Depressed with Dieting : my baby weight loss journey #8

I’ve lost a stone!! Wahoo!!  What a great way to mark the end of week one.

If you have been following this week you will see that I haven’t actually been that good with my eating.  I’ve had Macdonald’s, KFC, an Indian, a kebab.  I’ve been snacking a lot less, in fact nearly not at all, cut out coca cola, and as I’ve been feeling a bit more well in myself, I haven’t been stuck in bed all the time.

Today I ate :

Breakfast – 4 pieces of toast

Lunch – a cheese, ham and turkey sandwich.

Dinner – yummy lasagne my Mum made for whilst we were packing (I had two helpings).

Snack – a handful of the mini sour cream and chive snack a jacks again.  I shared the pack with Judah.

I drank – cranberry juice, water

I now weigh 130.1kg’s.

1 stone down, about 10 to go (no joke, I can’t even tell that I’ve lost weight yet.

Sleepy now from packing all day.  Off to bed before I start wanting to order takeaway because I’m shattered and in need of energy.  Old habits die hard.




The SeaLife Centre

Well, it’s been a while since I’ve blogged and yesterday I treated myself to a new iPad Air whilst at the Trafford Centre, so figured I have no excuse anymore not to get on with it….. so here goes….

The SeaLife Centre

I was rocking the Bugaboo Donkey so my first concern was will I be able to get around with the double buggy?  The whole place was wheelchair accessible so aside from meeting another pram user in the tunnel (which just required some minor navigation) we had no problems at all.

It was fantastic, so much better than I could’ve hoped. I wasn’t sure if Judah would be at the right age, but he was, it was perfect. Judah is now 20 months old which means he received free entry (up until age 3) and was the perfect age to fully enjoy everything.

Turtle Beach 

We listened to the lady tell us about Turtle Beach and he was mesmerised, taking it all in. Anxious at first (clinging on to my sister for dear life) when we took him near to the first aquarium window, but soon eased into it and was running around exclaiming ‘wow!’ and then saying ‘bye bye fishies’ as he waved and blew kisses each time we moved onto the next part.

We have recently suffered a bereavement in my husband’s family (his cousin) and it was very unexpected. We spent last weekend down on the South Coast (a 5 hour drive in theory, took us more like 9 with the babies and roads being blocked due to flooding and the SatNav not having this knowledge) clearing out his apartment and cooking for the family whilst they grieved and made arrangements for the funeral, dealt with the authorities etc. it was an emotionally draining weekend and I had decided I just wanted a lovely day with my babies, so off to the SeaLife Centre we went with my sister (Judah’s hero). It was a brilliant call, the joy he had running round that place would’ve been worth so much more than the amount we paid.

Eden also really enjoyed it, it was a fancy sensory experience for her. I would go as far to say, so long as she wasn’t sleeping it would be something worth doing with a 3 month old if you don’t mind paying for it. She was just taking in all the sounds, lights, colours, and movement of the fish around her.

If you book online the day before it is £5 cheaper per adult, obviously we had just gone off the cuff but it was worth every penny. Judah chose a turtle teddy at the gift shop and we purchased an under the sea photo of us too…. sucker tourists I know…. but, as a memory for the first time we took Judah I was happy to pay.

Soft Play with Auntie Lauren

Before you get to the end there was a soft play area and some toilets with baby changing facilities.  He was already in his element so was unafraid of the huge heights and just went for it.  He climbed to the top following his Auntie and even went down the slide.  This hasn’t happened at a soft play centre yet so I was very impressed.

As Judah was in the SoftPlay area Eden started to cry (she was hungry), a member of staff told me that I could go and breast feed in the ‘School Room’ which wasn’t being used that day.  Very helpful, so off I trotted.  

Huge enjoyment for all the family, I think my sister and I had just as much fun as Judah watching his delighted face. I would highly recommend it as a day out for toddlers. He also stroked the crabs in the Rock Pool, I was impressed. My hardcore little boy. (Proud Mummy moment)

Hope you enjoyed this post, I’m looking forward to getting back into it.



Some Things that I Love #2

Linking in with but why mummy why again this week.

Something I read: I am not a big reader at all, I have so many books that I intend to read and never really get around to.  I would say this week I read a lot of lyrics and chords.  I was leading the music at church this week, so actually made time to practice once through each day, to try and be prepared.  It has been a while since I led a band and wanted to get back on my game.  It went really well, but just a start really, need to practice at the piano more.

Something I watched : when I feel blue I tend to revert to watching Desperate Housewives in bed and what Daddy didn’t tell me knows that something is up.  I only watched a little last week which is a miracle in itself.  Spent some time spring cleaning and came across some movies we haven’t seen in a while.  Watched I love you Philip Morris‘ with the hubster curled up on the couch.  My brother bought it me 2 Christmases ago as it had Jim Carrey and Ewan McGregor in it.  He had no idea of the plot, and neither did I.  What Daddy didn’t tell me and I watched it Jan 2012, were hideously shocked (not what we expected at all) and then haven’t looked at it since.  Gave it another whirl this week, but again, spent most of my time cringing.  I am not homophobic and have many gay/lesbian friends, just really struggle with how OTT the movie is.  It is funny though.  This year my brother bought me ‘Revolutionary Road‘, Kate Winslet, Leonardo DiCaprio?  Anyone seen it?  Directed by Sam Mendes.  Again, what Daddy didn’t tell me and I sat down to watch the romantic rekindling of the Titanic dynamic duo and were left severely depressed.  Not for the feint hearted.  We put it down to another classic film choice by my bro.  I have told him he needs to start reading the back, or at least get an idea of plot for next year (does tickle us though, and widen our movie knowledge).

Something I wore : my pyjamas 🙂 With family situations at crisis point (extended family not my little poppets), my nerves could not take it, and aside from trips to the doctors, CBT lady, and taking Ice to her tap class, I spent most of the week in my jim jams, especially when I was spring cleaning.  Don’t get me wrong I did get dressed in the week, just feel it’s fair to say the clothing I wore most last week was my pj’s.  Come on you know we all do it??  Or if you don’t, if you forget the (gasp) horror of it for a moment, you’ll be jealous… just saying 😉

Something that I listened to : as a former victim of domestic violence (my ex husband was a brut), it is difficult for me to watch some scenarios that are unfolding around me at the moment.  My sister is a mess at the moment due to emotional/mental abuse at the hands of someone who should’ve been protecting her.  Having a dance to Leona Lewis‘ new album ‘Glassheart‘ with JAM made me listen a bit more closely.  Most of the theme running through the album is that of domestic abuse.  I absolutely love ‘I to You’ cowritten by the lovely Emeli Sande, which I feel is very apt for current issues.  As someone who has lived through it and knows how twisted your thinking is at that time, I find this a fantastic thought provoker.  After listing all the things she would do for her partner the chorus makes you think ‘what am I to you? what am I to you? don’t tell me, don’t kill me now’.  Anyone going through domestic violence who would like to DM me on twitter @mamadidnttell I would be more than willing to chat to you.  It is difficult to get out of but so worth it!!!

Something I cannot live without : My Mum!  Oh yes, this week my Mum was an absolute hero rescuing my sister from hospital.  I am so pleased that I have a mother that will fight for us, even when we no longer live with her, or have husbands who should fight for us (not with us, see last paragraph).  She is amazing and actually worked a miracle this week against all the ideals of the doctors at the hospital.  I literally felt like I had my own Jack Bauer this week, who went into the hospital and convinced them to release my sister to her care.  My sister is doing so much better with my Mum and I know now she will make a full emotional recovery.  Wuhoo!! for Mum’s.

some things that i love