A strange week on the bargain-hunting front with me actually spending dosh on Him Indoors instead of myself or the children.

Do you like the title of this post by the way? I once worked/volunteered for Oxfam’s Trading Division as a Regional Media Coordinator. They had a big menswear promotion on one time and I had to promote menswear in the regional print and broadcast media. Whilst on the bus in Oxford, I passed a tailor’s shop. In old-fashioned gold letters, I saw the word “menswear” on the window whilst the bus was stuck in a traffic jam. I studied the word and suddenly the words “Men Swear By Oxfam” sprang into my mind. I used this in regional promotions and the Marketing Manager at Oxfam’s HQ went mad saying my slogan was so much better than their “Oxfam for Men”. Regrettably, the fascias and posters were already done so I did not see my name in national lights.

Anyway, I digress as usual.

I went to the bigger town near us with my Dad the other day and bought two books. One was about giving up smoking which Him Indoors says he wants to do. It was £1.50, was brand new and in the wrapping and included 2 CDS.

Then there was a book on psoriasis. Him Indoors suffers this condition badly and it impacts adversely on all of us in various ways. I am hoping this book will help me understand the whole thing much better. If it does, it will be £1.50 well spent.

On Friday, I went in for my usual fish and chip lunch with my Dad in our local town. It is market day too although there is only really a plant stall, a fish stall and a bric-a-brac stall. Not what I call a market but then I was brought up a mile away from the world famous Dewsbury market.

Anyway, I had a look at the bric a brac stall and saw a man’s suit hung up behind the stall. It was Marks and Spencers and I was almost sure it was Him Indoor’s size. I do not have a mobile phone currently so was unsure what to do, whether to buy it or leave it. In the end, as it was only a tenner I took it home. I am pleased to report it fitted perfectly.

Well, if Him Indoors is going to look the part at work, he might as well have a desk set too. I just liked the look of this and snapped it up for £3.

When I showed it to my Dad, I said “I did not really want or need it and no does Him Indoors but it was too nice to leave”. As I said it, I sounded so like my late Mum justifying a totally impulsive purchase.

It is Monday morning which means it is the day I weigh in.

Last week, I hit one of those annoying weeks where I lost nothing and stayed the same. So this week I had to dig deep to stay motivated and on track.

Things that helped this week included …

1. Finding a new product in the Co-operative. Smoked Salmon Trimmings for just over £1. They taste exactly the same as the smoked salmon packs that cost anything between £3 and £5. Result as I love smoked salmon. T

2. Finding low calorie and high carbs food in Marks and Spencer outlet at a service station when out on the road. Travelling is one of those danger spots I find where you just might give in to a burger so thanks M and S for keeping me on the straight and narrow.

3. Weightwatchers bread although there is quite a difference in calories between white and brown so I try to stick with the brown.

I have now hit the point in the weight loss where I can actually feel where it is coming off. I would love to say it is my tummy but for now, it seems to be coming off my legs mainly. I keep feeling air and space in my trousers where there was none before. However, some must be coming off my midriff too as I keep noticing when I go to the loo, I don’t always have to undo buttons and zips but can just pull them down and up. I know this is way too much information but it does prove I am losing weight. In fact, on Saturday, I spent the whole day pulling up my jeans that were falling down revealing my stretchmarks the nation.

I have a bag of clothes in a lower size at the side of my bed just waiting for the day when I can get into them.

The great news is that I have lost just over 2 pounds this week. Even in a week where I had fish and chips, a takeaway and a tipple or six.

It seems it is what you do most of the time that makes the difference.

Great boost at the start of the week and I have gone down to 15 stone something. I know this is still huge but it is way better than 16 stone something. Here’s to me for doing so well.

222 pounds and losing. Hope you see less of me next week.

Welcome to a Listography where we don’t have to think. This is great news as last week was a tough challenge thinking up 5 dates never mind 5 disastrous ones at that.

1. Halloween Carrot Cupcakes – I guess from this we can take it that I have lots of foodie readers and that I like to keep my blog topical when it comes to food if nowt else.

2. Savoury Dutch Pancake Recipe – Well, this goes to show my blog can be savoury as well as sweet. I quite like that idea.

3. Lincolnshire Hot Pot – more food. Is it any wonder I am weighing in stones overweight? Quite nice to see Hot Pot in the week where we lost the wonderful actress and singer, Betty Driver. She played Betty Turpin the long-suffering barmaid and cook at the Rover’s Return in Coronation Street.

4. Blog Hop Tuesday – this pleases me as will hopefully mean more people get interested in joining in with the Getting Your Groove back blog hop I launch every Tuesday. It is all about mums getting a sense of self in the midst of juggling work, parenting and the rest. If you have lost your va-va voom or never quite found it, if you want to rediscover or reinvent yourself, this is the blog hop for you. The good news is there are others on the same journey more than willing to offer support and ideas.

5. Get thin Freshers – Well, I guess I am on a journey to get to a reasonable size again even if not thin exactly. The Freshers bit means I went to university and have blogged about it. After all, way back in those days, I was a size 8 and thought I was fat. Oh to be so fat again.

So there are my 5. Have a go at Listography over on the Kate Takes 5 blog yourself.

You have a choice now. You can join the grooving mums some of whom are trying to get fit and healthy or you can think blogger it and indulge in the recipes for the lovely dishes outlined above. Which will it be?

Joining in with Mich’s blog hop over on the Mummy from the Heart blog at http://mdplife.blogspot.com

Here are my reasons for smiling this week.

1. It is official. I will be speaking at Britmums Live next June which means that I have to actually turn up and is a great motivation for getting my groove back generally. It is a bit daunting to see the calibre of the other speakers but I guess they would not have asked me to get involved if they did not think I have something to offer to the mix.

2. Him Indoors went away on a business trip this week. The children behaved really well and I enjoyed some me-time including being in charge of the remote control for the telly.

3. My daughter got a cerficate for good behaviour in school. On an more worrying note, my son tells me that the boys in Year 6 have voted her the cutest girl in the school. This stresses me out on two counts, one that she must be protected from demon boys at all costs and two that I was never ever seen like that when I was at school. Yes, mums can be petulant too!

4. My son has really taken to netball and his team came second in an inter-schools event.

5. My other son is doing so well with his reading and spellings. He is so enthusiastic about his work and I love to see that.

6. I have tackled some highly personal stuff on here recently and I so appreciate the warm-hearted comments and support received. Even when I could have been judged harshly, wonderful women and even the odd bloke have reached out and said lovely things.

It is one of those weeks where finding reasons to be cheerful is easy. I feel like I could go on and on but will hold some stuff back for #mumentum and #groovingmums posts next week.

Now go forth and read some other lovelies blogging about their happy stuff.

Is it  time to Spring into action as a Groovy Mum? Spring has arrived so let’s seize all those ideas of new life and get our groove back, take on new challenges or just ensure we are improving our present and working towards a great future.

Is It Time To Spring Into Action?

Welcome to the Groovy Mums linky!

You can find out all about the linky which really is all about you because you are great even if you don’t quite feel that way right now. Don’t forget to grab your badge from the top of my sidebar on the left.

What should I blog about this week?

Blog about what you would like to change in your life right here, right now. That could be delegating some of your load onto other people, taking up a new interest, returning to a old hobby or anything that makes sense to you as the awesome individual you are. We would love to get to know you better because you are not just a mum, just a wife/partner, just an employee or whatever labels apply.

Welcome to the fairground

I had a dream about a fairground the other night and have decided to use this to inspire you. Well either that or you will think I am just a little bonkers and you may well be right.

So if Shakespeare said life is a stage, I am telling you it is a fairground. It is an exciting place but the only issue is that you only have a limited time to enjoy it and nobody is going to tell you exactly how long. Which rides will you choose? What gambles will you take? Will you overcome your fears to take on the really scary stuff? Will you stop for some food and if so, what type of food and drink will you choose? You might be lucky and win a huge cuddly toy but what I do know is that you should prepare for some ups and downs.

You could of course choose not to go into the fairground entrance but where would the fun be in that?

This week’s challenges

Ask someone for support. Often we try so hard to be strong that we never find out all the help that might be available to us if only we would ask. If you can’t ask for it verbally, do it in writing.

Treat yourself – too many mums deny themselves as a habit whilst looking after everyone else’s needs. Treat yourself this week and if you want to share a picture or a video about that treat great or just keep it as your own guilty pleasure.

I am groovy too!

The truth is I do not feel very groovy today after work issues and also my medication not appearing at the pharmacy this morning. Both of these problems can teach  me something so I am trying to see them as gifts.

I will delegate some more household stuff to other members of the family.

I am going to treat myself to some time off this week. I drive myself too hard sometimes.

You see, every baby step should be celebrated and that’s all I feel up to today. Next week, it will be different but I wanted to get Groovy Mums up and running because someone out there needs it and that someone could be you who I might know already or who may well become a new online friend.

Feeling groovy?