Making some healthy changes

Now that summer is coming I have decided to make a few healthy changes to my life to generally improve my well being, lose weight and to set a good example for Jake. This is what I’ve decided to do:

1) Join the gym – Its a big step for us that we now feel as a family we have the time for both Jamie and I to go out at separate times and use the gym enough the justify the membership costs. For us this means we both aim to go at least three times a week. We’ve been going three weeks and so far I think I’m managing it. I’m determined to lose a bit of weight and I know that exercise will be the key to this for me.

2) Eat less crisps and chocolate – This ties in with the losing weight goal, but the main reason I came to this conclusion was to set a good example for Jake. We always eat lunch as a family and was really starting to feel like a big hypocrite serving Jamie and I something with a packet of crisps and Jake something with a piece of fruit. So we’ve all switched to fruit. It can only be a good thing!

3) Eat more fruit and veg – For the exact same reasons as above!

 

These are only small simple changes but I think they really could play a large part in improving my fitness, health and wellbeing as long as I can stick with it for the long term. Hopefully I’ll lose a bit of weight soon and that will give me the reassurance and motivation to carry on!

A day in our life: With an 11 month old

There haven’t been too many changes to our daily routine since my last “Day in our life” piece (HERE) when Jake was 8 months, though there a a couple subtle yet important differences.

6.15am – Wake up to here Jake chattering away in his cot, for some reason he now wakes up a bit earlier then he used to, but I’m not sure why. After a quick cuddle in bed Jamie goes an gets Jakes bottle on while I change and dress him, he then has his bottle in bed with us.

7.30am – here is one of the important differences! I’ve started going to the gym and manage a couple of mornings a week. Where as pre baby I would have struggled to get out of bed before 9am, Jake has forced me to become a morning person, so much so that by 7.30am I feel as though half the day is almost gone! So while I’m at the gym Jamie and Jake have breakfast and play downstairs.

8.30am I’m back from the gym and play with Jake (I’m still a sweaty mess at this point!) while Jamie gets ready for work

9am Jake goes down for a nap in his cot while I have a shower and get dressed, and try to do some housework before Jake wakes up again

10am – Jake wakes up and we usually go out either for a walk, to the shops or to a baby group

12pm – We all have lunch together

1pm – Jamie goes back to work. Jake and I have the afternoon to our selves. We might go out somewhere again, if not we’ll just play in the living room. Jake plays a lot more on his own these days, which is really lovely to watch, but can sometimes make the afternoon a bit slow for me.

5pm Jamie finishes work and plays with Jake while I make dinner.

5.30 – We eat dinner then do the washing up

6pm – We have a quick play before it is time for Jakes bath and PJ’s.

6.30pm – I sit down with Jake for some quiet time and give him his bottle. Sometimes he will fall asleep straight after his bottle in which case I put him straight in bed.

7.30 pm If Jake isn’t already asleep he now goes to bed anyway with Jamie and I going up every few minutes to lie him down and tell him it is bed time, this usually wont go on past 8pm. At this point one of us may or may not go to the gym.

8pm – The rest of our evening if to ourselves

Its hard to believe how normal our lives have become again since having Jake 11 months ago, when life with a new-born seamed so hard! I can see why it is at this stage that couples start to feel ready to start thinking about baby number 2 as life has become normal again.

Growing strawberries

One of my general goals in life is to eat more fruit and vegetables. Now that we have Jake in our life we are actually doing much better as we always have plenty of fruit and veg in for him to eat on a daily basis, and wanting to lead by example we are also eating much healthier ourselves. However it does cost a lot of money to keep your household fully stocked with fresh produce, especially if you want to have variety. Hence my great idea to grow our own strawberries!

As I have previously posted, I am not a gardener. So these plants may or may not work, but I think it is at least worth trying to grow something of my own. So I got a couple of trough flower pots, filled with compost and planted six strawberry plants,  and so far I’m doing quite well at remembering to water them. I’ll keep you updated as to if any survive!

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Trying to become a gardener!

To be upfront and honest from the get go, I have little to no knowledge of gardening, we’ve never really had more then patches of grass and a couple of dying shrubs in pots in any of our previous gardens – and we struggled with that much responsibility.

Our current house which we moved into at the end of January  has a lovely well planted and well maintained garden. It really doesn’t require any work doing to it except some pots to brighten up the patio area. So the only task at hand really is to not ruin what we already have, which may be easier said then done in our house! I’ve no idea what any of the plants are or what is required for their upkeep. But I’m going to give you a little garden tour as to what I have to contend with…..

Starting with my absolute favourite plant in the whole garden is this amazing tree that has branches that have grown all along the side fence and has the most lovely purple flowers that are currently in bloom. You can see why I really want to keep this alive and happy!

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In the back right hand corner of the garden is a concrete shed foundation, which as we don’t have a shed is home to some pots and the chiminea. I love how the purple tree hangs over the chiminea. I’ve no idea what are in the pots, but at least I’m watering them!

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The lawn, which is raised, has well established boarders which a whole host of plants and shrubs, all of which I know nothing about, it sort of also has a bit or a “wild flower” feel to it with some of the flowers that are springing up, so far I haven’t done anything to maintain any of these boarders so I’m hoping a lot of these plants are self sufficient.

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Now that the evenings are lighter and warmer, I’m really enjoying going out into the garden. It gives me some much need quiet time with my own thoughts and I’m finding it really calming and enjoyable. All I’m doing at the moment is watering the plants and mowing the lawn (a job a have taken from Jamie so I can spend more time in the garden) But I’ll happily do more, weeding, pruning etc. once I figure out exactly what needs to be done. As ever I’ll keep you updated, please cross your fingers that nothing dies!

 

Monthly Goals: May

I’m a little bit late in recapping my April goals and planning goals for May as out holiday took us into May and then I blinked and another week had gone by! I just don’t know how it happened!!

Here’s the progress report on how I got on with my April goals:

Decorate the Kitchen – We’ve made a start by painting one wall and putting up some pictures, but have since decided we don’t like the colour and need to start again. sigh.

Send out Easter cards – yup – I sent out some lovely Easter cards I got from the Card Factory which were 8 for £1 and put in a lovely picture of Jake dressed as a rabbit in them  :)

Go for a picnic – yup – We’ve had a couple of nice days in April and have managed to make it to the park at lunch time for a picnic.

Get some pictures up in our bedroom – Fail  – still can’t find the perfect pictures.

Paint the downstairs toilet – We’ve started but not finished

Make a plan for the Garden – I haven’t really made a plan, but I have planted some flowers and strawberry plants so I think this counts.

Work on Jakes photo book – Nope – not even looked at it – whoops.

Do some exercise every day – no again – I don’t even know why I wrote something so unrealistic! But IK have joined the gym and am averaging three time a week which I am pretty pleased with.

Take Jake to play group – Yep  – We’ve been a few times and Jake really likes it so we’re going to stick with it – none of the mums have talked to me yet but I’ll keep trying to look friendly : )

Do something crafty with Jake – Fail again – must try harder with this one

Celebrate my Birthday : ) – YES! We had a lovely day out shopping then went out for lunch, I also got a beautiful bunch of flowers from my two favourite men : )

 

OK now for May’s goals:

Keep going to the gym – and working hard whilst there.

Finish decorating the downstairs toilet and utility room

Get conservatory furniture

Put a chalk board up in the garden

Book a hair appointment

Take Jake swimming

Try to tweet more regularly to increase visitors to blog

Start going to baby signing again