Adulting: Manners Maketh Man

I’m sitting in a hotel after a day full of sightseeing in London, and after having an awesome day touring the Palace of Westminster and shopping in Harrods, I am left with a nagging feeling of irritation. This often happens when I navigate London streets, make my way through the underground system, and battle the crowds of Christmas shoppers, and today was no different.

Now, those of you who know me are probably thinking that it’s rich of me to say this and that they’ve known more polite or tolerant people than me, but I really do believe that manners are free and not used enough.

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Couch to 5K

If you’ve been following my blog for a little while, or have been scrolling through some of my recent posts, you’ll notice that a) I read a lot, b) I like travelling, and c) I’m currently on a weightloss and fitness regime that I’ve affectionately dubbed ‘Fat Friday’.

During my Fat Friday ‘journey’ I have dived head first into the world of dieting and the world of exercise. I decided to follow an age old method of weight loss and witness and scrap following fad diets. Simply, this is the Eat Less and Exercise More diet. So far, I’ve lost 20lbs, so I guess it could be labelled a success. The main discovery of the diet has, so far, been all about routine. Routine in eating, work balance, and exercising has been essential in sticking to my goal.

The latest thing I’ve thrown myself into is Couch to 5K. This running programme was created for the NHS Live Well scheme and aims to get you from the couch to running 5K (or 30mins) within 9 weeks. It sounds ambitious, but the myriad of resource and the essential (free) podcasts are a wealth of information and support to put you on a healthy, low cost path towards better fitness. For me, it offered the chance of a flexible, yet structured, work out plan, and helps me on the way to running a charity race and/or triathlon at some point down the line.

As with my Fat Friday posts, I’ve decided to create a place to record my progress, my findings, and my moans, in the hope that it both keeps me interested and engaged, whilst hopefully helping someone else like me!

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Book Haul #8

Welcome one and all to the final instalment (probably) of Liz’s 2017 Book Haul. I say probably, I’ll be surprised if another one creeps in before the New Year, but I guess you never know what I’ll get for Christmas, or treat myself to after opening my presents. That, and I don’t know what is due to arrive in my TBTB Santa box! I know that it’s only been a month since I posted Book Haul #7, and that in that post I said that I was going better at refraining from buying books. Well, it’s been my birthday since then, AND I hadn’t discovered the book swap AND I needed to stock up on festive reads. So really, it’s not a surprise at all.

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Fat Friday: Week 10

Right now, as I am typing this, there is a layer of snow (albeit a very thin pathetic layer) on my car. (It’s similar to the level of snow I have discovered I can have as a feature on my blog). We rarely get snow in Liverpool. And even more rarely get snow in December. This is momentous, thank you Storm Caroline. I’m also getting ready for Christmas; I have started wrapping, and I am thinking about Christmas cards, and my advent calendars are being enjoyed. I just love this time of year! I am also looking forward to a weekend away in London with Emma, a weekend that we have been planning since January 16th.

Fat Friday is a weekly blog post tracking my weight loss and fitness journey, used to keep myself accountable, keep a record of my progress, and share hints & tips that have helped me. To track my progress, or read my previous entries, click here.

Please join me, support me, and help me along my way as I am to improve my life for the better!

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Christmas Cracker Book Tag

I decided that because it was the run up to Christmas and I was attempting to write a post every day for blogmas, it would be a good idea to do a festive tag. After a quick search, I stumbled across this little gem: Christmas Cracker Book Tag created by Lucy @ The Bumbling Bibliophile and Queen of Contemporary. It’s all about wintry and festive reads, and will undoubtedly start to get you in the festive spirit if you’re not already there!

I actually found this tag on Stacey’s blog @ Pretty Books, and decided that this would be the first festive tag to kick things off. As always, if you want to join in, please comment below and consider yourself tagged!

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T5W: Bookish Things I Like To Grinch About

We are well and truly into December now. Blogmas is going well, I am enjoying opening my advent calendar(s), and we are planning on putting our tree up soon. Annnd I have started to wear my every growing and ever more epic collection of Christmas jumpers, my favourite of which brings me onto this weeks topic: Bookish Things I Like To Grinch About. I love books, and I am hugely respectful of the fact that some people have managed to put their work out there for others, BUT there are some things that just do my swede in.

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26th Birthday Unwrapped

As we enter December, and approach the festive period, I decided it was probably a good time to look back and thank everyone for the awesome set of presents that I got this year for my birthday. I had a wonderful birthday this year. I celebrated early by seeing The Killers as a treat to myself, and then spent time with friends and family celebrating in IKEA, The Tavern, and at home. I was very lucky this year as well, I received an incredible set of presents from some very generous people, so, a big thank you to everyone who made me feel old in the best possible way! Continue reading