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?
Let me first explain that I am not fancy. We are not a fancy family. We are not posh. We don’t live a high-flying life. But yesterday we went to Harrods for a bit of shopping and a lot of ice cream. I can hear you say, ‘oooh, get you’.
Husband often receives a few gifts from clients at Christmastime, but he usually gets booze. This year he also received a gift card to Harrods. So we took the kids and let them explore the toy floor. Besides loads of toys, they have giant stuffed animals and cool Lego statues. Moozles got to pick out one toy (a Princess walkie-talkie).
Then we went to the Ice Cream Parlour. It was such a treat. We wouldn’t normally spend £30 on just ice cream. At Christmas and birthdays, I normally ask for practical (but fun) things for the kids. Next time I’ll ask for a gift certificate for a fancy department store and we can have a day out. Or maybe someone will give us a big enough gift certificate that we can buy the £30k toy car that Dubz had his eye on (bottom pic). Oooh, get us.
We normally have a zoo visit around Christmas time. Last year our son Dubz was only seven months so we gave it a miss. But this year we went back to our tradition. We decided on Whipsnade Zoo, even though London Zoo is closer. Whipsnade Zoo has elephants, and Dubz LOVES elephants.
We thought we would go to Whipsnade on the 1st January since we weren’t planning to party on New Year’s Eve and we thought the zoo would be quieter on New Year’s Day. We were right. I’m not sure how much of it had to do with the day after NYE festivities, or the fact that it rained all day and even hailed at one point.
Despite the weather we had a fab time at Whipsnade. The elephants were in their enclosure so we got to see them up close. Walker was thrilled. We saw the baby hippo who was just born three weeks ago. Our other highlights included the chimpanzees, the turtles and spiders in the Discovery Centre and the Hullabazoo soft play centre (which I think is quite new). The soft play was extremely good. We got some respite out of the rain and had some drinks and snacks. Walker got to play in the toddler area, which was perfect for him. Moozles enjoyed the bit for the big kids.
The soft play is next to the petting zoo. We were going to skip this bit as we have a few farms by our house, but we saw some sheep wandering around and had to get a closer look. Walker loves sheep too so we had to keep hold of him cause he just wanted to pet and hug them.
We’re thinking about getting the ZSL annual zoo pass, which would allow us into Whipsnade and London Zoos. Does anyone else have one? I like the zoo being a special outing, and don’t want to turn it into a chore of going just to get our money’s worth. Then again, it would be nice to go more than once a year.
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.
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.
Last night, Husband and I were discussing the good and bad times of 2013. For me, 2013 has been one of the toughest years I’ve ever had. But in between the tribulations, our family has had some wonderful times. So rather than reflecting further on 2013, I wanted to write my hopes for 2014.
1. Continued love and happiness (generic but true).
2. Dubz, who is currently 19-months old, should have a big jump in his vocabulary.
3. Moozles, who is five, might be able to ride her bike without stabilisers.
4. Healthier lifestyles for Husband and me (and finally losing that damn baby weight).
5. A family holiday, which I will have to swindle or win a competition for as we’re on a tight budget.
6. Find an amazing part-time job that pays well and isn’t far from where I live.
The last two feel a bit greedy, but you gotta dream big right?! Happy New Year! May all your hopes comes true. xx
We said goodbye to Elfy last week. It felt like he had only just arrived. It was nice having him around, and my daughter loved looking for him in the mornings. Our hiding spots were a bit limited, because even though Moozles loved him, she didn’t want to be alone in the room with Elfy. Normally, when Moozles wakes up, she goes to the living room to play so I couldn’t hide Elfy there.
I feel like I will do a better job with Elfy next year. I will put him in better, more exciting spots. I also lost over a week of good thinking about hiding spots due to my operation earlier in the month. Husband mostly just moved him around the kitchen counter, haha. Here are some of the pics from the past two weeks. Take care Elfy. Peace out!
I love living in the UK. But there are certain holidays that make me miss California.
Like Christmas. And the crazy Christmas lights you find in certain areas of San Diego, like Christmas Circle. People go over the top. But in a fun and festive way. You don’t care about being classy or worry about being tacky. You just want to enjoy the twinkly Christmassy atmosphere.
If we ever see a house in London or Surrey that has some lights or Christmas decorations, my five year-old oohs in wonder and admiration. I can’t imagine what she would think of the light displays that you find in American cities and towns. I know some people in the UK have over-the-top light displays at their homes, but there is nothing like having an entire neighbourhood of what appears to be Christmas on crack.
So spare a thought for me this Christmas, in your tastefully decorated homes. I will be a bit homesick for lights so bright they could blind you.