Valentine’s day and the end of the chocolate ban

Time has once again slipped by without a post. What can I say? Three children under 6 is BUSY. I also try to abide by the rule of Bill Murray in Groundhog Day, where he says to the groundhog, “don’t drive angry!” though in this case it’s don’t blog grumpy, as being hungry tends to make me a little snappish.
I love this movie more than is a normal amount.
So, quick roundup. We’ve had a fairly uneventful month, although after a week of sleeping through Henry got another cough and it was all over, sad trombone. However, it has now passed again and fingers crossed, he’s back on track. 
Speaking of illness, I have got a raging case of tonsillitis. It began a few days ago with a tickly throat and continued with a trip to the walk in clinic on friday night (the big V!) where I was told “Oh yes, that is a lot of pus.” Why thank you  grumpy nurse, that’s exactly what I wanted to hear about the inside of my throat. Gross. This was then emphasised by the pharmacist who when checking my antibiotics said “so take 2 four times a day…. is it a bad infection?” Clearly that is a large dose of penicillin, for which I am very grateful. Don’t worry, there is no picture. This is not that kind of blog.
Last weekend my Dad was up to visit now that he’s home from New Zealand which was lovely, I’ve missed both him and my mum while they’ve been gone. She’s still out there, sunning it up! Dad was kind enough to take the big two boys out on Saturday afternoon so that Rich and I could have a bit of a rest and then we had a delicious chinese takeaway for dinner, naughty but oh so good. So good in fact that Rich and I had it again for dinner when I got back from the doctor on friday… oops. While he was up he took this picture for us, which is I think the first one of the five of us together.
Even though it was taken before I could get my Sunday morning make up on, I still love it.
Valentine’s day was a bit drab what with the illness, but it was still nice. I made this for Rich…

Which now I look at it kind of seems like an order, or slightly obnoxious. “Hey, You love me!” At least we all know now who wears the pants… The words in the back are the lyrics to All I ask of You from Phantom of the Opera, which was sung at our wedding. I totally stole the idea from seeing something similar online, but changed the scrabble tiles for keyboard letters, because we’ve never played scrabble ever, and also because we had an old broken netbook. He loved it, and got me my favourite chocolates now that the ban has been lifted. which segues us nicely into the diet.
So, I’ve lost 12lbs in about 4 weeks. I cheated once as my sister Sam sent some homemade chocolates over for a belated Christmas gift and they weren’t going to last. I’m pretty pleased with myself, that’s a decent chunk of weight and I’m almost to the first stone off. All the right places are shrinking, and I feel a lot better about myself already. My end goal is to be able to fit into my wedding dress by our 9th anniversary, which is July 23rd, so I’ve got plenty of time. In between I’ve got little goals to get to, the first one being 12st 7lbs, which I beat just over a week ago. The next one is one stone off, which will be 12st 4, only 2 lbs away. I’m not happy with the numbers, but I’ve decided I’m not ashamed to write them down. They’re only numbers, and they don’t define me. My body has done amazing things (insert cheesy music here) and grown 3 humans. It has acceptable wear and tear. But just because I’m not ashamed doesn’t mean I can’t improve.
As for the month of no chocolates and sweets, I thought it would be harder. I’m really glad I did it as it made me realise how I was eating a bit of chocolate here or a few of the kids treats there. I’ve not felt the need to gorge on it now I can have it. My dad brought me back two large bars of Cadbury’s Blackforest Chocolate, which is quite possibly the most delicious flavour ever, with little biscuity and cherry flavoured jelly bits. I ate more than I should have, but not as much as I would have before. It was however still too much for my digestive system since I had my gall bladder out, which it reminded me of with some wicked stomach cramps. Therefore, I still have chocolate lurking about the house and hopefully it’ll last me a fair while longer. So, success for now!
Last of all, I’ll just mention the amazing family trip out yesterday where I dosed myself up and we all went indoor surfing with extended family. I was however doing the surfing and don’t have the pictures back yet so I shall do a proper post on that another time. 
For now, despite the tonsils that are trying to kill me, life is good.
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