Lifestyle Overhaul Challenge
Well this is my 1st step to creating my new healthy lifestyle!
Bit of background.. Ive always been fit, perfect BMI and loved exercising. However my downfall is that I smoked!! I despised my habit but its an addiction and therefore takes some shaking off!! However, I fell pregnant and gave up instantly. It was tough but my love for my baby was stronger than my urges and I did not want to harm him. I was delighted with my progress but sadly put on a whopping 5 stone in pregnancy and have experienced terrible back pain during pregnancy and still now 3 months after the birth!!
It gets worse..my husband smokes and loves it and hates giving up..he has no motivation to give up! Now Im not blaming this on him but once i stopped breast feeding we enjoyed a night out with good food, wine...and I smoked!! He happily encouraged me and said he was happy to have his smoking buddy back. He regrets this now as do I as an ex-smoker can never have 1...it has continued!!
Now the positive, we have both made the decision that we want to give up again together starting this Mon. We dont want to have to take turns to go out and smoke in the garden while the other cares for our son...we are disgusted with ourselves and dont want to be smoking parents!!
Im nervous of stopping again due to the weight gain. I have lost 2 stone of the 5 that I gained but need to continue this progress without putting on weight.
So as of Monday, we will be stopping smoking, healthy eating and going on evening walks now the days are getting lighter. Im also going to try and start some form of exercise routine!
This blog gives me a chance to report my progress and hopefully gain support on the 'bad days' !! Im not going to weigh myself till next Sat as have been on holiday and therefore may have added more than a few pounds. Ill have a week of being healthy and fit first.
Before the 'BIG DAY' I thought Id add some pointers to remind myself where i normally go wrong when starting a healthy lifestyle.
Disorganisation: If i get overtired from too many late nights doing work projects or catching up with friends online/phone etc then it generally leads to everything going downhill. I eat more as a result of feeling tired and needing more energy. I lack motivation to exercise as am tired, and generally get behind with things!! My moto...bed early!!! More sleep..less hunger pangs/more energy!!
Social events..this doesnt really include drinking as Im not a big drinker nor go out that often so find it easy to make drink off limits! Its more the coffee/cake mornings or lunches out with other mummy friends...willpower often goes out of the window and i can easily overindulge!
Fitness level..I used to find any form of exercise easy and enjoyable. Being 3 stone heavier I find it HARDWORK now!! I need to get over this hurdle as I know it will get easier as I get fitter!!
Emotional comforts.. just like getting overtired I also eat more or enjoy a cigarette in times of celebration, sadness, stress...the list goes on! I really need to find ways to control these triggers!
Relationship...my hubby is my best friend, but he can be a bad influence as he shares the same love of food and cigarettes as I do. Although we smoke, neither of us are what I would call heavy smokers..we dont smoke at work, in the car or house, or even during the day really, we just enjoy evening cigarretes in the garden sometimes. He was supportive during my pregnancy and both of us kicked the habit...but he always said he missed it and it was hard living with his moodiness sometimes. But its something we both want to do this time, so i hope he sticks to it!
Hopefuly expressing my triggers will support me in making the first steps to a healthy lifestyle!
Well I woke this morning feeling positive and decided that I would weigh myself on the wii fit...despite bingeing on cake, meals out on holiday and promising myself I wouldnt upset myself by seeing how much of my previously lost weight I may have regained!
Well I was pleasantly suprised that Ive lost another pound !!!
So this inspired me to start the healthy lifestyle today! I havent nor do I want to smoke and have instead put my energy into having fun with my hubby and baby and planning a new fitness planner! It starts at 6am tomorrow when I shall get up and do my yogalates dvd. Its a gentle form of easing my way back into it all. I will struggle getting up at 6 especially if my baby has me up in the night.However its the only time I get to exercise as he will be asleep. The rest of the day just vanishes with baby groups, appointments, housework, feeds and my written work! By night im too exhausted.
This means ill have to get to bed early...10pm latest! So ill have to be strict with myself.
Best get on with the dinner now before bath/bed routine for little one...spicy chicken salad tonight!
Well I didnt get chance to report back yesterday as my day was all back to front and I was exhausted! Firstly my baby awoke at 3am which is unusual for him (hungry growth spurt I think) and he decided he didnt want to go back to bed until 5am! Not a good start!
when I realised my little night owl wanted to stay up I decided to do something crazy and do the yogalates dvd while he was awake! It was painful doing it at 4am but he found it hilarious and giggled away as I did my moves while he played on his play mat! I did feel so much better for it afterwards! I then when back to bed for an a few hours before having to get up for the day ahead!
Eating wise..I did very well, had my 5 a day and stuck to 1500 cals! Exercise wise- I managed the yoga dvd and a short 20 min walk later in the day between rainfall! Smoking- I didnt smoke or even think about it!
I was very tired by evening so decided to go to bed at 8am..in hope I would easily be able to get up at 6am for another round of yoga! But then i got a phone call regarding a work project at 8.45pm..I was so cross as Id purposely not allowed myself to read any emails after 5pm so i could go to bed with a clear head! after the phone call, my mind was whizzing with ideas and I couldnt drop again of till midnight!
So that yesterdays news!
Didnt wake up till 7.30am when my baby alarm clock went off!! So completely missed the 6am yoga session!!! Went to baby groups and then ended up having an unplanned relatively healthy lunch at a friends followed by a rather unhealthy home made cake..it would have been rude to refuse!!
Missed my 4pm walk with baby and hubby because my baby fell asleep next to me on my bed (he had missed afternoon nap due to visiting friend!) I did think about putting him in his cot and doing the yoga dvd but then I felt this huge wave of exhaustion and decided to shut my eyes instead! (any excuse) I thought hubby would wake us up when he came in but he said we looked so peaceful he left us until 6pm!!!! (think he was avoiding family walk lol) OHHH NOOOOOOO!!! Routine totally mucked up now!! But hey, its just one of those days!
Now normally when I have a bad diet/routine day I think well sod it I may as well have what I want now. But I had a quiet word with myself and decided to make a healthy low fat small portion tea. I also have planned tommorow with precision and am determined to make the 6am yogalates dvd!! Ive been aching today on my bum, legs and tum so its something must be working!
Best news is ... I didnt smoke!! Now today Ill admit i found it harder... I never considered it but the cigarrette thought popped into my head a few times where as it hasn't done on other days! This could be because its day 3 and on my previous attempt at stopping day 3-5 were always the worst..it kind of gives u an annoying empty feeling that you cant put your finger on and shake off! Now I know what that feeling is i just tell myself it will pass eventually and try to keep busy! It also reminds me how horrid smoking is that it has that control over people..addiction is awful!!!
So tommorow is a new day..I will not eat cake, i will walk, i will do my yogalates, I will not smoke...and ill have a lovely day with my baby!!!
Love having my personal therapy diary...keeps me on track...especially when i know i have to be honest and admit to eating cake...does make me think twice!!
A slightly more normal day
After a restful nights sleep, I missed the 6am yoga alarm and instead awoke with the 7.30am baby alarm! after feeding and playing with my little bundle he was tired so went for his morning nap. The washing pile was calling me and Id promised myself to do a veggie casserole in the slow cooker for dinner. I also had numerous emails to reply to. However, i knew if I didnt get the yoga mat out..it may never come out today!
So jobs aside, I threw myself into various hip, bum and tum toning exercises and upside down positions that were far from as elegant as the ladies on the screen! Just hope no-one was walking past the window! Baby awoke about three quaters way through so i had to stop. But to be honest I needed to. I felt a little dizzy and realised I that Id skipped breakfast in the morning rush! It was definitely a blood sugar drop feeling so I quickly made some weetabix inbetween nappy changes, cuddles and bottle feeding!
I did manage to get the veggie casserole completed and reduce the never ending washing pile that my baby loves to add to more than twice a day.
I really want to go for a long afternoon walk with my hubby and baby when he gets home from work. Unsure if this will be possible today tho as my baby had his jabs this afternoon and after muchos crying has fallen into a deep slumber. I dont want to wake him and drag him out if he needs his sleep to recover. Ill see how it goes.
When thinking about my exercise routine I know I need to up the cardio work! I defo need the yoga to tone my baby pouch and wobbly bits too. I find it hard to fit the cardio in. Am considering another fitness dvd that maybe includes moving abit more. Think I may go on the wii fit tonight if I dont get chance to walk. I feel quite energetic today for a change so best make use of it before it vanishes!
And no- I havent smoked or over indulged today! Not even thought about doing either which is good.
As for hubby he hasnt smoked in front of me and tells me he hasnt smoked when I go to bed! I cant smell it so he must be teling the truth. Not that my husband lies..but when it comes to smoking the evil weed can make him tell a few porkies from time to time. He seems keen to support me and seems to want to do it for himself this time too!
Didnt manage yogalates dvd today as my baby was wide awake and wanting to play! Also had the housework, washing and food shopping to complete! However Im sure hoovering the house,mopping, dusting and changing beds will have burnt a few cals!
Now all the jobs are complete I have made time to do yogalates tommorow and go for a breezy long walk to my friends for lunch...without the cake!!
Havent done too bad food wise, Im usually very good when at home and keeping busy. Its outings or late nights wen the munchy monster comes out!
And I havent smoked!! Hubby seems a little ratty but he is coping well! Im just trying to stay positive to raise his spirits..he doesnt seem to get that the first few weeks are the worst and he will get over it. Think he thinks he will feel like he wants a ciggi forever!
Right off for a bath and early night! More sleep less food!!
Day 6 (Friday)
Bah bad day!! Baby got me up several times in the wee hours so im flat out exhausted. Couldnt do yoga but did manage a 20 min stroll..I say stroll because I felt like I was dragging my heels!! even my ipod didnt liven me up. Baby also grupy and needy today because tired..one of those days.
Have eaten relatively healthy and refused cake!! Havent smoked but its been tough for hubby tonight..he is a right old grump! I know its because he associates Friday and Saturday nights with Beer and a few cigs. This is when we usually would give in but Im trying to be strong.
Going out for lunch with friends tommorow to a pub..another challenge on the eating front..Ill try opt for the salad! Weigh day in the morning. Not looking forward to it especially since stoping smoking. Ill cry if Ive gained. I should have at least lost a pound surely!
Gonna snuggle up to an irritable hubby now!
DAY 6 (Saturday)
Well I got on the wii fit today for my first weekly weigh in... Ive lost 3lb!!!! Im Delighted!
Didnt manage yoga or walks today as had a day out with friends. I was relatively good at the pub. I stuck to diet drinks and opted for a chicken salad and avoided dessert. Only bad part was the mayo i piled on and the crusty bread dipped in olive oil. So I was relatively good but far from perfect!
Tommorow Im gonna try and up my game fitness wise. Think Im gonna get up and do my yoga dvd while hubby has some quality time with bubs! Then Im gonna drag us all out for a long walk!
Havent nor do I want to smoke. Hubby seems in a better mood today... he was a right old rat bag last nite. I tried to make light of it but he was having non of it and started whinging about how he wants a fag! In the end I realised the jokey front wasnt working so decided to put my foot down and told him to pull himself together and man up! Perhaps the part where I told him he would be pulling his oxygen tank into the school playground to pick our son up worked! Awful I know but he has been rather chirpy today and not heard even a bit of a whinge!! Bless him.
Makes me laugh sometimes coz he forgets Im going through it too. Feel like wife,mother, therapist all rolled into one!
Hubby also lost a pound this week too. He also has baby weight to lose...I think he put on two stone when i was pregnant.
Right off to..well I dont know what actually..read, watch tv! Normally id enjoy a glass of vino on a Sat nite but im not gonna bother tonight as really wanna shift this weight!
Just hope my baby alarm wakes at a reasonable time..the last few nites he has been cooing and giggling at 2am! Cute but exhauting!
well its officially the end of week one...and I havent smoked and have lost 3lb so im pleased!
Today I was really tired. Possibly hormonal but I really had to push myself to do a walk. We all managed an hour which picked me up abit. Didnt manage yoga but managed to make some healthy freezable meals for later in the week which should help keep us on track.
will try do the yoga tommorow as Im sure it is helping change my shape. I only did it twice last week but already noticed a difference. The dvd is one and a half hrs in total! It all depends on how baby sleeps tonight. He is teething and really suffering so routine has gone out of the window and the sleepless nights and comfort cuddles are back...sometimes have to drop everything and just be with him which I dont mind as I love him to bits! Just gotta try squeeze the exercise in as and when I can.
Infact, Im looking at the clock now and thinking i may do a bit!! Best get on with it while Im in the mood!
Good day all round...managed housework, baby group, healthy meals, yogalates dvd and 30 min family walk! Lets hope I carry on like this! Knackered tonight but still got hubby sarnies to make, a washing machine to empty, bottles to wash, sterilise and make up, a bit of ironing and some work emails to reply to! And Im on maternity leave...how will I fit all this in when back at the office!?! Yawn!
well after doing so well yesterday I then was naughty and had a glass of red wine last night!! But it gets worse, Ive just ordered a takeaway tonight coz I only got in late and were hungry and tired!! Hubby mentioned it and I thought well why not!
Have ordered a chicken kebab (chargrilled chicken in pitta) with salad so its not all too bad but still not good either. Have done no exercise today either as had a whole day out with appointments, errands, groups etc!
Tommorow I will try squeeze in the yogalates and I have the house to clean so that should burn a little off!
Havent smoked neither has hubby...forgot to even mention it as we are starting to forget about it now so its not a hot topic anymore! Really thought Id think about it when I had a glass of vino but it didnt bother me.
well this week was rather unhealthy and i didnt stick to the exercise regime either. My baby has been poorly with his teething, and I have come down with a cold. So ive had no energy or time for exercise and have eaten what I wanted which included two takeaways!!! I havent updated my blog over last few days because i had nothing positive to write. So in general any absences mean Im being naughty and overindulging!
I was dreading getting on the scales this morning but forced myself as I needed to know the damage! Well I was once again pleasantly suprised that i have lost another pound. Its rubbish in the grand scheme of things as I have so much to lose. But to lose a pound is better than to gain one!
So im now 13 stone 1lb - nearly in the 12 stone range!! Yay!! Think when I reach 12 stone Ill celebrate with a big tub of ben and Jerrys!!!
good for you for starting this - i know i need to as well.. keep going with kids involved its never going to be easy - they can be quite time consuming!!
yay you and keep going!!
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