Thursday, 19 September 2019

Reasons to Diet #16 - Toned Arms



Number 16:

Today's reason for sticking to my diet - I want toned arms.

Yep, I want rid of the bingo wings and the armpit fat. Even when I'm not that big - probably somewhere between a size 12 and a size 14 at my lowest, like a 13 if there was such a thing it still resists my efforts!!

However, I want my arms to be defined, to be toned, to get rid of these annoying flabby bits so that I look nice in dresses and am not worried about the hammy area at the top of my arms. I just need to get that bit lower in body fat, and that bit more muscular in the arms.

Diet alone won't shift this so I need to up the ante on the weight front. So that is reason number 16.

My Top 10 Feel Good Songs

  • Nina Simone - Feeling Good
  • Pharell Williams - Happy
  • Elbow - One Day Like This
  • Ceelo Green - F**k You
  • ELO - Mr Blue Sky
  • U2 - Beautiful Day
  • REM - Shiny Happy People
  • The B52's - Love Shack
  • Robbie Williams - Angels
  • ACDC - Thunderstruck

National Days for September - Today is Popcorn Day

  • 19th September - Popcorn Day
  • 18th September - Cheeseburger Day


  • 17th September - Batman Day
  • 16th September - Guacamole Day

  • 15th September - Strawberry Ice Cream Day
  • 14th September - Organise Your Home Day
  • 13th September - Peanut Day
  • 12th  September - Chocolate Milkshake Day

  • 11th September - 911 Remembrance Day
  • 10th September - Sewing Machine Day
  • 9th September - Teddy Bear Day

  • 8th September - Clear your desk day
  • 7th September - Beer Lover's Day
  • 6th September - Read a Book Day

  • 5th September - Cheese Pizza Day
  • 4th September - Wildlife Day
  • 3rd September - Skyscraper Day
  • 2nd September - World Coconut Day
  • 1st September - National Beard Day

My Top 10 Favourite Foods

  • Chicken Fried Rice & curry sauce
  • Dynamite hot Chilli
  • Gourmet burgers
  • Mighty meat pizza
  • Lasagne
  • Stuffed vine leaves
  • Houmous and crisps
  • Chicken Tikka Massalla
  • Homemade soup and tiger bread
  • Spaghetti bolognese

Wednesday, 18 September 2019

Reasons to Diet #15 - I am Not Getting any Younger



Number 15:

Today's reason to stick to the diet - I am not getting any younger!!

Right - its that old saying that as you get older, you generally thicken out, and gain a few pounds. Now, if this is the case, having entered my 40's, it sure is not going to get any easier battling against my body.

If age does slow the metabolism, all the more reason to lose the weight now, before biology starts to tick against me!!

So that is today's reason to motivate me, and as reasons go, this one seems to be pretty powerful!! :)

All time Top 10 films


Number 1: Shawshank Redemption
Number 2: Goodfellas
Number 3: The Shining
Number 4: Basic Instinct
Number 5: The Green Mile
Number 6: Jaws
Number 7: Heat
Number 8: The English Patient
Number 9: Casino
Number 10: The Hurt Locker

My Top 10 Thorntons Individual Chocolates

  • Champagne Truffles
  • Orange Crisp
  • Turkish Delight
  • Coffee Cream
  • Strawberry Dream
  • Brazil Nut
  • Chocolate mousse
  • Salted caramel praline
  • Sicilian Lemon Mousse
  • Raspberry Smoothie

My Top 10 Omelettes

  • Cheese Omelette
  • Spinach, garlic and cream cheese
  • Chilli and Cheese
  • Soy chorizo and Cheddar
  • Mushrooms, bell peppers and cheese
  • Smoked mozzarella, sun-dried tomato, basil pesto
  • Potatoes and fenugreek, Indian-style
  • Sausage herby omelette
  • French omelette
  • Potato omelette

National Days for September - Today is National Cheeseburger Day

  • 18th September - Cheeseburger Day


  • 17th September - Batman Day
  • 16th September - Guacamole Day

  • 15th September - Strawberry Ice Cream Day
  • 14th September - Organise Your Home Day
  • 13th September - Peanut Day
  • 12th  September - Chocolate Milkshake Day

  • 11th September - 911 Remembrance Day
  • 10th September - Sewing Machine Day
  • 9th September - Teddy Bear Day

  • 8th September - Clear your desk day
  • 7th September - Beer Lover's Day
  • 6th September - Read a Book Day

  • 5th September - Cheese Pizza Day
  • 4th September - Wildlife Day
  • 3rd September - Skyscraper Day
  • 2nd September - World Coconut Day
  • 1st September - National Beard Day

Tuesday, 17 September 2019

Reasons to Diet #14 - I want to look good in lingerie


Number 14:

Today's reason to stick to the diet - I want to look good in lingerie.

Yes, its that female enjoyment of wearing beautiful underwear. The problem at the moment, is that my underwear is tending to be functional rather than beautiful. This must change.

I want to wear gorgeous lacy things, delicate items - not boulder holders!! So that is today's reason to stick to the diet. :)

My Top 10 Magic Songs

This is a very special, magical top 10 songs :

  • Queen - A Kind of Magic
  • Police - Every Little Thing She Does is Magic
  • Take That - Could it Be Magic
  • Steve Miller Band - Abracadabra
  • The Beatles - Magical Mystery Tour
  • ACDC - Spellbound
  • B.o.B - I've Got the Magic in Me
  • Coldplay - Magic
  • Little Mix - Black Magic
  • Nina Simone - I Put a Spell on You

National Days for September - Today is Batman Day

  • 17th September - Batman Day
  • 16th September - Guacamole Day

  • 15th September - Strawberry Ice Cream Day
  • 14th September - Organise Your Home Day
  • 13th September - Peanut Day
  • 12th  September - Chocolate Milkshake Day

  • 11th September - 911 Remembrance Day
  • 10th September - Sewing Machine Day
  • 9th September - Teddy Bear Day

  • 8th September - Clear your desk day
  • 7th September - Beer Lover's Day
  • 6th September - Read a Book Day

  • 5th September - Cheese Pizza Day
  • 4th September - Wildlife Day
  • 3rd September - Skyscraper Day
  • 2nd September - World Coconut Day
  • 1st September - National Beard Day

My Top 10 Chinese Takeaway

  • Chicken fried rice with curried sauce
  • Chicken chow mein
  • Prawn Crackers
  • Aromatic Crispy Duck
  • Chicken Curry
  • Beef with Black Bean Sauce
  • Sweet and sour chicken cantonese style
  • Lemon Chicken
  • Hong Kong Style Crispy Beef
  • Sweet and sour Chicken Balls

My Top 10 Italian food

  • Crespelle ai Funghi e Ricotta - pancakes with cheese and mushrooms
  • Bruschetta
  • Gnocchi
  • Spaghetti Bolognese
  • Lasagne
  • Risotto
  • Pizza Quattro Formaggi
  • Antipasto
  • Ravioli
  • Garlic dough balls

Monday, 16 September 2019

My Top 10 Fast Food

  • Quarter pounder with cheese
  • Chicken nuggets
  • Zinger burger
  • Sausage and egg mcmuffin
  • Donner kebab
  • Cheese and onion pastie
  • Sausage roll
  • Fish and chips
  • Popcorn chicken
  • Chicken burrito

Reasons to Diet #13 - Lazing on the sofa won't make me bikini ready

Number 13:
Another reason to stick to the diet - lying on the sofa won't make me bikini ready!! And yet I am having one of those days when that is all I want to do.

I just want to put my head in those cushions, lay back, still a film on and be done with it. But I can't. Well, I could, but then there would be no point when I am looking back on holiday in beating myself up and feeling fat. If I choose that option, I deserve to look crap on the beach.



So, reason number 13 is that lying on the sofa will not make me bikini ready. So that has to be a start to get me up and active today and stay away from the chocolates!! :)

My Top 10 Cars

  • Ford Ranger
  • Jaguar XJ
  • Range Rover Sport
  • BMW i8
  • Porsche Panamera
  • Nissan Navara
  • Mercedes AMG 
  • Hummer
  • Mitsubishi Barbarian or Warrior
  • Aston martin db9
  • My Top 10 Jacket Spud Fillings

    • Cheese and Onion
    • Veggie Curry
    • Cheese and Beans
    • Chick Pea Dahl
    • Chilli Con Carne
    • Sour Cream and Salsa
    • Feta, garlic and olives
    • Sausage and Cheese
    • BBQ Chicken
    • Cottage cheese and spring onion

    National Days for September - Today is National Guacamole Day

    • 16th September - Guacamole Day

    • 15th September - Strawberry Ice Cream Day
    • 14th September - Organise Your Home Day
    • 13th September - Peanut Day
    • 12th  September - Chocolate Milkshake Day

    • 11th September - 911 Remembrance Day
    • 10th September - Sewing Machine Day
    • 9th September - Teddy Bear Day

    • 8th September - Clear your desk day
    • 7th September - Beer Lover's Day
    • 6th September - Read a Book Day

    • 5th September - Cheese Pizza Day
    • 4th September - Wildlife Day
    • 3rd September - Skyscraper Day
    • 2nd September - World Coconut Day
    • 1st September - National Beard Day

    Sunday, 15 September 2019

    Reasons to Diet #12 - Cheekbones




    Number 12:

    Reasons to stick to my diet and exercise plan number 12 is that I want to see my cheekbones again. I am very lucky to possess good bone structure - I have been told many times.

    Many times that is, when you can actually see them, unlike now!! My face is the first place weight seems to go from when I lose it. Unfortunately, its also the first place that it goes back on, which is what I am rocking or sadly not, at the moment.

    So, another reason is to rediscover them bones them bones them dry bones. Cheekbones that it is :)

    National Days for September - Today is Strawberry Ice Cream Day

    • 15th September - Strawberry Ice Cream Day
    • 14th September - Organise Your Home Day
    • 13th September - Peanut Day
    • 12th  September - Chocolate Milkshake Day

    • 11th September - 911 Remembrance Day
    • 10th September - Sewing Machine Day
    • 9th September - Teddy Bear Day

    • 8th September - Clear your desk day
    • 7th September - Beer Lover's Day
    • 6th September - Read a Book Day

    • 5th September - Cheese Pizza Day
    • 4th September - Wildlife Day
    • 3rd September - Skyscraper Day
    • 2nd September - World Coconut Day
    • 1st September - National Beard Day

    My Top 10 Cakes

    • Cheesecake (mainly New York style)
    • Red Velvet Cupcakes
    • Chocolate Fudge Cake
    • Cherry Bakewell
    • Eton Mess
    • Walnut Buttercream Cake
    • Coffee Cake
    • Battenburg Cake
    • Victoria Sponge with Jam and Buttercream Filling
    • Chocolate Gateaux

    Holidays in Gran Canaria 2017 - Looking Back V




    Last night and poses by the pool


    Final shots of the lighthouse Faro at sunset



    Watched the sun go down over the sea and sand





    Such a great place


    Such a great holiday


    We will definitely go back there


    If only for the cocktails!! 

    Top 10 Oscar Winning Films

    I thought I would take a look back over previous Academy Award winning best films of all time.

    Here are my top 10:

    • One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest - 1975
    • The Silence of the Lambs - 1991
    • The Hurt Locker - 2009
    • Million Dollar Baby - 2004
    • The English Patient - 1996
    • Argo - 2012
    • American Beauty - 1999
    • Braveheart - 1995
    • A Beautiful Mind - 2001
    • No Country for Old Men - 2007
    You can see my movie reviews here

    My Top 10 Bread Loaves

    • Crusty white bloomer
    • Poppy seed bloomer
    • Tiger loaf
    • Tiger cheese bloomer
    • Wholemeal seeded loaf
    • Farmhouse white loaf
    • Walnut loaf
    • Multigrain farmhouse
    • Granary loaf
    • Rye bread loaf

    Saturday, 14 September 2019

    Top 10 songs from 1976



  • 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 
  • National Days for September - Today is Organise Your Home Day

    • 14th September - Organise Your Home Day
    • 13th September - Peanut Day
    • 12th  September - Chocolate Milkshake Day

    • 11th September - 911 Remembrance Day
    • 10th September - Sewing Machine Day
    • 9th September - Teddy Bear Day

    • 8th September - Clear your desk day
    • 7th September - Beer Lover's Day
    • 6th September - Read a Book Day

    • 5th September - Cheese Pizza Day
    • 4th September - Wildlife Day
    • 3rd September - Skyscraper Day
    • 2nd September - World Coconut Day
    • 1st September - National Beard Day

    Reasons to Diet #11 - Toned Pins



    Number 11:

    I have never been one of those women that throws on a pair of shorts in summer. At a push, I will don a pair on holiday where noone I know is likely to see me but I don't have the pins for shorty shorts.

    I would love to have toned pins so that I can - so that's motivation to get the weight off, plus exercise and eat healthily = toned pins :)

    My Top 10 Cereals

    • Kelloggs Cornflakes
    • Kelloggs Crunchy Nut Cornflakes
    • Weetabix Chocolate Cereal
    • Kelloggs Frosties
    • Kelloggs Rice Crispies
    • Kelloggs Coco Pops
    • Kelloggs Nut Clusters Chocolate Curls
    • Nestle Lion Cereal
    • Kelloggs Krave Chocolate Hazelnut
    • Nestle Honey Shreddies

    My Top 10 Buffet Foods






  • Cheese and onion quiche
  • Sausage rolls
  • Potato salad
  • Pizza slices
  • Potato Wedges
  • Chicken goujons
  • Garlic bread
  • Cheesy coleslaw
  • Pasta salad
  • Crisps and dips
  • Friday, 13 September 2019

    My Top 10 Classics to Read

    • Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
    • The Catcher in the Rye - J.D Salinger
    • The Picture of Dorian Gray - Oscar Wilde
    • The Hobbit - J.R.R Tolkien
    • 1984 - George Orwell
    • Pride and Prejudice - Jayne Austen
    • Frankenstein - Mary Shelley
    • Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoyevsky
    • The Chronicles of Narnia - C.S Lewis
    • Les Miserables - Victor Hugo

    Holiday in Gran Canaria 2017 - Looking Back IV




    Freckles are starting to show after a few days 


    Cotton wool clouds in a blue sky


    Making the odd friend along the way


    Enjoying quality time together


    One of the best beaches in the world


    Writing in the sand


    Last beer under blue skies :( 


    Feeling the water between my toes - memories forever. 


    My Top 10 Pies

    • Cheese & Onion Pie
    • Chicken & Mushroom Pie
    • Meat & Potato Pie
    • Cottage Pie
    • Chicken Balti Pie
    • Spinach and Cheese Filo Pie
    • Satay Chicken Pie
    • Chilli Pot Pie
    • Mexican beef and bean Pie
    • Leek, Cheese and Potato Pie

    My attempt to learn Spanish - Lesson 12

    • Gold - oro
    • Sunday - domingo
    • Hair - cabello
    Here are my previous ones:
    • Book - el libro
    • Garden - el gardin
    • Bathroom - el baño
    • Nude - desnudo
    • Towel - toalla
    • Sea - mar
    • What's your name? - Como se llama?
    • Cheers - Salud
    • Wine - el vino
    • Good - bueno
    • Beer - cerveza
    • Cheese - queso
    • Suitcase - maleta
    • Blue - azul
    • White - blanco
    • Where is? - dónde está?
    • Market - el mercado
    • Swimming Pool - la piscina
    • Saturday - sábado
    • Winter - invierno
    • English - inglés
    • I want one - Quiero uno
    • How much does it cost? - Cuánto cuesta
    • Tomorrow - mañana
    • Good evening - Buenas Noches
    • You're welcome - de nada
    • I'm sorry - lo siento
    • Please - Por favor
    • Thankyou - Gracias
    • Beach - La playa
    • Hello - Hola
    • Good morning - Buenos días
    • Goodbye - Adios

    National Days for September - Today is National Peanut Day

    • 13th September - Peanut Day
    • 12th  September - Chocolate Milkshake Day

    • 11th September - 911 Remembrance Day
    • 10th September - Sewing Machine Day
    • 9th September - Teddy Bear Day

    • 8th September - Clear your desk day
    • 7th September - Beer Lover's Day
    • 6th September - Read a Book Day

    • 5th September - Cheese Pizza Day
    • 4th September - Wildlife Day
    • 3rd September - Skyscraper Day
    • 2nd September - World Coconut Day
    • 1st September - National Beard Day