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Walking journey update

I’ve been a bit quiet on the blog recently, as I’ve been busy setting up various projects which I shall be blogging and sharing about soon. The whole purpose of me setting up my blog was to share my post baby weight loss. And although that was the catalyst the blog it self has evolved, much like myself over the past 4 months.
I mean 4 months isn’t a long time in the grand scheme of things but blogging for me has really helped me to analyse and make decisions in my life, important decisions. And I put this all down to one thing, my original decision back in January, to sell my car.
If it wasn’t for selling my car and making myself walk everyday to do the school run I wouldn’t be at the stage I’m at now. Every day that I walk I’m left with only myself to think and question my life. It’s the time I use to have ideas and to make things happen. It was my first day of walking that I decided to blog and from blogging I have highlighted other things that are important to me and how I want to change my life for the better.
Walking has also given me the opportunity to make new friends. Instead of jumping in and out of my car and running into the school because I’m late, as usual, I now have the time to chat and make friends.
I thought that the biggest positive of walking would be the exercise and weight-loss, but turns out that’s just a by product. For me ditching the car was a huge lifestyle change but now it’s just the norm, and 4 months later I’m still pounding the pavement. But I won’t lie, I am starting to wish I had a car, not for the school run, but for the little journey’s and the social aspect of being able to visit friends and take day trips out with the kids.
So I’ve decided it’s time to get back behind the wheel, I will continue to walk my school runs and just use the car when I need too.
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I’ve lost 25lbs in total but I don’t think the walking is helping much now towards my weight loss. I’ve still got 19lbs to lose to get to my overall goal of 11 stone, ideally I’d like to be 10 stone but I’m realistic.
I am so proud in what I have achieved, but now I have to open a new chapter and challenge myself more. I was so focused when I first began this journey but over the last 6 weeks my focus has been geared towards other important things in my life, hence the projects I’ve been working on. I’m actually having to remind myself that this is still important to me and convince myself that I can still achieve my goal.
So this month I’m completing the 30 day shred and trying hard to stay away from those pesky takeaways.
Although I’ve not been sharing I’ve still been completing my video diary, I just need to find the time now to get updated and back on the blogging horse.

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104 Miles and counting

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I’m still buzzing from last week’s 3lbs weight-loss, and have found it extremely easy going into this week on a health food mission.
I can not believe that it will be 4 weeks since I sold the car and started my new walking regime. By the end of this week I would have walked 104 miles and possibly more as that’s not including my short journey’s to the shops or the doctor’s and there have been a few!
I’m feeling great and really embracing my new routine. Initially I thought it would be really difficult to give up the car, but it really has been an easy transition. This week has been all about healthy eating and breaking bad food habits so my dinners have mainly consisted of salads. But what I have realised is I have to be weary of my portion size and those hidden calories.
What I mean by hidden calories is the calories that are sitting in plain site on my daughter’s plate, I just can’t help myself.
My husband works late most nights and I wait to have dinner with him, so this is a huge time gap inbetween my lunch and dinner for me to snack. So I have tried to buy dinners this week that I can cook separately, hence the salads. But I’m still snacking, so I’ve bought lots of fruit and 0% fat yoghurt. But I think I’ve finally found that balance, between a healthy diet and easy exercise routines, it’s got to the point where I don’t even have to think about food or exercise. And any exercise I do is because I want to do it, not because I feel guilty and have to. Now I just have to maintain this lifestyle and not drop into bad habits again!

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84 Miles Later

blog picI have been obsessed with weighing myself this week despite my scales being broken.
But I thought I was on top of things this week, don’t get me wrong I’m still tired, but what’s different now is I’m used to the night feeds and the early starts. Well that’s what I thought until I checked my diary and realised that once again I had double booked my doctor’s appointment with my baby group. I’m seriously not having much luck with my dates at the moment!
But this week we opted to keep our appointment at the doctor’s and miss half of group. I have noticed without a car, situations like this seem much more stressful than what they are, but I’m not deterred from walking, Despite the cold and it has been cold!
I could put this second mishap down to the tiredness but as well as being tired I’ve not been able to stop thinking about weigh in or should I say not being able to weigh in, pretty sad really! So even though the scales stopped working at the beginning of the week I couldn’t help but try them again and guess what? They actually worked, I couldn’t believe it, especially as they showed a 3lbs weight loss. Which means I’ve now lost 12lbs since child-birth and 6 lbs since I begun the 12 month challenge!
This really makes it worth it, now that I’m seeing some results from all the miles I’m walking.
But really I’m not sure if the scales are still broken after the weekend I had, I am seriously gobsmacked!
So now starts a new battle, the battle of the weekend indulgence. I have to get my head straight and stop making allowances. By rewarding myself at every opportunity, but I’m still not ready to diet. However if I’m honest I could eat healthier, so that’s what I intend to do, next week! Seeing this weight-loss has prompted me to make more changes and be honest about my eating habits.
So I’ve started doing a spin class that I found on YouTube, I only have a regular exercise bike but it feels good to be doing something other than walking, I know my real struggle is the weekend so that’s where I’m going to start and concentrate my efforts. I’m going to try to cut out takeaways and sweet treats and start to eat healthier meals. Even though I’m going to watch what I’m eating I’m not going to label this as a diet, being on a diet is too restricting and if I want to feed my baby I have to eat. I’ve just got to be sensible about what I do eat and make those calories count and most importantly remember that fat is not my friend!
I thought giving up my car would be the hardest part of this challenge but so far I’m finding walking the easiest part of this journey, now my battles with FOOD! Follow my blog with Bloglovin

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So, So Tired!!

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Waking up early isn’t a problem when you have a 6 week old baby, because most of the time you were up anyways! Having more than 3hrs of consecutive sleep is a real treat for most mom’s in the early weeks. What I’m finding difficult is the dreary cold mornings, it’s so uninviting when you know you have an hours walk ahead of you.
But despite this I haven’t flagged and am still rocking up to the school gates early.
Not always as organised as I think though, for example the other day I woke up at 5:30 had a coffee watched the news and chilled out before the madness ensued. By 7am I was waking everyone up confident in my morning routine as I had got myself already first for a change. It wasn’t until I neared the pre-school gates that I thought back to my morning and couldn’t remember getting my daughter to brush her teeth or clean her face! So much for waking up early, luckily I had wet wipes to hand and a quick wipe over the face and she was good to go!
It’s only my second week of walking and in total I will have walked 30 miles this week, which is 6 miles a day. I’m feeling good, albeit a little sore still and I may need to find a really good chiropodist by the end of the month but I’m not looking at getting a new car any time soon. So far I’ve lost 9lbs and I’m hoping that I’ll be able to see some real results soon. But my eating habits haven’t changed, I’m hungry all the time and I’m spending energy all day. When I’m not walking I’m nursing and I’m already tired due to the lack of sleep, so food is definitely my friend at the moment as it’s the only thing keeping me going, oh and the caffeine!
So I haven’t lost any weight this week but I’m not disheartened and I’m not surprised. I know I should be watching what I’m eating but that’s not proving to be easy. Especially with the weekend looming. Look out for my video update next week by following the link Rantings of a #madmummy to see how I got on over the weekend.

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Not so organised!

We got a new toy in the house this week, a new games console. This was a family treat, something that we could all enjoy and I’ve got to say it really is taking my mind off of my constant mind battle between me and my inner skinny me.
Although it may have been too distracting as I turned up at the doctor’s surgery for my 6 week check a whole 24 hours early. Whilst I stood there tapping my details onto the screen it never occurred to me that I had the wrong day. I was simply proud that I had managed to feed the child, nurse the baby and get to the surgery with time to spare. This may seem like a small victory but I had to walk pass the duck pond and deflect numerous request to feed the ducks. For some reason my responses were not justifiable to a three-year old and we found ourselves still having the duck pond discussion as it disappeared round the corner. Apparently ducks don’t eat receipts isn’t a good enough reason to not feed the ducks!
The receptionist seemed quite amused at my blunder and even more so at the struggle I was having trying to keep my child under control as I deflected further questions about buying lip balm at the pharmacy. Then the whole scenario seemed to get worse as she began to question me about my baby and when I had registered her, it was only then I remembered that I had forgotten to pick up the forms that I had filled out two weeks ago, which were laying safe on my desk! I was then reminded that my baby couldn’t be seen until this had been done and was shoved more forms to save me the walk home. So even though the whole trip out of the house had initially seemed like a waste of time at least I had completed a job I should have done two weeks ago, silver lining I suppose!
But then my heart sunk when I enquired when my appointment was, because the following day I had my first baby group. I had never experienced groups with my first child and as I’m fairly new to the area I’ve been invited to the first time mum’s group and I was really looking forward to it. So despite our 6 week check being rather important I rescheduled until next week, and hopefully I’ll be a little more organised and actually get the right day!
I’m now thinking that the games console was a little too distracting! Oh and no Tyra didn’t get her lip balm and ducks still don’t eat receipts!
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Car’s Gone Baby Gone!

Well it’s the first week of my get fit for life and lose weight in 12 months challenge. I’ll be honest I’m not putting any numbers on my goal weight, as realistically I’d just like to be happy and comfortable in my clothes. But the truth be told 58lbs would be awesome and also far too hard!

My baby is 5 weeks old now and I’m still a little tender but I’ve made a decision and it’s the biggest decision I’ve made in a long time………to sell my car. I thought about it and There are many benefits to this and at the moment I can not think of any disadvantages, the biggest benefit will be the exercise as I’ll have to walk my daughter to school and pick her up every day, this is an hour round trip and in total for the day is about 6 miles.

Luckily we live 10 minutes away from our local high street and have a major Supermarket up the road so I’m not going to struggle, I don’t think!
But if I am honest, my husband called my bluff, I mentioned to him that it would be an idea to sell the car and then two days later he had a buyer, it was so quick I didn’t have much time to react.
The first day of the school run was strange and a bit daunting, I was still very tender and had underestimated how far I really had to walk. But I was up early filled with caffeine and my only struggle seemed to be one French braid or two, or Elsa or Anna as my three year old says. As we walked up the drive, I mean as I walked up the drive pushing the pushchair with my daughter perched on her ride on board I realised that I hadn’t walked this far for around 8 years and that was a scary thought!

It was than I started to question myself, had I made the right decision? Could I actually do this? and than I heard myself, I was so conditioned to drive I’d turned into an idiot!! So I walked and I walked and found myself at the pre-school gates nearly 10 minutes early, which for me is an accomplishment as I am always late.

By the end of my first day I was feeling smug and a bit more tender but any doubts I had were soon diminished when I was greeted by my daughter with her daily art work and as she put it,

Mummy, this is Daddy and you, when Ava was in your belly and you were fat!

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That made me laugh hard!!

I do think I have made the right decision though as now I have no choice but to walk, I haven’t noticed a huge physical difference so far but since I had my daughter I have lost 9lbs, so this can only help, right? Have you made any changes to your 2015? Feel free to share, maybe we can give each other some moral support.

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12 Month Plan

So start of the year and it’s the same as every year, your feeling the guilt of an over indulging Christmas and New year. Everywhere you look there’s a celebrity trying to flog their fitness DVD, scrabbling to every media outlet to share their fat to fit story, whilst sharing countless selfies to show off their new-found confidence, and what I mean by confidence is tits.

You then go to The supermarket where there promoting low-fat healthy eating next to the half price chocolates, it’s no wonder by the middle of January most people are loosing sight of their resolutions and by end of January they can barely remember what they set out to do.
I like many others this year found myself unhappy with my appearance and slightly overweight. OK quite a bit overweight!!
However my weight gain seems much more justifiable to me as I have just had my second child.

But despite the overwhelming happiness when holding my bundle of joy, I’m still niggled with disappointment of the size of my thighs, and I’m seriously sick of people saying “oh, but you’ve just had a baby”, No shit!!

Despite the pain, discomfort and the distinct smell of off milk, I am highly motivated to lose these pounds and get SEXY!!!! So I’ve made a few decisions that I hope will help me to succeed and achieve that SEXY body, that’s buried underneath thick thighs a chubby waist and all that boobage!

My first decision was to start a video diary to share, I feel I have a better chance of succeeding if I have an audience. I want to document the successes, the failures and my overall general feelings. This is not a quick fix, I’m not trying to get fit and sexy for summer, I’m trying to get fit and sexy for life. So I’ll be blogging for 12 months, and if you choose to follow me I’ll be doing weekly updates to show my progress and sharing what I’ve done to achieve my results. I have to add though this is not a fitness or healthy recipes blog, I don’t have the money or resources to go to the gym and cooking overly healthy recipes isn’t realistic for me at the moment.

I will be blogging about how I incorporate my exercise into my daily routines whilst looking after a newborn and a three-year old. But mainly how I’m battling with those annoying every day choices, like low-fat or full fat, take away or homemade meal, spin class or catch up tv and basically how I’m staying sane and motivated to meet my goals.

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I had my first daughter back in 2011 and before then I looked a few pounds lighter, 9 stone 2 lbs to be precise and despite trying to keep my weight down through my pregnancies, I was fighting a losing battle and soon realised I was destined to be a heavy-set penguin waddling child bearer and by my 7 month pregnant I had embraced this with cake!

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My second daughter was born in November 2014 and I am at my heaviest at 14 stone 2 lbs, but despite the body not being willing the eyes and mind are impatient and ready to crack on. Join the madness and watch me either fail or succeed, either way it will be a mad and crazy journey!