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How to Become Addicted to Blogging — November 13, 2017

How to Become Addicted to Blogging

To become addicted to blogging

Is extremely easy to do

Just follow the steps I will teach you

And you will find yourself hooked on it too.

First, you must write a blog post

As without one, you can’t go very far

It can be about almost anything

From sewing to buying a new car!

Then you sit and wait anxiously

Hoping you’ll get a response

You know that it is important

Although you feign nonchalance

Next, you have to be friendly

It’s vital to have interaction

The giving and receiving of comments

Is a cause for immense satisfaction.

Blogging takes a lot of commitment

So doing it every day

Is a great way to speed up the process

As addiction will soon come your way.

Other bloggers will become your new buddies

And you learn from each other as well

You spend  all your time now on blogging

You are falling under its spell.

Sometimes it becomes so annoying

When you have something interesting to say

But you haven’t the time to post it

As ‘real life’ gets in the way!

You constantly check notifications

And hope there’s a comment or two

This blogging obsession is deepening

And there’s not a lot you can do!

You have even started to notice

That sometimes when you go out

And something unusual happens

It will be great to blog about!

If you are paying attention

And are following my tips to the letter

Then you too will be addicted to blogging

I can’t think of anything better!

 

Healthy Eating, Healthy Living. A Renewed Attempt at a Healthier Life — October 8, 2017

Healthy Eating, Healthy Living. A Renewed Attempt at a Healthier Life

As some of you may remember, last September, I embarked on a low carbohydrate diet as recommended by GP in order to lose weight,   I had steadily got bigger and bigger, and I knew that I needed to do something about it. The fact that I have Type 2 diabetes as well means that I have to be extra careful about what I eat to maintain healthy blood glucose levels.

I was going back monthly at first to monitor how I was doing, and to start with, I lost 5kg (about 12lb), and that gave me a great incentive to carry on. For over six months I had no crisps, no bread, pasta, rice, pastry or potatoes, and of course no cake either! Even at Christmas, I didn’t overindulge, in fact, I hardly indulged at all. This healthy eating lark was not proving to be much fun, but I was on a mission.

I didn’t lose any more weight, in fact, I put a little back on. To say I was disheartened was an understatement. In April I started University and still managed to keep to the no-carb lunches (mainly because I just took in fruit).

At the end of July, I went on my first placement, and this is where everything changed. The place that I was at offered a complete meal at lunchtime for a reasonable price, which often included starchy carbs of some kind. I piously left them for the first couple of days, but running around working twelve-hour shifts left me starving hungry, and to be honest, downright crabby!

I justified eating the carbs for lunch. Then I ate sandwiches now and again; oh, how I had missed bread. Chocolate crept in next, velvety smooth, milky chocolate, followed closely by crisps. I crunched my way through a 1/4 of a tube of Pringles without even blinking; they were soooooo good! Then came my home-made steamed puddings, Yes, I can cook, and by then I had started my holiday from Uni and placement so had some time to do so.

Bad idea! I have worked a couple of shifts for my old job, and I noticed that my uniform was a little snugger than before. I also felt bloated and huge (not surprising with all that stodge)  and decided that I had better get myself weighed again. I am 4kg (about 10lbs) heavier  now than when I started off in the first place last year!

That serves me right I know, but I wallowed (right word seeing as I feel like a beached whale) around in a bit of self-pity yesterday, had a good cry then decided that I need to get a grip of myself

So, it’s back on the low carb wagon again. I am going to eat a little bit of the starchy carbs but no more that about 120g a day. At least I won’t feel like I am missing out and there is a bit of substance there to fill me up! Oh, and I am going to take up exercise this time too!

There, I’ve said it! I bloody hate exercise, well I do if it involves me wobbling about with a load of skinny people, feeling ashamed and humiliated at the size of me. I haven’t quite worked out my exercise plan yet, but I am going to commit to doing it this time, and not using the excuse that ‘I run around a lot at work!’

Thankfully we have some of lovely bloggers like Sally Cronin and Carol Taylor who have joined forces to bring us  lots of healthy and nutritious recipes which you can find here. In fact, I have already bought the ingredients for Sally’s Brown Rice Pilaf that I have been meaning to try for some time.  Esme from The Recipe Hunter, also features many delicious recipes.

I am starting again with renewed vigour and determination and hopefully will not be making the same mistakes as I did last year:  I have learned that

  • Nothing tastes as good as losing weight feels (yes I have nicked this quote and tweaked it to suit).
  • It is not nice to have squeeze into tight trousers that didn’t used to be tight!
  • My scales did work, it seems I just didn’t like what they said!
  • Healthy eating works better with exercise for losing weight.

By the way, I have started a Healthy Eating Board on Pinterest where I am going to pin recipes, inspiration, and some motivational quotes. If you would like to contribute to this board then please just send me a message.

 

Free-For-All Friday — March 25, 2016

Free-For-All Friday

Well here we are, Friday again, and this time, a very Good Friday  – in more ways than one!

Of course, I have got a few Easter treats lined up for your enjoyment which I am sure you will enjoy. Please go and visit their blogs for plenty more goodies.

Deborah Drezon Carroll, Author Now, I love to have a laugh, and sometimes will write a rather tongue-in-cheek post. I never want to cause offense to anybody, but as Debby has found out, some people need to lighten up a bit! I thought this post was brilliant, and so is Debby for sticking up for this blogger!

Barsetshire Diaries I love David’s blog. He has a very entertaining way of telling a story,not to mention a fantastic taste in music! Oh, and he gives the BEST hugs too!

Dublin Housewife This is just one of those blogs that really makes me laugh. Maybe it is the Irish accent that does it but I love her expressions and banter with ‘Jimmy.’ Absolutely brilliant!

The Writer Next Door I was totally blown away by this story, and I am not normally a lover of that genre at all! I loved the sensuality of it, and the surprise ending too!Well, there you have an Easter Eggstravaganza (sorry, couldn’t resist it),

Well, there you have an Easter Eggstravaganza (sorry, couldn’t resist it). Enjoy!

Happy Friday, and to those that celebrate it, Happy Easter!

 

 

 

Free-For-All Friday — March 18, 2016

Free-For-All Friday

It’s Friday already and I have a few fantastic posts for you to feast upon. Please go and visit them as you will find much more there to enjoy. You will be so pleased you went.

Cindy Knoke. This is a lovely post and makes me proud to be a part of this wonderful blogging community.

Stuff and What if… I loved this….both the images and the imagery!

Fourth Generation Farm Girl Tonya shares a brilliant way to beat stress with us here!

I know you are going to love all of these.  Enjoy!

Happy Friday!

Free-for-All Friday — March 11, 2016

Free-for-All Friday

My goodness, how the week has flown by. It is already Friday and time to feature some of the wonderful posts that I have enjoyed this week. There are actually an extra two,  that for some reason, did not make it into last week’s post so I have included those as well.

Please visit these wonderful blogs and see what else you are missing, you will not be disappointed!

Erika Kind This post was very enlightening, and something I am still working on doing. Erika always has a quote or some words of wisdom to inspire and encourage, and I hope you will check out her new book whilst you are there too.

Jen’s Pen Den I always love to learn new things, as well as brush up on things I thought I already knew but actually hadn’t perhaps got quite right! Jen is wonderful at explaining things as well as illustrating her point with examples.

Myths of the Mirror. This was a great post that raised a very valid point, but  of course, me being such an idiot roared my head off at the pics Diana created. Brilliant! #

Joeyfully Stated This was a typical Joey post. Telling it as it is in her own unique style, but what she says always makes sense, and usually makes me smile too!

Little steps to Somewhere This post brought back memories of when I was a teenager trying to make myself look gorgeous (and failing)!

Sacha Black This post was just adorable! It made me laugh and took me back a few years! The end result was just perfect, though.

Behind Distant doors I have met a few of these characters and Azul has got it spot-on with her brilliant poem!

Well, I am spoiling you all this week with a veritable feast! Enjoy!

Happy Friday!

 

 

Free-For-All Friday! — February 26, 2016

Free-For-All Friday!

Free for all Friday

This week has passed by in the blink of an eye and here we are, it’s  Friday again! I have of course got an assortment of goodies for you to get stuck into over the weekend. Please take some time to visit these wonderful blogs to see what other treasure they have hidden there!

Daily Echo I thought that I was pretty good at spelling and grammar. After reading this post I realise that I have failed miserably, and am not up to the standards set by our government for SEVEN year olds!

Homemade Naturally Donna has some really great ideas and I loved this one!

For Friends Without Borders, This is Rob’s brand new blog and a wonderful concept. He had given about 30 of us admin rights so that we can all share this blog and publish whatever we choose; wonderful freedom for some of us that have to be a little more discreet on our own blogs!

How The Cookie Crumbles Tess is one of those people that I really envy! Her ability to tell a gripping and entertaining short story is brilliant.

A Certain Point of View One of my favourite poets has done it again! This is just so bloody funny you will LOVE it!

 

Far Flung Friends. — February 23, 2016

Far Flung Friends.

One of the best things about being a blogger, I have found  is meeting people from all different walks of life.  I love the diversity we have on here. I love that we have our own traditions, customs and cultures. I love that now matter what colour, creed or sexuality we are, we all have something in common. We are all one big blogily (to coin a phrase from my blogging sister Ritu 

No matter what time of day or night there is someone online to talk to. It is fabulous too that there is always someone to give us a bit of help and advice, or moral support, and encouragement; maybe even more importantly, there is someone there to listen to us. Not literally of course, but they read our words, and engage with us. It really is quite unlike any other community I have known, as most of us in our offline lives, choose what we say to people or how we portray ourselves, but online we are more honest and open. It is a wonderful feeling then to have so many friends that still like us, warts and all!

I have made friends with people from all over the globe, and despite our differences, there is always so much common ground, love and laughter being two of the biggest ones I can think of.

Not only have I made friends but I have also received three packages in the last few months that have really touched me with how kind and thoughtful you are.

Wendy sent me some beautiful hand made Christmas tree decorations from Australia

Christmas decoration
My beautiful Australian seashell decoration

Mary-Anne some socks that she had knitted herself in the colours that I chose. I have them on now with my pj’s and they  are so warm and snuggly! 

Snuggle socks
My lovely socks all the way from Canada

Tonya sent me a ‘care package’ of beautiful chocolate, peanuts (not in the pic as I ate them already), her brilliant book ‘Clemmie the Communic-CAT’,’ one of her antique plant pots that we had talked about, a sheep Christmas tree decoration and a notebook and pens!

 

Care package
My American care package. The salted caramel chocolate was too good to share – sorry!

I consider myself very blessed to have such wonderful people in my life, and although I absolutely loved my gifts, the friendship I have with each of you means the world.

Free-for-all Friday — February 12, 2016

Free-for-all Friday

Free for all Friday

Welcome to another Friday Free-for-all where I have found a selection of brilliant posts that I have enjoyed reading this week. As usual, I have tried to choose a wide selection for your delight! Please do go and visit these blogs as they all have other tasty treats for you to sample!

A Certain Point of View I love Al’s blog. The fact that he likes poems of all kinds as I do just adds to my enjoyment. This one is so understated, but tickled me nonetheless!

Dream Big Dream Often This is an inspirational article written by Danny that really touched me. Here is a man that has some serious medical issues yet he is such a support and help to others, never too busy to interact with the many bloggers that follow him.

Behind the White Coat What I love about our favourite doctor is that fact that she is so down to earth and has a great sense of humour! This post made me laugh my head off, probably because I have been there!

My Spanglish Familia  La Sabrosona is a very creative, innovative, and imaginative person; just look at this post to see why!

Single Family Asylum Oh this post takes me back. I really felt for him – once I had finished laughing my head off that is!

So there is your little selction box this week. Enjoy!

Happy Friday!

Free-For-All Friday — February 5, 2016

Free-For-All Friday

It’s here again, fabulous Friday where I get to share some of the fantastic posts that I have read during the last week. I have a veritable feast for you this week too which I am sure you are going to enjoy. Please do go and visit these blogs as you don’t want to miss out on their other goodies they have for you.

Elusive Trop A lovely, simple haiku, but written with a lot of thought,  that really appealed to me.

La Vie est trop courte pour boire du mauvais vin TJ always has such a stunning collection of beautiful photographs to showcase his stories and haikus. I, of course, chose this one!

Hugh’s Views and News I love this post, and laughed my head off when I saw the video!

Dandelion Fuzz A lovely, heart-warming post

Dublin Housewife A lovely tribute to Sir Terry Wogan by our favourite Dublin housewife, in her own unique style.

Steve Says I don’t really have to say anything about this post, the pictures say it all!

Tea and Paper This was such a lovely post and gorgeous photo to match.

So there you have it, some wonderful posts to keep you entertained. Enjoy!

Happy Friday!!

 

Free For All Friday — January 29, 2016

Free For All Friday

Free for all Friday

Well, here we are with another week having whizzed past and the end of January approaching at breakneck speed!

I have had quite a busy week, all in all, but have still found some great posts to share with you. As always, please go and visit these blogs if you haven’t already, and have a good old rummage around!

Kyrosmagica Marje had me in stitches with this post. I am sure you will love it too.

Ronovan Writes This was a very helpful and informative post. Ronovan shares some hints and tips with us on good writing. He is a real fountain of knowledge and a great help and support to other writers and bloggers as well. He also manages to find time to host his ‘Flash Fiction Fridays’ and also his ‘Weekly Haiku Prompt’ which is personally one of my favourite challenges!

Terri Webster Schrandt Some more useful tips for bloggers struggling to find inspiration.

So there you have my short and sweet nibbles for this week. Enjoy!

Happy Friday!

 

 

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