Not so happy hump day.

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Being a girl comes with its trials and tribulations but Jesus bloody Christ, having an abscess in your mouth is without a doubt the worst pain I have ever experienced. Yes it’s worse than period pains. How’s that even possible I bet you’re thinking.. but trust me. So very possible. I have the patience span of a penguin and I also really struggle with rude people on the phone, ie – receptionists. So when I’ve been phoning my dentists for approx 700 times a day, to actually be getting nowhere, I’m just not in the best of moods to deal with their rude temperaments. Anti biotics aren’t working. Tramadol isn’t even bloody working. With the exception of applying neat vodka onto the tooth in question, I have tried everything. Luckily I have the most amazing wife that was sent to me from god, who has insisted we turn up at the dentists today & assured me that she will do all the talking until we actually get somewhere. The NHS shouldn’t be this hard. Morphine should be available over the counter at boots and toothache should never even be an issue woman have to face during their lifetime.

Pie and mash is on the menu tonight in our household and the realisation that I’m probably not going to be able to eat it, actually I know I won’t be able to eat it, is just devastating to me. It’s taken me 25 minutes to nibble like a squirrel on a chocolate chip brioche this morning and I feel like my throat has been cut I’m that hungry. We live in a generation where Caitlyn Jenner is entering I’m a celebrity, so I know me needing to see a dentist as a matter of urgency isn’t the most bizarre thing in the world.

Gracie has point blank refused to interact with me since we returned from Bournemouth yesterday. My mums response was “she’s just sulking because you left her.. don’t worry, you did the same thing once when we went on holiday without you.” The skittles advert on the telly makes me feel really uncomfortable and I had the most disturbing dream about my dad last night. Trying to distinguish whether or not it was in fact a dream or a living nightmare currently. Apart from that, I’m dandy.

Did I mention my wife was sent to me from god? My life’s mission is to make her realise just how utterly loved she is by me.

One year married 🥂👰🏻🔗💗✨

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1,129 days of loving you, but 365 days as your wife. Happy first wedding anniversary my darling baby angel. You are my biggest adventure, & I am so lucky that you are mine. One down, forever to go. We booked a night away, & went out for a Chinese tonight, it’s been so lovely. We’re currently back in our hotel room, in bed, watching love island. Of course. We’ve eaten M&S red & black wine gums, & salted chocolate pretzels.. all of our lovely friends & family have sent us such sweet messages today, which has meant the world to us.

I fall more in love with you every day my darling, I can’t wait to see what the future holds for us.

Lots of love,

Sinéad Anna Chalke x

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Gotta put your heart & soul into it.

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Decorating is stressful and we haven’t even started painting yet. It’s taken all day to move furniture out of our room, get rid of all the junk, and prep ready to start painting tomorrow.

Colour wise.. we’ve chosen Cosy Grey for the walls. I’ve seen so many good reviews about this shade, and we love all things grey! I feel like Grey and white are just the perfect match.. so we’ve ordered new bedroom furniture which is all white. White chest of drawers & matching bed side tables. We’re trying to keep our room as minimalistic as possible, simple and airy. Cluttered rooms just make the space look really small in my opinion, where as light colours and minimal furniture, make rooms often look a lot bigger and more spacious. We’ve ordered grey bedroom curtains from Dunelm, we had to have them made to order because the shape of our window is quite big. We were in two minds between blinds and curtains but ended up going for curtains in the end. In general we’re just aiming to have a fresh, modern, spacious but cosy vibe to our bedroom, somewhere that we love spending time in, not that we don’t already! 🤣 Tazmyn left the bedding down to me with what kinda duvet set I wanted. I’m obsessed with duvets, and I also love floral. With the grey and white, I wanted something simple but also with a splash of colour just to make the room look that little bit brighter, and also add a bit of me in there, because I am a girly girl after all!

So this is the duvet set I decided on.. I absolutely love it. It’s so on trend, and the colours, I feel will go really nicely with the walls and furniture that we have ordered. This bedding set is from NEXT but I’ve also seen it available in a few other places online too. Asda also have some really gorgeous on trend bedding sets at the moment, so there’s a high chance I may end up purchasing a back up duvet just in case. I love this one though & I’m really excited to get it on our bed & see what it looks like once we’ve decorated.

My vision is that once the room is all done, we’ll cover it in fairy lights and candles and it’ll be our little love bubble that we never want to leave. I’ve never really decorated before so it’s exciting doing it together that’s for sure. I’ll probably post some photos of the end result once we’re finished! ✨

Back to today.. so in between re-arranging furniture and prepping our bedroom for tomorrow, we’ve also managed another day 100% on plan, and I’m super proud of us! The worst is out the way now, & we’re on a roll. Breakfast was the usual, porridge, coconut milk, granola and frozen berries with a coffee. 2 litres of water down by lunch. (yep that’s the same cup as they have in Love Island, but I had it first!)

This afternoon was spent running last minute errands.. with wet hair! Who even am I?! 🤦🏻‍♀️ Slimfast shakes are all £1.60 at the moment in Superdrug so we definitely had to stock up! I’d be so lost without my caffe latte shake at lunch. I even got my cheeky free Nero today too which wasn’t actually free because APPARENTLY the offer ends at 4pm which I personally think sucks but there ya go.. it was pretty so I didn’t mind paying. When do I ever mind paying for a cortado?? ☕️Dinner was suuuuuuper late this evening. It was a quick and easy dinner, chicken nuggets, salad and new potatoes. Simple and SO good! As I write this blog post now, we’re currently watching Love Island (of course!) with our evening snack of a mini pack of chocolate digestives at under 100 calories per bag. Can I just say, Michael is a toooooootal dick. I think the whole nation are laughing at him now. I can’t stand amber anyway but..

Lots of love, as always

Sinéad Anna Chalke x

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Grateful for the little things 💕

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Hi love bugs! How’s your Tuesday? It’s been 27 degrees here today & I spent so much money. It’s our wedding anniversary at the weekend, we’ve booked a night away and going out to dinner as well so of course that meant I needed new clothes. Obviously.

Today’s been another day on plan, & we’re feeling gooooood!

Here’s some photos from my day ✨

We are currently watching an episode of my 600 pound life, and eating strawberry jelly. We’re off to buy paint tomorrow to start decorating on Thursday! Ordered new things for our bedroom today too, I can’t wait for it to all be done.

Lots of love,

Sinéad Anna Chalke x

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You are exactly where you need to be ✨

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SEASON 7 OF CATFISH helloooooo!

I swear I’ve seen every single episode of this show, but tonight we only discovered that there’s a new season, so it’s safe to say we’ve watched a few episodes back to back. Firstly, how staged is this programme please? You can tell Nev wants to laugh at them all. How do these people actually believe for one second that they’re speaking to a genuine person? Are they that dumb please? Episode 1, season 7.. the girls own fiancé was the one catfishing her for 7 months. Would you not know that you were speaking to your own damn partner? Even though this show is all scripted and fake.. I still find it so amusing and hilarious.

Anyways.. day one complete! 👏🏼💗 dare I say it but today was actually pretty easy! I’ve surprised myself. 4 litres of water down, and ending the day at under 1,000 calories so I’m happy. I’ve not had any cravings, and I’ve not been hungry. I’m not going to speak too soon though because I always find day 3 the hardest so let’s see how the next 48 hours go. For dinner I made red lentil pasta with red pesto, chicken and spinach! Very yummy! And so filling too.

This evening (after watching catfish) we of course had our nightly fix of Love Island! I don’t know what we’re going to do when it ends.. we’ll have withdrawal symptoms that’s for sure. I absolutely LOVE Maura & want her and Curtis to win now. I also really love Belle & Anton.. & I just think Molly Mae is super jealous because she thinks Belle & Anton have a chance of winning now & she doesn’t want anyone to knock her and Tommy off the hot spot. Can’t stand either of them two personally.

On a slightly different note.. is anybody as obsessed with filling photo albums as I am? it’s my absolute favourite thing to do. These three albums are all full now & I still have about 100 photos needing albums to be homed in! I’m going to fill more and more, creating memories is special, but documenting them and keeping them forever is everything.

Anyway, night night.. sleep tight 💗

Sinéad Anna Chalke x

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No titles, just vibes.

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I haven’t posted in a while, I mean properly posted. I guess since holiday I just haven’t had the motivation to really blog & I’ve also been in that holiday blues phase where all I want to do is be back by the pool on my sun lounger, cocktail in hand, not a care in the world. I think I’ve snapped back into reality now though, just about. Walking past travel agents isn’t quite as painful, and I’ve stopped muting people on Instagram who are either at an airport or dare I say it, in Turkey aka my favourite place ever. We’ve thrown ourselves back into our every day life, and our latest project is decorating the bedroom! It’s something we’ve wanted to do for a while but I guess put it off when other things more important came up. Now we’re channeling all of our energies into making our bedroom, our favourite place to be. We know exactly how we want it & we’re actually pretty excited to decorate together. Tazmyns always been the more D.I.Y one, she literally built the contents of our first flat all by herself. We vowed to never go to IKEA again, but that’s a whole different blog post entirely! We recently varnished some garden furniture together which was actually really fun & we’re super proud of how it turned out, so we’re ready to decorate our bedroom! I may blog about the ideas we have for it, the colour schemes, new pieces of furniture we’re purchasing, before and after photos etc, I’m not too sure yet. Let me know if you’d like to see that! It’ll be this week that we’re decorating, so hopefully it won’t take too long! 🤞🏼😬

Our healthy eating kinda went out the window just before we went to Turkey. We had Tazmyns birthday & then our holiday, & getting back on it has most definitely been a struggle. I don’t regret all the yummy foods we ate whilst we were off plan, but I’m definitely ready to get back on it now & be super strict with myself. Sometimes I think writing stuff online, & of course here on my blog, sort of holds me accountable & helps me stay on track and focussed. I’ve found this platform super helpful in aiding me to lose 3 stone before my holiday, and so I know it’ll really help me lose the rest.

We had a family barbecue yesterday, we hosted! Tazmyn was in charge of the actual cooking side of things & I did a bit of everything else. Our garden turned into bubble works, we had so many bubbles, Rory was in his element! He even insisted on mowing the grass for us 🤣 everyone had a lovely day though.. & we definitely feel as though we’ve eaten enough food for a lifetime! So today, is day one. Although I’m not sure I’m going to count each day this time round.. we don’t really have a goal, obviously we want to lose what we gained whilst we were off plan, & by Christmas we’d love to have lost a significant amount of weight just so that we feel really good about ourselves, but there’s no goal, no numbers, no deadlines or targets. We just want to continue living our best lives, with a healthy mindset and all the energy! Diets – healthy eating plans, definitely should always start on a Monday! Who agrees?

So as I write this, it’s 10.30am on Monday 15th July, we’re motivated and we’re focussed. We had extra strong coffee with our breakfast this morning, & our good old porridge, made with coconut milk, topped with frozen berries. If you don’t know by now, it’s our ultimate breakfast go to! It comes in at 200 calories & it’s super filling. I’m still to get through my first litre of water of the day, but I’m aiming for 3 litres per day. A fourth litre will be a bonus (Tazmyn always manages more water than me!) & of course, many, many cortado’s from costa! What would we even do without costa?! We haven’t meal planned yet this week, but we’ll do that at some stage, & try to keep our meals this week all pretty basic, and low calorie so we know where we are. Tonight, we’re having red lentil pasta, with chicken and reduced fat red pesto. I add loads of spinach and peas to it as well to bulk it out & it’s really filling.

This selfie of me, was taken a couple of months ago, when we were losing weight, feeling amazing about ourselves. It’s a little reminder of how I want to feel again, and the push I think I need to get started.

I hope you’re all well!

Lots of love,

Sinéad Anna Chalke x

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Date night 🔗🌙⭐️💗✨

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Tonight you took me on a little spontaneous date night, to a place we both absolutely love. You insisted I had steak, and I even got a side of mac & cheese, because well, that’s just what’s supposed to come with steak. It’s the rules. We drank strawberry lemonade cocktails & you looked so gorgeous. For pudding I had a choux bun filled with mascarpone and strawberries and my tummy is still so full, but it was amazing. You opened the car door for me & kept telling me how pretty I looked all night. I adore you.

Love,

Sinéad x