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25 Jan, 2012

I decided yesterday it was finally time to get started on streamlining my wardrobe (point c in mission) as I’d been putting it off (due to the scale of the task) and beginning to moan to Mike ‘I’ve got nothing to wear’. After he got cross with me, he instructed me to throw loads of things out (‘you know all the things you brought here 2 years ago and I’ve never seen you wear’) and go buy some new clothes that I will wear. I had a sulk and then realised this is music to my ears!

I got started and soon realised that this was going to be an all day job – most of my stuff was, well, stuffed into my ‘wardrobe’, which is more a falling to bits ikea rack. But I also have boxes with sports clothes (including a 9 year old argentina sweater that I might wear?), holiday clothes (with things I haven’t worn since I was 21, 9 stone and living in Singapore), and clothes which were on a 6 month warning about a year ago. So I set about trying everything on to sort into ‘wear now’, ‘mend then wear’, ‘put away until after baby weight has been lost’, and ‘charity shop’. The result is a much neater rack that isn’t caving under the weight of forgotten clothes.

At about 2 I was starving so I went down stairs to make lunch and decided to put on SuperScrimpers. Well, that totally put the spanner in the works for my shopping spree! It made me realise that I do have some nice clothes – loads I had assumed I couldn’t fit into, some that would survive as maternity clothes, and others I had just forgotten about. So my job for the rest of the day (and I’m still not quite finished now) was to find the clothes I like and see what I can wear them with, here’s a little taster (I couldn’t be bothered to take photos of everything, so it’s not the greatest selection of phone photos!).

  1. This is a top I probably bought about 8 years ago from New Look. I had to seriously squeeze my boobs into it (there’s no side zip) but once on it felt very flattering over my tummy, so it can stick around for a while.
  2. Aww… my 2011 summer of love dress – I got this from Next for our honeymoon and loved it so much. If I can still fit it when the sun’s back out I will be so happy. It’s even got a little racing back.
  3. Shoulder pads! This is a jumper I got from topshop when we first started the business because it was sailor-y (the company was called Sailor Girl Ltd) – it got discarded to the back of a draw I think because one of the buttons was loose. So lazy. Look how cute the back is.
  4. This is a top Alex gave me a wee while back when she was doing something similar with her wardrobe. I thought it was a bit too boobalicious but if I move the buttons (which currently sit directly over my nipples, most embarrassing) down onto the stripy bit, I think it’ll be a nice little top to knock around in. The jeans by the way, are a god send – size 10 (!) and stretchy from topshop. I have 3 pairs in different colours and I think they will fit for quite some time.

So… no shopping spree. Aside from my very sorry looking underwear draw (see below), I have clothes. I just need to remember what I’ve got and wear some of them. What an idea!

Sorry Underwear: The before shot is after I already emptied it of about 10 bras, now even the leftovers don’t fit. In the after picture you’ll see one lonely white, non-wired bra that is insanely itchy and some pants. I am going to get measured and this is at least something I can have a spree on!

24 Jan, 2012

I’ve been working on research into exercise – the myths, advice, what feels best to me, etc. There’s loads of information out there so I’m trying to pull it together, get rid of the contradictions and develop my exercise plan for a post that will hopefully be really useful for anyone who is pregnant and wants to keep exercising (which btw should be everyone who is pregnant – there are so many benefits! God, I’m annoying myself…).

At the weekend, Gabriella was poorly (major snot storm every 15 minutes) so we didn’t end up going to the gym. We hit the housework instead (yuk – Mike was a slavedriver and my fuse was SHORT) and then went visiting (and eating) for the rest of the weekend. To cut a long story short, I ate and did no exercise and I didn’t like it.

To make up for it I’m adding extra little pregnancy exercises to my workouts this week. One of my favourite at home by myself exercise (what am I talking about, it is my all time favourite and I offer no apology) is my Davina exercise DVDs, and this afternoon I decided to do to both the leg and the arm sections of one of them (with the warmup and cool down it’s about 45 mins). I wasn’t expecting company for an hour or so but Mike and Gabriella turned up half way through the arms section and my quiet workout quickly turned into a spectator sport. Gabriella then ran off to find my smallest weights so she could join in (so cute). After a little snack and by the time we were stretching even Mike had joined in to see if he could also get his knees on his shoulders (like Gabriella, not me). A bit surreal but it turned out to be a nice bit of family time.

And now we’re watching Jodie Marsh: body builder – from my lamo, going to put on weight anyway, exercise regime to Jodie’s super-lean extreme. I want her arms, I think I’d need to push slightly heavier weights than my 1.5kg…but I’ll wait until after Bday for that!

23 Jan, 2012

On Friday I mentioned my husband’s rude weight loss (half a stone in 2 weeks), which is clearly not on. On the other hand, it has reminded me that I need to pull myself together and stop eating everything in sight. I’m hoping most of the extra food is going to my boobs (or my ‘page 3 boobs’ and Mike has loving renamed them) given the number of comments I have received about them from friends over the last few days…however, I suspect this is not completely the case, so a healthy eating plan (note: not a diet, critics) complete with carrot sticks instead of chocolate hobnobs (my best friend, Alex, will be pleased. She’s currently on a diet and takes great issue with the slow and savouring pace I use to eat anything yummy) is in order.

To give you a bit of background, I am an avid reader of Women’s Health Magazine, and especially used to love the diet plans – I was forever sending them to the girls at work (for example, this is a three week 1500 calorie ‘abs plan’ complete with recipe links. Loved reading it, very rarely followed it!), not because they were fat but because I loved them so much and wanted to share the joy.

So, for ‘The Ultimate Issue’ (gaining weight very (hopefully) slowly and healthily), I’ve been doing some homework over the weekend to devise a plan, which follows the initial principals in 8 things to love when you’re pregnant. I also wanted ideas, especially for snacks as I’ve fallen into the routine of low-fat soft cheese on toast (with loads of country life melted into the toast first, of course), which a) doesn’t fill me up for long, b) is quite high fat thanks to the butter but I don’t like it without and c) is really quite boring. I tried it with tuna on but that was pretty rank.

Anyway, to cut a long story short, in my hunt for information on pregnancy weight gain I have found a site that has done it all for me at babycentre.co.uk! Horray. It gets better too as it has been planned by the trimester and there are 4 weeks of plans for each trimester. They have thought of everything, including which vitamins (and therefore foods) you should be stocking up on at each stage of pregnancy and have a separate list of snacks. Also, for those of you that way inclined and with time on your hands (me, for example) there is a blank planner so you can do it yourself. I love it.

The only thing it doesn’t tell you is how many calories are in the plans, which I would like to know so I can replace things (for example, I’ve been dying to make a Cook Yourself Thin Mexican Burger recipe but it’s been held ransom for a whole week by an unripe avocado. I will be making it tonight). But, according to quite a few sources, I should be eating the same number of calories as I was eating before I got pregnant. (Ah-ha, this is the source of my weight gain then) So, by this calculation I should be eating about 1700 calories a day and only increasing it by 200-300 calories a day as I reach the second and third trimester. By the way, the overall amount you should put on during pregnancy, as a guide (don’t stress out if you put on more!!) is 25 – 35 lbs.

The other good news is that when I was having a good neb around the site, I also worked out the Vitamin A situation (that being you mustn’t take any supplements with Vit A in during pregnancy, which led me to worry about my orange obsession during weeks 6 and 10). Well, quandary no more…it turns out there are 2 types of Vitamin A:

  • Retinol is good for you but strong, so too much of it can harm  the development of your baby. Liver has high levels of it, hence avoiding it.
  • Betacarotene is the good one and pregnant women should stock up on it in the form of carrots, oranges (hooray!), and green vegetables (broccoli, watercress, and spinach are the examples babycentre give).

So, see what you think of the plans and if you have any suggestions for other plans, do let me know and I’ll love you forever. In the name of Betacarotene, my ex-foe and new friend, I’m off to make some broccoli and pea soup for lunch.

20 Jan, 2012

Two things for you today.

Firstly, it is time to talk about weight gain… this morning Mike came down the stairs looking extremely spritely and happy with himself (very impressive given the 4 or 5 hours sleep he had) and announced he has lost half a stone – how depressing! Especially as it seems that in order to keep the weight equilibrium in the house I am putting that weight on. I think dieting when your wife is on a long haul trip to fatdom is just rude. Anyway, I really want to spend some time over the weekend looking at eating plans that help you maintain your weight much longer while stopping your hunger pangs and getting myself set up for the week…I will of course share, probably on Sunday.

Secondly, I had my bikini done today. I said I would and I did. Now, I am not exaggerating when I say this was THE most painful experience of my entire life – this is the first time I have ever sworn while getting it done and I literally begged her to just leave the other side. But thankfully she said things like ‘No,’ ‘what would your husband say?’ and ‘pull yourself together.’ It was good and she was a trooper. Respect.

There were two major issues that caused this 1) the last time I had it done was in June – eek, embarrassing and 2) I shouldn’t have shaved in between. But I also think there is a secret third cause of the pain… one of those pregnancy symptoms, of course. I’ve not looked into this so you readers will probably say, well yes, everyone knows that. But I did not know this and it was a horrific awakening. Despite the pain, I’m going to persevere in the name of tackling the impending hairiness head on, so I have booked myself in for 6 weeks time. It should hopefully not hurt as much (if it does, that’s it, bush all the way to bday) because the hair will be short and thin, and I won’t have shaved. And, by God, I’m taking some paracetamol before I go. Any other tips, please share them as a matter of muff and death.