Thursday, 21 June 2018

Reasons to Diet #33 - I want to stop thinking about my weight

My reason to diet #33 is simple - I want to stop thinking about my weight. At times, its all I can think about and it drives me mad! I want to just think about everything else and not have everything come back to thinking about what I weigh.

Its like this - I start to think about holidays and then - bang - my brain locks onto the issue over what I weigh now, what I want to weigh, how long I have from now until then to lose however much weight it is I need to lose. It would be so good to be at the end weight, and not have to go into planning mode over how many pounds I have to lose each week to reach the end weight.

I go shopping and I see something I like and then - boosh - I start thinking I need to lose x amount before I buy this or that. Or I go for a meal and I want a starter and then I have to stop, think about my weight and opt for low fat this, healthy that and I feel like its a grey cloud over me all the time.

So this is why I want to diet - to get to the point where my weight does not rule my conscious mind!

Reasons to Diet #32 - Be a Good Role Model

Number 32: 

My reason to diet #32 is that I want to be a good role model. My step daughter loves her food, but I want to be able to encourage her to be healthy and to exercise.

I feel a bit of a hypocrite if I am overweight and not in shape. Its tough being a step mum as you don't get the bond you get as a biological mum. I didn't give birth to her - she has her birth mum connection and that's great.

I have a different role to play, and being overweight is not a part of the role I want to play. So that is reason number 32 - for my girl.

National Days for June - Today is National Selfie Day

  • 21st June - National Selfie Day
  • 20th June - World Productivity Day
  • 19th June - Martini Day

  • 18th June - Splurge Day
  • 17th June - Eat Your Vegetables Day
  • 16th June - Fudge Day
  • 15th June - National Flip Flop Day

  • 14th June - Bourbon Day 
  • 13th June - Weed Your Garden Day

  • 12th June - Superman Day
  • 11th June - Making Life Beautiful Day
  • 10th June - Iced Tea Day
  • 9th June - Donald Duck Day
  • 8th June - Best Friends Day
  • 7th June - Chocolate Ice Cream Day

  • 6th June - Drive-In Movie Day
  • 5th June - National Veggie Burgers Day
  • 4th June - Cheese Day
  • 3rd June - Wonder Woman Day
  • 2nd June - Rocky Road Day
  • 1st June - National Nail Polish Day

Reasons to Diet #31 - Show off my piercing

Number 31:

Reason to Diet #31 is that I want to show off my belly piercing!! Yes, I finally got it done, so now I need the body to be able to show it off!!

I don't want it squished up and buried under clothes - I want it to sparkle in the sun.

Top 10 songs from '76

  • Candi Staton - Young Hearts
  • Chicago - If You Leave Me Now
  • Abba - Dancing Queen
  • Queen - Bohemian Rhapsody
  • Bellamy Brothers - Let Your Love Flow
  • Bryan Ferry - Let's Stick Together
  • Elton John & Kiki Dee - Don't Go Breaking My Heart
  • Rod Stewart - Sailing
  • Barry White - You See The Trouble With Me
  • Billy Ocean - Love Really Hurts Without You 

Places I want to go

I want to go:
  • The Caribbean
  • Italy
  • Cuba
  • Med Cruise
  • Iceland
  • Denmark
  • Bruge
  • Switzerland
  • Australia
  • Hong Kong
  • Thailand
  • Peru
  • Brazil
  • Florida
  • New England
  • Chicago
  • Washington
  • Goa
  • Norway
  • Moscow
  • Paris
  • Cadbury World
  • Benidorm
  • Bora Bora
  • Newfoundland
  • Niagara Falls
  • Vancouver

Wednesday, 20 June 2018

My Single of the Week - Selena Gomez - Back to You

My new Single of the Week is from the very lovely Selena Gomez with her new single 'Back to You'.

As I'm sure most people are aware, Selena Gomez is an American singer, yes, she that used to date The Bieber, but lets not hold that against her. At just 25 years old, Selena has the sort of international fame that means she literally is recognised everywhere, whether for her looks or her voice.

Selena is actually from Texas, and got one of her first breaks appearing on the Disney Channel in the show that made Miley Cyrus famous - Hannah Montana. She released her first solo music in 2012, and has also continued with her acting work.

Back to the single - its actually from a soundtrack to a program called 13 Reasons Why. Its a really catchy song, and her breathy delicate vocals suit the melody and the lyrics perfectly. Its pop but funky, dancy but more acoustic, a little bit country, a little bit street. Its just lovely, but it also makes you feel something - thats the magic of a great song.

The video to the song is interesting too - Selena sings the lyrics over images of her and a bad boy getting up to all sorts of mischief - not least stealing a car! Shocking. But its all in lovely retro colours, and Selena herself looks vintage and pretty. Its striking, and its funky.

The lines 'I wanna hold you when I'm not supposed to, when i'm lying close to someone else, you're stuck in my head and I can't get you out of it, If I could do it all again, I know I'd go back to you' are all sung, pretty much without pause, all running in a long lyrical sentence that falls and rises in such an appealing entrancing way. I had the lines running through my head for hours after hearing the song just once - its that catchy.

Now, I'm not a huge fan of The Disney "output" as often, the songs tend to be similar in style, and her previous songs, whilst I haven't hated them, I haven't really felt much for either way. This one though, somehow sounds more sensual, more mature and to my liking, suits her vocally much better. I do have the utmost respect for Selena on a personal level, as she has faced her battles for someone so young. With this song, she has a new fan musically too.

If you've not heard this one yet, go check it out and let me know what you think. I love it, I hope you will too. If you have a craving for more music stuff, you can find all my previous choices and more over at My Music page - just click here. :)