Hope you’re managing to enjoy the sun wherever you are. I love the sunshine. It makes everything seem better, easier somehow. Everyone seems that little bit happier and life feels just that little bit more fun. I defy anyone of a certain age to listen to DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince – Summertime and not feel uplifted and chilled at the same time. All together breeeeeeathe!
Another thing I love about the good weather is the chance to wear a different wardrobe. Skirts and dresses replace jeans and jumpers sit forgotten in drawers replaced with t-shirts and vests. Summer wear is my natural wardrobe. I was happiest when I worked jobs I could wear a pair of baggy crop jeans and a tunic vest with my beloved Birkenstocks. This year however I am starting to edge, for the first time, into more ‘fashionable’ summer wear. I can wear clothes that not only feel comfortable but look good too. Today I’m wearing an above the knee, strapless patterned summer dress with a black strappy vest over the top. I love it. I feel completely comfortable, despite having so much of me on show. I would never have chosen this dress, but my lovely friend Hayley gave it to me and I love it!
I love it so much in fact I wore it (with a cardigan to hide the bra straps I am obliged to wear – these ladies need their support!) last Sunday to my friend Emma’s baby shower. The shower took the form of an afternoon tea, with cakes, scones and sandwiches. Obviously I still have a mini loss target of 6 stone in my sights for next week, so I chose to go in with open eyes and a cool head. I’m so glad I did. For example we were served two scones each, one plain, one fruit. I made the decision to have one, so chose the fruit as it was the one I liked the most. The macaroon, which looked so pretty on the plate, was filled with a violet flavoured cream. As soon as I bit into it I realised I really didn’t like. So I left it. I approached the whole experience with this same attitude and do you know, it meant I got the absolute best out of the food I ate. The old me would have scoffed the lot, regardless of whether I liked it or not, or just because it was there. The level headed me took a much more objective approach that meant I could thoroughly enjoy myself and not come away feeling both sick and angry with myself. I call this progress.
For the remainder of the week, I also made a concious decision to limit my syns to minimal amounts each day. I didn’t feel deprived and ensured I loaded up on free food to keep me full and satisfied. And I guess it must have worked as I lost 2.5lb at last nights weigh in. Total loss is now 5 Stone 12lb (82lb). It has taken me into the next stone bracket (I just love seeing the big number at the front going down!) and just 2lb away from the 6 stone I want to lose by the family wedding I am attending next weekend.
So that’s my plan for the next week. I want to lose 2lb. I have my fab friends Michelle and Lee visiting this week, all the way from Devon. Fortunately they understand and appreciate the journey I am on and have been so supportive. Saturday day time will be spent with Michelle in Guildford. Yep we’re leaving the children with the daddies and getting us some retail therapy! Mine is mostly to find a dress for the wedding. I’m so excited I can barely tell you. Earlier in the week someone asked what dress size I am now and the truth is I have no idea, especially where fitted frocks are concerned. I’m so looking forward to finding out! I’ve also got my mum to thank for this excursion as she has given me some money towards a new dress. I think she’s just really proud 🙂 thank you mum! Then on Saturday night we plan to have a BBQ (fingers crossed for the weather), which as I’ve discussed is perfect for SW fare.
I can’t wait! And on that note I best go clean the bathroom. We have guests a coming!
Have amazing weeks people