Welcome to the end of my #Slimfastchallenge and to be fair it was quite a challenge. I am really grateful that I was given the chance to be a part of it. At the beginning the idea of going on a diet was quite scary. I have to be honest, I love food......I really love food and the idea of completely changing my diet and replacing items I know and love with a set diet of Slim Fast products was all a bit alien. I haven't really attempted diets before, I have normally just eaten whatever I fancied at the time and over the years my waistline has shown that for all the world to see. So when I was offered the chance to take part I jumped to it!
Everyday I spend with Dexter just brings me so much happiness, I never stop giggling with him....and sometimes at him. This morning for snack time I gave Dexter a bowl of fruit and tub of raisins. He also asked for his Duplo so I got the box down and popped it on the floor unopened. After nipping into the kitchen to put some washing on I came back to little Mr sat in his Duplo box, watching Mr Tumble whilst having a picnic - this child cracks me up.
A few weeks ago I was asked to take part in the two week #Slimfastchallenge. At first I wasn't too sure about it, I have always eaten whatever I fancied and never really been on a 'diet' as such only slightly changed my eating habits. Between the age of 16 and 26 I stayed the same size and didn't really fluctuate on the scales. However, when Dexter cam along I went up just over a stone in weight and a whole clothes size! Since then I haven't really been able to shift the baby weight - not that I have tried very hard mind. Therefore I thought the #Slimfastchallenge would be the perfect thing to get me motivated.
Writing has been difficult recently. Working, looking after Dexter, selling our home and extreme tiredness are all factors stopping me from doing something I love.
I wish I had some sort of magic power allowing me to stop time so I can finish all of those bloody "To Do" lists I've started. The worst part of it all is the guilt I feel for working so much and missing out on my little boy growing up. Don't get me wrong he's a happy little sole and really enjoys spending time with his grandparents but in a blink of an eye he's 17 months old. Being away from him for 50+ hours a week is so hard and I keep missing the little things.
So where do I go from here? Hubby has made a huge decision to move on and take a new job. He'll be working 10 hours a week less for about the same money (just a little bit less). It's great for him because he will get to spend more time with Dex and also learn something new. It's not so great for me because we have worked together for almost 10 years give or take a few months and to not have him there will be very strange. So do I move on too? Do I look for something new with less hours, more pay? I know that money isn't everything but when you're looking to invest into property that's a lot more expensive it's definitely something to consider. I'd love to be able to work from home or better still be a SAHM but that's just a dream.
I guess I have a lot of thinking to do.....What would you do? Have you ever been in this situation?
Have you ever considered being a part of a Home Exchange community?
Dexter will be sixteen months next week and has almost mastered the art of escape! He honestly could be the next Houdini. For a while now I have been worrying about his safety whilst in the high chair, pram, car seat and trike. There have been a number of stories in the news in recent months of children escaping from their car seats whilst parents have been driving - this frightens the hell out of me! Does this sound like your little ones? Are you worried about your little escape artists?
Belt Up Kidz is a retrofit strap buckle that helps prevent little arms escaping their buggies, high chairs, trikes etc.
My cheeky faced little monkey is 16 months old!
I know Dexter, hard to believe isn't it?
Another week flown by in an instant and we're almost at the end of April already! Here's our week in pictures, lots of smiles, giggles and fun at the zoo this week.
Day 109: Bath time fun before Mummy had to go to work
Day 110: The weather was absolutely beautiful so we had lots of playtime in the garden. Dexter loves being outside so this week we have really made use of the weather.
Day 111: Again more fun time outside on Tuesday, smelling lots of beautiful flowers....and weeds =/ I'm not the most educated person when it comes to flowers I'm afraid. My Grandma would be ashamed =( she was a fantastic gardener and knew a lot about her flowers/plants/trees etc.
Day 112: With a "To Do List" as long as my arm and a grumpy baby I was having a pretty stressful day so after dropping Dexter off with Grandma for a couple of hours I popped into Costa for a quick Chai Latte before venturing off to buy Daddy some Jeans.
Day 113: We went to the Zoo with one of my oldest friends who moved away recently but was back home for the week. Dexter had so much fun seeing all the animals. After the drive home we dropped Dexter off with Daddy and went out for dinner......and prosecco of course =)
Day 114: Oh aren't we cruel, we had a lovely Indian takeaway and this time they had put lots of lemons in with our food so we handed Dexter one. He has had lemons before and hasn't ever flinched but this time he didn't half pull some funny faces!
Day 115: Poorly baby took an age over breakfast and didn't really eat much. A day filled with lots of cuddles and films on the sofa.
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Hi, My name is Kelly and I'm the author of Life's Little Treasures. I'm a Restaurant Manager, Tea Drinker, Wife to my wonderful Husband and Mummy to Dexter. Here's our story........
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