Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Dear Winter

Dear Winter,

I love the sound of rain on the roof, wood fires, hot chocolate or hot cups of tea, hearty casseroles, warming soups, warm woolly jumpers, thick socks, and snuggling up in bed with a good book or on the couch to watch a DVD. But I think it's time to back off a little.

You're cold and wet, grey, dark and depressing and confining me to the indoors. I need more warmth in my life. I'm sorry but I like Spring and Summer much much more. The cooling sea breeze, the warmth on my face when I'm outdoors with the kids at the park or the beach, not shivering my arse off. I love the blue skies, the longer days, a BBQ in the backyard with a nice cold beer, icecream at the harbour, a glass of wine in the Valley, a cycle or run around the river.

Winter, you can not give me these things. Bring back the sun.

Yours sincerely,

Someone in great need of Vitamin D

Monday, June 18, 2012

It's A Revival!

Revival of the blog, that is. And of me, I guess. Thought I had better start writing here again because, well, I like to write even if I'm not articulate or know what to say. I've always written since I was a little girl, be it short stories in creative writing class in primary school or a journal throughout my teen years, which unfortunately, I never kept and sometimes wish I did!

Secondly, I thought I'd aim to write here regularly as part of the 12WBT to record my progress, keep me accountable and hopefully have some awesome before and afters to show off ;-)

So, into week 3 now after a slow start. I did the fitness test at the start of week 1 and couldn't walk for the next three days! Thanks to SPD. I'm only 4 weeks post birth of baby number 3. Since then, I've been too scared to walk or do any kind of exercise as I don't want to be in pain in the following days. Last night, I pulled out my postnatal pilate DVD's and I'm going to give those a whirl this week. I'm going to suck it up and walk the kids to the park this afternoon and see how I fare.

I'm following the nutrition plan as it is given, but the thing I struggle with most is the mindless snacking...and the chocolate habit...my first confession. I ate 6 Tim Tams last night. Yes, SIX. That's half the packet (hubby ate the other half). Right now, I've sat down with a cup of tea and I ate 5 Ferrero Rochers.

Oh. My. God.

What am I doing? I know full well that I shouldn't be eating this. I can not stop at just one. I need to break the habit of buying it. I don't buy it when I do my shop so it's not sitting in the house. I buy it when I go out. If I run out of milk and bread, I'll buy a chocolate when I pop down to the shop. Big Mistake.

Writing this down feels shameful. Why have a goal to lose my baby weight and regain some fitness, if I'm only going to put myself a step behind? Sounds so simple.

So, I'm recomitting again. Setting myself a challenge. I will not eat chocolate for the remainder of the 12WBT challenge!

Friday, May 18, 2012

Just Sayin'

Still no sign of baby. I'm 39 weeks and 2 days today. If baby doesn't make an appearance by Wednesday (my estimated due date), then I'll go into hospital to have my waters broken. Being my second VBAC means that they won't do any other type of induction (oxytocin, prostaglandins, etc) due to the increased risk of uterine rupture, which is fine by me. Because of the gestational diabetes I'm not really allowed to go past my EDD due to risk of the placenta failing even though I have kept my blood sugars stable. I have been taking Raspberry Leaf Tea, Evening Primrose Oil and have just started with the Clary Sage. Let's hope there's some movement over the weekend!!!

In other news, I have joined up again with the Michelle Bridges 12 Week Body Transformation. To reduce my risk of developing type 2 diabetes, my dietitian suggested it would be wise to lose the pregnancy weight gain as soon as possible after the birth. I've gained 12kg. So, I thought why not, let's do the 12wbt again! So, here is my committment:

To lose an overall amount of 17kg.
By the end of this round, I will lose 8kg, return to aikido training and teaching, run 4km without stopping, regain my core strength.

...and I am committed to do the work to get me there!


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