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Intentional Exercise March 31, 2010

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I am stuck. I haven’t listened to all of Key 6, Intentional Exercise, because I have not yet committed to exercising on a daily basis.

I am finding it interesting that I haven’t finished the key, let alone the book, because I can’t listen to the thing I am not doing.

My son is going to be 5 next month and my husband is going to be a little more than 5 on the same day. I have decided that April is about me exercising.

So here is a new statement to the world.

In the month of April

– I will partake in intentional exercise 10 times.
– I will finish listening to Key 6 & move on to Key 7
– I will take my measurements at the start & end of the month

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I made a statement to the world March 29, 2010

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I said that I would be at my goal this Thursday gone.

I got dressed last Thursday morning & went to WW. I stood up onto the scale and there in front of me was “Member has reached Goal”. To be honest, while I knew it was going to happen, I was surprised.

For the first time in my life I hit a WW goal. I need to stay no more than 5lbs over my goal weight for 4 weigh ins and then I have a gold card. Me? A Gold member of WW! Whoda thunk?

Days 5 & 6 March 24, 2010

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These have been odd days.

Yesterday morning I woke up 600g heavier than I was last Thursday morning.

We met with an engineer to talk plans for our, as yet undesigned, home on our small holding. Of course the meeting ended up happening at lunch time so I had a banana for lunch. Now, a banana for lunch is NOT a good idea but it was all I had in the car so it was all there was to have.

Having drank at least 2 litres of water a day for days 1 – 4, I failed significantly yesterday.

I woke up this morning 1kg lighter than last Thursday. Go figure! (and yes, I weigh myself every day)

Today we had our usual post nap rush to tennis class so by the time I got home from town, having eaten (another) banana, I was beyond hungry. Unfortunately so was D, which was a bad combination.

We ate, I finished preparing dinner, I got my clothes ready for tomorrow (I bought new clothes for the occasion 🙂 ), we ate dinner & got the boys ready for bed and in all of that time I had this giddy feeling knowing that my WW WI is tomorrow morning.

This is somewhere that I have never been before. I am like a child before Christmas. Almost 30lbs ago someone asked me where I was going. I said I was going all the way and here I am. All the way!

Watch this space for my report in the morning.

Days 3 & 4 March 22, 2010

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I love knowing what I am going to eat. I love knowing in a day that I am the one in control of what goes into my mouth.

Today I made a fruit of the freezer dinner. I bought some mushrooms & made ham & mushroom vol au vents with wedges. It was so nice.

Day 2 March 20, 2010

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We had visitors today and J had to nap on my back. I walked half a mile, in my house, with all of his 24lbs on my back to get him to sleep. I always feel as light as a feather when I let him out of the sling 🙂

I stuck to my eating plan today. It is a joy to have the plan and know what is ahead of me every day. My poor bladder doesn’t know what has hit it though. I have embibed 3.5L of water today with relative ease but Oy! the toilet trips.

I think I am in love with my slow cooker. Today I made lamb shanks in red wine & maple syrup and served it with green beans and herby mashed potatoes. It was so nice 🙂 It makes me want to make something new every day. I am really enjoying cooking food without premixed sauces.

Since I started making bread I am more and more attached to the idea of knowing exactly what we are eating. Cooking with the slow cooker is another step on from that. It is also saving me money as I am not buying packs or jars of sauce & ultimately what we are eating tastes nicer.

Today I dug out the clothes that I wore the day I joined WW 13 months ago. I will take photos during the week to show the comparrison of what I am wearing now vs what I was wearing.

Day 1 March 20, 2010

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Today is Day 1 of 6.

I planned for the week, each of the meals, and shopped accordingly.

Today I cooked chicken & sweet potato stew in the slow cooker and it was yummy delicious.

I listened to the voices in my head and found it very interesting that as the day went on I heard them saying “You don’t have to go for a walk, you can go tomorrow” but I ignored them. So at 4.30 I tied J to my back, got D’s scooter out and we went for a walk. While we were out I felt like running so I did! I did some sprints while I was waiting for D to catch up. It felt good to move.

I am thinking of starting the Couch to 5k program. Did you see that? That wishy washy language that I can’t improve on because right now I am not actually willing to commit to do the program because I am stuck in the mind set of “I don’t have time to exercise”. Right now I am one step further along than I was. I have actually read what is involved.

Today was a good day. I ate well. I moved. I drank 2.25L. I did 5 loads of laundry.

4 weeks ago I bought & paid for a dairy free Easter egg for D. There is usually a race between my mother & MIL for who can buy the egg first (there are very few dairy free eggs on the market) but this year I decided to nip that in the bud and got in there myself. Today my MIL rang to say that she had tried to buy an egg in the same shop that I had bought it & they told her I had already put one aside for D. She asked me if she should buy another one or some of the smaller ones. I assured her that one egg was plenty and that there was more than enough chocolate in it to keep him going. She then asked if she should go ahead with getting the smaller ones and I again assured her that the one that had been bought was more than enough. No more chocolate thank you very much. I am not sure how it went down but to be honest I cannot have more chocolate coming into the house than the boy can eat and considering the fact that I threw out some of last years egg at the start of THIS MONTH, I really don’t see a need for more than one egg. I will tell my mother the same thing when she gets home from the Panama Canal at the weekend.

The last push March 18, 2010

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I have 2lbs left to go. Once it is gone I can attend WW for free for the first time in my life. I am ready to be done. This is it. I am not buying into “the last few pounds are the hardest to lose” nonsense.

So I am putting it out into the Universe:

I will lose 2lbs and hit my WW goal next Thursday, March 26th, 57 weeks after I started this part of the rest of my life.

This week I commit to

Plan for and eat 18 points a day.
Take part in intentional exercise at least 3 times in the next 6 days
Drink 2 litres of water every day

I will never be weight watcher of the year March 17, 2010

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I realised last week that I will never even be nominated for WW of the year because I, quite simply don’t fit the WW model, for a variety of reasons.

A core element of WW is that you set aside 2 points EVERY day for low fat/skimmed milk. Needless to say I haven’t once done that in the last 13 months. I don’t drink milk, or any milk alternative, so those 2 points remain in my general “pot” every day. Now I am living, breathing evidence that someone can follow a “get your eating healthy” on an exclusion diet but that is not what WW is about.

Next is the fact that I actually attribute a significant portion of my weight loss to the fact that I am dairy free. I always credit WW but it is 3rd on the list after being dairy free and breastfeeding.

I don’t stay for the meeting every week, actually I could probably count on two hands the number of meetings I have attended. Add to that the fact that last week I questioned her advice. Not a good combination 🙂

So here I am. About to reach my goal, having lost 5.5 stone and I know I will be the only one that celebrates it.

3 years of changes March 16, 2010

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3 years ago today Isaac was taken from me, although he had been lost to me for 2.5 weeks already. Later that day Thomas was taken from his Mammy, Daddy & sister & returned to his sisters side.

Flash forward a year & I got a line on a stick that I wanted to believe was there but couldn’t be sure I could actually see it. At the time Thomas’s little brother was busy growing & would make his entry to the world less than 2 weeks later.

Two years on finds us here, today. J is walking & getting his point across. Thomas’s little brother is almost 2 & last month Thomas became a middle child with the arrival of his little sister.

I continue to think about a 3rd child on a daily basis. The prospect of moving my baby stuff twice in 18 months gives me the chills but I don’t have the heart to sell it. The prospect of building a house potentially puts IVF#8 on the long finger which I don’t want to do but I know I don’t want to build a house & do an IVF cycle at the same time.

Vicarious embarrassment March 13, 2010

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Today the boys and I went to town early in the day to bring M his lunch (long story). As we went into his shop I went through a thought process that surprised me. I “realised” that M would no longer be embarrassed by me being in the shop, by his customers seeing me. It had never occurred to me that he would be embarrassed by my at the size I was but now I was thinking that he would no longer be ashamed to have me as his wife.

I just want to take a moment here to say that M has NEVER expressed shame or embarrassment about my size.

This evening when he got home from work I explained to him about the thought process and he assured me that he had never been embarrassed by my size and that the fact that I did was “interesting”