Sunday, 27 November 2016

Hello, again.

Guess who's back, back again?

Well hello to you all.

I've been a tiny bit busy since we last spoke back in May, just a bit now.

Our twins lasted 36 weeks before they decided they were ready to meet us, but they needed a fortnight in SCBU before they were ready to meet everybody else. Fast forward 5 months later and here we are! The twins are thriving and I've found my mammy groove.

When the twins were 6 weeks old, I walked in the door of my first Slimming World meeting. Oh boy, what a difference has been made!!!

I weighed myself 10 days postpartum, and I had gained a meagre 5 pounds during my pregnancy. Praise Jesus. However, at 6 weeks postpartum, I had gained another 7, oh no. The slippery slope wasn't for me. I'm now 17 weeks into my Slimming World Journey and am a massive 2 stone 10.5 pounds down.  I even won my groups Miss Slinky. Yeah me, SLINKY! 

Knock me down with a feather. 

While I've taken the lifestyle changes in my stride and have slotted them in around my new role, ha know, the one where some eejit left me in charge of two babies. I have found that while we are managing just fine monetarily, there is the potential for your grocery bill to get a bit fatter while you're getting thinner. So I've made it my mission to be as money-savvy as I can while on my journey and what good is it keeping all this information to myself?!

I am in the process of setting up some social media channels that you may find more accessible, but all posts will be echoed here in a searchable format to reflect back on.

I am no consultant, and I do not work for Slimming World. 

I am, however, a 28 year old who has tried most plans, diets and shakes unsuccessfully, until now. 

Slimming World Works.

I look forward to sharing my bargains with you all, as well as the rest of my journey. 

Here's to an exciting future.

Sarah

Thursday, 19 May 2016

And baby makes....4?!

Oh hello there, oh blog of mine.

Cannot believe it's almost been a year since I wrote my last post *slaps wrist* but I have been contemplating writing this post since we found out. I think the Irish Catholic in me is overly superstitious.

Things have been going well since I last posted. We've almost completely renovated our house now, I stuck at Weight Watchers for AGES and even got picked to be the class helper taking money and such. I was dedicated at the gym and gained all the fitness. I went on a great little early Christmas Shopping trip in Liverpool with the besto - highly recommended, especially if you love a good charity shop trawl and Sterling is good versus the Euro. We shopped all around us, and had Krispie Kremes!

When I got back from Liverpool I wasn't feeling the Mae West, very emotional and tender. I was absolutely exhausted and started to feel a little queasy in the presence of strong and or bodily odours... then the penny dropped when I went to unpack my huge Liverpool Haul, in my hand luggage a packet of sanitary towels that I had packed because my very regular timing would have had me needing them while I was over there... but I had been there and back *gulp*.

A pregnancy test confirmed our news, we were expecting. We found out very early into the pregnancy, I was only 5 weeks - thank you Clearblue and your indicator - we ran through every emotion that you can think of. We couldn't tell anyone with it being so early so the first few weeks were very exciting and seemed to last FOREVER until we could tell everyone. I've never seen my husband look so excited and nervous at the same time.

At 8 weeks we told our parents and siblings. It was just before Christmas and everyone was very excited, as were we.

As we are availing of Combined Care -our visits are split 50/50 between our local GP and the regional hospital Ante-Natal Clinic - on the HSE (NHS equivialant here in Ireland) we were daunted at the prospect of having to wait until 18-22 weeks for our first glimpse of OUR baby. So my husband persuaded me to go for a private scan. We booked in for an early pregnancy scan with Ultrasound Dimensions in Blackrock and waited to see our now 12 week old future off spring.

Boy am I glad he persuaded me to have an early one, as the scan allowed us to find out that not only was our baby ok, it had company in there too. Two sacs, two heartbeats. Two perfect little humans in the making. Twins.

We were elated. I don't remember a lot of details about the scan due to the pure shock, but I know once the surprise wore off we were definitely excited. Our parents were more shocked than we were. There are no twins in either of our immediate family.  I have some second cousins that are twins, but that's a stretch on blaming DNA.

So here we are at 31 weeks. Only 7 weeks at most until we meet our future.

This pregnancy has me in awe of what my body is capable of, despite years of neglect. It definitely has me considering my post-pregnancy well being, and I will be doing my utmost to improve my general health and fitness. I have enjoyed my journey with these babies, learning to decipher which kick is from which baby, what a hiccup feels like, feeling them turn and wriggle. It's utterly indescribable.

Our pregnancy journey has involved getting our house in order, all our things like re-plastering, re-carpeting, built in storage, replacing our warped doors and dated bathroom. Our house is on the home straight. It's also involved searching for a twin buggy that was smaller than a mini-bus, suitable from birth and could take a car seat, let me save you some time, Mountain Buggy Duet, you can thank me later.

We've read books, articles, disinfected and steamed our house within an inch of its life and we're ready for when these babies decide they would like to make an appearance, which could potentially be any day once we hit 32 weeks.

We are excited for the next chapter of our lives with our babies. We know that the only way we will get to know our babies is when they are here, and no two babies are alike, even fraternal twins, but we are as ready as we can ever be as first time parents.

I hope not to leave it a year between this post and my next, but I potentially will have my hands full!

Love and luck,
S.

Thursday, 25 June 2015

If at first you don't succeed, try, try again.

And again, and again.

Since turning 22 I have joined and rejoined Weigtwatchers 5 times. FIVE! It's nothing to do with WeightWatchers, it's to do with me. I do great for 5-6 weeks, get a little bit too cocky, and fudge it up trying to go alone, and I go back. Heavier than I started and the cycle begins all over again.

Next Wednesday will see attempt number 6, but, in a new location with a new leader muhahaha.

The first time I joined WeightWatchers, it was around the corner from my job at the time and I was able to run down on my lunch break - happy days! Until I changed shift and then I couldn't make a meeting unless I wanted to be 3 hours early for work as my little commuter town didn't offer a class at a time that suited. Can you guess what happened? Yup.

Then I got another job, went back to the same meeting, but a different leader who was about as inspirational as damp dishcloth. 3 weeks of half ass smiles and none of my favourite bars available, I skedaddled.

I then changed job to the south side of the city, and a new meeting popped up, with my shift pattern it meant I could make the lunch time meeting every other week. Nope. I weighed in and thought ah I have 13 days to work this off and stayed the same weight for 3 weeks. Girlbye.

While still working Southside, my hours changed again, meaning I could now make the Northside meeting that could fix all my problems and I could go to every week. Then the class was cancelled 4 weeks later. Mother of Jesus, I just want to be skinny!

Then, many moons later, after having a mild heart attack at the prospect of trying to buy a home in Dublin, myself and MrMac decided to move down the country to my home town. When we initially moved, the prospect of bumping into people I knew at my weight then gave me anxiety and while I was unemployed MrMac kindly ensured that I was able to attend my new local meeting. While there was a fair mix of age, I'd guess about 70% of the class were at goal, which you know would incite hope in most people, the class must have been doing something right, To me, it instilled fear. I had a long way to go, what if I don't get goal? Instant fear. Despite my initial doubts, I had a good start, loosing 1.5 stone or 21 pounds to those of you across the pond. I reached my goal weight for my wedding day. I did miss a lot of meetings once I got a job, with my hours I left to travel before the morning class and wasn't back in town until well after the evening meeting finished, but this time unlike all the other times, when I had a bad day or a bad meal, I found myself able to draw a line under it and move on, start afresh. That is so far the biggest thing I'd taken away from any meeting. Since my wedding I have gained back a couple of pounds and I seem to be losing and gaining the same two pounds since forever. The recipes given in the last class I attended were given to me in Dublin 2 years ago. This is what made my decision to change classes. No wonder I couldn't find inspiration.

I'm hoping starting afresh in a new location will kick my plateau. The leader I'm going to was present in my last class for a few weeks while my then leader took a few weeks off. I found her refreshing, with new ideas and recipes.

Here's hoping.


Saturday, 22 March 2014

In memory of a dear friend, Roe

On the 31st of May 2011 my world came crashing down around me in one unceremonious swoop. I had just been told by another friend of the passing of one of the world's brightest lights, our dearest friend Roisin - or Roe as she was known as affectionately.

Once in a while there is a person who ignites happiness and joy in those they know, rarer again there is a person who can just be walking into a room change your day for the best. Even people who are barely known to them. Roisin was one of those people.

I met Roisin on my very first day of college in NUI Maynooth. September 2007. In a small classroom upstairs in the Hume Building across a room of intrigued mature students, Roe and I caught eyes and exchanged puzzled expressions while questions were being asked about course content, followed by giggling. That's the effect Roe had, infectious happiness - even through body language with a stranger.

To this day, when I think of her I always hear her laugh.

Our friendship grew strong, from lectures to coffee, to The Roost to Fibbers, which became a regular feature - ha!

Throughout ups, downs, boys, girls, family and all the rest she managed to keep me sane, and at my lowest I truley believe she saved me. At the depths of depression, between alcohol, alter egos and drunken frisbee my Roe kept me from drowning. Whenever I start to dip again I think of all she's done for me over the years, even in her absence she continues to guide me.

I forever miss her.

But I'll forever her remember her.



A life taken to soon, leaving a gaping hole behind.

Roe has inspired all of us to be better and to pay it forward, just like she did.

The Fool's Ball organised by her loving friends and family is testament to this.

Forever in our hearts and minds, we will continue to pay it forward.


Roisin's family are collaborating with L.I.A.M.to prevent further needless deaths from methanol poisoning and have a dedicated donation page to coincide with the Fools Ball.

It would of great pleasure to all of us if you could all make a donation in Roisin's memory and in a preventative capacity also.




Sunday, 5 January 2014

#DayZeroProject

Last year saw me take a hiatus from blogging due to moving house, county and job. Once I moved I began looking for work and settling into our new home, however finding a job and settling in proved harder than I thought, and it has taken its toll on me mentally. I have found work in retail, which is a far cry from my training job in Dublin, but it keeps a roof over my head and for that I am grateful. The house is really becoming a home, each day trip or shopping trip brings something new and dinky which is slowly turning our house into our home, whether it be VW vans, a new bathmat. Ours.
I had only really planned on taking a blogging break of a month or so, but I just couldn't re-establish my routine, I couldn't find my creative place within the house as my desk was home to all my office equipment, my sewing machine and a lot of books and magazines that I could never get around to moving. Alas, I have gotten around to it.
This is my first real attempt to get back to it. I decided to pick a Day Zero Project post as after reading Girl Friday's post, I really was inspired to write again. So thank you!

For anyone unfamiliar with it, Day Zero project basically involves listing 101 things you would like to achieve in the next 1001 days.

My Day Zero project begins today, Sunday January 5th 2014 and will end Sunday 2nd October 2016.

Here's my list..

#1 Go abroad
#2 Pass my driving test.
#3 Lose 6 stone.
#4 Own a desktop PC.
#5 Follow a 52 week saving plan.
#6 Set up a new Facebook page for my blog.
#7 Finish landscaping the back garden.
#8 Learn to touch type properly.
#9 Create a floral arch for my wedding.
#10 Finish organizing the wedding without losing ours minds or love for each other.
#11 Adopt an animal.
#12  Take my little sister to the sea side on a train.
#13 Have a professional manicure.
#14 Gut my wardrobe and start from scratch - perhaps after I've lost 6 stone?
#15 Go swimming
#16 Get a new tattoo
#17 Go to a concert
#18 Complete a couch to 5km
#19 Do another Mini Marathon
#20 Get my certificates frames.
#21 Take a sugarcraft class.
#22 Let my hair go back to it's natural colour.
#23 Get a professional massage.
#24 Buy something from MAC.
#25 Get to 20,000 page views on Blogger.
#26 Make my own chutney
#27 Make bread
#28 Go back to London
#29 Go back to Paris
#30 Cook a three course meal for my other half, who is a chef.
#31 Add to my VW collection.
#32 Build a deck in the back garden
#33 Extend the shed and convert into gym and utility room.
#34 Finish the spare room.
#35 Go in to the attic.
#36 Take my Mam away for a weekend.
#37 Draw a family tree.
#38 Spend a week without social media.
#39 Take more blog photos
#40 Complete my online course in Business Management
#41 Be able to spend more than 15 minutes on the crosstrainer without wanting to die.
#42 Make peace with my past.
#43 Get 5 spot prizes for the Fool's Ball in memory of a dear friend.
#44 Set up a Penny Bank book aka Christmas Savings account.
#45 Find a job I can like myself for.
#46 Have a housewarming/BBQ
#47 Get a new bathroom suite.
#48 Compose and complete an all over workout.
#49 Go West.
#50 Go vegetarian for a week.
#51 Go 6 months without buying any clothing, shoes or accesories for myself.
#52 Go 6 months without buying any make up or hair products.
#53 Go a week without spending any money.
#54 Get remeasured for a bra.
#55 Have a smear.
#56 Give up on fizzy drinks for a week.
#57 Join a fitness class.
#58 Catalogue magazines.
#59 Create a personal recipe depository using many years of WeightWatcher magazines.
#60 Do a Darkness into Light walk for Aware.
#61 Declutter my contact lists.
#62 Donate old toys and games to a local school.
#63 Attend another blogger event.
#64 Put utility bill accounts into credit.
#65 Go fishing.
#66 Pull an all nighter.
#67 Watch all the things I have recorded on the Sky Box
#68 Donate books to a retirement home.
#69 Make a daily/weekly/monthly task sheet for all householdy things meter readings, bill due days, oven cleaning.
#70 Plant a herb garden
#71 Set up a green house.
#72 Build a cabinet to house gas cylinders.
#73 Create a meal plan to empty out the larder and freezer economically.
#74 Create a new household budget once wedding savings are reached.
#75 Start a pension fund.
#76 Get life insurance.
#77 Have a dental check up.
#78 Create more than 78 blog posts this year.
#79 Complete a blogger challenge.
#80 Create a new Blogger layout and header.
#81 Have a facial
#82 Finish stripping doors and re-varnish with new handles.
#83 Have a girly short break.
#84 Have a complete restyle on my hair.
#85 Do a florists course.
#86 Buy something designer.
#87 Upcycle furniture for a family member.
#88 Hang a bathroom mirror.
#89 Try a shampoo bar.
#90 Be more active within blogging community
#91 Learn about online branding and networking
#92 See my brother's band, Boardwalk, play live.
#93 Go to a Shutterbug sale.
#94 Go to a comedy gig.
#95 Train the cherry blossom tree in my front garden into a box shape to block out the neighbours line of sight.
#96 Make my own pizza.
#97 Start to use Boards.ie again.
#98 Wear make up more often.
#99 Embrace my curls
#100 Wear heels more often
#101 Remember to come back and update the list as I complete the tasks!

I feel that the list of things I have set are achievable in the time frame and I do think I will enjoy working my way through the list.

Love and luck,
S.








Friday, 12 April 2013

Updated Weightloss Goals

I previously posted my weightloss goals and rewards ,
however, since creating my list, and restarting my weightloss journey, I've decided to revisit these.
I'm still putting €5 away for every pound I've lost, and I'm also putting €1 in for every work out I do. It all adds up!

  • 16 Stone Reward: Grey low rise Converse. I love Converse,and I've been lusting after a pair of grey Cons for months. I think this is the perfect excuse.
  • 15 Stone Reward: Petrol blue Vans. My current vans are on their last legs, they're my favourite comfy shoe. Ever.
  • 14 Stone Reward: River Island dress. need I say more? Luuuuusst. When I was this weight before I was a size 14 depending on the cut, so fingers crossed it'll be the same this time!
  • 13 Stone Reward: A visit to the MAC store. I have hundreds and hundreds of make up bits and pieces, and do not own anything MAC as I see it as slightly out of my of price range for an everyday item. Roll on!
  • 12 Stone Reward: Levis - I have always wanted a pair of Levis...Always. I'm hoping by the time I get to this weight that I will have the waist size for one!
  • 11 Stone Reward: iPad. I would love to be 11 stone walking down the aisle, while it may seem heavy to some people, I'm 5'9" and I'd like to keep a healthy, athletic build! Plus I really want an iPad, but my laptop is barely a year old, so I really can't justify one right now. But, maybe in a year or so! Ultimate tech neccesity, I really think the ability to do my blog on the go and utilise my time spent commuting! One can get a lot done in two hours on a train!
Only 10 pounds to go til I hit my first goal!

Saturday, 23 February 2013

Penneys/Primark and Dunnes Stores Mini Haul

My self imposed spending ban kicks in tomorrow. Setting myself possibly a overzealous ban timeframe of 100 days. So to get shopping out of my system, I went into town and picked myself up a few bits, to tide me over til then ;)


I picked up a navy anchor print dress and red velvet heels from Dunnes, for a total of €32.00. In Penneys, I picked up a black maxi skirt, black crepe blazer, a cardi from the menswear section, ankle boots, two pairs of aviators and some pearls for a total of €41.00. I love Penneys. 


 My favorite item I bought today are these shoes. I've always been quite concious of buying red shoes for fear of looking a bit Dorothy out of Oz. But these beauties were love at first sight. The bow softens their overall appearence and makes them more innocent. I feel like Minnie Mouse. Reduced from €22 to €12. Sure it would have been rude not to!



Along with the shoes, I picked up this anchor print dress, with red belt included. I love anything nautical and this dress is bang on trend with the high-low cut. Looking foward to sporting this. Set me back €20, but I think its something that I can get a lot of wear out of. 




My bargain of the day are these platform ankle boots for €5.00!! I picked up a pair of these full price in DEcember and wore them all over Christmas. However, between parties and travelling to and from home, I appear to have misplaced one. They are the comfiest heel I've ever worn. I was quite distraught losing one of them. Until now!They are plain black suede, with a gold zip on the inside. These go perfectly with jeans, dresses, leggings, the lot. 


I am a massive aviator fan. I am also one of the clumsiest people around. I have to buy a new pair at least once a year. I bought a gold and silver pair, €3.00 each and some pearl earrings for €1.50.




 I picked up this plain black maxi skirt for €9.00. I wasn't sure how I felt about these when I had seen them in store previously, however after truing it on today I am converted. It has an elasticated waist which means I can hitch it up and wear as a midi skirt under a top if I wanted to. I find it challenging to locate maxi dresses and skirts that are long enough as I'm 5' 9", but this is perfect length. It's also slightly smaller around the bottom so it keeps it's column shape.
I also got the grandad style cardi for €7 on sale in the menswear department. It's grey with a red, yellow and green fleck. Its long enough to cover my bum and will be ideal for the transitional period.



The final item I picked up was this black crepe blazer. It's lovely and light for summer, and the blue lining will add a pop of colour when the sleeves are rolled up. Its a full lenght sleeve, that can be turned down, so I can keep it all black if I wish to.

So they are my last few purhcases for a while. I placed an order with Forever 21 Thursday so I will do a haul for those items once they arrive.

Roll on the spending ban <3

Happy Saturday.

S

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