Just A Girl Standing In Front of a Boy

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J U S T   A   G I R L   S T A N D I N G   I N   F R O N T   O F   A   B O Y 

LUCY-ANNE HOLMES 

RATING: 3/5

Blurb : 

My love story may not be the sort you read about in books or see in films . . . Love stories have glorious highs and ghastly lows. But when it comes to my own life, I’d have to say, you can keep your fabulous highs and I’ll happily steer clear of the terrible lows.’

After a rocky start in life, Jenny Taylor, 27, star receptionist at the local doctors surgery, has things all worked out thanks to ‘The Smiling Fanny Manifesto’ – a list of 10 daily things she must do to keep the blues at bay. But her life is turned upside down when she meets aspiring musician Joe King. And reliable boyfriend Matt proposes. And then her mum leaves her dad and moves into Jenny’s flat determined to ‘bond’.

My Review :

The one and only reason I decided to read this book was purely due to the title.( If you think it sounds familiar it is because it’s a quote from Notting Hill.)

Jenny Taylor’s life has been difficult, mainly due to her parents insensitive naming of their only daughter. (Think about it, Jenny Taylor = Genitalia) Due to this Jenny aka “Fanny” often used to get a little blue, hence the reason why her best friend Philippa created the “Smiling Fanny Manifesto”.  Now Jenny is living her life the way she wants it and is quite happy, or so she thinks! That is until her mother turns up unexpectedly announcing that she has left Jenny’s dad and is going to stay with her for a while. On the same night her boyfriend Matt proposes, which is great right…? Well, until handsome, rock star, Joe King appears on the scene, who certainly has his eye on Jenny. What will Jenny do?

This novel was my first foray into one of Lucy-Anne Holmes books and overall it was quite pleasant experience. Lucy’s characters are interesting, funny but more importantly they are real. They may not have been unique but they were very likeable. She certainly created an interesting heroine whose decisions at times were somewhat questionable. My favourite character though was Joe King, who was pretty goofy but very charming. Philippa and Al (Jenny’s flatmate) were also great comic characters who were a wonderful addition to the plot.

I love the fact Jenny and Philippa have a passion for clothes and have an outfit for every occasion including guided tours of their local area. Another nice little side story was how the Smiling Fanny Manifesto not only affected Jenny’s life but also the lives of those around her.

However, as much I enjoyed the story and the characters there were times when I felt as though I was reading the same things over and over again. There were also points in the plot that were very similar to other books I had read and therefore easily predicable. This is the reason why I only gave it a 3/5 instead of a 4/5.

Overall though it is a pleasant and easy read. There are times when you will laugh, cringe, cheer and shed the odd tear or two.

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Slimming Sunday – Post 3

My Word for 2017 is – Create

My Quote for January is  – “Life is not about finding yourself. Life is about Creating yourself.”

This past week I have been thinking about that quote a lot and I posed myself a question: Am I creating myself or am I allowing myself to be moulded by the values and opinions of others?

Now there’s a question… How much of what we do in our lives is based on information, opinions or advice from other people, whether they be friends or foe?  Everyone who we come into contact with has either a negative or positive effect on our lives.

This week I have been scouring the internet looking for advice on slimming and fitness. This is not a new past time I have been doing this on and off for over a year now. The problem is, there is so much conflicting advice. One fitness expert will recommend one course of action and another one will tell you not to do it. Who do you listen too? It can be so confusing.  To be honest I have no answers, but I hopefully do have a small dollop of that rare commodity known as “common sense”.

Therefore, common sense dictates that if you eat less and move more, one should lose weight. This is the goal to move more.

Now this is where being moulded by society hits the forefront because when you are overweight and desire to lose weight you fail to conform to society. Society/Media show us beautiful slim people in the gym or out running. Therefore creating dread and fear into all of us not so beautiful fat people. My biggest gripe though is with fitness fashion. Have you ever tried trying to by clothes in a non-conventional size? Because according to a lot of sports brands to buy sports clothes you already need to be thin. I have a feeling that this is more of a problem in the UK than anywhere else.

Personally I have not had much of a problem, my size even though I am overweight is just within the boundaries. However, if I was just a fraction bigger I would struggle.

To move more it helps to feel comfortable in what you are moving in? Surely it would make sense to provide sportswear – such as sports bra’s in bigger sizes to make exercise more comfortable for overweight people.

I didn’t mean to turn this post into a rant.

This week has been a good week… I have done more exercise and I have controlled my eating. The only thing I have fallen down on is my fluid intake. I have hardly drank any water and I have given into having a Coke.  I have also not had a green tea yet.

Next Week

  • Drink Green Tea
  • Drink more water
  • Take the before photo’s of me and post them on here (I honestly keep forgetting)

Next week will also be less rant and more action.

 lu

Slimming Sunday – Post 2

This week I had planned to post some before photos, however I am sat here typing this and realised that I had forgotten to take them. SO, I am going to have to plan to do this for next week. Just a quick post today…

How has this week gone so far? 

This week has not been great… I have not plucked up the courage and had a green tea, which has annoyed me. I used to drink green tea all the time, then I was ill, with a sickness bug and unfortunately I have a very vivid memory of throwing up the green tea and tasting it in reverse was not pleasant.  Since then I have not been able to face it.

On a positive note though I have provided my own lunch for work all week. I am going to say that it was healthy-ish as I did have crisps. I did include spinach to try and increase foods that contain iron. Food-wise I have been doing quite well.

Water consumption has also gone well.

Next week I am going to start calculating the calories. I would be hopeless at following a strict calorie control diet but I need to roughly work out what I am eating on average. I will let you know.

Exercise again has not been great. This has been mainly due to the weather, it has not been on my side this week. I have also been in agony with my shoulders and the base of my back.  I have walked home from work and also had a few little walks but not enough.

This week… 

Drink Green Tea – At least one a day!! I will do it! Positive thinking!!

Look up work outs – HIIT workouts if possible

Healthy Lunch – No crisps!!

Next Post… 

PHOTOS… of me January 2017 then hopefully January 2018 I well be a little slimmer 🙂

As well as working on my physical health and fitness I am also going to work on my mental health and well-being. Just as important and also needed. Even though on the whole I am happy with my life there are a few niggles and quite a big area that needs sorting out. I am going to see how this can be achieved.

Slimming Sunday – Is Back!!

Okay, technically it is the first time I have posted this on this blog, but once a month I used to blog about my slimming progress.  I know it’s cliche but I thought I would wait for the new year before I began it on here.

During 2016 I dropped nearly 3 dress sizes. I was really proud of myself. Unfortunately, once I came back from holiday I wasn’t very well and once the cold weather kicked in I was worse. So, I have not done anything exercise wise for about 5 months. I really need to get motivated. Part of getting motivated is sharing my goals, failures and achievements on here.

I do have a few problems though. About 16 years ago I was diagnosed as having Rheumatoid Arthritis. This means I get very tired quickly, I am in pain fairly often – the change in the weather does not help. When I received the diagnosis the doctor told me not exercise. By that I know he meant high impact exercises. For a long time I just stuck to low impact exercises, however they did not work for me. I have also since done some research through the Arthritis help websites etc…   and I can do some high impact.

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My other problem is that I am very anaemic – which also makes me very tired.

This is why motivation is an issue.

Recently I have also been suffering with stomach problems and I also have an issue with Migraines. Apart from that I am in perfect health (cough) !!

GOAL FOR 2017 – To drop 2 dress sizes. 

 I know I am over weight and I know that to ease the pain I’m in with my Arthritis I need to reduce the pressure on my joints.

How am I going to do this? 

To be honest I have absolutely no idea.

I know I need to:

  • Increase my activity
  • Drink more water
  • Cut out unhealthy snacks (not that I have many)

Besides this I also need to:

  • Increase my iron intake through my diet & vitamin d (without using tablets)
  • Drink more green tea
  • Pack Healthy lunches for work
  • Self-control

I will not be following any kind of diet, I will just be healthy eating and increasing my activity.

SO, watch this space…

These posts will be every Sunday during January and after that once a month on the last Sunday of that month. I know it can get boring.

Next Week… The before photo’s… argh!!

lu

2017 – Me and Things to do

I enjoy writing lists and setting myself goals/targets. They are mainly small things and sometimes I fail to achieve them but at least I try. During 2016 I began another 101 List most of the things I want to do this year are centred around this list.

One of the things I have started doing over the past few years is to find a word for the year. My word for 2016 was Hope, 2015 was not a great year so I need to find things to be hopeful for. 2016 was a better year for me personally and it was also a bit of a rest year for me. During 2017 I hope to be a bit more proactive.

My word for 2017 is  C R E A T E 

I will have a motivational quote each month based around creating or creativity.

This months quote is :

“Life is not about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.”

I also hope to actually share some of my ideas and creations on here.

THINGS TO DO 

Here is a basic list of things I want to do, complete or achieve during 2017, there are more things I just need to work them out.

  1. Read 25 Books – this is my book target for 2017 on Goodreads
  2. Visit Italy
  3. Go to Disney Land Paris
  4. Go to the cinema once a month
  5. Lose Weight (a lot of weight)

 

THINGS FROM THE 101 LIST 

These are things I want to complete off my 101 List by the end of 2017

4. For 365 days write down something that makes me happy.

8. Keep a Bullet Journal for a Year

9. Have a Healthy Lunch Routine

11. Get fit enough to run 5k

22. Read the bible in 365 days

26. Create a new Study Folder

35. Read War and Peace

41. Complete NaNoWriMo (again)

44. Complete the A – Z April Challenge

48. Finish Sleeping Beauty’s Tower

59. Fill the Photo frame in my bedroom

60. Create a Photo Book for Georgia

68. Pay off all debt

83. Make Macaroons

Part of the 101 List was to come up with 2 new items for 2017

97. Unsubscribe from all unwanted Emails

98. Set up my own business 

I admit that my list may not be the most exciting list in the world but these are the things I want to do.

Is there anything you want to achieve in 2017?

lu

The Day After the Year Before

The birth of each new year provides us with anticipation, new possibilities, challenges along with joy and hope for the year ahead. Apart from looking forward it also gives us a chance to reflect on the previous year, learn from our mistakes, maybe shed a tear and smile at fond memories.

I think it would be safe to say that 2016 is was memorable and not always for good reasons. Maybe when we look back from some point in the future all will become clear, 2016 could in fact be a pivotal year in human history however only time will tell.

At this point I could go on about Brexit, Donald Trump, Terror Attacks, Natural Disasters and of course the amount of surprising celebrity deaths that we have witnessed during 2016. I have seen so many social media posts highlighting these points that I refuse to add to the multitude. Instead I am going to be completely selfish and talk about me.

Below are a few of my highlights from 2016 and why it will always be memorable for me.

G E O R G I A – R O S E

2016 was a big year for my daughter, Georgia-Rose a year of endings and new beginnings. In March she made the decision to get baptised after a trying few months. It was a wonderful day and we finished it off with a meal with some lovely people from our Kingdom Hall.

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Then she sat her GCSE’s which was a stressful few months for her from April to June. However her GCSE results were wonderful the result of all her hard work. This of course meant that she would be finishing school. I cannot believe I have a daughter who has left school.

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In September she began College and is currently studying History and Classical Civilisations at A-Level. I can’t believe my baby is nearly all grown up.

 F L O R I D A 

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I fulfilled one of my biggest dreams and actually stayed at Walt Disney World. My daughter and myself spent three weeks in Orlando with two weeks at Walt Disney World resort and one week at Universal Studios. It was a truly magical experience. We both loved Walt Disney World so much we hope to go back one day, but at least we can say we have been there.

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There were so many highlights from that holiday which I still do intend on sharing with you all at some point in the future.  One which I will mention though was the night we spent at the Hard Rock Cafe. The staff were so lovely and entertaining, the food was also amazing, not to mention the cocktails. It was so much.

T H E   T O W E R   O F   L O N D O N 

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Another place I got to visit this year was the Tower of London. My mother had always wanted to go and this year we actually got there. I love visiting places of historical interest. What was great about the Tower of London though was that they have preserved some of the graffiti the prisoners had carved into the wall. It also holds the crown jewels and it was great to see them close up.

F A V O U R I T E   M O V I E   O F  T H E  Y E A R

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I have thought about this a lot and I have decided that The Jungle Book is my favourite movie of 2016. I have based this purely on my own emotional response to the movie and the fact I have watched it several times. At Animal Kingdom there was a Jungle Book show which was fantastic, I think that may have helped this decision.

So, that was just a few of my highlights of 2016. I could have added so many more but I am afraid it would of got boring after a while. I hope you liked them? Till Tomorrow.

lu

Last Post of 2016

For the past month you may or not… have noticed my absence from this blog. This is so I could concentrate on some projects that I have been ignoring for a while. It also has given me time to reflect, to grow on what I have learnt about myself during 2016 and What I Hope for 2017.

 2016 was a year of rest for me, personal growth and deciding what I a really want from my life.

I have had the rest and it has been well received. I believe I have grown as a person it may not be obvious to others but inside I feel different. The only thing I have not really concluded is what I want from my life. I suppose this has been hindered by ill health this year. There was something I really wanted to be but I due to my health I don’t think it is ever going to happen. Due to this I have had to change my plans. I have new plans and once they are finalised I will share them with you.

Like every Year I have a set of Goals I hope to achieve during 2017. Most of these are centred around my 101 List… I have 831 days left to complete my goals on that.

I have two new goals to add to it for 2017.

I have a whole post planned for my goals set for Monday 2 January 2017. 

Of course one of my goals is to maintain this blog, which means posting at least once a week. This of course like most good intentions will begin tomorrow the first day of the brand new year. I have tried throughout the year to be more focused on here and I have failed. 2017 will see a more focused blogger.

Not a very long post just really to remind you that I am still alive and have plans. SO, if you have the pleasure of reading this on the brink of the New Year.

Stay safe, be happy and remember where there is life there is hope.

lu