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Fidgety fingers

Well, it's the time of year when it's dark by the time I get home, so can't potter about in the garden or take the dogs to the park - it's a brisk walk for them along the road and no running off lead for them if both Ma & Pa are working.

Sooooo.... *twiddles thumbs*... what to do of an evening...?

This time last year I would have been settling down with a bottle of wine and nibbles to watch the telly, and kept my hands busy dipping with the left and sipping with the right. But I have just now thought of the solution to my Winter grazing ways....

Tonight the wool bag is coming out of the wardrobe. I will crochet, knit, make bobble hats, knit coats for my dogs, make some for the local shelter where they don't have heating in the kennels, and if they are an odd shape I'm sure some waif or stray will be grateful for a warm if ugly coat!

Hurrah! Surely crocheting or knitting will also burn a few calories too?!

Time for a little whine...

I am on the pill injection, Depo, and I feel great on it, no periods, no swings in weight unless I just eat to much... but one doctor at our practice is determined to get me onto the implant.

Which means next Monday afternoon I am going to have to sit in a room full of teenagers who were too shit-faced to wear a condom when they were shagging all round them, and wait my turn. Last time I was forced to go to the Sexual Helath Clininc (by the same doctor, for the same reason - they said I was fine and didn't need to change) I even witnessed an elderly gentleman in a state of real confusion who had been brought in by his daughter. The mind boggles.

I am NOT looking forward to it, and if it makes me gain weight, bleed permanently or grow a beard I'll rip it out with a rusty fish hook. So there.

Rant over.

I know I can, I know I can, I KNOW I CAN!!!

After 4 weeks of losing 0.something pounds I have finally broken back into the whole number league! Yay, go me!

I am now officially lighter than I was when I got married in June 2010, which was a big benchmark for me. NOW I need to reach my next target of starting with a 10, and oh boy I feel like I can do it now!!!!

I've been singing these words for days now and today it feels like they've come true!

Reaching for something in the distance
So close you can almost taste it
Release your inhibitions
Feel the rain on your skin
No one else can feel it for you
Only you can let it in
No one else, no one else
Can speak the words on your lips
Drench yourself in words unspoken
Live your life with arms wide open
Today is where your book begins
The rest is still unwritten

Natasha Bedingfield - Unwritten

Glutton for punishment... or glutton for good....?

In June 2011 I completed the Heaton Park 10k Race For Life. I can't say I ran it, there were brief spells when my legs moved faster than walking but I couldn't say that they propelled me forward any faster than a good brisk stomp.

It hurt. Despite trying my best to train for it (or so I thought) my knees were succumbing to the arthritic gene that runs in my maternal family, forcing me to finish limping across the line in fear that my right knee would give way.

I swore I would never, ever run again.

Today I was scrolling through my facebook posts and I saw another one about signing up early for next year's events for only £10. My heart prickled a little bit because it felt good to be doing something worthwhile, but I didn't want to sign up and WALK or only do the 5K, that would be taking a step backwards.

I scrolled down further only to see a post from Monika, my friend in America. Her schoolfriend, Jennifer, lost her battle against cancer this morning, leaving a heartbroken family including a daughter only 12 years old.

In 2011 I took part in Race For Life to celebrate those people who had conquered as well as lost their battle against cancer. I also celebrated those currently undergoing treatment for this horrible disease, one of those being Jenny.

I knew then that there was only one thing I could do to help her family. To help all the families hurt by the curse of cancer. I signed up.

I get to decide later what race I want to take part in, I can decide on the day whether I want to walk, jog, run, or hop-skip-and-jump it. But I know one thing for sure... I will complete it...

God bless you Jennifer, take care of Katie and the rest of your family and friends, Heaven has a beautiful angel tonight XXX


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