Challenge yourself? Big News!

I like to think I live by the mantra “If it scares you – do it!”

In the past this has been running 10km, flying to Amsterdam to meet a friend on my own, going back to university at 25, so with that I would like to introduce you to my new challenge :

Swimming 22 Miles – The length of the English Channel- for Aspire the Spinal Injuries Charity, as every eight hours someone is paralysed by a Spinal Cord Injury and there is currently no cure.

I have 12 weeks in which to complete the challenge, but I’m aiming to do it in 10 with 2 weeks as a contingency plan. Here’s the scary bit – it is 1686 lengths of the pool and that works out to 168 lengths per week.

So I am a real life Dory – Just keep swimming. I start on the 12th of September and I am so excited to start, just to prove to myself that I can complete this challenge.

If you fancy sponsoring me – I have included the just giving link below just press the button, any amount no matter how big or small would be brilliant. Thank you in advance.

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I will of course keep you updated with the progress




Just Do It.


This is going to be my motto for the next week. We go away on Monday and I’m slightly bricking it, sorry for the crudeness but well there it is. My plan is to eat as much Slimming World friendly as possible which shouldnt be to hard considering we are staying in a caravan but once out of the comforts of home, away from the millions of herbs and spices, and my cook books that my resolve will just melt. It got me into a bit of a panic, worrying about what I would eat while we where away, because it could all go horribly wrong and I go do some serious damage to my weight loss.

I have decided to go to a meeting on the Thursday as per normal, the only difference is this may effect my weight. I am considering taking with me some premade chicken nugget coating, so that should the mood take me I have this ready to make as all I will have to do is add egg. I’m going to stay away from frozen chips, and will try to eat rice or boiled new potatoes and eat meats that are simply not coated in stuff. I may even try to stuff some Chinese Five Spice into my handbag before I leave the house (I have previously been told off for the amount I pack)

I am however packing both my swimming stuff and my jogging stuff, even if I just walk around the park a few times it will all help in the goal towards getting my Gold Body Magic Award.

Now I’m not normally a desserts kinda girl, but I’m trying to use up the food that is in the house, luckily most of it is free or super free! So last night I made dessert, so while the other half and gran tucked into ice cream with chocolate sauce and broken up Cadburys minirolls (these are 6syns! so not worth it) I had this bad boy :

Oh my gosh was it lovely and guess how many syns??? Go on???? 1 SYN! Yes ladies and gentlemen IMG_0804you read that correctly, 1 syn for the whole thing. I used 2 Muller Light Greek Style Yoghurt, that are 1/2 syn each (I used the mango and a honeyed peach one, and surprisingly it was gorgeous) chopped up some nectarine, banana and strawberries and YUM!

Now I know I could of eaten it out of a bowl, but I dont know about you but that gets awfully boring fast, this just makes me feel like I am having a dessert like everyone else. These glasses are plastic and can be picked up in most 99p shops along with the spoons and are just a fun way to eat your desserts. If you wanted to you can crush up your Weetabix allowance for the day and this gives it some crunch and is actually tasty. I know people in our group who grate a Freddo (5Syns) over the top of their desserts but I just don’t have the patience to do this.

Sorry to the 2 OAPS…

So I have lots to tell you all, and I think that the most coherent way to do it is to start at the beginning other wise I will just get myself all jumbled up and this post will make no sense at all. The title will also become apparent as we go on.

On an update to the work out clothing issue, I nipped up to a retail park area that has designer outlets in it, one such outlet being Adidas well…Adidas I both love and hate you in equal measures. Your sizing is brilliant, you go all the way up to a 22! woo fantastic! so I took my size 20, thinking nah they will never fit me – given that the nikes didn’t. Well they did fit, they where even big on me 🙂 but i had 2 metres of material swimming around my ankles, now 5’4 so I’m guessing your dressing giant women…..but at least I know when I go through my late 20’s growth spurt where I can come to.


Next up is that I beat my Shine! Just over a week ago I bought a Misfit Shine off Amazon, thinking that if I paid a fortune for a gadget I would have to a) use it, b) it would help me motivate. Well it turned up on Thursday and after a couple of days of getting used to it and how it works, I beat it on Sunday, the previous couple of days I had managed to get pretty close to beating it so I was doing my happy dance 🙂 But it is making me want to beat it, I want to fill its little circle thingy up and get a trophy on the screen. My plan is to consistently beat it and then up the level and to keep doing this.


Finally, in an effort to beat my shine, I decided to go for a walk along Seaton sea front today, so I am toddling along walking at a good pace when I suddenly felt the urge to run/jog. Never before has this urge took over me so I decided to give into it and jog, well off i went….I don’t know who was laughing more me or the two old bloke sat on a bench. Bless them they where really trying not to laugh but I was really a sight. I just can’t run/jog….. Next time I get this urge dont worry I will consider your heart complications and just continue walking 🙂