Sunshine definitely reaches the parts other things just can't!!!! Oh the difference it makes after all the snow. Ok, it's still January but…….the promise is there!
How are we all? That sometimes seems such a loaded question doesn't it? Fine, Great, All good, are all easy and regular responses, but how REALLY are we and do we dare delve deeply enough to find a true answer….
Well, I decided to subject myself last week to a full-on MOT, not for the 4 wheeled lovely in my life, (a quick once over was sufficient for her!) No it was for me!
I admit it was with mixed feelings that I swung into action, gosh that makes me sound young, fit and agile. But once my appointments were booked I found myself pondering on the "What ifs". Dan gets terribly cross, although in a very patient way at my "What Ifs", "What if they find something", "What if I have something", or indeed, not have something that in all my nearly 46 years hasn't come to light…you can understand that I'm not the coolest calmest of customers if you've been following me and my ramblings, politely called blogs!
This then led to the question would you want to know? It was most interesting hearing peoples take on this. Mostly it was the answer yes, because then at least you would have an opportunity to make changes and be armed with knowledge to make informed choices. Interestingly it was mostly men who gave me the answer NO, that they would prefer not to know.
So off I toddled armed with a HUGE questionnaire that I had answered, smug in the knowledge that I had recorded four very super healthy days of food and drink…or so I thought!
I found out during the course of my nutritional and physical analysis that I have considerably shrunk…the 6 foot model proportions that I have been (in my head ) are now a measly 5ft 6" and a quarter! It's all those years of dancing and lying about my height that did it. So that's it, it's official and noted…how very disappointing!
Still my height and weight is all hunky dory, the weird bit was that I have to now eat more. It transpired that my calorie intake is insufficient and waaaaay too long between each intake! So I now really have to focus on healthy oatcakes, hummus, natural nuts etc. added in at regular intervals and not my usual feast and famine style of eating.
Again I blame it on my dancing days when you kind of didn't want to eat a lot when you were being thrown around by your male counterpart and generally contorting, wiggling and careering around at the rate of knots! I was always terrifically grateful that I escaped the dreadful food issues that I had witnessed around me so often, but unwittingly was making bad habits of my own.
Mind you check out these pictures I came across the other day. Whoever snapped the shot on the right with the feathers…I LOVE YOU! Think they must’ve lain on the floor to get my legs looking that good!!
But goodness, the shoulders on the other one, oh how bony – unintentional, and the result of landing a big TV Job. Iwas the new whipper-snapper on the job so the older girls gave me a tricky time, all part of the process supposedly… and oh my we worked soooooo hard. I was chosen by Jeff Richer a hugely talented taskmaster/perfectionist/brilliant yet vile and scary choreographer. It still sends chills through me just thinking about that time!!
The one thing that has been brought to my attention though from the health check is that I have an exhausted adrenal gland. So, interestingly when I felt not quite me, let's just say a couple of years ago, that really was a warning and one I will have to work hard to readdress.
Lifestyle changes, both in the form of yoga, breathing (easier said than done!!) and changes in how I think too (again easier said than done!) are all so very important. I have a book called the Pre So, back to the question, "Would you like to know?" Well I consider myself extremely fortunate and can Thank God that I am not having to deal with other news and that yes things for now are looking alright for me, I am a lucky girl.
Spring is on the horizon
A definite feeling that spring is on the horizon, beautifully added to as I’m writing this and looking at a glass vase bulging with tulips that a friend had left on my doorstep for me. What a treat and a perfect match with my curtains…how very clever of her!
Now, I worked with Mally this last week and Teeny her wonderful and sensational right hand woman. You know when you meet someone who is SO nice you think, hmmmm is she REALLY that nice? Well she is!
We ended up discussing looky-likeys and she and in fact Joan Rivers too are quite freaked out it seems by my resemblance to Laura Dern, the American actress. So the other evening when Dan and I were finally sitting down to eat (yes ANOTHER change required!! Earlier eating in the evening) he Googled her and we had to agree there were similarities….what do you think?
When I had shorter hair it was Bridget Fonda and once I was accosted in London with tourists thinking I was Lady Di!!!! It's funny isn't it and got me wondering IF I had a sister would we look similar? She probably would have been the 6 foot model type!!!! Imagine if we had the ability to post pics with your replies, I could see your looky-likeys too.
As January closes I look back and realise we have survived the notoriously ploppy month, in fact I think we actually embraced it and fitted in quite a bit of what I'd call… socialising
Excuse the Miranda moment we were attempting to make up for the wash out December. Girlie gatherings, cinema trips – that Les Mis was incredible I sobbed a lot. Snowy sledging with friends, oh ok that was Dan and the children!! And a January Party at a friend's house, silliness and laughter was the order of the night and I think this photo sums up just that.
Forgive me but "What's your party trick?" was the question. We couldn’t resist, believe me you'll be grateful I didn’t do another of my party tricks, though probably best left in the memory banks! Take a look, I won't name and shame my girlies tempting though it is.
A: I am totally flying the flag for QVC! Both my fab leather (faux) dress was from QVC and my beautiful knock out ring, and EMUs for the walk home at 2am!! B: Surely our mothers warned us the wind might change!
OK, I have an airing cupboard to sort out! And metallic leather snakeskin fabric samples to order!
I feel a boudoir mood board coming on – just need some money! I thought I would leave you with a recipe. No do not faint, it's a non-cooking kind, you know me…