Category: Living

Weight Loss Wednesday

Week 7 and still plodding on.

Slightly less miles out walking the dog this week as I have been working the weekend and I’ve made an agreement with the husband that we will take turns as I really don’t want to start hating it feeling I have to do his long walk every day. So far so good.

I’ve still lost my mojo a little eating wise, certainly have been turning to more sweet things this week but still keeping them in moderation. I think I really just need to focus on small weight losses each week until we get through Christmas and try and not have any gains!!

I would really like to break the next stone bracket before Christmas though, I only need to lose 2lbs to get into it so I really need to get more focused again.

So at the end of week 7, I am pleased to report ~


It’s the small things ~ November edition

Some snapshots of the small things I’ve been up to in November.

Squeezing in some final autumn walks in the woods.

Cross stitching! Further post to come.

Making a very special little boy a very special poem card.

Enjoying my first red cup of the holiday season.

Making the husband and dog pose in the park to capture big shadows.

Doing the most important job of the year at work.

What have you been up too?

Claire xx

Weight loss Wednesday

Week 6 of slimming down has not been smooth.

I have still managed a good few walks and clocked up a respectful ~


Eating wise though I’ve not been as good as I have been. I’ve been feeling stressed and have found myself reaching for comfort food. I was hoping to up my weight loss this week but that hasn’t happened. I’m not going to be too hard on myself though and am still very happy to report.


As I knew I hadn’t been great for weightloss I decided to redo my measurements. I had first done them back at the end if August when I first restarted trying to lose weight again. I must admit I’m over the moon with these figures.


So onto a new week, one where I need to knuckle down. I still need to lose another 9lbs to get put on the IVF waiting list so a little while to go yet.

Claire xx

Weight Loss Wednesday

Week five of slimming down is here. As I thought last week, I wasn’t able to get as much walking in this week as I have been doing the last few and then yesterday I felt really poorly so only managed a short one.

I still managed to do ~

Which is still a lot more than what I was doing before I started my healthy living plan.

This week I have managed to lose ~


I’m really pleased with that, especially as we had takeaway on Saturday followed by a 3 course lunch on Sunday after the christening. I did try and follow the plan though whilst eating out and it has paid off. That’s the thing with Slimming World, seeing as it’s based on healthy good choices rather than counting calories etc it feels easier for me just to implement it in my life.

So after week 5 of Slimming World I’m pleased to report ~


Claire xx

It’s the small things

It’s time for another ‘It’s the small things’

Here’s what I have been up to recently.


Finding new beautiful dog walks


Spending a beautiful week on the Island of Majorca, lots of sunshine and spending time with family.


Celebrating our 2nd Wedding Anniversary – it still feels like yesterday.


Starting to prepare for Christmas with ideas for some handmade bits and pieces.


Feeling very lucky to live so close to some beautiful places and enjoying crisp autumn walks.


Putting things into perspective.


Getting the crazy christmas loving Aunt vibe going and buying these gorgeous bibs for the two new nephews born this year.


Seeing the first frost of the season and feeling chilly.

What have you all been up too?

Claire xx

Weight Loss Wednesday

Week four of slimming down is here already.

I didn’t get out walking just as much as the last few weeks, but I still managed a respectable:


Which along with continuing with the Slimming World plan resulted in:


I’m happy with this, I think I’m figuring out how much food my body needs each day to get a loss each week and after four weeks I’m so proud to have lost:


Next week may not be as easy, it’s my nephews christening and we are godparents, we are also having our nieces & nephew to stay on Saturday night which I know will result in eating out. I’ll also be missing one if my long walks on my days off so I won’t get all my miles in. I’m trying to prepare for it though and ensure I don’t go off the rails too much!


Weight Loss Wednesday

Week three and I’m still managing to stick to the slimming world plan and keep up with walking.

This week I’ve managed to walk another 17 miles. I’m really chuffed with myself, there has been some nights where I’ve really had to force myself to go out but I did and I feel good being able to put it up here.


I really think putting what I’m doing on the blog is helping, I have been thinking about it during the week and feel it’s really motivating me which can only be a good thing.

I’ve started writing down everything I’m eating since Monday. I was thinking about what I was eating but not monitoring it properly so I am hoping this will make me feel more in control.

I’m am pleased to report this week loss as:


I must admit to be a little disappointed with this, I know I shouldn’t be but I really wanted to get at least 2lbs off per week to be anywhere near the weight I need to be! Especially with all the walking I’ve been doing I was hoping for more. But a loss is a loss so I better just keep going.

I’ve also decided to add a total weight loss to the bottom of my Wednesday posts so I can remind myself how well I am doing. So far I’m please to report after week 3 –


Claire xx

Things to be thankful for

In today’s world it is easy to let things get on top of us and to focus more on the negatives we feel are in our life rather than the positives no matter how small they are. I wanted to get back to these and decided it would be good to make myself think of things I have in my life to be thankful for. I’m a firm believer in the power of postive thought and I hope that by focusing on this it will help me get through the difficult parts of my life.

Today I am thankful for:

My amazing husband, he is there for me no matter what through the ups and the downs. I am so pleased to have him in my life even when we are irritating each other we know we always have each other to rely on.

My family, they know how to keep me grounded, never let me allow things to get me down for too long and understand me totally.

My friends and my online friends in particular. I have never hidden the fact that I find my bunch of online friends to be the most supportive ever and I am very thankful that I found them! I am really looking forward to hopefully meeting up with a lot of them in March which will be so nice.

My doggy, he gives me so much joy and can make me smile even when I am having a really rubbish day. He is also really helping in my goal of losing weight as I need to get out and walk him and once you are out sure you may as well just go that little bit further.

My job, some days I have to admit that I am not thankful for this, it can be quite a thankless line of work that I am in but then I make myself think about it and I am very priveleged to get to be part of people’s lives to help them when they need it the most and this is something to be thankful for.

My home, I love where we live. We have great neighbours, are quite close to town but have loads of really nice walks around us that make you think we are not in town and are really close to both big cities in Scotland. That and the fact I love my wee house and feel very safe and settled there.

I have a good life, yes it has it’s ups and downs and at the minute it’s more challenging than I like it would it to be with the whole trying to conceive thing but overall it’s good. I have no dramas, a husband, friends and family who love me and am feeling settled and secure.

I have lots to be thankful for.

Claire xx

Weight Loss Wednesday

Week two of getting fit for fertility treatment has gone quite well. I’ve menu planned and cooked fresh meals every night, which I know doesn’t sound like much but sometimes when I get home from a long day at work it’s the last thing I know I want to do, so I am chuffed with myself for making sure I did it.

I’ve focused a lot this week on walking and have managed a very respectful;


I’m mostly sticking to the Slimming World plan but accidentally wasn’t counting something I should have but will do from now on. Overall though I’m finding it fairly easy to revamp my diet and follow the extra easy plan. I’m happy to report;


I think in the next few weeks I’ll redo my measurements and see if there is any noticeable difference. I’m hoping with all the walking I’m doing I will be toning up at least.

Claire x

Weight Loss Wednesday Returns

So I tried a half hearted attempt at losing weight recently that didn’t really see me losing that much! It was all driven by being told I needed to lose weight for the next step with fertility treatment (which I never really believed we would need) so I really didn’t try that hard, I lost some weight, yes, but not anywhere near enough and then I went on an All Inclusive holiday and kind of put it all back on again. I’m so annoyed with myself that the one thing I could try and take control of, I didn’t. Give me any other things to try whilst ttc I go at it with 100% backing but not this. I’ve stopped asking myself why, why the threat of not being able to go any further with the fertility clinic wasn’t enough but it wasn’t, I’m trying to change that though.

So that brings us to returning from holiday, me weighing myself and promptly cancelling the next fertility clinic appointment which was meant to have been on the 2nd November.  There was no point in going to it as my last letter from them states that they will not start the next stage of treatment until I weigh what they want.  I didn’t want to go and feel ashamed that I hadn’t actually done what they asked.  So instead I cancelled, rebooked in for a further 6 weeks and got out all of my slimming world stuff to menu plan for the next two weeks.

I have been out walking most days and have managed to get in over 12 miles in the past 9 days which is amazing for me, I think walking will be an easier thing to fit in as my husband is no longer around during the day so I need to take the dog out each night when I get in.

This weight loss Wednesday is actually over 9 days as I first weighed in on the Monday that we returned from holiday but Wednesday’s are better for me to get weighed on so here is the return of Weight Loss Wednesday. I am over the moon to report……


I have been so good this last week or so to get the weight off that I put on on holiday, following slimming world to the tee, no takeaway treat and no alcohol this week either. I feel so much better getting this big amount off and realise that I won’t have it again!

My main thing at the moment is just to keep up the motivation and to make sure I get as much off before going back to the clinic.

Wish me luck!

Claire xx