What I Read 19

How has half-term treated you? Good I hope. I always feel a mixture of elation and sadness when the kids go back to school. This is Big Prince's last term at his current school, High School in September!

I've been reading lots this week, but as usual I've included 6 posts I think you'll enjoy too. Let's get on with this week's What I Read.


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Morgan's Milieu | What I Read 19: Tara Cain from Stick Fingers
The constant worry of parenthood is never-ending, from the moment they are born you are hit with a deep worry. After speaking to a friend of mine a few months ago I learned that that worry NEVER goes away, even when they're adults and driving around or visiting other countries. When I read Tara's post, Do you ever stop worrying about your children?, I simply had to include it in What I Read. Not only does it express how I'm sure every parent in the world feels but it is well written. I agree with Tara's mother-in-law too, it's what we sign up for when we become parents.










Morgan's Milieu | What I Read 19: Photo of Vicki Psarias
How many friends do you have? I don't have many, one or two that I could actually count on, but I love them dearly. My friends are there when I need them, they make me laugh when I want to cry, and even after being apart for ages we can get together and natter for hours. That's why I loved Vicki's post The Power of Great Friends, in the post she writes about her friends, both off and online friends. Friends who have supported her and celebrated her accomplishments while keeping her grounded. "Women together are strong." Too right Vicki, I couldn't agree more.











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The only time I've visited France I was heavily pregnant and overweight. The Hubby and I went to Paris for the weekend and wandered around sight-seeing. I haven't ventured to the South of France at all but Michelle's post, 6 Things I'm looking forward to in Provence, made me want to look into it. She describes a James Villas place she's staying, it looks beautiful and luxurious. Provence sounds lovely and if the sun is anything like it is in her photos then it's on the list!










Morgan's Milieu | What I Read 19: Photo of Katrina from Mum for Fun.
I like to think that, even when I'm having a tough time, I can still look on the bright side. When challenges are thrown our way the Hubby and I have always looked at the good things about the challenge. Someone else looking on the bright side is Katrina in her post My Week at a Glance. After working late lots and feeling like she was a terrible mother, Katrina pushed past it and looked at the good things that had happened, one of which was being asked to review a product on her blog. That bit made me smile, it's always exciting when something new and blog-related happens. Good luck Kat, and enjoy BritMums Live!









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What to do whilst the kids are away is a post I could relate to this week. We don't often get time to ourselves, but when we do we take the opportunity to take walks together and enjoy the time. Michaela and her husband are planning a trip to London where they'll see the sights and be together. That time is always special, you get to be a couple again and concentrate on each other. I hope you enjoy your London trip Michaela. 










Morgan's Milieu | What I Read 19: Rebecca from Busy Bee Mummy Bex

Finally a post that touched my heart and made me want to shout from the rooftops "AMEN SISTER!" I'm the not a perfect mum is a well-written and heartfelt post about being a mum written by Rebecca. We all have our bad days, days when we don't think we can take one more bickering session or see one more nappy. But when it comes down to it we are all awesome. We raise our children, put ourselves second, and make sure our babies are happy. We are superheroes, but no, not perfect.



Enjoy reading, spread the love, and I'll see for more next week.

Activities for a Rainy Day

It's been an okay week so far weather wise and we've taken the boys out almost every day. This morning we woke to pouring rain.

Morgan's Milieu | Activities for a Rain Day: A photo of a rainy window.

It's always annoying when we're stuck inside because of the weather. 

But what kind of mum would I be if I didn't have rainy-day activities in stock?

50 Brilliant Walt Disney Movies

Back in March I did a post about the fantastic movie's that Pixar made and I thought I'd follow that up with the brilliant movies made my Walt Disney.

Morgan's Milieu | 50 Brilliant Walt Disney Movies: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs


Sitting right at the top of the list is Walt Disney's oldest animated movie, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Whenever I watch this movie I smile and remember being a little girl and singing along (trying to stay in tune but failing).


Blogging Consistently

When taking up blogging you should realise that it's a never-ending learning process.

I have been blogging since 2012 (one post in 2011) and in that time I've learned lots but there's still plenty to learn.

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I track my pageviews, I have blogged more consistently, and I have tried to design my own blog. All of it took hours of reading and working out what I was trying to do.

But there's still more.

Health and Weight Loss Tips 20

It's Bank Holiday Monday and all I want to do right now is go out for lunch and scoff a giant burger. But I won't.

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10st 11.5 lbs

54, 453 steps


The kids stayed at my sisters this weekend to give us some much needed time off. As a consequence alcohol (namely bourbon) and pizza played a big part in our weekend.

What I Read 18

Are you ready for half-term? I'm not but I guess that doesn't matter because it's upon us already!

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To start off a busy week why not spend a little time reading some great blog posts. Here's my selection for this week's What I Read.






First up we have Tim with a questionnaire to find out if you're taking blogging too seriously. I found this questionnaire very entertaining and I giggled at some of the questions, which included "Are you considering relaunching your MySpace page, just in case it might drive additional traffic to your blog?" That one made me laugh out loud! 

I scored 6/20 on this = Must Try Harder.













Ruth Morrison over at pantomum.blogspot.co.uk has written a brilliant poem. Mum of boys is totally relatable if you are a mum of boys. I smiled the entire time I read through this poem, and particularly enjoyed the last two lines. 












Do you judge other parents? Do you think you could do a better job? We all do it don't we, judge a situation without really knowing the circumstances. I've done it in the past, especially before I had children. But the thing with judgement is it can come back and bite you. That mother trying to deal with the screaming toddler in the supermarket is not doing a terrible job, she's having a tough day. I always feel for these women and, when I can, offer a friendly, knowing smile. Caroline wrote a post that I really enjoyed reading on this subject and she articulated it so much better than I just have. Am I a bad mother? Or just a different one looks at the different ways of parenting and how none of them are wrong. Please do head over and read. 









As I said a few weeks ago I love reading about blog conferences but the larger ones scare me. Then I read Jo's post about Talk to Mums blog brunch that she attended. The small get together sounded lovely and I think she is one brave lady being one of the speakers there. This is just the kind of conference I could get on board with.












Where will you be a year from today? This is a question asked by Claire over at Joy and Pops in her post A Year from Today. The post was lovely to read and it made me sit and think about my little dreams. This time next year I hope to be sitting in my room, typing away, much like I am now. A few more readers of the blog would be nice, maybe even getting ready to attend my very first BritMums Live. Maybe.











Speaking of BritMums, I read another post about those award thingies. Written by Amy, Self-doubt and dealing with disappointment is about NOT getting nominated for said awards. Amy was very disappointed and I really felt for her. I can imagine the kinds of things that go through your head at that time. But just so you know Amy, I think you're a fabulous writer and you certainly don't need awards to tell you that. Your readers love your blog, awards or not.




Enjoy reading, please share and comment if you have a minute, and have a great week.

Why I Love Having the Hardest Job in the World (And You Should Too)

Do you ever find yourself just wanting to go into your room, close the door and ignore everything?

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Just stare out of the window and forget about it all...

I know I do.

Because being a mum, being there 24/7 for my children, is hard.

Magic Jeans!

I spend most of my days wearing jeans, they're comfortable (most of the time) and you can put all kinds of tops with them.

Morgan's Milieu | Magic Jeans!: Photo of Morgan Prince wearing Mango Jeans, pink top and Clarks leather shoes.
Pink Top (F&F Tesco), Mango High Waisted Jeans (House of Fraser),
Clarks Nude Sling-backs (Shoetique)

I have pairs from Ted Baker, Diesel, Tesco and Asda (amongst others). Skinny pairs, bootcut, straight, I love them all.

But sometimes you come across a pair of jeans that are game-changers.

Pop! Vinyl Figure Review

Have you seen the Pop! Vinyl Figures?

These awesome little figures are everywhere at the moment and my boys (including the Hubby) love them. We have quite a few already.

Morgan's Milieu | Pop! Vinyl Figure Review: A photo of four vinyl figures - Stitch, Heisenberg from Breaking Bad, Slimer from Ghostbusters and the Joker dressed as Batman.


When I was offered the opportunity to review one of these Pop! Vinyl figures I found it really hard to choose one. There are so many.

However when I saw this little guy...

Morgan's Milieu | Pop! Vinyl Figure Review: Photo of Pop! Vinyl Stitch.


I knew.

BP LOVES Stitch, he even attempted to draw him once (I think he nailed it).

This little Stitch figure was the perfect gift for BP. He shrieked when he saw it and it hasn't left his side since it was opened.

Morgan's Milieu | Pop! Vinyl Figure Review: A picture of Series 1 collectibles of the Pop! Vinyl figures.
Collect them all!
The collections of these figures come in series, Stitch is number 12 in the Disney Series 1. Other figures in this series include Woody, Mickey Mouse and Pinocchio.

The Pop! Vinyl figures measure 3 3/4 inches tall are colourful and collectible. As you can see our collection is growing.

There's mini figures too measuring 1 1/2 inches, and you get three in a pack. So if you're short on space perhaps the smaller figures would be better.

Zavvi has a massive selection of characters and prices range from £10.99 to £25.99. I love some of the older characters like Back to the Future Marty McFly with the Delorean (costs £24.99).

Zavvi have a new discounts page too, so you can save time by visiting their page to nab yourself a bargain.

I can see our collection growing, BP loves his Stitch and if he finds out there are other Disney characters I know he'll want to spend his pocket money on them. 

I think these figures would make great gifts (I already have a few in mind for birthdays), especially for any movie fans out there. And for any of you that are of a certain age - they have Egon from the Ghostbusters!

Who ya gonna call?

I was sent the Pop! Vinyl Stitch Figure free of charge for the purpose of review. All opinions are my own.

Leaving the Novel Behind

After last week's tough decision I feel amazing.


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I first started this blog as a way to document my writing journey and back then I was fixated on writing a book. It was what drove me to the computer every day.

Words flowing from my fingers and onto the page fulfilled me.


But somewhere along the way the love of writing a book died. The darkness of my novel consumed me and writing it became a chore. I lost my way and each time I took a break from the book I felt great.

I forced myself to get back to the novel, thinking that was what I was supposed to be doing. 

As it turns out, what I was supposed to do is write. It doesn't matter that I'm not writing a novel anymore, I'm still writing every day. I can concentrate on creating short pieces, the ones I enjoy most. 

I've always loved writing my flash fiction and can often make a good impact with them. Some of my most powerful writing happens when the piece is short, like The Storm Rages On or Thankful.

My writing journey is still ongoing, I am a writer and will always be. Creative writing is only a part of the writer in me. 

I adore writing this blog. It has become the thing I most look forward to and it has given me opportunities I thought I could only dream of.

Writing every day, here, it's me. My words, my world, my family.

It's real.

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The beautiful sky at sunset.

And right now the real world is calling more than a fictional one.


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Health and Weight Loss Tips 19

The house is back to normal with iMacs all working well and mine has even had an upgrade. I'm so pleased to be back in my room!

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So this week hasn't been great...

10st 10.9 lbs

58, 214 steps


My will power has been waning all week and we've had all kinds of bad food that meant I put weight on. It may be less than a pound but it still gets me down. I've been trying so hard recently and just a little (okay, not so little) treat sets me back more than a week.

What I Read 17

I'm still working on the Macbook Air but hopefully my iMac will be fixed by tomorrow. I'm keeping my fingers crossed.

It's been another brilliant week for reading blog posts and I have a great selection for you in this week's What I Read. 


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Morgan's Milieu | What I Read 17: Janette of Life with Six Kids


A post that touched my heart and made me marvel at her strength was Two years ago, my world fell apart written by Janette Davey. The things that Janette has been through could put anyone on their bottom but she found a way through. I was so pleased that she now sees a rainbow, she truly deserves it.




Escape Soft-Play Centre Review

Escape is our local soft-play centre and we tend to visit during the school holidays. Soft-play centres are great when your kids need somewhere to burn off that extra energy.

Morgan's Milieu | Escape Soft-Play Centre Review: The Over 4s Area in Escape.
Slides, boxes, tubes and zip lines - you're kids will love it!



Escape is located next to the Giltbrook Retail Park, Nottingham and is open all year round. It's great for kids aged up to 11, although some children of that age might feel they're 'too old' for it. BP, who turns 11 in August, loves running around and climbing in the large area. On the website they say for kids up to 14 but I haven't seen any kids there older than about 11 or 12.

When you first walk in to Escape you enter a large entrance area, so if it's a little chilly outside and there's a long queue (fairly likely) you can still wait indoors. There's plenty of parking spaces too, it is located next to the retail park so you can park there and walk to Escape if necessary.

With many soft-play centres you find that the area for under 4's isn't adequate but the one at Escape is large and has plenty of cushions and climbing apparatus for your toddlers/babies. 

Morgan's Milieu | Escape Soft-Play Centre Review: A photo of the sports area in Escape
Above the Under 4's area is a section for older kids, it is filled with various soft balls and has goals built in at either end and basketball hoops attached to the walls. Perfect for those that like sports.

On the opposite side of the huge room is the climbing area. Filled with slides, stairs, zip lines, ladders, and tubes, your kids are sure to enjoy at least one thing here. Just outside the entrance to the climbing area is a place for your kids to keep their shoes.

For the adults that come along to Escape there are plenty of tables and chairs, you'll never be short of somewhere to sit. The tables are big enough for a laptop and planner so you could always get some blogging done while there (I've done this many times). The chairs could be a little comfier, although they're high-backed they have no arms and when you sit you sink into them. It's hard to get comfortable and I often leave there with a backache.

Escape offers food and drink for sale, no need to worry they have a range of coffee drinks including cappuccino and latte. A regular cappuccino costs £1.65. There's soft drinks (fruit shoots or dilute drinks) for the kids and a few muffins and cakes to choose from. 

Food on offer includes fresh sandwiches (ham salad, tuna mayo), toasties (ham and cheese, cheese and baked beans), pasta, and chips. There's a children's menu which includes pasta and beans on toast, amongst other things. 

Adult menu prices range from £1.85 (bowl of chips) to £4.75 (paninis). Children's menu prices range from 70p (toast) to £3.25 (pasta bolognese).

Opening hours:

Monday to Thursday   9:30am - 6:00pm
Friday to Saturday  9:30am - 7:00pm
Sunday  10:00am - 6:00pm

For a two-hour play session costs are as follows:

Under 8 months  - free
8 - 18 months - £3.25
18 months to 4 years - £4.30
4 years to 14 years - £5.80

Escape is a large play-centre with plenty of space for lots of children. My boys love going and enjoy climbing and sliding for the two hours. Most of the time they're completely wiped out when it's time to leave. 

I'd recommend Escape to anyone with children, it's great when you need a rest but the kids are still full of energy!

This is NOT a sponsored post, I just wanted to write about Escape because I think it's a great place for kids.

5 Facts About Me

I've been struggling today with blogger's block and although I wanted to join in with Prose for Thought the words didn't come. Instead I decided to share 5 facts about me that you may not know.

  • I learned to touch-type in college when training to be a secretary. At the time I never realised how useful a skill this would turn out to be. These days using the computer every day I know it's one of the best things I could've learned. 


Apple Watch Sport Review

On 10th April the Apple Watch was available for pre-order. Usually, with the phone, the Hubby and I order on pre-order day but this time I wanted to see and try on the watch before ordering. 


Morgan's Milieu | Apple Watch Sport Review: Apple Watch Sport next to a blue Baby-G sport watch


Saturday 11th April saw me and the Hubby heading to Meadowhall to try on an Apple Watch. I tried on both the Apple Watch Sport and Apple Watch. The Edition was far too expensive, there was no way I was getting that one! 

After trying them on I decided the Sport would be best for me, I found the Apple Watch far too heavy. So we walked to the car and promptly ordered them, mine a blue strap and the Hubby's a black, with the larger screen. We were disappointed to find out that neither of us would get our watch until June. 

That's how it works with Apple products, if you don't order as soon as it's available you're looking at a 2 month wait, sometimes longer.

As it turned out my Apple Watch Sport shipped and I received it on release day, 24th April. I was more than a little excited!



At the time I shared my unboxing photos on Twitter and over the past few weeks I've been getting used to using this new piece of technology. 


And now I'm happy to let you know my thoughts on the Apple Watch Sport (this is the cheapest version of the Apple Watch starting at £299).





Strap


When I watched the Apple Event in March and heard about the strap I imagined it would feel plasticky and uncomfortable. Of course I should've known better, that's not what Apple want from their products. Here's what Apple say about the strap:

"Because it's made from a custom high-performance fluoroelastomer, the Sport Band is durable and strong, yet surprisingly soft. The smooth, dense material drapes elegantly across your wrist and feels comfortable next to your skin. An innovative pin-and-tuck closure ensures a clean fit."

The strap is surprisingly soft and it is a very comfortable fit. I don't find it annoys me or sticks to my skin, even when working out. The closure is easy to use and doesn't pinch, as I thought it might. To say it's the cheapest version of the straps it feels like a quality strap. You get a spare strap in the box with the Apple Watch Sport.





Watch Face


As my photos showed my first selection was Dancing Mickey, I LOVE Disney and to be able to have a happy, cheery Mickey Mouse telling me the time while dancing was brilliant. 

However I quickly found that I couldn't have enough information on the screen. The Dancing Mickey screen is customisable to a point but I couldn't have everything I wanted on there.

It wasn't long before I swapped my watch face to the "Modular" face. With this option I'm able to have lots of different information on the screen. My watch face shows the date, my diary appointments, the temperature, my activity rings and my battery level. You can also change the colour of all this information, mine is blue, like my strap. 




Turning on


Pairing my Apple Watch with my phone was super simple, all instructions were on screen and they were paired within two minutes. After pairing your watch has all the standard apps but you can use your phone to go to the Watch App Store and download more if you choose. 




Apps


There are lots of Apps to choose from but the ones I've found most useful so far are the ones that came already installed. 

Activity


This app tracks your steps, your exercise and your standing. In a glance you can see how active you've been, the bands make their way around the circle throughout the day. Using the crown you can scroll down on each of the rings screens to see how many steps you've done, how many calories you've burned and when you were most active. 

This is the app I was waiting for. I am now able to see how active I am and if I need to adjust anything about my routine. A useful feature is the stand reminder, if you've been sat down for longer than an hour it will remind you to get up and move around for at least 1 minute.

I've found this feature both useful and annoying. On days, like Sunday when I did the fun run, I would like to sit for more than an hour without feeling guilty. Also it reminds me to stand up when I am already standing. I'm not sure why that is. You can turn this feature off if you choose.

Workout


The workout app allows you to track details when working out. There are various options to select including Outdoor Run, Indoor Run (eg: treadmill), Outdoor/Indoor Cycle. You can keep track of your heart rate too, which shows you when to adjust intensity during your workout, if you need to. 

The app will show you a summary of your workout when you're finished and you're given an option to save or discard. I haven't yet worked out how to look back at your workout history.

Music


As long as you have your phone with you (and earphones connected) you can use Siri to play, skip and pause your music. I found this very useful when I did my 5k fun run on Sunday. I began running and simply asked Siri to "Play music" and it did as I asked. Much more simple than pulling out my phone, unlocking it and going to the music app to press play. 

Messages


As well as standard replies like "OK" and "Cool" you can use voice recognition to reply to messages. Not only that but there's also new animated emojis that you can send too! I love these and have sent them to the Hubby a few times. I haven't yet tried out the drawing pictures on screen and sending it to another Watch, I'll have to wait til the Hubby gets his watch for that. 




Siri


I didn't use Siri much before I got my Apple Watch, I never remembered I could. With Apple Watch it's the first thing you think of because it means you don't have to pull out your phone. I've used Siri more in the past two weeks than I have since I got my iPhone 6.

Sometimes it fails to hear me, or interpret my words, and I think it might be that it has trouble recognising female voices. I'm not sure why but it finds it much easier to respond to the Hubby's voice.




Summary


The apps I've found most useful are Activity, Twitter and messages. I am able to respond to messages without touching my phone, can ignore things if I choose and can see my activity levels at a glance. 

The notifications are great, they save me time and I'm able to get back to whatever I was doing quicker.

On a few occasions the Watch has paused, causing me to tap on something I didn't want to. I'm not entirely sure what caused the pauses but it can be quite annoying.



Overall I love my new Apple Watch, there are a few things that could be better but given it's the first of its kind I think Apple have done a great job.

A Tough Decision

As you all know I've been writing a novel for nearly three years. It's been a long time in the making and has gone through various stages but over the past few weeks I've noticed a change and I've made a decision.

Going on walks with my boys makes my day.


Since the February half-term I haven't touched the novel. Not one fresh word has been written, the document hasn't even been opened. 

But the funny thing is I don't feel guilty or sad about it.

Health and Weight Loss Tips 18

I am suffering today but it's the kind of suffering that makes me smile. Yesterday I ran a local 5k fun run and finished in 38 minutes. My muscles ache and complain whenever I go down the stairs or try to walk a little faster. Each time I feel the muscles tighten and the ache shoot up my legs I smile. I ache so much because I worked hard yesterday. 


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10st 10.1 lbs

66, 663 Steps



Although, saying that yesterday I weighed 10st 9lbs and I have no idea why I put on 1.1lbs, but it's still down from last week so I'm considering it a win. 

What I Read 16

This week has been another crazy week. We found out that the Hubby's Mac is on its last legs and decided to test mine. I know I've been saying it for a while and it turns out I was right, mine is on its last legs too! Which means that for the coming weeks I'll have to work on the Macbook Air.

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I love my Macbook Air but the big screen of the iMac is so much better!

But anyway enough about that, I'll get on with sharing some super posts in this week's What I Read.


Morgan's Milieu | What I Read 16: Ruth aka Pantomum

We'll kick off with a post about working from home. I wrote my own recently describing 5 disadvantages of working from home and it seems I'm not the only one that has been thinking about it. Ruth over at pantomum.blogspot.co.uk wrote about Working from Home too and she had me laughing along as I read. I could totally relate to this post.





Monsters Love Underpants Book Review

Are you looking for a book that's entertaining for both you and your young ones?

Then look no further than Monsters Love Underpants, one of a series of books written by Claire Freedman and Ben Cort.



Monsters Love Underpants is the perfect book to enjoy together. It will keep you smiling and your little one giggling right to the end.

LP absolutely loves to read, he can't get enough. At the same time it's hard to find a book easy enough for him to read but challenging enough that it will keep him coming back. Monsters Love Underpants fills that spot.

Time with the Family

Last weekend I decided to take Saturday for the family. My head has been filled with ideas for blogging and along with trying to stay organised my time for the boys has been disappearing. 

So, on Saturday I spent the majority of the day with the boys. LP and I played pool, BP and I talked, and there was Lego everywhere.



A few years ago we bought LP a K'nex set for Christmas. It was very large and we never expected him to build it himself but it was MarioKart and at the time he loved MarioKart. On Christmas day we built the thing and it stayed built for all of two days. LP was just too young to enjoy playing with it and didn't appreciate the work that had gone into building it.

The Laundress - Review

In 2004 Gwen and Lindsey founded The Laundress, a New York Detergent and Fabric Care collection. Frustrated with "dingy white T-shirts, faded denim, and prematurely worn pieces" they created a range of products to clean your clothes and home.


The Laundress has lots of different products and I received two samples to try: Stain Solution and The Dish Detergent.

Positive Changes

Today is a good day.

My trusty trainers
At 6am this morning I got up, donned my running gear and headed into the garage (where we keep the treadmill). My iPod wasn't working but that didn't stop me. I ran 1.5 miles, was completely exhausted, and loved it.

By the time 7am rolled around I'd finished my run and had a shower. All before the boys got out of bed.

I planned this new routine yesterday. I decided that I would do my run early, allowing me to get straight on with other stuff once I'd dropped the boys off at school.



If I'm being honest I thought I would wake this morning and not bother with the run but I forced myself to get out of bed.

I'm so glad I did.

After the boys had eaten breakfast I even had time to play a game of pool with LP, which he won, of course. He's getting so good at that game I can't beat him anymore.

Or maybe I just need to tell myself that I can beat him. Repeat it again and again.

Because that's what I've found over these last two weeks. The more I tell myself I can do something the more I achieve. It's amazing.

I told myself I could get up this morning and go for my run, and I did.

I told myself I would get more blogging done, and I have.

There are still times when things don't go my way but I feel like I'm making positive changes. Changes that are going to alter the way I treat myself.

All this time I thought that by punishing myself I could trick me into trying harder. But when does that ever work? It's only been since speaking to myself the way I would my best friend that things have changed.

I give myself a pat on the back for the small victories, like finishing a pile of ironing or filling up the dishwasher. It may not sound like much but all those small victories pile up and make me feel like I've achieved something in my day.

And that's the key.

Treat yourself better and things start to pick up. Give yourself treats, pats on the back, whatever it takes to make YOU feel good.

Start with something small, like congratulating yourself for tidying up after the kids. Tell yourself your hair looks good today. Anything that gives you a boost.

Don't just say it, believe it.

And you too will start to see positive changes.


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Health and Weight Loss Tips 17

I have been run off my feet the last few days so this post, that was supposed to be written yesterday, didn't get done. Things have been manic.

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10st 11.1 lbs

80, 254 steps


Well, my weight increased due to a meal out with the Hubby at TGI Fridays but I enjoyed the food so I'm not complaining (too much). My step count is higher than normal because we've been for a few walks through the week, pretty much every day.