one step at a time.

Thursday, January 30, 2020

Life has changed

Well... I’m now a primary school teacher. And that gives me lots to blog about!! But today I’m feeling cross... so won’t say much other than OFSTED sucks.

Still. Nice to pop back in.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Not a lot...

Just keeping the blog live... dont' really know why but I don't want to lose the last few years and might come back to it one day.

Monday, June 24, 2013

Blogging whilst away

I go to India in 2 days.  I am excited!

I have packed my bag (sort of).

I have had my injections.

I have a visa and a passport and a ticket for the plane.

I have a label (and have lost a label!).

I have a travel blog.  Unfortunately the phone app won't work - so I'll be blogging by email.  Not sure if I can get photos on that way.  Also not sure the solar phone charger will work well (think it should be sunny enough) so am not sure I'll be blogging anyway.

Should you wish to see what we're up to in India;

Monday, June 17, 2013

AND I WOULD WALK 500 MILES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Yesterday I finished my walk of 500 miles!  WOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!

Yet what an anti-climax it was!  I am delighted to have finished it, and pleased I finished it 10 days early, but now I have no goal... and there were no fanfares or celebrations for me completing my own personal pointless (did it to see if I could) challenge.

So what next?

Ideas:  Do 1 peak over 500m, 1 10+mile bike ride, 1 run and 4 gym sessions (classes, swims or gym visits) every month?  It has to be 4 gym sessions or I'm not getting my moneysworth out of membership... but I am doing it anyway so perhaps don't need it in my challenge.

Walk another 500m... because 1000 miles in a year would be pretty cool?

Go walking in a different county every month?

Thinking hat is on!  Suggestions welcomed.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013


Yesterday I did the Brownie accounts - took all day! (included a visit to the bank to get some prints of statements and organise new signatory)
I sent bills to parents.
I deferred my student loan repayments.
I tried to contact absent pupil - no luck.
I typed up a flyer for a fundraising event this Saturday evening.

Today I left for Edinburgh EARLY to get a Visa for India from the offices which open at 8.30 before starting teaching at 9.30.
Teaching finished early as last pupil (with exam tomorrow) did not attend.  I think he may have arrived 30 mins late as he texted.

This evening I had hoped to be camping overnight but it is too rainy to bother for a 1-nighter.

Instead I have made the suggested changes to the flyer and have planned for its printing.

Tomorrow I have to go in early to see my pupil who texted for a replacement lesson.
I have to teach.
I have to plan a Big Lunch which we are holding on Saturday lunchtime.
I need to make up a fun quiz treasure hunt for Rainbows, Brownies & Guides.

Thursday I need to buy ingredients for sandwiches to feed the above girls.

Friday I am going to the pub with my friends.

Saturday I am going up to the hall early to prepare for lunch.  I am then going home to meet my friend for prosecco (which I will need!) prior to attending the fundraising event which is for the India trip.

Meanwhile I'm working on the Big Brownie Birthday Party plans.

It's a busy week.  Very Girlguiding-heavy... but it's the end and after India I'm OFF DUTY (except the 2 meetings scheduled during the holidays!!).  Roll on July... 2nd half of July.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Cocky! (and getting comeuppance!!)

In my most recent posts I had a little self-congratulate about how amazing I am at exercising.  I felt as though I was there... fit.

Ha ha ha ha ha!  My body laughed at my cocksure arrogance.

Last week:
Walking Weds included bagging a munro (climbing 950+metres walking 9 miles),
Thursday legs too sore to do much.
Friday spin class & 4m walk, legs still sore.
Saturday 16mile bike ride (I only got a bike a few weeks ago) + 2m walk.  Amused myself by still being unable to fully extend right leg (quad wrecked) but cycling easily.
Sunday gardening, shed clearing, 4m walk - sunburn (quads better)
Monday spin class & 4m walk in the park in the rain.............. shoulders hurting.

and my shoulders & back started to hurt more.  And more.  And more!  I slept little since there was no way to get comfortable.  OUCH!

Tuesday - 9m walk over a hill (only 600+m) and along a canal path.
Today - shoulders a bit better.

Seriously though - OWWWWWWWW!  I blame the bike ride.  Maybe the spin.  Probably the bike ride.

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Got there!

Bike ride snap - Glasgow to Loch Lomond

Update: Holiday

26 June I go to India with Girlguiding Glasgow to visit Sangam (world guiding centre).

I feel all sorts of things about this - ranging from terrified to elated and excited.

Mostly I'm excited... and the closer it comes the more excited I feel.

I have 1 payment left to make - and then it's all go!

Updates: Weight-loss challenge

I have lost a LOT.  The walking challenge is helping!!

I have lost: 106lb.. or 35% of my bodyweight.
I have to go (to get to healthy for height): 40lb.

So there's still a lot left to lose.  Still - I'm 73% of the way there... and it's taken 2 yrs & 1 month til now... so I'm hoping by this time next year I'll have hit the target.

Given that the initial target was 5st I'm pretty happy with how things are going.  Not sure what crazy challenge I'll need to set myself though, as I'm often told it gets harder to lose weight as you get lighter.

Updates: walking challenge

At New Year I started a challenge to walk 500 miles by the end of June.

I then signed up for a trip to India leaving 26 June... shaving 4 days off my time.  I therefore backdated the challenge to 26 December (handy as it was a day I did  a lot of walking!) and have been working on it since.

At first I had to walk 3.3m per day.  It was hard to do - if you missed a day the total shifted so it was important to try to walk 3 miles every day.  I was TIRED.  I walk a lot - so thought this would be easier... somehow having to do it on days when you were busy doing other things made it really quite difficult.

After a while it became easier.  Then I had a few days where I couldn't go out - days where I was working away and simply didn't have the time after travelling to fit an hour or so walking into the day.

I fell behind.

Last month I was needing to walk over 5 miles per day to hit the target.  I worked really hard to get some extra miles in and am currently back at just over 3 miles per day.

By Monday I will have walked 400miles since Christmas.  It feels good!!  But my walking boots have died - tiny cracks in the sole mean my foot gets wet on the hills.  One wet foot :)

(most recent summit - Beinn Fhionlaidh)