• clothes,  good things,  nsv,  sailing,  Uncategorized,  weight loss

    >A Good Things List

    >When I originally wrote my Good Things List it was after three weeks without coke or chocolate.  As it’s now been more than 100 days it’s time for an update! Previously I’ve had a tendency towards high blood pressure.  Today it was 128/80 or totally normal Blood draws should be easier as I get thinner. Being I’m a terrible stick that’s a good thing. At the beginning of the year my lifejacket straps were as big as we could adjust them.  I’ve had to tighten them a couple of times this year! My measurements have changed downwards slightly. My BMI has gone from 46 something to 42 something according to the…

  • clothes,  nsv,  scale junkie,  Uncategorized,  weight loss

    >My new lucky number

    >I’m down three quarters of a pound this week.  Which is definitely better than nothing.  Considering I went out to eat at Prezzo last Wednesday and then went to Frankie and Benny’s on Thursday it’s actually pretty good. I really can’t think of much else to say this week.  I did buy some new clothes this morning.  I do have to take one of the pairs of trousers back as they are a lot too small but I’d wondered that when I bought them partially because they were only £5 and also a different style to my normal.  A second pair (pinky cords) did up but was too tight.  I’m…

  • books and reading,  reviews,  Uncategorized

    >After You by Julie Buxbaum

    > [image description: a blue and white stripped deck chair with a copy of Dan Brown’s The Lost Symbol in it.  Above that the words The Summer Reading Challenge are written in an arc (split in two lines with challenge on the second).  Plain font, dark blue.  The background is white] I was given a copy of After You by Julie Buxbaum to review as a part of Transworld’s Dan Brown Summer Reading Challenge Ellie’s best friend Lucy is brutally murdered and she travels from the US to London to care for Lucy’s daughter Sophie who witnessed the murder.  This is the story of how they cope with the “accident”…

  • nsv,  Uncategorized,  weight loss

    >100 Days!

    >Today is the 100th Day of my being off of Coke and all things chocolate.   The last day I had either was 30th April. For this girl who was drinking about a litre of the stuff everyday and eating over 100g of chocolate each day, that’s amazing.  Particularly given the fact that the original goal was 3 weeks!! I did consider that my next goal should be weight related rather than time (specifically I was thinking of “until I’ve reached 3 stone lost”) but now I’m thinking a time based goal might be better.  3 stone would mean I’d doubled my total weight loss and there’s no guarantee how long…

  • disability,  friends,  quotes,  Uncategorized

    >Disability Quote

    >I’ve been looking up quotes tonight on various sites.  Specifically, disability related quotes.  That’s actually turning into a larger post because I feel the need to comment rather than just sharing the quotes as I’d planned.  But I thought I would share this one as it’s so great “A true friend knows your weaknesses but shows you your strengths; feels your fears but fortifies your faith; sees your anxieties but frees your spirit; recognizes your disabilities but emphasizes your possibilities.”  William Arthur Ward All content copyright Emma Crees, 2006 – 2012 unless otherwise stated http://writerinawheelchair.blogspot.com

  • achievements,  disability,  Family,  Uncategorized

    >Well, that’s that ticked off the list for 2010!

    >My brother and his girlfriend are now officially home owners and moved into their first “own” home today.  We went over to visit briefly earlier and it’s very nice. The don’t have any chairs over there yet (or didn’t when I was there) and I took my walker not my chair so that was interesting!  But luckily my walker has a seat so I was mostly OK.  And whilst I would have got my chair round the downstairs, we wouldn’t have got it in without a struggle.  There’s a step to get in and it’s not a small one but it wasn’t as big as I expected.  My mum had…

  • films,  Uncategorized

    >Toy Story!

    >We went to see Toy Story 3 today and it was great!!  So much fun. spoilers spoilers spoilers spoilers spoilers spoilers spoilers spoilers spoilers spoilers spoilers spoilers spoilers spoilers spoilers spoilers spoilers spoilers spoilers spoilers spoilers spoilers spoilers spoilers spoilers spoilers spoilers spoilers spoilers spoilers spoilers spoilers spoilers spoilers spoilers spoilers spoilers spoilers spoilers spoilers I especially loved the bits where Buzz was stuck in Spanish mode and how keen all the toys were to stay together, so much so that Woody gives up on his opportunity to go to college with Andy and goes with the rest to their new home.  I really liked that this was set as though as much time…

  • advocacy,  friends,  Uncategorized

    >Advocacy Tips

    >(cross posted to Disability Voices) One of my friends asked me to give her some lessons in how to advocate for yourself. I don’t really consider myself an expert at that but I suppose I do speak up a lot and argue for my rights so I have got experience. So here in no particular order are my advocacy tips: Pick your battles. You can’t fight everything, because no one has the time and energy to do that. Really it depends a lot on what else is going on whether I let things go or not. I try to pick the things that make me the most mad, or which…

  • scale junkie,  Uncategorized,  weight loss

    >The Quickest of Updates

    >Lovely lazy morning and a relatively lazy afternoon.  BUT every time I’ve tried to get online and get stuff done I’ve been interrupted (God knows how much worse it would be if I didn’t live alone!). So this will be super quick as I’m being picked up for sailing in about five minutes. I’m down 1lb this week!  Total weightloss is now 21 and a half lbs.  I’m really really pleased.  Particularly given how much I’ve been out and about and eating “on the go” foods.  I have been making healthier choices and doing my best but as much as I had hoped to still lose weight I did think…

  • books and reading,  reviews,  Uncategorized

    >Prep by Curtis Sittenfeld

    > [image description: a blue and white stripped deck chair with a copy of Dan Brown’s The Lost Symbol in it.  Above that the words The Summer Reading Challenge are written in an arc (split in two lines with challenge on the second).  Plain font, dark blue.  The background is white] I was given a copy of Prep by Curtis Sittenfeld to review as a part of Transworld’s Dan Brown Summer Reading Challenge Prep is about a young girl, Lee Fiora, who goes to boarding school far from her family for the entirety of her high school years.  She is a scholarship student and really doesn’t feel like she fits in at…