That’s better!!

This week has been a vast improvement on last week. It still wasn’t completely on plan there are areas I will be working on this week.

Alessa 7th birthday

I tracked my food until Thursday evening I didn’t overeat I just didn’t log. Friday was my daughters birthday so I knew there would be a snacky tea and cake. I planned ahead and knew if there was loads of birthday cake left over then the work I had put in earlier would be undone. So Friday night we dropped a chunk off with my sister and mum, then Saturday my in-laws visited so they ate another chunk of it. So I only had 2 slices which is a win for me.

Last weeks plan was:

Drink 2ltrs of water Still need work

Walk 10,000 steps 6 days Accomplished this

Eat better and within calories This also still needs work

Post food to Instastories Tried this not something I will continue

Lose between 0.5-1lbs Did brilliantly lost 2lbs

So this week I am going to continue with these same plans. There are no more events till the middle of February so that gives me a few weeks to just get these turned into habits. This week hubby returns to work so I can focus on me more.

Until next week thank you for reading.



The wrong week to start.

Dundee, Scotland.

In last week’s post, I said this would be the year of self-care and that I would start eating better moving more and drinking more water which it still will be but I tried to start when I knew I would fail.

The reason last week was the wrong week to start as I had days out planned that just wouldn’t allow me to calorie count and that would leave me feeling exhausted. (Saturday was really bad). Not everything was a fail I did increase the number of steps I was doing and did over 10,000 most days. I also increased my water intake.  I don’t know if it was a subconscious thing in hope that I could then quit if it was then that’s not happening.

So I weighed in on Sunday evening at 182lbs which is means I gained. I am also going to be tracking my weight in stones and pounds as that is the way it is logged in my app. So my starting weight is 13st.

So this is the plan: 

  • Drink 2 litres of water
  • Walk 10,000 steps 6 days
  • Eat better and within calories
  • Post food to Instastories (Laurasarahdoll)
  • Aim to lose between 0.5 -1lbs per week.


I hope your first week went better. Thank you for reading. x


New year update 2018

December 2017 (20)

2018 The year of self-care!!

I think a lot of people will have a similar post going up today stating what they have planned for the coming year from losing weight, getting fitter, more social media exposure or less time spent on social media.

I am no different my goals this year are the same as the previous years. I need to lose weight. I know that I feel better when I do and that my arthritis flare-ups are fewer.
What’s that saying “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing and expecting different results” this may well describe me?

I have signed up for a yearly subscription to Lifesum as there was a 40% off offer on Google Play store. I have also signed up for Yoga with Adriene True 30 days of yoga 2018. I also bought a new water bottle and plan out getting out for a walk at least 6 days a week. I have the arthritis clinic in April so am using that as my milestone to reach.

If you have been reading for a while then you will know my husband and I have been ttcing for a while, we are still trying but are trying not to focus on it. I turn 40 in February so it only going to get harder. It may be getting close to the point where we just have to face it isn’t going to happen. I don’t feel that we are there yet.

My other goal for this year is blog once per week for the year. Just a general post with how my week has went and plans for the coming week. If we have done anything interesting I may post an extra one but I am only committing myself to one post. That post will hopefully go up on a Tuesday.

I feel like last year I really just undid all the work I had put into me. So let the year of self-care begin.

Do you have any plans for the coming year?


Getting Healthy Week 25

The whole point of these blog post was that I was getting myself healthy but I have realised in the last couple of days that I had done something that was counterproductive to that. I came off my medication.

Arthritis doesn’t have a cure it’s just managed with medication and good habits.

At the end of last week, I started feeling very fatigued and a bit ache so I googled my symptoms added in my arthritis. Turns out that as my joints get inflamed (which sometimes I can’t see) they give off a chemical that causes my body to become fatigued and by not taking my medication I was aggravating my body. So I am now back on my tablets.

The 2nd thing that happened is last week I gained most of what I had lost for this month. I am annoyed with myself because it could have been prevented if I had told myself I cured my arthritis. (insert facepalm)

On to this weeks weigh-in, I wasn’t expecting a loss but I did actually get one. This week I lost 1.2lbs. My total loss for this month is 2.2lbs which is nowhere as good as I was hoping for but it still means I end the month weighing less than I started so that’s still a plus.

The plan for the coming month is I have moved from Nutracheck to Myfitnesspal I feel I need the social interaction I can get there and it’s free. I am going to keep taking my tablets and get out for steps. I also need to get back drinking water as this too helps with the fatigue and joints. The main thing is not to mess with what works taking my medication eating less drinking and moving more.

With regards to the #walkingallovercancer challenge, although there are days I didn’t hit my goal, I am still on track to finish with the right amount of steps. Being completely honest I am disappointed by this but I still plan to finish the challenge. If you would like to donate click on the hashtag above and that will take you to my donation page.


Dundee Museum of Transport (DMofT) 

This weekend we visited our local transport museum. Alessa and I have been previously but my husband hadn’t so we decided it would be a nice place to go since the weather hasn’t been that great.

There are some beautiful cars here and old buses.

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We had a lot of fun exploring. I would definitely recommend visiting if you’re in Dundee and looking for an affordable day out. Kids aged 5-15 are £2 and adults are £4. They also have a cafe here which we didn’t stop in on this occasion maybe next time.

This is their website where you can find information and pricing.


Getting healthy week 23

This week has been all over the place. I have had a few things on my mind which I won’t go into now so I  haven’t been completely focused on what I was eating.

I’m not expecting to lose anything this week as I have gone over my calories on 3 occasions. I have managed my water and steps every day so hopefully, that will mean I won’t have gained. The weather here has been dreadful all week so I am glad that I signed up for the Cancer Research Challenge because I probably would have used the weather as an excuse to stay home.

So this weeks weigh-in came as a bit of a shocker. I lost 2.2lbs! How? I have no idea but very happy with that. I’m so close to having a BMI of under 30 which would take me out of the obese category and into overweight.

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Today I bought myself 2 pairs of shorts. This is something I haven’t worn since I was in school. I don’t know if I will wear them in public just yet might have to start with in the garden and build up my confidence. Hopefully, we will get some sun so I can use them. Might even post a picture on my Instagram when I do.

I should (fingers crossed) be in a better place mentally next week so able to focus on my journey. As always here is the link to my #walkingallovercancer donation page.

How are you doing? Are you moving forward with your goals whatever they may be?


Open day at the Botanical Gardens. 

A couple of weekends back we went to our local botanical gardens for their annual open day. Alessa has enjoyed this in previous years and this year didn’t disappoint.

When we arrived there was quite a long queue at the face painting which is where Alessa had wanted to go first so we decided we would look around the rest of the gardens and come back later, this turned out to be a good idea as it rained on and off all day.

They had a trail to find certain trees within the park and other to find stickers that were plants of interest. Alessa loves anything that is like a treasure hunt. We found all the trees and plants her favourite is the eucalyptus tree she absolutely loves the smell and the fact that koalas eat it.

We then went to see the birds of prey, unfortunately, we couldn’t get all that close as it was very busy and it also meant I was unable to get good photographs of them as I don’t like having other people’s children in my pictures if I plan to include them in a blog post.

After here we headed to the craft tent which wasn’t as good as in previous years but there was a man with his bee’s talking about conserving them which we all should try to do. Now it was time for face painting Alessa decided on a butterfly and surprised the lady doing it by insisting on it being done in green. She will happily wear pink but given the choice green always wins.

Botanical Gardens Dundee

The final part of the gardens is the green house past the indoor pond with the giant lilypads. There are some huge cactus plants in here too. When you came out the other side there was the opportunity for the children to plant a marigold to take home. We also bought a couple of plants to bring home. Botanical Gardens Dundee

Now no good day out would is complete without an ice lolly.

Botanical Gardens Dundee


Getting healthy​ week 22

I did it again I went MIA I apologise I haven’t fallen off the waggon I just haven’t been making blogging a priority which it should be. It’s one post per week occasionally two how hard can it be?

Anyway, let’s get on with how it’s been going. Week 20 I lost 1.5lbs but week 21 I gained 1lb. Completely my own fault I tampered about with my calories and discovered it didn’t work so back to normal this week.

This week was also the start of the #walkingallovercancer challenge so I have made an effort to get out there and get them. This week has gone really well all water has been drunk and under calories every day except one when I went over by 99 but that gets countered by my exercise although I don’t want to make a habit of that.

I have been drinking a lot more fruit tea. I am really enjoying the Tetley Super Fruit Boost tea in blueberry and raspberry. I don’t think it gives me an energy boost but I like to have a cup when I come back from my walk to rehydrate myself.

On to the weigh-in can I get back into the 160’s? Well, that would be yes!! I weighed in at 168lbs (12 stone) so this week I lost 2.4lbs. Total loss since January is 23lbs.

A plus side of losing the weight is I have taken myself off my Naproxen which I was taken twice a day for my arthritis. I read the instructions on the packaging and it had said to take when required so that is what I am going to do from now on. I would have to come off it if I conceived anyway. I also read that some fertility doctors believe it can interfere with conception now I don’t know if this is completely true but if I don’t need the medication there is no point in taking it.

Hopefully, next week is another good week.

I have included the link to my donation page below if you would like to make one. Doesn’t matter how much. Donate what you can afford.



Getting Healthy Week 19

Let me start by saying this week the weather has been amazing. So I have enjoyed getting out and walking.

I hit my walking target every day during the week. I even won a weekly challenge on Fitbit, 11 pm I had done 98,000 steps. On Saturday I missed my target by 180 steps which really annoyed me as 11 pm I decided I wanted to complete my step goal so was marching on the spot to get the 3,000 I needed but I ran out of time. Sunday I only did 6,000 steps but I’m OK with that. Next month I won’t be so lenient on myself as I want to get the 10,000 everyday for #walkingallovercancer the link to my donation page will be at the end of this post.

Eating went OK this week on Wednesday we had sent out for Chinese which put me over and used all the calories I had earned from exercise and a few more. Then on Thursday I had more than a few squares of the new Cadbury Taste chocolate FYI the calories in 3 squares is not worth the chocolate it’s just under 200. I had eaten 9 squares before I check. (putting it down to hormones) I was still under calories for the day but used alot of chocolate. The rest of my week went well.

I am now back on track with drinking my water. I have switched out some of the tea I drink for fruit teas which I am enjoying. In fact today at Tesco I bought myself a beautiful mug to help encourage me.

New mug Tesco Now it’s time for weigh-in. This week I lost 1lb. I have now lost a total of 20lbs. I have adjusted my heals in my apps to start working on the next 20lbs. The Nutracheck app tells me I can reach this goal by July if I stick to plan. I am certainly going to try.

I have decided to include my before and during pictures in this post and the change in cardio fitness improvements there’s not a massive difference but still moving in the right direction. It’s time to start looking forward and celebrating how far I have come.

Laurasarahdoll Nutracheck Day 1
6th January 2017 191lbs



Laurasarahdoll Nutracheck 20lbs lost
15th Mat 2017 171lb


Laurasarahdoll Fitbit Cardio fitness improvement
Cardio Fitness

Now to concentrate on the next 20lbs.

Don’t forget I am taking part in #walkingallovercancer and you can donate here.

How is your week going?


Getting Healthy week 18

Cactus FlowerSo your probably thinking wait where is week 17?

Well, I just wasn’t focused at all and then I stayed the same so didn’t feel like droning on about how I need to focus.

This week to be fair hasn’t been any better. I have managed my step goal each day this week but as far as food and water go at hardly tracked. The middle of the week I felt so low that my husband was concerned. I think it was a combination of several things the ttcing, my arthritis and I had someone ask if we planned on having any more kids? This is always a hard question because obviously, we’re not close enough for me to give the whole health update so I find myself saying no. Then I feel guilty because that couldn’t be further from the truth. If you are ttcing how do you deal with these questions?

This week I weighed in at 172lbs which was completely unexpected. That takes my loss to 19lbs. A little closer to posting the progress pictures 1lbs and then I will be able to take the new pictures and start working on the next 20lbs.

I am finding it hard to stay motivated so when I saw the new Cancer Research advert walk 10,000 steps every day in June and raise money for them I thought fantastic this will help motivate me and I will be helping others who needed it. I will leave a link to my fundraising page at the end of this post and every post after this until the challenge has ended. During June I will share my Fitbit steps on my social media accounts.

Now to concentrate on the next 3 weeks before the challenge starts. Hubby is back at work and schools are back so I can return to my routine of walking first thing after dropping my daughter at school. I bought myself a bum bag thing for my phone to go in while I am walking so that when the weather is good I don’t have to carry my phone in my hand and won’t distract me with emails/Instagram notifications.

The schools come off the end of June which is about 7 weeks away so if I focus on my goals I could make a good start on the other 20lbs.