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My Christmas Wish List

I don’t know about you, but I always struggle to think of gifts ideas at Christmas. I tend to buy things as I need them so when it comes to Autumn, I am doubly stuck as I have my birthday and then the festive season not long after. I find Pinterest useful to compile a mood board of presents that I would like to see under the tree. This is my Xmas gifts for her wish list but I may need to do a ‘his’ of the special men in our lives too (no, not my bit on the side! One for fathers, uncles, brothers etc.).

Gift ideas for her

I use flasks a lot as I have been conscious of the environmental impact of using disposable cups and bottles etc. since I received a ‘reduce waste/save the planet’ book at the age of 10. This book had a huge effect on me and I have always tried to recycle and minimise waste. I saw this gorgeous rose coloured travel mug from Anthropology which would be perfect for me to take my coffee to drink at after school clubs.

Forget the year of pig! 2019 has been the year of gin. I tried it in previous years and didn’t like it until Andy bought a bottle of Hendricks and it was a total game changer. Since then, I now love Whitley Neill’s flavoured gins, Tanqueray Seville and Gordons Pink Gin. I don’t own a gin glass but this rose and gold rimmed one from Anthropology is super cute.

I recently discovered the luxury brand Diptyque. This is definitely not a company I buy many candles, perfumes or body washes from as it is very high end. I treated myself to the Philosykos eau de parfum for my birthday because it smells amazing. It has a fresh fragrance with fig notes and it is the ultimate perfume. The Figuier scented candle is a perfect gift for ladies, who like me love Greece and any scents that remind me of my holidays there.

All the links to my gift ideas for her and more are on my Pinterest page so click on the link if you see anything above but I haven’t mentioned it in this Wish List post. What is on your ultimate Christmas presents wish list? Bx

Food & Drink · Postpartum Diet

My Fitness Journey

Last week, after much deliberation, I bit the bullet and signed up for a ten week fitness program at Power10 Bath. I have wanted to exercise and eat well after having my children but always found an excuse not to eg. time (the kids have an after school club, playdate etc. ), work or most importantly, not knowing what to do in a gym if I ever got there!

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My primary motivation for signing up to Power10 was my family. Andy, my husband, has been going to the gym three times a week, playing football, riding his bike or running for years now. Initially, he wanted to lose weight, and he lost two stone, but after a short while, it became routine. Admittedly, when he started his fitness kick, we ate quite well together. We still do to be honest but recently, I have been been slipping, snacking on crisps, sweet treats and carbs. I tried to give crisps and chocolate up for Lent but I lasted about 10 days 😦

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Belle, my daughter, has also been encouraging me to exercise, well if you call poking me in the tummy and laughing encouragement! To be fair to her, she just wants a mum who can keep up with her when she exercises. She asks for support while she throws her legs in the air attempting head and handstands or attempts to lower herself as she does the splits at least ten times a day! She also loves to dance, gymnastics and to ride her bike.

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On a personal level, I have often found it frustrating choosing clothes. I had a big clear out a year and a half ago and struggled to find things to wear since then. I would see a pretty top or dress and avoid buying it because I felt self-conscious about my tummy or my arms. I would buy loose fitting tops and high waisted jeans to cover up the areas I wasn’t happy with.

If I’m being honest, choosing and buying clothes was not as important to me as my health. I don’t buy a lot of clothes for me or for the children, as I have always been conscious the environmental impact of fast fashion etc. When I was about ten years old, I was given a book about recycling, using less water and up-cycling. It made a huge impact on me and I have always chosen clothes that I know I will get a lot of use out of since.

I noticed that my skin was quite bad recently, I had a lot of blemishes, felt really dehydrated and my joints and muscles seemed to ache or feel weak. I found that I was craving sugar and junk food and could see that this easily spiral downwards. I knew I need to take action and take better care of myself.

I also want to set a healthy example for my children. I want them to continue to exercise, eat well, look after their bodies and realise the importance of self-care. It’s so easy to reach for the unhealthy snacks that are full of refined sugar and processed fats. I want them to understand that balance is important and that everything is OK in moderation.

If you would like to follow my fitness journey, I have set up a separate Instagram account: @bethmontgomery. I am obviously not a fitness or health expert so it will just document what I am trying and how I am progressing. Bx