Sunday, 26 August 2012

Thursday, 16 August 2012

Wii Fit, We Meet Again

"It has been 964 days since we saw you last".  Ugh. 964 days? Has it really been over 2 and half years since we used the Wii Fit? I knew we'd been lazy, but I didn't quite realise we'd been so lazy for so long.

Hubby set it all up again this morning, and I'm not sure either of us was very happy with the results.  Hubby registers as obese, whereas I am a point or two under obese.

It's slightly depressing. However my Wii Fit age is apparently 24! Not bad considering I'm actually 28.  

I've set myself a goal of losing 1 stone in 3 months.  I thought I'd set a realistic goal, as I'm a slow weight loser.  It says that my ideal weight would be 9st 8lbs.  HA! I've not been under 11 stone since I was in high school; it would take an absolute miracle to get to under 10st.

Hubby wants to lose a little more, in a shorter time frame, but he can drop weight very easily, it's just keeping it off that's our problem.  But as I said in my previous post, I'm going to try and not focus on what it says on the scales, but judge it through my clothes and measurements.

I love the Wii Fit, as it means I can put Samantha in her chair and she can watch me make a total fool of myself while I do it.

I'm going to try and do a little bit every day, and we'll see how we go.  Will post updates as we go along.

Wednesday, 15 August 2012

Review: Asda's Little Angels Dry and Sensitive Bath and Body Wash

Samantha has pretty much had dry skin since the day she was born.  It was mostly on her forehead and eyebrows, her arms and legs.  Now it's localised to her neck area because of all the drooling she does and where her bibs sit. 

Asda have a new dry and sensitive range from Little Angels; a body wash and a shampoo. Here's the blurb from Asda:

"Asda’s Little Angels Dry & Sensitive Hair & Body Wash has been specially developed with your baby’s needs in mind. The special formula provides care for babies with dry or sensitive skin and prone to eczema. Dermatologically tested, this creamy formula enriched with moisturisers will leave your munchkin’s delicate skin feeling soft and silky after bath time."

Usually, I just use water and cotton wool at bath time, and a little bit of shampoo on Samantha's hair, but we decided to give this a go. 

I quite liked it.  It didn't aggravate Samantha's dry areas, and left her skin smooth.  However, what usually draws me to a product is the smell, and I don't think this body wash has a smell at all.  My husband says it's like a very very mild smell of washing up liquid, but I couldn't smell anything at all.  I am aware that there are issues with fragrances and sensitive skin, and I wouldn't expect a product that is designed for sensitive skin to be loaded with fragrance.  I don't know what I was expecting, but perhaps just a little scent would have been nice.

Price wise, it's very reasonable; £1.35 for a 300ml bottle, which will last a long time, as we only use a little amount on our little baby.

*I received this product in exchange for an honest review.

Monday, 13 August 2012

Operation: Get Back Into My Jeans has begun.

We've done it.  Hubby and I have joined the gym.  It's been a long time coming; we have been sedentary for far too long.  Of course, I have used the "oh but I've just had a baby" excuse, but the wee one is nearly seven months old, and I can't use her as an excuse forever.  

I have had a swimming membership for over a year, but barely used it when I was pregnant, and although I take Samantha swimming quite regularly, I don't get a chance to swim properly when she's there.  

I used to go to the gym quite regularly; I have no idea how I wasn't skinnier, because I was there 2/3 times a week. But then I got married, and became "comfortable" and then that comfort developed into lazy.  It takes a lot for me to get off my behind and do something.  But I have to say, we have been kind of inspired by the Olympics.  We aren't going to become gold medal winning athletes or anything, but I really want to set a good example to Samantha.  

So, from here on we will be healthier, fitter, and hopefully a little bit skinnier.  I really want to get back into my American jeans.  I am not going to focus on what it says on the scales.  I have done Weight Watchers for 10 years on and off, and I became obsessed with what it says on the scales.  Although WW did work really well for me the first time, and sort of well for me subsequent times, I know the plan inside out, and I know how to "cheat" it almost, and the points system means I could eat the things that I want, instead of things I should.  I'm going to start listening to my Slimpod again, so I'm not going to go on a diet as such, just try to make better choices. We get a Veggie Box delivered every Friday, so that encourages us to get most of our 5-a-day.  

The best thing is Hubby is doing it too.  It was really his idea, and so we'll be able to encourage each other. And although we will keep an eye on the scales, what we're really going to focus on is our measurements, and whether or not I can get back into my jeans, cos they really are my favourites.  I'm sick of wearing leggings!! 

Baby belly begone! 

Sunday, 12 August 2012

Saturday, 11 August 2012

Weaning: we'll do it our way!

Our wee one has been on three meals a day for a few weeks now, and she's taken to it with absolutely no problems whatsoever. However, she was still breast feeding every couple of hours and waking every night at 2.30 on the dot for a feed. As I am due to go back to work soon, and I work 12 hour shifts (day and night shift) it is going to be quite impossible to continue breast feeding. So how do we go about weaning from the breast?

I asked the Health Visitor at our breastfeeding group what I should do. She advised to drop one feed a day. I explained that the wee one has no regular pattern to her feeding (my fault probably, I just fed her as and when she wanted) and that she could feed up to every two hours as well as having three meals through the day, so how would I know which one to cut out? But she just said "pick one and replace it with formula". However he wee one has never taken a bottle and only just takes water from a cup. And formula? Oh my lord, we are going Ito territory I have no idea about.

So I asked another HV at a mum and baby group I go to. Her reaction? "she's six and a half months and on three meals a day? Oh, she should oy be getting milk morning and night" so her advice was to cut down to two breast feeds a day and replace with water.

By this time my head was spinning. I hate conflicting advice. I jut wish there was a set way if doing thigs that were guaranteed to work. Speaking to other mums at that group didn't really help, cos most of their kids were bottle fed so not going trough the same problems.

One breastfeeding mum did help though. She suggested feeds spaces through the day, like 7am, 11am, 3pm and 7pm. Then try to cut down gradually and introduce formula milk in the morning and evening.

So for the last week, we've only been feeding for times through the day. And you know, it's going really well. I've realised that the wee one was feeding mostly out of habit, or boredom and not hunger. Sometimes she will still nuzzle in if she's bored but a little bit of distraction with a toy or music and she's fine.

She's also started sleeping right through the night. Which goes to show she was waking out of habit and I was feeding her out of habit (and to get midnight cuddles too).

In the next couple of weeks we'll try to cut down to three feeds, then eventually two. But for now, I'm still enjoying the cuddles through the day.

Sunday, 5 August 2012


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