That’s it then, I am done with London! This final week was an extension to the original 4 and it really marks the start of the next phase. I have been learning a new computer system whilst I have been down South and from next week, I have the enormous task of training all our NW staff – it’s going to be fine *blinks very fast whilst nodding*.
But seriously, we had a great last week, still learning lots and trying to wrap our heads around lots of technical information. On Wednesday, I suggested to everyone that we all go out for dinner on our final night together, so we all went to Pizza Express Finsbury Circus and had a really good laugh telling stories and blowing off some steam.
As a non drinker and after a fab few hours, I waved everyone off to the pub, whilst I actually went back to my hotel for a kip. The following day it was hilarious to hear that some of my colleagues had let off more steam than others…but we don’t need to talk about the photo that was taken in the middle of the road, in the middle of the night. My lips are sealed. 😜
It was bittersweet to leave as I am not a city girl at heart, but I’ve really enjoyed the experience and the challenge of travelling solo and staying in our capital city. The tube no longer daunts me at rush hour and I have 100% mastered how to take a wheelie case on and off escalators and trains without stopping or missing a step. I rule!
Over the next few months I am training staff in Salford, Leicester and Birmingham, so watch this space to see how I get on!
So I am 6 months into this whole weight loss thing and today I experienced a helluva non-scale victory. There is a beautiful waterfall in Ambleside called Stock Ghyll Force and today on a visit to the Lakes we decided to climb up to it. The walk is up a series of stone steps and last time we visited was when our lovely friend Elizabeth visited us from the US in October 2015. I was almost 3 stones (42lbs) heavier back then and I didn’t make it to the top. As evidenced in this vlog:
But today I felt like a new woman! I practically sprang up the hill and it really didn’t feel like that much of an effort! I was breathing a little heavier in the steeper bits, but honestly, I did it no trouble! We took lots of photos of course, including this Insta of me reaching the top!
Week 4 in London has been a little tougher than previous weeks for a few reasons and I have to tell you that on Wednesday night, I had a little cry. Let me explain.
I am working on a project that is very time sensitive and even though I am working with a lovely group of people, we are under pressure to deliver training to over 900 staff in a short period of time. I have got SO much information to get my head around that at times I need a moment. I have to say that overall, I think it’s going well in that as each week goes by, I feel more comfortable with all the new info, but it’s very intense.
This week has been a little tougher as we went straight into pilot sessions for delivery and even though this went well and there were some friendly faces, it’s tiring as I feel like we were fully concentrating the entire day. On both Monday and Tuesday evening I had prep to do for the following day and so on Wednesday night when I had nothing to do, I floundered a little. I had been basically going Travelodge>Work>Travelodge for 2 ½ days and so with a night on my own stretching before me, I was just bumbling around my hotel room, wishing I had made better plans.
I think on Wednesday, the city was grinding on me a bit and quite honestly I think it dawned on me that in that moment that I missed home. M was at his running group and so when I thought he would be back, I asked him to FaceTime me. FaceTime doesn’t work that great, but even just seeing his gorgeous face for a minute made me burst into tears. I just had a cry for 5 minutes which honestly gave me the relief I needed and after a brilliant chat with M, I felt 100% better. He reassured me and said all the right things to make me feel better and carry on kicking ass!
I don’t think it helped that the previous night I didn’t sleep that well and I was tired. And I need my sleep.
4am accidental photo
Thankfully my wobble didn’t last long and he had me laughing before the end of our call – thank god! I have one more week in London and then not too much travelling after that. I have the odd away weeks in Leicester or Birmingham, but I will think about that a bit nearer the time!
But even though my week was a bit harder, I did have a good week. I achieved lots and the work thing is going ok. My view from my hotel room showed the lights of the city and seeing M on Thursday night when he picked me up from the station made me feel so loved, that I could have burst! I loved him even more when he suggested a Nandos. He know’s me too well 💜 G x
Week 3 in London done! Breaking news is that my stay has been extended by another week. I don’t mind too much, I think because I know it’s not forever, that I am more able to cope with it.
This week was VERY special as my very lovely husband paid for me to go and see my most favourite musical, Les Miserable. So on Tuesday, I made my way across London and visited the Queen’s Theatre on Shaftesbury Avenue. The performance was SOOOOO amazing and much more than I even expected. The revolving stage, the barricades and the exceptional performances from all the actors was just breathtaking. I cried like a baby and the only thing missing was my Michael, who is the most generous and kind man ever. Thank you Michael, a little bucket list thing ticked off. 💗
The Queen’s Theatre (Watching Les Miserable_
I worked VERY hard all week and on Wednesday evening, I needed a moment of calm, which oddly enough, I found in Marks & Spencer! M&S is a very familiar place to me as we have a massive one quite close to home. Oddly, the bras, knickers and general surroundings made me feel sort of “at home” so I treated myself to a new bra and felt better for it. Being in the capital and in such a busy city is such an alien thing for me and can be overwhelming at times. When I leave my hotel in a morning, it’s like joining a high speed motorway rather than stepping out onto the pavement. The pace of the people borders on manic and it does take some getting used to. But my hotel is nice and the team I am working with are all in the same position and super supportive.
So 2 more weeks in London and then the fun really begins. Aarrgh.
So as you can see, my weight loss has slowed a little, but it is still progressing, as I have now lost 35 lbs/2 ½ stones/15.87 kgs. Not bad eh?!
Weight loss is often called a journey as it has bumps in the road and of course, I am going to be honest and share mine with you. September was a funny month for me as I struggled to focus on Weight Watchers due to my impending secondment to London. Overall I lost 3.5lbs, which is good and so I am not going to beat myself up too much.
My secondment started just over 2 weeks ago and again, my Weight Watchers is a little harder to stick with as I am away from home and can’t cook. But to try and allay too much damage I have fallen into the following routine:
Breakfast in my Travelodge: 2 x pieces of brown toast with a small amount of Jam on each & fruit salad & a cup of tea.
Lunch: A Boots Shapers Sandwich with a low fat packet of crisps.
Evening Meal: Various
So as you can see, I mostly do OK, but it’s the evening meals that are tricky. In our first week in London, as I am working with a group of other staff members from around the UK, we all did something together most nights. However this week, we all did our own thing. There are also MANY temptations throughout the day as our group are feeders and there has been cake and biscuits every single day. I haven’t had one, although I have had the odd Percy pig when I was struggling a bit with energy.
One thing I did come across in my Timehop App, was a still from a vlog I did a couple of years ago and I really noticed the change in my face:
So even though my weight loss has slowed, there have been semi-unusual circumstances and I HAVE managed to keep it going. But of course I couldn’t finish this blog without sharing my amazing London Bridge victory!