Fake Aways

So Alan and I love a take-away, though when you are a giant whale needing to loose weight take-aways are not your friend!

In a bid to be healthier and also help save a bit of money, I came up with the idea of doing a Fake-away instead. This means if we fancy pizza we get shop bought pizzas or do home made pizzas.

This came from a weekend when we didn’t have anything for tea and neither of us wanted to cook but we couldn’t afford to be naughty. So we went to Morrison’s and found their Chinese ready meals. Normally I am well fussy with these things, but since finding I like sweet and sour chicken (I went off it as a Kid and never ate it) there are more options for me. Anyway, in Morrison’s you can get two mains and 2 sides for £7. So 2 rice and a main each is a LOT cheaper than anywhere else! We added duck spring rolls and some Prawn crackers bringing the bill to £10 for a very very lovely dinner. Saving ourselves at least £20.

Now I am not foolish enough to think these meals are exactly healthy but they are a lot healthier that the takeaways as they are not cooked in anywhere near as much grease. Homemade pizzas are definitely better than shop bought ones but they are also a lot better than a pizza from Domino’s etc.

If you want to be even healthier you can use Fajita wraps as the pizza base, they are quick and easy, taking only 10 minutes in the oven. I tend to get the Sainsbury’s own pizza topping sauce, or I cheat and use any kind of pasta sauce instead!

Top it with peppers, bacon (from Medalions), sweetcorn, be good to yourself Mozzarella and a bit of grated cheese and you have yourself a nice and easy pizza.

We haven’t figured out the curry version of a fake-away as I have no idea how to cook them and the ready-meals you can get are still pretty bad but no where near as horrendous as when you eat out. especially when it is a Korma which is full of cream!! It’s a shame really as it is probably our favourite!

Anyway, my idea is to do Fake-Away Fridays when I take the cuisine we would normally order in and find a cheaper and healthier substitute that is still satisfying and tasty. This will hopefully save us a bit of cash and make a good impact on the food we eat.


Goodbye 2017….

Well I have reached the end of 2017 and nothing much has changed. All my plans to get healthy and fit have been unachieved. Standard. 

I have reasons and most of them excuses. But some great developments. Our house has sold, well almost, we are hoping to complete over the next few weeks so we have started the moving out process. 

Having been away over Christmas we came home, hired a van and managed to pack most of our stuff and some bits of furniture up in the first step towards moving out. A busy day but worth it. The caravan is getting more sorted and starting to feel more like home with more of our stuff and some new carpet down which I did myself. That really was a challenge! 

Here are some pictures of that process!

So this was just the underlay down, we found a really thin but super insulating underlay for the caravan as warmth was key! A slightly odd texture but has been amazing.

As you can see our new carpet is a slightly nicer colour than the pink. The other thing I discovered was that the pink carpet was laid straight on to the wooden floor of the caravan so this added insulation and carpet layers are bound to make a difference. 

I was really pleased with the results. I mean don’t get me wrong it’s not perfect, far from it in places but it has made a huge huge difference. 

We have also done the hallway and the spare room and once we are fully sorted and settled I will post some pictures of that too. 

Alan has also done an awesome job outside the caravan helping to box in the caravan and protect it from the wind! And sort the steps out. Again when we are done I will get some pictures posted. 

It all feels more real now, seeing as we have emptied a few rooms in Ivy and once the house has gone through we will start to see the new house go up and I can be posting bits about that exciting adventure! Which will be far more interesting 🙂

My health has been pretty dodgy this year, so I am hoping that in the new year I can make some changes to improve that. Starting with loosing weight and getting a bit fitter and hopefully happier 🙂 

We have had some fun times recently though with the lovely snow and adventure of getting stuck in the snow and ending up staying in a random hotel for the night. 

This was us stranded in stokenchurch, a pretty little place with a lovely little hotel. A little adventure after our trip down south! 

We also had some fun times in the snow with my parents and their dog Alfie! 

We have also had a lovely Christmas with lots of family including my Brother, his wife and their baby bump 🙂 

It’s been a manic and crazy last few months with lots of back and forth and being crazy busy. We are looking forward to a new year and a new chapter in our lives and hopefully finally starting the most exciting chapter so far!! 

Oh and Fingers crossed there will be a dog added to our little family soon too! I have been promised 🙂 

Feeling insanely lucky…

There are days when marriage is hard. There are days when I barely see Alan and there are days that I am a total nightmare and I forget just how lucky I am. 

Not only did I stumble across the best friend in the world or the best support for my madness when I met Alan but I found someone who loved me for Me! 

He is the kindest man I know with the biggest heart and the greatest work ethic. He always does all he can to help others and puts everyone else first.

He hates being complimented so this whole thing is going to make him all squirmy 🙂 

Yesterday Alan came home feeling pretty rough and full of the beginnings of a cold AKA man flu!! So I said I would grab some ginger and honey to make him a soothing hot drink (yes he sounds like a softy) but I decided to put together a man flu survival box 🙂 

With a variety of essentials.

So this is all the stuff crammed in a box (apart from the tissues they don’t fit!) 

Here’s a better view

So tissues both a box and packs. 

Fresh ginger, honey, strepsils, reeses pieces, Lindor Chocolates, antibacterial hand gel, olbas oil, some gingerbread biscuits, cold relief medication, Listerine mouth wash, vitamin C tablets and a mug 🙂 

Things like this are my way of showing him just how much he means to me and how much I love him and will always be there to help and do anything I can for him.

I am exceptionally lucky to have such a wonderful husband and life together with such an exciting future. 

Anyway hopefully this little box will help him feel better before the cold takes hold and hits him when he is working so so hard and I don’t like him feeling ill. 


This last week and weekend has been all about progress…..progress in many areas. Firstly we have moved forward with the sale of our house. Not just an offer now and things are moving in the right direction so fingers crossed nothing happens and it all goes through!! 

So as well as the house sale moving forward we have been making a bit more progress at the caravan! We have added a ‘skirt’ to our caravan (the great description Sarah gave it) basically we have added some cladding to the bottom of the caravan to help protect it from the wind. 

This was a good team effort with some help from Father-in-law and then Alan and I working as a team to get a lot of the boards in place. We still have some other sides to do but this was a good start!! 

The other thing we have been working on is the next step on the decking for access to the caravan. Since the weather has turned it has begun to get a tad muddy so it is needed now. Alan has been an absolute star today working on getting this all in place ready so we can add the decking next weekend and be one step closer to having proper steps 🙂 

Here is the progress so far! 

Okay so this isn’t quite how we ended the day. Alan worked well into the dark and there were 2 more concreted supports in those holes and 2 more cross supports as well. The mud was a lot more boggy by the end but Alan did an awesome job and bless him for working so hard on his only day off!! 

I shall add more updated pictures next weekend when we do more. We are dog sitting this week so apologies for the obscene amount of dog images that will appear!! 

I have also been working lots and trying to improve my watercolour painting and drawing here are a couple of examples but I have a few more to work on next week 🙂 

Buried Alive

Buried Alive….that is pretty much how I feel right now. 

This weekend was amazing a great family get together with food, fireworks and a great bonfire. It as a success. People had a good time and my food all went to plan. 

But I spent two days cooking. Lots of time preparing and I haven’t managed to catch my breath.

With that and lots of people needing lots from me and at every turn feeling like I am not good enough or doing a good job it is taking it’s toll. 

Everywhere I turn I am charging too much and being made to feel worthless. Trying my hardest to understand what someone means only to feel like I’m a frustrating when all I am trying to do is help. 

Don’t get me wrong I have clients I love working with. Those who share something of themselves with me. Those who are grateful when I go the extra mile. But still it comes back to people wanting it done for a cheap as can be making me feel like my knowledge and skill is worthless. 

None of this is helped by the fact that I have become rubbish at remembering to take my anti depressants making my mood and overall wellbeing all over the place and the fact that it is November and I don’t get to see my husband hardly at all! 

I am tired. I am lonely and I am feeling sorry for myself. All of which hinder any hope of weight loss or regaining control over my life!

I just can’t breath. But I WILL keep fighting!!

Torn in Two

The last few weeks have been rather tricky, there has been a lot of back and forth. We love being in the caravan, it is so much closer for Alan’s work and we have more time together so I will never complain.


However we do have a house, a stone built, 4 walled, warm, sturdy house. One with a big kitchen, 2 showers and a very comfy sofa and soon we will be unable to say this is the case. So we need to be making the most of it and actually live in the house a little.

I am so torn!

Not only do we have a house we ought to be making the most of but also trying to live in two places at once is mad and starting to get a bit confusing and messy. Even just having the constant situation with food, making sure there is bits for Alan’s lunch and margarine and the basics. Milk for instance, even if we are there for one night it is nice to have milk for tea!

This is all made harder by the fact that I am the one that needs to pack the caravan up or pack the house up ready to move from one to the other. That means thinking about my clothes, Alan’s clothes for work and at home, warm clothes, slippers, Alan’s xbox, my computer, the Now TV box +controller (I forgot it once which was not helpful) food, any kitchen bits. Any food left in the fridge, emptying the bin, making sure the washing up is done, ensuring the place is tidy and I have fuel.

Then doing all the same again a week later….I also have to make sure we have shower gel in both locations, toilet roll in both places, bin bags and sandwich bags in both homes, toothpaste wherever we are.

The biggest issue we have had is last night. So after Alan showered and we were about to get in to bed, like 11:30, I went to put my phone on charge….only to realise the one thing I has forgotten this time around was BOTH phone chargers.

My phone on 10%, Alan’s on 11%


One of the main issues being that we rely on our phones to wake us up in the morning and Alan needed to be up at 5:30. So at 11:30 last night we were hunting round the house for any spare chargers or cables…….10 minutes later we were getting dressed and heading out to the 24hour Tesco in Wrexham (So glad we were at Ivy) to purchase 2 new chargers.


Now we have chargers in both places….that stops that issue.

This weekend, is BONFIRE NIGHT!! Very exciting as we are having a family party with food, fun and fireworks. I will share some pictures next week. Alan is excited, apparently it is very grown up to be able to buy fireworks and actually light them!! Here is my trial run of Cupcakes!



Feeling Blue

Feeling a bit like shit (excuse my french). 

I am feeling tired and really low today. I am also loosing my mojo with weight loss today and feeling like it’s a very long uphill battle that I am not strong enough for. 

It’s silly really, the first week of following weight watchers and sticking to plan I managed to loose 4lb which I was really happy with. This week I have been doing more walking but found the food side of things harder. 

My husband works a long way from home and the hours he works means he is often home rather late and I end up losing my mojo for cooking. Meaning I get lazy and don’t bother cooking proper meals. This is my own battle.  But the other thing is that we end up eating really late which isn’t great either! 

Maybe I need to try and get into the habit of having my dinner at 6 and reheating his tea. But then it’s not exactly fair for him to always have left overs. It’s a battle also due to the fact that I like eating with him and eating dinner on my own is a rather lonely thought! 

This week we are looking after another dog so walking him twice a day has been great and given me a good reason to have to go out walking making that easier. Though today I felt like I had to force myself out of bed in the morning let alone out the front door for a walk. Just an all round low day I suppose.

Work wise it has been good. Got lots of work done which is positive but that has meant a lot of time sat in front of my computer which can be very lonely work. 

Feeling just generally low and pathetic and rather gross but Alan has been great this evening trying to encourage me with how well I have been doing and the difference he has seen. But more than this, he said to me that I need to learn to face one battle at a time. I have a habit of letting everything get to me and worrying about so many things all at once that I end up drowning. 

We have a house to sell

We have a house to build

I have my freelance work

I have my other work

I want a dog

We want kids

I want to loose weight

I want to improve my joints and fitness

We are trying to live in two places at once

We have work to do to the caravan

We really need to be saving money

I feel fat and hideous

I feel I am not good enough for him 

I feel bad that sometimes I dont manage to wake alan up as early as he wants for work.

I worry Alan isn’t happy

I worry there is more I should be doing 

All of these in one go is too much for my little head to handle at once. A lot of it is stupid to worry about as it’s just self depreciating and other things are out of my control or not a concern for a few more months. I need to pick my battle and that, for the time being, needs to be the weight loss and fitness as in theory that is what will help to improve my mental health, self esteem and life in general. 

But it is bloody hard and today I wish things were different. 

I Love This Place

There are many great things in life and things I am grateful for, even though I may struggle with feeling happy all the time and fighting self doubt I can’t help but love life when I get to wake up to a view like this…


And though I used to fight against any washing up as a kid who can complain when you get to wash up with this view….


Even though we are still struggling to sell our house it is still nice to see this view and think of the future and what will be our dream home and the start of the rest of our lives. I really can’t wait to see things start happening.


As I have just mentioned, we have still had no success with the sale of our house, this is beginning to get frustrating now, I know I said this blog would be all about the building process and showing the house grow up. Sadly nothing has happened so there has been nothing to blog about. So I will also be blogging about my weight loss and Snowdon Challenge, as well as the house.

So at the moment we have been working on getting the caravan up to snuff, so we are trying to insulate the place a little more. We have new rubber seals on the windows,which so far has made a MASSIVE difference. Not only with regards to warmth but also noise from the rain, wind or road. We got lucky, we hadn’t even thought about it but we stumbled across this stuff in Lidl. £1.78 for 8m of it, total bargain!!


We have also bought new carpet, cheap from the end of roll left overs. We have also got on order some new fancy pants underlay that is apparently very good. So we are going to lay the underlay on top of what we have already (the lovely pink carpet) then the new stuff on top in the hope it helps to insulate the floor a little more.

We have bought some thermal lining for curtains to add and hopefully help the windows not loose as much heat. Along with thermal curtains to hang on the doors we have a new oil radiator to keep the room nice and snug at night.

Another big change is that we ripped out the dinning room seats and table to be replaced with a set of shelves for a pantry and a folding table to be my desk. This area is currently a lino flooring so we are going to put carpet down here and then a strip of lino to help insulate and update the kitchen floor.

I will post some pictures once we are done with the modifications and updates to the flooring. I think it will make a big difference. We have have also been improving the outside. As the weather has turned we have put a path in place as it was getting a tad muddy. Well we are mostly done with the path, it has just taken a lot longer than we thought. We also need to finish the decking walkway and steps up to the caravan and then we plan to clad the bottom of the caravan and insulate that too.

We are trying to work as much as possible in the evenings and weekends to get bits done while still splitting our time between the caravan and our house while we wait for that to sell.

As Promised

Firstly, my starting day has been a success food wise. Stuck to plan and had a good breakfast, nice lunch and LOVELY dinner!! See picture above! 14 point dinner! 

However has promised the starting point picture and it is hideous so I apologise! 

It’s minging but hopefully I will not feel so horrified by a photo of me sometime in the future…

A Brutal Truth & A New Chapter

The ‘Brutal Truth’ – I am embarrassed and ashamed of myself and find it very hard to see anything good about me. I am often heard to say I hate myself and this is starting to become a serious issue step for me.

I am 27 and have suffered with low self esteem and self loathing for as long as I can remember. I honestly can’t think of a time when I felt I looked nice, and seeing as I got married a little over a year ago it is sad to think that even then I didn’t believe I looked beautiful. I hate to see myself in pictures as it shows me just how bad everything has become and how huge I truly am.

The last couple of years I have been struggling with depression and this almost entirely stems from my size and the way I look. A childhood full of bullying for my size has helped to solidify and confirm the way I feel regardless of what people around me may say. I mean why would I believe those who love me that I look fine, they just don’t want to upset me. Or so my head always seems to feel.

For as long as I can remember I have also suffered with Hypermobility, only on a low level but it has plagued my life with agony whenever I do any form of walking, exercise or even standing for long periods of time. I remember times when I was little I would wake up screaming and nothing would get rid of the pain, I remember my mum sat rubbing my knees and using hot water bottles to try and ease the pain. Numerous attempts to seek help have gone so far as to give me physio exercises to ‘try and make it manageable’, not exactly helpful.

This however has meant that walking and any kind of exercise can cause me a serious amount of pain so subconsciously I would avoid any situation that would mean walking or exercise as it led to pain. This has aided my issues with weight, which then in turn makes the pressure on my joints worse and then make it more painful to do exercise, which makes my weight increase more……it’s a rather nasty cycle which has gotten WAY out of control.

Initially the pain would be my knees, now it is my ankles, knees and hips that hurt and make it very painful to do long periods of walking. And so my size has continued to get out of control and my depression and self hatred more intense.

But I HAVE to change…

I HAVE to get better…

It is going to be a long bloomin’ road. I will have to start slow and I am going to find it hard. But not only do I need to do it for my self esteem but my health and also my Husband, we want a family and that is not a safe or sensible thing when I am the size of a whale!

So I am going to post a picture tomorrow, of the starting point, I am too embarrassed to publicly say my current weight (yes I feel that disgusted) but I will track the amount lost, but I feel it is less about the number and more about the way I feel so for that reason I do not feel a starting weight is needed.

My challenge….

  • To stick to the Weight Watchers eating plan – religiously
  • To strengthen my joints and muscles to provide more support and hopefully (eventually) reduce the pain I feel
  • To train myself to get fitter!

The main thing I am aiming for…. April of 2019 I want to climb Snowdon with Alan, he loves walking and has ended up with a wife to fat and unfit to go walking with him, so he and I are going to start walking more and my aim is to walk up the intermediate route to the top of Snowdon and to make him truly proud of me!

To many this will seem like a really small and easy achievement but for an fat asthmatic with joint issues that struggles with the smallest of hills it is a bit deal and I want to start here and climb further, holidays in the Lake District, things that I want to experience that is currently hindered by how unfit and unhealthy I am.

Also I want to be the best version of me for Alan as his happiness is the most important thing for me and I want to enjoy holidays together going on adventures and seeing the world without constantly being in pain and him worrying about me as it is not a life I want for myself, my husband or our future mini me’s

So here’s to a new chapter, a new beginning and hopefully a new step towards to happiness and learning to love myself.