Sleep injuries?

There are many things people like to tell each other about reaching 40, people share stories left, right and centre about the joys of middle age – whatever that is. But one thing no-one told me about, was that in my 40s, I would get injured in bed. Now before your mind descends into the gutter, it’s really nothing like that!

I have noticed over the last few months that I am waking up in a morning with a sore shoulder or stiff hips and I feel like I should have to do a full on stretching circuit before I can begin my day!


I don’t really bother about my age most days, it really is just a number my clicky joints sometime protest too much. So do I attack the cod liver oil? Do I get a special mattress or do I just put on my big girl pants and stop moaning. Yes, let’s do that!

G x


Getting Healthy in August

It’s mid September so I thought that an August update was pretty overdue (soz). The last update I put together I had lost 4lbs and to end the month  I lost another 3lbs, which took my loss to 2 stones!! OMG!!! People have really started to notice and this week I attended a huge work event and saw some colleagues that I haven’t seen for a while. I am not exaggerating when at least 10 different people told me how good I looked and how they can really see a difference in me. That is really very cool!

I have also had a very funny reaction to all the praise in that it’s knocked me off kilter. I don’t know if I suddenly feel pressure, but I have had a rubbish week food-wise. But I DID experience some non-scale victories….

  • I went to a clothes party and wasn’t able to buy some of the clothes because they were TOO BIG!
  • I bought an outdoor waterproof coat in the Lake District for the first time EVER. Previously I was too big.
  • I walked back from our local train station and really felt a massive difference in my breathing and energy levels. My fitness is clearly improving.
  • I climbed Dodd Fell and even though it was hard and took me 2½ hours, I still DID it!
  • I have dug a couple of tops and a pair of jeans out of my wardrobe that I haven’t worn since 2013, which now fit me great!

So even though I feel a bit rubbish and I am expecting my weight loss to not be great in September, I am still 2 stones lighter than I was in May and that is a hell of an achievement. 2 stones loss is great, but there are a couple to go, so I just need to refocus and get exercising I think.

G x

94 days till Christmas

Too soon? OK yes, maybe it’s too soon to be talking about Christmas, but today is the Autumn Equinox, which google reliably informs me that today marks the day when the days and nights are the same length and from now on, the nights will get longer. Google also tells me that this isn’t really celebrated that much… can’t think why?!

I have also had confirmation today that when my new job starts in October, I will be spending most weekdays for the first month in London. This is a big deal for me and it’s as exciting as it’s daunting, but it does feel like and adventure. I have to admit, that I am going to miss my amazing M and it’s going to be odd having an adventure without him. But life and career moves forward and I am just going to have to put my big girl pants on and go with it.

So I will definitely update my blog and I might even VLOG a little to document my time in that there London,  I really just hope they can cope with my lovely Haydock accent!!


Funny mood

So this blog sometimes records where I have been or what I have achieved and sometimes it just records how I am feeling. At the moment I am in a really funny mood – time for a life update.

As you know, I work for the Prince’s Trust, which is a youth charity and essentially provides support and educational programmes for young people. As such, the programme I work on is structured around an academic year and August is subsequently VERY quiet and for me, which means that means that I don’t have regular work to do, but lots of end of year stuff and report writing.

I do have an office base, but I work from home a lot too, as the Teams that I look after are much closer to home than office, which means even though I WFH lots, I also see lots of people. During August this shifts as I have huge reports to write and things to organise which means I am on my own a lot more and I have to be honest, it’s got a bit lonely. Also, this August has been particularly odd as I am waiting to start a new job.

As I mentioned when talking about getting a new dog, I applied for a secondment at work and was lucky enough to be offered it. However, things haven’t moved quickly and even though I applied in May, I am only starting mid-October. So I am kind of just waiting to change roles and feeling in a very funny mood about it. I haven’t left my current role, but I can already feel it sort of slipping away. I haven’t started my new role, but people are already asking me very specific questions about it – that I can’t answer. *sighs*

OK OK, I know I shouldn’t be whining, I am lucky enough to have a job and the new secondment role is a promotion, but I can’t help the fact I am in a funny mood. My new role means some extensive travelling in the UK and lots of nights away from home, which I don’t mind, but I don’t quite know where I will be and the lack of knowledge makes it feel out of my control – and no-one like that. Even though I “do: change all the time, I don’t like it and it takes me a while to get used to things… so not knowing where (geographically) I am going to be working from October till Christmas, it’s stressing me out a bit. (p.s. if you have got this far, well done and thanks).

Also, I am thinking of having a social media break as even though I have unfollowed lots of people over the last few weeks, I am still finding Twitter & things quite tiring. I don’t even want to get into how f8cked up it is that Donald Trump seems to be masterminding one bad idea after another. These days too, people seem to be constantly of the opinion that their opinion is the only one that counts and they also feel the need to express their opinion fervently and object to everything and everyone.


Person 1: I really like pink flowers.

Person 2: Oh really, well what about the other flowers? How dare you leave them out?!

Person 1: Oh I like the other flowers too, but pink are my favourite.

Person 2: Oh really, well colour is all relative and invented by the government and I bet you didn’t pay for the flowers yourself! I think you should donate the flowers.

Person 3: FLOWERS?!?!? Oh are you GAY!!!!!!!! You *&(*& Gay  &(&(&(*& snowflake!!!!

So I think that I might just quietly withdraw for a while and as M and I have a small holiday and some annual leave coming up, I think this might just be the perfect time. Swop screen time, for face time – in fact, more tree, grass, windy path, hot tub, comfy bed, lie in, nice food & cuddles time. Roll on Friday.

Gill x

p.s. I am not really going to apologise for moaning, which would be my natural inclination – today is a very real blog about very real feelings. Not everything is perfect.




I had Whooping Cough, little did I know.

You may or may not remember, but around during late May, June and the early part of July 2016 I was poorly. It started with a mild cough and simply progressed into one of the worst coughs I have ever had. It ruined a day trip to London, when The Prince’s Trust celebrated 40 years at a Buckingham Palace Garden Party!

At first I just thought I had a cold, but I never really got a snotty nose etc, just a progressively worsening cough. Then one night I woke up suddenly gasping for breath, feeling like my throat had closed over and then just coughing up all sorts of nasty stuff. I was exhausted for over 2 months as it was impossible to sleep lying down. I took to sleeping on our top floor as we have a couch up there that I could sleep on sat upright. I felt rotten for so long, that I started to wonder if I would ever get better.

During this time, I visited my GP 3 x times, getting nowhere the 1st time, mild antibiotics the 2nd time and the 3rd time I got something stronger, with a booked chest x-ray. After the 2nd lot of anti-biotics, things seemed to improve, but it took far longer that I expected. My doctor never really told me what was wrong, so I assumed I’d had a chest infection.

Over a year later, I was in work and we were listening to Radio 2 when they did a piece on Whooping cough. They were interviewing a woman who had struggled to get diagnosed and they played an audio clip of her coughing, which stopped me in my tracks. The clip they played was EXACTLY the coughing and choking noises that I would make several times a night during the height of my illness. She described being tired and feeling like her throat was closing and the fact that she struggled to get her GP to listen to her. Sounds familiar doesn’t it?!

So I wanted to write a post to let people know what I went through and to show people what whooping cough looks and sounds like:

Here are the symptoms from the NHS:

Symptoms of whooping cough

The first symptoms of whooping cough are similar to those of a cold, such as a runny nose, red and watery eyes, a sore throat, and a slightly raised temperature.

Intense coughing bouts start about a week later.

  • The bouts usually last a few minutes at a time and tend to be more common at night.
  • Coughing usually brings up thick mucus and may be followed by vomiting.
  • Between coughs, you or your child may gasp for breath – this may cause a “whoop” sound, although not everyone has this.
  • The strain of coughing can cause the face to become very red, and there may be some slight bleeding under the skin or in the eyes.
  • Young children can sometimes briefly turn blue (cyanosis) if they have trouble breathing – this often looks worse than it is and their breathing should start again quickly.
  • In very young babies, the cough may not be particularly noticeable, but there may be brief periods where they stop breathing.

I only wish I had filmed what I sounded and looked like, but this poor guy is going through exactly what I did:


So if you are going through something similar, be persistent with your GP, record yourself if you can & I hope this blog helps you.

Gill x