It’s 2 weeks since I started my renewed efforts to take a bit better care of myself and to lose some of the excess baggage I am carrying around, and for the most part it is going quite well.
Making time for me
Not the easiest with a 5mth old but I have made more of an effort to have a bit of time for me. Hubs is always happy to help but I just don’t normally take advantage of it, so it was time I did and I have popped to town a couple of times on my own to have a wander round the shops. Much less stressful than going with the kiddies in tow and it has been nice to just go where I want and not worry about where the lifts are for the buggy or whether I can squeeze through a gap, or whether Monkey is running off/grabbing something!
I am also trying to make a bit more effort with myself and my appearance. Not just scraping my hair back every day or having the quickest shower in the world! I bought a lovely new shower gel which smells gorgeous and makes me feel like a shower is more of a treat than just another job that needs doing!
I got off to a great start with the weight loss and over the first week lost 1/2 stone! Which I am obviously hugely proud of. Most of the second week went well too and I have really been more focussed on the diet this time around. This weekend has been more challenging, a) because it is easter and there is chocolate everywhere as Monkey has had lots of lovely presents and b) because LM has been so poorly. It is difficult to diet or count points when you are in a hospital and have no idea how long you are going to be there. The food choices in the shops there are a little limited and hubs and I were starving so just ate toasties and crisps in the absence of anything else! Not great on the diet :/
Hubs is also poorly this week and he has not been dieting at all – and it’s fine for the most part as I am determined to succeed this time, but he has also tempted me to eat naughty things a lot, especially while we have been stressed about LM. He calls it crisis mode and says we can’t worry about it in this condition, but my mantra this time was “no excuses” and I have to stick to that. Even on difficult days other wise I will never get anywhere.
As a result of all of this I haven’t lost any more, but I haven’t put any back on either and I am determined to be good again this week so that I don’t undo the work so far.
I still can’t fit into my lower size clothes so I have a way to go before I will be happy. I have bought a few new tops which look ok now but will look better when I have less wobbles. One of these purchases was a bit of a shocker, as I got it in bonmarche! I have to admit that I think of bonmarche as an old lady shop so I was surprised when I really liked a top I saw in the window. So much of what I had seen in most of the was a bit dull and grey, whereas I do love a bright splash of colour and I love the colours of this top, so big surprise to find it in bonmarche! I have slimming underwear on in this pic to control some of the wobbles (and don’t ask me what I am doing with my arm, as I really don’t know!) but it will look even better when I have lost a few more pounds 🙂
Good for you darling! I think you’re doing amazingly well considering LM is only 5m and you have monkey!! You’re doing much better on the me time front than I am and F is almost 14m xxx #allaboutyou
The top is lovely and really does suit you! So easy to get off our weight loss journey when there is illness and other things getting in the way – mainly Easter! Even maintaining is hard – well done you, keep it up! #WeightLossWednesday Sim xx
I think you’re looking great and well done for finding a bit of time for you, it’s definitely needed when we spend so much time thinking about other people #allaboutme
Well Done Caroline, you’ve made a great start. It’s strange how finding time for yourself, even when it’s offered, can be hard with children. I hope LM is feeling a lot better xx
That top is really nice! Funny where you can pick up some really lovely stuff. Definitely think it’s time to focus on you after such a poorly few months! Once the chocs gone it’s a long time until Xmas chocolate! xx #weightlosswednesday
So glad that you have been able to make some time for yourself and a huge well done on managing to lose 1/2 stone. That top is gorgeous. Hope LM is getting better now too x
Thanks lovely, she is doing so much better thank goodness! xx
Making time for yourself is so important isn’t it? Hard to do though! I am also on a weight loss mission and know what you mean about being in between sizes. That top is gorgeous on you, Bon Marche hey?!
yeah I know, I was so surprised, glad I am not the only person who thinks its ok! Very hard to make time for ourselves, but SO important! xx
Aww I wish I can lose some weight! I have been exercising but I dont know how to curve my appetite =( #sharewithme
Keep at it and I like the top it suits you. Anyone can be forgiven for falling off a diet when you’re spending hours on end in the hospital but like you say, you haven’t gained any weight so good on you!
It has took me 6 months after having Baby E to realise that it is okay to have a little time to myself. I now spend some of his nap time doing things that make me happy and relaxed rather than rushing around doing things about the house! #sharewithme
Oh it’s so difficult isn’t it as there is always so much to do that you feel you have to do jobs during naps but time for ourselves is so important too! xx
Swit swoo to you!
You’re doing amazingly well, finding ‘me time’ is so hard, but so necessary.
Thank you, you are totally right, definitely hard, but definitely necessary! xx
Making time for ourselves as mummies, is so important. Well done you. And of course to the weight loss – keep going! Definitely worthy of a #loudnproud shout out!
Thanks Suzanne, I am proud of the kids all the time so definitely nice to feel proud of myself for a change! 🙂 xx
Well done on mission you! It sounds likes it’s going great and I really hope you keep it up as it’s definitely hard to ‘lose yourself’ in motherhood! You’re looking fab too! x #sharewithme
Thank you, it is so hard to make time for yourself as a Mum isn’t it? xx
Sorry to hear you were in hospital with LM – I have been in with the boys and bronchiolitis a few times and it’s no fun at all. Hope she is on the mend now. Congrats with your me time mission – your weight loss is fantastic, although from your lovely photo I’d say you haven’t got any more to lose! x
Thanks lovely it is horrible isn’t it? Aw thanks, believe me I really do though, the wobbles are just cleverly hidden in the photo! xx
You are doing so well and at 5 months post I can’t believe it girl I am still trying to do well at almost two years post baby! You look amazing. Keep it up. Thank you so much for linking up to Share With Me. Have a great weekend. #sharewithme
Aww thanks lovely but I am sure you don;t need it as much as I do! 🙂 xx
That top looks great on you! I’m glad your little lady is better, what a scary time but I’m glad the nurse and junior doctor were good. Thanks for linking up with #BloggingToJogging xx
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