Back In The Land Of Song And Smiling Again

Wearing a smile sweater and smiling because I'm so happy to be back in the land of song.

Even though I seek the silver linings of life, there are times when, even for the most ardent optimist, the clouds become too thick. Life is like that sometimes. It’s glorious, but ever so messy. The last five weeks have been more than a challenge, but I’m now back on terra firma and life is giving me reasons to smile again – hence the top 😀

Smiling because I'm back in the land of song | Wearing grey smile sweater, white ankle grazers, blue and silver deck shoes, sparkle collar, grey and rose gold Elie Beaumont watch | Fashion for the woman over 50 | UK life and style blog | The Barefaced Chic

Smiling

Not that I ever really stopped smiling, my default setting during stressful times is to laugh. Yet there’s a huge difference between ‘release valve laughter’ and a genuine beaming smile. Mine slipped, albeit temporarily, and I am ever so grateful to have found it again.

Being back in the land of song after my five week stint onboard our boat in Ramsgate has my soul singing. Not that I don’t love the boat, but being forced to stay on her, especially during storm Doris was a bit of a nightmare. I mean, have you ever tried to clean your teeth whilst being thrown from pillar to post? I like a challenge, but that was taking it too far.

Our family member is now on the mend, the toxicity that was being thrown at both myself and Andrew has began to abate and I am back in my own house. So the storm that has been my life for the last few weeks is beginning to blow itself out.

Now, if only I could get my land legs back I’d be a very happy bunny – I’m still rocking and walking as if I’ve had one too many.

That’s the trouble with being onboard for long periods of time – when back on dry land your body just cannot fathom how to walk without compensating for the motion of a boat.

Another thing my body can’t seem to compensate for at the moment is eating a fairly dreadful diet for over a month. It’s incredibly difficult to cook healthy, nutritious meals when you only have a two ring hob and the tiniest of spaces.

I know it’s possible, because we’ve done it before, yet the complication of trying to work, look after a poorly family member and deal with a heap load of sh*t left us grabbing takeaways way too many times. The result of this overindulgence is the piling on of quite a bit of weight. I have no idea how much because I never weigh myself, but my clothes are telling me it’s a lot!

Smiling because I'm back in the land of song | Wearing silver and grey pointed boat shoes, blue and white striped bag | Fashion for the woman over 50 | UK life and style blog | The Barefaced Chic

Smile Top c/o Aspire Style | Trousers | Collar – bought in the sale but this one is similar(ish) | Shoes c/o Finery | Bag – bought in the sale but this one is similar  | Watch c/o Aspire Style

Time to get back on track

I’m not too worried, it will come off but it’s definitely time to get back on the health waggon. I’ll be implementing my healthy eating plan and, when I get some answers about my health issues, I’ll be able to start exercising again.

I really do think the fact that I’m left puffing like a steam engine even after the gentlest of walks is exacerbating the whole weight issue.

I’m considering making a vlog, blog post or both cataloguing my journey back to fitness. If that’s something you would be interested in then please do let me know in the comments or tweet me.

I know weight gain is a sensitive and sometimes depressing issue that a lot of midlife women have and if, even in the smallest way, showing what works and does not work for me would help then I’m all over it!

Having fought the bulge and won once, I am pretty optimistic about my ability to do it again. However, I think holding myself accountable via a vlog/blog would be useful to me personally.

As I said, do let me know your thoughts on this because I really do believe that we’ve got a pretty supportive readership on The Barefaced Chic, it would be wonderful to spread that support around.

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Smiling because I'm back in the land of song | Wearing grey and rose gold Elie Beaumont watch | Fashion for the woman over 50 | UK life and style blog | The Barefaced Chic

Smiling because I'm back in the land of song | Wearing silver and grey pointed boat shoes, blue and white striped bag | Fashion for the woman over 50 | UK life and style blog | The Barefaced Chic

Smiling because I'm back in the land of song | Wearing grey smile sweater, white ankle grazers, blue and silver deck shoes, sparkle collar, grey and rose gold Elie Beaumont watch | Fashion for the woman over 50 | UK life and style blog | The Barefaced Chic
Talking of support, I do appreciate all your emails and comments over the last few weeks. They really have made a world of difference. As have the ladies of The Over 40 Collective, some of whom you can catch below wearing Aspire Style, who gifted me my top and watch, in their own unique way.

Liz of What Lizzy Loves wearing bodin top and grey tulle skirt.

Lizzy – What Lizzy Loves

Michelle of RetroChicMama wearing navy lace dress and chunky knit cardigan.

Michelle – RetroChicMama

Lisa, The Sequinist, wearing Aspire Style

Lisa – The Sequinist

Do click through to their blogs and if something catches your eye, or you fancy treating yourself pop over to Aspire Style and quote code OVER40 to receive an extra 10% off until the end of March.

Cheerio.

 

 

18 Comments

  1. March 6, 2017 / 7:36 pm

    I’m glad the storm in your live has gone down! There is nothing more exhausting as stress. Glad you’re back!

  2. March 6, 2017 / 8:07 pm

    Being back in the land of song is sure to keep a spring in your step and a smile on your face! I’m wishing you very smooth sailing over the next few months… you deserve a rest and some good news! xx

    • March 14, 2017 / 9:35 am

      I could certainly do with some down time Lisa! Things are calming down now, but I think I need a holiday.
      xx

  3. March 6, 2017 / 8:55 pm

    Good luck with getting back on track, I’ll be interested to see how that goes. I need to be doing this too – my clothes are way too tight for comfort! Jacqui
    http://www.mummabstylish.com

    • March 14, 2017 / 9:36 am

      I’m definitely going to be putting together a weekly progress vlog so watch this space!
      xx

  4. L charie
    March 6, 2017 / 10:25 pm

    So glad your life is working out a bit calmer,
    Lots of sympathy! Would be really interested in your return to fitness, its a constant fight for me!

    • March 14, 2017 / 9:37 am

      I will be filming a weekly vlog on this subject, so do keep checking back. We CAN do this!
      Michelle xx

  5. Sarah
    March 7, 2017 / 11:40 am

    Glad you’re feeling more yourself and are back on dry land. It must have been frightening to be on a boat in the storm. I would like to see a vlog about your weightloss experience. It would help me as I’m struggling to lose any weight. Even if you don’t lose any yourself it would be nice to see how you approach losing weight.

    Sarah

    • March 14, 2017 / 9:38 am

      I’ll be filming all my successes AND the times when I don’t do so well, so keep tuned.
      Michelle xx

  6. Ros Howe
    March 7, 2017 / 2:16 pm

    Yes please – I would love for you to blog/vlog about weight loss & return to fitness! It’s something I’m currently undertaking and I’m always on the look out for top tips! However – you look great in the photos so don’t worry!!

    • March 14, 2017 / 9:39 am

      Thank Ros! I do hide the weight quite well, but I’m more worried about the health implications. I am going to be vlogging about the goods and bads of my return to health. Keep tuned!
      Michelle xx

  7. Denise Lalande
    March 11, 2017 / 1:30 pm

    Would love to also hear about your weight loss and fitness. I’m 58 and always a struggle.

    • March 14, 2017 / 9:42 am

      It’s not easy is it Denise? I’m going to be filming and blogging about my journey, so keep tuned.
      Michelle xx

  8. March 11, 2017 / 4:30 pm

    That is such a stunning smile you have there woman, be a crying shame to hide it. I’m so happy for you being back where you belong Michelle, let the good times roll baby! xx
    Gorgeous shots by the way 😉

    • March 14, 2017 / 9:43 am

      Come on you good times!! I feel soooooo much better now that I’m back in Wales. I’ll tell Andrew you like the shots – he’ll be thrilled 🙂
      Michelle xx

  9. March 16, 2017 / 7:50 am

    So glad you feeling better! I only discovered your blog a couple of months ago, and you always seem so sunny, so good to see that returning. Id love to see your back to fitness progress. I gained so much weight over a six year period, (all stress related, im a stress eater lol) so I feel a bit bewildered now about how to tackle it. Any tips greatly needed and appreciated!

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