Week One: Slimming World

Week One started out really well, however: on Saturday I had my best friends engagement party, which involved a Chinese restaurant- I overindulged. Luckily I had been on plan pretty much the rest of the time.

So this week I lost: *drumroll please*

-3.5lbs!

I’ll take that seen as how I’ve been doing it at home for a while so my body was already used to it, and I had that naughty Chinese. The only thing I have planned this week is soft play with TJ on Thursday and then we are going to wisbech to see my friend Michelle on Friday which will be tough for me because we meet in Greggs and I guarantee I will want everything! As for soft play I’ll take a healthy picnic, to make it easier on myself!

Here’s hoping for the same if not more this week!

Fat Club Part II

So tonight I took the leap to restart at a Slimming World group! I got a voucher from Closer magazine and only had to pay the membership fee which was £4.95

I stayed at group, and it worried me that they read out if you gain, but Jo the consultant was really kind and helpful about it. There was no shaming for it.

I’m really excited this time, and I know I can do it. I’ll be doing weekly posts about my progress 🙂

This is my starter picture and one that really gave me a boost to lose weight. Especially since it’s the maid of honour dress for my best friend’s wedding in August 2019. The goal is to lose between 8-10 stone before the wedding. So here goes! Week one, let’s do this 💪🏼

The Countdown

Isak adjusted his tie for what felt like the 50th time in the last 20 minutes. 

“Stop fidgeting, it’ll be okay” His mum reassured him. 

“I know, I’m just scared. What if she doesn’t like me?” 

“That’s physically impossible Isak, you’re soulmates.” 

“I know, but-“

“Look, you know what you’ve got to do, you’ve been through the soulmate guide more times than I can count.” She cut him off. 

He knew the routine, he’s been over it a million times in his head. According to the ruling society guide, you are just to do whatever feels right and you will find each other. His mum had told him the story of his dad and her meeting many times before. His dad had walked around the city when he stumbled and fell into the road, she’d only just missed him when their timers started beeping and hit zero.

Isak’s plan was to walk around aimlessly and hope a car didn’t hit him. He was terrified because he had no plan in his head, most of his friends that already had gotten to zero had a plan in their heads, like Jonas had travelled two cities over because it felt right. 

Isak lifted his sleeve and checked his timer, 20 minutes were left. He decided he should probably start to leave. 
Isak found himself across the from the local park when he saw a girl with a black pixie cut and a warm face walk out from the other side of the park. This didn’t feel right, he was looking straight into her eyes and she locked onto his and smiled brightly at him. He felt nothing.  This wasn’t supposed to be how it felt. She walked closer to him and heart sank. This wasn’t right at all. He waited for the beep of his timer but it didn’t come and the girl walked straight past him. Confused, he he checked his timer.

21:160:00:05:00

He sat down on a nearby bench, hope slowly fading when he couldn’t see anyone around. He lifted his sleeves and watched as the seconds slipped by.

21:190:00:02:00

The only thing occupying Isak’s mind was the overwhelming feeling of nausea that was swirling around in his stomach. He had tried to hold it in but knew he couldn’t keep it up much longer. He walked through to the nearby community centre where he knew there was public access bathroom. He knew the bathroom wouldn’t be where his soulmate was but he needed to get there now, maybe he would run into her on the way. 

He opened the door and stepped into the bathroom, only to find a man in a denim jacket standing at the paper towel dispenser pulling them out one by one. Everything in Isaks body felt like static. Every nerve tingled. Isak heard the soft beeping of the two men’s timers running out, whilst the man continued to pull the towels out. 

“Did you also need paper towels?”

Shameless US -What’s Left for Mickey?

So I’m pretty late to the Shameless US party, due to my hatred of US versions of UK shows usually. I was pleasantly surprised and now 100% prefer US – I have a blog post about it you can find here.

Anyway this post is about my personal favourite character: Mickey fucking Milkovich. 

First for all.. hot damn, lets just take a second to appreciate him.

Secondly, how is Noel Fisher almost 33. Legit thought he was the same age as me (23). I’d like to have access to whatever fountain of youth he is sipping from -side note him and his fiance are so adorable I can’t cope and I’m also jealous af.

Now onto the main reason I wanted to write this. SPOILER ALERT IF YOUVE NOT SEEN SERIES 7. Every Gallavich shipper across the nation wants Mickey back, and with him across the border in Mexico and on the run from the police, it doesn’t look likely that our favourite bad ass is going to be making regular appearances any time soon. I mean they could probably get a few guest star appearances but unless they write something different in I can’t see there being much hope for Gallavich. So here’s some things I’ve been thinking about in a desperate bid for Mickey to come back. 

I recently read a fan fiction- I can’t remember who wrote it so I apologise and if it sounds familiar please message me a link and I’ll add appropriate credit – where Sammy gets a little visit in prison from a friend of Svetlana who forces her to change her story. I like this, I’ll admit it would need a lot of research into how the law works and would need fleshing out a bit, but the writers could work their magic, and it could theoretically work. Just the snag that he escaped, would obviously give him some jail time – but then I’m sure there’s some loophole that because he already served time for something he now wasn’t accused of he could get away with it? Like put him on house arrest or on tag like Fiona was? I think this is an option the writers could explore if they really wanted too. 

Now there’s another problem though. If they bring Mickey back – as much as we all want Ian and Mickey to be happy and together and have no problems. They won’t do that. A potential storyline that could arise is Yevgeny. Throughout the Svetlana’s pregnancy Mickey had his doubts about the paternity of the baby, and we all know Terry was having his way with Svet, as well as all of her other customers. She got pregnant very quickly so who’s to say she wasn’t already pregnant when Terry made her have sex with Mickey. I adore how Mickeys relationship with Yev has developed though, I think it’d be a shame for him not to be his, but it has been hinted at a lot. 

Another thing that has been bubbling away in my brain is the UK comparison. If you try and imagine US Mickey and Ian when you watch the UK one, it’s hilarious. I giggle everyone UK Mickey does anything because I’m dying thinking of US Mickey being anything like the UK one. In UK, Ian has a relationship with his brothers girlfriend Maxine and it actually worked well as a storyline (Then again the Ian/Mickey isnt as strong in the UK one. I think US Ian already had a hetero encounter though so idk, but who the hell knows with Shameless US. 

This is turning out a lot longer than I expected so imma wrap it up. Basically I really want Mickey to come back but on the same hand, what can the writers do? They won’t make him and Ian happy. It’s Shameless so of course no one’s allowed to be happy. It would just be constant drama after drama. Plus Gallavich scenes are so iconic, I can only imagine how difficult it is to keep coming up with things for them other than the vicious cycle of one cheating on the other. I for one won’t be happy if they just do cheating storylines because I don’t think Mickey would cheat, and Ian can’t just keep using the bipolar excuse. (Okay that sounds shitty now I write it, I hope you guys know what I mean). I would be happy for Gallavich just to be happy, but as I’ve said: from the writers point of view this isn’t a story arc. 

Okay I’m done, enjoy this Gallavich gif because it’s my favourite, and let me know what you all think is going to happen for the future of Gallavich! Give me hope 😂

Why I’m a Shameless traitor to our country…

I, Danielle Kirk, am a traitor to my country.
I used to watch Shameless, and absolutely love it. Unfortunately I have come to prefer Shameless US, or as you Americans call it – Shameless. 

I prefer the characters, I prefer the storylines, and I prefer the cast. Oh lord do I prefer the cast 😍 lets just look at Jeremy Allen White who plays Lip:

Anyway, before I start drooling.. 

I absolutely love the ups and downs of Shameless US, the UK version is good and I enjoy watching it and I know it’s the original but still, I think the fact that US one is different is fantastic. If they had the same thing it wouldn’t have worked as well, in my personal opinion. I’m glad that Kev and V are still in this one, whereas their UK counterparts left after a season or two because they are possibly my favourite characters apart from Lip. Ughhh Lip 😍 

I’ve enjoyed the storyline where Lip is compared to Frank. I think the fact I can relate (not to the drinking but to the not wanting to become your parent) makes me love the storyline so much more. Fiona trying to get everything together in the US one, is a lot better than her just leaving with Steve in the UK version. In the UK version I was not a fan of Mickey and Ian because I didn’t think the relationship worked, in the US version they are both more in depth characters and I’m kind of sad Mickeys character has been written out. Hopefully  he’s coming back! Although I do like Ian with Trevor, it’s nice to see Shameless trying to keep up with the times. Finally Debbie: I love her character in the UK one, she holds the family together, the US Debbie is selfish and a bit of a bitch, although I feel like the writers are trying to bring her back to being a character people can like, especially after the last episode where Derek’s sister and mother have taken Franny. 
So there we have it. I’m a traitor to Shameless UK. Please don’t hate me.  

Anxiety, you asshole

Excuse the profanity, but that’s exactly how I feel about my anxiety at the minute.

Since I’ve started work, it’s gotten worse. I feel anxious every day. It’s making me feel sick, to the point where I’m physically retching, I can’t eat the mornings that I have work, or even drink. I know what I’m doing, and I’m fine with the job itself, but I can’t shake this anxiety. I went to the doctors, and all they did was up my anti-depressants, which would be fine but the depression isn’t the problem. I’m not sleeping well at all, and even if I fall asleep straight away, I’m up and down all night. I don’t know how to make my brain work properly again. I’m forgetful, I have constant headaches, lack of appetite. Hmph.

I think I’ll just have to keep going back to the doctors, because I have no idea what else to do.

I’m a graduate!

My certificate came through the post today! :mrgreen:

Now to plan my meal. I’ll not be attending graduation out of principle. I can’t afford it either so that’s always a big downer. 

I’m inviting all my friends and family to a big all you can eat place for a meal instead and I’ll buy a cheap cap, and have pictures with everyone, it’ll be much better than spending loads on something that no one can come to. 
I’m so excited to have all my friends and family together :mrgreen: