#WobblesWednesday – Kickin’ butt!

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(This has been me this morning, gingerly stepping on the scales)

Kate at nakedmum.co.uk is having a little blogging break so I’m hosting #WobblesWednesday for the next couple of weeks for her.

It’s an online support group – founded by Kate at the start of this year – to support bloggers wanting to lose weight and achieve a healthier lifestyle. We share tips, comments and support, anyone is welcome to join. Please link up below and tweet using the #WobblesWednesday.

I’ve had a few weeks off, to deal with a family matter – you can read about it here – hopefully we are over the worst and I’m back, kicking my big butt…well, up the butt and motivating myself again.

I wouldn’t say I’ve been an absolute piggie during the last few weeks but I am emotional eater and, boy, have I been through some emotions! Speed-eating Maltesers had become a speciality, not any more.

I’ve managed to gain 2lb since I last weighed myself, some might be water, most of it is Maltesers(!) but there is still a loss of 1stone 3lb since January.

My new motivation has kicked off with a two-week trial of Aspire, a calorie-burning drink. I started on these yesterday and (a few burps aside, sorry) all is going well. I’m looking forward to seeing how they help me.

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The last few weeks have been so horribly tense that I haven’t been relaxed enough to listen to the slimpods, again renewed motivation is stepping in from this week.

There is only one person who can change me and that is me. I started googling things like Lighter Life and Cambridge diets on Monday, before administering that proverbial kick-up-the-butt. With the summer holidays looming, I need a positive mindset for the children, they do not need a Mumma draining herself with a liquid-only diet.

So, that’s me, putting my hand up and saying “hello, I’m back and how is everyone?”.

The linky – if I’ve done it right – is below, please leave a comment/your post with how your week has gone. I am so grateful for the support over the last few weeks, it’s time to “pay it forward”.

(Next week’s post will be from a new site – ditchflabgetfab.com, the autism blog and this blog are moving over, being hosted by Overblog, it’s all a tad exciting!) if you’re reading this by email, please make sure you subscribe to continue to receive posts.

Anyway, that’s me, I’m looking forward to seeing how everyone’s week has been, thanks for reading and for the support Jx 😘

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#WobblesWednesday – Stacking up the dominoes …

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It’s Wednesday and I’m linking up with Kate at nakedmum.co.uk, sharing how my last week has gone with the other ladies on our journeys to a healthier lifestyle.

The picture above sums up my week really, there’s a domino for my autistic daughter, my high functioning autistic son, my husband, my family member who has been diagnosed with something serious, money etc etc. It goes on, one flick of the finger and it would all topple. But I won’t let it.
Life is all about taking the rough with the smooth, the highs and the lows.

But, unlike previously, I haven’t sought solace in a chocolate bar and I’ve lost a lb this week. Despite a meal out for my daughter for her birthday, despite the birthday cake which is still in the fridge.

Onwards and downwards is the mantra now. I’m looking forward to receiving and starting with the Slimpod CDs when they arrive later on this week and seeing how everyone else has got on.

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#WobblesWednesday – Little (?) Miss Forgetful

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Oh blimey, I think my lack of sleep is catching up with me. I forgot to weigh myself this morning, genuinely. I remembered on the school run and that was obviously too late. Similarly, I forgot to get guinea pig food yesterday as the little squeakers will remind me shortly. Added to list for later.

I don’t think the week has gone too badly, I seem newly motivated after last week’s blip and hopefully that will reflect in next week’s figures.

I’m also waiting for my Thinking Slimmer CDs to arrive and establishing a routine whereby I listen to them daily. I’ve heard very positive feedback about them from Jane and Shell and hopefully they’ll be a useful tool.

If I can remember them (!), my top tips for the week would be:

Make sure there’s healthy options in the fridges and cupboards. Chopped up carrots, peppers, oat cakes etc.

Feeling peck ish? Have a cup of coffee/glass of sugar-free squash and then decide.

Linking up with Kate at nakedmum.co.uk, and looking forward to reading how everyone else has done.

Now, I’m off to write some lists….

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#WobblesWednesday – dodging those storm clouds!

I very nearly didn’t link up with #WobblesWednesday this week, a support network started in January by Kate at nakedmum.co.uk.

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Why? Because for the first time this year I have gained since last week:

1lb

Making my loss so far this year: 1stone 4lbs.

But the support network is such that, this happens, we all offer advice and support, it’s a little community.

I could blame it on water retention leading up to time of the month, I could sit here and say I was forced to eat those carb-heavy foods at the weekend. But I wasn’t and one thing I’ve always said to myself is to be honest in my blogs.

It was a lack of willpower and motivation, pure and simple. No one to blame but me.

BUT…

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Taking a positive speel:

There’s an overall loss since the beginning of the year, am I going to let my first gain get me down? No! The countdown to next week starts here and now.

We are all healthy, yes my children might be registered disabled (autism) but we can all laugh and smile, especially in the better weather. I couldn’t be prouder of my children, they overcome so much every day.

I have a lot to be grateful for and I know it.

Looking forward to reading everyone else’s posts. Jx

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#WobblesWednesday – if “You are what you eat”, what am I?

It’s Wednesday once again and I’m linking up with Kate at nakedmum.co.uk for Wobbles Wednesday.

I’ll start with the good news:

1lb lost this week, making my total to date this year of 1stone, 5lbs.

It will be good to get over that stone-and-a-half hurdle and head downwards.

This picture kind-of sums up my week:

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It’s been a case of predominantly the good stuff (the fruits, the veg, the proteins) but a smidgen of the not-so-good creeping in..but only just, and unlike before when I’d want to devour a whole swarm/nest/herd (?) of Freddo’s, one will do.

Thankfully it’s proving to be an easier week than last week but the occasional little prod comes along and threatens to knock me off the tightrope of life, I’m not letting it though.

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My daughter is 9 in just under 3 weeks and I guess I’m thankful that she won’t be aware enough to buy-in to the body-image culture that is everywhere. Celebrities are scrutinised if they’ve lost weight/gained weight or if they look older/suddenly younger. A prime example is the secondary school I walk past each day, I can definitely tell which celebrities both the girls and boys emulate.

I guess the point I’m making is that happiness comes from within, and that’s why I’m on this journey.

I’m looking forward to reading the other #WobblesWednesday posts.

I’m going to end with a cheeky plug for the Brilliance in Blogging awards,the autism blog is shortlisted in the Commentary section, a vote would be appreciated please. Click here to go to the voting forms, a name and email address is all the information required.

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#WobblesWednesday – we’re getting there

It’s Wednesday and I’m linking up with Kate over at nakedmum for Wobbles Wednesday, something that I’m so grateful she initiated for the support it brings.

I wasn’t a very happy J last week. I had too many thoughts running through my mind, but not wanting to necessary blog them and that reflected in last week’s post. It probably took until Friday before I began to feel brighter and that wasn’t good, I need to be on an even keel for the children.

This week is definitely better. My daughter went to a birthday party at a special needs playground on Saturday, party food everywhere. Lots of temptation but I stuck to the cucumber sticks that everyone else seems to be avoiding and that felt good. Later on, everyone else had their usual Saturday evening fish and chips, I ate more cucumber!

Yesterday we had one of the appointments I’d been so worried about last week, there’s another one tomorrow. We received a diagnosis yesterday and I now have two children on the autistic spectrum, one at either end. One classed as “severe”, the other “high functioning”. Both looking to me to be their constant, always there, always reliable… renewed motivation you bet!

I’ve also had a chat with the lady behind Thinking Slimmer and I’ll be starting that soon. I know of a couple of people who are already finding it very helpful and I’m hoping it will do the same for me.

I’m also over-joyed that the autism blog has been short-listed in the Commentary section for the “Brilliance in Blogging awards”, if you could spare a vote here and get me into the next stage, I’d be well chuffed!

It’s been a real rollercoaster week, so much so that I nearly forgot to jump on the scales this morning. But I did and it’s another lb off.

This year’s total to date: 1stone 4lbs.

I’ll be tallying up with Losing It For Autism on 3rd May, with a once-monthly donation (£ for lb) and update on the autism blog, donations always welcomed!

My top tips:

If you’re feeling peck-ish, set yourself a time limit and then decide if you’re still hungry once that time has elapsed. More often than not, it will have passed.

Always make sure that there’s some chopped up peppers/veg in the fridge. Nice and cooling in the warmer weather too.

Looking forward to reading how everyone else is doing. I’d like to report more than one lb off next week if possible.

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#WobblesWednesday – putting my hand up

It’s Wednesday and I’m linking up with #WobblesWednesday , devised by Kate at nakedmum.co.uk

I’m struggling at the moment, I’m putting my hand up like an eager school child and admitting it.

Here’s why:

I don’t trust my scales anymore. I had two positions in the house where I could get a constant reading..not any more. One place says 3lbs off, another says 2lbs on. Help from an external source with reliable scales is needed, I’m looking up Slimming World classes as soon as I’ve finished this post.

My children both have important appointments next week, one is to determine whether I have a second child on the autistic spectrum – and it won’t change a thing for us as a family if we do, it means he’ll be able to access support – the other is a medical appointment for D, one that is potentially intrusive and one I’m not mentioning publicly.

It’s also PMT time, I’m feeling crotchety, grumpy and frankly saddened at the state of the world when some group decides to blast marathon runners and spectators to bits, people who were running raising money for charities. There’s also the tragic news story from Lowestoft, in this age of social media news, theories and views travel too fast.

So, while I’m a bit miffed that I can’t trust my scales and therefore either say *yay* or *boo* or a *shrug*, in the wider scheme of things I am still lighter than at the start of the year, my Losing it for Autism is 19% of target already and we start with reliable readings from Friday.

I’m so grateful to everyone that has contributed so far, will do a once-monthly round-up on the autism blog.

My top tips this week:

Chances are if you feel hungry between meals, you’re not hungry, but thirsty. Have a drink of water/squash/coffee and then decide.

Coco Pops are my evening nibble of choice, little bowlful with no milk, takes absolutely ages to eat – especially with my long nails.

Remember the tortoise and the hare -it’s all very well these diets where you can lose half a stone a week, but are they sustainable and how much is water?

So, in a strange way I’m looking forward to the extra guidance and support that Slimming World will bring, not forgetting the more reliable scales readings. I do appreciate the support on here every Wednesday too…very much.

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