The Mummy Tag – Meme

I was tagged by Jaime at The Oliver’s Madhouse to answer some mummy questions.

Here are my answers:

1. Are you a Stay at Home Mum, or a Working Mum?

A bit of both. I was made redundant whilst on maternity leave with Jake, although I wasn’t planning on going back there anyway, I hated it. I started an access to higher education course when Jake was a few months old, but unfortunately I had to pull out as I got my cancer diagnosis, so all my energy needed to go on fighting it.

Then we had Zack. When he was one, I started temping, and then got a part time job at a dental practice, which I have been at for 6 months now. It works well for us. I work mornings with Wednesdays off, so I am always around for the school pickup.

2. Would you have it any other way?
No, I don’t think so. When the kiddies are at school full time, I would probably consider full time work again, or 4 days a week or something.

3. Do you co-sleep?
No, is the short answer. When Jake was younger, he used to love snuggles in bed, in fact he still does now. On a weekend he often comes into bed with us for morning cuddles. Zack, on the other hand, hates it!

4. What is your one must-have item for your baby?
An isofix carseat! Makes life so much easier than having to strap them in with a seatbelt.

5. How many kids do you plan on having?
Well. I planned on having two, but life had other ideas and I am now 15 weeks pregnant with number 3.

6. Date night? How many nights per month?
What’s that?

We don’t really have “Date Nights” as such. Although my inlaws have babysat for us a couple of times recently whilst we’ve been out for friends birthdays, and our friend is babysitting for us on Saturday night so we can go out for a belated Valentine’s meal. We keep saying we should see if once a month we could arrange a babysitter for date night, just haven’t got round to it.

7. Your child’s favourite show?
Currently, both boys love Octonauts.

8. Name one thing you bought before you had your baby and never ended up using?
The only thing we can think of is the pram attachment of the travel system. We’d generally clip the car seat into it.

9. Your child’s favourite food?
This is where the boys differ most. Jake is very fussy, and refuses to let a fruit or vegetable past his lips unless it’s in smoothie mode! His favourite dinner is “special pasta” (pasta & red pesto). Zack loves fruit, would quite happily sit munching grapes or strawberries.

10. How many cars does your family have?
Two. We have a VW Passat estate that hubby uses (although it used to be mine when we owned the Land Rover), and I have a Ford Fiesta. For a while we downsized to one car, when I was commuting to work on the train every day, we couldn’t justify having two. In hindsight, we wish we kept both cars as my insurance is now through the roof as we didn’t realise I would lose all my no claims bonus, so have had to start from scratch.

11. Weight gain before pregnancy, during and after and now?
My weight is something I have struggled with since Jake was born. I was lovely and slim before I fell pregnant with him, then I put on baby weight, then  before I had chance to lose it I got ill, so gained my cancer weight, and I’ve struggled ever since.

12. Dream holiday with your kids?
I think it would have to be Disneyland. Isn’t that where everyone would take their kids?

13. Dream holiday without your kids?
Well, this is difficult. I love hot sunny holidays, lying with a cocktail by the pool, reading my chick lit. Neil, not so much. I would love to go to New Zealand. I think that’s somewhere we’d both be happy going.

14. How has your life changed since your baby has been born?
Life is very different. I keep thinking about the Michael McIntyre sketch where it’s so much more difficult to leave the house when you have kids. It’s so true. We can’t do the things we used to do, go out to dinner just because we fancy it, go out to visit people on a school night, or go on a nice holiday.

But would we change it if we could? No.

15. Finish the sentence: ‘It makes my heart melt to see … ‘
Jake and Zack holding hands, or hugging each other.

16. Where do you shop for your kids?
Tesco, Asda, Primark, Marks and Spencer, Mothercare. Anywhere that has what I need for the right price really.

17. Favourite makeup and skincare products?
Boots no. 7 for make up, Body Shop for skincare

18. Huggies or Pampers?
Hated Huggies with Jake, they would always leak. With Zack I loved the Huggies newborn nappies. But generally we are Pampers or Tesco people.

19. Have you always wanted kids?
Yes. We always knew we’d have kids, just wanted a few years of just us first. Married in 2006, baby in 2009, so I think that worked quite well.

20. Best part about being a mum?
Seeing them develop their own personalities and sense of humour, squidgy cuddles.



Week 1 Weigh Day

The results are in, and I can reveal I lost 3.5lbs on my first week of Weight Watchers (I’m also still taking the XLS Medical).

It has by no means been easy, and I have to say I found Slimming World A LOT easier to follow, but I needed a change, a different plan to follow. I knew it so well, that it just wasn’t working.

So, I started on 27 points, and because of my loss, I’m now down to 26 *sob*.

I do have some concerns about my group leader though. She did her introductory chat to me at the end of group last week. Told me that she joined WW twenty-something years ago, reached her target and has been a group leader ever since.

My first thought was “Yes, but you’re not at target now, are you?” Is that mean of me? Perhaps, however, she’s encouraging (supposedly, I’ll get onto that in a minute) us to lose weight, but she’s not in a healthy BMI range of 20-25, and that is what Weight Watchers aim is. Your target has to be in the healthy BMI range if you are ever to become a Gold Member (Slimming World lets you choose your own target, even if it’s not in the healthy BMI).


Last night, she wanted us all to write down a goal on our weigh in records. We had to have a goal in mind for the week after Easter. Something we want to achieve, something achievable It could be a particular weight we want to be by then, the next dress size down, the next hole in your belt etc. I wrote down that I wanted a total of 10lb loss by then. Not unachievable as I’ve already lost 3.5lb, so it’s only another 6.5, over 4 weeks, that’s less than 2lb a week. She asked for people to tell her what they had written down. As I’m new to the group, and quite shy (yes, really!) I didn’t put my hand up to volunteer my goal. Another lady did though, and her goal was to lose 7lb between now and then. The leaders response? “Well that’s silly isn’t it? How are you going to feel if you don’t reach that? You’ll feel awful” So the other lady sheepishly changed her goal to a loss of 4lbs.

Now, I get that she doesn’t want us to be disappointed but we are all there to lose weight, we have all been referred by our GP’s so it’s not like we don’t have the weight to lose, so I was really shocked at her attitude.

The other thing that irked me is that she didn’t tell me I’ve dropped down to 26 points. It was only because I registered for “esource” (where I can track online and on my phone/iPad) that I found out. If I hadn’t of done that, I wouldn’t have known and could have jeopardised my own weight loss without even knowing.

I really want to do this, and I want to do it well. Luckily, I am part of a wonderful online community and have some lovely friends that are helping me out and letting me rant at them! Thank you, you know who you are 🙂

So, onwards and inwards!


Fallen at the First Hurdle

I was so determined to get off to a good start on the whole weight loss thing. I’d started c25k week 2. And then I got ill. And then the snow came.

I’ve had a horrible chest infection/cough/cold and still have it. I started antibiotics the other day so hopefully they will start to kick in soon. That and the snow has meant that I haven’t been able to continue with my c25k. So I am wishing away the snow, and I am wishing away the illness. The boys have both been poorly too, although they seem to be on the mend now – touch wood!

So this week has brought a maintain in weight, whereas last week was a 2lb loss. Hoping to feel better soon, and hoping that my motivation comes back.

Mum Reinvented has a competition over on her blog called Get Fit, Feel Epic from so I am entering to see if I can get my hands on a Fitbit Zip Wireless Activity Tracker, worth £49.99 and Fitbit Aria Wi-Fi Smart Scales, worth £99.99. Why don’t you go and have a look?

Skinny Girl Lost

One of my new years resolutions was to lose weight. Believe it or not, before Jake was born, I was tiny. Look, here’s a picture!


Somehow, along the way, that girl has got lost. That girl has had a lot thrown at her. Let’s work it out:

September 2008 – Got a positive pregnancy test

May 2009 – Gave birth to Jake


October 2009 – Joined a gym

January 2010 – had a chest operation to determine what a mass was

February 2010 – start 6 months of chemo after my Hodgkin’s diagnosis


June 2010 – spend a week in hospital with pneumonia including a stay in intensive care

September 2010 – given the all clear


November 2010 – half of my thyroid is removed

December 2010 – Thyroid Cancer diagnosis given

February 2011 – other half of thyroid is removed

August 2011 – positive pregnancy test

February 2012 – a scare that my Hodgkin’s was back

April 2012 – Zack is born


And now, I am back at the weight I am just after I finished chemo. Now, I know I can’t place all the blame on everything that’s happened, although I truly believe it has a large part to play. But I also believe that 2013 is my year to change that, with no cancer and no planned pregnancies!

So, dear readers, I have a plan.

I had to go to the doctors the other week to discuss my medication. Whilst I was there, I brought up the subject of my weight, and that I want this year to be the year I change it. Without hesitation  she offered to refer me to Weight Watchers. By doing it through the NHS, I get 12 months free. I am on a waiting list, so just have to wait for my turn. I have done Slimming World successfully in the past, so until my place comes up, I am going to follow the basics of that.

I have already started the c25k programme. I have completed week one, which I know to some is a walk in the park, but for me, it’s a huge deal. This week, I am starting week 2.

For those that don’t know c25k is a programme designed to get you from doing no exercise at all, to running 5k (or 30 minutes) in 9 weeks. I have to admit, I’m sceptical  but I am going to do it, or die trying!

What I point blank refuse to do, is publish on here my starting weight. I will keep that to myself, but I might add a little widget somewhere saying how much I’ve lost. I don’t know exactly how much I want to lose yet, but it’s around the 3.5 stone mark.

I can do this. I can do this. I can do this.