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Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Muffin Top

I brought a new toy last week! A Fitbit!And I love it!

For those of you who haven't heard of them it is a little step counter gadget which monitors your activity day and night. It shows you all sorts of information including your most active parts of the day, sets you goals to reach, how many calories you have burned etc. There are a few different models to go for too. My brother has the Fitbit Flex which goes round your wrist and (if you don't want to) you never have to take it off. I got the Fitbit One though as it sits in a clip and attaches to your trousers. Much better as I wouldn't be able to wear anything on my wrists when at work. The only downside is for the sleep function, you have to take it out of the clip and put it in a wrist strap. Got used to it now and it doesn't keep me awake!

The dashboard (above) shows you a snapshot of how you have done each day. On this day I hit my goals for my steps, floors climbed, calories burned and distance. I even had 541 calories left to eat but my active minutes were not achieved. booo! I don't really understand how the active minutes work though. Apparently it works it out in MET's rather than the actual time 'being active'..... Ok then!

This was yesterday. As you can see, I was pretty lazy... actually, we went out twice but drove both times haha. In the activity box it shows you your more active parts of the day, not much yesterday as you can see!!

The Fitbit itself also has a pretty flower which grows depending on how active you have been. You know you have been lazy when the flower only has 1 leaf!

One of my favourite features is the sleep recording. Specially when I am on nights as my sleep is all over the place. That was my sleep for last night. I slept pretty well as you can see! I got up for a wee just after 1 and the rest of the red lines show how restless I was!

I did start dieting with Slimming World but I got bored pretty quickly. So now I have gone back to calorie counting. You can calorie count using the fitbit website but another FAB feature is that you can sync with MyFitnessPal and all the information will come across. You can make MyFitnessPal more accurate by allowing negative adjustments to your calorie count depending on how active or sedentary you have been. The one thing I always hated with MyFitnessPal is that it never really took into account how busy I am at work but how lazy I am at home, you just had the same calorie goal whatever. NOW its based on my ACTUAL activity!!!!

I am such a geek!

You may judge but it has worked!

I was 8st 13lb on the scales this morning! Weeee!!!! I estimated that I would need to be 9st to get into THE dress, so that has completely made my day! Mum is coming to visit on monday and shes going to bring the dress with her so that will be the real D-Day!!! I REALLY hope I don't have to get it altered!

I also tried on the PASH Jeans this morning...

Ok from this angle you can't see the muffin top very well in this picture, but the other one I took makes me look pregnant and isn't very flattering at all! They are still a little tight round the crotch too but they are most definitely wearable now! few more pounds and ill be there!!!

Though, I don't want to loose loads more, my BMI sits at 21.6 at the moment so perfectly normal. To be honest I actually need to do more proper exercise. My boobs have completely shrunk but I don't feel that different on my hips or my waist, which is where I need to loose it for the dress. I was going to do the 30 day ab challenge but I only managed day one - I forgot about it! Maybe I should start now! Then I might just post before and after shots!

Saturday, 21 June 2014

Went to the Garden Centre!

Theres three garden centres really close to us. They are on the main road I drive along to get to work every day; I still managed to drive passed the entrance to ALL of them! HAHA! I'm not usually looking to go in and it's a fast road so by the time I realised I was there it was too late!

Anyway, I went for fertiliser, garden canes and compost, which I got, along with some plants!! I couldn't help myself, they were all so preety!

I'm not sure where I am going to put them yet. They would look really nice in the border where they are now but half of the wall is broken so will need to be fixed when we replace the surrounding wall. In my last garden post, said about getting it done this summer. Well its very much already summer and I can't see us doing it any time soon unfortunately. Everything seems to take so long!

A while ago I moved some of the decorative stones in the raised beds so that I could move some of my strawberries into them. Then I decided it was the wrong time of year to disturb them.

Irritatingly there's a cut off stump in one of them which I did wan't to remove but then changed my mind. I would have been there FOREVER! When we went home a few weeks ago, mum's neighbour gave me some cherry tomato plants which were looking pretty sorry for themselves. I took them in and planted them up.

And a month later I don't think they're doing too bad! I gave them a top-up of fresh compost which will hopefully give them a further boost. They have a nice amount of tomato's coming too!

I'm impressed with how my apple tree is doing this year too! Were going to have lots off it hopefully. I had to prop it up the other day because the weight of the fruit growing was getting too much. Can't say the same for the pear tree though. It never flowered this year, and at one point I thought it had died completely! But it has perked up. I want to plant it in the ground at some point so hopefully it'll do really well next year!

It was too hot to do too much earlier but I have planted some mint seeds and plan to plant some lettuce seeds etc. when it cools down a bit later. Though, now I've sat down, I am very comfy!!!

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Got me fabric out!

First time since we moved, five months ago! I dunno how I lasted this long! 

My only job today was to paint the radiator cover, which I did, so I couldn't just waste the rest of the day. And the fabric did somehow magically jump out from under the bed, fall down the stairs and jump onto the table. So it would have been rude not to do something with it.....!

Didn't get as far as actually getting the sewing machine out but I was very tempted!! Poor thing will think I don't love it anymore! I dooo!!! This pile (well some of it) has been cut up into 132 bunting triangles, ready to be sewn into our wedding decorations!

Before going out and spending lots of money on fabric I decided using what I have made more sense. Okay, it doesn't follow the colour scheme but they are all 'country' looking-ish. Which is good enough for me, as were getting married in the country! I have brought 50m of bias binding so once that arrives there will be no stopping me! 

I wonder how much bunting were actually need?......

It's Alive!!!!!

I really dislike people who say Orchids are the easiest plants to look after! I have had such bad luck with mine. My first two lived a short life, so when I got my third, I was full of good intentions... Which lasted the whole of a few weeks. Though, I have watered it regularly, and I do think it likes our new bathroom better.

Ok so it doesn't exactly look a picture of health but it definitely has 2 more leaves (and lost one - but we don't need to mention that) and a flower stem forming!!! I am SOOO HAPPY!! I can feel your anticipation for lovely flower pictures from here! Watch this space!