Saturday, 3 September 2016


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Life is full of ups and downs and at the moment lots of ups!!


Job is going well - full time now, no longer an apprentice.

Driving is going well - getting more confident as time goes by, just drove to Cardiff for our holiday travel airport. (Dale drove us home when we got back).

Yay we had a holiday!! - 7 days in Olu Deniz Turkey - bliss, 40c +  most days, Phew!!

BAD UP - Weight cannot get it under control. But trying to start again today for the umpteenth time. I have now 3 stone to lose to get me back to goal (LOL! who ate all the pies, biscuits, crisps, bread and pastries).


Exercise is not going well, need to get a plan and start again.

BAD DOWN coming home from holiday, we learnt that my husbands cousin has passed away - Quite young and no reason is known yet - Thoughts go to Aunt Jean and family. So sad.

Thursday, 30 June 2016

Days off are few and far.

Posted by tracy watkiss at 09:16 0 comments
*SIGH - of relaxation and happiness.

I am enjoying a day off today, our ward was short staffed on Tuesday and I ended up doing a very long split shift day. 7am - 1pm and then 4pm - 11pm. 

I feel as if I was only asked to do this as I recently............... 

Oh my forgot to post the news on my blog, I posted on Facebook but not here. LOL!!! 


Fear, dread, excitement and freedom all rolled into one.
Something I always said I would Never Ever do, my feelings of fear and anxiety were that strong about it.

Just goes to show everything can be overcome - although I had a little help from Bachs Rescue Me Herbal Remedy - courtesy of my driving instructor.

Any hoo, getting back to everything else, work at the hospital continues to be something I am happy to be working within. Although, no set shift pattern is a bummer, finding out every 6 weeks your new rota and its a mixture of earlies, lates, long days, twilights and nights can be exhausting especially if you only get 1 day off every few shifts.

 I am still maintaining weight - looking at this positively, its not going up any further, I still struggle to manage, diet, exercise, work and life balance.
I have a really good couple of weeks then a couple of really bad lazy ass ones. 

However I have got myself a 12 week journal, started Tuesday and aim to be as good as I can and not put too much pressure on (my down fall), just aim for 10,000 steps and try to do some form of exercise for 30 mins 3x a week. I really want to get back to a running club too, but my belief in going back to my old club wains as soon as I look at the routes on their website, Hills, hills and more bloody hills.  Such a running wuss.

So today brings, food shopping, baking, gym (I hope) and a drive on some new to me routes to get me used to driving not just to and fro work xxxx

Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Tracking Today was good -15/6/2016

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Started the day with a banana and a black coffee.

Dale had to go pick up a prescription and then we had to go and get some muller lights - cannot run out I need one of these in my day.

Then home for lunch


 Love Crayfish tails, all syn free bar 1tbsp of light salad cream (1Syn) and a healthy extra B for the roll.

Then after lunch a nice C25k run ensued, WK6 RUN 3 = 25 minutes constant running. 2.21 Miles.

Then because its my day off and I had a massive moment of madness, I booked myself into a zumba class at the gym for 6pm till 6.45pm and then I ran the mile home.

Evening meal was  Pasta and slimming world meatballs in homemade tomato,onion and mushroom sauce.

snacks at bedtime space raiders crisp 13g bag and slimming world bar, 3 syns each.

Finished the day on over 18,500 steps taken (includes the runs totaling 3.37 miles ) and 45 minutes of Zumba.

Shower and Bed now to relax with a book before 5am wake up tomorrow for work x

All aboard the accountability wagon!!!! - Wednesday 15th June.

Posted by tracy watkiss at 08:51 0 comments
Oh my what a whirlwind of things going on in my life - much of which is good and positive.

Work continues to fulfil me, I am in the final 6 weeks of the apprenticeship I started, it has been tough going on the finances but so worth the sacrifice. I found out 2 weeks ago that I am being taken on full time as a qualified HCA, within the clinical support team of a local hospital, I will be learning a lot more over the next few weeks to fulfil this role. 

Talking of learning, for future career development I am thinking of taking Maths and English GCSE's, gulp. I am from O levels and CSE's so it has been a while, had a maths assessment last night so watch this space. Well when I say assessment,  it was "lets sit this non calculator exam and see how you do to see if you can go on the course". EEEKK! Other learning is taking place but that story will be told another day.

Nothing creative is taking place as I really cannot fit anything in at the moment, no dressmaking, knitting or papercraft. 

I realised with the contentment of work life, and the abundance of cake and chocolates supplied by co-workers and patients relatives that my weight and fitness had once again spiralled out of control. I had tried back in January to re-join Weight Watchers and follow the new Smart Points system but in all honesty I no longer liked the program or the support offered by the replacement leader.

So I was left struggling and pretty much gave up. Then a work colleague talked me into trying Slimming World and I must admit I was sceptical  but I gave it a go, Shocked at first to realise I had to lose 2 1/2 stone to get me back to goal (at least its not the full 6 stone I originally lost). Well It took me a couple of months of really not trying after joining to get my head in the right place to buckle down and do it. I love it now easy to follow and quite easy to follow when going out. 

I am pleased to report that this week I got .......

yep my half stone award - YIPPPEEEE    I AAAAY.

Actually 8 1/2 pounds gone.

I am back following C25k week 6 nearly done and I am back swimming and have rejoined a gym, treated myself to joining a posh one up the road, Classes are all in the membership and heated pools, steam rooms, sauna, jacuzzi, 

I am a happy happy me xxx

Thursday, 21 January 2016

Got a little bit crafty

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Well hi blogger, this week has been a good work week, but not great on the weight watchy things, just totally caved Wednesday due to stress with things beyond my control. I will learn to sort this bad habit out one day, but I did get right back on it today.

I am quite amazed I seem to have managed some paper craft of a sort this week. I love office supplies lol! I am always buying notebooks for this and that, and found I wanted to try planners, but I wanted to record, ww smart points, activity, meal plans, bill paying, birthdays and so much more. As you can imagine finding a planner to do this would be a nightmare. So I got to thinking of making something and was browsing you tube like you do and I saw the " me and my big ideas - happy planner system", I liked it but not the styles and colours, then a trip to staples, I discovered the punch and plastic discs to be able to make my own. If you are interested it is called the arc system, they do do inserts as well but I wanted my creative spin on it.

Any who I took some pics, hope you like, I have to say, it's no where near finished, as I have so much more I want to put in it.




Wednesday, 13 January 2016

Wednesday 13th January 2016

Posted by tracy watkiss at 08:12 0 comments
Well good morning blog.

I am feeling quite positive today, Have had an interesting lecture/ course in work this week on Behaviour that challenges services, all about the effects of Dementia and the behaviour it brings about.

I really found it interesting and learnt quite a bit not only about myself but others too.

Today we return to college for our first assignment after the winter break, as last week was a catch up session. I am okay doing the college stuff but admit I would rather go in get the assignment and do it at home, I struggle with concentration when I have to work in a room full of chattering. I like to go in get it done and get home.

Today I am also feeling better as I have decided to get back to WW and the new SP's system. I am not good with too much sugar in my system makes me sluggish and tired,

 Just need to remember not to get too caught up in the exercise that it takes over my life.

Day one was yesterday, and It was quite easy to follow. Hopefully look into it more tonight.

I am enjoying Wintercamp Knitting over on ravelry, Getting some gift knitting done for next Christmas LOL!! will post pics later.

That's it for now. Apart from hoping things get better for two special friends soon. Keep fighting girls xxx

Wednesday, 6 January 2016


Posted by tracy watkiss at 15:06 0 comments
Hello blog, today I am trying to set myself up for a positive January, with everything going on re hubby that is not as easy at it would appear.

So today I have tracked every thing I am eating, I am going to try and lose the little bit of weight I have put back on without re-joining WW. ( I get a little bit miffed to be honest that every couple of years they tweak the plan and with every tweak they make sure all the old apps, scales and tools need to be replaced which costs its members financially. I know they are a business but really, they need a serious talking too, about looking after their customers a bit better. I also feel gold members are ignored as they are no longer Cash cows - excuse the terminology).

I even managed week 3 run 1 of C25K and hence the oomph title. Flippin heck I did not enjoy it, I felt heavy and lumpy, a far cry from 2 years ago when I loved the lightness I enjoyed whilst running.

I have also defuzzed the slight forest that had appeared on my legs through the winter months - self neglect breeds in all areas - when I cannot be assed.

I even tinted and plucked my eyebrows myself - First time ever for me. I work with a few younger girls and they were talking about going to salons and having beauty done. I am just not that kind of person but, 5 years off of a big birthday maybe I need a little bit of help now!

I am now going to relax and maybe do a bit of knitting. So bye for now x

Monday, 4 January 2016

4th January 2016

Posted by tracy watkiss at 06:27 1 comments
Well hello dear blog, I did forget all about you I am not going to lie.

I am so glad 2015 is over, it finished far worse than we could have imagined.

So hello 2016!!!

A whole shiny New Year.

No resolutions, no grand statements.

I am taking each day at a time,

 I do aim to get my eating back under control ( oops, who ate all the pies, puddings, crisps, chocolate and so on for the last 8 months).  I have 2 Stone to shift again.

I do aim to get my fitness back to at least walking the dog a couple of times a week and hopefully the odd long walk, or shhhh!!! dare I say it a run outside or in.

I have other things I would like to do with this year, will talk more dear blog should I do them, as I tend to post here and then forget all about my good intentions.

So I have a long shift today 7am - 8pm

And I am being accountable for what I eat. Chat soon. xx

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