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November

November

So I missed October. It was Roran birthday and we were so busy I actually forgot, not a great start. However it has given me some time to think a few thing through.

Target Weight Loss: 9.6lb (5%)

Target Weight: 182.6lb

Actually Weight Loss: 2.6lb (1.4%)

Actually Weight: 190.8lb

New Goal: 4.7lb (2.5%)

New Target Weight: 186.1lb

I have decided to reduce y goals for 2 reasons:

  1. I feel that losing weight too fast whist still having a young baby is not beneficial. It would be best to lose it it slowly and steady, this way I can hope to keep it off
  2. IT’s Christmas and I’m not stupid it will be harder this month to watch what I eat so I don’t plan to resist, just be good.

See you in December🙂

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BeeBooBuzz Vests

BeeBooBuzz est

BeeBuzzBoo are a new company that only started up this year. They offer the market a selection of organic baby wear in bright colours. A British Brand, their products are also knitted, dyed and manufactured in Britain. At the moment they are offering long sleeve and short sleeve vests, but hope to expand in the future. Last month I was fortunate to win a set of 3 vests in a raffle, and here are my thoughts.

Colour:

The vests come in two sets, warm colours and cool colours. I choose the warm colours as I find red and orange very autumnal, so perfect for this time of year. When they arrived I was very impressed with the brightness of the colours. I have since washed them and not noticed any obvious fade in colour and still happy with how bright they are.

Style:

I have found the vests ideal for putting under our Duns and BeeBooBuzzdungarees and playsuits, and go really well with a lot of our scandi prints. The long sleeves are a good length, and also wider than other brands so look more like a top than a vest which I like. The neck is an envelope style so easy for putting over babies head. I usually prefer buttons/poppers as find some envelope styles get saggy when being worn but haven’t noticed this with these. The vest fits nicely over our cloth bum which is always a bonus in our house.

Cost:

A set of 3 costs between £21 and £23, which I find reasonable for the quality and that the item is made of organic cotton. The items arrived wrapped and gift boxed, so great for a gift to someone.

Overall:

I am very impressed with these vests and will be looking at getting myself some more soon. I have already recommend them to many different Facebook groups when people are looking for plain vests for layering up with. Great quality and a good price, plus organic and a UK Brand.

 

September

September

It’s been a month since I started my running and trying to get fit, and today I have weighed myself for the first time to see if I reached my first target

Target Weight Loss: 9.9lb (5%)

Target Weight: 187.1lb

Actually Weight Loss: 4.8lb (2.4%)

Actually Weight: 192.2lb

New Goal: 9.6lb (5%)

New Target Weight: 182.6

Now I have built up my fitness level and added exercises into my daily routine, I need to look at my diet. To reach this months target I need to think more about what I am eating and drinking.

See you in October🙂

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Running Week Four

I’m half way through my personal running challenge, and this week I have seen a real difference.

I have stopped taking music with me on my runs so that  can be more mindful of me and my surrounds, and have actually found this more inspiring. I have enjoyed the peace and quiet of just running and listening to the general everyday sounds around me. Early hours means there’s not much really going on.

Monday – 8 minutes run, 1 minute walk for 30 minutes

This morning I was up and ready to go, I headed out first thing and did my usual route. I ran for the first 8 minutes and was really pleased with myself. After my 1 minute walk I then started to run again but found it a struggle, so I used a technique a friend suggested. She told me me to set markers, so the next tree or lamppost. I found this really helpful to keep going but there was a lot of stop starts and less running than I should have donw.

Tuesday – 30 minute walk

Today I did my walk several times. A flat tyre meant I had to power walk to school, in 20 minutes instead of the usual 30. Then walk home with all 4 of them very slowly. I then went out to Beavers which again was a bit of a power walk as we were running late. I eventually did my 30 minute walk in the evening when picking Roran up from beavers, we walked home together and talked.

Wednesday – 9 minute run, 1 minute walk for 30 minutes

I got up this morning and headed out, I got to the bottom of my street and turned back. I felt unwell and it was so windy! I went out that evening but only did a lap around my block but did run for 9 minute so was pleased. I need to look at some colder weather clothes for running.

Thursday – 30 minute walk

This afternoon I did the walk to and from school, it took me over an hour and I walked faster one way than the other but it’s a good walk. I plan to start walking to school more once Willem has started properly. That evening I was feeling stressed so when rob came home I went out for a 10 minute run around the block. It made me feel so much better, it is such a great way for me to clear my head.

Friday – 9 minute run, 1 minute walk for 30 minutes

This morning I was a legend! I got up and headed out, as always I was determined to do my first interval. After a while something clicked in my head and I realised I wasn’t struggling, in fact I was doing ok. I can do this! When my second interval came I managed to run the 9 minutes again, it was harder but I knew I could do it and was so pleased I did. I was only out for 22 minutes but ran for 20 minutes of that.

Saturday – 30 minute walk

This evening I headed down to the shop for my walk. It ‘s a good walk as goes up and down hills a lot so not just a simple back and forth.

Week 5 is ahead and I’m feeling confident. It is also weigh day next week which I am a little anxious about. Although this is about getting fit I would like to lose some weight for my effort

 

 

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Mummy Snacks – Chocolate and Oat Energy Balls

I’m a busy mum of 4 and spend a lot of time snacking. So over the next few months I’m going to be trying out some home made snacks, that will be either healthier or help with my energy levels. I will also be sharing these recipes and my thoughts.

chocolate and oat energy ballsThis week I made Chocolate and Oat Energy Balls. I doubled up the recipe (see below) and found that it made around 15 balls, but I suppose it depends on how big you make them. I kept some in the fridge and put the rest into the freezer for later in the week.  I found the balls tasted a lot like snickers just a bit crunchier, and thought they were rather nice. The texture was a little gritty because of the seeds but not unpleasant. I will be making these again soon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ingredients
Makes: 10 energy balls

  • 80g oats
  • 130g smooth peanut butter
  • 80ml honey
  • 45g chopped dark chocolate
  • 2 tablespoons flax seeds
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1 tablespoon chocolate-flavoured protein powder, or to taste

Method
Prep:10min  ›  Extra time:30min chilling  ›  Ready in:40min 

  1. Stir oats, peanut butter, honey, chocolate, flax seeds, chia seeds and protein powder together in a bowl until evenly mixed. Cover bowl with clingfilm and place in the fridge for 30 minutes.
  2. Scoop up a small portion of the chilled mixture; roll in the palm of your hand to form bite size balls. Repeat with the remaining mixture.
  3. Store in the fridge for when you need an energy boost. These will keep for about 3 days in the fridge.
Recipe from: www.allrecipes.co.uk

Tots Bots Element Prints 2017

elements 2017.jpgI have always been a fan of the Tots Bots elements prints, and the latest collection haven’t failed to impress. The set of 3, Whirl, Bee Kind and Rumble, are colourful, bright and fun.  Linking the always popular rainbow colours with popular theme such as bees and rain clouds, I can see these being a hit with cloth nappy users and collectors alike,

We’ve been testing out the EasyFit nappies with Beatrix. At 3 months she fits in birth to potty nappies on the lowest rise.

Absorbency:

These are our first TotsBots EasyFit Stars and I am very impressed with the absorbency of them. They lasted with no leaks between nappy changes, even when in the car seat and her sling for long periods. Beatrix didn’t seem to feel wet or uncomfy when her nappy was due a change either.

Fit:

The fit of the nappy was great and looked more secure and less ‘gappy’ than some of our others. Beatrix is only on the first set of poppers so has a lot of growing room in them. Beatrix is still quite narrow but we found the nappy fitted lovely around her waist.

Cost:

The EasyFit Star cost £17.99 per nappy and are designed to last from birth to potty training, so good value in our opinion

The new prints will be available in Easyfit, Teenyfit, PeeNut and in Wet Bags and Happy Mats. Visit TotsBots for more

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Running Week Three

I’ve made it through another week and I learnt some lessons

Routine, with the return of school this week I have been much more aware of getting my run in early so that I can get back and sorted for the start of the manic morning school run. It has been easier than I thought it would be

Monday – 5 minute run, 1 minute walk for 30 minutes

I did it, oh yes I ran for 5 minutes without stopping!  I am so pleased that I managed 5 minutes straight and it was not easy. I did struggle for the next interval, but I ran as much of it as I could and only stopped a little bit. After that I did a lot of stop starts but kept running when I was meant to and only walked when I should. I took 26 minutes this morning so not bad.

Tuesday – 30 minute walk

Roran started Beavers tonight so I decided to use his walk home as my exercise. It was nice to walk and talk with him not just about his evening but things in general. I think having time to chat with him was quite therapeutic for us both.

Wednesday – 6 minute run, 1 minute walk for 30 minutes

So today school started and I knew it was going to be a complete chaotic mess so I had to get my head straight. I did manage my first 6 minutes of running, although it almost killed me but the rest of the run wasn’t as good. I did just under 22 minutes and I walked a lot more than I should have. I think I was over thinking my day too much to get myself in gear. So I need to start being more mindful of my running and me.

Thursday – 30 minute walk

This evening I took Rufus and Beatrix out for a walk/stroll. It was a nice evening and I enjoyed the fresh air after being at home most of the day with the two middle ones, plus Roran is tired from school so grumpy. It also gave me time to think ahead about tomorrow and Willem first day at school. I took the opportunity to walk some local cut throughs to see if any of them make good routes.

Friday – 7 minute run, 1 minute walk for 30 minutes

Epic Fail! I woke up with little motivation this morning and then I saw it was raining so I crawled back into bed. When I got up half an hour later it was dry and I really could have gone for a run. I felt rubbish all day for not going and for knowing I should go later. Come teatime I got a phone call asking if I wanted take away, but I knew if I said yes I wouldn’t go out so I said no. I had originally planned to go out with the buggy so Beatrix was with me as it would be too crazy for Rob to have her at bedtime. However Roran had been asking all week to come with me so I decided to just do laps of our two closes. I was only out for 15 minutes in the end, however I ran for the whole lap which took me just over 9 minutes. So I ran for 9 minutes straight, no stops. So pleased with that.

Saturday – 30 minute walk

Today we went to my in laws for dinner so I said I would walk there with Roran and Beatrix. However it’s September and we missed Summer so we ended up getting caught in a serious downpour! The walk was nice and I did feel pleased that I had opted for it rather than just getting in the car.

I am running for longer and doing so much better than  thought I could. Next week I need to be more enthusiastic about getting up and mindful of my running

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Running Week Two

I’ve made it through my second week but it hasn’t been easy.

Motivation has been a subject that has come up, with lots of people saying well done for keeping going. So here is my reason why, you guys. If it wasn’t for the fact that after each run and walk I post it on my Instagram account and at the end of each day I post up my step counts I think I could easily just stay in bed. However, annoying as it may be for some, being public about what I am doing gives my more desire and motivation to do it. I hope that once I start seeing more results like weight loss this will spur me on even more

Monday – 2 minute run, 1 minute walk for 30 minutes

This morning I headed out feeling confident. I had decided to make my route longer to make sure I was out for 30 minutes, however this didn’t happen and I was only out for just over 24 minutes. I had Rufus with me and found the continued stop, sniff and start that he did hard work. I found the actual running for 2 minutes at a time easier than I thought I would, although I do have to alter my route

Tuesday – 30 minute walk

Today I made a mistake, I was tired and wanted to enjoy a relaxing evening at home and have a nice bath, but I have children so this was never going to go to plan. I had been out in the afternoon and done a walk with the children so decided this would count. However it meant I didn’t get that time for me and also walking with young children involves a lot of stopping to look around

Wednesday – 3 minute run, 1 minute walk for 30 minutes

Today I didn’t want to get out of bed, even more annoying was that for a change at 6am no one else was a wake in the house, but I got up and headed out. My knee was feeling stiff and I really did consider turning around and coming home, I was only at the bottom of the street. I carried on and didn’t have a problem with my knee. I had choosen a longer route and to not take Rufus this morning. However it only took me 20 minutes, so taking him obviously slows me up. I am glad I got up and out as the rest of the day was wet and horrid, plus I was stuck inside at soft play

Thursday – 30 minute walk

This morning Beatrix had had her first set of immunisations, so after a very difficult afternoon. My walk in the evening was very much needed, although it was a walk up to the shop for some calpol and wine, not both for me 🙂 I have found a walk in the summer evening very helpful after a hectic day at hoe

Friday – 4 minute run, 1 minute walk for 30 minutes

Today I change my route again, in hope that it would be longer in time, 4 minutes I knew would be hard but I knew I could do it it if I tried. The first interval was good, I kept good pace and found that I didn’t really struggle. My feet were a little achy and I had a thought in my mind that they would get worse but they actually felt better as the run went on. However as the run went on I found the pace harder to keep up and I had to really push myself. I did towards the end have to stop my running for walking to help me recover but I did keep trying to go back to my running and felt like I put a good effort in. The training is defiantly getting harder.

Saturday – 30 minute walk

I did this as our weekend family walk at our local forestry commission site. It was a little longer than it needed to be, but it is nice for all the family to get out in the fresh air and enjoy ourselves. I must admit I often find this route a challenge as it it is up hill a lot but today I found it much easier, I feel that I am getting fitter.

Week two is over and I have to say it was harder than I thought it would be, but I did better than I thought I would. I am much more confident about my ability for next week, I just have to find some longer routes to reach my 30 minute target.

 

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Making Burgers

It’s August Bank Holiday Monday and it’s HOT! This never happens on a bank holiday in the UK but seeing as we seemed to have missed summer we’re making the most of it with a barbecue.

As you can imagine a bank holiday and hot weather means everyone else has had the same idea. So when we got to the shop for supplies there were no burgers, however there was mince so we decided to make our own instead. This is something we always said we would do, make our own burgers and meatballs from scratch, alas time is always against us.

Everyone washed their hands with soap and supervision and we got out the trusty old Jamie Oliver cookbook. Daddy got out all the Jamie ingredients and added some of his own:

  • mince
  • crackers
  • egg
  • parsley
  • paprika
  • onion salt
  • pepper

The boys enjoyed breaking up the crackers by putting them in a food bag and hitting them with a mallet. They then poured the cracker crumbs into a big bowl before adding all the other ingredients. Then came the messy part, with their hands the boys squashed all the mixture making sure it all stuck together.  Next Daddy made the mix into balls and let everyone take them and pat them down into a burger shape.

They are now resting in the fridge ready for cooking later on…

 

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Running Week One

As I start my new challenge I also wanted to keep a weekly diary on how well it’s going.

Monday – 1 minute Run, 2 minute Walk for 30 minutes

It started easier than I thought it would and I headed out in the earlier hours to get myself going for the day. I had planned a route the night before but thought I was be clever by going down hill first, this meant I was going up hill towards the end, mistake. I also got home 3 minutes early so need to re plan that route. Towards the end I did feel the struggle of keeping up the pace I started with, but hope this will improve.

Tuesday – 30 minute walk

Today started off bad and I had a very low day, by the evening I had a headache and felt ill. I was considering going to bed at there same time as the children but this meant I wouldn’t have done my walk and I didn’t want to fail on my second day. We needed bread and milk for the morning so I decided to do my walk up to the shop. It was a simple back and forth route, uphill on the way and the downhill on the way back. I came back feeling refreshed and so much better, my headache had gone and I felt much better in myself

Wednesday – 1 minute Run, 2 minute Walk for 30 minutes

After a bad night sleep I considered staying in bed, but knew if I got up early I could get my run in before everyone was up. I felt much better than on Monday and tried a different route with uphill first. I didn’t feel as though I struggled as much but then I may not have been putting as much pressure on myself. I did end up doing a shorter route and only did 22 minutes, so will have to extend this route next time. My feet were very achy but my legs didn’t and don’t feel as tight as Monday

Thursday – 30 minute walk

This evening I headed out for a walk with the dog. I decided to take a route that I could run the next day and too the opportunity to check out some alley ways and cut throughs I could use. I ended up doing a lot of turning around. When I got back Rob was cooking dinner. I must admit it’ quite nice getting into a a home cooked meal after refreshing walk.

Friday – 1 minute Run, 2 minute Walk for 30 minutes

I it up and ready to go with the thought in my mind this was my last run of the week and that would be a great achievements. Unfortunately once again my run was too short, I also ended up finishing on an up hill stretch. As we live half way up a hill I think this is something I can’t really avoid. The run itself was easier today, I didn’t feel as out of breath or unfit. Also my legs didn’t seem to ache as much throughout the day, which must be a good thing, my body is adapting and hopefully getting ready to run more and walk less.

Saturday – 30 minute walk

I decided to do this with the family after our evening meal. I nice walk to relax and get everyone calm and ready for bed I forgot that only happens on TV, by the time we had got back home we were all frazzled and rather stressed. Although the walk was longer than planned which was good.

My first week complete. I have found the motivation to succeed has kept me going and got me up early in the morning, I hope this continues. The actually activity has been hard but then it was never going to start of easy was it. Next week involves more running and I look forward to it…