Sunday, 10 January 2016

This Week #17


We've been starting to get back to normal this week. On Monday I had a Labour group meeting at the Community Council and it was nice just to get out in the fresh (if cold) air and walk there and back. Tuesday saw the usual chores, food shopping, and then I took Marianna to her check-up with the physiotherapist. They were really pleased with her progress since the last one; she's started rolling, crawling and trying to stand over the last few weeks, putting her just within the normal range. She hasn't been diagnosed with hypermobility or anything, but is massively flexible, so they've recommended getting her to kneel as much as possible to help her control her legs. It probably doesn't help that she's so tall for her age - there is a lot of leg to get to grips with!

Wednesday was Community Council proper, and on Friday we went out for the afternoon to look around our local discount stores. (Luckily) there wasn't much about and I spent less than £10. When we were in B&M we did see a mattress fall on this poor woman who was just walking past! We went and got the staff, etc, but I hope she was okay - she was walking with a stick to start with, and didn't look good at all.

Other than that this week has been about starting the new healthy living regime. It's been really hard work, but I did my mini workout DVD six times this week and stuck to the diet. I'm not weighing 'officially' until the end of the month, but I did have a sneaky stand on the scales yesterday and it looks like it is paying off. Wish me luck for this week coming!


Bracken the dog
Marianna loves her slinkies!

☆ READING: The second ever issue of Photo-Love magazine, from April 1979.

☆ WRITING: The next installment in my 'The Fic Writer's Guide to Britain' series, Money and Class.

WATCHING: Tattoo Fixers on Channel 4. I love watching the transformations from 'disaster-piece to masterpiece'. 

☆ LISTENING: The Dark Morris Song by Steeleye Span. Anthony always complained about me playing Steeleye Span until he discovered their Wintersmith album, based on Terry Pratchett's Discworld. Now he's a fan too, so we were both gutted to find out we had missed them play Abergavenny recently. 

☆ WEARING: My wrist weights!

☆ EATING: Salad.



The new Tots100 scores were released this week and I went up 148 places to #368. This means I get a swanky 'Top 500' badge for my sidebar. Next goal, Top 250! In addition to posts already mentioned, I've blogged about How to Set Up a Custom 404 Error Page and written various guest posts for other blogs. The first one, for Danny UK's Bearded Backchat series, is going live at 6pm - check it out at DannyUK. :)

Quote of the Week

"The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today."

16 comments:

  1. Well done on your Tots score! My diet starts tomorrow, I put it off this week, but actually in a weird way I am looking forward to get back into it. That photo is super cute :)

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    1. Thank you! I'm enjoying it - but still craving all the Christmas food. It doesn't help that OH is sat there eating chocolates and I'm having a salad, lol. Still, willpower!

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  2. I got a Top 500 badge in December 2015 too and have my sights set on the Top 250 - see you there! #KCACOLS

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  3. Well done on your TOTS score! Love your picture xx #KCACOLS

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  4. Well done on your Tots 100 score! I want to watch tattoo fixers but the husband doesn't really like programmes like that, is it good? That poor lady in b&m..I hope she's ok!have a lovely week x #kcacols

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    1. Thank you! I was worried it would really fall after changing my domain name, but luckily it was fine.

      I love it but my OH isn't a fan either. It's less cheesy than the US Tattoo Nightmares, but still isn't exactly high-brow telly, lol. Me too! She looked so ill, love her. x

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  5. Love the quote! I failed at that today but maybe tomorrow!! Good luck with the fitness regime, wrist weights sound good #marvmondays lucy @ occupation: (m)other

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    1. Thank you! Today has been a success, fingers crossed it continues! :)

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  6. Ooh are you just wearing the weights as you go about your normal life? That sounds like a great idea! Especially if it is helping :-) Love your photo, she is such a cutie and I love her gorgeous hair (I have a red head daughter too) and congrats on your TOTs rank, that's brilliant! #KCACOLS

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    1. Thank you! I love her hair - it's nearly long enough to start putting ribbons in and things too. :) Yeah, I've been wearing them about the house quite a bit. x

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  7. Oh no poor woman!! I hope she is ok!! I'm also trying to lose weight and exercise more but I'm not doing a diet. I'm following a programme called Slimpod from Thinking Slimmer where you listen to a recording for 9 minutes every day and that helps you to change your eating habits. It is a 12 weeks programme. I have been doing this for 1 week and I can feel some positive effects already. Good luck with your diet and keeping healthy. That photo of Mariana is so cute!! Well done with your Tots100 rank!! It is always nice to see that the effort we put in our blog is paying off!! Thanks so much for sharing this at #KCACOLS. I would love to see you again on Sunday! :-) x

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    1. That sounds really cool - I want to try one of those 'up your willpower' ones. I can't resist cake and stuff if everyone else is eating it! :) Aw, thank you.

      So true. It's only a numbers game, but it does feel like a bit of validation. x

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  8. Phew, what a busy week! Well done on keeping to your new healthy lifestyle. I think I would be taking s sneaky peak at how my weigh was going before the end of the month too. It really helps to motivate me. Weekly is what I try to do when I'm being good...which isn't really how I've started the year :) Congrats on your Tots100 score. Top 250 is my next goal too. Good luck for next month!! And thanks so much for the guest post for #TravelTimehop x #KCACOLS

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    1. Thanks so much for having me! :D

      I've not been as good this week - there have been a few jaffa cake slip ups here and there... I really want to work on my blog this year too and (hopefully!) keep rising through the ranks. x

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