As this was the sight that I was treated to when driving through Newtonmore today…
A fox riding a horse…it was rather unusual! I am not quite sure what was happening, as they were on their own and not in a group of fancy dress riders…maybe this is just their outfit of choice for riding!
Of course, as I was in Newtonmore, I had to pop back into the Harris Tweed shop and this time I picked up bag of tartan off cuts…so I really do need some help to make a tweed / tartan…and possibly leather and denim combo of some sorts.
Today we decided that we fancied a nice drive and so headed across country towards Aviemore again. The things I do for food…a four hour round trip for Italian food just to keep Mr WLB happy! To be fair, I have been known to drive to another city on a whim to pick up a box of Hotel Chocolat…and another town to buy a box of Bens Cookies…and of course, I couldn’t wait – I had to have them there and then! Terrible really. I also added an extra thirty miles on the journey today to visit the smokehouse I love to pick up more supplies. We have extended our trip for another week and it made sense…at the time!
At least today involved a scenic drive rather than the usual across city trips I make. I was also able to buy my lovely Mum a gorgeous present that I think she will love…although I am going to make her wait until Christmas for it…I am a meanie at times!
So it has been fairly quiet and sedate today, apart from the weather. Tidal surges caused some local flooding, and a proper downpour combined with high winds has made driving a little challenging. The horizontal rain is okay, as is the wind…it’s the standing water that causes a nightmare. And there were hurricane force winds in the Cairngorms today, so pretty much all activities were closed…which meant all that we could do was eat and shop…I was devastated!
I am not great with boats, and the ferry we use to get to our cottage was a bit of a nightmare in this weather…bobbing up and down and at one point it kind of spun around. I was happy to get Freddie Freelander back on solid ground. It got dark quite early and as we were driving to the cottage we spotted a herd of deer. As I was looking at the herd to my left, I happened to notice that right by my door was a huge stag – if I had opened the window I could have touched him! I reckon there were all doing the Highland Fling in the dark!
So that’s it for today!
I just wanted to mention a message I got from a lovely woman today. She said that she was struggling to identify with me and the way in which I just seem to find things so easy. We chatted via private message on Facebook, and it was good try and help her out a little.
For a start, it is not easy. Every bloody day is a struggle…today for example, I sat in an Italian restaurant which serves a gorgeous ‘help yourself’. I opted for the salad section. My other half enjoyed four plates…pasta with cream and cheese, and slice after slice of pizza. It was not easy sitting next to him whilst he did that, let me tell you! At the delicatessen we went into, he threw an apple and cinnamon cake into the basket, along with cheese biscuits…again, this is not easy. And did I want to drag my body around a woodland trail yesterday…not really!
One of the things this lady has done is to start reading my blog from the beginning…she said that this has really helped her to see the journey that I have been on. I only wish that I started writing it on the day I started on this weight loss journey instead of six months in. You would have seen the tears, tantrums and takeaway binges in real time!
For me, I think that the important message I took from my conversation with her is that you can never compare your journey with someone else’s. Or rather, you shouldn’t do this! I was over 43st…she is less than half of this weight…so to expect to replicate my journey is a little difficult. I still weigh more than this lady does…and I have already shifted 18st! And the bigger you are, the quicker the weight tends to come off at first.
So don’t compare your beginning with someone else who is already on the way.
What you can compare is notes on the emotional and mental side of weight loss…and I think she is seeing this having started reading the blog from the beginning. The journey I have been on in terms of mindset change has been phenomenal. And I am still learning.
Anyway – I won’t ramble! I just want to publicly wish this lady all the best…but to remind her to stick with it, focus on herself, and enjoy the journey!
Breakfast: Spring onion scrambled egg and cheese toasties (HEA and 2 x HEB).
Brekkie was designed to use up some spring onions…I whisked them in with some egg and scrambled it. I added toast and cheese and made some rather messy but very tasty toasties! Lunch was the Italian food…lots of beans, chickpeas, lentils, some salad…and oil – hence the reason I have steered clear from synned snacks today. I have no idea what amount of oil they used – it wasn’t swimming in the stuff, and my stomach hasn’t rebelled, so I can’t imagine it was lots…but I made the best choices and avoided the creamy, cheesy pasta dishes and the gorgeous looking pizzas. Dinner was the leftover aloo gobi sauce from last night. It still have tomatoes, onion and green beans in…not much broccoli or cauliflower…I added loads of spinach and mushrooms, along with some rice.
Exercise: Nothing today – I think my walk yesterday finished me off!
Thank you for reading,
Weight Loss Bitch xxx