All these lovely goodies have come from Kents Kitchen’s Facebook page. They offered them to the first person to figure out what they were going to be cooking from looking at the pile of ingredients and I’m really looking forward to trying all these things out!
The Glass was also won quite a while ago from the Hoegaarden website
The Formaline I won from Liz Love’s Blog
The Aloe Vera Gel Dave won from the Holland & Barrett Facebook page. I had moaned to him that I was never going to win one and that the app hated me so he went on his Facebook and tried, first time he did he won (yes I did swear!lol)
I don’t know if many of you have spotted that my challenge to myself this year isn’t competition related, instead I set myself up to at least start to beat my agoraphobia and finally last week I have started to do something about it instead of just thinking about doing something about it. I’ve also decided to share my journey on here, recent events have shown that mental health problems really shouldn’t be hidden away, help is out there if you need it, even if it’s just reading how others cope and learning to cope yourself. The main thing I’m learning on my journey back to living again is that life is worth living, yes, horrible things can and do happen but to let them rule the rest of my life would be giving in and letting those who hurt me win. They’re out of my life now, I’m not going to let them rule it still, I AM going to get better, have a fantastic life and enjoy every moment of it 😀
So, to start, here’s a very brief history: for the last 5/6 years the only time I have left the house has been with Dave, he makes me feel safe and secure and I know I can trust him. If anyone is wondering why this might be a problem, before I met Dave, I was in a string of bad relationships, the last one nearly killing me on a couple of occasions but now I’m free of all that and Dave has given me time and helped me to heal and now he’s helping and encouraging me into living again, showing me how life should be and it is pretty wonderful!
Anyway, last week I had a problem, I needed to make an appointment to have my Nexplanon implant changed but I wasn’t sure where to go for it over here. I struggle with making telephone calls as I have to plan in advance what to say and I couldn’t figure out the right string of words to ask if I telephoned my new GP which was making me feel very frustrated. It eventually boiled over and without thinking I put my shoes on, grabbed my coat and walked down there. It was only once I was half way there (it’s about 800m away) when I realised what I was doing, I felt so surprised but really happy that finally I believed myself that it would be OK to go out and it was.
I got to the doctors, spoke to the receptionist, made and appointment and have been back twice more since then, all on my own (OK, Dave gave me a lift half way for one appointment as we have a busy road between us and them and it was rush hour!lol) and I know I will be fine to go back again when I need to. I guess the next thing to work on now is going out on my own for pleasure not just because I need to be somewhere or do something. I know it will come in time, I’ll convince myself that it’s OK and that I can do it and I will 😀
I’ve also finally started back on my weight loss mission too, I’m not doing any fancy diet, just eating healthily (mostly) and keeping the calories under 1600/1700 each day with doing some exercise. I finally found something I really enjoy doing and it’s the most simple of exercises but it really gets a sweat going. I use a step and just go up and down on it while I watch something on TV or a movie. It’s amazing how much time goes past without you noticing if you distract yourself and keep exercising, hopefully I’ll keep going this time and this time next year, I’ll be on the way to being half the woman I am today 😀
So, no deliveries today then 😦 sob sob oh well, maybe tomorrow, Monday’s always seem to be the worst for deliveries 🙂
After another week on the Slimfast, I’ve lost another 3.5lbs YAY I’m feeling so much better already, I’m improving each day with the amount of time I can exercise for before I feel like I really can’t do any more and I feel like it’s all paying off. The best bit of this past week was finding Slimfast on offer in Sainsbury’s when we went over the weekend so I managed to get hold of the Caramel Temptation which is easily my favourite flavour! I also like the Strawberry and Vanilla ones too, after a good whizzing in my trusty Kenwood Smoothie 2GO they taste like a really thick creamy milkshake! I’m not so keen on the Chocolate one however as I found it a bit grainy and the Banana one really doesn’t like me at all!lol
I hope you’ve all had a good start to the week, the weekend will be here again soon, well, it’s sooner than Christmas anyway!lol
I received this book through redeeming points with Shopcade again YAY!
After my first week back on Slimfast I’m really happy to report that I’ve lost 2.5lbs and I feel like I have so much energy at the moment. I’m finding the diet fairly easy to stick to by being a bit creative with our meals and Dave has lost weight as well which is great, hopefully week 2 will go as smoothly (I already know week 3 wont as we have a meal out but I will try to behave!lol) One thing I have found which has helped me a lot is drinking more water. When I’ve felt hungry I’ve had a drink instead of going snacking and it’s really made it easier to stick to a reduced calorie diet as it’s filling and has no calories in it, I think I’m finally getting up to 8 glasses a day by doing this so hopefully that will help me to be healthier in other ways too 🙂
For a while now I’ve been thinking about just having one blog again, with the reduction in post I’ve been getting and being ill for so long, I think now is the time to use this blog for more than a few pictures here and there again. I’ll keep the link to Munchy’s Place over there >>> as it still gets quite regular hits on the reviews and I really don’t want the hassle of trying to move those posts over here!lol
Anyway, a quick update, after being ill with my gallbladder for most of this year, I’m really pleased to finally have it all behind me, as of the 7th June I’m free of everything that was causing me pain so now I can get back on with the rest of my life YAY 😀
On Monday 10th June I started back on the Slimfast 3-2-1 diet, it’s going really well so far and I’m exercising as much as I can, slowly building myself up to where I was. I still have a vast amount of weight to lose but to me being fit is much more important. I really don’t mind being a bit cuddly and TBH I really don’t want to be that skinny but I do want to be fit and healthy while happy with my body image. Since the last update on the other blog (over a year ago I know!lol) I’ve not lost any weight, I’ve put a couple of pounds on BUT I haven’t put on any inches, infact I’ve lost some! A good example of this is my engagement ring, when Dave first got me one, it was too small (size S), we had to look online and find a different one in a size U which is the one those of you who know me have seen!
Well, do you remember this ring when it arrived and me saying it would be the replacement when it fitted me (it’s a size N) so, have a look here:
To say I’m happy would be a huge understatement, I adore this ring, the odd colours in it are just perfect!
I still have a lot to look forward to for the rest of the year, a beauty party next month thanks to Philips and Come Round (more to come on this later) a few family celebrations, house hunting (YAY fun!lol) & moving (Booo! not so much fun!lol) and then my favourite time of year, the silly season (see I didn’t use the ‘C’ word!) and I’m sure there is much more to come as well. I’ll do my best to keep this updated now, it might be as a post on it’s own or a bit on the end of a deliveries one (if many more come!lol) but at least I’ve made my life a bit easier by combining my blogs again 😀