Tuesday, 26 January 2016

When a book lets you down..

I first became aware of the women of The Chocolate Lovers Club when the book was chosen for my book club read, you can read the post about it here.
We all enjoyed it, which was surprising as there are some readers in the club who would never ever pick up such a chic lit off the shelf. We had a good time discussing the characters of the book, and confessed if we could relate to them.
So when I saw this on the shelf at Christmas I suggested it for the next read, being a Christmas themed book and characters who were familiar to all of us, I thought it would be a nice easy read over the holiday period.
Well I just finished it and I can’t say I enjoyed it. It was a struggle.
The characters, those women we got to know before, they mostly annoyed the hell out of me. How can anyone e so gullible and honestly how can anyone eat SO much chocolate. I like chocolate, I have a sweet tooth, but I actually felt sick from reading about the quantities consumed by these women.
If it hadn’t been a book club read I don’t think I would have finished it. Life is too short to read rubbish books. I feel bad though, like I’m being mean to a friend, (actually I also feel like a friend has let me down if I’ve been looking forward to reading a book and then don’t enjoy it) but I don’t think I will be buying the next instalment. I think me and The Chocolate Lovers Club may be 'on a break'.

Do you finish books if you don’t enjoy them?

Monday, 11 January 2016

The Gym Diaries #4

Time for a  gym progress update?
8 months ago I realised I was in my 40's and was on the slippery slope to gaining weight, feeling unhealthy and generally not being at all happy how things were going with my health.
So I signed over my soul to David Lloyd. It was a decision that took me a couple of months to come to. Because I'm not going to lie, it is expensive.
However in this case I do believe I get what I pay for. The choice and times of classes are plentiful and as I work weird irregular hours this is great for me. I love the fact that whatever time I go to the gym the changing rooms are being cleaned. I love the fact there is a separate area in the changing rooms for parents with children (with special changing/cot facilities), and actually one area that says
 adult only.
The same goes for the café area. Whilst there is one large area for the parents to let the children run around in the soft play or plug in/watch TV (there is even a cinema room) there is another area separate to the main café with sliding doors that say adults only. This sort of thing to me is worth paying for.
So lets get down to the nitty gritty of it.
I try to go to as many classes as I can. It varies. Take this week. Today I did an hour of Body Pump. Tomorrow (Tues) I'm booked in for Body Balance. Wed I'm not booked in to any classes as I am busy but I may go swimming. Thurs I'm booked in for Body Balance and then Friday it's Body Pump again. I'm not planning to go at the weekend. I haven't done CX since my vertigo troubles,(lots of lying down in that) but as I feel that's getting pretty under control I may try that next week.
In the 8 months since I joined I've lost about 9/10 pound give or take. I don't weigh myself regularly as I don't think that's healthy and I don't want to obsess about the numbers. People tell me I look like I've lost a lot more weight than I actually have, and I do feel like that. My body has changed shape, and that is what I wanted. My hips, thighs and arse are smaller. Lets face it, that's a huge plus. My waist is a bit better but I am trying to get to grips with all the core exercises. 8 months ago I could not do 2 crunches without my back lifting off the floor. Now I can do the whole track (but it hurts!) I couldn't hold a plank position for longer than a few seconds without putting my knees on the floor and now I can even do that for the minute.
I feel healthier, and I have no regrets about joining up. I would recommend anyone to try joining a gym when a year ago I was one of those people that couldn't understand why you would pay for someone to shout at you in a room.
Do you go to a gym?

Wednesday, 6 January 2016

Last years goals & plans... how did that go..

I was thinking about this year's goals ad plans, which led me to searching out last years post of the subject.
Lets see how that went shall we!
Health. This made me smile, as I was saying I wasn't sure about classes. Well I am now the queen of classes! I joined my local David Lloyd club back in March (probably took me 3 months to realise I needed the motivation of a class!) and I have to say it is the best thing I did and my biggest achievement of 2015. Separate Gym Diary post to come...
Music. Well I love my Ukulele which I have had for a year now. I have been attending the Ukulele group nights at the local coffee house once a month and this is where I admit I am not that great at it. My problem is my lack of practise in between, my brain does not remember the info from one club night to the next and I know that this would be different if I would just get the damn thing out of the bag at home. This year. Btw, did you see the great video we made? (have a look at it here!)
Home. Well, I think I do remember sorting out some stuff at the beginning of the year, but since Christmas the Mr and I have decided a lot more 'sorting' is required. I think it's that time when the decorations come down and I'm feeling like I need some organisation!
Blogging. Probably my biggest failure regarding my plans for my blog last year as I definitely fell off the end of the virtual world there for a few weeks (months?) I think I had bloggers block there for a while, and I have missed it. Hopefully I'm getting back on track.

What were your goals for 2015? How did that go?


Friday, 1 January 2016

A New Year

Well hello 2016.
I'm really excited for where this year will take me, I am excited for up coming adventures, not least the many in the home on wheels, we have some familiar, and not so familiar shows and festivals to visit, where nights turn into mornings, with friends who feel more like family.
I realise I haven't been to visit my little virtual space as much as usual the last month or so, but I have been really busy at work and also have just been enjoying life without blogging about it.
Which is good for a while, but it's definitely not something which will carry on. I do plan on getting back to regular blogging, and catching up with a virtual coffee with you all, I feel like my new years resolution should be to schedule more. It's easy to lose hours on the internet without actually achieving anything. I need a planner. Or a PA.
Christmas was fun, busy, quiet, all at the same time. My only full day/night off was Christmas day when we saw family in the morning and then came home for our usual quiet lunch and evening.
New years was spent dancing with friends in a local pub, and hurrah to having friends with a child old enough to be the taxi home.
Wishing everyone a fabulous year full of all the things you wish for