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It has been one week since I started healthy living. I've walked the school run at least once a day (total of 40 minutes of walking, whilst pushing a buggy). I've reduced carbs and dairy and mostly cut out sugar. I also haven't had a drop of booze since the 31st December 2013. I did have a Cadbury Creme Egg last week when I got my period, but I'm only human.

Yesterday I returned to the world of Pilates, though Husband calls it 'stretching'. I began a weekly Pilates Reformer course. All the muscles in my legs and arms are aching today, so I know it's working. Considering I spent the last five months of 2013 recovering from my broken toe, I have been ridiculously active this past week. But it feels good to be helping myself towards a healthier lifestyle.


The toughest part of my new healthy lifestyle is not having chocolate, cake or biscuits every day. I miss having a yummy Digestive biscuit with a cup of tea in the afternoon, not to mention a nice pudding after dinner. But I think my chocolate/sugar addiction was contributing to problems getting to sleep, which was leading to being tired and needing sugar to pick myself up during the day. I have been sleeping much better this week so I know it's working, which is helping me fight off the cravings.

Have you made any resolutions for 2014? How is it going? Have you had any stumbles? 


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I normally don't make New Year's resolutions. I feel like if you have things you want to sort out in your lives, just do it. But this year, I have one. Losing. Weight. I started on a diet and exercise regime at the end of July 2013, but on the 1st August I fell down the stairs and broke my toe. It has taken months for that damn toe to feel 75% better. Then on the 2nd December 2013, I had a laparoscopy. Cue more recuperation. Meaning cue more eating and less activity and gaining more weight.

But I'm finally feeling better, and coincidentally it is the 1st of January 2014. So I have booked a weekly Pilates equipment class beginning the Sunday after next. And I'm thinking about booking another Pilates course so that I will be attending twice a week. 

Check if your teacher has an appropriate qualification, such as one from the Pilates Foundation

Tomorrow I will be doing a very healthy food shop. And I will be reducing my carbs, increasing the vegetables and cutting out the sugar beginning this Saturday. I find that carbs aggravate my endometriosis. But I could eat toast, pasta and rice all day. I have decided that I will only have carbs once a day. And I eat chocolate or biscuits everyday, which is not necessary for my well-being. So those are going.

My unhealthy diet and the almost non-existent exercise are adding to my lack of sleep. I go to bed at around 12.30am most nights, which isn't great considering I am up at 7am most mornings. If I was eating healthier, then I wouldn't be so buzzed on sugar at night and could get to bed at a reasonable time.

I have two stone of baby weight and half a stone of 'extra' weight that need to be eradicated. I will keep you up to date. It's more than a resolution. I am really ready for this. A new year, and an old me.

2004. On my honeymoon in Kenya. Before kids.
It's not like I used to be skinny. I would often fluctuate with kinda slim and kinda chunky. But now, I'm actually fat. My body hasn't recovered from having my second child. My daughter is five and my son is 19 months old. I gained three stones  (42 pounds) when I was pregnant with my boy. I lost a stone after he was born, leaving me two blasted stones overweight. And with the fatigue and the demands of breastfeeding, the weight never shifted. And when Walker started sleeping through the night at 10 months, I thought it would happen. But it didn't.

Out a few months ago
My pre-pregnancy clothes are still too tight. I don't have any dressy things for my current size so I did some online shopping last week, trying to get a new outfit for some Christmas outings. But nothing looks nice. 

I know my weight doesn't define who I am. But it does affect the way I feel. I am not looking to be a size zero. I know that's not how I'm made. But I just want to be able to dress without agonising over my lumps and bumps. 

I got into Pilates equipment(Reformer, Cadillac) before my second pregnancy and it really toned me up. There is a great studio in Clapham but we moved last year and there isn't a proper Pilates studio nearby.  
How did you tackle your pregnancy weight? Or are you still dealing with it? It is so tough finding the time and energy to exercise. If I ever have time while my son is napping, I just want to rest on the sofa. How can I put down the cake and pick up the weights? Any advice would be gratefully received.