Wednesday, November 21, 2018


  Goodreads: Book reviews, recommendations, and discussion





    Smoffi O'Leary's bookshelf: currently-reading


            A Christmas Carol

            it was amazing

            A Christmas Carol

            by Charles Dickens



            The Waco Siege: An American Tragedy


            The Waco Siege: An American Tragedy

            by Jack Rosewood






            by Terry Mancour



            Children of the Folded Valley


            Children of the Folded Valley

            by Simon Dillon



            The Secret Life of Bletchley Park: The WWII Codebreaking Centre and the Men and Women Who Worked There


            The Secret Life of Bletchley Park: The WWII Codebreaking Centre and the Men and Women Who Worked There

            by Sinclair McKay


Tuesday, January 21, 2014


Well, tomorrow lunchtime will be a whole week since I started this journey.

I'm starting to feel more human again, still getting tired in the afternoons but mornings are GREAT! Looking forward to feeling that way all day long!

I went to the healthfood shop again this morning, and was thrilled to find that the staff in the shop had been praying for me! I know there are a lot of others praying for me too, and the prayers are certainly working. So thank you.

There is not a shred of doubt in my mind that this whole thing is God led, the glory is all His. Yes I've struggled, but never once have I considered, even for a second wavering. That isn't like me. It can only be God.

Anyway, you're all wanting to know how it's all looking on the scales aren't you?


My start weight, last Wednesday 15th January 2014: 25stone 11lb
My weight today Tuesday 21st January 2014          : 24stone 7.5lb

To say I'm blown away is an understatement! That's 1stone 3.5lb loss in less than a week!!! And I've not been starving - far from it. And I've not once craved chocolate - if nothing else that in intself is a miracle!

I've also found out a lot more about the health benefits of the way I'm eating, and it's all making a LOT of sense.

I'm not seeing a lot of difference in my appearance - although my jeans are definitely getting more roomy - but I'm hoping that means I'm losing core fat, which is the fat around my heart/liver/kidneys etc - which is the really dangerous stuff.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Guess I'm not different after all!

The above is an example of the kind of food I've been eating for the last few days. I'm aiming for 75-80% raw fruit and veg, and 20-25% cooked. The only foods that have any processing that I'm allowing myself is one wholewheat pitta bread and a couple of small soya yogurts. No other kind of chemicals at all, no caffine even - and going from around 4 litres of cola a day and the occasional coffee, you can imagine what I'm going though!!

Which brings me to why I've not blogged for a few days - to be honest I've not felt like doing ANYTHING, have felt totally rotten, headaches, lethargic, selfish, and just generally lousy! I even woke up after a nap wanting a cigarette! I haven't smoked for many many years! All to be expected I guess when shipping out all those chemicals.

Today I'm feeling better - still not 'good' but better, and I was warned this feeling pants would happen for the first week or so - I just didn't beleive it would happen to me - I'm different right? I'm superwoman! :P

Of course, the feeling better about it all is by no small ammount affected by the scales this morning - they're showing a 9lb loss since I started!!!!

****happy dance****

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Radical difference!

I've been praying a LOT over my weight. I've been in such a state. Well today while in town I decided to go see someone at the health food shop about my weight.

I spoke to a very helpful gentleman, who made me feel like I was getting a consultation with a top Harley Street doctor! He told me more about losing weight, how different things work in my body, and interact with each other, than any doctor has ever done! Yes, he gave me a list of things the shop sold which could help me, but also told me I didn't need to buy everything he suggested, and encouraged me to go away and research for myself the things he suggested. He certainly wasn't pushy in the slightest. He gave me an information sheet about the best way to eat healthily.

Well I did purchase a couple of things, not hugely expensive, from the list he gave me, then later settled down to read the sheet he had given me. Imagine my surprise when one of the instructions was "Pray before eating"! There were several references to praying and thanking God. This has given me a very positive attitude, and feeling of 'rightness'

The eating plan effectively is a vegan diet but not only does it tell you what to eat but HOW to eat it too. (I'm not being vegan on any moral grounds, so don't shoot me if you see me with the occasional chicken salad!).

So tomorrow is a trip to the market to stock up on fruit and vegetables, and see how it goes starting in earnest from Thursday!

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

New Year, New Me - how cliché!

No, not really a new me, I am I'm me (in the words of a very old Twisted Sister song!) God created me and He knew what He was doing. But, physically at least, I need to take a bit more care.

I've piled back on all the weight I lost a couple of years ago, I THINK I'm the biggest I've ever been, but could be wrong on that one, because for a very long time I refused to even weigh myself, and I know I lost some weight before I did weigh me and then went on to lose 4 stone. So all I can say with certainty is that I've seen the heaviest weight I've ever seen on the scales.

It's not easy, I know it's not, I've tried so many times. I want to say 'this time it's different' but I've said that so many times too, and always with the same result - failure.

Yes I have failures, but I'm not a failure, that suggestion is coming from the father of the lie, and I'm not going to take heed of those lies anymore.

I know there will be those out there thinking 'here we go again, we've heard the "I'm going to lose weight" so many times before' or is it just me thinking that?

I do want it to be different this time, but I can't guarentee that.

Something different I am doing this time is pictures. I'm aiming to post a photo of myself weekly here come what may - and I REALLY hate showing pictures of myself.

Maybe that will give me the motivation. I've joined a facebook group 'Steps to Good Health' which seems very encouraging, so more motivation there.

If you see me about, please don't be afraid to ask me how it's going - to comment if you can tell I'm losing. I know there are  times I don't comment when I see someone who has lost weight, not for any negative reason, but unless I know for sure they're actively trying to lose weight, I worry that it might come across as insulting. Well I certainly wont be insulted!

So here it is - the obligitary 'mirror pic' on day 2 (didn't think about blogging until today) - I REALLY hate this picture.. but I guess that's kind of the idea.

Finally Up And Running!

I've had this blogspot a VERY long time, can't remember exactly how long, but i'm pretty sure I had it before I met my husband, so that would put it at least 7 years ago! But I've never before actually got around to doing anything with it.. so i thought it was time!


Nightmare socks...

Nightmare socks...
And i've knitted two pairs!