Hi popsider - can't help with the floor but can I be cheeky and ask how much the loft cost? Did you need to start from scratch - new windows and stairs? We're thinking of getting ours done but I'm worried its going to cost a small fortune.
I'm female :) (girly smiley face to prove it). I'm getting married in a few weeks - we have no wedding list and have been given such grief about not having one. Still, I think its a bit of a cheek asking people for presents never mind giving them a list. If we get anything we'll be grateful, if someone doesn't give us a present we won't be offended. Our wedding is small - just family and close friends, followed by a big party a few days later. It has been much cheaper and no pressure. I haven't even got my shoes yet!
I get this too - used to get it all the time, now it just seems to happen me in races - usually when I go out too hard at the start. Hilly runs can also trigger it. I used to suffer a lot from cramping calves when I was younger and was often woken up during the night with cramps. If I point my toes my feet cramp. I have put this down to diet mainly and find now that I eat very healthily I don't suffer from it as much (I used to eat a lot of crap). I also keep the laces on my running shoes quite loose which seems to help avoid pins and needles. When it happens in a race I tend to just try and run through it - it does go away after about 10 minutes or if you slow down. A gel/sports drink also helps. If anyone has any proper solutions, would love to hear them.
Amanda, well done on losing a stone, that is a fantastic achievement in 6 months. Don't get bogged down with not seeing the scales go down and down all the time. It may be that you have had initial significant weight loss and have now reached a plateau.
Have you levelled off your training - do you do the same amount every week. You could increase it slightly and gradually or add a gym session or weights class. Building muscle will increase your metabolism which means you'll burn more calories when you're doing nothing.
You might find your weight staying the same but your clothes getting looser. For the amount of running you are doing I would also suggest avoiding sports drinks and stick to water and lots of fruit and vegetables.
Saying that, I don't know what height you are but 9 stone sounds like a pretty healthy weight to me.