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If you go down to the woods today


This is me in the woods today after we took my new camera out for a trip.  It was a beautiful sunny day so we drove out into the New Forest and went for a walk in Bolderwood.  I put the rest of my snaps at the end so if you are interested take a peek, and if not, do the scrolly scrolly! It was also a first outing for my new gilet - I really wasn't sure about it to begin with but it did keep me toast-y warm and wearing it with jeans and a hooded jumper made it look less like I was a horse short of a game of polo.

Of course no jaunt in the forest would be complete without a late lunch in a country pub so we stopped off for baked camembert (to start) and scampi.  This afternoon was spent curled up on the sofa with a selection of flavours of Brothers Cider and Inception on DVD.  I didn't really get a lot of it to be honest but apparently it improves with a second watch.

As I recline in the office chair, full of pub grub, cider and half a box of Dairy Box chocolates my mind naturally wanders to one of my resolutions to lose a stone before next year.  I am going to have to seriously pick up my exercise regime if I want to shift any weight at all.  I don't know whether this is an overshare, or too honest for the blogosphere, but I have struggled with my weight for as long as I can remember.  I have tried quite a wide variety of exercise regimes and diets but am fully aware that the only way to lose weight is to eat less and exercise more.  My struggle with the former is that almost every social occasion I engage in seems to involve food of some kind; "shall we stay in and get a Chinese?" "shall we go out for pizza?" etc. etc.  The ultimate question for me is whether I'd be happier given the extra confidence and energy I'd get from losing a bit of weight, or would the misery of having to refuse extra portions and order salads cancel it out (I really do love food).  Also, in between my busy eating schedule and the fact that I am pretty much always tired I barely have any time to exercise (although I do walk three miles to and from work every day).  I don't know what it is about the turning of a new year that makes you evaluate your goals but I really do want to try this time.  So far my only investment in this is to buy a 'Burn Off Belly Fat' DVD (still in plastic wrapping) but maybe this year is the year to make it happen.

What about you - have you made a lose weight resolution? Or are you a good eater all year round? And by the way - there will be no more whinging about my waistline on here again - *promise*.  


 


18 comments

  1. Beautiful pictures :)
    I am also hoping to loose weight this year. I had a baby 3months ago and want to shift the excess weight as quickly as possible. The problem for me is that I am snacking rather than eating properly because with a baby its easier to eat ready prepared food and sweeties and also I am so tired that items high in sugar give me the quick fix I need to carry on!
    Good luck with your journey,Gem xxx

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  2. That last photo is super! So pretty :)
    I'm quite lucky to have a fast metabolism so I don't have to worry too much, but I am starting to do exercise a bit more (going jogging and half hour on the wii fit) My favourite exercise is swimming, so I'm going to start doing that this year, which should help! Maybe if you find an exercise you really enjoy, it would help you feel more positive about doing it? xoxo

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  3. Walking to and from work is a great exercise routine. I've always walked everywhere. As I got older I walked less (not as much need to get out of the house when I don't live with my mom). It really makes quite a difference. For awhile I lived in a bigger city and had to take the bus to work. Making it so I only walked about a block. That job lasted about 5 months. When I got a new job where I walked 2 miles to work it took me a month for my body to readjust back.

    I am also lucky to have a fast metabolism but that DOES NOT mean I am in shape. I started getting into a workout mode a few months ago. I feel taller and more motivated.
    My number one tip to you is to trick yourself into a workout. I give myself enough time for a full workout but before I start I tell myself just do it for 5 min. Just a couple of moves or stretches. Sure some days I really do just a couple but most of the time I end up doing the whole routine once I started.

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  4. Lovely photos :) we had the gorgeous sunshine here too! I really like your gilet as well.
    I am trying to get into shape a bit as well. I watched this really good programme the other day: http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00ksh7c/10_Things_You_Need_to_Know_About_Losing_Weight/ it was really interesting and might give you a few ideas! you don't have to completely cut out good food, just have smaller portion sizes and do some enjoyable exercise! good luck xx

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  5. You're so pretty, and the forest looks lovely with the sun shining in!

    I'm trying to lose a bit of weight and tone up too. Week 1 has went well eating wise but I haven't really exercised! I feel like a lot of my social life revolves around food too and I actually have a friend who asks me on a daily basis (for real) if I want a McDonalds/chinese/pizza etc. I think changing your routine, or deciding if you want to change it, is one of the hardest parts. Good luck with it all! xx

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  6. you hair is lovely! pretty pictures.

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  7. I'm definatley looking to loose weight this year- but i'm letting myself off till the end of January as i'm too tied up with revision, exams and dissertations to be able to come up with a routine to get fit and loose weight! But my longer term goal for this year is to get healthy- not just to loose weight. So this will include going to sleep earlier, and generally making healthier choices.

    Beautiful photos xx

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  8. I like my body, so I just eat whatever I want. lol

    You don't look fat to me.

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  9. I want to lose about 5lbs, so I'm eating normal, just cutting out snacks and walking a bit further than normal, little things like that. lovely photos xx

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  10. LOvely pics! I always at the back of my mind am thinking about getting to my "perfect weight" but I am not naturally that interested in exercise! I have an exercise bike in my room which I go on most days for half an hour, but I think I need to start finding other ways to variate it on the cheap!

    xxxx

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  11. Gosh Rosie, I can't keep up with all these posts! Great photos. Re the weight - I have just watched a programme about the scientific facts about how to lose weight and there are some interesting ones - I shall share these later on the phone.
    xx

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  12. Just seen that a previous comment also mentioned this programme.

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  13. Just found your blog, and I love it!
    I'm currently trying to lose a bit of weight, I don't want to set an amount, I just want to feel better about myself. I also love food, A LOT, which is the main issue for me. Today I did the 30 day shred for the first time, which killed me, but Im glad I've started to do something :) xxx

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  14. Lovely photos, I think everyone has chosen to get fit this year. I know I have! x

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  15. i love the trees here, reminds me of the intro to nightmare before christmas.

    x
    www.theleatherweather.com

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  16. It sounds so simple, eat less and move more, but it's easier said than done! xx

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  17. Beautiful photo's :).

    Sadie x

    http://brandnewbutterflywings.blogspot.com/

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  18. Hi Rosie,
    Awesome photos... I must admit I always thought Bolderwood was my little secret... Its just beautiful down there. I miss trees.... we dont have any here!

    Matt. x
    http://southgeorgiajournal.blogspot.com

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