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Time for Mum tagged with '12 days of detox'

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!


12 Days of Detox

04 Dec, 2014

I’m into Day 4 of the 12 Days of Detox and I’m already behind on sharing my thoughts! But actually I find that the themes for Day 2 (Exercise) and Day 3 (rituals and routines) fit together quite nicely so we’ll pretend this is intentional. The big question I’ve been left with is Do I have a TV addiction? I will answer this tricky question on Day 3 below!

So, as a recap on Day 1 of the 12 Days of Detox I covered the Detox Diet, which I would encourage you to have a read of. Now I’m past Day 3 I can tell you I’m feeling better already just from cutting out a few things and focussing on drinking loads of water and herbal teas!

Day 2 – Exercise

So how does exercise fit into the Detox? For me it is more about mind than body, although the two are so closely linked it’s hard to differentiate. However, after a decent workout or walk or general move of my body, it is my mind that feels clearer. Detoxed, if you will!

I have a bit of a weird relationship with exercise and to put my current situation into perspective, I did more exercise when I was pregnant than I was doing up until a few weeks ago!! That is ridiculous. But back then my focus was simple, I wanted to be the happiest and healthiest I could be by the time Reuben was born, and part of that mission was to exercise 30 minutes everyday. I would do all sorts from weight training to walking to cross trainer to exercise DVDs in my living room! I listened to my body and moved whichever bit felt right. So when I stopped being able to walk comfortably, I would swim or go on the bike at the gym.

With birth a distant memory, my focus moved to different things; my career, surviving sleep deprivation, being a housewife, etc. The amount of exercise I do now tends to ebb and flow with my focus on a weekly basis. If we’re going on holiday I do it more, if it’s coming up to Christmas…not so much! It is something I class as a “should” do rather than a “must” do and, therefore, it’s easy to sideline in favour of something far more important…like the dishes or watching I’m a Celebrity!

However, what I forget is that exercise has a big impact on my well being. You could almost plot a chart (in fact I have done!) that shows how my happiness increases with exercise!

Do I have a TV addiction? Facing facts on day 2 and 3 of the 12 Days of Detox!

Happiness vs Exercise Graph (more…)

Detox mind and body!

01 Dec, 2014

Have you seen the 12 Days of Christmas has started today?! It’s a fabulous set of competitions that I’m running with my blogging buddies Aby and Ang! It starts today and runs until 12th December and it’s basically a collection of our favourite things from 2014. We’re looking forward to spoiling you!! And from the 12 Days of Christmas I’ve managed to move on to the 12 Days of Detox, today being Day 1, the Detox Diet. It’s a bit of a story, starting with me thinking I was pregnant, so stick with me!

12 Days of Detox. Day 1 - Detox Diet. Click for full detox diet details including a meal plan and recipe ideas: http://www.mumsdays.com/detox-diet-day-1/

1. Am I pregnant?

This morning I woke up and I felt pregnant. My boobs seem huge and tender at the moment (TMI), I feel chubbier than normal and I feel generally exhausted! So, after dropping Reuben off with Grandma and Grandad, I went and picked up a test. It was negative.

Phew.

Right? (more…)