For a while I have known I've had to lose some weight. Since the summer I have gone up at least one dress size, if not two. A combination of an increasingly sedentary life (too much crafting ;) ), too much snacking on things close to hand (ie cake and biscuits), increasing portion sizes (why did I think that increasing the boys portions as they grow also meant I had to increase my own portion siize?), and an underactive thyroid have all lead to me being the heaviest I have ever been whilst not being pregnant. My wardrobe was diminishing rapidly as I kept growing out of clothes, and I was starting to find things like walking up both flights of stairs difficult. No longer could I maintain the myth that I was relatively healthy, I might have been a few years ago, but right now things are far from healthy. So, after finally admitting to myself that things needed to change, I did nothing!! I kept telling myself I needed to lose weight, but would still sneak a cake, or finish leftovers from the children.
A friend started slimming world a while ago, and I looked at the books, but couldn't work out how I could make it fit in with a large family or my ideals about non processed food and no low fat or low sugar products. But I reached breaking the other day, and took myself along to Slimming World. I sat through all the spiel, and still wasn't convinced, but joined anyway. I brought the books home and was feeling so disheartened by it all as it was so heavily based on low fat, low sugar products. But I feel I have got my head around it now. I am eating mainly fruit, veg and meat. Isn't that what we should be eating anyway? Very little in the way of cakes and bread. But my evening meal is just how it always has been, cooked with fat if needed, and I do rack up the Syns (negative points) with this, but we are allowed between 5 and 15 each day, and most of that goes on the evening meal.
I have discovered a lovely breakfast that I probably wouldn't have eaten before, porridge made with water, but sweetened with half a mashed banana, the rest of the banana chopped up, an apple chopped up and anything else I can fit in there!! For lunch I have just had left over roast pork (lean) with salad, a boiled egg, and a dollop of mayo (full fat of course!) I haven't yet been weighed, but I am actually enjoying this now, it has given me the framework to eat more healthily, and I do feel I have lost weight this week already, but Wednesday will be the day when I find out if my adaptation of Slimming World's programme has actually worked. Fingers crossed for Wednesday then!!
Monday, 30 April 2012
Friday, 27 April 2012
The boys have been waking up in the attic rooms to the pattering of the rain on the roof. Something quite comforting about that, being all snug and warm knowing it is the complete opposite outside, but it doesn't help get them out of bed any earlier!!
Wednesday, 18 April 2012
At Christmas time a friend saw the bag I made, and asked if I could make one for her. After explaining that I had lots of things on, and if she didn't mind waiting I could do her one in the grey Zwartble I had, she agreed. So I eventually turned my attentions to this this week, only to find I had spun the wool too fine to use for this project, so am doubling up the balls, and will have to spin some more wool to finish it.
Looking forward to seeing what everyone else has been up to in Ginny's Yarn Along
Saturday, 14 April 2012
Wednesday, 11 April 2012
After that I am putting a seasonal halt on custom items, as whilst I would like to think that I can do everything, I do also have to be realistic. If I want to be able to things properly, I need to be able to devote more time to them, so spring and summer are allotment times, and autumn and winter are my Aisling Design times. I may still create a few things that will make their way into the Etsy shop, but I will be switching my attentions from sewing to sowing.
Saturday, 7 April 2012
We went to where the house he was born in would have been if it hadn't been knocked down in the 1950's for a road. The surrounding area was relatively untouched, so we were able to see his friends houses, where the gas lampost used to be where him and his friends would congregate. The green they would play ball on, until they put railings up to stop them (the railing were then taken down to use the metal for munitions during WWII) We saw where he moved to when he was fourteen. There was a very poignant moment sat outside that particular house. The blind was twitching as the current occupants were wondering why people were sat in the car looking at their house, but at that moment, Stan was telling us how that house had seen all four boys going off to war, and welcoming them all back home again. It made me wonder what hidden histories everything holds.
We saw more houses where children were born, where Jean grew up, where Jean and Stan got married, and where Stuart spent his early years. From Bromford Lane, to Howard Road, from Marston Grove to where he is now. With many more places linked to along the way. It was a wonderful way to spend a day, enjoyable for Stan reminiscing, and enjoyable for us in learning more about the history we are all joined to.
Plus to top it off, he got an Ipad of his very own, and the Baggies won!! Hopefully we were able to make it a special day, and I know it has for me (in family speak) "made a memory".
Wednesday, 4 April 2012
It really is quite a journey of discovery creating these rings. I have finished the 2-D one, I might add a few more touches to it, but am pleased enough with it. The clam shell and fishes are crocheted and sewn on. The grey edging (zwartble) is supposed to be a porthole that you are viewing the underwater view through. And everything else is needle felted. The 3-D one of the robin on a nest is hitting a few stumbling blocks, which is a shame as I was really excited by the idea of creating this. The biggest problem has been the dyeing of the wool. I was hoping to spin enough white Portland to then dye it with woad and weld. Firstly I've not had enough time to spin the white, and then the whole process of dyeing using woad seems to complicated, and I never have enough time in any big enough chunk of time to get anywhere with it. So I am contemplating spinning some green roving I have, and see if it is enough, I'm not sure it will be, but I really do want to get this done.
That's probably all the woolly news for now. Looking forward to seeing what others have been up to this last month.
Tuesday, 3 April 2012
There was the usual rolling down hills, although I think they found it a bit bumpy this time around!
We returned home to cake and a birthday tea...
Happy Birthday Ethan, wishing you a wonderful year ahead of you, full of fun and friendship. xx