Fun on the beach

Fun on the beach

Monday, 29 August 2016

Sunny Bank Holiday!

I can't remember when I took these but it wasn't too long ago. A lovely sunny evening dog walk.  It is one of our standard quick walks 40 minutes or so round the fields and back through the village. I love it, especially in the sunshine. 

I stood for ages at the stream watching a pair of dippers then realised that Minty was mesmerised by something in the other direction.  When I watched carefully I spotted a water vole paddling through the the plant life at the water's edge. Magical.  



Then up the hill to the stile before we cross the fields.

No sheep that day so the girls could stretch their legs.


Look at that sky!




Then we hit the village, cross the brook and walk back along the main road. We're so lucky to live here.


We played golf this afternoon in the gorgeous sunshine in the Bank Holiday mixed match.  We played with a married couple who we've played with before. She is a new golfer and he is a tad overbearing. She is well able to deal with him but golf is a funny game and leaves you curiously vulnerable and tetchy. So they had spats all round the course, mainly 'cos he kept telling her what to do then putting her in another bunker. It was quite funny (mostly) and I think we helped defuse some potential rows!

We don't row (much) on the course and, apart from a couple of poor holes, did pretty well so we were chuffed with a solid second place.

Combine that with fun company, an excellent meal and nice wine - well, it makes for  very pleasant Bank Holiday Monday.

Back to work tomorrow and meeting my pal Kerry for a walk afterwards so I'll try not to cry too much.

I'm still very jealous of Seren on holiday in Scotland. ...sulks....

Friday, 26 August 2016

Missing you

I've been thinking about my blog a lot over the last few weeks and have been getting closer to actually digging my laptop out of its pile of dusty rubbish and logging on again.  And now, here I am!

So, what's new??

My weight has "ballooned" I tells ya - over a stone on since my last weigh in although still over a stone off since the beginning of the year so I suppose that is progress of sorts.  I seemed to have stopped the rot and don't seem to be gaining on a weekly basis any more and in a week or so I'm starting a 12 week diet and exercise bootcamp so hopefully will start to head back in the right direction.

I'll update you on bootcamp once I get a proper handle on what is being required of me.  While I've read the rules, I suspect the true impact has not yet sunk in!  4 hours of tough exercise each week (2 of which must be with the bootcamp leader), no booze apart from with "treat meals" and a diet plan which I've not received yet.  Gulp.

In other news, my golfing handicap has "plummeted" I tells ya - I started the year at 16 and am now at my lowest ever - 13!!  As a result I'm loving golf and wanting to play all the time.  As a result I have a sore elbow (like tennis elbow but the other way around)!  Bloody typical.  So, I'm trying to limit my play and nurse the elbow through into winter when it can recover properly.  Boooo.

We haven't had a proper holiday this year yet but have managed a few weekends away and a long weekend in Portugal (Albufeira) a few weeks ago.  We had been wanting to go somewhere when Sheffield Wednesday announced their pre-season tour to Albufeira - well, it would have been rude not to! We sunbathed, ate (gorgeous food!), drank, played a couple of rounds of golf and, on the Sunday, dressed up in our Wednesday shirts and took over the main square with hundreds of other Wednesday nuts before heading out to the game.  It was great.

So, today's photos are of our pre-season trip to Portugal.  Aah...















Thursday, 7 July 2016

Aaargh!! Why can't I get going and get this half stone off??

Answer: No idea.

I'm jealous of Peridot's determination and steadfastness. I am a flibbertygibbet in contrast. I swan in, have a good day or 2 then forget all about it. Play some golf, go for a swim, think I have it pegged. Back to forgetting about it.

Rinse and repeat.

I will get back on track tomorrow. I will.

Monday, 27 June 2016

Winning and losing

No, not THAT (although I'm still so sad and angry about the referendum result).

But blogging about my weight and fitness is what this is mainly about. So, how have I got on with the big restart? Early morning swim?? Erm, not so much. I woke up at 6.10 and thought hard about it. Then Rich threw a big arm over me and I felt so warm and comfy I was out for another hour by which time it was too late. I blame luuurve.

Proper low carby food? Yes!! Cooked my old standby brekkie of bacon, eggs, tomatoes and mushrooms with NO toast and it was delicious. This counts as a good start to me. Long may I keep it up.

Choices to be made about my lunchtime activities - swim, run, hilly dog walk, combination of the above?? The dogs have been somewhat neglected think they should feature, especially as we are out this evening. Hopefully I can go swimming AND fit in a decent walk.

Sunday, 26 June 2016

Golf might be winning....today at least

I stepped gingerly onto the scales this morning - hmmm,  not too bad - 15.9. So, 6 lbs up from my post LL low. I went swimming for the first time in weeks yesterday so that must have helped. We played golf today too so not a bad day although the roast lamb supper followed by rhubarb crumble may have cancelled out those hills.

I'm WFH tomorrow so I have plans for a swim, a dog walk and dancing before settling into the pub to watch England batter Iceland's defence for 90/120 frustrating minutes.  I will lose some weight during that time - what fingernails I have left!!

I'm still saddened, gutted and worried about Brexit. Can't believe it has happened although I called it before the vote. I have a recurring feeling of doom which I've never experienced before being generally pretty positive about life. I hope I'm wrong.

Operation 'Half stone off quick' starts in earnest tomorrow. Watch this space.

Saturday, 25 June 2016

Too much fun.

Sorry for the total disappearance over the last few weeks. I have been having too much fun. Golfing fun and watching the Euros fun. The golf has battled valiantly with the beer and food which inevitably accompanies the football but the results are not good - a whole half stone has re-appeared. Gulp.

We are off to Portugal for a long weekend (watching football and golfing - natch) at the end of July so I have 4 weeks to get this sorted and vamos that half stone.

Can't chat now as we're off to the golf club's summer barbecue.  It's not the summeriest of evenings but I'm looking forward to some Pimms action.

I WILL be back more frequently though. See you soon. Lxx

Thursday, 2 June 2016

Back on the treadmill (not literally)

I've had 2 good days under my belt now and the scales are back down to a more respectable 15.6.8 so where I was post Brighton and pre Wembley. The next step is to get back to 15.3 and my end of boot camp weight.

Tuesday I did a 3 pack and an evening meal day.  I was hungry all day but stuck to my guns then, when Rich went off to darts, bored, I tried my best to ruin my hard work with some evening grazing - toast and peanut butter (!!), handful of raisins and fruit- not toooo bad but not great either.

Yesterday I ate real food all day, including some mini cakes at the halfway hut on the golf course but played 18 holes of golf and went for a decent evening walk with Rich and the dogs so overall I have got away with it.

Today I'm working from home again (tapping this out while waiting to see the dentist about a loose crown). It has not started well. I had a pack and a coffee and was looking good. Then frustration at multiple wifi and IT issues got the better of me and while waiting for my laptop to reboot for the umpteenth time, I 'accidentally' ate 2 pieces of toast and peanut butter! Gaaah!!

That bloody jar of peanut butter tormented me for my whole boot camp and now it's opened it is winning the war. When I get home I'm going to stick a big label on it - STOP! THINK!!

Anyway, all is not lost. I am WFH so can go for a run at lunchtime and plan to do a supermarket shop this evening while Rich is golfing to make sure I have diet friendly supplies in the house.

Swimming and golf tomorrow too and a blessedly free weekend with more golfing (a match) and no boozing. I CAN claw this back and get to fresh fat. Summer is generally a bad time for me weightwise but I'm determined to change my stars this year.