Wednesday, 18 August 2010

Walking, Weight Loss and Chocolate Cake!

Hello, are we all well? All is well here in Bucks. Still enjoying the holidays and making the most of the freedom it brings.

We have had a much quieter week so far, we did manage a swim yesterday and have a picnic planned for tomorrow but that's it. I should be sorting out for our holiday next week but as usual I will leave it all to the last minute. I definitely work better under pressure!

I am really looking forward to our week away, just a bit cheesed off that the weather forecast is looking rather damp. This will be the third year in a row that the weather has been rubbish for our holiday in the UK, if the weather forecast is to be believed. I am trying not to get fed up about it, lets face it you can't do a single thing about it - apart from moan.

I have decided to finally do something about my expanding waist line and have embarked on a get less fat and more fit campaign. I have never in all my life been this lardy and am fed up of feeling like a porker. So for the last three mornings I have been up with the lark and out for my 25 minutes of power walking (well a brisk walk is more of an accurate description). I even invested in a pair of new trainers. My thighs and calf muscles are all ready feeling the affects! I just hope that I can stick with it and eat a bit more sensibly and hopefully the weight will start to drop off bit by bit. I am going to a ball in October so I would like to have lost a few pounds by then. I am trying not to view this as a diet as whenever I go on a diet I feel starving and just want to eat all of the time.

I am planning on making a cake today though. I watched the Great British bake off programme on BBC2 yesterday evening and really fancy baking a chocolate cake. I could allow myself a very small piece and let Mr P and the little ones devour the rest. I am planning on making a Nigella chocolate cake, fingers crossed it goes to plan.

I have been making bread this week too, well the bread maker has. I realised I haven't used it for ages, so I dusted it off and have made a white loaf, which Daisy loves and a more healthy granary loaf which I plan on having toasted for breakfast today (not the whole loaf I hasten to add, just a slice or two!).

I have been very naughty this week and gone and ordered some more yarn. This time it was the yarn bundle that was used by Lucy at Attic 24 to crochet her granny stripe blanket. It was a bargain price of £23 I think, so much much cheaper than the Debbie Bliss and Rowan yarns I have been using. So, it looks like my next project is already lined up. I am hoping to get lots of crocheting done next week on holiday in the evenings. Alex's blue blanket is coming along slowly but surely, I seem to manage a few rows every day.

Reading has taken a bit of a back seat recently, so I am making a conscious effort to read a bit before I turn out the light each evening. For anyone remotely interested I am reading Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger, which has started well and has been really easy to get in to. I loved the Time Travellers Wife so I have high hopes for this book.

Well I suppose I had better get my lazy bum out of bed. Having been out for my power walk it is a real luxury to jump back in to bed with my first cup of tea of the day and either do a bit of crocheting or catch up with blogland. Alex and Daisy normally come in for a bit of early morning trash TV watching. Poor old Mr P is the only one who has to leave for work and miss out on the relaxed start to the day. Hopefully next week we can all enjoy our holiday and have a nice time together as a family. The in-laws are also coming along which is fine, they are very easy company, even if their odd ways do start to bug me a bit my the end of the week.

I haven't taken any pictures this week, so I will leave you with a picture of my two looking sweet, loving and happy together. I am hoping for plenty of this next week with no bickering, arguing or generally trying to kill each other! Please cross your fingers and all wish me good weather and good children next week.

See you all after our jollies. Till next time.




  1. Let me know how you get on with that book - I loved TTTW and was tempted yesterday when I was in a book shop.

    Good luck with your walking. I've lost a few pounds over the hols and intend to keep it that way over the winter.

  2. Oooh, let me know too! I can't wait to hear what you think of the book. I'm tempted too. xx

  3. I do wish you good weather, and a lovely holiday!
    I've got on really well with trying to eat more protein with meals - it's supposed to keep you full for longer and it does seem to work, and less sugar, although of course that rules out cake. But then I can never have a small piece of cake. Hope you find something that works for you - any exercise is good! xx