I made it to London Bridge | London | Week 2

So I have made it through another week in London. This was week 2 of 4 and in case you haven’t already seen it, go and have a look at last week’s post!

This week was really full on, just like last week with us trying our best to learn the complicated new system that we have to show staff how to use. I have to be honest, my brain was a little fried by the end of the week and I was SHATTERED when I got home.

However, the highlight of my week was a personal victory of mine in that I managed to walk to London Bridge from my hotel (over a mile) without getting lost!! Now this might not seem like a massive deal to you, but I have got NO sense of direction and was just THRILLED to make it there and back without too much bother!

I have to say though, it’s not exactly relaxing walking through central London as the sheer amount of people walking at you in all directions is an assault on the senses. The route I took walked past many cafes, restaurants and pubs and I had to weave in and out of crowds of smokers blocking pavements, all the while trying not to breathe in the smoke. Yuk.

I have been thinking that I might try to find a pub to walk round, but as the clocks go back this weekend, the evenings will get dark very quickly and I am not sure a park at night is ideal. Someone I am working with suggested that I go to something called SkyGarden, apparently it’s free and gives a panoramic view of London. So come back next week to see if I manage to go.

Also this week, my evenings where pretty low-key as everyone kind of did their own thing, with most people feeling tired and just wanting to chill out in the evening. I did have fun one night when my youngest niece face timed me as it was her birthday 🙂 Let me tell you though, having a video call with an 8-year-old is hilarious as she whizzed the phone left and right, I almost got motion sickness! She was just too giddy to show me everything she had got for her birthday, it was very cute.

It is also very funny how quickly I have settled into a routine, getting up for breakfast at around 7:20am and being back in my room for 8:00am. Putting my stuff in more or less the same place in the room. All these things make me feel a little more grounded and “at home”. I’ve got 2 more weeks in London and then we start showing PT staff how to use the new system. It’s a huge task, which is quite pressurised, but it will be worth it in the end.

Bring on Week 3 I say!

G x

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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.