Non Scale Victories | Getting Healthy

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!

We also had a chance to try out the camera on M’s new iPhone X. As you can see, it’s pretty awesome. I especially like the selfie in front of the waterfall.

Today was a pretty epic day! G x

A Day Out that Went Horribly Wrong

As we are nearing the end of our week off and I have plans to see a friend tomorrow, we thought we would go out somewhere today. Today is also Southport Air Show so there were certain directions that we couldn’t travel in and so in the end we decided to travel over to the Wirral and visit a village called West Kirkby here:

We set off at 11:30 and made our way down the M62 towards Liverpool with the intention of going through the Wallasey Tunnel, which all told should have been about an hour’s journey. I think you can see what’s coming.

We reached the outskirts of Liverpool OK, but then, due to building and roadworks, got stuck in traffic for over an hour, moving forward 5ft at a time – ‘orrible. When we eventually made it through the traffic we navigated our way to West Kirkby, only to find it jam packed with people & cars and once we were stuck in yet more traffic we decided to bail and go to New Brighton instead -approximately 7-8 miles away, here:

Thankfully we made it to New Brighton without too much drama, but by this time, we had been in the car over 2 hours and I was feeling more than a little frazzled. We took a deep breath and decided to go for lunch, as on top of everything else, I was starving and desperate to pee. We found ourselves in Bella Italia at a table overlooking the water and things felt a little calmer.

I ordered a grilled chicken breast with salad , which I ate with gusto and for once, I decided to eat the accompanying onion rings as I usually avoid them. As you know, I am Lactose Intolerant and sometimes the batter they use on onion rings contains milk, but for whatever reason today, I decided to risk it.

After lunch, we decided to go for a walk on the beach and for 15 minutes we strolled gently along the marina, taking some lovley pics of an abandonded lighthouse. But after about 15 minutes, I started to feel a bit icky and we decided to head back towards the shops and restaurants at the marina just in case. However, the stroll back turned into a speed walk, which turned into a panicky jog as the repurcussions of me eating said onion rings began to make themselves known.

I will spare you the gory details, but it wasn’t pretty and we ended up camped in Starbucks until my medication (which I always carry) kicked in. Grim AF.

So let’s recap. What we aimed for was a romantic “Date” day togther, perhaps strolling round a pretty village or along a picturesque marina. What we actually got, was a 2 hour traffic jam, impatient car drivers, a lighthouse and an upset stomach. Lovely.

We took a route home that was twice as long in distance, but took just 50 minutes of traffic free driving. What. A. Day.

G x

Great Days out in the North West of England

So the other day someone mentioned to me that M and I were always going somewhere. I laughed and blithely admitted that we were. But that phrase made me think.

M and I were both brought up in quite nuclear families, both our households consisting of 2 parents (1st and only marriage) and siblings. Often during school holidays our parents used to take us on days out with M’s parents favouring North Wales and the Lake District and my family favouring Blackpool and the seaside generally.

As adults, and as a married couple M and I are always, in fact, going somewhere. Some couples have “date night” but neither of us are night owls, so prefer date days. We aren’t really international jet setters, but we do love a day trip and/or a weekend away. Sometimes we plan where we want to go and sometimes we just go out for breakfast and see where the day takes us. As we don’t have kids or pets (for now) we are quite free to go out wandering as long as we like and so I thought I would put together a top ten of our favourite day tips in the North West of England:

  • “The Squirrels” – this is what we call it, but its proper name is Formby Point. This is a beautiful beach in Formby with a small area before the beach where very rare Red Squirrels live.
  • Martin Mere – this is something we only recently discovered and it’s a Wetland Conservation Area in Burscough – we loved it.
  • Bent Garden & Home – this originally was a garden centre, but today it’s much more than that. It has everything several shops and departments, not to mention a gorgeous restaurant and patisserie!
  • Delamere Forest – this is a large forest in Cheshire which has visitors centre, Go Ape and lots of well marked routes of different lengths. If you want to somewhere to go that will only cost you the parking, then this is your place. There is a cafe, but we tend to take packed lunch, as the cafe is ALWAYS heaving.
  • The Lake District – It’s impossible to break this down into individual posts as there is far too much to lost, I’ll maybe to a separate post on this, but South Lakes are only 90 minutes from our house and it’s perfect for a day out or a short break.
  • Cheshire Oaks – this is another shopping one, but a great place to go for shopping, cinema & eating out. It gets busy though, so I would pick your time.
  • Pennington Flash – You might be spotting a theme here, but M and & like going for a walk and so Pennington Flash is another convenient place for us to go for a stoll. There are a series of paths, woodlands and a canal to walk alongside and a golf course and decent parking makes a great,low cost day out.
  • Haigh Hall – this is a country park in Wigan, which up until the last year or so, was a hugh park with a mediocre cafe and playground. But in 2017, it’s had massive redevelopment and it has high ropes, shops, 2 x huge cafes, crazy golf and loads more. Well worth a visit.
  • Knutsford / Tatton Park – This is a tiny cheshire town and huge country estate next to it. Tatton is an amazing country estate and Knutsford is a cute village where you can shop and eat. Tatton is worth a walk around as the gardens are glorious.

There are so many more I could add, but these are my favourite. I would love to hear any days out that you have loved, leave me a comment or get in touch here.

G x