This week we have had a few giggles at Harriet. Her craziness continues to make us smile. Although she is a complete horror that is full of mischief.
She is obsessed with swimming. You only have to mention the word and she is in the swimming box. One morning we did the school run with Harriet wearing her swim aid and her goggles whilst clutching a swimming costume I am sure you can imagine the looks we got. She regularly runs around the house wearing her goggles. (Goggles is one of the few words she can actually say.)
She is a nightmare when I am trying to get dressed in the morning. She is constantly under my feet trying to get into my makeup bag and anything else she can find.
And of course it is completely normal to be running up and down the rolled up rug whilst I am trying to vacuum with her sisters ear muffs covering her eyes.
Harriet has spent a lot of time on the naughty mat this week for hitting, biting, throwing and drawing on things with crayons and felt tip pens. However she is a defiant little thing. She has set her own agenda and insists on sitting on the naughty step instead. She thinks it is all one big game. Sometimes I feel totally out of control with her.
We have also had the weekly battle with Amelie and her homework. This week she got 6/13 for her spelling test. Bless she is only 5 and she is already complaining about the homework each week. I dread to think what she will be like by the time she hits her teens.
This week Amelie has been a bit poorly with a heavy cold so she has had a couple of days at home with us. I think the playdoh took her mind of things for a while.
Back at the start of the year I set myself the target of loosing some weight and getting fit. It was so much easier before kids. There were no left over teas to eat or cupboards brimming with biscuits and crisps not to mention that I had the time to go to the gym without worrying about the girls.
I am determined to shift it this time. Since having the girls I have tried various diets, most successfully was Weight Watchers but I have also tried Slimming World and the GI diet but I spent my whole time starving, fighting cravings and point counting and wondering what the hell I was going to eat for tea.
This month I have tried so hard. I have been very strict with myself. I have really paid attention to what I eat. I have downloaded the app My Fitness Pal which I have been using religiously (apart from this weekend!) I have had good days and bad days I have resisted all temptation to cheat and not log some food – I remained strong and reminded myself the only person I was cheating was myself. I have been meal planning – including my lunches. This has had a double benefit. It has saved us money and it has stopped me impulse cooking for the kids and snacking on the likes of crisps, biscuits, cheese, crackers, hummus, toast with lashings of butter – basically anything I could get my hands on. My Fitness Pal has made me realise just how many calories I was eating and how many of them were empty calories. In all honesty it is no wonder I was getting fat. Our cheese, butter, bread and hummus consumption has literally halved. One night I poured myself a glass of wine, I then scanned the bottle and worked out the calories (I had probably poured a bigger glass) it was something ridiculous like 600 calories – so I poured it back.
I have been following the 5:2 diet (although not as strictly as I should). I am amazed at how much you can actually eat on 500 calories a day. On a non fasting day I have been really strict with myself at trying to stay within 2,000 calories. I have found some great websites from which I have cooked a few things – although I did have a hideous experience with some sort of bug in my spinach – I think it has put me off spinach for life!
I have fallen in love with deliciously ella and have cooked a few recipes I have found on her blog.
I love her porridge recipe made with almond milk and boiling water. I was a bit dubious initially but I have now made it a few times and each time I marvel at how good it is.
I have been making soup most days for lunch. Partly because they are so easy to make and they last a couple of days which cuts down on my planning and prep time.
Additionally I have made a few of my own recipes up such as this roast tomato and pepper soup with onions and lentils.
I have been running a few times but the weather hasn’t been the best – I am a fair weather runner at least until I am in the swing of things. Instead of sitting on the side when Amelie has her swimming lesson I have spent the time in the pool swimming myself. I have noticed my fitness levels creeping up. At the start of the year I couldn’t do a whole length front crawl without gasping for breath at the end – now I can do it with relative ease although there is still room for improvement.
Quite a while ago I brought a fitbit One – they were pretty new out on the market when I got mine, however I have never felt the love for it. I hate the fact that you have to remember to wear it each day and swap it between outfits. So I decided to upgrade to the Jawbone UP24 which I loved, from a motivational point of view I found it so much better. However within the space of about 2 weeks it stopped syncing with my phone and started giving very misleading step readings, so I sent it back and I have gone back to my fitbit One. However I can already feel that I am starting to fall back off the wagon. I really need that motivation where I can see it. I have been looking for another device but I just can’t decide what to go for. By wearing these devices it has made me realise just how little I move on the average day. Not only that but it also made me realise that a trip into town which is about 3 miles only just hits the 10,000 step mark.
On a positive front. When I embarked upon my weight/fitness programme at the start of January I was somewhat embarrassingly 11.9 stone. In a month I have managed to drop down to 11.05 stone. That is 8.5lbs!!!! Friday I hit 10.13 but I drank a bit over the weekend and wasn’t very good at my tracking. I was bit sad when I hit the scales this morning but rather than giving up I am determined to track everything today and congratulate myself tonight when I have managed to stay within my calorie intake.
I have a bit of a way to go until I hit my target weight of just below 10 stone. However unlike the past I don’t just want to loose the weight I want to tone up as well. I want to tone my core and my tummy muscles as that is the area of my body I hate the most.
One of the most important things I have noticed since starting in January is how much better I am feeling. I don’t wake up in the morning feeling sluggish. I have turned my whole day around. I now start getting ready for bed half an hour prior to going to bed. This gives me time to follow a beauty regime and actually get to bed before I am too exhausted. All in all I would say I have had a pretty positive month and I have proved to myself that you don’t need to spend a fortune by buying special foods or paying to join a weight loss group you can do it at home by planning, watching what you eat and moving more. I would really recommend buying a fitness tracker if nothing more than a motivational tool. I have been driving my poor husband up the wall about which tracker I should get. If anyone has any recommendations I would love to hear from you.
We have had a good week filled with birthdays a trip to the beach and a birthday tea at Frankie and Benny’s. Although I wish the kids would stop fighting.
Last Saturday was spent at home tidying and catching up on jobs. Being a stay at home Mum I am not sure how all my jobs end up piling up for the weekend. This is an area of my life I think I need to work on – I am currently reading the book 168 hours You have more time than you think. It is proving a very interesting read and is starting to make me realise just how much time I waste, doing not very much but thinking I’m rushed off my feet. Mikes parents popped in for afternoon tea. The house was still a tip but we had made a lemon drizzle cake.
Sunday the sun was shining and I needed to get out of the house, get some fresh air and use up a bit of the girls cooped up energy. So I checked the tide times and we went down to the beach (its no good going at high tide as it is just pebbles but at low tide the sea goes out for miles across the sand flats). It was pretty chilly. I wrapped the girls up but within minutes both girls were soaked. However they had fun running about on the sand. Amelie kept splashing the puddles up her sister – Little horror. We had intended to go for a coffee afterwards but the girls wellies were so wet inside and I had forgotten to take spare shoes so we had headed home for coffee.
Sunday was also my Mums birthday so we invited my parents over for dinner with my brother and his girlfriend. As usual far too we ate and drank far too much. I forgot to put the bubbles in the fridge which I was a bit of a shame so we had to settle for wine instead. I did take some photos but not very good ones and I don’t think anyone would thank me for posting them on here!
Pretty much the remainder of the week we have spent attempting to tidy a very over cluttered house (another area for improvement!) I spent some time working on a plan of action for a few of my projects and baking various things. We popped into town to try and get Harriet some of her birthday presents but we couldn’t find what we were looking for so I had to resort to Amazon and John Lewis. I spent so long pondering what to get her that I ended up leaving it until the last minute and having to pay for postage. I think having a birthday so close to Christmas can be tricky when deciding what to buy – with Christmas only a month ago she doesn’t really need anything.
I have resisted temptation all week to buy any more crafting supplies, wool or quilting material. Oh I tell a lie I did buy a triangular quilting template so that I can start a quilt for Harriet (I already have the material for this). I have decided to try and finish some of my ongoing projects and use up what I have before starting any new ones. So this week in my spare time I have been working on my crochet granny square blanket I started a while back. I started it so that I could use up some of the odd balls of wool I had. So far I have made 59 squares. I don’t know whether to keep going to 100 or stop at 64.
We have started working on our hallway project this is a work in progress – (more on that later. I am going to put together a post next week). I am very excited about this although judging by this photo Mike doesn’t seem so impressed!!!
Thursday night we took the girls to Frankie and Benny’s for a birthday tea. I made Harriet a little chocolate muffin to take with us and they brought it out with a candle and sang Happy Birthday Amelie has been on our case about going there for Harriets birthday for months. She was so excited. Harriet sat there bright eyed wondering what was going on.
Finally Friday was Harriets birthday. I thought Amelie was going to burst with excitement. I am hoping to find time to put together a birthday post next week. I also took Harriet to see the cranial osteopath. This is pretty much a whole days excursion. We have to drive quite a long way for her appointment so she ended up spending a large chunk of her birthday sat in the back of the car bless her. I forgot to link the two together when I booked her appointment and he is always so busy that I kept her appointment. If she hated going I may have changed it but she loves it. It is the only time she sits still. I had to stop twice on the motorway hard shoulder (something I hate doing as it always feels so dangerous) to strap her back in her seat. She had managed to wriggle free and was trying to open the doors and the windows. Honestly that baby truly terrifies me sometimes.
It was an action packed day, once we got home we had a little birthday tea for Harriet (I had to buy a cake as I ran out of time) with Mikes parents and mine.
So there we have it our weekly round up.
I had originally planned on posting this on Friday but as with most things in this house life takes over and other things happen.