Getting Mum Fit – Making the Most of Weekends

It’s been a little longer than planned between the last post on getting mum fit and this one.  I’ve been so busy growing a human that most of the other stuff in my life has been put on hold.  But it’s here, better late than never as they say.   This weeks post from Matt is all about keeping on track over the weekend or at least minimising the damage we do to our health goals over our relaxed two days off.   So without further ado, here is Matt’s wisdom.

Are the weekends stalling your progress or making you feel guilty?

Most of us live for the weekends.  Those 2 golden days away from the 9 to 5 and school runs are what we live for.  Yet are our weekends ruining the progress we make throughout the week?

Do we go too far off track from the health goals we have during Monday to Friday?
Is the loosened regime of good food and exercise derailing our progress?

People tend to end up weighing more on a Monday than they do on a Friday. And it’s not just our weight that is affected.  It’s also, and more importantly our;

  • sleep schedules
  • stress
  • energy levels

These all take a hit from what happens between Happy Hour on Friday and our Sunday Dinner.

So, what can we do to stay on track and possibly even make more progress, instead of undoing it? Continue reading

Cooking Up Chaos – Week 14

Gosh, that’s it, the first trimester done.

I can’t believe we have made it to the second trimester.  Those first 10 weeks absolutely dragged and the past 4 have flown.

Grass Seed is now the size of a peach apparently.  Anyone else find that hard to imagine seeing as they aren’t the shape of said examples.  I find it really hard to comprehend but it’s nice to know they are getting bigger. And my tummy is definitely slowly getting bigger too.  This has been the week when I’ve really had to think about investing in some maternity clothes.

Week 14 has been a good one, I’m definitely starting to feel more human again and the bouts of morning sickness have eased off which I’m so thankful for.    I’m still getting really, really bad headaches though this week, I get at least two a day which is absolutely no fun at all.

I’m also already really uncomfortable.  My hips are absolutely killing me, and I can’t even walk at the same pace I used to walk at before which is also no fun.  I’m also very aware of my uterus.  I’m so uncomfortable most of the time and I’m not sure if it’s a second baby thing or if it’s because I’m physically a lot fitter this pregnancy, which I wasn’t with Luca.  So all my stomach muscles are really feeling the stretch and change that’s going on.  Because of that, I’ve decided I’m going to lay off the abdominal stuff for a bit in my PT sessions and see if it makes any difference.

Grass seed keeps doing those weird, trying to escape from my stomach, things and it’s happening more regularly as well now.  But when it’s not poking out in a big lump I can’t feel baby at all.  It’s very strange.  I’m going to mention it to my midwife when I see her next week.

I’ve also weirdly started to want to sleep on my right-hand side.  I usually sleep on my stomach or left-hand side but not anymore.  Apparently, it’s a sign that Grass Seed might be a girl, but I’m not sure I believe in any of the old wives tales about predicting gender.  They are fun to look at though and this little prediction makes Luca and Ant very happy as they both desperately want a girl.

 

Cooking up Chaos – Week 4 – 12

Welcome to my weekly pregnancy update.   This is quite a long one to catch you up over the previous weeks that have got us to this point but after this, I am hoping to just give you a quick weekly update to share with you how this pregnancy is going and the journey to us becoming a family of 4!!  It feels very odd writing that.

Week 4

So I found out I am pregnant today. I took a test really late at night as I had a spa day planned for tomorrow to celebrate my 30th. My period is late by a few days but I wasn’t really expecting to see those blue lines appear.  I had a feeling I might be pregnant but honestly just thought it was because I really wanted to be.  So those faint blue lines were such a lovely surprise.  I was home alone as well as Ant was working a late shift so had to wait what felt like ages to tell him.

Told a few of my friends at the spa today. It was pretty obvious something was amiss as I wasn’t going in the hot tub or sauna etc. Everyone is very excited whereas at the minute I’m just terrified I’m going to lose this one too. Continue reading

More Chaos Coming Soon

It’s with great joy that I can announce we are expecting another bundle of chaos. After our miscarriage in September, we are over the moon to have a little rainbow baby nestled away in my ever expanding belly. I found out 2 days after my 30th birthday and it’s been the best present I could have asked for.

It’s not been an easy journey to get to this point. There have been months of trying and even a few missed periods that cruelly got my hopes up, but this time it’s for certain. I did multiple tests to make sure. Why do we do that??

I’m currently about 13 +3 weeks pregnant but Luca has known since I was about 7 weeks and has been gleefully telling pretty much everyone he encounters. We didn’t really want to tell Luca so soon but he’d been feeling a little neglected as I’m usually outside bouncing on his trampoline with him or wrestling him but obviously some of that had to come to an end. I feel like he needed to know and he’s been very attentive and caring towards me since we told him.

After our miscarriage, I was feeling quite anxious and so we went for an early reassurance scan at about 7 weeks. They found a perfect little blob in there, exactly in the right place and with a heart beating away as it should be. And although it has reassured me that everything is doing as it should be, I was still very much aware that we weren’t out of the danger zone just yet.

We used the scan picture from our early scan to tell Luca and told him that we think there might be a baby in there but we weren’t sure yet and we need to go back for another picture, later on, to see if it grows into a baby. Just in case.

Luca’s response was pretty brilliant.  He said, “I think it’s probably just a grass seed stuck there like Ronnie had in his foot”. Kids eh?  And as you can imagine it’s kind of stuck and so “bump” is now affectionately referred to as Grass Seed.

We went for our 12-week scan in the half term and were delighted to see a perfectly formed little baby wiggling away.  I was so relieved we didn’t need the get out clause.  And was so happy to be able to show Luca a picture of his baby brother or sister that actually resembled a baby this time.  And now I’m starting to feel much more relaxed and actually beginning to enjoy this pregnancy.  Although not the delightful pregnancy symptoms so much. I have really bad insomnia and feel like I have a constant hangover. But as I felt pretty good last time I’m taking all these crap bits as the best signs that everything really will be ok this time around.

So, for now, I’ll leave it there, and keep you updated regularly as we progress until we get to the point of announcing Grass Seeds safe arrival.  Fingers crossed.

Me & Mine – May 2018

I’m only a few days late this month with our family photo.  I’m pretty proud of myself.

Although it’s a phone snap as that’s all I had.  May has been a funny old month, we haven’t really done much at all but I’ve felt completely run off my feet.  I think probably because work has been crazy busy.  We have enjoyed the beautiful sunshine that we have been having though.

our highlight of the month was taking Luca to his first gig.  He got tickets to go see Ed Sheeran for Christmas and the waiting was finally over.  He was so excited all day and I’ve never known him get ready so quickly when asked.  He couldn’t wait to get there.  Continue reading

Getting Mum Fit – Ditch the Fad Diets

So as promised I’ve teamed up with Matt, my fabulous personal trainer, and brought you the very first post in my new series ‘Getting Mum Fit’.  

We thought the best place to start would be at the very beginning, at the easiest place, that takes very little effort to change. Your diet.  And by diet we don’t mean Atkins, we just mean the food that you put into your body.   And honestly, it’s been the best part of my journey so far.   So without further ado, I will hand over to Matt. 


Stop with the Fad Diets, You Need to Make These Simple Changes

We all want a quick fix.  And due to the instant access we are used to, we also want the results NOW.

So we get sucked into these crazy diets, cleanses, weight loss shakes and pills.  And some of them may work. But once you stop using them, the weight starts to pile back on.

The reason for this? We haven’t learned to make any changes to our lifestyle.

We need to make simple changes which we can keep up continuously, so we are changing our lifestyle instead of having a few weeks of weight loss followed by, usually, even more, weight gain. Continue reading

Me & Mine – April ’18

Another late post for Me & Mine, can you tell I’m playing catch up?

April was quite the month for us.

We had an Easter egg hunt to kick off the month, I think everyone did by my Instagram that day.

Then a few days later we had a trip to Farmer Copley’s to feed the lambs and snuggle baby chicks for my birthday as I turned 30 at the beginning of April.  I had a few ways of celebrating including a few meals out, a spa day with friends and then Ant threw me a surprise meal too. I was very spoilt and actually turning 30 wasn’t so bad.

After all the celebrating at the start of the month we finally made it to the cinema to see The Greatest Showman, and I mean, what took us so long. It’s amazing!! Continue reading

Me & Mine – March 2018

As always I’m late posting our photo for the Me & Mine project. Honestly, I need to make a system for keeping up with blog stuff. I actually remembered to get the photo but then totally forgot to post it. Go figure.

Anyway, March was a busy month for us. We had so much snow. Like tons of it, which Luca loved because it meant snow days. I, on the other hand, managed to lose my house keys in it which wasn’t so much fun.

I went on a date with Ant to see Paloma Faith at First Direct Arena. She was absolutely amazing!

I also went on a photography retreat run by the ever so talented Sarah Mason, she’s here on Instagram and you should definitely go follow her. She took our wedding photos and is just fabulous and the retreat was A-MAZING. I’ll be writing all about it soon. Continue reading

Getting Mum Fit

As part of my to-do list for 2017, I decided I needed to look after myself more. I’ll be honest, it took me over half a year to actually make a start on this. But I did make a start. I found lots of online exercise plans and researched local classes to join, but I never actually did them.

Firstly, because I just never have time.  I’m a busy working mum and I always had something else to do rather than exercise.  Added to that Ant’s working hours meant even a night-time class was out of the question as I didn’t have childcare for Luca.

Secondly, I didn’t really know what I should be doing. As much as a trampolining class looks fun, what would it actually do for me? I know I love yoga but also knew I needed something a bit more intense than yoga to help me tone up.  After lots, and I mean lots, of deliberation I started to scour the internet for personal trainers. Someone who could tell me exactly what I needed to do and tailor my exercise to me. Someone who could help to motivate me and push me to progress. But then when I started to think about it, the thought of going to a gym to workout made me feel all sweaty and anxious.  Gyms just aren’t for me. Continue reading

Wonderful Chaos does DisneyLand

For Christmas, we decided to treat Luca to a trip to Disneyland. Luca is an only child and has more than enough toys so we opted for experiences this year over toys.

We gave Luca his “tickets” as a final present on Christmas day. I had my video camera rolling ready to catch his reaction, but what a disappointing reaction it was. I think he was just too overwhelmed by everything “Christmas”, and he didn’t really understand what was happening.  The closer it got to the holiday though, the more excited he got until eventually, it was time to go.

We had to get up at 3:30am to get to the airport in time for our flight. Luckily Luca was more than happy with his early start and the travelling and airport waiting was really painless. I thought he might sleep on the flight but he was wide awake the whole time, which meant none of us got a little nap on the way there. Continue reading