So, where to start? I’ll start with some networking events that I’ve attended, as they filled the early part of Week 29. I went to Cambridge Weight Plan meeting (I am a Cambridge Consultant as a part time business) and met lots of other Scotland-based consultants and heard from some of them about their own personal award-winning slimming stories. I’d like to tell you that I took inspiration and have been strict at dieting, but alas this is not the case. The next day, I attended an Expedition Preparation Conference for World Challenge, ahead of my upcoming expedition to Sri Lanka in June. This was a good opportunity to meet other expedition leaders and talk through some scenarios, adventures and get some tips.
The following weeks were also busy with networking events, with a meeting organised by Coachmatch with one of their main Scottish clients, as an opportunity for the client to meet some of the coaches. I then attended the Heartabiz networking morning, which is a group of ‘heart-centred’ business owners – I found this quite useful and have made a number of follow-up meetings with people that I met. I then also attended a Edinburgh Businesswoman’s Club meeting on ‘Turning Pressure into Power,’ run by a Sports Psychologist who predominantly works with competition horseriders. My final networking event was another Cambridge Training Day, focused on Building Your Business – some useful hints and tips picked up. This also gave an opportunity for an act of kindness, as one consultant had contacted me asking for a lift, and then found he was unable to make the training day, so I offered to pick up a spare workbook and spend some time with him to talk it through.
In the middle of May, I ran another Wellbeing Retreat with my yoga-instructor friend Lindsey. This led to a lot of cooking and baking activity. I made Parsnip and Apple Soup (thanks to Madeleine for the inspiration – it was lovely and not one I would naturally pick to try!) While making a butternut squash stew (that doesn’t count towards recipes as I’ve already done it) I was left with some spare butternut squash, so decided to try and impromptu Spicy Butternut Squash and Coconut stew. As this was unplanned, I didn’t have all the ingredients from the recipe book, so had to improvise on a few. Let it be noted that the amount of ‘chilli flakes’ needed to substitute for ‘one red chilli’ is significantly less than you might think…..The result was a tasty yet highly spicy soup. Note the difference in presentation for meal on my own, vs meal served to retreat guests.
On retreat, I also managed to find some time to chill out and complete a page in my colouring book, bringing the total of coloured pictures to 11. More action needed here!
The weekend just gone saw a hive of activity on the challenge, with a 3-day munro-bagging expedition through the remote peninsular of Knoydart. This involved driving to Fort William (with dinner at Mhor Fish restaurant in Callendar on the way,) camping in Fort William (a night under canvass,) full Scottish breakfast in Nevis Sport (another restaurant,) an hour and 20 minute taxi journey around to our start point at Loch Quoich (with a hilarious attempt by the man in the booking office for the taxi firm to spell my name, and also where we were going, so we were met by a man looking for ‘Captalinco to Loch Oich.’ instead of 'Cat Trebilco to Loch Quoich.')
This period of 3 weeks also saw some progress on other challenge activities. I read a book! An actual adult book, called Dark Places, written by the same author who wrote Gone Girl. It was pretty good. I also saw 2 new films. One was the musical ‘Into the Woods’, and even though I love a good fairytale musical, I have to say that it is 2 hours of my life I am never getting back. As a boring and rather uncatchy start, I kept going in the hope it would get better and can categorically tell you that it does not……..don’t waste your time. This was slightly made up for by a trip to the cinema to see the new version of The Jungle Book, which is excellently done, with some very realistic animals. I had promised Matt that there was no singing in it (as I hadn’t seen any in the trailers) but I’m pleased that they did manage to sneak the 2 best Disney Jungle Book songs into the film, (and also secretly pleased as the withering looks of disgust I got from Matt, as I’m not sure he would have agreed to see it if he’d known.)
My hair has also seen a few different styles, as shown below. These range from the slightly sensible pony in a comb thingimydodah, pony tail clipped up by grabby clip thing, 2 pony tails giving the illusion of really long hair, to the slightly girly ‘I have a bow in my hair,’ to the rather ridiculous ‘been in old-fashioned curlers overnight.’
- The amount of chilli flakes needed to emulate one red chilli in a recipe is far less than you might think. Fire extinguisher on standby please!
- The sign language for Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious is even more interesting to watch than the superb choreography of the dancers.
3. My name sounds so much more exciting and mysterious as Captalinco.
4. My sports bras that I bought several (perhaps 10) years ago are no longer fulfilling their purpose.
5. Despite my previous belief, not all musicals are worth watching!