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Ouchy

So, I joined the gym after a 3 month gap. It wasn’t too bad going back, and I’ve been plodding along quite well for the last few weeks. However, I did something silly. I got bored of my program and got the gym guy (highly technical term, I know) to change it for me.

So good so far, that doesn’t sound too bad, does it? I went to the gym this afternoon, and now my shoulder makes weird crunchy noises. I am currently ignoring it, but it has prevented me from crocheting tonight, which for some reason, has stressed me a bit.

I’ve been crocheting quite a bit of late:

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I did that last night, it’s not my pattern, I was pattern testing for someone on Instagram. Which is kinda cool, as it wasn’t my normal thing to make. I make this kind of stuff normally:

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I also liked a drawing my 3 year old did of my baby so much that I had to make it…

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Ok, so maybe a couple of nights off won’t actually kill me? I’m back at work after baby and think that the lack of free time is what has caused me to be doing more – when you have less free time, you don’t waste a minute of it!

Anyway, speaking of work, I have to go there tomorrow and I’m tired.

Goodnight folks!

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Today sucks

So… There have been some issues recently which meant stuff changed. Over the last three weeks I ditched Zumba and Pilates. And even the gym for a bit. I didn’t want to, but I couldn’t keep paying for stuff when we can’t afford it. So.. There you have it. I got back to the gym a couple of times this week, but my program (and reduced price) ends on Tuesday. So, that’ll be the end of that for the foreseeable future.

The thing is… Something I hadn’t expected had happened… I’d actually started to enjoy going to the gym (I know, it’s hard to believe). Once I got past the boredom bit, me and my iPod were quite enjoying the time together. We’d made a new playlist and everything.

Anyway.. Enough with the depressingness (new word- I think I like it). I’m going to have a cup of tea and I’ll speak write type to you all later.

Plans for the day include laundry… A trip out to buy some birthday gifts and possibly see the festive lights in the park. There’s some kind of ‘glowing orb’ visiting tonight, if it’s any good I may post pictures.

Being healthy and reliving my youth

So, I’m a bit achy right now. A couple of weeks ago I added Pilates to my exercise regime. It’s.. Erm… Well… Different! I did nearly laugh tonight at the sight of a room full of women lying face down whilst ‘swimming’ (kicking arms and legs). I went to the gym today too, so I’m pretty tired. I thought Pilates would help with my flexibility, though it’s too soon to tell. I’ll keep you posted! Apparently, if you’re tall it’s harder to be bendy. Not sure how true that is, but it makes me feel better about my unstretchyness (wow! New word).

A couple of weeks ago, we took the kids to see the lights in roker park. When I was little, the whole seafront used to be little up for christmas, as illustrated in some pictures I stole borrowed from Facebook:

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I remember how busy it was, and how many other people were there, just to see the lights. And generally how excited and hyper I was to be staying up late and getting the bus to Sunderland.

As these things do, the lights got less and less, and eventually got replaced by other events. The park in the town centre has lots if lights now in the holidays.

But this year, as part of the ‘preholiday’ season, roker park got decorated:

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There were rides for the kids too:

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We had fun, but husband and I realised something.. When we were small and hyperactive, and over excited, we wondered why our parents were grumpy and didn’t enjoy the experience as much as we did.

I lost count of how many times we had to ask our very bouncy, very loud toddler to calm down… And slow down…. And then there were tears when we had to go. So mammy and daddy were a bit worn out afterwards. And they understood why their parents were reluctant to be dragged out to these things all those years ago!

Overall though, we had fun, and it’s great to see things to do in and around the city I live in. I don’t mind being worn out, if it makes my kids happy, and gets us doing something new, as a family.

What childhood tradition would you like to share with your kids?

Well, it’s getting late, so..

Good night folks xx

Tuesday night ramblings

So, technically, it’s the night before this week’s weigh in. But I’m not going to get held up on that tonight.

Technology has made an attempt to catch up with me, and today I’m figuring out how to type in a playbook, so, as usual, apologies for the rubbish typing!

This weekend was the continuation of backyard work. So, I pretty much stayed in with the kids. However, I got a pass out from husband on Sunday night and managed to sneak in a few pints with my Dad. As a vegetarian, nice beer is getting increasingly harder to get as lots of breweries are using findings, resulting in what can only be described as icky fish beer.

We went to a nice pub, with nice beer, called the isis, which sells lovely beer called erdinger (if you haven’t tried it, I’d recommend it). 20120911-211735.jpgThe was a live music too, some members of a band called the longsands were playing, and they were pretty good, doing a mix of covers and original stuff. It reminded me of life before children when that was my normal weekend routine.

But still, it is weighday tomorrow. And gym, which will be worse, as the nice man put extra stuff on my key to try out. And zumba. And soft play. And food shopping. It is daddy day care after all!

Progress report

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This is me, today. I had lost 1 lb. The lady had converted my weight from kg wrongly, I think. So, I didn’t gain weight, but I didn’t speed up my weight loss either, I slowed it down.

I’m not making excuses, but I think it’s been harder to control my diet as I’m weaning the littlest. Feeding him used to give me an extra 500 (roughly) calories a day, which helped cover up when I slipped. So, the answer? No more slips! Better willpower!!

Still working on how I’ll get that though!

Been to the gym and Zumba today. And I didn’t cheat on my weights (have been doing more reps at a lower weight due to ouchiness) and tried one set of reps on the leg press at 50kg instead of 40. The other 2 weights things I do are 20kg they are something to do with upper back, and chest press, I think!

Was a bit gutted at the gym when I checked my results and it said I’d burnt 6 calories less on my cardio stuff. Not a lot, but I really tried to do more today! Hopefully I’ll be better on Friday. So, this post is more motivational. I hope.

In other news, there’s now other people at Zumba using the machine I use before class to do a health check. I started a trend!!

Off course, of course

So, I’ve been quiet for a little bit. I put 1lb back on, and have been off track ever since. Am now actually worried about getting weighed on Wednesday. Never mind! Tomorrow is another day.

One of the reasons for my naughty eating habits this weekend has been my house. It’s having a birthday next year, it’ll be 100. And it needed a repaint (outside) and a boundary wall repairing. So we thought. A couple of days work. So we thought.

So, we packed off the kids, my dad (all round DIY expert) came over and… Stuff starting dropping off, and looking damp (never a good thing!). In short, part of my house that was rendered is now naked.

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I have some pretty red bricks though! So, how does that make you eat badly? I hear you ask… Well. When working, it is customary to feed the workers. Something quick and easy, so as not to interrupt the work much. So, chips and vegetable pakora for lunch. It’s also customary to provide refreshments. Which means beer. And as the kids were staying out, it meant more beer later (and a date night, but I’m going to try a ‘proper’ serious write up on that one next).

So, it’s all gone a bit awry. But I have been burning calories doing crochet (If google says it burns more calories than watching telly, I believe it!) and have finished of a couple of projects that have been hanging around:

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Just for clarification, the blanket was the project, not the baby! He’s the blanket tester. I also made a couple of new things:

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I’m trying to make a hat right now, which is a bit of a challenge. And I want to write about what I did at the weekend, but my broadband is off (as usual!) and I can’t figure out how to link to the site on my phone. I’m sure I’ll find a way!!

We are the sleepyheads

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Well, everyone but me is asleep. And that photo was actually from last night. That’s what happens when my husband drinks too much.

We’ve had an ok weekend, it rained on saturday, and husband was at work in the morning, so me and big kid built a den in my bedroom. Little kid cut his second tooth, he wasn’t impressed with the den. Yesterday we bought a £1.99 kite and flew it on the cliff tops (carefully, and away from the edge!). It was surprisingly good for a cheap kite.

Big kid stayed at his grandparents’ last night, and husband went out and drank a lot. Then came home and played human pinball (imagine drunk person bouncing off every available surface).

Today we went to an engine museum. That’s really all I knew about it till we got there. I knew it was having a steam day today, and that it was free. It turned out to be a water pumping station, built in 1869, that the water board have kept in working order to let people come and see it. It was really interesting, but a bit terrifying at the same time!! I’m a little scared of heights, some bits made me nervous.

I think it’s cool, because their isn’t much like that around anymore, it’s nice to show the kids something that works, instead of trying to explain how it would work. And a very nice man (it’s staffed by volunteers) explained how it works, I bought a leaflet, so I can show big kid.

It’s at Ryhope Engine Museum, if you fancy a look.

There was a blacksmith there too, and he made a shovel, I was very impressed. It’s a beautiful building, and I wish I’d managed to get better pictures.

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Husband has been working overtime recently, due me shortly being at the bit of maternity leave where your wages stop. This has given me time to have a go at some crochet again. I shall soon be overrun with random bags I never use! Tonight’s project was ‘playing with hairpin lace’, I managed 2 rows and joined them up (but you’ll have to imagine them, as it’s too dark for a photo, and everyone’s asleep).

I think I’ll try and join them! Night night folks xx

Oh. Nearly forgot to report the ‘being healthy’ progress! Went to gym Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and ached today. Been reasonably good food wise, but did have sweeties today. Bad me! Right, really off to kip now, am due an early morning wake up call from little one.