Groovy Mums : Week 2

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This is the 2nd week of Groovy Mums. Kate has asked us a series of questions about getting our groove on, so here goes……
1) How have I lost sight of myself??
This is a really hard question to answer but Im being really honest with myself to go forward. My mum died 10 years ago of Breast Cancer when she was 40. It is this I have got lost in myself, I have not allowed myself to be happy. I have spent the last 10 years still being devastated over her death. I always will be but in periods of the last 10 years I have let it take over. Instead of enjoying the here and now and the great positive things I have in my life, it has dominated me. My mum will never come back, I have to accept that but by accepting that doesn’t mean I have to forget her……just cherish the fabulous memories I have with her

2) What do I want to get out of 2014??
This is my 2nd year running our National Campaign, so for me 2014 is about keeping the awareness going, so that it is bigger and better and more ladies are understanding the message I am trying to get across about taking medicines during pregnancy.

3) What are the barriers getting the way??
2 words answer this question….Government and Sanofi (drug company) Both parties although they have acknowledged this is a huge problem are putting barriers up in our way to block our campaign. Do they not know Im now a groovy mum??? It will not get in my way. There are ways around everything.
4) What baby steps are you going to take this week??
This week I am keeping up my fitness routine ie 3 x at Curves and 2 spinning sessions at home. This is THE year I am losing my “mummy tummy” . Every year I say this. I am that busy running around after the kids, busy with the campaign, being a housewife I sometimes go hours without eating then come night time will eat like a horse. I’m now sticking to 3 meals and 2 small snacks each day and my Thinking Slimmer Slimpod….. Just amazing

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Day 15 – Wobble Wednesday

This week I have had a fairly good week.

7:30 is Breakfast time at the table for the kiddies. I normally don’t have but I’ve been making a conscious effort to have cereal the same time the kids do. I was speaking to my personal trainer at Curves about diet, excercise etc and she advised to basically eat 5 times a day, 3 meals and 2 small snacks. So with that I’ve been having a big bowl of cereal, Yoghurt around 11:00, then around 2:00 I’ve been making a smoothie ( made with 250g milk, 1tbsp of Natural Greek Yoghurt, ice and frozen fruit and banana ) Teatime is around 5:00 – I’ve been having no carbohydrates at all, totally cut them out, so for tea it’s usually a good portion of Chicken with Veg.

I read an article in Daily Mail this week about how little bursts of excercise HIT (example 2 minutes hardcore on an excercise bike, a few times a day ) is more beneficial to the body compared to a workout in the gym. Great for us ladies who don’t like the gym!!!! I’ve been trying to plank everyday at least 2 times, I’ve been planking whilst walking around or sat down. Basically holding my stomach right in for 30 seconds. Whether this helps I don’t no, but I’m sure every little helps.

The one thing that has made a huge difference in my attitude is the Thinking Slimmer Slimpod I bought. It really is great. I listen to it every night in bed . I feel a lot lot more relaxed about “dieting” and basically sticking to all the above. I’ve had a few weak moments , mostly for chocolate and rather than go for a twix/galaxy it’s been a Blue Ribband.

No ones perfect and each day is so different , but we have to make small changes to help ourselves.

Hope all #wobblewednesday mums
are doing ok

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Groovy Mums – Im Getting My Groove On

Groovy Mums
Are you a mum who wants to make changes in your life?
You might know exactly what you want to do. You might have a few ideas that you would like to investigate further. You may be feeling a bit down and just sense that there must be more to life that what you have currently.
Groovy Mums can help! Groovy Mums is hosted by the lovely Kate (Twitter : @kateonthinice )

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So here I am, I’m joining Groovy Mums . The only person in this world realisticly who will help ourselves is us……me and you. No one else is going to take charge so with it being a new year…..lets go.

I have always been self conscious, going back to when I was a teenager. Ive tried every diet going, Atkins, Weight Watchers, Slimming World the lot, you name it Ive tried it. All these diets are successful for other people….but never me. I say it it every year “Im losing weight this year” but it never happens. However Im at the point now with a pending holiday to Portugal in a few months…… what more motivation do I need

Ive joined our local Curves and I must say out of all the gyms Ive been too, this is a workout that does work every part of your body. Its a circuit of different machines and you go around each station 3 times…… but the best bit is, it takes 30 minutes. You may be reading this thinking “shes not doing it right, 30 minutes is not a lot to excercise” but when I come out of their I am knackered…..but feel great having been. On days I dont manage to go Ive created a “spinning list” of all the best songs I love and Im going to spin for 47 minutes. I normally beat myself up and become obsessed with the latest diet craze, but Im not letting it control me this year…..Im going to be in control. If I have a day I dont feel like excercising Im not going to do it.. Since I turned 30 (3 years ago) even though I already knew it, its clicked and registered that the only way of losing weight is to excercise and eat the correct food……Not starving myself and having a good portion of cheesecake in the evening ::))

Excercise is also the best way to lift mood. Being diagnosed with depression this is mainly why I want to spend time on excercise. Learning what I have learned about medicines through my campaign, Medicines is not the answer…..its excercise.

I do have other ways I want to get my groove on…. but for the moment am concentrating on this one. I will keep blogging about this and look forward to hearing from everyone else……………………We can do it ::))

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Support Nikkis Challenge

A fellow friend on Twitter, Nikki has had an amazing weight loss journey and has continued to strive for better health and fitness. She actively supports good causes and campaigns. With her own personal story she has encouraged other people to join her to try and lose weight and has succeeded. Losing weight is not an easy thing to do. There are too many temptations in the way, but Nikki has stay committed and motivated and has done a fantastic job. Read below her next challenge

2012 was the an up lifting Olympic year not only for the UK but for me personally also!Nikki Bailey (2)

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After successfully Losing 3 stone in weight in the previous year I did a sponsored diet which lead me into a love for running & fitness. From looking into the mirror & hating what was looking back at me to a fitness loving passionate motivator I have gone full circle! 2012 was an amazing year of changes, challenges & success!

2013 saw new challenges for me regarding my health & for charity fundraising also!

I discovered the amazing Blind Veterans on twitter I clicked the link read up about their incredible work & thought I must get behind this excellent deserving charity!

I am not alone in thinking that our dear veterans can often be the forgotten generation & I just had to get on board to help as much as I can in getting their name out there! being a passionate charity supporter & Twitter fan I got to work!

My first challenge was to run 10k of the Nice Works Marathon w/e in May 2013 for Blind Veterans UK which was fantastic as it was held in my home town! Followed by me creating a team naming it #FitTastic to motivate 7 help train 4 ladies to lose 8lbs in 8 weeks. I advertised for anyone who wished to lose weight to join me & 5 of us did & proudly we succeeded!

When #FitTastic challenge concluded I really wanted another challenge to get my teeth into to support our wonderful Blind veterans. I saw the WALK100k & thought no way,.. then I couldn’t get it out of my mind, kept me awake all night even getting a tummy ache as I knew this is right for me! As a newly qualified Fitness Instructor I felt this would be a hard challenge mentally & physically the biggest fitness challenge to date,.. yet something inside just wouldn’t let me leave this idea alone until I signed up…so I did!!

I put a kind of advert out on Twitter & Facebook asking if anyone would like to join me for the WALK100k & I was really impressed with the response! First it was twitter friend Mark Coram to sign up, then Michael Wheeler & Ian Davies people I have not met in person but really are embracing this amazing challenge with me, next on the list is my great local friend Maria Sargent from Motivated Moovers, a fitness instructor/Sports coach herself passionate about fitness I knew she would make for a great team member & fitness training coach along the way also! So I came up with the name #StrideOnTime after singing the song “Ride On Time” by Black Box I thought oh yes this is it! So team “Stride On Time” was born!

When supporting a charity close to your heart the feeling inside is amazing, supporting Blind veterans UK I am giving something back to our brave veterans who endure/endured long stints away from their families often in hostile, lonely places, my dear late grandpa Charles Yonwin Cartwright served in WW2 Bomb disposal Unit & saw some horrific scenes & memories I knew stayed with him until he passed away. So this is my pledge for all young, mature, blind & partially sighted veterans I will train hard, & raise as much awareness & Pounds for you as a huge thank you for our freedom today!

My fitness training continues but the real training starts in January 2014 with long hill walking, learning about all aspects of long haul walking, kit needed & so on. The beautiful south downs is on my doorstep so will be taking long training walks with Maria, & friends, also I will continue to run & use the gym at my local leisure Centre The Triangle!

The Blind veterans have a fantastic supportive WALK 100 page with everything you need to get you ready for the challenge in June 2014 Im so excited about this & I know the team members are also!

If anyone would like to join our team #StrideOnTime please do get in touch quoting #StrideOnTime we have room for some more fun likeminded people who wish to take on a big challenge but with fun at the heart of this! I feel like I know the other signed up members of our team yet never met them! I love charity challenges brings people together also the best out in people!

Kind wishes, Nikki Bailey @NikkiSalsa twitter

Visit Nikki’s team Just Giving Page page, or support them through Text Giving, by texting FEET64 £1-10 to 70070. Or visit Nikki on Facebook.