Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Turning over a New Leaf. Weight Watchers Back 2 Best Challenge.

You may remember that in a previous post I was musing on how best to lose weight. I think that I may have found the answer. September is a great time to think about getting back to best – the indulgences of summer are over and there’s enough time to get in shape steadily and healthily for Christmas. So I am taking part in Weight Watchers Back 2 Best Challenge to lose weight and get fitter by Christmas. 

I have never dieted before and I have no idea how it will go. You can follow my journey on here on my blog, you can 'like' my Facebook page or follow me on Twitter. Weight Watchers* have very kindly offered to support me through my challenge and I hope that you will find my posts interesting and helpful. Everyone is different and has a different set of circumstances to deal with. Just over a year ago we moved to a new area and since moving I have less opportunity for exercise. Also the kids are growing up and life is getting busier so this has had an impact too. Also a few months ago I was diagnosed with depression. I'm fighting it as hard as I can but that has had an impact on what I eat, how much I eat and what I cook. We all know how busy September can be and finding time to fit in healthy eating and exercise into the busy back to school/nursery routine can be a little bit of a nightmare, but with Weight Watchers you can make weight loss fit around your lifestyle, instead of the other way around.

I'm really hoping that I can keep this up. My research into the ProPoints plan indicates that it is adaptable to your lifestyle and fosters a common sense approach to eating rather than attaching guilt to eating and depriving yourself of food. 

The ProPoints plan is a weight loss system that allows you to eat what you like, when you like, until you reach your daily total. ProPoints values take into account the amount of protein, carbohydrate, fat and fibre in a given portion.

I've been very lucky that Weight Watchers are helping me along the way supporting my progress they have also linked me up with other bloggers out there so we can support each other. I'm overwhelmed that they have also created an offer for my readers to join in too! For only £1 you too can join in the Back 2 Best Challenge too and you can trial the brand new iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad app for free!

This award winning Weight Watchers app which makes it easier than ever before for members to track on the go. The app offers all the help you need to achieve your weight loss goals 24/7 – whether you attend weekly meetings, or follow the plan online. By empowering you with information about the ProPoints values of all your favourite meals and drinks; the app will really help you fit weight loss around your lifestyle, instead of the other way around.

The app has a database of over 30,000 foods and a selection of over 1,000 recipes, all listed in user friendly categories, and you can also track the Activity ProPoints you earn from exercise too.

Wish me luck!

*Weight Watchers have given me a six month membership to help me get back to my best. Thank you Weight Watchers!

Thursday, 13 September 2012

Sh*t my Toddler Says.

The more language that Boo acquires, the more I realise the ways in which the people around her are shaping her language.

Exhibit #1: Myself. (Since I am the author of this piece I shall, of course, paint myself in the best possible light.)

I am responsible for choice phrases like "that's really cool!"
"You're looking very beautiful today."
"How wonderful!"

Exhibit #2: Her father.

Is responsible for her bossy side.

"Eat up your dinner!"
"Turn your computer off!"
"Right! That's it!"

Exhibit #3: Her Big Brother

"I don't know!"
"Jazz hands!"
"For God's sake!"
"Leave me alone!"
and all the words the infamous Sandwich Song

Exhibit #4: Grandma and Papa

"I'm Grandma's princess!"
"you're a little bugger!"
"Can I have a sweetie please?"

She is such a character!

Tuesday, 11 September 2012

“It is not only what we do, but what we do not do, that we are held responsible.” ~Moliere

 The beautiful Italian actress Sophia Loren once remarked about her appearance 'all you see, I owe to spaghetti'. Lately, I have been thinking that everything I see, I owe to vast quantities of crisps, sports mix and a lack of exercise. Depression and ill health have not helped either. 

All attempts at joining a gym lately haven't worked out. Scheduling conflicts, offers of fried breakfasts have and general malaise have all gotten in the way of my good intentions. Well no more! The winds of change are coming and I'm feeling motivated. 

I've been pondering about how best to lose weight. I love food. I eat healthily but my big passion in life is cooking and feeding people. Very rarely do we eat anything in the house that has come from the take away or is a ready meal from a supermarket. I have the luxury of time to cook at home and so we hardly ever eat meals that have come from the freezer or a tin or can be pinged in the microwave. As a family most of our social engagements revolve around food. Special occasions are always celebrated with food. When Socrates said (as quoted by Plutarch in How a Young Man Should Listen to the Poets 21e) that bad men live to eat and drink, good men eat and drink to live, he was quite clearly a miserable sod!

I've known people who have dieted all of my life and I have always been horrified by their irrational guilt complex when it comes to food. Eating something and instantly regretting it quite frankly gets on my nerves. I have never embarked on a diet because of this. I'm looking for something that stops me eating something I shouldn't or perhaps will let me balance out my eating habits. The idea of starting a hate relationship with food terrifies me. 

I'm also struggling with gym time. The only time I have it at night when I'm far too tired to be bothered. I need to come up with a plan that is sustainable and works for our lifestyle and schedule. I'm setting myself a goal to be thinner and fitter by Christmas.

So watch this space...

Saturday, 1 September 2012

My Guide to Achieving a Saturday Morning Lie-in with a Toddler.

Bears Toddlers are curious, intelligent and potentially dangerous animals, but undue fear of bears toddlers can endanger both bears toddlers and people. Respecting bears toddlers and learning proper behavior in their territory will help so that if you encounter a bear toddler, neither of you will suffer needlessly from the experience.

If you see a bear toddler, avoid it if you can. Give the bear toddler every opportunity to avoid you. If you do encounter a bear toddler at close distance, remain calm. Attacks are rare. Chances are, you are not in danger. Most bears toddlers are interested only in protecting food, cubs cuddly toys or their "personal space." Once the threat is removed, they will move on.

Remember the following:

Identify Yourself 

Let the bear toddler know you are human. Talk to the bear toddler in a soothing voice. Wave your arms. Help the bear toddler recognize you. If a bear toddler cannot tell what you are, it may come closer or stand on its hind legs to get a better look or smell. A standing bear toddler is usually curious, not threatening.

You may try to back away slowly diagonally, but if the bear toddler follows, stop and hold your ground.

Don't Run 
You can't outrun a bear toddler. They have been clocked at speeds up to 35 mph, and like dogs, they will chase fleeing animals parents. Bears Toddlers often make bluff charges, sometimes to within 10 feet of their adversary, without making contact. Continue waving your arms and talking to the bear toddler. If the bear toddler gets too close, bang pots and pans. Use noisemakers. Never imitate bear toddler sounds or make a high-pitched squeal.

If a bear toddler actually touches you, fall to the ground and play dead. Lie flat on your stomach, or curl up in a ball with your hands behind your neck. Protect your vital organs. Typically a bear toddler will break off its attack once it feels the threat has been eliminated. Remain motionless for as long as possible. If you move, the bear toddler may return and renew its attack and you must again play dead.

*Thanks to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game for the safety information.