Weight: 96.8 kgs

“When you see someone putting on his Big Boots, you can be pretty sure that an Adventure is going to happen.” – A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

My Life Goal, ze Weight

Up we go again…the hormones are a bit chaotic at the moment (I’m feeling a bit down and out but am totally thankful for having great parents who call me each day to see how I am!) and I’m thinking they are also causing issues with my weight….my hormones not my parents.

Shake Your Booty

Still doing my yoga and I tried to fit in some walking on the treadmill however work and just general tiredness and lack of motivation got in the way this week…just the once on the treadmill.

What I’ve Read

Lisa bought me Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie, it’s such a classic and I totally fell in love with the book plus the hotel we visited in Istanbul where she wrote a majority of the murder mystery!  I read Death on the Nile while we stayed at the Old Cataract Hotel in Egypt years ago and loved that also.  I always said that I would read more of her books however I just got lazy and apparently “busy” (such a crap word that we all need to try and stop using…we just need to make time to reconnect!) so I’m going to rectify this situation.

I receive the Daily Telegraph travel emails and this article on bucket lists and how they are ruining the world was an interesting read….along with the comments (you have to read the comments!)!  I’m a true believer that there is nothing wrong with a travel wish list, bucket list, travel inspiration etc etc…we all have ideas of destinations that we would love to visit but what is most important is that you add destinations that you would like to visit personally and when you do get a chance to visit then you treat that destination with the respect it deserves i.e. dressing respectfully, taking home your rubbish and leaving it so the next person can enjoy the destination.  I actually managed to unsubscribe from the Daily Telegraph travel emails today…woohoo…not due to this article just because I’m also trying to declutter digitally as well.

What I’m Up Too…

I met up with Sara yesterday and we headed off to explore the Orchid Festival at Kew Gardens…I totally forgot how gorgeous the gardens were until our visit yesterday and also that the gardens are an UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Kew Gardens Orchid Festival 2018

The Orchid Festival is only on for a month; it’s rather busy so either visit really early on the weekend or toddle around the gardens on a weekday.  It was so lovely catching up Sara as she is one of the nicest people that I know.

All the decluttering is paying off as certain rooms in our home are looking spotless now…I actually recycled all my travel magazines that I had squirrelled away which shocked G immensely however I did pull out a few pages of destinations that interest me for future travels.

Anyway enough of my babbling!  What’s all your gossip?

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Weight: Unknown as it was my birthday week!

“If the person you are talking to doesn’t appear to be listening, be patient. It may simply be that he has a small piece of fluff in his ear” – A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

Kelly Michelle's Diary Week 7, 2018

My Life Goal, ze Weight

So it was my birthday week and that means I am weight free…well that’s my take on my body weight last week!

Shake Your Booty

Just my daily yoga sessions…keeping it sweet and simple at the moment.

What I’ve Read

My love of reading decluttering and minimalism books continue…this was a freebie that I downloaded from Amazon Prime…Miss Minimalist: Inspiration to Downsize, Declutter and Simplify by Francine Jay.  It’s actually an interesting read if you love reading books on decluttering as she goes into how she made her decisions on certain home comforts like a sofa and chairs for their home…is a tv really necessary in this day and age and what happens when a burglar decides to enter your minimalist home (this story made me giggle!).

I’ve read the NZ Herald website over the past few days as I wanted to keep abreast of what was happening with Cyclone Gita that hit the New Zealand earlier this week…I just couldn’t believe how many stupid tourists actually headed towards the area that was expected to be badly hit by the cyclone…just pure stupidity…when will tourists remember that warnings are there for a reason and that the emergency services already have enough on their plates helping locals who could potentially lose everything due to Mother Nature.  Where has the common sense gone in this world and why are people so bloody selfish!

What I’m Up Too…

So this blog post is a tad late…decided not to log on while on holiday…then we arrived home late on Sunday evening…was tired from two days from work so today is the first day I have had a chance to log on!

We flew out to Istanbul last Thursday for a long weekend and it was lovely to revisit the city for the third time…and then it was back to reality with a stop off at M&S on Sunday evening to pick up the basics i.e. break and milk from M&S in Heathrow Terminal 5…hello real life.

^^In the lift on the way to the pod to get our car!

I decided not to share any photos on instagram…well not the blog one anyway…I uploaded photos to my private instagram account which is locked (and only my loved ones can access!) and it was lovely to be able to just post what I wanted including a photo of G fast asleep on top of me while I balanced a glass on his head….and 5 photos all in one go…none of this timed nonsense when people are most active on instagram or curated feeds.  So you will have to wait to see my Istanbul photos on the blog later on.

So do you think Instagram is dying?!?!

Anyway enough of my babbling!  What’s all your gossip?

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Weight: 95.9 kgs

“A bear, however hard he tries, grows tubby without exercise.” ― A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

Kelly Michelle's Diary Week 6, 2018

My Life Goal, ze Weight

Going back down again…hormones…you gotta love them!

Shake Your Booty

Yoga and I are the best of friends…just two days this week where I didn’t get a chance to get rid of some of the crazy out of the system…one due to a migraine and yesterday as I pretty darn tired and there is no point pushing a body when it’s close to exhaustion.

What I’ve Read

This week I’ve read Soulful Simplicity by Courtney Carver…this book has spoken to me on so many levels and I can’t recommend it highly enough…I don’t normally like self help books as I find them a bit to airy fairy for my liking (I get RSI from rolling my eyes a lot!) however this one is so different.  Courtney runs the very popular blog, www.bemorewithless.com and it’s all about her journey in living a more simple life after getting diagnosed with MS and how her life choices were affecting her health and her relationships…her journey started way back in 2010 so this isn’t a newbie blogger cashing in on the minimalism movement…Courtney has a lot of experience and observations from her life changes.

Last year taught me to look after myself due to a number of health issues; I live for myself and listen to my body a lot more, I say no a lot and the less choices you have to make on a daily basis the better…clear out that wardrobe!

What I’m Up Too…

This week was a bit of a crappy one…I felt rather down in the dumps (I don’t like saying depressed as I don’t have depression and it’s a word that is often misused)…it was just a bad week where I felt rather sad plus a migraine was thrown in for free.  I don’t suffer from migraines normally however my last two periods I’ve had a migraine and they knock me out for hours….where is mum when you need her to feed me coke, mince pies and moro bars when I’m having a migraine…only for me to puke them up hours later…mama is the best doctor around!

I actually hate going to work at the moment…to the point that I’m almost crying as I get ready for work…I don’t know if this is due to my hormones and then the cherry on the top is my confidence is taking a huge knock in the progress.  Hormones are shit!!  Maybe I am having my mid life crisis early.

We’ve booked afternoon tea in Istanbul for my birthday…my sister is shouting me afternoon tea which is super sweet of her (love you Lisa!)…and the best bit is the hotel which I can’t wait to visit…Lisa always has the best travel ideas.  I may actually use Instagram when I’m away…I’ve decided not to use Instagram to post unless I’m on holiday…I still have a little scroll through occasionally.

There wasn’t a blog post this week as I just couldn’t be bothered to log on to the laptop.

Anyway enough of my babbling, Happy Weekend everyone!  What’s all your gossip?

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Weight: 97.4 kgs

“Just because an animal is large, it doesn’t mean he doesn’t want kindness; however big Tigger seems to be, remember that he wants as much kindness as Roo.” – A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

Kelly Michelle's Diary Week 5, 2018

My Life Goal, ze Weight

So I went up this week by quite a lot…I’m not to bothered and putting it down to hormones and the stinking cold that I still have which I think I have now successfully passed onto G as he is complaining his eyes are hurting to open…G will of course have the man flu version of my cold.

Shake Your Booty

I’ve done quite a bit of yoga again this week…I’m hoping to add some walking on the treadmill once I am fully recovered from the sniffles.  My flexibility is improving from all this yoga…it’s amazing where I can lift my legs these days…apparently yoga can lift and firm up your boobies (let’s hope they resemble my 19 year old boobies please!), will let you know if this rubbish talk or not.

What I’ve Read

I moved away from the chick lit and read The Urban Farmer this week…something very different and quite interesting as it’s all about starting a business growing vegetables in a city using other peoples back gardens…Curtis Stone is a real entrepreneur.  Curtis goes into what crops worked well and what was the most profitable, how he kept his overheads down and how he sold all the produce…I love gardening and I’m an accounting nerd so this book rather tickled my tail feather.

Also I’m rather proud of James Wong for calling out an instagrammer for adding toxic flowers on their food…here is a list of some rather beautiful and eatable flowers if you do plan to add flowers to your food or drinks.  I did an eye roll when I saw this story earlier in the week…almost up there with that silly Dublin blogger story…where has all the common sense gone in this world.

What I’m Up Too…

G and I hired a van this weekend and collected a number of items that we had bought around the country…from a 1960s sideboard that I’m going to tidy up, to huge water tanks for our garden and another glass house which we picked up for free from a family friend.

It took us 3.5 hours to dismantle the glass house today in the freezing cold which including sunshine, hail, rain, sleet and snow…I was pretty sure my nose was going to snap off.

I’ve done more decluttering and I have to say it feels good to give items that you no longer use or want away….sooooo good.  It’s amazing how many shelves in the kitchen are now empty of items that I never used.  As I’ve mentioned decluttering in almost every diary post for the past 3 months so you would be forgiven for thinking that we only have ten items left in our home…we don’t…but we are slowly getting there.

I’ve challenged myself to use up as many ingredients in the kitchen before our next shop…I did this last year and cleared out a number of bags of food which were part used.  I made chicken soup in the slow cooker today and added a number of gluten free ingredients…unfortunately G’s tummy doesn’t agree with gluten free ingredients much…so he’s currently got a very sore tummy…oops!  Along with man flu, I’m pretty sure he thinks I’m trying to kill him today.

Just realised, I only have to get through one more week of work then the following week is a short one as we are off to Istanbul for our birthday.  February and March are rather big birthday months in our family…G, Me and G’s brother are all within a 5 day period…my poppas and his sister shared the same birthday which is today and then next month my little sister and daddy are celebrating.

Anyway enough of my babbling, Happy Weekend everyone!

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Weight: 95.9 kgs

“Piglet noticed that even though he had a Very Small Heart, it could hold a rather large amount of Gratitude.” ― A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

Kelly Michelle's Diary Week 4, 2018

My Life Goal, ze Weight

No change on the weight front.

Shake Your Booty

No exercise this week; okay that is a fib…I did try to do yoga and my body didn’t have any strength at all so I took that as a sign to rest.  Then I came down with another bug…I’m kinda looking forward to February as I think I’ve picked up every bug going this January that has hit our office…I was asked if I was pregnant due to the bug…oh yeah…it was a good week!

What I’ve Read

I gave myself a challenge not to buy any shoes or clothes this year…trust me, it isn’t easy (and I know it’s only bloody January and I’ve almost failed!)...but things happen for a reason and when Cait Flanders book, The Year of Less popped up in my amazon recommendations just after my lovely suede boot crisis, I decided to buy the book which I then promptly read half of it, the night it arrived.  Cait decided not buy anything for a whole year bar food, toiletries and fuel…the book wasn’t what I was expecting but it was a very interesting read as she explains her reasons how she got to where she is and what was driving her lifestyle prior to the shopping ban…during her shopping ban, she also started to declutter and leads a more minimalistic lifestyle.   Cait also writes a blog so it’s interesting to see the other side…the real person behind the blog which I really like.

I’ve read a few books written by bloggers on their chosen niche and I have to say they’ve always disappointed me but Cait’s book didn’t as she was extremely open about her life.

What I’m Up Too…

So after throwing myself into bed one day after work at 7pm and the following day at 4pm…basically I’ve done nothing all week.

Today was a bit more productive, I’d ironed by 9am…check me out…just give me the medal as I’ve already go the massive chest to pin it on!  Then it was off to buy bird feed…£17 later…we have pampered birds in our back garden…then one black bird decided to throw the seed everywhere so he got a sharp telling off…honestly, I lead the life a rock star.

I’ve spent the day decluttering again…our bathroom was decluttered today…G and empty bottles…he’s going to end up with one up his bum if he doesn’t watch out.

If you live in the Bedfordshire area, there is a book sale at Blunham church next month and they are looking for book donations…if you fancy decluttering your books.

I now have bags of books to send off to Blunham Church, clothes for a shelter in Bedford and the rest going to the charity shop.

Weirdly, I’ve become obsessed with coat hangers lately…I don’t know why however I wanted to buy some more today…I just can’t stop buying them.  I managed to talk myself out of them today…just…and I mean JUST!  Does anyone else out there share this obsession?!?

Anyway enough of my babbling, Happy Weekend everyone!

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