Renovating in France on a budget 

Hello Dear Reader,

Today, I’ve given the bedroom walls two coats of white emulsion, sanded the skirting boards and given then two coats of eggshell. Scrubbed down the shower room walls and given them the first coat of paint. My thrifted side tables have had a third coat of paint too. We have painting to finish but it’s all just tidying from now onwards.

We want to get all the major jobs done by the end of the day tomorrow so we can get onto the fun easy parts. There’s snagging to do but a massive day of work has made such a difference. We’re also pleased that we’ve kept costs to an absolute minimum.

DB fitted the balustrade today that he’d previously painted. Everything needs a light sand and a final coat of paint. He has lights to fit, doors to hang and we have to move furniture around and tidy. We’ve got to keep going even though I’m fed up of renovations and just want to go out and visit about five places I’ve got on my list. Fortunately, none of them are going anywhere so I can save the for trips in the future. 

When I look at the photo above, I marvel at everything he’s done: cutthe hole in the floor, customised the stairs to fit, built the stairs, built the wall and built the balustrades. DB – you are a star! I am so proud of you xxx

It’s slow going but we are getting there.

Until tomorrow,

Love Froogs xxxx


Life begins at the end of your comfort zone

Hello Dear Reader,

For anyone who has been reading for a while or is in the slightest bit interested, I thought I would give you a health and fitness update. In January, I decided that I had been miserable about my physical state for long enough and decided to do something about it. 

Like many January health revivalists, I hit the gym.

In the beginning, all I could do was walk on the treadmill.

Soon, I could walk on the treadmill on an incline and I began to use the rest of the equipment. Now, I exercise daily and ‘go hard’ for an hour a day. I’ve kept going. 

Today, I had to go any buy new work trousers and even the size 14 were loose and I had to go down a size I haven’t lost weight in ages but have continued to get slimmer and feel a lot better about myself.

My gym costs me £10.99 a month, or 54p each time I go as I go twenty times a week. It’s my investment in myself.

My approach to weight loss and fitness is exactly the approach I took to losing £45K of personal debt. Stick at it. Stick at it when it pisses me off, bores me, or I don’t want to do it! Stick at it in the holidays, in the heat, when it’s cold and wet or I just can’t be bothered. I stick at it when people share their excuses and I stick at it when people try to make me feel guilty for spending time and money on my well being. 

I now no longer work out to be slim or slimmer, I work out to be strong and fit and I now have the strength, fitness and confidence I never thought I would have. I’m not proud of my body but I’m proud of what my body can do. I started this year as a size 18 and I’m approaching the end of it at size 12 and I want to end next year as an athlete. 

For all of you who thinks that personal goals are unobtainable, they are not. It will be shitsville along the way to getting there but you will get there. You might hate it on some days and I do! You might ache on some days and I do! You may be lonely doing some days and I am. You might even miss it when you don’t do it and I do. Whether it’s sticking to healthy eating, walking more, running, going to yoga, using the gym membership, reducing your portion sizes, giving up biscuits or chocolate, or paying off debts or the mortgage……………what ever it is, stick at it as it will make a difference to your life. 

I read the following most days – I make no excuse for the language as I don’t effin’ care!

What works for me? I tell myself everyday to do it. I tell myself everyday to get on with it. I tell myself every day that I can get through what ever life gives me and I will come out a better person. It’s lost me friends along the way as I’ve chosen a different path.

I am now debt free.

I am healthy and strong.

I am 2.5 stone lighter.

I’m on the way to the life of MY choosing.

“I didn’t say it would be easy. I said it would be worth it”

Over to you. Who else decided that this was the year that they would make a difference? Who has stuck at it? Who needs to pick themselves up and get back at it? Who needs to start as it’s never to late. Leave your pledge in the comments and make this the day that you are going to stick at it. 

Until tomorrow,

Love Froogs xxxxxxxxxx

Over for another year!

I’ve been good this year! I’ve not shut myself in my room and cried or told anyone to go forth and multiply. I’ve managed two whole days of being civil, friendly and I’ve been the perfect hostess. I appreciated Christmas being at the weekend and feel, that like Easter, we should move it each year to a convenient weekend. Just a thought, my own, no one needs to agree.

Now I feel a lot brighter as I don’t enjoy Christmas and can start looking forward to another year. I’ve already started thinking of the resolutions I need to make. I need to keep paying off debts and not spending any money. I’ve managed this for more than a year and need to keep going with this forever more! It’s the only way. I have other areas of my life that I need to get under control and keep under control. So, what resolutions do you need to make? what do you need to change? I shall mull over this for a good few days and then choose one thing I can do to make my life better. What will yours be?