One New Year’s Resolution – That’s it!

This year I have decided to have just one resolution. Yes, one. But, that doesn’t mean it will be easy. In fact, as many mothers (well parents actually) will know, this is probably one of the toughest things to do once you have a child and even harder when you have children. My New Year’s Resolution is to look after myself.

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I have been ridiculously bad at looking after myself for the last five years since I had Annabelle and then Heath. I don’t eat well, drink enough fluids (don’t even get me started on my water intake) and I look terrible for it. I have blemishes, acne scars, massive under eye circles and generally really bad skin. So my mission for 2017 is to slowly build up good habits into my daily routine.

Since November, I have slowly begun to invest in new clothes, makeup and skincare. I am trying to get in to a good cleansing and moisturising routine. But the area that is going to need the most work is my diet. At the moment there is far too much sugar in between meals and not from fruit.

I have been working on a diary of the changes I am making and will upload these over the next few weeks, so stay tuned. For this post, I just thought I would let you know what to expect and the main reason for the resolution.

Basically, I feel that if I improve myself, how I look and what I consume, this will in turn benefit my children in the long run. They will have a mother who is healthier, looks better, feels better and sets a good example. I want them to see me eating nutritionally beneficial food, snacks and drinks.

Up until recently, I have always felt guilty for spending money on myself. That’s a lie actually, I still do feel guilty but I’m trying to retrain my brain! If I went to the shops and saw a jumper that I liked, I would talk myself out of buying it by saying I could buy the kids ‘x’ number of their jumpers for the same price. I’d buy cheaper makeup and skincare products when my fancy stuff ran out or the kids smooshed it.

The positive side to this is that I have found some real bargains by shopping around and some high street products that work just as well if not better than the expensive ones but I’ll break it all down in the future posts. There will be before and afters, reviews and routines. So don’t forget to let me know what you think. What is your New Year’s Resolution and do you have more than one? Bx

Starting to Exercise

My husband, Andy, has encouraged me to start exercising. It was only a light introduction with planks and press ups but I wanted to do something light today and then build it up gradually. I’m aiming to do something tomorrow morning and then again in the evening.

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As you can see, we started off with 3 sets of 20 second planks. This is an exercise I am familiar with from the Yoga and Pilates classes I used to take before I had Annabelle. I used to love going to these classes but my favourite was probably Body Balance. In those classes there is a combination of Tai Chi, Yoga and Pilates all set to music.

In the New Year, I am going to start attending a Zumba class with two mummy friends. I am actually really excited for this despite being ridiculously uncoordinated. It’s safe to say I will never win a ‘Best Dancer’ award.

My plan to eat well is also taking steps in the right direction. For lunch today I had a jacket potato with tuna, sweetcorn, baked beans and a tiny dollop of mayonnaise. Normally, I would cover it in handful of cheese which probably 2-3 times more than the recommended daily allowance (1 matchbox size serving).

I am also trying to cut down my snacking but every time I see the Terry’s chocolate orange or Cadbury’s Marvellous Creations, I find it ridiculously hard to resist. I must stop buying them!

Anyway, have you started  eating healthier foods and exercising yet? Let me know what you have done to get the ball rolling. Bx