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if you’re anything like me, you find it difficult to even find time to have a wash, there’s always something more pressing. Here I’m hoping to encourage myself and you to put yourself first a bit more!


4 months old

Mar
15th
2019

15 Mar, 2019

Nancy’s 4 months old today! And what a change from last month…when she was sleeping through most nights and her teeth weren’t bothering her!

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It’s been a bit of a tricky month, with her fully embracing the 4 month sleep regression. Some nights she’s waking every 2 hours.

4 months old

Thankfully I’ve not found it too bad. Because I’ve started exercising again I find I get to sleep easier and sleep deeper when I do sleep. I also have more energy even with broken sleep (although hangovers without drinking is a real thing).

She’s also embraced daytime sleeps in her cot, which I love. A little bit of quiet time to read and write is heaven to me (I’ve realised since stopping drinking 18 months ago and getting a bit older that I’m actually an introvert and crave alone time to mull things over).

4 months old

I’ve noticed a real change in her development this month as she’s found her feet, she’s grabbing at everything (handfuls of hair are now missing) and she’s much stronger so carrying her has suddenly become a lot easier – no more head support.

All in all she’s a delight. Our little chicken, as Mike calls her and while I certainly don’t want to wish the time away, I’m looking forward to what the next month brings!

4 months old

weekly wins

Mar
02nd
2019

02 Mar, 2019

Hurray! It’s Saturday. It’s actually 8.27am and I’m all alone. Reuben’s catching up with Pokemon, Nancy’s back in bed (she’s taken to waking up around 6am this week, which is fine as I’m already up but it’s making her a bit more tired and grouchy) and Mike’s on a bike ride. So I’m taking this opportunity to look back over the week and see what happened and why I feel so beaten up. Ha!

1. I went back to bootcamp

Oh, that’s why! Yup, I started back at Bootcamp and successfully made it to 3 workout sessions at 7:30am without anyone having a breakdown. The fact Nancy’s been waking early has been a good thing for this as I’m able to feed her and therefore don’t have to use the dreaded breast pump. It also leaves Mike with one less thing to do before the school run. He’s had a busy week at work, so if we can make it work this week, the rest of the 6 weeks will be a synch!

The workouts are hard but I love them and really get that buzz after (I don’t normally when I workout but then I don’t normally work this hard).

2. I’ve listened to some great podcasts

The other bonus of Bootcamp is I’m enjoying listening to podcasts again on my drive in (listened to and loved this from James Altucher about positivity and as a result been introduced to this Youtube channel by Evan Carmichael). Hello brain, I’ve missed you! Plus, the sunrise is so beautiful.

Back to bootcamp

3. My mum came over

I had a lovely day with my mum in the glorious weather on Tuesday. We did a few jobs, ate a lovely lunch, went for a walk and spent plenty of time in the garden. I also put Nancy in this gorgeous dress my mum got her for her Christmas. She loved looking at the patterns. I loved her bare toes!!

weekly wins

4. We went to our first baby class

If it wasn’t for my friend sorting this, I’m not sure when we would have got around to it, but on Thursday Nancy started her first baby class – Rhythm Time. It was so lovely, and has given me so many new ideas for communicating with her and playing with the things around us, other than the constant mum monologue, of course.

Shall we make lunch? Let’s see what’s in the fridge. Oh, bugger all. I’m sure I have a tin of tuna in this cupboard… etc. you know how it goes.

5. The house is nearly finished!!!!

Really this time. We had the last of the carpet go down yesterday and the builders recon they have done everything.

We’ve even had artwork go up. 2 and half years living in this house and we have artwork.

On. Our. Walls.

I know. Get the papers.

weekly wins

weekly wins

Shark by Katy Dobson

back at bootcamp

Feb
25th
2019

25 Feb, 2019

I started back at bootcamp yesterday morning and I am beat! I write this in a dark room at 8:30pm and I’m aching from head to toe (literally. I have a headache and a blister and every muscle in between hurts!) – the minute I finish this I’ll be going to sleep ready for tomorrow’s onslaught.

But I’m so happy to be doing it!

Back to bootcamp

Back at bootcamp

Yesterday morning I crept out of bed at 6am to make myself some breakfast and express some milk for when Nancy woke up (I’ve been stocking up on milk in the freezer just in case but I also need to express first thing if I don’t want them to explode during my workout)… I don’t find expressing to be anywhere near as effective as Nancy though so thankfully she woke 15 mins before I had to leave so I fed her. Then I was off leaving dad in charge.

Back to bootcamp

It was such a stunning morning and I thoroughly enjoyed the drive in; having some me time and listening to a podcast.

My group is huge, maybe 50 people and the workout itself was really tough. Lots of HIIT and Tabatha style things (squats/lunges/burpees all for 40 seconds on 20 seconds off) that lasted forever (or 45 minutes if you want specifics!).

It will get easier though!!

back to bootcamp – diet

To help us reach our 20lb target, they’ve also given us a diet plan. At first it seems a bit complex but actually so far so good.

Dippy eggs and asparagus soldiers this morning were a revelation!

Back to bootcamp

I think it’s going to really help to kick some bad habits, get me out of my cooking-the-same-thing rut and get me cooking and experimenting again. Fingers crossed for next week’s weigh-in.

because I'm struggling to read at the moment!

21 Feb, 2019

Listening
I haven’t read anything for AGES!! But I have been listening to stuff, so I’ve a couple of things on my recommends list.

Listening list

 

Firstly, The Self-Care Project by Janey Hardy was a nice, quick, easy to digest book about, you guessed it, self-care! I really enjoyed it and found it to be so helpful to reframe some of those ‘jobs’ that you can’t be bothered to do or feel guilty for doing. Self-care is so important, especially if you’re a mum with a family that depends on you. It can often be the last thing you want to do but the cracks start to show very quickly and a frazzled mum does not make for a happy family. So, have a listen (or read!) if you feel like you need to pay yourself a bit of attention.

 

Secondly, upon the recommendation of my pal and Yoga teacher, Natalie (Natural PT), I listened to Brené Brown’s lecture, The Power of Vulnerability. I listened to this over a series of evenings while feeding Nancy and settling her to bed. Phew, what a great listen! She’s an researcher of shame and vulnerability and hit the big time when she did a TED talk that was seen by millions of people (as of writing this it’s more that 9M!!!). The whole premise is really interesting. She also shares some great parenting tips. I feel like I need to listen to it over and over again to really let the messages sink in. Here’s her TED talk as a little taster, but I’d highly recommend having a listen.

How do you find time to read? Or do you listen too?

I’d love to hear what you’re reading and listening to at the moment. What do you recommend?

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Baby weight

Feb
18th
2019

It’s time to start losing it

18 Feb, 2019

Nancy’s turned 3 months, life has calmed down a wee bit and routines are starting to fall into place, so my attention has turned to this baby weight that has no intention of ‘dropping off with breastfeeding’.

I’m going to Baby Weight Bootcamp!

The problem with being knackered is you don’t make great food choices (or I don’t) and you surely don’t want to exercise (or I don’t). I turn to caffeine, sugar and rubbish white carbs. In the first couple of weeks this was ok and I still lost weight. Over time, however, I have put any weight I lost back on but by then it was too late. The bad habits had taken hold.

So it’s time for a diet and exercise overhaul. As of next Monday, I’m doing a 6 week bootcamp (45 min class, 3 time a week), with the aim of losing some weight and getting some energy back.

I’m going back to Elite; 4 years  ago, almost to the day, I started their 6 week program and lost 20lbs. I found it such an amazing experience. I loved the workouts and found the diet both effective and not too restrictive.

You can watch my weekly video diaries from when I did the Bootcamp last time, including the final video where I share what I’ve learnt, by visiting this post, Final Weight Loss.

Prepping for Baby weight Bootcamp

This week I’m in that weird space before all the action starts. I don’t want to fall into the diet-tomorrow trap and eat sh*t all week, so I’m focussing on getting prepared, both in terms of the diet and having the right foods in, but also prepping myself for the exercise.

Abs

I’ve done a couple of exercise classes since having Nancy and I’ve noticed my back gets tired very quickly due to a lack of core strength. So, I’m going to do this 10 minute core workout by Carly Rowena (she’s a personal trainer who had a baby a month after me). I did it this morning with Nancy lying next to me watching.

Hip flexers

In addition to the core workout I’m also going to spend some serious time stretching my hip flexors. Tight hip flexors (from loads of sitting – breastfeeding anyone?) can also cause lower back pain. I am by no means a runner but this is a helpful how to video.

I’ll let you know how I’m getting on!

What ways have you found to be helpful to lose the baby weight?

 

 

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