Monday, 23 October 2017

The many faces of Coco the Dog

Our little gorgeous bundle of fur is growing up fast. She's a Staffy, so whilst she is now nearly fully grown in length, she will no doubt thicken out as she gets older. Its hard to think how much she has grown, but let me tell you this dog has personality!!

I decided to take a look back at the many faces of Coco starting at 10 weeks old when we first bought our little furry baby home to now at 15 months old. Its ridiculous how much I love this little lady.

Our little girl makes us laugh every day. She's so mischievous and funny, loving and cuddly, full of life and happy to fall asleep anywhere! 

She has turned into the most lovely natured kind dog as she grows up and I am very in love with her. She has turned us all into mush and made everything so much fun. 

Even when she does things wrong, which she will - she is still a baby, still learning, I just cannot be cross with her. She just looks at me with her sad eyes when she knows she has been naughty and I can't help making a fuss of her anyway! 

I find myself unable to go shopping anywhere without bringing her a treat back. We no longer go for meals and clear our plates - we always have to bring her a little bit of meat back. 

We went for many years thinking about when it would be the right time for a dog. I'm sad we went so long without one, but it meant that when we had one, we had this one - Coco. She was meant for us. My little furry little girl has stolen my heart. 

This Time its going to be different :)

I am setting the bar high this time. I am boring even myself with my constant aim to lose weight and get fit. Don't get me wrong - I do succeed, sometimes, but then I derail and end up back at square one.

So my plan this time, is to reward myself with things that really will motivate me. For instance, I need my hair cutting. Its a mess. But I cannot have it cut and coloured until I have lost weight. That way, my hair will annoy me, forcing me to lose pounds first. Its almost like being punished, which for me does work.

First of all, I need to have my goals in mind. These are Goal 1 - short term, and Goal 2 being long term.

  • Goal 1 = 2 stone to lose before I can go on holiday. 
  • Goal 2 = 4 stone 6 pounds to reach perfect weight
My list of punishment and reward for Goal 1 looks a little something like this:

  • 2 stone to lose
    • Mini goal 1 = 6lbs
      • Eye cream
    • Mini goal 2 = 9lbs
      • Mascara
    • Mini goal 3 = 12lbs
      • Red lipstick
    • Mini goal 4 = 1 stone 
      • Haircut
    • Mini goal 5 = 1 stone 2lbs
      • Handbag
    • Mini goal 6 = 1 stone 4lbs
      • Ear cuff jewellery
    • Mini goal 7 = 1 stone 7lbs
      • Book holiday
    • Mini goal 8 = 1 stone 9lbs
      • Beach towels
    • Mini goal 9 = 1 stone 11lbs
      • Pedicure
    • Mini goal 10 = 1 stone 12lbs
      • Velvet Adidas tracksuit
    • Mini goal 11 = 1 stone 13lbs
      • Acrylic nails and false eyelashes 
    • Mini goal 12 = 2 stone
      • Off shoulder jumper

My Single of the Week - Sam Smith - Too Good at Goodbyes

My new single of the week is from the wonderful Sam Smith with 'Too Good at Goodbyes'.

Sam Smith is one of our best here in Blighty - his voice is simply beautiful. His voice is so soulful its hard to think he is still just 25 years old. Such talent in one so young.

His vocals have never been better showcased in my humble, than in this absolute gem of a song. He has some great hits in his back catalogue, but this one appeals to me on a deeper level. Its just so raw. Sam has featured on some great tracks before releasing his own material, but its his solo output that truly show his talent.

This single 'Too Good at Goodbyes' is the lead single from Sam's second album, The Thrill of it All. His first album, In the Lonely Hour, was released in 2014. It reached number 1 in the albums chart.

The official video that accompanies the song, is a simple stripped back video. It suits the song, and its very effective, and it also shows the physical transformation of Sam himself. He has lost over 50 pounds and he looks almost unrecognisable from his former self. Kudos to Sam!

I love how humble Sam Smith is too. This song, is part pop, part soul, and very orchestral, but he comes out with comments in the press like worrying people won't want to hear his voice again. Seriously, I could never tire of his voice - its so rich and yet so effortless.

A bit of a sad song this one, but its a lovely song for the Autumn / Winter season when the nights are long and the days are short, and we all feel a bit more morose as a result. This suits the season.

I love Sam, and I love his latest output. Here's hoping for much more to come.

If you haven't heard this song, or haven't heard his previous stuff, including a James Bond theme no less, then quickly, go google or youtube him and enjoy. You can also check out My Music page here for more of my music choices, singles of the week and music stuff. Happy listening :)

10 Scary Film for Halloween #2 - Salems Lot

Salem's Lot. Even the name sounds sinister. Jerusalem's Lot to give it its full and correct name. Originally a Stephen King book, released in 1975.

You will know already that Stephen King is the master of horror, and you know that as one of his books, its going to be 1 - scary, and 2 - great. Salem's Lot is quite possibly the best of his scares. 

This is a classic film and is packed full of scares and jumpy bits. Its based on the book, and was released in 1979. It revolves around Ben Mears, played by David Soul. He returns to the town he grew up in, only to suspect something is wrong.

What is wrong, is that the town is being turned into vampires! A mysterious new arrival in the town, Mr Straker and his elusive and unseen partner Mr Barlow, open their new antique shop and purchase the town's alleged haunted house. The Marsten House was the scene of Mears being scared as a child. Its no less scary as an adult he soon discovers!!

Make no mistake, this is one scary, scary film. I feel made all the more so by its aged appearance. Mr Barlow is the ultimate scare - think old school vampires, but the Glicks tap tapping on the window is the single most scary scene ever. Not so much while watching but you just wait until the next time a branch taps on your bedroom window in the night!

Vampires and gothic horror at its best. James Mason as Straker was an inspired choice, but this is so well written and so utterly scary, that it couldn't fail to give you the spooks. Stephen King, master of horror at his very best here.

Be warned - if you watch this, you will never hear tapping on the window without remembering the Glicks!! Brilliant choice for Halloween this one.

My Top 10 Beers

  • Peroni
  • San Miguel
  • Stella 4%
  • Becks Vier
  • Kronenburg
  • Samuel Adams
  • Cobra
  • Sol
  • Budweiser
  • Carling

Day Eight of My 30 Day Beach Body Challenge

Day Eight:

  • 50 Donkey Kicks
  • 100 Bicycle Crunches

Day Seven:

  • 3 x 60 Second Planks
  • 200 Jumping Jacks

Day Six:
  • 50 Supermans
  • 50 Squats

Day Five:
  • 100 High Knees
  • 75 Russian Twists

Day Four:
  • 200 Crunches
  • 100 Skater Slides

Day Three:
  • 50 Burpees
  • 50 Kick Down Crunches

Day Two:
  • 100 Bicycle crunches
  • 2 x 30 second planks
Day One
  • 2 x 60 second planks
  • 50 crunches

Sunset over the Pool Cretian style

Is this beautiful or what? The sun was setting when I snapped this quick snap of the pool at our hotel. It captured the moment perfectly resulting in this gorgeous shot.

I wish I was there still :)

Fun in Crete #3 - The Selfie

Its obligatory. When on holiday, you have to take a selfie (or two)!! Here we are then, as is the law:

Fun in Crete #2 before we even begin nom nom nom

Even before we left Blighty, we were on our holidays. We celebrated waving goodbye to our suitcases for a few hours with Nacho's. Nom nom nom. 

Pulled pork nachos, and cheesy nachos. Yum!

Large glass of pinot? Don't mind if I do!! 

Sunday, 22 October 2017

Fun in Crete :) #1 Animal Magic

I went off on my holidays to Crete in July. It was scorchio!! First night, I decided to be a bit of an animal:

Well it had to be done. It was so flippin hot though, and our apartment backed onto the garden area, which meant we were serenaded by crickets!! 

It was quite nice at first, but first thing in the morning they were so loud!! Between the crickets and the air con, it was like going deaf when it went quiet for a moment!!

The Giants Causeway & the Legend of Finn McCool

The Giant's Causeway in Ireland is a place I have long wanted to see. So you can imagine my excitement when I finally got there. This is me standing upon it imagining all manner of mythical giants and the accompanying legend of what once took place here.

The place is breathtakingly beautiful. On the day we visited, it was very windy which added to the drama. The waves were riding high with white horses. This set the perfect backdrop for the legend of Finn McCool. 

So the legend goes that Finn McCool was a giant, reaching 54 feet tall. Finn lived with his wife Oonagh on the Antrim coast. One day he learned of a rival living in Scotland known as Benandonner. Finn was taunted by Benandonner when finally, Finn reached out and scooped up a clod of earth, and hurled it across the sea at him. He misssed and the clod landed in the Irish Sea, creating the Isle of Man where it landed, and the hole it left in the earth became Loch Neagh. 

Finn challenged Benandonner to fight. He decided to build a causeway made of giant stones to make a path across the sea to Scotland. The legend goes that as he made his way along his causeway as he neared Scotland he caught sight of Benandonner. Finn fled home, afraid, but Benandonner was fast on his trail. Finn reached home and asked his wife to hide him. 

At this point his wife in good humour, dressed Finn as a baby. Cleverly she pushed him into a huge cradle. When Benandonner approached and saw the size of the sleeping baby, he assumed its' father must be huge indeed and he took off at great speed back to Scotland ripping up the causeway as he retreated for fear of being followed. 

Whether you believe in legend or whether you prefer the more scientific origins of the causeway, one thing is 100% certain. This place is amazing. The scenery is magnificent. The surrounding rocks and cliffs are impressive. 

The science bit - 65 million years ago, after the dinosaurs were gone, but before us, the world was a very different place. The land was chalky, and forests and rivers covered much of it. The continents were still joined - this was before the huge earth's plates moved to the locations where we now reside. As the plates began to move, creating the Atlantic as it separated, molten lava (hot magma) spewed at 1000 degrees. 

The lava spread across the chalky limestone land, burning the plant life as it went. When it cooled it formed a dark grey rock known as Basalt. The causeway is composed of this Basalt, this solidified lava. As the lava cooled, it cracked and shrank creating patterns much like that you see in dried earth or mud in river or lake beds. In the causeway, many of these regular shapes have five or six sides, and certainly when you clamber over it that seems the case. 

However, I have since read that some have four, seven or eight sides, and rumour has it that there is just one with three sides. I wish I had known - I would have spent my time hunting for it, instead of doing this:

Spectacular views to be had from climbing this pathway. I would most definitely not recommend it in high winds. I was convinced that the wind would tear me from the cliff face - you can see the angle of my hair as testament to the blowing wind!! I hadn't dressed very appropriately for a quick cliff climb either - you don't often see mountaineers in jeans and leather jackets really and there is a reason for that. 

All in all I definetely recommend a visit here. There is plenty more to be seen and done in Northern Ireland, but this takes some beating. Add it to your places to go list. 

40 Words of the week

10 Pusillanimous
11 Countervail
12 Esemplastic
13 Churrigueresque
14 Inanity
15 Anachronism
16 Portmanteau
17 Requiescence
18 Phosphorescence
19 Sycophant
20 Obsequious
21 Gasconade
22 Convivial
23 Archetype
24 Pastiche
25 Disquietude
26 Rapacity
27 Metamorphose
28 Auspicious
29 Salacious
30 Chicanery
31 Byzantine
32 Capricious
33 Peregrination
34 Assemblage
35 Indecorous
36 Perturbation
37 Jettison
38 Lambaste
39 Permeate
40 Rebarbative

Bucket List - done

  • Swam with dolphins - Mexico
  • Jumped out of a plane - tandem skydive - NZ
  • Sang Karaoke - several times
  • Been on stage in a show
  • Flown in a helicopter
  • Grand Canyon
  • NYC - Empire State Building
  • Wine Tasting - Marlborough - New Zealand
  • Won a competition
  • Hiked a glacier - Franz Josef - NZ
  • Stayed in a hostel
  • Spa break
  • Flew across the world solo - UK to NZ
  • Island Hopping - Fiji
  • Jumped off a boat into the sea
  • Been the only person on an island - Fiji
  • Whale Watching - NZ
  • Mountain hiking - Canada
  • Arrived in a country with nowhere to stay
  • Done a charity fun run - Race for Life
  • Seen an octopus up close - Egypt
  • Seen a shark in the water I was in - Egypt
  • Visited Alcatraz - USA
  • War Rooms - Jersey, Channel Islands
  • Tower of London - UK
  • Cruise ship to New York - QM2
  • Guinness Factory - Dublin
  • Giants Causeway - Belfast
  • Been to 4 of the continents - Africa, Europe, North America, Oceania/Australia
  • Rode a horse
  • Rode a camel - Egypt
  • Got engaged to my soul mate
  • Zip line over a deep gorge - NZ
  • Seen salt lakes at dawn - Tunisia
  • Been to a festival (4 times V Festival) 
  • LA - Hollywood, Beverley Hills, Anaheim - Disney and Universal Studios
  • Met someone famous up close - Kodaline band
  • Times Square - NYC
  • Golden Gate Bridge - San Francisco
  • Been to Alcatraz - San Francisco
  • Stayed in a travel hostel - NZ
  • Stayed in a luxury hotel - Canada
  • Stood at the top of a mountain - NZ & Canada
  • Been up a volcano - Timanfaya, Lanzarote
  • Crossed a desert - Tunisia
  • Desert Caves - luna - Matmata Tunisia
  • Bought my first (and second) home
  • Passed my driving test
  • Harry Potter studios - London
  • Tower of London and London Bridge experience 
  • Jet boat experience - NZ
  • Seen a Giant Redwood up close
  • Been on a cruise - QM2 to New York
  • Flown solo - UK to NZ, Cyprus to UK
  • Fjords - NZ
  • Luge on a mountain top - Queenstown, NZ
  • Played in an orchestra 
  • Learned how to play an instrument - trombone / recorder
  • Seen a barracuda - Mexico - Cancun
  • Flown on the Dream Liner
  • Stood on Concorde
  • Seen a shark close up in the sea! Egypt
  • Seen underwater statues - Cancun, Mexico
  • Sunbathed on the roof of a building 
  • Get a tattoo
  • Barcelona City Break
  • Gambled in Las Vegas

More for my wishlist

  • Designer ladies tux
  • Tailored jacket
  • Silk shirt
And the rest:
  • City Break
  • Loft conversion
  • Velux windows
  • Degree course
  • Suitcase
  • 4 man tent 
  • Apartment in Gran Canaria 
  • Apple TV 
  • Backless dress 
  • Ballet pumps 
  • Barbour Jacket 
  • Barefoot Sandals 
  • Bathroom 
  • Beach bag 
  • Bedding 
  • Bicycle 
  • Bikini 
  • Black Ugg Boots 
  • Body butter 
  • Campervan 
  • Caravan 
  • Carpet 
  • Chaise longue 
  • Champagne 
  • Chanel No 5 EDP 
  • Chanel tote 
  • Clarins Eau Dynamiste body lotion and body wash 
  • Clarins treatment 
  • Coco Mademoiselle EDP 
  • Colouring fine point pens 
  • Comedian tickets / show 
  • Converse 
  • Corset 
  • Cottage break 
  • Courvoissier 
  • Crystal glasses 
  • Cuddly Toy 
  • Curtains - made to measure
  • Designer Watch 
  • Digital photo frame 
  • Dining Table 
  • Dress 
  • Egg Chair 
  • Elemis Cellular Recovery Capsules 
  • Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm 
  • Elemis treatment 
  • Faux fur jacket 
  • Festival tickets 
  • Garden statues 
  • Gas BBQ 
  • Gig tickets 
  • Great red lipstick 
  • Grieb and Benzinger watch 
  • Handbag 
  • hardbound notebook 
  • Hobbit house 
  • Holiday 
  • Hot Tub 
  • House extension 
  • Hunter Wellies 
  • J'adore EDP 
  • Jaguar 
  • Jeans 
  • Jodhpurs 
  • Land Rover 
  • Lawnmower 
  • Light fittings throughout 
  • Lingerie 
  • Luggage 
  • Lulu Guiness suitcase 
  • Macbook Air or Macbook Pro 
  • Manolo Blahniks 
  • Motorbike 
  • Motorhome 
  • New Kitchen 
  • Nutribullet 
  • NYC Trip 
  • Pandora charms 
  • Patio Heater 
  • Pearl necklace 
  • Pedicure 
  • Picnic Basket 
  • Pinot Grigio 
  • PJ's 
  • Plastering work 
  • Pop up tent 
  • Posh shower wash 
  • Range Cooker 
  • Range Rover 
  • Rattan furniture set 
  • Riding Boots 
  • Shoes 
  • Shower unit 
  • Slippers 
  • Solar lights 
  • Spa Break 
  • Spa facial 
  • Sport tops - Size M or 12/14 
  • Spray tan 
  • Stationery 
  • Stone bench 
  • Storm Lanterns 
  • Sunglasses 
  • Superdry fitted jumpers - hip length 
  • Swarovski Jewellery 
  • Tartan skirt 
  • Tefal Toast N Egg 
  • Treadmill 
  • Trip to Australia 
  • Tumble drier 
  • TV - curved
  • Veneers 
  • Vespa 
  • Vintage luxury chair 
  • Weekend away 
  • Wellies rack 
  • West end show 
  • Whiskey 
  • White suit jacket 
  • Wine Fridge 
  • Winter coat 
  • Yankee Candle 
  • Yo Sushi voucher/meal
  • Silver cutlery
  • Microwave
  • Cosmetic treatment
  • Expensive shampoo and conditioner
  • Wrought iron radiators
  • Diamond jewellery
  • Board games
  • Double Oven 
  • Roll top bath 
  • Electric shower 
  • Shower cubicle 
  • Sink drainer 
  • Kettle tap 
  • Slim Dishwasher 
  • Towel Radiator 
  • Underfloor heating 
  • Spa massage
  • Gold / Copper kitchen utensils
  • Copper saucepans
  • LED projector mobile
  • Water Feature
  • Table lamp
  • Floor lamp
  • Art - canvas
  • Gym bag and towel
  • Sink unit and drainer
  • Induction hob
  • New toilet and sink
  • Bathroom tiles
  • Kitchen tiles
  • Kitchen units
  • American fridge freezer
  • Flip flops
  • Wine rack
  • Craft Stuff
  • Dinner Set
  • Funky Socks
  • Honeymoon
  • Wedding Dress
  • Mitsubishi Barbarian
  • Nissan Navara
  • Wine subscription
  • 3D printer
  • Silk shirts
  • Tunic dress
  • Fire Stick
  • Bali Beach Beds
  • Solar charger
  • Dog bed
  • Dog toys
  • Beach towels
  • Sewing machine
  • Good scissors
  • Cami set
  • Playsuit
  • Inflatable drinks holder
  • Bling jewelled bikini
  • Coco Mademoiselle Fresh Hair Mist
  • Coco Mademoiselle Velvet Body Oil
  • Coco Mademoiselle Fresh Body Cream
  • Coco Mademoiselle Foaming Shower Gel
  • Chanel Le Lift Eye Cream
  • Segway
  • Sleepeezee mattress
  • Spin bike
  • Weight set
  • Cross trainer

Learning Spanish - This Week's Learning

This week's learning:

  • See you later - Hasta luego
  • mushroom - seta
  • I'm fine - Estoy bien

And the rest:

  • seashell - concha
  • biscuit - la galleta
  • open - abierto
  • a table for two please - mesa para dos
  • ham - jamon
  • yellow - amarillo
  • married - casado
  • river - río
  • charmed - encantado
  • apple - manzana
  • name - nombre
  • red - rojo
  • sausage - salchicha
  • nice - bonito
  • orange - naranja
  • restaurant - restaurante
  • read - leer
  • salad - ensalada
  • leaving - dejando
  • nuts - nueces
  • grey - gris
  • dinner - cena
  • fifty - cincuenta
  • mother - madre
  • fish - pescado
  • reservation - reserva
  • when - cuando
  • chair - silla
  • nose - nariz
  • pasta - pastas
  • kiss - beso
  • smile - sonreír
  • onion - cebolla
  • friend - amigo
  • thunder - trueno
  • why - por qué
  • thigh - muslo
  • donkey - burro
  • warm - calentar
  • drink - bebida
  • what - qué
  • lemon - limón
  • garlic - ajo
  • forty - cuarenta
  • tree - árbol
  • teeth - dientes
  • father - padre
  • suncream - crema solar
  • milk chocolate - chocolate con leche
  • crazy - loca
  • girl - niña
  • happy - contento
  • steak - filete
  • sunburn - bronceado
  • horse - cabello
  • cough - tos 
  • head - cabeza
  • Summer - el verano
  • February - febrero
  • Pillow - almohada
  • Nine - nueve
  • Eyes - ojos
  • June - junio
  • key - llaves
  • dunes - dunas
  • home - casa
  • Stomach - estómago
  • Jump - saltar
  • May - mayo
  • October - octubre
  • Thirsty - sediento
  • Leg - pierna
  • Breakfast - desayuno
  • Six - seis
  • Hungry - hambriento
  • Moon - luna
  • Rice - arroz
  • Vegetarian - vegetariano
  • I don't know - no lo sé
  • Butter - mantequilla
  • Seven - siete
  • July - julio
  • Tired - cansado
  • Speak - hablar
  • Mirror - espejo
  • Small - pequeña
  • Amazing - asombroso
  • Sunglasses - gafas de sol 
  • Toilet - inodoro
  • Excuse me - disculpe
  • Tasty - sabroso
  • Mountain - montaña
  • How far is - que tan lejos esta
  • Waves - olas
  • Sandwich - emparedado
  • Roof - techo
  • Blanket - cobija
  • Eight - ocho
  • Forgot - olvidó
  • Woman - mujer
  • Night - noche
  • Another - otro
  • September - septiembre
  • Hands - manos
  • Flight - vuelo
  • Laugh - risa
  • Sing - canta
  • Can I have the bill - Me puede traer la cuenta
  • Spoon - cuchara
  • Black - negro
  • Bread - pan de molde
  • April - abril
  • Five - cinco
  • Sand - arena
  • Hot - caliente
  • Ear - oreja
  • Dark - oscuro
  • Like - me gusta
  • Sick - enfermo
  • Spicy - picante
  • Kettle - tetera
  • Flowers - flores
  • Sunbathe - tomar el sol
  • Feet - pies
  • December - diciembre
  • Cake - pastel
  • Fireworks - fuegos articiales
  • Rain - lluvia
  • Dress - el vestido
  • Year - año
  • Door - puerta
  • My name is - me llamo
  • Cooking - cocina
  • Four - cuatro
  • August - agosto
  • Massage - el masaje
  • Back - espalda
  • Purple - púrpura
  • Fork - tenedor
  • Knife - cuchillo
  • Three - tres
  • Dog - perro
  • January - enero
  • Stars - estrellas
  • Dancing - bailando
  • Brown - marrón
  • Two - dos
  • Spring - primavera
  • Crisps - patatas fritas
  • Friday - viernes
  • The Menu -La carta 
  • Bed - cama
  • Strawberry - fresa
  • Windy - ventoso
  • Can I have? - puedo tener
  • Bottle - botella
  • Birthday - cumpleaños
  • Green - verde
  • Ten - diez
  • Thursday - jueves
  • March - marzo
  • Umbrella - paraguas
  • November - noviembre
  • Autumn - el otoño
  • One - uno
  • Soap - jabon
  • Wednesday - miércoles
  • Cold - frio
  • Boat - barco
  • Hotel Room - habitación de hotel
  • Newspaper - periódico
  • Man - hombre
  • Walk - caminar
  • Shop - tienda
  • Running - corriendo
  • Cat - gato
  • Swim - nadar
  • What time is it? - que hora es?
  • Big - grande
  • Cloud - nube
  • Pink - rosa
  • Silver - plata
  • Pepper - pimienta
  • Omelette - tortilla
  • Shower - ducha
  • Tuesday - martes
  • Ice - hielo
  • Beautiful - hermosa
  • Awake - despierto
  • Love - amor
  • Shoes - zapatos
  • Money - dinero
  • Hat - sombrero
  • Monday - lunes
  • Glass - vaso
  • Water - agua
  • Sleep - dormir
  • Chicken - pollo
  • Sun - sol
  • Ice-cream - helado
  • Seat - asiento
  • Gold - oro
  • Sunday - domingo
  • Hair - cabello
  • Book - el libro
  • Garden - el gardin
  • Bathroom - el baño
  • Nude - desnudo
  • Towel - toalla
  • Sea - mar
  • What's your name? - Como se llama?
  • Cheers - Salud
  • Wine - el vino
  • Good - bueno
  • Beer - cerveza
  • Cheese - queso
  • Suitcase - maleta
  • Blue - azul
  • White - blanco
  • Where is? - dónde está?
  • Market - el mercado
  • Swimming Pool - la piscina
  • Saturday - sábado
  • Winter - invierno
  • English - inglés
  • I want one - Quiero uno
  • How much does it cost? - Cuánto cuesta
  • Tomorrow - mañana
  • Good evening - Buenas Noches
  • You're welcome - de nada
  • I'm sorry - lo siento
  • Please - Por favor
  • Thankyou - Gracias
  • Beach - La playa
  • Hello - Hola
  • Good morning - Buenos días
  • Goodbye - Adios

My Autumn Wishlist

  • City Break
  • Barbour Jacket 
  • Bedding 
  • Black Ugg Boots 
  • Clarins treatment 
  • Comedian tickets / show 
  • Cottage break 
  • Courvoissier 
  • Crystal glasses 
  • Cuddly Toy 
  • Faux fur jacket 
  • hardbound notebook 
  • Hunter Wellies 
  • Jodhpurs 
  • Patio Heater 
  • Slippers 
  • Storm Lanterns 
  • Superdry fitted jumpers - hip length 
  • Tumble drier 
  • Wellies rack 
  • Whiskey 
  • Winter coat 
  • Yankee Candle 
  • Board games
  • Slim Dishwasher 
  • Spa massage
  • Gold / Copper kitchen utensils
  • Copper saucepans
  • Dinner Set
  • Sewing machine
  • Good scissors
  • Dressing gown

10 Scary Films for Halloween #1 - Jeepers Creepers

So my first choice to kick us of for our 10 Scary Films for Halloween is the now classic Jeepers Creepers. This was released back in 2001, and was billed as an American Horror film.

Its much better than that though, so don't be put off! This is one of my favourite scary films. Its got all the ingredients to make you watch it, get a bit creeped out, but then watch it again, and again. Its become one of my horror staples.

Why is it called Jeepers Creepers? It sounds creepy for one thing, but actually its because of the old song by that plays throughout it at poignant points. "Jeepers Creepers, where'd you get those peepers". Ooh spooky.

The film focuses on brother and sister, Trish and Darry (played by Gina Phillips and Justin Long). They are driving a class big old American car, with a dodgy stick shift, down huge big empty highways that you only seem to find in the states.

An old truck harangues them, and has the licence plate "BEATNGU", before charging past them and disappearing into the distance. Just the truck itself, battered looking and scary looks terrifying enough, before we even get to see the driver!

The siblings come across an old abandoned church, and see the same truck with what looks like a body wrapped in a sheet being pushed down an old pipe into the bowels of the earth. As you do, they sneak back when the truck has gone and after falling into the pipe unintentionally, Darry discovers a really gruesome scene. The ceilings of the underground chamber are lined with the bodies of young people, who have been stitched back together and embalmed. Lovely!!

Be warned, this film will make you jump and will gross you out to at times. I won't spoil the ending for you, as this is a great film. Not an all time great - but you know what you are getting and its a fab Halloween choice.

It's makes you jump, is tense, creepy, and has just enough ghoulish factor to appeal to horror fans but with a bit of tongue in cheek dialogue that keeps it pacy and entertaining. Justin Long is convincing as a teenage dufus, with his sister being the smart one. Throw in those long American roads and creepy locations, that scary truck and voila - spooky classic. The creature, whatever it is, is one of the most horrible things I have ever seen!!

Even after you know the twists and turns when that old song cranks up "Jeepers, Creepers, where'd you get those peepers" you cant help but want to run - or at least hide behind a cushion!!

Let me know what you think of this one and enjoy. Happy Halloween #1 woooohhh!

Day Seven of my 30 Day Beach Challenge

Day Seven:

  • 3 x 60 Second Planks
  • 200 Jumping Jacks

Day Six:
  • 50 Supermans
  • 50 Squats

Day Five:
  • 100 High Knees
  • 75 Russian Twists

Day Four:
  • 200 Crunches
  • 100 Skater Slides

Day Three:
  • 50 Burpees
  • 50 Kick Down Crunches

Day Two:
  • 100 Bicycle crunches
  • 2 x 30 second planks
Day One
  • 2 x 60 second planks
  • 50 crunches

My Top 10 Pick N Mix

  • Flying Saucers
  • Strawberry pencils
  • Apple Bon Bons
  • Jelly Beans
  • Cola Cubes
  • Rum Truffles
  • Chocolate Brazils
  • Clotted cream fudge
  • Chocolate covered cinder toffee
  • Snow Balls

All these places I have seen :)

Places I have been:
  • Tunisia x 3 times (Sousse x2, Port El Kantoui)
  • Egypt x 5 times (Sharm El Sheikh x4 and Hurghada, Luxor and Cairo)
  • Canada - Banff, Jasper, Edmonton, Calgary, Lake Louise, The Rockies
  • New Zealand South Island - Queenstown, Milford Sound, Christchurch, Franz Josef
  • Fiji islands - South Pacific
  • Cyprus x 2 times
  • Gran Canaria x 4 times - San Augustin & Maspalomas
  • Lanzarote x 3 times
  • Fuerteventura x 2 times
  • Mallorca x over 10 times!
  • Menorca x 2 times
  • Ibiza
  • Zante
  • Rhodes x 4 times
  • Crete x 2 times incl 2015 to Hersonissos
  • Jersey
  • France - Brittany & Calais
  • France - St Malo, Rennes, Nantes, 
  • France - Normandy, Mont St Michel
  • Northern Ireland - Belfast, Giants Causeway
  • Dublin x 3 times
  • Cork - Republic of Ireland
  • Mexico x 3 times - Puerto Vallarta, Xcaret, Cancun, Riviera Maya
  • USA - New York via QM2
  • USA - California, San Francisco, Grand Canyon, Big Sur, San Diego, Las Vegas, LA, Colorado, Santa Barbara
  • Marrakesh - Morocco
  • Belgium x 3 times
  • Spain - Almeria
  • Turkey x 2 times - Kusadasi & Marmaris 
  • Barcelona

Saturday, 21 October 2017

Word of the Week - Rebarbative


  • causing annoyance, irritation, or aversion; repellent

  • Unattractive and objectionable.

  • ‘rebarbative modern buildings’

definition derived from Meriam Webster and

The Walking Dead - 3 Degrees of Separation recap so far

  • The Baddies demise
    • Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) - still surviving
    • Gareth (Andrew J West) - eats some of Bob, gets killed by Rick
    • Merle Dixon (Michael Rooker) - killed by the Governor, walker Merle killed by Daryl
    • Shane (Jon Bernthal) killed by Rick, walker Shane killed by Carl
    • The Governor (David Morrissey) stabbed by Michonne, shot by Lilly
  • The X Files
    • Scott Wilson - Hershel - appeared in an episode in 2000
    • Jeffrey DeMunn - Dale - appeared in the X Files movie in 1998
    • Laurie Holden - Andrea - appeared in 10 episodes
  • CSI
    • Michael Rooker - Merle - appeared in CSI Miami
    • Scott Wilson - Hershel - regular on CSI 
    • Jon Bernthal - Shane - appeared in CSI Miami
  • The Cast:
    • Rick Grimes -Andrew Lincoln - English
    • Daryl Dixon - Norman Reedus - American
    • Glenn Rhee - Steven Yeun - Korean /American
    • Maggie Greene - Lauren Cohan - British - American
    • Carol Peletier - Melissa McBride - American
    • Michonne - Danai Gurira - American
    • Carl Grimes - Chandler Riggs - American
    • Sasha Williams - Sonequa Martin - American
    • Negan - Jeffrey Dean Morgan - American
    • Morgan Jones - Lennie James - English
    • Abraham Ford -Michael Cudlitz - American
    • Eugene Porter - Josh McDermitt - American
    • The Governor - David Morrissey - English
    • Shane - Jon Bernthal - American
    • Andrea - Laurie Holden - American/Canadian
    • Merle Dixon - Michael Rooker - American
    • Hershel - Scott Wilson - American
    • Beth Greene - Emily Kinney - American
  • Charmed
    • Norman Reedus aka Daryl - played Nate, Paige's boyfriend
  • Great Music they have used in TWD
    • Bad Moon Rising - Mourning Ritual
    • Crying - Roy Orbison
    • Fast and Loose - Motorhead
    • Town Called Malice - The Jam
  • Trivia
    • Daryl Dixon didn't even exist in the comics - he was created for Norman Reedus!
  • Prison Break
    • Sarah Wayne Callies - Lori Grimes in TWD
    • Sarah Wayne Callies - Sara Tancredi in Prison Break
    • Michael Cudlitz - Abraham in TWD
    • Michael Cudlitz - corrections officer series 1 Prison Break
  • 24
    • reboot 24: Legacy - to star Corey Hawkins
    • Corey Hawkins plays Heath in TWD
    • Michael Cudlitz plays Agent Rick Phillips
  • Weird fact
    • Here I am doing my 3 degrees of separation for TWD
    • Corey Hawkins in Theatre - 6 degrees of separation! 
  • Spin off from TWD
    • Fear The Walking Dead
  • Actors from other great films
    • A River Runs Through It (Michael Cudlitz )
    • Love Actually (Andrew Lincoln)
    • Norman Reedus aka Daryl - Blade II
    • Lennie James aka Morgan starred as Sol in Snatch
  • Lost
    • Michael Cudlitz played Big Mike Walton
  • Comic book origins TWD
    • number of issues - 170
    • written by - Robert Kirkman
    • illustrated by - Tony Moore
    • first issued in 2003
  • Stage names
    • Andrew Lincoln - real name Andrew James Clutterbuck
  • The Walking Dead
    • Zombies
  • 28 Days Later
    • Zombies
    • Danny Boyle
  • Danny Boyle
    • Sunshine
    • Music from Sunshine Episode 5 Series 1 TWD
  • Stephen King 
    • 3 actors from TWD in The Mist
    • Jeffrey DeMunn - in The Green Mile, The Mist, Storm of The Century, Shawshank
    • Andrew J West went on to star in Stephen King mini series Under the Dome
    • Michael Rooker - starred in The Dark Half
  • Andrea - TWD
    • dies as Andrea by shooting herself in the head
    • dies in The Mist by being shot in the head
  • Game of Thrones
    • Series 7 reference to "Walking Dead Men"
  • Zombie films homage and references to other films
    • Day of the Dead
    • Dawn of the Dead
    • Jaws - Ben Gardner's head
    • Return of the Living Dead
    • Zombie
    • An American Werewolf in London
    • Creepshow
  • Hints at what's to come
    • barbed wire wrapped bat next to corpses
    • gun with barbed wire wrapped bat on it ( Negan)
  • The "Baddies"
    • Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan)
    • Gareth (Andrew J West)
    • Merle Dixon (Michael Rooker)
    • Shane (Jon Bernthal)
    • The Governor (David Morrissey)

The Walking Dead - 3 Degrees of Separation Part V

Part V
  • More of the cast
    • Gareth - Andrew J. West - American
    • Lori Grimes - Sarah Wayne Callies - American
    • Eugene - Josh McDermitt - American
    • Dale - Jeffrey De Munn - American
    • Heath - Corey Hawkins - American
    • Dr Edwin Jenner - Noah Emmerich - American
  • Actors from other films
    • Noah Emmerich - The Truman Show
    • Laurie Holden - Silent Hill
  • More great Music
    • Ben Howard - Oats in the Water
  • My favourite characters so far
    • Sasha
    • Abraham
    • Daryl
    • Rick
    • Michonne
    • Hershall
    • Glenn
    • Maggie
  • The characters I despise so far
    • Merle
    • Lori (adulterer and not very nice before the outbreak!) 
    • Shane
    • Negan
    • The Governor
    • Gareth

Day Six of my 30 Day Beach Body Challenge

Day Six:
  • 50 Supermans
  • 50 Squats

Day Five:
  • 100 High Knees
  • 75 Russian Twists

Day Four:
  • 200 Crunches
  • 100 Skater Slides

Day Three:
  • 50 Burpees
  • 50 Kick Down Crunches

Day Two:
  • 100 Bicycle crunches
  • 2 x 30 second planks
Day One
  • 2 x 60 second planks
  • 50 crunches

Stephen King - how great books don't always make great movies, but sometimes they come back...

Saturday night at the movies

Who cares what picture we see? Well me actually, especially when it comes to the King. Stephen King I am referring to. I doubt many would argue that he is the master of his genre in horror when it comes to books. He writes like true God of all things scary - from killer dogs, to telekinesis, to the most scary of clowns, he rocks the written scare fest. 

Not only does he scare the pants off us, he also writes a great story that whilst it may have an element of supernatural sometimes, it doesn't always. So yes, he is the king of the book. 

But how does that relate to the big screen? You would think, given his talent, his eye for the detail, his essence of story telling, his ability to transport us to his plane, that the translation to film would be a given. But there you would be wrong. 

To begin with, here are my Top 10 Stephen King books: 
  • Salem's Lot
  • Needful Things
  • The Dark Half
  • Gerald's Game
  • IT
  • Misery
  • The Shining
  • Insomnia
  • Under the Dome
  • Bag of Bones
Some of these have become good films, don't get me wrong, but some of his best film adaptations actually were short stories, barely even memorable! Some of his best books made truly awful films.

Here are my Top 10 great King film adaptations:
  • The Green Mile
  • Shawshank Redemption
  • The Shining
  • IT
  • Stand By Me
  • The Mist
  • Misery
  • Pet Sematary
  • Salem's Lot
  • Carrie
The problem with coming up with a top 10 list is that I always struggle when there is so much choice! On another day, my list might have included different choices. So for argument's sake, here are the ones I considered for my Top 10 Stephen King books, which are still amazing, and well worth a read and then some - King by name, King by definition in my humble. 
  • Doctor Sleep
  • The Regulators
  • Rose Madder
  • Dreamcatcher
  • Mr Mercedes
  • The Stand
  • Cell
  • Christine
  • Pet Sematary
  • Lisey's Story
Some of his books have made great made for TV films or short movies too. Actually, I think some of these have turned out better than the book, and benefited from not being big budget. Some were better on TV. 

Here is my round up of the rest of the best of his movie and TV outputs:
  • Thinner
  • Apt Pupil
  • Christine
  • Cujo
  • Needful Things
  • The Dark Half
  • Big Driver
  • Riding the Bullet
  • A Good Marriage
  • Storm of the Century
And now, for the inevitable list of the not so good verging on downright terrible King adaptations:
  • The Stand
  • Under the Dome
  • The Tommyknockers
  • Dreamcatcher
  • The Mangler
  • Hearts in Atlantis
  • Delores Claiborne
  • Sleepwalkers
  • The Lawnmower Man
  • Cell

My Top 10 Buffet Foods

  • Cheese and onion quiche
  • Sausage rolls
  • Potato salad
  • Pizza slices
  • Potato Wedges
  • Chicken goujons
  • Garlic bread
  • Cheesy coleslaw
  • Pasta salad
  • Crisps and dips

My Top 10 Stephen King books

Blue skies and a good book - it doesn't get any better!

I have loved reading Stephen King's work since High School, and as long as he produces books, I shall continue to devour each output with greed. But as with all things, there are some that I consider better than others. So here is my Top 10 Stephen King books. 

  • Salem's Lot
  • Needful Things
  • The Dark Half
  • Gerald's Game
  • IT
  • Misery
  • The Shining
  • Insomnia
  • Under the Dome
  • Bag of Bones
The problem with coming up with a top 10 list is that I always struggle when there is so much choice! On another day, my list might have included different choices. So for argument's sake, here are the ones I considered for my Top 10, which are still amazing, and well worth a read and then some - King by name, King by definition in my humble. 

  • Doctor Sleep
  • The Regulators
  • Rose Madder
  • Dreamcatcher
  • Mr Mercedes
  • The Stand
  • Cell
  • Christine
  • Pet Sematary
  • Lisey's Story

My Perfect Packing List

I do not travel light...

After many years of travelling, I think I have just about perfected the perfect packing list to make sure I am prepared for anything!!

Here it is:

  • Beach towel (if self catering)
  • Towel pegs (great invention to keep your towel on your sunbed!)
  • Sun cream (absolute must)
  • Body butter / after sun
  • Socks, pants, bras
  • Assorted bikinis - some suitable for water parks or jumping in the sea - supportive ones!
  • 2 x sarong
  • 2 x kaftans - one black, one white
  • Flip flops for around the pool and in the room
  • Walking shoes for beach and waterproof
  • Evening shoes - 1 x kitten heels, 1 x pumps, 1 x posh flat sandals
  • 2 x shorts for day
  • 1 x skirt for day
  • 6 assorted vest tops for day
  • Deodorant and mini body spray
  • Hair brush and tangle teezer
  • Hair bobbles and clips
  • Make up kit, including bronzer and one shade darker than usual
  • Nail polish and remover pads
  • Make up remover wipes, cleanser and toner
  • Eye cream, moisturiser and tinted moisturiser
  • Cotton buds and pads
  • Plasters, insect bite cream, savlon, eye drops
  • Probiotics, energy effervescent, aspirin, gaviscon, dioralyte
  • Toothpaste mini, mouthwash mini, toothbrush
  • Body wash, shampoo, conditioner, soap, razor, body scrub
  • Evening outfits - incl 1 x smart trousers / black jeans, dresses and skirts
  • Evening cover ups (in case the temperature drops or you have too much sun!)
  • Power brick for wires and travel plugs
  • Separate purse for currency (less confusing, just stick English one in the safe)
  • Evening bag, beach bag, backpack for hand luggage and for walking
  • Folder for passports and tickets and insurance paperwork
  • Playing cards, notepad and pen
  • Sunglasses x 3 pairs - best ones, day time ones
  • Cami set for night time - cool and loose
  • Hats - baseball hat, floppy hat - nothing worse than a burnt head!
  • Hair dryer, straighteners, hair serum mini
  • Warm fleece - for the return journey
  • Clothes for the return journey 
Now, obviously this is for warmer climes - but still good to be prepared even when heading somewhere hot! Socks, cover ups, you never know - best to have them and not need them. I always come in around 18-20KG on my packing, depending on what clothes I decide on, but that's easy to reduce if need be. 

I've learned over the years what I need, what I don't and what comes in mighty handy :) 

Potential holiday, 7 weeks to go, I need incentive

Yes, that's right, another holiday is potentially on the horizon in just 7 weeks from now. That has me feeling several emotions all at once. Firstly - how amazing it would be to go away in December. I've been away from Boxing Day onwards, but never before Christmas, so that's exciting. 

However, its also panic inducing - especially given the face to reality weigh in on the scales this morning! I have just 7 weeks to lose, well, a considerable amount of weight gained in recent months. 

How much would I ideally want to lose? Try 3 stones. Yup - that's the scale of the problem. What can I realistically expect to lose if I try to diet and stick to it? Average 2lb per week = 1 stone. 

If I go hell for leather, exercising, eating the right foods, upping the protein, cutting down on bread? I reckon I could shift 24lb or so - just over a stone and a half - 3lb per week would be 21lbs, but banking on big first week loss. 

I need some incentive so going to come up with a list of what I will reward myself with at each point of my progress. The important thing is to keep going. 

Take each day one step at a time. Treat every pound loss as a huge success. Booking a holiday depends upon how well I do. If, in 2 weeks time, I am still porking it up, then I shall not be booking a holiday. 

If by 4 weeks time, I am nowhere near goal, I shall not be booking a holiday. 

So at this point, my holiday depends on how much I lose, so the pressure is on - great incentive though! But I think I need a little more .... 

Friday, 20 October 2017

The Haunted Isles – A Map of Ghost Stories in UK & Ireland

The Haunted Isles – A Map of Ghost Stories in UK & Ireland

How I am going to get slim :)

I am desperate to get this weight off. Seriously, this time I have to get it off for good. I am so sick of this endless yo-yo cycle of weight gain, weight loss. I have to approach this from a different perspective if I am to ever accomplish the holy grail of weight loss - goal weight.

So with this in mind, I have compiled a list of everything I can think of to tackle this head on. Here it is :
  • Jogging - outdoors, no cost involved, and no excuses apart from the monsoon rain!! 
  • Gym - lots of cardio, fat burning - stepper, stair master, cross trainer
  • Running - gym treadmill - intervals - hills and sprints
  • Ab work - can't see them at the moment, but they need to be ready for their moment!!
  • Green Tea - can't stand it, but I will literally try anything right now!!
  • Fat metabolisers - yep. Cheat it - science like
  • Water - drink lots of the wet stuff. Its supposed to help!!
  • Grapefruit - apparently it helps burn fat. Likewise celery
  • Exercise first thing before eating anything - negative calories burned! 
  • Do squats. Every day. 
  • Weights - arms, chest and back will benefit, plus burns calories
  • Low carb - keep it low. 
  • High protein - focus on the proteins. 
  • Move more - walk everywhere rather than drive
  • Smaller portions - cut portions down by a third
  • cut out snacks - apart from fruit
  • 5 a day - make sure to stock up on the fruit and veg
  • 3 Day Diet - 3 days on, 2 days off. Ongoing
  • Swimming - whenever I get the chance - home or away
  • Cycling - get my bike out, get on it
  • Kettle Bells. Ultimate fat burning and toning
  • Dancing - anywhere, anytime
  • Zumba - get my DVD out and burn it!! 
  • Gym classes - worth a try I suppose
  • Squash - oh yeah - chance to hit something hard! 
  • Weight watchers - yes, I know. But it works for me!! 
  • Cut down / cut out the alcohol. How many calories does that glass of wine contain!! 
  • Choose healthy options, and no starters or desserts
Pinterest Boards:

What I'm Listening to

  • Dua Lipa - New Rules
  • Maroon 5 - What Lover's Do
  • Amy Winehouse - Love is a Losing Game
  • Awolnation - Sail
  • Taylor Swift - Look What you Made me Do
  • Bon Jovi - Bed of Roses
  • James Bay - Hold Back the River
  • Keane - Bedshaped
  • Plan B - Deepest Shame
  • Pink - What About Us

Things to do After 40 - life goes on!

Things to do After 40 
  • Have regular massages 
  • Have a bikini bod (lots of squats required)
  • Maintain my weight
  • Go see a show at the theatre
  • Have a coat for every occasion
  • Get some glamourous 1950's vintage style dresses that make me rock!
  • Be manicured and pedicured always
  • Get a tattoo - done! 
  • Get my belly button pierced
  • Wear very short shorts in the UK (never done this ever)
  • Get killer abs
  • Go to a very expensive restaurant - just the two of us
  • Stay in Chester overnight
  • Go on regular spa breaks
  • See more of my friends
  • Make more effort in general
  • Learn another language
  • Go to the cinema, alone
  • Scuba dive
  • Go to Wimbledon
  • Get to the gym / exercise 4 times a week, every week 
  • Start to write a book / novel
  • Get everything organised
  • Update my wardrobe style - work in progress
  • Go to one more new place and do one thing new every week
  • Plan / design my tattoo 
  • Get under 9 mins 30 mile on treadmill
  • Get under the 11 stone mark

HomeStyle - Competition - Win a Moba Moses Basket!

HomeStyle - Competition - Win a Moba Moses Basket!

My 34 Reasons to lose weight ( so far)

Number 1
#Reason No 1 - I want to look good in a bikini!! 

This is my intention to think of a reason every day to stick to my diet. 

If I can keep that thought in mind for each whole day, I hope it will be enough to keep me motivated and inspired. 

Number 2
#Reason No 2 - I want to be a Size 10/12

My intention to think of a reason every day to stick to my diet. 

If I can keep this thought in mind for each whole day, I hope it will be enough to keep me motivated and inspired.

Reason Number 2 is that I have reached a Size 12 once or twice, but never maintained it, and I need to be a bit smaller still. So size 10/12 is the goal. 

Number 3
Reason number 3 to stick to my diet: To fit into all those lovely clothes in my wardrobe!!

I have many items in my wardrobe that I can't currently wear. Some are mere pounds away from fitting, some I can barely get up to my knees!! Some do fit, but look awful because they fit in all the wrong places!!

It would be lovely to open my wardrobe and just be able to select an item, knowing it will fit me. It would make packing for holiday a pleasure, not a challenge!!

Number 4
My reason number 4 for sticking to my diet is to look good at work. I am fed up of wearing the same old clothes every day. I want to be able to wear what I want to wear, not just black and grey.

I want to be more stylish, more groomed, more put together. So my fourth reason is to look good at work.

Number 5
Number 5 on my list of reasons to stick to my diet is to have more confidence. When I gain weight, I feel self conscious, and horrible, and grumpy.

When I lose some weight, I have more confidence, I feel happier and better. So that's reason number 5!

Number 6:
I want to be noticed for the right reasons!! I am fed up of walking into bars, restaurants, offices and feeling eyes on me - for all the wrong reasons! I want to be the person that gets looks in a good way. So that is my reason number 6!!

Number 7:
Ok so number 7 is a bit different. This reason is a bit of a phobia I seem to have developed. I have a real issue with facing the mirrors at the gym. When I am working certain exercises, I am supposed to check my technique in the mirror. Not me, no way, never!! I will face the other way, or if I have no choice, I will look anywhere but at that damn mirror!!

So reason number 7 for sticking to my diet is to reach a weight where I am comfortable seeing myself in the mirror when I work out.

Number 8 :
When I am overweight in the summer when its warm, it makes me feel even more hot and uncomfortable. I lose weight to go on holiday abroad, and it feels so good being able to wear bikini's, shorts and skirts.

Unfortunately, when I get home to the UK, I gain weight and then when it gets warm here, I am not able to wear my summer clothes. This is ridiculous. So I am changing the pattern this year and I am going to be slim for the summer here for once!!!

I want to be cool, and look cool, not hot and uncomfortable!!!

Number 9:
Today, I want to get under the stone mark. I am sick of almost reaching goal, then never quite getting under that stone mark!!!!

Number 10:
As a woman, and just turned 40, the area around my middle is a problem. Always has been if I'm brutally honest, but now it bugs me more than ever!!

So, my reason to continue with this intense plan is that - I want that middle trimmed down and not bulging over the top of my waistbands!!
Its also a reason to do a lot of abs. :)

Number 11:
I have never been one of those women that throws on a pair of shorts in summer. At a push, I will don a pair on holiday where noone I know is likely to see me but I don't have the pins for shorty shorts.

I would love to have toned pins so that I can - so that's today's motivation :)

Number 12:
Today's reason to stick to my diet and exercise plan is that I want to see my cheekbones again. I am very lucky to possess good bone structure - I have been told many times.

Many times that is, when you can actually see them, unlike now!! My face is the first place weight seems to go from when I lose it. Unfortunately, its also the first place that it goes back on, which is what I am rocking or sadly not, at the moment.

So, today's reason is to rediscover them bones them bones them dry bones. Cheekbones that it is :)

Number 13:
Today's reason to stick to the diet - lying on the sofa won't make me bikini ready!! And yet I am having one of those days when that is all I want to do.

I just want to put my head in those cushions, lay back, still a film on and be done with it. But I can't. Well, I could, but then there would be no point when I am looking back on holiday in beating myself up and feeling fat. If I choose that option, I deserve to look crap on the beach.

So, today's reason is that lying on the sofa will not make me bikini ready. So that has to be a start to get me up and active today and stay away from the chocolates!! :)

Number 14:
Today's reason to stick to the diet - I want to look good in lingerie.

Yes, its that female enjoyment of wearing beautiful underwear. The problem at the moment, is that my underwear is tending to be functional rather than beautiful. This must change.

I want to wear gorgeous lacy things, delicate items - not boulder holders!! So that is today's reason to stick to the diet. :)

Number 15:
Today's reason to stick to the diet - I am not getting any younger!!

Right - its that old saying that as you get older, you generally thicken out, and gain a few pounds. Now, if this is the case, having just turned 40 myself, it sure is not going to get any easier battling against my body.

If age does slow the metabolism, all the more reason to lose the weight now, before biology starts to tick against me!!

So that is today's reason to motivate me, and as reasons go, this one seems to be pretty powerful!! :)

Number 16:
Today's reason for sticking to my diet - I want toned arms.

Yep, I want rid of the bingo wings and the armpit fat. I'm not really that big - probably somewhere between a size 12 and a size 14 at the present time - a size 13 if you will, if there was such a thing!!

However, I want my arms to be defined, to be toned, to get rid of these annoying flabby bits so that I look nice in dresses and am not worried about the hammy area at the top of my arms.

Diet alone won't shift this so I need to up the ante on the weight front.

Number 17:
Today's reason to stick to the diet - I want to have some wine!!

Yes, when I reach goal weight, or holiday, whichever comes first, I can finally have some wine!! But only, and I repeat, only, if I get under that stone mark!!

So that is today's reason. Bribery. Works a treat with me :)

Number 18:
Today's reason to stick to the diet is that I want rid of the muffin top!!

I am losing weight, I am sticking to the exercise and yet still, that unsightly bulge over my waistband when I sit down remains. I don't know how slim I will need to get to in order to get rid of this damned bit of flab, but I am determined.

So that is today's reason. No more muffins - either the food variety or the overhang!! :)

Number 19:
Yep, today's reason is simple. It is not at all long now until my holiday. I am just weeks away now, and I have to make each day count!!

Tonight, I could easily have given in. The last thing in the world I wanted for my tea tonight was the 3 day diet measly portions. But I have done it. Why? Because I want to be the best I can be when I get on that plane.

Ok, so miracles don't happen, but I can at least be unbloated and more streamlined that if I pig out at this point!!

Number 20:
Today's reason to stick to my diet is that the scales have not dropped on weigh in this morning. I was really fed up. I have been so good, exercised so much, every single day.

The result? Stayed the bloody same!! So, today's reason to stick to it is exactly that - I haven't lost any weight, so I have to keep going until I do!!

Number 21:
Today's reason to stick to the diet - I want to go to posh restaurants!!

What I mean is, that I want to get dressed up in glamorous clothes looking amazing and go out to posh restaurants. I do go out, to lovely places, but I always feel frumpy.

I end up overeating- starters, mains and puddings, washed down with wine. Calorific? Hell yes. Taste good? Damn right!!

The problem is the getting ready and how I feel about me. I want to look nice, to feel confident. I do not want to look like the person who orders everything on the menu!!

So that is today's reason, so that one day, I will look like the person I want to be :)

Number 22: 
Today's reason for sticking to my diet is because I am fed up of being fed up about my weight and my body. I go on a diet, lose a bit, go on holiday or to the wedding - whatever the event that prompted the weight loss.

I pile it on again, and it all starts all over again. I never maintain - I only ever lose or gain. The more fed up I get, the harder I try, but then when I get to the end of the path, I go overboard everytime. I put it on and I feel fed up. I eat what I want, but then I feel fed up when I am fat.

So, that's today's reason - I do not want to be fed up about this anymore. It is just ridiculous and it has to stop.

Number 23:
Today's Reason to stick to my Diet - I want toned inner thighs My legs are toning up a bit, slowly. I am developing some good definition, but clearly, my inner thighs are not being worked in quite the same manner, as they are refusing to change.

My inner thighs are flabby and unsightly, and nothing - not squats, not Zumba, not running, seems to be making a difference. Losing weight will help of course. It won't tone them up, but it will remove some of the fat.

However, in order to accomplish this goal, I need to stick to my diet, every day, and stick to the exercise plan but also add some specialist moves to tone these bad boys up!!

So that is today's reason - if I do not stick to it, I shall have flabby inner thighs forever!! Not having that!! :)

Number 24: 
Today's reason to stick to my diet is that I want to be proud of my body. I am 40 years old, and not once have I felt totally proud of how I look.

Don't get me wrong - sometimes I look ok and I scrub up well, but put me in a bikini or a pair of shorts and panic sets in. I resign myself to how I look thinking "when I reach goal weight" and then it never happens.

Not this time!!! This time, I am going to exercise, I am going to diet, I am going to reach goal and why? Because I want to be proud of my body.

Number 25:
Today's reason for sticking to the diet is that I want to be in control and not my body. My mind needs to rule, not my hunger or cravings.

This is the problem - I get the strongest desire to eat crap and drink wine. Or a lovely cold beer and a burger, or crisps, or cheese or cake. Its never good stuff. I give in and then I enjoy it for a few minutes, and then within minutes, I am feeling fat and horrible, and the impact lasts for days.

I am tired of being ruled by cravings for fatty foods and I want to be in control. The longer I stick to the plan, the more I form new habits to replace the unhealthy ones and the better I feel mentally because then I am in the driving seat and in control.

Number 26:
Today's reason to stick to my diet is how wonderful it feels to lose weight. When you get on the scales, and it has dropped, its a good feeling.

When the pounds start to add up and become half stones it feels great. When you start to drop whole stones and look and feel better, its the best feeling ever.

I need to keep that in mind, as the reverse is also true. When you get on those scales and its gone up, it feels awful.

So, I need to remember how bad it feels when the scales go up and how wonderful it feels when my weight is coming down.

Number 27:
Today's reason to stick to the plan is simple - I will never get my ass in shape by sitting on it!!

What I am saying is that there is no point sitting around, bemoaning the fact that I am not at goal weight whilst spending my time sitting on my backside. If I want a banging body and to reach goal weight, I have to get up and move and work at it.

Number 28:
Today's reason to stick to my diet - I want to be free to have a pint!!

Today was a lovely sunny day, and it killed me not being able to just go to the pub, sit in the beer garden and have a cold pint of lager. I used to do it a lot, but then I realised I was overweight and wanted to not be, so I stopped doing it to lose the weight.

The problem is that I spend most of damn summer trying to lose weight and I never get to have that pint!! So I want to stick to my diet, get to goal weight, and stay there.

Then I can have my pint in the sun!!

Number 29:
Today's Reason to Diet is that I want to enjoy the sunshine not dread it.

It breaks down like this - the sun comes out, I panic. I have a desperate hunt through my wardrobe to find something I can be cool enough it whilst not looking like a hippo.

It gets on my nerves. I should be like "yay, sunshine, damn girl". Nope. It fills me full of fear.

So that is today's reason.

Number 30:
Today's Reason to Diet is that I want to look good wet.

Yep, no matter how much I can hold it in, patch it up and camouflage when it comes to getting in the water, all bets are off. I want to be able to get in that pool, dive in those waves, and come out looking good instead of coming out looking like I have narrowly avoided the harpoon!!

I want to be as glamourous soaking wet as when I am fully loaded with the war paint and spanx!!

That is today's reason :)

Number 31:
Today's Reason to Diet is that I want to show off my belly piercing!! Yes, I finally got it done, so now I need the body to be able to show it off!!

That is today's reason :)

Number 32: 
Today's reason to stick to the diet is that I want to be a good role model. My step daughter loves her food, but I want to be able to encourage her to be healthy and to exercise.

I feel a bit of a hypocrite if I am overweight and not in shape, so that is today's reason :)

Number 33:
Yes, I recently discovered that because I am with a life insurance company who value good health, if I get to target weight and maintain it, I will get a cheaper insurance.

Not only that, but you also get perks like free cinema tickets and discounts on healthy stuff. Fab. What more reason do I need!!

Number 34:
My reason to stick to my diet number 34 is because of my wedding. Scheduled, but not yet booked for 2018, I need to get to goal weight before I can even begin to think about my dress.

I have no idea what style I want as I have no idea if what is in my head will look right on my body, until said body is at the right weight. I don't know if my goal weight is going to be the right weight until I get there, and as I never quite manage it, its making it difficult to crack on with my wedding plans.

Now that is a big incentive and should be all the motivation I need this time!