Breast feeding past 1 year.

I have been breastfeeding Irving, my youngest, since birth. It took a few months to get it all worked out and for me to feel like it was 'natural', but I am still feeding him now, 15 months down the line, and am loving it (for the most part).

Ada did not get on with breastfeeding and so I gave up after about 2 1/2 weeks (after a lot of pain, tears and stress). So continuing to feed Irving is something I am actually really cherishing and am happy to do until he chooses he does not need it any more.

Our routine is pretty simple now. I will feed Irving at about 5.30pm after picking him up from nursery, then he'll have a play and maybe a bit of what we're eating for tea (he has tea at nursery at around 4pm). At around 7pm he then feeds again before bed, sometimes he'll fall asleep on me and we'll put him to bed, sometimes he'll go to bed awake and be fine, sometimes he'll go to bed and cry a little then fall to sleep, sometimes he'll go to bed, cry a lot and get brought back down stairs with me to feed more until he falls asleep (sometimes he'll have more of a play as well).

So, going to bed is pretty hit and miss! If he does sleep at 7pm ish, he'll usually wake up again between 9pm-12am and then come into be with me to feed and sleep with us. If he goes to sleep on me at say 9pm, we'll put him into his cot when we go to bed and he'll wake at around 3am and come into bed with me, feed and sleep the rest of the night with us. He will feed on and off throughout the night, how much varies every night it seems. So no set routine at all really!

We're pretty laid back about the whole thing. I get frustrated sometimes on the nights he wont go to sleep and I am stuck on the sofa feeding all night, but I also love those close, quiet moments when I get to kiss him on the head and hold him extra tight!

I have to admit I really do love breast feeding (except the biting which happens now and again). And wont be stopping any time soon (Sorry Dave!)

I am also lucky in that I have never had any negative comments from anyone while feeding in public, which I continue to do (even though Irv is getting quite big!) I can't understand why people find it offensive. It is truly beyond my comprehension!


Well, I wrote a blog today, and then accidentally deleted it.
It was a general update of what I've been doing recently and my exercise routine.
It mentioned that I am running more, but not that I am planning on running both the Newport Half Marathon and the Llanelli Half Marathon too...on the 1st & 8th March.
There was a bit about going to Winter Wonderland with the kids and a bit about Roller Derby and that we have our first official (friendly) away game this weekend in Wrexham...

But, here is more of what I have been thinking about while working in Chapter today...

My job is good, well paid and not too stressful (except when I think I'm going to loose it due to funding!) I am (at the moment) able to work from home (or Chapter) a lot and the people I meet and work with are lovely..however,the grass is always greener isn't it!

I often sit in Chapter day dreaming about what job I could do that would allow me to work in Chapter every day, browse the internet, read and write blogs and generally something that fits around family life and pays the bills! (so pretty much what I'm doing right now!)...ha, I should be happy with how I am able to work right now, right? Well, no, I still have a million pipe dreams that I try and make into basic business plans in my head on a weekly basis....here are few of my ideas...

- personal trainer
- personal internet shopper
- freelance adviser (on schools/education/whatever I have knowledge in)
- freelance blogger
- professional internet browser (joke!)
- interior designer (I have no knowledge or qualifications in this area)

The list goes on!

Oh, and I bought some boots!


Some great advice...

I've found this blog (Girls Gone Strong) to be really useful recently, and this article is a real eye opener. Confirming everything I have picked up over the past few months of HIIT and reading around fitness and nutrition.

Have a read.



OK, so I have weighed in a the gym and my results are below, along with measurements I took in November 2013 and May 2014...for some real proof of progress!

        Weight, Arms, Waist, Hips, Thighs
  • 28th November 2013: 74kg, 30cm, 98cm, -, 61.5cm
  • 14th May 2014:  -, 30cm, -, -, 59cm
  • 2nd August 2014: 64.75kg, 29.5cm, 87.5cm, 99cm, 58cm
  • 11th September 2014: 64.2 kg, 28cm, 84.5cm, 94cm, 54cm
  • Weight Lost: 9.8kg (21.6lbs) (1.5 stone)             
  • Arm: 2cm (each)
  • Waist: 13.5cm 
  • Hips: 5cm 
  • Thigh: 7.5cm(each)
Can't complain!! 


Progress not Perfection

from Pintrest
I decided to loose some of my baby weight and get healthier and fitter in April of this year. 
Since then I have lost around 19lbs and lost 1-2 dress sizes, going from a 14 to a 10/12, (159lbs to ~140lbs).

I did this through additional exercise/weight training and eating more healthily. 

The exercise included getting stuck in to Roller Derby training twice a week (a good 4-5 hours of skating) and going to the gym twice a week to do some weight lifting (not cardio, I got enough of that from the skating).

I saw pretty dramatic results after about 3 months. my body shape has changed, my pre-baby clothes all fit again, I am stronger, more toned in my arms and legs, have lost a good bit of my mummy tummy and generally feel better in myself.

The healthy eating however, is ALWAYS the most challenging thing.

Most of what I read suggests that weight loss is 70/80% diet and 30/20% exercise.

(I chose weight training as I know that muscle mass burns more calories than fat in the body, and so increases your metabolism, as well as making you leaner and stronger.)

I'm guessing my body fay % has decreased since April, but by how much I have no idea..I'd like to think maybe 5% but that would be a pretty wild guess!

October 2013 - August 2014
So, back to the healthy eating...what did I change and what did I eat to help me loose the weight and feel fitter and healthier...
  • I stopped eating chocolate, not 100% but 90%. I was having a big snack bag of maltesers most days and it was not doing me any good!
  • I stopped eating so much bread.
  • I always had a good breakfast - either porridge, eggs or french toast or a smoothy of some kind.
  • I started eating more nuts, seeds and veggies.
  • I started having fresh juices and smoothies regularly.
  • I stuck to 3 meals a day, and maybe one snack.
  • I stopped eating so much white pasta. 
  • I started drinking only water and green tea.
  • I stopped drinking fizzy drinks, especially diet coke and I stopped drinking fruit juice.
All of these things helped me in the weight loss. More fruit and veggies, more protein and nutrients to fuel my body and less refined carbs to fill me up and then make me crave more. Also less sugar where possible. Sugar is the enemy!

For the last month, things have been creeping back into my diet - cake, chocolate, sweet treats mainly. Because I've lost weight and I feel better, I kind of feel like I can risk it and not gain too much weight (dangerous thinking!) I have also been doing a 6 - week fitness course at the gym and working out 3 times a week for 1 hour (of high intensity cardio and strength training) which has made me hungry and tired!!

Tiredness is my enemy, anger is my enemy and stress is my enemy - If I am one or all of those three - I eat. I want something to make me feel better and that is usually a sweet treat or a Starbucks Chai latte...or something similar....

This is getting frustrating and I have gotten back into the habit of allowing sweet treats, and now it's hard to stop...but I WILL.

I WILL start to plan more of my meals and take lunches to work.

I WILL stop having a Starbucks Chai every day - maybe once or twice a week??

I WILL get back on track.

(easier said than done, but I'll do it!)

Weigh-in tonight at the gym - looking forward to seeing what my measurements are...hoping to have lost a few inches - not many, but a few...