Saturday, January 29, 2011

Week 4 - Weigh In.

Another weigh in day has rolled around again. We are in the back to school rush with 3 of my precious boys off to school on Wednesday. It's left little time for me to actually focus on losing weight. So my exercise plan went out the window. I've also had some bad eating after dinner and included two trips to McDonald's over the week(one of them being on Australia Day - we met up with friends and ate there before going to watch the fireworks).

So I wasn't expecting much at all and imagine my surprise when I weighed myself(on the Wii Fit as my scales were dead, luckily I weighed myself on the scales and Wii Fit last week on the same day and both gave me the same reading). I lost....1kg! Down to 82.3kg and it puts my BMI into the 'overweight' category instead of 'obese'.

*Happy dance*!

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Week 3 - Weigh in Day

Gee, these weeks roll around so flippin' fast! School holidays are almost at an end and we are nowhere near prepared for the kids to go back to school.

Another weigh in day has rolled around. I can't say that this has been the best week, I exercised maybe twice. I also ate some bad things I wasn't meant to(like fries at Hogs Breath Cafe).

One good thing is my water intake has gone from 2 litres a day to 3 litres. I can drink it with no problem now and I'm so very proud of myself! I have finally kicked my diet coke habit.

So stats for this week:

Weighed in at: 83.3kg
Down from 83.9kg

A loss of 600g this week and a total loss of 3.9kg since Jan 1st.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Weigh In - Week Two.

I haven't posted much this last week. I've been glued to the TV watching the news coverage of the flooding in Queensland. It's really hard to get my head around that something so devastating is happening on the other side of the country while over here it's just scorching hot. But anyway, I didn't know what I could possibly write about when all these people have had their whole world turned upside down. I'll admit I have shed many tears for the children who were swept away in the flooding. That's the Mama Bear coming out in me I suppose. It's just a very sad time and I am working hard to get ready to have a stall at a local Family Fun Day to raise money to help these people who need it so badly!

Anyway, I weighed in today and this week I've shed another 500g. Much more realistic than the 2.8kg that I lost last week. So I'm happy with that. Down to 83.9kg now - I can't wait to see the other side of 80kg, it's been a looong time!

I didn't make exercise a priority and I know I should have. This week is going to be different. I dug out the Wii Active yesterday and I'm on the 30 day challenge. Today was day two and I'm feeling a little sore. Not going to complain though :D

Anyway off to bed, darling daughter has slept so much better tonight so I'd better get some shut eye in before she wakes up!

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Weigh in - Week 1

Oops, I never got around to posting my first weigh in yesterday, the days seem to blur into each other during school holidays!

This program is amazing, I am never feeling hungry and the food is so good! Makes me wish I had started Lite N Easy sooner, but the main thing is I'm on it now and I'll stay on it for as long as I need to. I had a couple of break through moments last night and today. The first was when we went to the hubby's Uncle's 70th birthday party, it wasn't starting until 6.30pm and it was only about a 5 minute drive from home. I'd said to the hubby that I would just eat at home before we go and not eat there - but according to him, his Aunt would have been less than impressed. So I bit the bullet and didn't eat my 'safe' dinner. It ended up being a buffet of meat and cold salads, and I am might proud of myself on going easy on the high carb salads(curry rice and potato). I wasn't even tempted by dessert and it was pavlova - My absolute FAVOURITE!

That was pretty amazing for me, I usually have no self control - hence the weight issue.

So that brings me to today. My eldest two boys had a sleepover at their dads house last night and the Hubby went to collect them at lunch time. He decided to get the kids some McDonald's for lunch and I didn't even bat an eyelid. It did not phase me - hellllooooo! I was a takeaway junkie! Nope, I didn't even think of cheeseburgers and I thoroughly enjoyed my salad and fruit for lunch!

That brings us to number time....I lost....2.8kg!!!!!!

Unreal! I was never expecting that much and I am so pleased with the number.

Tomorrow I plan on getting the Wii and start using that for exercise :)

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Sleep baby, Sleep!

You'd think as a mother of 5, I would have this parenting thing down pat. I should have been faced with all sorts of issues that I've overcome in the past, so baby number 5 should be a breeze.

Well, she's not.

She WILL NOT SLEEP...unless we are holding her and then once we put her down, the screaming begins. I have never been faced with this before as I was blessed with boys who were sleeping through the night from 6 weeks old, so imagine my dismay when my darling girl didn't follow the trend and is a week shy from 8 months  and still not sleeping well at all.

On a guess, I would say that she wakes around 6-8 times a night. I am exhausted. And frazzled. I have no time to make products for my business, during the day I'm contending with 2 toddlers and running the kids to and from school and karate, etc. It's just really, really hard and I am at a loss on what to do. The hubby works night shift and is well and truly gone before bedtime.

I simply cannot let her cry it out, it breaks my heart and she gets so distressed to the point of vomiting all over her bed and I end up having to bath her and change the sheets, etc. I've tried a bunch of different things to no avail and now I'm at my wits end because I NEED SLEEP!

What do I do? Surely someone can give me some advice on how to get her to go to bed and stay asleep without letting her cry it out, I don't believe that crying it out is any good - all she would be doing is crying to the point of exhaustion and passing out. Yeah....nah....

I've worked out that she is only sleeping one sleep cycle, once she gets to the end of the first cycle she wakes up and I don't think she knows how to get back to sleep.

Tonight after her bath and books, I nursed her to sleep at around 7pm and put her into bed at 7.15pm. She was awake again by 7.50pm and I nursed her and rocked her and got her back into bed by 8pm. I literally have to wait until she has zonked out completely before I can put her down. It's just gone 9pm so let's see how it pans out and pray for me that I get more than a few hours sleep tonight!

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Hey, it's 2011!

Wow, 2011 rolled around real fast didn't it? Christmas went by in a blur - not that we did much as my family all live overseas. We just went next door to the in laws place and had a late lunch before the hubby, his sister and brother in law all had to go to work(yes they all work at the same place). New Years was a non event. Hubby was at work, so I took the 5 kids to a friend house for a BBQ dinner and we were home by 8pm, it was as far as I could really stretch the toddlers. And no, they did not sleep in for me the next morning.

So my plans for 2011? 

1. Lose some weight! I've lost 7.2kg since Tahnee was born and I put on more than that during pregnancy.
2. Not get pregnant.
3. Take a huge chuck out of our debts.
4. Grow my business.
5. Keep the kids active with Karate, play group, etc.
6. Cry when my 3.5 year old starts school in February *sob*.
7. Blog more.
8. Continue to grow my friendships with some special women.

I didn't want to go too specific with my goals because I know I tend to set them too high and then fail miserably. I'd like to lose weight but I'm not going to say I need to lose 10kg by 2012. Any weight loss is good right?

Let's kick off with some weight loss talk. I have been down this 'need to lose weight' road a few times now and I usually lose maybe 5kg or so and wind up pregnant - yes, it's happened 3 times now! The hubby has been warned to stay well away from me because I don't trust contraception any more after getting knocked up with the implanon implant in! My diet is pretty poor, with 5 kids and one of those to be a pretty demanding baby - I eat on the run, or I don't eat at all. My body is suffering because of it as I am still breastfeeding almost exclusively(she does occasionally have finger foods when she feels like eating), so she is getting what little good stuff I have and I'm depriving myself.

There is a history of diabetes and heart disease in my family. My paternal grandmothers mum and sister died die to diabetes and many members of my paternal grandfathers side have died young due to heart disease. I don't want to leave my kids while they are still so young. I want to see them grow and have their own babies and maybe even meet some great grandbabies someday.

I took the plunge and ordered Lite'n'Easy, which is a meal plan that is prepared and delivered to your door. My first delivery arrived last Friday so I started off the new year on this plan. Something had to be done after I saw photos of myself on Christmas Day(which I don't have copies of because I am sort of in denial that I let myself look like this). I am frumpy. I don't have nice clothes because I say I will shop when I lose weight and drop a dress size. Half of my wardrobe is still maternity clothes. For goodness sake, I am 27 YEARS OLD. It shouldn't be this way!

The food has been great and so easy to prepare! I am eating so much better now. Cooking for the kids has never been a problem and I provide them with healthy meals - only they eat at 5pm and I'm usually not ready to eat until 6.30pm, not to mention my portion sizes are way out of control. I can totally see where I was going wrong, I was probably eating 3 or 4 times the amount of cereal in the mornings than I should be. This is teaching me what my portions should be like. Once I heat up a meal I move it to a dinner plate so I can see how much I should be having. Then, when I feel ready I can leave the Lite'n'Easy behind and know how much I should be eating.

Anyway, I am on the 1800 calorie meal plan because I am still breastfeeding and need extra calories for her. I will see how I go though, once she starts feeding less and having more solid foods I may be able to drop down to 1500 cal like other breastfeeding mums that I know.

The stats:

Start Date: 1 Jan 2011
Start Weight: 87.2kg
Goal Weight: 65kg

Measurements(taken monthly):
Bust: 104cm
Waist: 102.5cm
Hips: 117cm
Arm: 34cm
Thigh: 62.5cm

I expect my bust measurement will fluctuate depending on how much milk I've got in there at the time!

Here we go!