Thank you kind stranger!

JillianA copy of Jillian Michaels' new Extreme Shred and Shed DVD arrived in the post today! There was no name on the package so I'm wondering if the kind sender is somewhere out there? If you are, thank you gazillions for your generosity!

It was such a brilliant surprise and I am excited to give it a go. I'm a fool for new exercise DVDs and I love this title SHRED and SHED… it sounds very violent and/or hairy. The description is exercise mayhem: "This exciting fusion style workout blends everything from kickboxing and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu to yoga and weight training". Brace yourself!

Thank you again, whoever you are. You are a total legend πŸ™‚

Hope you are well and your holiday plans are coming along folks, if you're into the festive thing. It's my first day of two weeks off and after surviving the busiest year of my working life wth barely a sniffle, today I've been struck down by a ball of snot and fever… *insert whinging here!*

Tonight I'll finally put up the crappy little two-foot Β£2 plastic "temporary measure" Christmas tree I bought when we moved in two years ago. Who am I kidding? Come January I reckon I should put the little fella back into the loft with all the tinsel and decorations still on to save time next December!

12 thoughts on “Thank you kind stranger!

  1. How crappy is that–to get sick right before your vacation (as we call it in the States) starts? VERY! Sorry Shauna–get well soon!

  2. We’re still using the Β£5 Poundstretcher wonder I bought for my student flat in my first Edinburgh year, it’s worked out at less than a pound a year now, so definitely one of my better investments! πŸ˜€

    Good to see you yesterday, though I’ll hopefully see you all for longer (and warmer!) soon! Sx

  3. I’m a little confused about another Sarah who was a student in Edinburgh commenting on a post to which I assumed you include a Santa-hat shout out to me… Clearly you know 2 Sarahs who you have a Santa Hat in-joke with! πŸ™‚

    I’ve failed at being ready for Christmas. I put my fake tree up about 2 weeks ago, but was so irritated by the effort of just putting all the branches together, etc, that I left the actual decorating part to the next day. Except that day came and went, and another, and another… Basically, I’ve had a bare tree in my flat this whole time.

    Finally: a Jillian Michaels DVD arriving at my place would scare the s**t out of me. lol!

  4. @Sharmaya – you were Sarah in this case, in reference to your sexy UAR avatar, hehe! πŸ™‚

    @Sarah – Good to see you too! I hope your Crimbo goes well! πŸ™‚

  5. Hey Shauna….a massive festive shout out up north to you both!! Have a wonderful time and I hope the snot disappears very soon.

    Shred?……..that is all….

    Lesley xx

  6. Hi Shauna, wanted to let you know I’m re-reading your book. I really love it. But now that I’ve been at goal for 8 months (when I read it the first time–I was actively working to get to goal!), the things you say at the end are even more relevant to me. About how you’re a little ashamed to be proud of your loss, since you are the only one responsible for the weight you were, and how you’re tired of obsessing over food, and how you still hate your flabby upper arms, even though you kind of like the rest of your new body!

    OH YEAH! I’m there…only my whole body is flabby, excess skin sagging everywhere, but I keep it covered up with clothes and I can pass for slender I think, so my body and I are at least comfortable with each other. But I am a little embarrassed about people reading my story (it’s in a new Taste of Home Comfort Food Diet cookbook, just out last week), as you were when people from your REAL life discovered your blog and then read your wonderful book, AND I’m so tired of obsessing over food. SO TIRED. But I’m afraid it must never end–this obsession. Because when I quit being obsessed, the weight will find its way back to me, and that simply can never happen. I just can’t get my wedding rings made BIG again, or go BACK on the blood pressure medication, or give up all my pretty new clothes. So no matter what it takes, I MUST do it.

    Sorry for rambling, just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed the book the second time through. The first time through it was inspirational, but the second time through, I read it through different eyes, and although still motivating, I came away with a fresh perspective on weight loss and maintenance.

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