What an afternoon I have had!
Today was the day that Mr WLB and I accompanied my nephew to see Peppa Pigs Big Splash…I can only describe it as a production made by someone with an over-active imagination…and possibly a large supply of hallucinogenic drugs!
According to my sister, my nephew was found putting his shoes on at 8am in a bid to walk to my house…the show didn’t start until 1pm! He was pretty excited and when I saw him walking up the road towards my car he was almost waving at me so hard that his arm fell off!
We had a bit of a giggle in the car on the way to the theatre, and he was asking where Peppa Pig was at one minute intervals!
When we started walking towards the theatre he got excited at seeing all of the others carrying their Peppa gear. My sister had packed his ‘George and Dinosaur’ toy…for the uninitiated, George is Peppa’s little brother! Then of course there was the merchandise as you entered the theatre…he has us wrapped around his little finger and ended up with a book, a bright coloured spinning thing, and a balloon…which he promptly popped as we got in the car to head home!
The production was fun. He sat there open-mouthed at first! We sang songs, we danced, he jumped up and down…crowd participation was essential!
I sat there at some points laughing. The people on stage were so good…but I don’t think I could ever see myself with my hand stuck up a puppets bum speaking in a voice that I imagine a girl-pig-child to have! Then the set itself started singing, and this was when I began to wonder if my water had been spiked. Then we all got sprayed with water…which was delightful. Mr WLB and I kept looking at each other and laughing…it was a pretty surreal couple of hours.
Last year I wrote about a huge milestone for me…taking my niece and nephew to the park. At this point in time I hadn’t been ‘out’ in public for ages…I used to get into my car, go to the horses / Slimming World / hospital appointments and that was it. My other half did the shopping whilst I waited in the car – as I was too embarrassed about my size and worried about people making comments. But back in February last year – one year on from joining Slimming World – whilst babysitting the kids, I went to the park! It might have been a quiet park, in a village location, but there was another child there with her grandad and I still got out of the car to play with the kids! It was a real milestone for me – and the kids loved it…my nephew was thrilled that I was pushing him on the swings and playing on the choochoo train with him.
This is what it is all about for me – being able to claw my life back, slowly but surely, and having fun with my family. I stood up for a good ten minutes – I couldn’t manage more than a few seconds before losing the 10st that I had shifted back then – and was actually out in public without being in pain, or being a sweaty heaving mess! Happy didn’t quite describe it; my other half was thrilled and took a little video on his phone…one day, I’ll share it with you.
Today reminded me of that moment. I was so thrilled back then just to be able to play with my niece and nephew. I remember booking these tickets and hoping that I would feel okay…and do you know what…I felt normal – whatever ‘normal’ feels like. There was no sign of anxiety, no concern about whether or not I looked okay, about what people thought of me, about being able to fit into the seats, or worrying about how the walk would be from the car…it was all fine – I felt great. And my nephew was so happy that it has been one of the best days, if not THE best day, that I have had this year.
So it’s not all about getting weight loss awards and big numbers on the scales. It’s about getting out there and living life and having some fun with people you love!
After the show had finished we headed to see the horses and my nephew pretended to drive my car whilst Mr WLB checked the horses water…it was raining so we delegated that job to him whilst we waited in the car! Then we headed to McDonalds and grabbed a Happy Meal before heading back to my sisters house. I caught up with my sister and her hubby, and my niece…who said that she felt a bit left out. This makes me chuckle, as we always spoil her rotten…so she has been promised a riding lesson from me very soon!
I then had to give her a riding lesson of sorts…I got nominated as the bucking bronco and had the both of them sat on my back and was trying to pretend to throw them off. Again, this was something I never imagined being able to do with them…playing on the floor and being able to get back up again!
So it has been a great day! Made even better by a lovely message from a new coaching client…I am excited to see what the future has in store for this lady after we chatted this morning!
I am now off to de-Peppa myself!
Breakfast: Boiled eggs and banana.
A lovely food day! My usual for brekkie was followed by pittas stuffed with cheese, peppers, aubergine, onions, garlic, and Cajun seasoning. Dinner was more of the same lunch veggies with couscous and some mixed spices, with Quorn lamb grills. And my snacks were lovely too…one was eaten at the theatre, one when Mr WLB had his early dinner, and one will be eaten later on this evening…the first time in a long while that I have spread my snack eating out!
Exercise: Nowt today – I swapped my rest day on Monday for today as it was a jam-packed day! Plus, the work I did in my PT session yesterday means that I can’t quite use my arms properly today anyway!
Thank you for reading,
Weight Loss Bitch xxx