I’m so sorry everything’s been a bit quiet on the old blog front this past week. I’ve wanted to write, but every time I sit down to, my mind goes blank. I’ve got some important stuff going on at the moment and it kind of dwarfs everything else. It’s one of those ‘not ready to share online’ things (everyone has stuff that’s off limits, even the most honest bloggers I know) but when I am ready you’ll know.
Partly due to the fact that my head’s really not been in the game this week I wasn’t surprised to see I’d had a gain at weigh in yesterday. 3.5lb. Owch. Total back to 6 stone 0.5lb. I don’t really believe in the whole “woe is me” excuse in a journey such as mine. And I don’t comfort eat any more. I think this week my head just been in a whirl and I haven’t been able to be as mindful about what I’m eating as I would normally be. It’s not even like I’ve had chocolate and crisps and all that jazz (I know – I amaze myself sometimes). I’ve just been really slack at counting the syns I am having, meaning one day I know I had about four different things and thought ‘I’ll count that as my HEB’! I have had cake when I’ve been out, but then no other syns for the rest of the day. Or so I think. Actually who knows? Honestly, I’ve just been so all over the shop!
But the things is, what’s going on, is going on and I can’t change that. What I can control however is how I treat myself. I’ve said it before, it’s not by mistake that air passengers are told, in the event of an accident, to don their own masks before helping others with theirs. If you don’t take care of yourself how are you meant to take care of anyone or anything else? So whilst I’m disappointed with the last two week’s results (of course I am) I’m not beating myself up about them. I’m taking a bit of care of myself. And this week I am treating myself to some delicious and nutritious food. Filling the house with easy to snack on fruit and syn free loveliness. Planning ahead, meaning I’m not open to saying ‘feck it’ and getting Chinese take out because it requires no thought. Today I’ve cooked a stew and a bolognese, both stuffed full of superfree foods. I know what we’re having on what nights and I’ll get more fruit over the weekend, focussing on things like melon and berries to superspeed me along. I might also try something that was suggested in group last night; quinoa, mixed with fruit and syn free lemon curd or Choc Shot. I’ve only just discovered quinoa and I’ve only had it with rice before, but something about this idea really struck me. So I might give it a whirl over the weekend. I’ll let you know how it goes!
In the same vein of taking care of myself, I have started Post Natal Core Stability Classes on a Monday with Fit for Life Mums. Sounds fancy, but it’s basically an awesome mixture of pilates, yoga, fit ball and physio. It’s run by a physiotherapist and focuses on (as the name would suggest) strengthening the core, those foundation muscles that lie under everything else and can be seriously weakened by pregnancy. I’ve been twice now and boy is it good. Hard work, yet you hardly move. It’s highlighting to me just how poor my muscle tone is. The first week was OK and the next day I didn’t really ache. The day after however, Man Alive! I coughed on the Thursday and nearly fell over! Every time I take the buggy out I’m pulling it all in and clenching. Did you know it’s almost impossible to slouch with your core engaged? I do now! This week, although the exercises were the same, I found it so much harder! I don’t know if that’s a good or a bad thing! Either way it’s a great class for two reasons. One, you really have to concentrate, leaving no head room for anything else. Perfect for me right now. And two I swear I can see the difference already. Despite gaining weight, my waist feels smaller. So much so that I’ve had to move my belt up a notch on my jeans. Which would be fine, except I don’t have any more notches to move up to so I had to make a hole. Now that’s a satisfying feeling 🙂 .
I’m also having my hair done on Saturday at a new salon in town (which equals muchos excitement in this house I can tell you). Yes all in all this week will be a little bit more about donning my own mask, so I can help others with theirs.
Have a great week guys