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NaNoWriMo Wrap Up

Evening chaps and chapesses, how is life and December treating you? I am a little bit confused as to how it’s already the 4th, but there we go. The car was frozen this morning, the fog was around all day, and the temperature has dipped below zero, all official signs winter and December are here and here to stay. So, before we get too far into December, I wanted to take a look at the biggest success of last month: winning NaNoWriMo!

As you can probably tell, I am really quite happy with myself. I worked really hard to hit the word total, and when validated, had managed to write  53,943 words during NaNo. I’m pretty pleased with myself and for the first time in a while I am really quite proud of that achievement. I wrote over 50,000 words in my contemporary idea, so I actually managed to finish NaNo without needing to count the words that were added to my Pirate idea (I added them anyway, because y’know, I’d written them, but knowing I didn’t need to was pretty cool). I also finished on November 28th, which gave me a bit of breathing room to validate and actually assess what I had done and what I have left to finish the work in progress. Continue reading “NaNoWriMo Wrap Up”

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Strictly Saturdays (On Sunday): Week 11

Hello hello, how are you all? How was your weekend? I’ve had a jam-packed and really rather lovely weekend that started visited family, ended with watching Liverpool beat their rivals Everton at Anfield, and had a brilliant trip with friends to the Warner Bros Harry Potter Studio tour in between. And that’s the reason I am blogging a day later than the show aired. I was in Watford when it started and had a 4hr drive home so I am only just watching Week 11. And what a week it is, quarter finals and musicals week! Continue reading “Strictly Saturdays (On Sunday): Week 11”

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Blogmas

Howdy folks! Can’t believe it’s December already but the drop in temperature and increase in rain probably should have given it away. I’ve been in a bit of a blogging slump in the past few weeks so I thought Blogmas would be the perfect chance to change that.

For those of you who don’t know, I was in Disney at the beginning of November and I took part in NaNoWriMo this past month (keep an eye out for a NaNo wrap post soon). Disney was awesome and I managed to win NaNoWriMo, however I only managed to finish one book in the whole of November and barely blogged at all so I feel like I’ve lost balance with my reading, writing, and blogging. Time to change that!

There’s lots of wrap posts and reflection posts to come at this time of year but there’s also some review and travel posts that I’ve been saying I’ll do forever and want to actually post before the end of 2018. So with that in mind, I’m taking a leaf out of last year’s book and I’ve decided I’ll be blogging every day in December (hopefully not as last minute every day as this one is!) so look forward to lots of posts from me to come.

Are you taking part in Blogmas this year? What are you looking forward to this December?

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Fat Friday: Week 13

Good evening Ladies and Gentlemen, boys and girls, dogs and cats…you get the idea. How are you? Have you had a good Christmas? We’ve had a quietish one this year. Well, no we haven’t, we’ve done a lot, but Christmas day itself was fairly calm and quiet and pleasant. I’m hopefully going to write a (longish) Christmas post this weekend before New Years Eve, so I won’t go into too much detail.

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.

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So, Christmas eh? A time for sharing, caring, and over indulging on nice food. Don’t get me wrong, they’re all lovely, but the last one is not exactly great news for a diet and fitness regime is it? I’ve really tried to be good(ish) about what I’ve been eating. I haven’t snacked (too) much, and I have tried to think about what I’m eating when it’s not for a main meal or event. I haven’t gone ridiculous and not enjoyed myself or my Christmas, but I have tried to at least think.

That said, we’ve done a lot. Of course there was Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and  Boxing Day to contend with, as well as my Mum’s birthday on the 28th, and our annual walk and dinner with my Aunt and Uncle. All of these are a bit of a blowout in our house. Christmas Eve was celebrated with an Indian Takeaway, which although lovely is never a healthy option. Christmas Day is, well, Christmas Day, and Boxing Day is leftover and ham joints in our house, so that wasn’t the healthiest day either. We went to a lovely fish restaurant in Liverpool for my mum’s birthday where I did order a healthy option, something that helped compensate for the cake at least. And then Bob and Marian’s, well, their spread is always lovely and yummy, with a huge choice for both main and dessert, so holding back is never an option.

When I have eaten unhealthily, and that has been quite often, I’ve tried to include any healthy bits in there with it, and I have really tried to enjoy and savour what I am eating. My Christmas Dinner plate, while very full, had a lot of vegetables (I promise the sweetcorn had peas underneath it too!) and I have been trying to cram as much health in with the crap. My family and friends even helped by reducing the amount of Chocolate and alike that was gifted. I got a really nice amount that left me with enough to enjoy without becoming weight increasing.

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Sadly, I haven’t got out and done any running or working out. I have walked quite a lot, whether it’s around the sales in town, too and from the football, or today on an actual walk to a park, but my foot has started hurting which has put me off doing anything more strenous. My Mum, who is a doctor, has said it is plantar fasciitis, I’m hoping it’s just being stuck on my butt eating too much really. Once Emma is back on the 2nd, I am planning on ramping up the amount I am working out again, and as soon as 2018 is here, I am going back on a strict Diet.

All of this sounds like I am pre-emptively making excuses for an absolutely horrendous weight gain, something that I was apprehensive about yet expecting. Well, it didn’t happen. I didn’t lose weight, obviously, but somehow I survived Christmas with no weight gain???!!!


WEIGHT: This week: 0lb Total: -19lb

EXERCISE: 0 Sessions, but quite a bit of walking

MOOD: Surprised

RECIPE/FOOD/SNACK of the week: Christmas Dinner

HINTS/TIPS of the week: (when looking at anything unhealthy) But It’s Christmas…


I feel like this week has been a loss, even though it hasn’t been. Not gaining weight is as good as a loss any other week of the year anyway. I feel like this was a good place to launch into the New Year. I’ve lost 19lbs since I started, which isn’t a small amount, yet have plateaued of late, which leaves something to work on going into the New Year. I’m 10 months out from Disney, which is when I want to be reaching my target size/weight/fitness level,so getting straight back into it will certainly help. I hope.

The next time we talk will be in 2018, so, I wish you a happy and healthy New Year!

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T5W: 2018 Wishlist

Can you believe that Christmas and Boxing Day are over already? It’s my Mum’s birthday tomorrow and then it’s New Years, so like already there is lots for our family to celebrate at this time of year, but it’s going so quickly! I’ve read into so many new genres, started more recent releases, and read brand new authors over the past year, so for the first time in a long time there are new releases that are coming out in 2018 that I am really excited about!

If you want to find out more, or take part in, Top 5 Wednesday, click here to find Lainey and Samantha’s Goodreads page. Continue reading “T5W: 2018 Wishlist”

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books I’m Looking Forward to Reading in 2018

Happy Boxing Day everybody! I hope you all had an absolutely amazing Christmas and are enjoying the festive period, however you celebrate! I can’t believe Christmas has come and gone again already! I feel like Christmas has just suddenly exploded for me this year, it took a while to get into the festive mood and then BOOM it has been and gone. I am a serial Boxing Day sale shopper, so I’ve already been looking for some bargains! I hope Santa brought everything you wanted, and everything you didn’t know you didn’t want.

For all of you who don’t know what Top Ten Tuesday is, or don’t know how to get involved, click here. The lovely folks at Broke and Bookish team together to produce a book related topic each week, and you simply list the top ten of that topic.

Continue reading “Top Ten Tuesday: Books I’m Looking Forward to Reading in 2018”