This has been a busy old week one way or another. I put up my Spring Promotion for So Easy Herbal on Monday – it is FREE till end of the day TODAY on Amazon worldwide. Go grab yourself a copy now if you haven’t already and learn how to make fab goodies like lavender and strawberry gin that will definitely put a smile on your face and liven up the summer!
I’ve had some lovely reviews and comments and I am eternally grateful to those who do type up their thoughts on Amazon. I know I’m guilty of forgetting to do this after I have read a book, but now that I write them myself I can see how important this is to authors. We are a bit like moles us writers, we tend to burrow into our own little worlds of our writing and books, and those worlds become incredibly important to us. It means a lot when readers make contact and share their views, drags us back into the real world and makes it all worthwhile.
I also put up my Cath Kidston book giveaway this week. Boy has that been popular. Seems there are rather a lot of us modern vintage print fanatics out there. Yeah to us! The giveaway ends on Tuesday next week, so leave your comment and be in with a chance of winning this great new book.
I’ve had pins out my foot (no more photos on that one!) and put pins into jeans to take them up for Idgy. I hate to say this girls but I have had to give four pairs of jeans to Idgy as I can’t get into them any more. OMG yes I have said it, I Cannot Get Into Them!!!!! I am sickened and horrified at myself. So much for having the pink cords hanging outside my wardrobe for last few months as inspiration to diet. I shall admit now that I have taken them down and stuffed them in the wardrobe as I am so bloody disgusted with myself.
Of course it doesn’t help that I have been trapped on the sofa for almost 3 months doing no exercise at all and also been writing/cooking and photographing another cook book, but come on, a whole size up, grrrrrrr this is just not on!
It hurts to have put on weight that I took so much pride and delight in losing. You see I used to be pretty big, a UK size 20 (that is a USA size 16) in 2008. I went on a real weightloss campaigne that year and got down to a nice size 12 and even a 10 by 2010/11. I felt good about myself, for the first time in goodness knows how many (we are talking decades here) years I liked how I looked. The joy I felt in being able to buy clothes in ‘normal’ shops was amazing, and when I could step into boutiques in France and easily find things that fitted me, well my joy was unbound.
Taking up running and getting fit all felt good. Okay it took me a long time to get to like running (well some of the time) but I loved how I felt afterwords. Loved that buzz of ‘I did it’ and ‘boy I CAN do this’.
I think it all kind of fell apart for me last year. 2012 was a bit of a bugger for me in many ways; Mum’s steady decline and death, having to give up running due to foot pain, depression and all that sort of stuff. I guess it took its toll on the weight front.
When I had the ops this time I fondly recalled how in 2010 I was sofa bound and didn’t put on any weight. I lulled myself into that false sense of security that it would be the same this time.
I still can’t get back to running and have to take it slowly just getting into my stride with walking. It is all so frustrating when you look at your clothes and it hurts that you can’t wear them any more. I am down to one pair of jeans and they are ripped round one knee. They don’t look trendy or cool, they just look scruffy.
I will have to do something about this!
When I was jetting about going backwards and forwards to France from 2009-2011 I was eating well and drinking wine. Okay I took up running, but in 2010 I was pretty much off the running completely due to the foot ops I had then. I kept the weight off and I wasn’t dieting.
I have to get back to that mindset.
Does anyone else feel this way? I feel I want to be part of something but don’t want to join a group like weight watchers. Are there any of my readers who’d like to get together on this and support each other in trying to lose a bit of weight, get healthy and feel better about ourselves?
If so PLEASE let me know.
So that is my week I guess, things happening, thoughts processing and possibly plans hatching.
Hope your week has been a good one and that you are looking forward to a relaxing weekend, have a good one!