Where creative writing and general rambling go hand in hand :)

Monday, 27 April 2015

Feeling adventurous

Confidence in yourself brings new opportunities. My new found confidence has resulted in me trying new and different things recently which helps to boost that confidence even more.
I'm currently on holiday and have already been adventurous this week, I mentioned last week that I plan on doing a skydive later in the year; the advantage to not wanting to jump on a skydive is the instructor that you're strapped to will give you little choice.
On sunday I jumped from a 50ft platform, described as a simulated parachute jump. I'm not afraid of heights but standing on that platform attached to just a wire was a little bit scary, it took me a couple of minutes and a few deep breaths before I was brave enough to step off. Having closed my eyes almost straight away the landing took me by surprise, although my feet hit the ground first I did end up on my backside.
I'm really glad I went through with it and it felt great to know I'd done it while watching others hesitating at the top.
Hoping there are more adventures in my future.

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

All numbers!

12 weeks ago I wrote a blog post counting down to my holiday, at the time I had 12 weeks to lose 30lb in order to reach my holiday target of 6 stone loss.
Well I'm over the moon to be going on holiday on Saturday carrying 6 stone 10lb less than I was in November last year. I'm also very excited that I have size 16 jeans packed in my case and I'm pretty sure all the walking we have planned while away will be much easier this time around.
I'm hoping that when I come back I will be closer to my 8 stone loss which will make the race for life 10K even easier too (still not running though), and will be looking in to booking a sky dive for charity later in the year.

If anyone would like to sponsor myself and my mum for Race for life you can do so here.
https://www.justgiving.com/sharleenerawlings

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Exploring home

Sometimes it's easy to think that a holiday in a foreign country is what you need to relax and forget about work. Sun, sea, sand and language barriers!
We often forget though that we live in a beautiful country. It's been a while since I went for a proper walk and I do miss my old walk to work through the countryside, particularly now the nicer weather has arrived.
At the weekend my boyfriend and I went for a lovely walk along an old railway line leading to Jack and Jill hill in Kilmersdon.
Thankfully it was a lovely day weather wise and the views were gorgeous, this was from the top of the hill. 
Since it's been a while since I walked very far (it was only a 4 & 1/2 mile walk though) I'm surprised my legs got me up the hill; it's not actually a bad hill though and the views make up for it anyway. 
So if you're looking for a way to relax and unwind go for a walk, explore the area around you, get lost if you need to (I do quite often), enjoy the views. 
Fresh air and exercise is never a bad thing and the West Country views are most definitely a good thing.

Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Unfortunate timing?

Since my Cambridge journey began I have lost weight every week except for 2 weeks. Considering I have been following the plan now for 22 weeks I'm sure most would agree that's quite an accomplishment especially with my track record for diets!
Anyway the first time I maintained was following Christmas week which was frustrating due to the fact I didn't stray off plan at all, no Christmas goodies passed my lips, not even a sliver of cake. And in true unfortunate timing style I have maintained following Easter weekend.
While I don't want this to sound like I'm trying to convince anyone, I absolutely did not eat any Easter eggs, or anything else that isn't on plan.
Obviously a maintain is better than a gain but it is still frustrating when you know you've done everything right, previously I would see this as an excuse to buy an Easter egg (or 2 as they're now reduced) and eat it just for the sake of it.
The reason I'm not? because it doesn't matter that it was Easter when I maintained, or Christmas; or if it happens again around someones birthday or a holiday. It doesn't matter because I know I'm doing everything right and I know I can get through these days/weeks in a different way to how I did in the past. It doesn't matter because I'm still down over 6 stone and it's not going back on!

Sunday, 5 April 2015

Writing about writing

Having challenged myself at the start of the year to write a blog every week, I realise I'm at the end of this week and haven't written one!
As last weeks was about reading I thought I'd write a quick blog about writing.
I've had quite a few ideas recently for children's stories, one of which involves a character who really wants her story told. So that's what I'm doing.
It's slow progress and I'm hoping that while on holiday I can further her story and see where it goes. However long it takes though I am determined to see this one through. I'm as excited to get back in to writing as I am about reading.