into or the family we choose for ourselves, be grateful for them, use them when you feel down, look to them to make sure they are feeling okay. 
Mostly, just love them.  Tell them every day.  Show them every day.  Don't let them have any doubt how much they mean to you.  One day they may not be there.

January 20 2013

Today we went to st George's market then baby girl R and boy built a snowman. We had great fun

Saturday, 19 January 2013

January 19 2013

Today we went to the Titanic building in Belfast. It was great. Have you been? It was good cos me, R, baby girl and boy went. It's always good when we spend the day together. R works so much, he is rarely off on Saturdays. I love it when we get to spend the weekend together. That's my good thing today. That I got to spend my whole day with R, baby girl and boy. What makes a good day for you?

Friday, 18 January 2013

January 18 2013

It snowed today. It started off raining then at lunchtime the snow started. I don't really like snow. But I appreciate it looks lovely. What do you think?

Thursday, 17 January 2013

January 17 2013

Have any of you ever read  Erin? I have to say that I love reading Erin's stuff.

I also love Elsie and Emma

And Tori

And finally Kinsey

I have recently started reading Nadine and have fallen for her style of writing

These are the blogs I read most often.

I would love to hear what you thought of them.

And if you drop by to their blog, please let them know I sent you.  Tina xx

Wednesday, 16 January 2013

January 16 2013

We went to see the ice hockey today. Belfast Giants vs Fyfe Flyers. The Giants won. Woohoo

Tuesday, 15 January 2013

January 15 2013

Today I got my third assignment done and handed in. It's not due in until Thursday. But it was done so I just sent it off. I am doing a certificate in Health and Social Care through The Open University. It's not as hard as I thought it would be, but I do miss actual classes. I don't like doing stuff on my own. How has your day been? Anything interesting happening?

Monday, 14 January 2013

January 14 2013

Today was another ordinary Monday at work. It was okay. But when I got home, after the gym, baby girl had made dinner! Woohoo! Then me and R had an early night and whilst he watched comedy DVDs I started a new book. Divergent by Veronica Roth. Have you read it? What did you think?

Sunday, 13 January 2013

January 13 2013

Today we went for what is becoming our normal Sunday walk. Castlewellan again, but this time we went to the maze and around the walled gardens. I don't know about you but I love getting outside. I love nature and seeing all the trees just starting to think about budding and growing was amazing.

Saturday, 12 January 2013

January 12 2013

Hi again. Today I went to the gym again. I expected it to kill me. It did. But it wasn't as bad as before. It's only been a week or so but I can definitely feel a difference. I have been to the gym five times now in the space of ten days. That's pretty good going. Isn't it? I don't know but I reckon every other day will work well. :-)

Friday, 11 January 2013

January 11 2013

We went to see Les Miserables today. Have you saw it? I enjoyed it. But. Actors as singers? I am not too sure. The staging of it really was amazing tho!

January 10 2013

Wowsers. This weight loss thing is working. Baby girl lost 7lbs. That encouraged me to try on a dress that I bought a while ago that just did not go on. Well, it did. It was still tight. But it went on! Woohoo!

Thursday, 10 January 2013

January 9 2013

Today was a great day. We went for a walk round Hillsborough forest park at lunch time. I got my assignment done. Then we went to see Ed Sheeran in concert. It was brilliant.

Tuesday, 8 January 2013

January 8 2013

I started reading a new book today. Life of Pi by Yann Martel. I don't know if you have heard of it, I know there has been a movie made. Baby girl bought me it for Christmas but I was reading The Mortal Instruments series and had to wait. Have you read that series? I enjoyed it.

Monday, 7 January 2013

January 7 2013

Well today baby girl cooked dinner. It was ready when I got home from the gym. It was great. And best of all it tasted good too. It's always a good day when I don't have to start cooking when I get home.

Sunday, 6 January 2013

January 6 2013

We went today to Castlewellan forest park for a walk round the lake. It was fun. Five km round. Plus another one getting to and from the car.

Saturday, 5 January 2013

January 5 2013

Just got the great news that sunflower fest is on again this year. If u haven't heard of it well u should get to know about it now!
It's a brilliant, family friendly music festival in Hillsborough in Northern Ireland that's happening in August 2013.
Bring it on!

Friday, 4 January 2013

January 4 2013

Today was a day when baby girl decided to go for a walk. Without me yapping at her. Without any pressure. She went for a walk. It's a first step. But it is a big step.

Thursday, 3 January 2013

January 3 2013

Today I went to the gym. I did it. I got off my ass and went. I didn't want to. But I did it. Then I thought I was going to die. The stepper and the cross trainer are in league to murder me. Oh my goodness. I don't want to go back. But I have booked back in for Saturday.

Wednesday, 2 January 2013

January 2 2013

So today I made the decision to get healthy, lose weight and get skinny! I joined a gym. I ate healthy. I went to bed hungry!

January 1 2013

We went for a walk to the Fairy Glen. We met a luvly old man who told us jokes. Baby girl thought he was going to turn into a leprechaun.