Monday, 18 March 2013

Primroses & Pretty Frocks

 I'm still having camera trouble.

So these were taken on my phone this morning. I took the dog for a walk along Porth Kidney Sands in Lelant. On my way back to the car, the sun was shining down on these clumps of Primroses, that were growing up a grassy bank.

A sure sign of Spring.


This week is the start of a determined effort to start exercising, stop eating rubbish (especially in the evenings) and generally get a grip on myself. I stepped onto my friend, Liz's scales yesterday, and nearly died of shock. I knew that I had put on weight, but didn't realise quite how much. It was a rude awakening, but not before time.

The thing is, I really do believe that diets make you fat. You join a slimming group, you pay through the nose week after week, you lose weight, you stop, you put it all back on and then some more. I for one can't sustain that kind of low fat abstinence for more than a couple of months. However a moderate eating plan is definitely in order. One where I consider what I put into my mouth, rather than just eating a bag of liquorice all sorts for tea.

And I'm so cross with myself. I really am. There is no need for it.


This is my plan.

bit blurred, but it really is a lovely frock.

I go on holiday in July to France.

I am really, really, really looking forward to it.

And I want to be able to wear this dress, and feel good in it. I bought it last year in the sale from here. It was in their window display, and I fell in love with it. Every time I walked up Fore Street, I would stop and stare at it.

It spoke to me, this dress.....

 "I am exactly what you are looking for. I would look good with flip flops or converse. You could wear your favourite stripy top underneath me on chilly summer days. I will make you feel like a kooky Claudia Winkleman type princess"

And I knew. I knew that I had to have it. By hook or by crook, that dress would be mine.

I have never worn it.

Not once.

So this gorgeous dress is hanging forlornly in my wardrobe. And all because I sat on my behind through the winter and wolfed down biscuits and chocolate and Haribo.

So that's my goal. Sensible eating and exercise.

Sashay through a small French town in my dress, and feel good about it.

Wish me luck!

Leanne  xx


  1. we will do it! I love allsorts but why oh why did you mentionm the C word aarrrghhhh!

  2. Five years ago after "dieting" for years I made a decision. I was never going to weigh again. I was not going to reward or rebuke myself,congratulate or detest myself, feel elated or depressed by numbers anymore, I calmly sat down and thought STOP! Stop starving yourself near weigh day and bingeing the day after. STOP.It took a while to really accept I was really in charge. It took a while to think why I was eating and what I was eating and when I actually did not want anymore. It took a while to buy chocolate ,eat it and not worry. But I have dropped at least one jean/dress size. I enjoy my food so much more and I really do love myself for taking control,being in control and staying there. It feels like food is not an issue anymore. I eat when I am hungry, sometimes little amounts, sometimes more. No forbidden foods just food to be enjoyed.
    I wish I had done this in my 30@s not my 50's!
    Good Luck -- you will look beautiful in that dress and you will sashy down the street.

  3. That dress is really pretty. I think you can do it. I understand how hard it is though. I will never go back to Weight Watchers, though. I realized that all it was doing was legitimizing my bad eating habits, wrapping them up in glossy materials and making me pay them for the privilege of relying on them for weight loss. I'm serious. I turn into an OCD lunatic when I'm on that program. Never again. I like Linda's advice. I have been doing something similar for a couple of years now and I've lost about 30 lbs. in that time, just by trying to pay more attention to my body and stop when I'm full and quit denying myself so that I binge later. It took me a long time to figure out that I can do this. I'll never be thin, but I at least feel in control.

  4. Your dress is lovely and it must have been very tempting walking pass it all the time! I also think diets are difficult to keep. It's much better to get into good habits instead, good luck I'm sure you will be wearing your dress in France!
    Sarah x

  5. It's nice to see signs of Spring after all this gloomy weather, good luck with the new "exercising more" regime.

  6. Oh yes, I hear you! I can lose weight quickly but put it on just as quickly. Weight watchers turned me into a point counting lunatic. Good luck. Healthy eating and exercise really is the best way.

    The dress is lovely. I like seasalt a lot - you are lucky having their stores on your local high street! x