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Mission lose the baby weight; Weeks 1, 2 & 3

So, I’m not going to go on about all this “new year, new me thing” that pretty much half the population tend to do in the new year.

I finally feel like I have life, and being a mum under control. I semi feel like I know what I am doing, we sort of have a routine and Bella SLEEPS!

I feel like I can function a bit more like a normal person rather than a mombie.

We have also sort of decided we would like to have another baby at some point, which means more IVF.

We can’t afford to pay for full private cycles, so this means egg sharing again (or if we are lucky getting onto a drug trial).

So basically to egg share (or do the trial) your BMI has to be under 30.

My starting BMI  is 38. So yeah, a teeny tiny bit too high. Gah.

To get my BMI where I want it to be I need to lose 3st 7lb.

I decided not to blog straight away, well because I wanted to make sure I was ready to get my head into the game and start losing weight.

So here I am blogging, and its going well. I’m over 2 and half weeks into my new “thing”.

I’ve decided I’m not going to do any “diets” or any eating plans. I’m not cutting out and food groups. I want something sustainable. I want to change my life, not just lose weight and then it all comes back on when I return back to “normal” eating. I am making a new normal.

I am counting calories, and moving more. It is that simple.

I have joined a buggy boot camp that I do every Thursday, I have started using “Pacer” app on my iPhone (it counts your steps like a pedometer). I have consciously started walking more, it helps that we have gone down from two cars to just one.

I have made myself a few motivational visual aids which I will blog about separately. I find they really help!

I have before pictures, I have taken measurements. I don’t yet feel ok enough about it to share just yet. I am disappointed in myself, when I found out I had fertility problems I lost 7 stone because I knew we would want IVF. I can’t believe I put it back on, I managed to maintain for years but you know what? She is worth every lb. I know if and when we get pregnant again I will take more interest in what I eat, I managed to maintain until 20 weeks with Bella, then we went on an all inclusive honeymoon for 2 weeks and my scales broke (convenient I know!!).

I also just want to put this out there, I weigh daily, this is what I do, its what I’ve always done. It allows me to keep tabs. I don’t throw a tantrum if I put half a lb on, I understand my weight fluctuates, but it stops anything getting out of control.

So, I hope to blog weekly about this. About how I am feeling, how I am doing. Wish me luck!

Week 1 

Week commencing – 2/01/2015

Weight – 17st 2lbs

Started off feeling great, I decided to start writing meal plans, I am prepared the day before, there are no last minute “oh there is nothing in to eat” moments and therefor no take aways.

Increased my walking, started doing a few home work outs.

Really positive week.

Week 2

Week commencing – 9/01/2015

Weight – 16st 7lb

Loss – 9lbs

Well the hard work paid off! I feel great, I feel lighter.

Start my first boot camp this week! Really enjoyed it, hard work but nice to meet other mums in the same boat and Bella enjoyed it!

More walking again, calorie counting going well

Week 3

Week commencing – 16/01/2014

Weight – 16st 6lb

Loss – 1lb

Didn’t expect a huge loss due to last weeks loss. A lb is better than nothing, I googled what a lb of fat looks like and I’m happy enough!

 

 

Car safety and children

Since having Arabella car safety is something I have been thinking about a lot. I had horrible paranoid thoughts whilst pregnant about having an acident in the car and something happening to Bella, I’m pretty sure this is a normal mum thing.

Whilst pregnant I researched car seats, for both newborn and when she gets older. We decided we would like to rear face for longer than “standard” as reseach shows it is much safer and have pretty much decided that we are going to go for the BeSafe iZi Plus. It rear faces up to 25kg when fitted with a seatbelt!

Rear has been shown to be 5 times safer for children.

It seems car safety is also something that my husband thinks about a lot too, he’s constantly checking our screenwash, other fluid levels and the tread on our tyres.

Tyres are such an important part of car safety, if you think about it those 4 little squares of contact you have the road are purely your tyres. If you have no tread you have no grip. The legal limit on tyres in the UK is 1.6mm but anything under 3mm can compromise safety.

I found this page at Point S Tyres really helpful and informative and it shows you how to check your tyre tread properly. Moreover, for convenience and catering to busy parents, Point S allows booking tyres and fitting appointments online without any initial payment so one doesn’t need to wait for their turn at the service centre.

I think the thing that worries me most on the road isn’t our car, or mine or my husbands driving, its other irreponsible drivers. People who don’t maintain their cars properly, who drive round with bald tyres or badly worn brakes. then there are the people who drink drive, and use their phones whilst they are driving.

Now I am going to move onto car safety from a pedestrian point of view, we have one car now so we car share. This means during the week I walk a lot, wether it be with bella in the sling or in her pram. we live on a quiet housing estate, our road is a dead end but the amount of people I see speeding up and down like it is a race track is disgusing, there is no need for it, its going to save them what? a few seconds at the most. I think forward about how I used to play outside in the street when I was a child, playing with a football or drawing on the pavement with chalk, I dont think I’ll be able to do that because I really worry about someone losing control of their car due to speed and mounting the pavement!

Anyway, enough rambling from me, I’m going to finish with a few pictures of Bella in her car seat, we travel a lot as we have family all over the country, shes a very well travelled baby and really seems to enjoy it too!

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