Getting weight loss back on track

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I've been through this before, many times, but losing weight is so tough! I've been wanting to lose weight again for a long time but now that the restrictions on my exercise are gone I can get back to trying. It is time to get back on track with my weight loss.

I'm the heaviest I've been in a long time and we're heading to Orlando again next year which means I have a little more than a year to lose LOTS of weight. The last time I tried to lose weight I was walking every morning with a friend and that helped me lose weight. In fact it was fairly easy to lose the weight once my body got used to the fact that I was walking every day.

So I am walking again. I started last week, getting up at 6am every day so that I can get in 30 minutes of walking before I have to get the kids up for school. It'll be more difficult to keep this up during the summer holidays but I'm going to keep at it. 

The walking helps in two ways, one is the obvious one = the weight loss. If I walk 1 mile in a morning then it's 1 mile more than I do at other times. Do that every day and that's 5 miles per week. I know that doesn't sound like much for someone that walks less than half a mile per day it's huge. I'm hoping that as my body heals properly I'll be able to do more than 1 mile in 30 minutes. Maybe I'll even start running at some point, but I'm leaving that for later. The second way walking helps is with my health. 





  • I think self-discipline is something, it's like a muscle. The more you exercise it, the stronger it gets.

Daniel Goldstein





Health has been a big issue with me recently and having a cervical cancer diagnosis was quite a scare.  It made me realise that I really do need to take care of myself, I mean, it was cancer! Fair enough, it's all gone and it was a fairly easy procedure to have to go through but at the end of the day I had cancer and I need to look after my body. I only have the one after all.

As well as the walking I'm reducing my portion sizes. I've been doing it sneakily over the last few days and I'm trying to be strict with myself about my food. It's not always easy, especially when pizza is on offer, but I'm trying and I think those first steps are important. 

This morning when I weighed myself (which I do every day) I was 13 stones 11.9lbs and to be honest  that feels pretty rubbish. The last time we went to Orlando I was 10 stones so I've put on nearly 4 stones and that is not good. I'm hoping that the combination of walking and eating less will help me lose weight. 

I want it to happen fast, but I know that's not possible or healthy. All I'm doing now is starting every day with a good thought and trying. Today I managed my 30 minutes and drank a large glass of water before my morning coffee. It felt good. 





  • Take care of your body. It's the only place you have to live. 

Jim Rohn 





I guess my reason for writing this post is that despite me gaining a whole load of weight and feeling like it's impossible to get back to where I was I can still do this. I've done it before. And now I realise how important health is it's time to take care of myself.


What steps do you take to stay healthy?

Not quite a tween, but getting there

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LP is eight years old, he has two years until he 'officially' enters the tween stage which begins at 10. In many ways he is still my little boy; he likes to have cuddles, he likes to play games, and sometimes he'll even get out his toy castles and boats and play with them. At the same time though he is starting to show a few signs of tweendom. He's not quite a tween, but he's definitely getting there.



Activity


LP is an active boy, he loves nothing more than playing football with his friends after school. He attends two classes after school where he plays football and multi-sports and has even asked if there are any others he can do. He doesn't like to be in one place for long and if he has to sit for long periods he soon gets bored and fidgets. 

On the other hand he can sit for a while if he is occupied. He has recently taken an interest in an electrical set BP was given for Christmas a few years ago. He likes the idea that he can do things on his own and discuss it with his dad. And he loves learning.


 LP climbing at a park in Stoke-on-Trent, he loves this place.



In contrast BP, who is 12, hates activity. He loves sitting in front of his TV watching Doctor Who or some movie, and if I let him he would sit there for hours on end. 




Learning


LP LOVES to learn. At the moment he's like a sponge and soaks up all the information he can get his hands on. The other day he happened to ask me about the gear stick in the car, which led to me explaining about gears and how the car works. Which then led to more questions about breaks and the engine and even the hand break. Since our conversation he has said he wants to see a working engine - we showed him the Audi engine but because it's covered you can't really see much so we need to find a way to show him a real, working engine. 





  • Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later.


Og Mandino






We also have a subscription to a science magazine that he loves reading. His last issue taught him about what causes hay fever and then, at school, they learned about flowers and why some people get hay fever. He was so happy when he was able to answer questions that no one else could. 

Add to those that LP is amazing at maths. He obviously gets this from his dad (certainly not me!), who is a maths whizz too. LP is coming on well in maths at school and he recently passed a test in school that only Year 6's have passed, LP is in Year 3. 

I am hopeful that even as he grows into the tween/teen stages his love for learning continues. 




Socialising


LP has lots of friends, he's a popular boy in school. It is partly to do with being good at maths, his teacher often comments that the other children always want LP on their team when they're doing maths quizzes in school. But it's not just that, he manages to get involved in all kinds of activities with his friends, be it playing football before school or learning about science in school. 


He loves acting around, like this, with a scarf around his head. He's pretending to be a ninja, while watching the TV, obvs.



As friends become more important the older he gets I'll be taking more notice of his friends' influence on him, although to be honest I think it'll be the other way around. 




Sulking


Master Sulker. That is LP. He has mastered his skills of sulking over the last year or so. His sulks can last hours and once he's in that mood there aren't many things that can bring him out of it. This is the main reason I'm noticing the changes in him. He didn't used to sulk, it would just be a sad face for a few minutes then he'd be back to smiling. These days he can be happy one minute and then sulky or crying the next. I know he is still only 8 but I believe these are the first signs of tweendom, and I am not looking forward to any more of them!




Sensitivity


This is really part of the section above but I thought I'd mention it. As LP has got older he's become more sensitive to things, like when his brother calls him names. He takes it to heart and can often end up in tears, sometimes he'll even say that he "hates" BP, or call him the "worst brother EVER!". While it's funny to hear I understand that he is sensitive to the name calling and I have had to mention it to BP.





  • Healthy boys grow into healthy men.


Clayton Lessor MA, LPC






I know the next few years are going to be tough, with BP turning 13 in August and LP fast becoming a tween ahead of time, but I am doing all the reading I can and hope I'm prepared. I am their mum, I'll be here no matter what, and I'm not afraid to be Evil Mum either!

Do you have a tween/teen in training?

Post Comment Love 14th - 16th July

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This week has been interesting, I did something I never thought I would; I recorded a vlog! The weirdest thing about it was that I didn't hate it. It isn't long, just 2 and a half minutes, but I took my first steps to being in front of the camera and it wasn't too bad.

I have ideas brewing (again!) and I have a few more vlogs planned and time allowing they should be happening over the summer. It's quite exciting. I have realised (I don't know how?!) that people like to see regular people online, they want to see mums, and everyday people, doing everyday things, just like them. I'm planning on showing our Disney Pin collection, something we've been collecting for a few years now and we'll be adding to it next year! I'm thinking a tour around our house might be good too, although there's lots of cleaning required first(!), and we have a collection of magnets on the fridge that I'm going to share with you all.

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In non-blogger news I'm heading to the doctors again today. Discussions about next steps and follow ups after my cervical cancer diagnosis. I'm a little bit nervous, I hope they don't say I should have a hysterectomy. It's not that I don't want to have one because I want more children or anything but the idea of being put to sleep in order to have a proper surgery scares me to death. I feel physically sick when I think about it. But of course if the doctors say that's the best course of action then I'll have to do it. We shall see.

I have just one week and two days left until the boys finish school for the summer. I can't believe that LP will be going into Year 4 and BP into Year 9. Time is flying!
We booked a short break to Venice for the holidays last week, we'll be heading there at the start of August. We went to Venice when BP was just 18 months old and loved it (although a pushchair in Venice was not our best idea!) so we're looking forward to going back. I'm hoping to do a lot of filming while there and get another vlog in there somewhere too.

A photo taken back in 2005, I have no idea where it is in Venice though!



Are you going somewhere abroad this year?




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The Addams Family Musical

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After taking the boys to see The Wedding Singer and The Lord of the Dance, which they both enjoyed, we've decided to spend time taking them to see more plays and musicals. Last week we saw The Addams Family and before the Hubby booked it I had no idea it was a musical.

As the Theatre Royal in Nottingham is our closest theatre that's where we see most of the shows. I love that it's just 30 minutes drive away and it's fairly easy to park too, we use the Trinity Car Park in Nottingham and walk to the theatre from there.






  • All the world's a stage.

William Shakespeare, As You Like It






Anyway, we booked our tickets and it was a 5pm start. This meant we had to head straight to the theatre from school (after the boys got changed) and we had dinner after the show. There were a few complaints from LP but he soon settled down when the show began.








  • Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, is all grown up and has a shocking secret that only Gomez knows. She's fallen in love with a sweet young man from a respectable family. With his cherished Morticia in the dark will Gomez manage to keep his daughter’s secret until the two families meet for a fateful dinner with hilarious consequences? Join them, plus Uncle Fester, Lurch, Pugsley and more for a heart-warming story of love, family and friendship… with a twist!






I wasn't sure what to expect, I watched the movie years ago, when I was about BP's age, and didn't really see how that could be a musical. Hubby was the one to book it and he assured me it was meant for kids and it would be entertaining. I had no idea what the story would be but as Cameron Blakely, who played Gomez Addams, came onto stage and began singing I couldn't wait to find out.

Fester Addams came onto the stage and I was sure I recognised him. It was more his voice, something about it that I recognised that I couldn't quite put my finger on. I spent the whole show trying to figure out who the actor was who played Fester and it wasn't until I went to the website that I found out it was Les Dennis. Of course it was! Les did an amazing job, he got a few laughs and the boys loved his character.



During the first half of the show LP couldn't sit still. Top Tip: Take your kids to the toilet before the show begins! From about 10 minutes in he was unable to concentrate and when the intermission began he wanted to dash off. Despite his distraction though he did say he enjoyed the first half. 

With these kind of shows I never tend to expect much from the vocals, I don't know why but I feel like they often don't have great singers. In The Addams Family that certainly wasn't the case. Cameron Blakely was great, Samantha Womack, who played Morticia Addams, was good, but Carrie Hope Fletcher (Wednesday Addams) was amazing. When she started singing my jaw dropped and I looked at the Hubby and whispered "wow, she's really good!", the Hubby nodded. Carrie had a few good songs and she didn't drop a note, I was very impressed. It's always nice to hear great singers live, especially when that's paired with a performance and I have to say that whenever Carrie was on stage were my favourite parts of the show. 

We bought the boys an ice-cream during intermission, which is becoming a bit of a routine now as we've done it every time we've visited. It's good though, the boys get to have a treat and are really good afterwards. 

As the second half began the boys were sitting quietly waiting and we were all smiling. The second half of the show seemed to be over more quickly but it was just as enjoyable. I think LP enjoyed it more having emptied his bladder and when we came out both boys were smiling and chatting enthusiastically. 





  • Theatre just fills me up so much. 

Lea Michele





The Addams Family is a great show for kids and adults alike, there are jokes that the kids won't understand but there are also ones to make them laugh too. This is definitely a family show! It's on tour at the moment, playing in Southampton at the end of July and heading around the country. 

Highly recommended by us.


We're heading back to the theatre soon to see Around the World in 80 Days, check back soon to find out what we thought.


What is your favourite musical?

A Journey Begins - Flash Fiction

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It's been a long time since I last wrote any fiction. For whatever reason I haven't felt the need to write fiction, it could be boredom, or the 'sparky new thing' syndrome. I have two novels on my computer that I've failed to completely finish and it's a always bugged me a little that I didn't see them through to the end. They are probably rubbish but how will I ever know if I don't finish them right?

Recently I've noticed a trend. I'm inspired by photos, I want to explore where the inspiration might take me. At the same time though my niggling self-doubt holds me back. So, in order to battle my self-doubt demons and attempt to get back to writing fiction (which I actually enjoy!) I decided to write a short piece of flash fiction. I was inspired by a photo I found on StumbleUpon, which is usually where I find my inspiring photos, and couldn't stop the words coming.



Across that bridge lay the unknown.

I was drenched. Strands of hair stuck to my face and my ponytail clung to the back of my neck. Raindrops trickled down my back and goosebumps shot across my skin. I stood at the cliff-side unable to step forward.

An orange walkway bridging the chasm in front of me swung in the wind. Staring across the bridge, the rain hammering my head, I wondered if I really had the courage for this.

Hundred year old trees surrounded the bridge, their branches reaching out like old, wrinkled hands. They offered new life with a handful of new leaves. Moss hung over the branches and the pouring rain dripped from the moss, making a pitter-patter sound on the ground deep below. Did the moss represent my old life? The one I was about to leave behind?

I couldn't see across to the other side of the bridge, the bright orange path ahead lead into darkness. The ropes holding the bridge up looked worn, like they might snap at any moment, and it made me nervous.

I blinked as rain trickled into my eyes. My back ached, I carried all that I owned in a heavy backpack. My feet hurt. Had I really come this far to give up now? 

I took a deep breath and stepped onto the bridge. It creaked. I stopped, gripping the handrail ropes. I dare not look down. There was a hundred feet drop beneath my feet and the chasm below was sure to swallow my determination. I wouldn't make it across. There was nothing sturdy to cling to to pull myself across that bridge, there was no way I could do this without doing it myself.

One step in front of the other. That's all it took.

One step at a time I forced myself across the bridge. 
And into the unknown world ahead...




Flexing my brain, allowing it to be creative feels good. I don't know what this means but time will tell.

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