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Back to school!


If there were no schools to take the children 
away from home part of the time, 
the insane asylums would be filled with mothers.  
~ Edgar W. Howe


Back to school… 

With most of the little people all firmly back behind the school gates and the traffic piled up with one child per car… (car pooling mammies.. think car pooling!) I was thinking of my first day at school.. remember yours? Excitement… or tears? Love it or loathe it.. it happened to us all! I LOVED school… I still love doing courses and learning… although I suspect my slight addiction to fancy school stationary MIGHT have something to do with it… ahem…


1st day.... summer uniform!

Once I got to those gates I RAN into the classroom… my poor mother in tears… 'only child syndrome' means she got teary at every event… still does… and my tears came when the summer holidays began and I was back to being just a playground of one again… 

There are so many nice memories though… some bad ones too… the nuns were not kind… pigtails were pulled… and many slaps were dished out… but the learning part I loved… 

The smell of fresh new books… and new uniforms… that first page on your copy book when you nearly didn't want to spoil it… and your handwriting was SO neat… that by the end of term the last few pages had to be deciphered by hieroglyph experts! 

and picking a new pencil case was the BEST THING EVER!

Favourite subject? Surprisingly, I loved maths… still do… and I'm still doing maths everyday with my PPs!

MATHS
Do the maths and you'll get the right answer… Now I suffer from PCOS… so losing weight is always going to be a challenge… but the weeks I religiously stick to the plan… it works… its a formula… and most diets are the same… consume less calories than you spend.. simples… add your Propoints up properly and you will lose weight… it works for so many people that it can't be wrong… same principle with the 'Slimming world' plan… counting calories... 

ENGLISH
Its out there… all you have to do is focus and read it… success stories online… FB pages with others who are looking for support just like you and me… magazines… forums… twitter… your WW books… whatever way you look at it… there's people telling their story, asking questions and looking for support… 

HISTORY
I HATED HISTORY! But … it terms of weight loss…  the past is very important… its where we're coming from and DON'T want to go back to… we've got to learn from the past… if you keep doing what you've always done… you'll get the same results! learn and move on and remember history repeats itself… how many of us have lost loads of weight and thought we knew it all and put it ALL back on again… only to be back at the starting line… 

ART
one of my fav subjects… and considering my career path… not surprising… creativity… I have been know to get a little creative with my tracker… but all jokes aside… WHO exactly am i fooling? my leader only checks my tracker when I HAVE been good and somethings not working… usually its not drinking enough water… The members in my class don't care whats on my tracker… so the only person I'm fooling with my creative maths is ME! duh!

P.E.
We all tried to dodge this one… apart from the really sporty girls who ran faster to avoid hearing our eyes roll at them… moving more will speed up the weight loss… pick an activity… something you really love… you won't stick with the GYM if you'd prefer to be running outside… as a starter… put on your trainers… walk out the front door and keep going for 10 mins… turn around and you HAVE to come home! 

GEOGRAPHY
Map out your journey… plan the goals… first silver 7… 5%… 1 stone… 50lbs certificate… 100lbs certificate… first time you walk a 5k, 10k, jogged them… ran them… first dress size down… those jeans that are a little snug… sometimes the end result can seem like so far away… looking at losing 100lbs can be the very thing that makes you give up… but my leader tells everyone… you only need to lose 7lbs… then we'll talk again… but that's your goal… and mentally you think… well I'm pretty sure i can lose 7… and suddenly it all seems doable… 7 + 7 + 7 and you're away!

1st day.... winter uniform!

But one of the most important things about school is the routine of it… and routine is SO important… when we head off on our jollies… we can have breakfast whenever we like… we eat dessert because… 'sure we're on holidays' … but being back into a routine is SO helpful with weight loss… we're up and full of porridge and out the door… lunch is at lunchtime… dinners are prepared and planned because we don't have time to faff about… lunch boxes are prepared… and soups are made in advance… The little people are back, we should be too!










PS: There is a challenge starting next Friday… paws up who's in… 


Finishing 'big' school! LOL 

37 comments

  1. My kid has been back at school since yesterday. Hooray! lol

    I'm in on the challenge for next Friday! What is it? :)

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  2. Routine is defo the key for me! its the weekends where I do the damage and "dont have time to walk" The things I tell myself!! Madness!
    Count me in for the Challenge :)

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    1. I"m the very same.. sure won't I dissolve in the rain! *eye rolls!* x

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  3. Count me in for the challenge!! whoop!!! :)

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  4. Soo true Back to school is a fresh start for all the mammies :-) Rejoined WW three weeks ago and have my focus back so defo up for the challenge!!
    Jojo

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    1. excellent.. we're on exactly the same path! x

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  5. Such a clever post! Definitely not on for a challenge but count me in for everything next year! xx

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    1. thanks mam! LOL you'll be fit as a fiddle with the new little ones! x

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  6. Hi there! Have just found your blog and looking back at the previous challenges, I'd like to join the next one!! Kelly G.

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  7. Count me in for the challenge please. It's great to be back to routine again

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  8. Count me in too please. Determined to be fit and fab when I turn 40 in a few months! FitFabForty

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    1. And you will be... we're on your case now! x

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  9. So true, the routine is great for all us back-to-schoolers, even if it is on the other side of the desk ;)

    Consider my hand up for the challenge!

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  10. Count me in Lady Doll xx 15weeks till xmas 2pounds a week would be 30pounds gone or even 1.5 pounds A WEEK 22.5 POUNDS.. or anyting for a bonus :) xx

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    1. This is it! Its a 14 week challenge... half a stone.. a stone.. 2 stone.. everyone sets their own goal!

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  11. What a brill post Doll xx Love the creative with the tracker part! We are all guilty of that one :)

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  12. HI! I just found your blog last week and would like to sign up to your challenge. I signed up for weight watchers a few months ago but with work commitments I only went once (all my local meetings are really early and I don't finish work until 8) so I need something to keep my accountable and your challenge couldn't have come at a better time-my birthday is in two months and if I lose 2 lbs a week I'll have lost over a stone by then! And hopefully another stone by Christmas party season :)
    NikkiBluEyes

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    1. Awesome.. and 2lbs a week is very achievable! Life can be so busy but unless we have someone to check in with we can let things slide.. its the very reason I do these challenges.. you lot are watching me like hawks! x

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  13. Hi Doll, rejoining WW on Thursday (don't know how many times I've done it in the past), but have not been up to dealing with my excess weight for some time. So up for your challenge on Friday. Yeah not surprised art is your thing, so is cooking etc. love the blog - keep up the excellent work.

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    1. Great you're here.. I'm guilty of joining MANY times.. you're not alone in that trust me! x

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  14. can i join challenge

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    1. Absolutely.. what name shall I put u under? x

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  15. Still here chipping away so count me in.

    Cavangal

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  16. Definitely on for the challenge... Christmas is coming... yes... The dreaded 'c word'.... ;)

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    1. I know right.. I mean if Tesco can fill the shelves with xmas stuff then its OK to have a challenge geared towards it! x

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  17. Such an entertaining post! I remember always being so excited for the first day of school, brand new book bag full of fresh pencils and pens and school supplies, brand new clothes and getting to see all of my friends again. ahh the good old days. I started my 3rd semester of college on the 26th of August and taking evening classes after a long day of work has me too tired to get very excited about being back lol. The learning part is still the high point for me, however :)
    much love!
    xoxo

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    1. Snap... I'm back in college in the evenings from the 16th and whilst it means more stuff to do I just LOVE it... x

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