Today is the day before our Wedding and I am shaking with excitement!
I've (somehow!) managed to reach 9 stone 11lbs, which is 2lbs short of where I aimed to be, but I feel happy and for it to have dropped off with not too much effort has been great! I always expected I would be writing about my detailed eating plans and fitness routines but everything has been so sporadic from week to week. I can't say I've used a particular method to achieve this. I've exercised for 45 mins two to three times a week and cut my portions down. I haven't particularly changed what I eat, but have been more aware of how much I put in! I haven't got a problem with that 'hungry feeling' so with that and my chasing around looking after Harry and Sophie as well as trying to work as much as possible has really helped! My dress fits perfectly and although it has had to be taken in slightly, it was only off the bust :(
I also managed to not put on any weight during my Hen Weekend a couple of weekends ago now! I have to say, it was probably the best weekend EVER!!! My Bridesmaids, Laura, Becky and Jess did a spectacular job in arranging and managed to keep me totally in the dark. All I knew was where we were staying and who was coming!
We stayed in a the Curlew Cottage at Eaton Manor Country Estate. It was beautiful and just perfect!
Becky picked me up on the Friday evening after work and following trying to shove all our bags in her TINY boot, we made our way on the 40 minute journey in the howling wind and rain. When we arrived, Laura and Jess were all kitted out in their onesies, making a Chilli for dinner! They had pre-arranged a food delivery from Asda and some bright spark in their home delivery department decided to substitute beef mince for pork mince! So, dinner was.......... interesting!
The 11 bottles of wine we consumed that evening (between 7 of us) were drank on fairly empty stomachs! Jess came equipped with her drinking card games and we played a hilarious game of Articulate. I don't think it was expected for us to drink so much that night but we all surprisingly woke up quite fresh!
On Saturday morning, we all got kitted out in our outdoor gear and wellies and made our way to The Edge Adventure in Much Wenlock. We spent the morning doing a Jacob's Ladder where you have to climb your way to the top of this!......... (although none of us got to the top!)
That was hard and scary but very funny! We also did some team building games, which bought out the competitiveness in us. It was a really great morning! I loved it!
By this time, we were all starving! We made our way to a lovely pub (dressed in our specially made t-shirts), called the Plume of Feathers in Much Wenlock and had a beautiful lunch. It was exactly what we all needed following a wine-filled night and tiring morning!
Saturday evening was planned to be a 'pizza night' but Asda let us down again and hadn't delivered them! Despite the efforts to get them re-delivered, we had to stop at the local store to pick up some more.
We arrived back at the cottage late afternoon and we all had a cuppa and a recharge! Following instructions, we were informed to get ready for the evenings 'activities'......
My friend, Anna was due to arrive that evening and as the cottage was so hard to find, I went outside to see if I could see her car approaching but instead, I was approached by another car with a nice looking man inside. He asked if I was my friend Laura..... How does this man know who Laura is???..........
Then my stomach did a flip!
Oh my word! This man is here for my Hen-Do! A man!!..... A man!!!
The moment I got back into the cottage, we were all shut in the living room, while he 'set up'!
I knew my girls wouldn't do that to me! It was in fact a Cocktail Party!
Again, it was amazing! We watched him make some cocktails, and proceeded to drink them all. We also had a go at mixing them ourselves, which was quite hilarious! I think our favourite cocktail of the night was a Garden of Eden, which had gin, mint, lime and apple juice in it! A bit of a twist on a Mojito!
Oh, and the activities didn't stop there! A game of Mr and Mrs had been arranged! Here is my hubby-to-be on the TV looking quite scared and nervous about being interrogated by my Bridesmaids a couple of weeks before (when he told me he was going out to fetch a curry). I wondered why it took soooo long!
It was a good job, I had had a few cocktails before as it was so embarrassing and to be honest we were pretty rubbish and I'm not even going to divulge what questions were asked during that game!
Overall, it was just a perfect weekend of friends and fun! I can't believe the organisation and thought that went into it and I am so lucky to have the friends that I have! Love you all xxx
Now onto the big event!.........TOMORROW!!