Wednesday, 29 April 2015

New phone ordered - Whoop!!!

Is it really sad to be excited? Yes, probably. Does that change the fact? Not on your nelly!!

My new iphone is winging its merry little way over to me as we speak!! In gold no less!! Very excited!!

At present I have a black iphone 5. Its perfect to be honest. Its quite new as although my contract ran for 2 years, its actually been replaced more recently than that so its only about 9 months old.

However, I was due for upgrade so upgrade I did!! I will shortly be the proud owner of a gold iphone 6. Loads more memory, loads more data and slightly less per month than I pay now!

My partner also gets my old handset so he gets a free upgrade too!! Result all round. Smiles :)

Coming up today

Later today I shall reveal my new single of the week. I shall also to an introduction to my next week with which this week is the fabulous Kaiser Chiefs.

I shall set out my 11 week challenge for the week's ahead. I shall also be sharing more holiday memories with you.

Busy day!! What are your plans today?

Tuesday, 28 April 2015

I love my Top 10's - Tasty

Top 10's
Biscuits
Cake
Chocolate Bars
Jelly Sweeties
Wine
Cheese
Ice-cream flavours
Crisp flavours
Pick n Mix
Fruit
Beers
Easter Eggs
Pizza
Chinese
Sushi
Fizzy Drinks

Gym again this evening :)

Well I am back with a bang this week!! First up it was PT last night. The scales dropped this morning. Then it was to the gym again for me this evening.

Tonight I focused mainly on cardio:

  • 10 cal walk to warm up
  • 1 mile jog - 120 cals
  • walk on incline - 70 cals
  • stair master intervals - 50 cals
  • cross trainer intervals - 50 cals
I really did not want to go tonight. Then it occurred to me that I go on holiday 11 weeks today and that spurred me on!!

Sometimes its not about how you feel on the day, you have to look ahead. I don't want to be this weight anymore, and I absolutely do not want to go on holiday overweight again. 

Next session is Thursday. Just got to take each day at a time and I will get there. 11 weeks to go. 

All these films that I have seen 10 #51

My next 10 films that I have seen:

Sunshine
Inception
Alex Cross
ARGO
Beowolf
Compulsion
Conception
Consenting Adults
Despicable Me
Despicable Me 2 

Here are my previous 500:

films #1                   films #23                   films #45
films #2                   films #24                   films #46
films #3                   films #25                   films #47
films #4                   films #26                   films #48
films #5                   films #27                   films #49
films #6                   films #28                   films #50
films #7                   films #29
films #8                   films #30
films #9                   films #31
films #10                 films #32
films #11                 films #33
films #12                 films #34
films #13                 films #35
films #14                 films #36
films #15                 films #37
films #16                 films #38
films #17                 films #39
films #18                 films #40
films #19                 films #41
films #20                 films #42
films #21                 films #43
films #22                 films #44

Last night's PT!

Last night's session, hard as ever, consisted of:

  • 800m increasing speed run on treadmill
  • 4 sets of 30 TRX squats
  • 4 sets of side lean with kettle bell (15 each side on each rep)
  • wood choppers on cables - 4 sets of 30 each side
  • wood choppers - 3 sets of alternating - 30 reps
  • 6 full burpees with jumps in between each
  • walking planks - 3 sets of 10 reps
  • standing planks - 3 sets of 10 reps
  • 1 minute plank
  • 2 x 500m sprint on cross trainer
  • twisting abs with weight - feet off floor - 3 sets of 30 reps
  • twisting abs with weight - 3 sets of 30 reps!!
Hard but worth it - scales have dropped this morning! Hoorah!! :)

Sunday, 26 April 2015

All these films that I have seen 10 #50

My project to find out how many films I have seen continues with my next 10:

Unforgiven
Along Came a Spider
Kiss the Girls
The Sum of All Fears
Lucky Number Slevin
Oblivion
Dolphin Tale
Outbreak
Her
The Grand Budapest Hotel 

That takes me up to 500!! Here are the previous 490:

films #1                   films #23                   films #45
films #2                   films #24                   films #46
films #3                   films #25                   films #47
films #4                   films #26                   films #48
films #5                   films #27                   films #49
films #6                   films #28
films #7                   films #29
films #8                   films #30
films #9                   films #31
films #10                 films #32
films #11                 films #33
films #12                 films #34
films #13                 films #35
films #14                 films #36
films #15                 films #37
films #16                 films #38
films #17                 films #39
films #18                 films #40
films #19                 films #41
films #20                 films #42
films #21                 films #43
films #22                 films #44

Overindulged. Oops.

Well I think I have blown the diet for this weekend! Lager and wine, and homemade beef burgers = bloated and feeling it this morning!!

So, I have made it that much harder for myself now, and as punishment, I have to push it this week.

This is the plan:

  • PT Monday
  • Gym Tuesday
  • PT Thursday
  • Gym Friday
  • Running Saturday 
  • Running Sunday. 
My only day off is Wednesday. When I say running what I actually mean is jogging. But it still burns calories so that's the plan!! 

Saturday, 25 April 2015

What I'm Watching This Week


  • Eastenders. This week its been all about Shirley and her boys. Will she be loyal to Deano or Mick? Meanwhile Ronnie knows about Roxy and Charlie. Ronnie won't let this go without repercussions that's for sure!! 
  • The Inbetweeners Movie 2. I watched this for the second time and found it even more funny. Yes its gross. Yes its seriously immature humour but for a bit of a light hearted choice its hit the mark for me. The boys are such P takers its hard not to find it funny!
  • Coronation Street. Yes I am having a week for watching the soaps this week!! The whole Michael and Gavin thing is heading to a conclusion it seems. At last. I mean honestly, how many residents of one small street are we expected to believe would all fall for the local drug dealer. First Kylie, then Katie, now Sarah. I will be glad when he isn't in it anymore. 
  • The Wolverine and X-Men. Having a bit of a X-Men weekend - watched the newest one last night - Days of Future Past. It was fantastic. Its where Magneto and Professor X are in their younger days. I absolutely love X-Men. Such a clever plotline, such great actors, and lets be honest. Hugh Jackman is in them!! 

Friday, 24 April 2015

Bedroom Style - Boudoir Francais!

I love luxury in my bedroom. I don't really have one specific style when it comes to my bedroom though. I like lots of different things - chaise longues, grand chandelier lighting, luxurious gold curtains and drapes.

I love loads of cushions and throws - its all about looking like you want to spend your time in comfort.

Lots of candles and lamps for mood lighting. Lots of storage for clothes and jewellery so that its clutter free. Different textures add depth and make it unique.

A back drop of a fitting bedroom gives the space and design to make a bedroom a sanctuary.

Bettaliving have over 60 different fitted styles to choose from so there is something for every taste. This one is my favourite: Adrianna Cream.

I love black, gold, white and cream colours. The rich cream of this bedroom is the perfect backdrop. Add lots of fluffy cushions and throws, and rich bedding and you have the basics covered.

Then add all my luxury items - my perfumes, my face treatments. All displayed beautifully. A girl has to play dress up!!

Heart Home Magazine have loads of great ideas for home decor. In particular I love the comp they are running at the moment for John Lewis vouchers. Fabulous inspiring stuff.

I love the little touches that make it your own. Fresh flowers, a piece of art, an upholstered chair - teddy bears!! Home is where the heart is, and sleep is so important.

I think my style is a mix of French bedroom design and boudoir. I don't know what you might call that - boudoir Francais perhaps? Yes, I like that. Boudoir Francais.

I've put together a beautiful Pinterest board to demonstrate what I love - you can check it out here - Bedroom Style. Life is short - a little bit of luxury is worth it for the pleasure it can give you. Enjoy :)




All these films that I have seen 10 #490

My next 10 films that I have seen takes me up to a whopping 490!! 

Ronin
Righteous Kill
Analyze That
New Year's Eve
The Fan
Driving Miss Daisy
Million Dollar Baby
Bruce Almighty
The Dark Knight
Evan Almighty 

Here are my previous 480:

films #1                   films #23                   films #45
films #2                   films #24                   films #46
films #3                   films #25                   films #47
films #4                   films #26                   films #48
films #5                   films #27
films #6                   films #28
films #7                   films #29
films #8                   films #30
films #9                   films #31
films #10                 films #32
films #11                 films #33
films #12                 films #34
films #13                 films #35
films #14                 films #36
films #15                 films #37
films #16                 films #38
films #17                 films #39
films #18                 films #40
films #19                 films #41
films #20                 films #42
films #21                 films #43
films #22                 films #44

Scales have dropped!

It has begun. I have dropped 1 and a half pounds. This isn't much - it puts me at 13 stone 5.6lb. However, its inching back towards getting under that horrible stone mark.

I am very pleased to see some movement in the right direction. I just need to get through this weekend now without blowing it, then next week begins the serious gym and exercise plan!!

Watch this space. I shall be slim. I shall reach goal this time!! :)

Thursday, 23 April 2015

Back into Personal Training

Tonight was my 3rd PT session since returning from my recent holiday and I finally feel like my body is getting back into it.

Tonight's session consisted of:

  • Burpees with press up and box jump - 4 10 reps
  • 4 x 4 lengths of studio side stepping
  • Leg press - 4 x 20 reps
  • 4 x 20 bicep dips on step box
  • 4 x 20 box squats
  • 4 x 12 reps of 16KG kettle bell swing
  • 4 x chest press 15 reps
  • 4 x leg raise crunches 15 reps
  • 4 x 12 reps burpees with box jump
  • 30 second increasing sprints for 9 minutes on treadmill
  • standing planks - 2 x 10 reps
It absolutely knackered me!! I was so hot and sweaty it was ridiculous. I feel like my fitness is back but I am so much flabbier and heavier than before. Not for long though with a few more sessions like this! :)

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

All these films that I have seen 10 #48

Here are my next 10 films that I have seen. That now takes me up to 480!! 

Indecent Proposal
The Thin Red Line
2012
Welcome to Sarajevo
Raging Bull
Casino
Meet the Fockers
Once upon a time in America
Analyze This
Awakenings 

I'm enjoying this project. I had no idea I had seen so many and still going strong!! Here are my previous 470:

films #1                   films #23                   films #45
films #2                   films #24                   films #46
films #3                   films #25                   films #47
films #4                   films #26
films #5                   films #27
films #6                   films #28
films #7                   films #29
films #8                   films #30
films #9                   films #31
films #10                 films #32
films #11                 films #33
films #12                 films #34
films #13                 films #35
films #14                 films #36
films #15                 films #37
films #16                 films #38
films #17                 films #39
films #18                 films #40
films #19                 films #41
films #20                 films #42
films #21                 films #43
films #22                 films #44

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

All these films that I have seen 10 #47

My next 10 films that I have seen:

Jurassic Park 3
The Long Kiss Goodnight
Jackie Brown
The Incredibles
The Negotiator
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Silver Linings Playbook
House at the end of the street
Zombieland
No Country for Old Men

Thats now 470 films I have seen. Wow. Here are my previous 460:

films #1                   films #23                   films #45
films #2                   films #24                   films #46
films #3                   films #25
films #4                   films #26
films #5                   films #27
films #6                   films #28
films #7                   films #29
films #8                   films #30
films #9                   films #31
films #10                 films #32
films #11                 films #33
films #12                 films #34
films #13                 films #35
films #14                 films #36
films #15                 films #37
films #16                 films #38
films #17                 films #39
films #18                 films #40
films #19                 films #41
films #20                 films #42
films #21                 films #43
films #22                 films #44

Sunday, 19 April 2015

All these films that I have seen 10 #46

Goodness this next 10 films takes my total up to 460!! Here are my next 10:

12 monkeys
Look Who's Talking
Hostage
Surrogates
Look Who's Talking Too
Fire with Fire
Mercury Rising
The Avengers
Snakes on a Plane
Jurassic Park 2: the Lost World

Here are my previous 450 :

films #1                   films #23                   films #45
films #2                   films #24
films #3                   films #25
films #4                   films #26
films #5                   films #27
films #6                   films #28
films #7                   films #29
films #8                   films #30
films #9                   films #31
films #10                 films #32
films #11                 films #33
films #12                 films #34
films #13                 films #35
films #14                 films #36
films #15                 films #37
films #16                 films #38
films #17                 films #39
films #18                 films #40
films #19                 films #41
films #20                 films #42
films #21                 films #43
films #22                 films #44

Single of the week - Last play for Trouble

Last play for this week's single of the week which is the fabulous Trouble by Iggy Azalea.

Check it out as I shall be choosing a new tune shortly.

You can find all my singles of the week plus loads more over at My Music page - just click here. :)

Very productive day!

Well what a day! Starting off with someone travelling to buy a dog kennel from us. It was here when we moved in last year but even if we have a dog, it certainly won't be living outdoors, so we didn't need it.


It was built to the side of the garage so it didn't even look particularly nice hidden away as it was. So this morning a man in a van came for it. At least I have a few pennies to show for it which is great.

The only fly in the ointment was that he was supposed to come at 8.30 this morning, but he didn't actually get here until 12.30!

Once they had dismantled it and gone it was round to my mum and dads to collect a table. A garden table, for the space we now have where the greenhouse was. Its a real little sun trap so very pleased.

Next up it was off to get a lawnmower. A petrol one. So whilst we have my dad's 4x4 we made the most of it. My other half with his new toy gave it a go and now the back lawn is mowed and it looks lovely.

We have gotten so much done over this last couple of weeks since back from holidays. Glad its all done now as got to hammer the gym after the horror of yesterday's weigh in!!

Feels good when you get stuff done. Just need some nice weather now so we can enjoy it! :)

Friday, 17 April 2015

All these films that I have seen 10 #45

All these films that I have seen is now standing at 450!! Wow. Here are my next 10:

Die Hard with a Vengeance
A Good Day to Die Hard
Pulp Fiction
The Sixth Sense
Live Free or Die Hard
The Fifth Element
Looper
RED
Moonrise Kingdom
The Last Boy Scout

Here are my previous 440:

films #1                   films #23
films #2                   films #24
films #3                   films #25
films #4                   films #26
films #5                   films #27
films #6                   films #28
films #7                   films #29
films #8                   films #30
films #9                   films #31
films #10                 films #32
films #11                 films #33
films #12                 films #34
films #13                 films #35
films #14                 films #36
films #15                 films #37
films #16                 films #38
films #17                 films #39
films #18                 films #40
films #19                 films #41
films #20                 films #42
films #21                 films #43
films #22                 films #44

The Neverending Story

I am on a diet. Again. I didnt quite hit target for my most recent holiday. I was about 5lbs heavier than I wanted to be, and even at target, still some 1 stone 10lb from my main goal. In Marrakech I reached 12 stone 6lb for holiday.


Marrakech 2015




Tunisia August 2014

Last years holiday to Tunisia saw me get down to 12stone 2lbs. Still too heavy.


Tunisia 2014

 
May 2014 - Gran Canaria

Gran Canaria saw me reach bang on 12 stone. 


Menorca 2013

My holiday to Menorca saw me get down to 11 stone 12lb. 


Menorca 2013

Crete 2015 - I need to be under 11 and a half stone. I have just short of 13 weeks to do it. On a diet again you see - The Neverending Story!! 

Thursday, 16 April 2015

My Top 10's

Top 10's
Biscuits
Cake
Chocolate Bars
Jelly Sweeties
Wine
Cheese
Ice-cream flavours
Crisp flavours
Pick n Mix
Fruit
Beers
Easter Eggs
Pizza
Chinese

Don't miss my single of the week - Trouble

This week's single of the week is Trouble by Iggy Azalea and Jennifer Hudson. Don't miss it!

You can find all my previous singles of the week at My Music page - just click here.

All these films that I have seen 10 #44

Here are my next 10 films that I have seen:

American Gigolo
Primal Fear
First Knight
Runaway Bride
The Mothman Prophecies
Brooklyn's Finest
Nights in Rodanthe
Resident Evil
Die Hard
Die Hard 2

That's 440 films now and still reeling them off. 

Here are my previous 430:
films #1                   films #23
films #2                   films #24
films #3                   films #25
films #4                   films #26
films #5                   films #27
films #6                   films #28
films #7                   films #29
films #8                   films #30
films #9                   films #31
films #10                 films #32
films #11                 films #33
films #12                 films #34
films #13                 films #35
films #14                 films #36
films #15                 films #37
films #16                 films #38
films #17                 films #39
films #18                 films #40
films #19                 films #41
films #20                 films #42
films #21                 films #43
films #22

My wishlist is growing!


  • Jeans
  • Faux fur jacket
  • Audi TT
  • Coco Mademoiselle EDP
  • New bedding
  • Yankee Candle
  • Curtains
  • Spa facial
  • Pedicure
  • Spray tan
  • Belly button piercing
  • Dress
  • Bikini
  • Lingerie
  • Chanel No 5 EDP
  • J'adore EDP
  • Body butter
  • Sunglasses
  • Beach bag
  • Flat cap
  • Barbour Jacket
  • Great red lipstick
  • Clarins Eau Dynamiste body lotion and body wash
  • Macbook Air or Macbook Pro
  • hardbound notebook
  • jodhpurs
  • Wireless printer
  • Chandelier light fitting for dining room
  • Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm
  • Elemis Cellular Recovery Capsules
  • Elemis SOS emergency cream
  • Tan leather jacket

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Diet is off the starting blocks - hoorah!!

So day 3 and I've survived so far. Off the wine, off the cheese, off the chocolate. Regular meals, no snacking, sensible portions.

Already, I feel less bloated, less over indulged and more in control. I still haven't been able to weigh in though as still haven't got a battery for the scales.

I feel better though. I look better. I just have to reach goal this time. I am so sick of yo-yoing up and down between stones and sizes. My ideal goal would be to have clothes in my wardrobe that fit me!

Currently I have about 3 sizes of clothes and its ridiculous. So, 3 days in and started well. Got to now keep it going!! 12 weeks 6 days to go :)

Comping reboot

I started comping about 3 years ago. I've had some great wins - a chaise longue, a digital camera, a laptop, designer shoes, a boombox - the list goes on.

Then, somewhere around 6 months ago, I entered the dreaded dry spell. I won nothing, my luck had taken a turn for the worse.

As a resolute comper, I determined to continue on as one sure way of not winning is not entering! Then, in Feb I had a couple of small wins, but lovely ones. Now though, the dry spell is continuing.

Time for a reboot. I changed forums - there are sites that list competitions. It seems that the same companies are constantly on there, and they are clearly high entry sites as in lots of folks enter them.

So I set myself the task this evening of finding another way. I've now learned how to search for comps for things I really want to win. I have set up a wishlist of things I really want.

I also, along with what appears to have been hundreds of facebookers who have received, out of the blue, a restriction from liking facebook pages and groups. I wouldn't mind, but I don't enter many on fb, and share even less.

Rather than take it as a bad thing, its given me the incentive to do what I've been wanting to do for some months - change my comping methods. So I am doing it folks, actually doing it!!

Not entering closing comps like something possessed anymore - am actively selecting what and where I enter.

Lets see if my reboot works!! Good luck to me :)

All these films that I have seen 10 #43

My next 10 films takes me up to 430 films watched. Wow - how many have I actually seen? Here they are:

Elizabeth
Sophie's Choice
The Deer Hunter
The Bridges of Madison County
Out of Africa
Born Free
Fantastic Mr Fox
A.I. Artificial Intelligence
Pretty Woman
An Officer and a Gentleman

films #1                   films #23
films #2                   films #24
films #3                   films #25
films #4                   films #26
films #5                   films #27
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Don't miss my single of the week - Trouble - Iggy Azalea

My new single of the week is the brilliant 'Trouble' by Iggy Azalea featuring Jennifer Hudson.

Officially to be released on 12th April but already getting around, this is such an unusual song. Its taken from her reissued debut album 'The New Classic'.

I have heard some of Iggy's previous stuff, and I was pleasantly surprised when I heard this as its a different style for her. Her rap style is more melodic, and the soulful vocals from Hudson really take this modern song back to the 60's/70's era but with a twist.

Its edgy, sassy and something kind of wonderful really. I would never have put these two together but it works. Sometimes there is just chemistry and it gels and thats clearly the case here.

Hudson's part is the catchy bit, as Azalea's rapping is so fast it takes a few listens to catch what she's saying, let alone learn it! I have tried mind you, but I'm no Iggy!

The video is pure brilliance and sheer entertainment. Azalea unwittingly gets involved with a wrong un, and doesn't realise when he says he's going to get some money that he is in fact about to rob the bank!! He gets caught and she goes to visit him inside. She hatches a plot to get him out, and does so by blasting a hole in his cell wall and breaking him out.

They speed through the LA streets in a red car before crashing and he is caught and carted off again. Hudson is the sexy cop who sees the break out on CCTV before giving chase. As the car crashes she and Azalea dance together before Hudson turns cop again and marches her off. Its a great video apparently directed by Iggy herself.

This is a piano based song, very retro in style but with Iggy's rapping style vocals making it modern. I love this song!! Go take a listen and let me know what you think.

You can find lots more singles of the week and music stuff over at My Music page - just click here. Happy listening :)



(video published on youtube by iggyazaleamusicVEVO )

My 2015 Wishlist

Wishlist


  • Jeans
  • Faux fur jacket
  • Audi TT
  • Coco Mademoiselle EDP
  • New bedding
  • Yankee Candle
  • Curtains
  • Spa facial
  • Pedicure
  • Spray tan
  • Belly button piercing
  • Dress
  • Bikini
  • Lingerie
  • Chanel No 5 EDP
  • J'adore EDP
  • Body butter
  • Sunglasses
  • Beach bag
  • Flat cap
  • Barbour Jacket
  • Great red lipstick
  • Clarins Eau Dynamiste body lotion and body wash
  • Macbook Air or Macbook Pro
  • hardbound notebook
  • jodhpurs
  • Wireless printer
  • Chandelier light fitting for dining room
  • Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm
  • Elemis Cellular Recovery Capsules
  • Elemis SOS emergency cream