Monday 22 February 2016

Week Eight

Wow, it wasn't until I started working on this post that I realised what a busy week this was, here are the highlights:

I dusted off my Wii and did some Zumba :)
These two got all lovey, dovey :)
I tried the carb free takeout from the noodle bar, it was lovely :)
We went to the cinema to watch Deadpool, a really great film!
It was raining but I still did my run and I felt so much better for doing it :)
I went to my club to renew my membership and took my darts with me.  I used to play on the ladies team there but haven't picked up a dart in years, once I got back in to it (dartitis is a terrible thing) I really enjoyed it :)
Cheeky Alice wanted to show me her treasure :)
Despite working hard and watching what I was eating I gained 4.5lbs this week!  I was gutted but I know I'm retaining fluid so I'm hoping that's all it is.  I didn't enjoy dirty pudding as much as I normally do :(
I didn't let the gain put me off, I was up early on Friday morning and went for a lovely, frosty run :)
Friday night was bingo night and I was lucky enough to have a little win :)
On Saturday I popped in to see Sarah, I would have stayed longer but her husband Chris nodded off and we couldn't hear ourselves speak over his snoring :) :) :)
In the afternoon I did a bit of scrapping!
And then went to bingo again where I had another little win :)
We were also all given a cute little pug cuddly toy, I was lucky enough to get two so I gave one to Maddie :)
On Sunday I woke up feeling really ill but it was run day and I knew if I missed it I wouldn't get back in to the program.  I probably ran slower than most people walk but at least I did it!
I spent the rest of the day lying on the sofa with Alfie.
Today I feel much better, I think this week will be a quieter one and I'm hoping to do something creative during my spare time.

Have a great week and thanks for stopping by
Jo xx

Monday 15 February 2016

Week Seven

Week seven was another good one, here are the highlights:

The new furniture in the office is lovely :)
My lovely girl treated me to a chai tea :)
I made great pancakes, even if I do say so myself :)
Alfie's leg is all better :)
I saw my lovely niece Alice :)
Dirty pudding :)
I spent the weekend with Paul and we had a lovely walk around Poole quay, the tide was very high and it was freezing!
On Saturday night we had a lovely Valentine's meal, it really was delicious :)
I got up early on Sunday and did my Couch to 5K run along the beach :)
And then had a lazy afternoon reading while Paul did some painting :)
And then I was home with my lovely boy and the weekend was over :(
Now I'm ready for, hopefully, another great week.

Thanks for stopping by

Jo xx

Saturday 13 February 2016

January's Five Favourites

It has taken me ages to find my five favourite photos from January, not because I had so many to choose from but because I didn't seem to take that many!  I have found five that I want to document though and here they are:

The first photo of my and Maddie in 2016, taken just after midnight:
A nice, sunny, springlike day in the park:
I had to include the only photo taken of me on my birthday!
Me and my sister Jemma after our Couch to 5K run, it makes me laugh because she keeps protesting that her head isn't really that big :)
My boy just resting his head on my leg, he's not really after the sandwich I'm eating :)
I need to start working on these as soon as possible because I'm on a mission over the next few weeks.  Some of us at the crop have set each other a challenge to get a certain amount of layouts done during Lent, I've been set 25 layouts.....wish me luck!

Thanks for stopping by and do let me know if you're joining in the five favourites challenge.
Jo xx

Friday 12 February 2016

You Can Have Your Cake.....

And eat it!

On Saturday this week I went totally off plan, it was a friend's big birthday and it would have be rude not to have enjoyed the amazing buffet she laid on for us to :)
This was my first plate, I may have had one or two more throughout the course of the day!
On Sunday morning I was up bright and early doing my Couch to 5K run and then went for a lovely 5K walk.
On Tuesday I may have had definitely did have two of these beauties :)
This old photo of me popped up in my timeline and seeing how far I have come pushed me on to do more running and walking during the week and making sure that the rest of the days were 100% on plan:
And it paid off with another loss :)
It just goes to show that, if you stick to the Slimming World plan, you can enjoy the sweeter things in life and still lose weight :)

I'm feeling very fired up and focused for this coming week because I want another loss next week!

Thanks for stopping by
Jo xx

Wednesday 10 February 2016

Five Favourites Finished!

Finally I have finished the layouts for my five favourite photos from December!  It's been a busy few weeks and, despite hauling my stash to and from Bournemouth, I didn't get much done and I kind of lost my mojo :(

But now it's back and it feels good :)

Here's Maddie putting the star on the tree, we have a similar photo every year in the albums so I didn't bother with journalling this time:
An amazing Christmas wedding that I went to.  I'm not sure about the background paper I've used but I love that the "five" is quite prominent because the wedding was on the 5th December.  I had been thinking of using some doilies on the page but I couldn't find a single white one in my stash!  This layout sat on my desk for a few days and I knew it needed some finishing touches but wasn't sure what until Shimelle's challenge this week was to use hearts :)
Another layouts inspired by Shimelle, well Glitter Girl really! Doing a no thought layout was a great way to find my mojo and using a black and white photo meant I didn't have to colour match with my papers :)
Now I have just realised that this one doesn't have a title! I did the layout at Paul's and didn't have the right alphabet with me, once it's added it will say "A Couple of Swells".  Paul really surprised me with his outfit for my Christmas party, he looked amazing!
And finally, the girl who can't touch anything with her hands, playing Rapidough!  I love these papers that were kindly given to me by my friend Lorna, I knew Maddie had the perfect, matching t-shirt, I just had to find the perfect photo to use them :)  The title isn't that clear in the photo but it says "Hands Off"
I really enjoyed using up some stash and getting these memories in my album.

I'll be back with my five favourite photos from January soon.

Thanks for stopping by
Jo xx

Monday 8 February 2016

Week Six

Week six saw in the beginning of February, seriously, where is the time going?!?!?! Here are the highlights:

One of us was pleased to be getting a phone upgrade :)
Alfie had a poorly paw/leg :(
It's very nearly still light when I get home from work!
Alfie normally runs from the camera but this time he kept posing until I'd got a nice picture of him!
The whole office was gutted ready for new furniture!
Cute dirty pudding :)
We had some stunning sunsets, this photo really doesn't do it justice but it was nice enough for me to pull over in the car and snap a picture!
Me and my sisters spent 7 hours scrubbing the office from top to bottom before the new carpet and furniture arrived!
I had a lovely day at the crop, not sure what I was doing here but it certainly wasn't scrapping :)
It was the 10th anniversary of the crop and Emma's special birthday so she very kindly laid on this amazing feast for us, it was delicious.
In the evening I went to bingo, I didn't have any luck but did get a few free gifts :)
On Sunday I went for a lovely walk, just at the right time because it rained for the rest of the afternoon!
And while the rain was pounding down I spent the afternoon scrapping :)
Another lovely week has passed and I'm even further behind with my Project Life but it will get done.

Have a great week and thanks for stopping by
Jo xx