Nearly The End of April

So two days left in April, and I can say for one I do not know where this month has gone. I didn’t manage to get any of the things that I wanted to get done done. I didn’t restart my healthy habits. And instead of my body getting fitter, it has gotten stiffer. A direct result I assume of less exercise. Also my mood has been lower than the past few months, so I think it definitely shows how important the exercise is to me.

I did go out on the treadmill last night (my husband is trying to push me) but after 20 minutes something happened my leg and I couldn’t put weight on it. And still today I can’t put weight on it, with the pain radiating between my knee and my thigh/hip area. So I’m hoping it will be gone later today, otherwise I am going to be very slowed down this week! And I really need to be on the ball this week.

This is the countdown to My Boy’s Communion! The Communion itself is on Saturday and we are having a party here, and as of last week I decided to do something I have never done before – I am getting it catered! I realised I was so stressed and unorganised and I just wouldn’t enjoy the day, so instead of trying to cook all the food, I am getting caterers to just drop it in and that will be that. I will still have to do all the desserts, but that is not a worry. The food was.

And then on Sunday we are having a second party out in my Dad’s house, and my brother is catering that, so I have very little to do for that either. I have delegated everything to do with the Sunday party, I basically just have to turn up! And my husband did a lot of work just straightening up the garden here over the weekend for the bouncy castle to fit, so we have to get desserts made this week – and SCRUB the house!!! So a lot of work, but at least the huge stress of the food has been taken off me. The relief. Still a few bits of clothes to be picked up, but basically we are sorted!

And then after it is over, I will be back on track – I have no more excuses, the next mini goal is my birthday in June, about 6wks after the Communion. So hopefully I’ll be able to make a good dent in the weight and fitness by my birthday. I have done a lot so far, and even though I haven’t been great recently, I have to focus on how great I have done – and use that to encourage me to continue and do even better!

The Tween Encourages!

I have been so bad at getting myself motivated the past few weeks to do any sort of exercise and last night my husband asked was I going out on the treadmill and I said no I’m not bothered, it was late. My husband was like thats not the attitude to have. And my eldest daughter (12.5yrs old!) said think about that smaller dress you want to get in to for the Communion in 4 weeks time. I said it’s only one week and a few days away, I won’t be getting into the smaller dress at this stage.ย  Then she said, well think about still being here and alive in ten years.

And thats the truth of it. That is the reason I am doing this – not to fit into smaller clothes, which of course is a part of it. But the main thing is for my health and my future. I either do something about it and lose the weight and get fitter, or I keep getting bigger and unhealthier and start having health issues.

So I went out on the treadmill. Thank you very much Q!

This Months Goal Not Going So Well!

So this month is supposed to be about healthy habits and setting them up in sustainable ways in my life.

But I am not doing too well on that front. I have kind of fallen off the wagon in most ways – I have not been tracking my food or choosing the best food choices either, I have not been getting out on the treadmill much, I have not been drinking anywhere near enough water, I have not been getting early nights (now this week I am getting lie ins in the morning though so I am getting enough sleep, just the wrong way around!) and so on.

However, for some reason I seem to actually have lost some weight over the past three weeks even though I barely lost a pound in the two months before that when I was being really good at all the healthy habits! I’m going to say it was all my hard work paying off!

There have been a few changes and events that have happened recently, and they have taken all my time and concentration (hence also not getting on here to post much either!) and now the kids are off on Easter holidays! It is busy, so I need to get myself more organised and climb back on the wagon and pick up some motivation and get going again!

Hopefully my next post will be full of how back on track I have been!! ๐Ÿ™‚

Batch Cooking!

Step 1 of Planning!

As I said yesterday, my biggest downfall is when I am not organised and I don’t have food ready to go. So today I have cooked tonights dinner – chicken Dopiaza (from an old Slimming World recipe leaflet I have), and a new dish from the Supervalu website – Mexican Leek and Black Bean Chilliย for my batch cooked food to have to freeze and in the fridge for when I’m hungry.

I have been making this Three Bean Chilli from the Supervalu website over the past while and have been eating it topped with a small bit of cheese, and it doesn’t need a side like rice as it is so filling. And it is delicious. After the first time I started to add my own ingredients as to whatever I had in the fridge, and also I found I needed to probably triple the amount of spices that I put in – I like strong flavours!

Both of them are vegetarian and actually both from The Happy Pear, it is just that I got them from the Supervalu website. One of the things that I want to do is to make new healthy recipes, so that I don’t get bored with the same meals all the time, even though I’m actually ok with eating the same food over and over again lol.

Delighted to have some food batch cooked now, and my lunch ready to go as well. I found that I was picking at chocolate non stop while cooking the dinners so this means I will be able to get my dinner first and then cook for everyone else without picking.

Healthy Habits – plan to start!

I have been listening to loads of podcasts recently, and generally they have been health and wellness type ones. I have noticed a lot of reoccuring topics (possibly as the people I am listening to are interviewing like minded people!) but there seem to be some simple enough things that can make a big difference in helping you live a healthy life.

I have been listening to Dr. Rangan Chatterjee and he has a book about the 4 Pillars of Health – being Food, Movement, Sleep and Relaxation, and the importance of all four of these in contributing to your health. I like this because it is nice and simple. It also gives you a chance to just say yes I’m doing ok on one or two aspects, lets focus on another aspect. He also has a five minute kitchen workout on Youtube which is so easy to start as a base starting place, as he shows you how to do it as a very beginner and how to advance it.

There have also been plenty of other guests and podcasts that add to these and have more aspects, including gut health, clutter in the home, financial health, etc. I have listened to so many of the podcasts that I have a lot of information rattling around in my head, as I listen mainly when walking so don’t have chance to write notes.

There are certain things that I want to bring in to our home as healthy habits to help me and to help the kids for the rest of their lives, as well as just while they are growing up.

For myself, this week I want to implement these as my basic habits:

  1. Healthy Food and Snacks
  2. 2L Water or more
  3. Exercise – both treadmill and 5 minute kitchen workout
  4. Bed in time – definitely before 11pm, earlier would be better

I want to start to plan healthy habits for the kids too, and find a way to set it up and implement it in a sustainable way. Things are just so busy that I don’t want to set myself up to fail, so I will work out what my starting point with the kids and how to start in the next few days!

Starting Back After Being Sick

I have been really sick for the past two weeks, as well as really busy! So obviously I haven’t been able to walk or do the treadmill, so my steps are down a lot. I had actually asked the doctor could I continue to exercise (as I coughed and spluttered in front of her!) and she said no that it would cause an attack with my chest as it was.

So I’m still a bit sick, but much much better so I need to start back again. I had got into a great habit of the treadmill, and I’m hoping that now I won’t be struggling to get the motivation back up to go again. Also my shins need to be built up slowly, and the last time I took a weeks break from the treadmill I found that when I went back on the treadmill I could feel the shin splints threatening early and I had to slow down. I’m hoping that doesn’t happen this time.

It is hard to get yourself back into the frame of mind to be organised and disciplined and motivated to be eating properly and exercising again. With the food, my main problem is that I haven’t batch cooked anything in advance so I’m struggling with my meals to get something healthy before I get too hungry and start picking at everything else (which happened last night because I didn’t get dinner before having to bring Q to a football match, I ate about 3 bars!). At least though I know this and therefore know that the way around this is to prepare and batch cook things for me to have immediately to hand when I am hungry.

The exercise is slightly different because I am not sure if what I am doing on the treadmill is enough. I am trying to add in little strength training bits along with my physio exercises, but again it is hard to find time to do. With the treadmill, I have to leave the house to go to the shed so it is a definite move, whereas with the physio stuff I am lying on the floor or somewhere in the house so I get interrupted or distracted much easier, or I am just too tired by the time I have done everything else. I just need to make sure that I fit them in in a more structured way, and that I keep making sure that my heartrate is rising in my treadmill sessions so I’m getting benefit from it.

Hoping now to start back to the treadmill this evening, even though we have a really busy after school day, with back to back activities – and I am already so exhausted I feel I can barely stay upright lol.

New Month, New Goal for the Month

So March is just over, and March was my Month of Gratitude. I really enjoyed it, both for the fact of practicing gratitude, and also for the fact that it keep me posting and accountable to myself to keep posting through the month.

Now that we are in a new month I was wondering what my goal for the month should be. There are some things I want and need to get done at home, and preparing for my son’s communion, but it is also nice to be adding things here as well.

I was thinking what would I like to add to my life this month. I have been proud of myself this year so far in staying consistant with my exercise (possibly too consistant as it is not helping me lose weight!!) and I would like to improve on the rest of my healthy habits, so that is what I have decided that April will be – my Month of Healthy Habits. It won’t necessarily be a post a day about healthy habits, because I want to add them in slowly and implement them and give them time to become habits. I want to do this throughout the house, with myself, with my husband and with the children.

So welcome to April, my Month of Healthy Habits!! ๐Ÿ™‚