A couple of weeks ago we booked our first holiday abroad since having Summer and as excited as I am about going, the thought of wearing a bikini or swimsuit terrifies me and it gave me a much needed kick up the backside to start my post baby diet and fitness regime.
I'm on week 3 and so far I've lost 2lbs, I was hoping for better but at least I'm losing weight. My diet consists of a Tesco Ultra Slim shake for breakfast which I actually really enjoy, I have the chocolate flavour and the raspberry flavour which tastes like Angel Delight. Then I sometimes have a mid morning snack of a banana or a cereal bar, lunch is another shake, a meal replacement bar or Ryvitas with low fat cheese spread and a yogurt. Sometimes I have a mid afternoon snack which again would be fruit or some low fat snack and dinner is a meal from the Hairy Dieters Cookbook. In between my meals I've been drinking green tea and oolong tea which is a slimming tea to help with my diet.
The first week I had pretty bad sugar withdrawals because I'm a sugar fiend but I feel much better now and I'm actually really enjoying the exercise too. I don't have the time or money to go to the gym so I've been doing DVDs at home, the Jillian Michaels ones are a favourite and I've been power walking the school run, Riley's school is at the bottom of a really big hill so the walk back is a killer.
I treated myself to a new pair of trainer to help with the fitness part of things and I love them, they were £9.99 from Aldi which is an absolute bargain! But there are still a few more bits that I need to get to help me to continue losing the weight.
I like looking at homeware and gifts online and whilst browsing I found a few things that would help me with my diet. Drinking lots of water is really important for a healthy lifestyle and helps with weight loss, I need a new water bottle so I can fill it up and carry it around with me to remind me to drink it.
Because I'm drinking a lot of tea a new teapot would really come in handy too and I really like this oriental looking one. Both the water bottle and the teapot are from The Homewares Co. which is a website that has a great choice of garden and home wares so it's definitely worth a look.
I need a mixer for my shakes because it just makes them so much easier to make and then you can drink them straight from the bottle and I really want to get a smoothie maker so I can make some healthy fruit smoothies.
Hopefully if I stick to my diet over the next 16 weeks I should be feeling much more confident on our holiday, let me know if you're on a mission to lose weight this year.