After a very painful weekend when I felt I'd aged about 30 years, my back is feeling so much better today. I am being sensible and trying not to do too much, but it is so nice not to feel all bent over and wincing every time I have to get out of a chair or pick something up. I went into town this morning (horrible drizzly weather) and my back did ache a bit when I got home, but after a sit down I was fine again.
Yesterday I spent a couple of hours at DD2's helping make her wedding invitations, along with her MIL (another Helen). The ceremony is on 30th May at the Jackdaw Inn in the village of Denton near Canterbury. It's where we had a meal for DD1's 30th birthday in June last year. We're hoping for fine weather as there's a lovely garden with an arbour where the ceremony will be held (indoors if it's wet) and she's having 2 bouncy castles, one for the kids and one for adults, plus a hog roast and sweets table.
I'm also making the cupcakes although other Helen will be decorating them, and she's also making and decorating the wedding cake. I froze a cupcake without icing from DD3's birthday tea back at the end of November to see whether I would be able to make them well in advance of the wedding day rather than the night before. I defrosted it and took it round to DD2's and it was fine when we tried it...a third each, so not too naughty.
Now I have to keep my weight down so I can look lovely in the photos. When DD1 married 5 years ago I was 14.5 st and a size 20 and I wore baggy black trousers, a loose white shirt and a huge navy-blue jacket; this time I'm hoping to look more feminine in a dress. My weight stayed exactly the same all over Christmas and the New Year and I'm hoping for at least another stay-the-same at my weigh-in tomorrow. I've had a couple of piggy days this week but have eaten really healthily the rest of the time...lots of smoothies and vegetable soups. Continuing to attend the Slimming World meetings each week is definitely helping me to keep things in check. Knowing I have to weigh in (and start paying again if I go more than 3lbs over target for 2 weeks in a row) means that even if I do have a couple of bad days I always try to get back on track over the weekend and on Monday. So, fingers crossed for tomorrow.
Not much else to tell for now. I'm still working on my jumper, the second sleeve is slowly growing. I might even have pics of me wearing it to show before winter is over!!!
That's all for now, folks. Have a good evening. Love, Helen x