Last year the boys' birthday card to me said "inside me is a skinny woman trying to get out" and inside "but I can usually keep the bitch quiet with cookies"! Now, I was most offended at such insults I have to tell you. For one, there is definitely not a skinny woman anywhere in my genetic makeup. The only times I've ever been skinny were when I was going through jaw surgery and divorce. Secondly, I do not eat many cookies. I am much more of a cake girl!
We concluded that public humiliation might be the only motivation that would work. However, not wanting to spend precious £s per week for that privilege and add another tyranny to the list of 'things to do' each week we resolved to run our own slimming club. We had our 'last gasp' last night at Heidi's for our belated Secret Santa evening – the rules being that our gifts had to be: something for £1, something from a charity shop and something we made. We were all very lucky with our gifts and it was a really nice evening.
|Heidi and Anne and the lovely Laura|
|Heidi, Anne, Laura, Linda, Rosella and Livvy (what on earth had Livvy said to cause her mother's reaction???)|
|A few calories on a plate complete with twinkly silver stars and sparkly dust|
However, I was feeling quite good as I had put on my new Pilates DVD yesterday morning (it was a little on the snug side). There are 5 ten minute workouts which you can do individually or combine. I started with the Abs - the teacher is AMAZING. I didn't realise our bodies were capable of doing such things. Well, I say 'our' but really I mean her. She may have amazing body control but she is clearly not a very attentive teacher as she said I was doing really well whereas I mostly just wobbled and flailed around on the floor wondering if I would ever be able to raise my shoulders off the floor and walk my hands up my raised (smooth) legs to grip my ankles (and breathe at the same time)! I have to say though that this morning I could feel aches in pains in a few extra places. Maybe there really are muscles in my lower abdomen!!
Let them eat cake, I say. Me? I shall be wearing black until such time as I can look at my naked form without recoiling in horror.
Tomorrow I shall show you some of the things that Santa did bring me so I can't have been too bad in 2010 (or maybe he just didn't notice!)
|Red sky at night, Shepherd's Delight, Red Sky in the morning, Shepherd's warning - this morning's sky as I made my cuppa|