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Please tell me I’m not alone?!

This summer for me has been all about indulgence and it felt so wonderful and liberating at the time, ice cream on demand, rice flour chocolate cake for breakfast (I know), eating late, not exercising much despite lots of park fun with the kids (but nothing that really raised my heartbeat) and taking life a little easy in general… that was pretty much my life for 6 whole weeks-really!

We had an idyllic summer, I worked am and pm only so free days with the kids, holidays in the UK and Greece and just cherishing time with my eldest, Oliver before school (when he wasn’t fighting over lego with his brother Alexander of course)!

So now we’re nearing Autumn and I got on the scales as my jeans felt a little snug (and after avoiding them since the start of the summer)-and low and behold I’ve put on 8 lbs (nearly 9 but let’s go with 8)! It’s not surprising really (did you read the cake for breakfast part)!

I’ve got PCOS-the condition, not the syndrome (and insulin resistance) so I just have to eat a banana and I put on weight (slight exaggeration) but as you’ve read I sure ate my fair share of unhealthy food for weeks (and weeks) so it’s back to healthy eating for me (because I want to feel healthy again, I really do) and being honest, I want to look my best (trying not to think about modelling jobs at the end of the year too)!

So what will I do?

1. Go back to low, not a NO carb way of eating which I know works for me, gives me energy, helps me lose and keep weight off (as long as I keep away from cake of course). So lots of protein, some cheese, yoghurt, fish, seafood, low sugar fruit and vegetables, tonnes of salad, sweet potatoes and oats.

2. Get back on the treadmill-my husband has installed mine in the garage of our new house which is a make shift gym for now until we convert it properly into an office/gym area. And let me tell you, whatever the weather I am going to pound that thing for at least 20 minutes a day, 3-4 times a week.

Then when the sun shines, I’m hitting the park and I will find time (ideally in the morning as Alexander is starting nursery soon)!

I’ve been checking out running inspiration on Pinterest too and I’m pumped!

3. We’ve eliminated wheat in this house. I read Wheat Belly and wanted to try cutting it out, knowing that my Mum, her sisters and I all have a wheat intolerance so I bid it goodbye for good (I’ll still be sharing recipes with wheat fear not as so many of my Dad’s to share)… I also wanted to see if it helped my eldest son’s rashes that the specialist put down the urticaria (hives) with no food intolerances.

However, it’s minimised the rashes hugely and has even helped my youngest who was literally on antibiotics every other week and hasn’t been for ages.

A coincidence perhaps but rice and coconut flour, rice spaghetti and other healthy substitutes mean we are all still getting a balanced diet and both are eating more lean protein, vegetables and fruit than ever before (not relying on so much wheat based meals and bread)!

I feel better for it too!

4. Trying to buy organic where it matters-so the food that tends to be most affected by nasties including milk, chicken and certain fruit and veg that tend to be vulnerable like apples and celery. Not everything of course, that would be an unnecessary expense but I’d rather make savings elsewhere to put what matters into our bodies! Sorry shoes *weeps!

5. Say no to sugar.

Literally sugar and I are not friends. We never have been. Added sugar in the diet is unnecessary. Yes every so often it’s important to have a treat but I’m determined to make these as healthy as possible too. I like to use a little honey with its medicinal properties in food and drinks sometimes too-it’s fab over Greek yoghurt with berries for breakfast (and a little cinnamon).

I’ve been really enjoying searching for recipes for homemade protein bars online and have ordered some whey protein powder (pure) so I’m going to be experimenting! Recipes to come on the blog in the near future!

6. Eating good fats

So avocado, lots of coconut oil (great for cooking and using as a moisturiser) and lashings of olive oil. Whole milk has less sugar than semi and skimmed so we’re a fan of that too!

7. Doing more yoga. Yoga makes me happy. Again I’ve made too many excuses and have gone from doing it daily (thank you 10 Minute Solution-Yoga DVD) to once a week.

When I do it more often, I literally don’t get PMT and feel full of energy. It’s about prioritizing my time better and getting back to doing what makes me feel good.

So that’s my plan, please ask your doctor before starting your own and I’m by no means advocating what you should do, just sharing what has worked for me in the past and what I’m embarking on again!

I would love to hear what helps you to feel at your fittest too?

Mama and More

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34 Responses

  1. Mama and More aka Zaz

    I think that sometimes it’s good to let go and eat what you feel like, and give yourself whatever you’re emotionally as well as nutritionally craving. You are so glowing anyway, probably thanks to the freshness and veggies in all the amazing Greek food you get to eat regularly. I’ve started juicing every morning for breakfast, and cut out red meat from weekdays. I refuse to let my new yogi route send me spiralling towards veganism though! Thanks for linking to #AllAboutYou xx

    • honestmum

      Thanks darling you are so right, with PCOS though I have to be so careful as sugar literally hates me, I have insulin restistance so I have to eat a basically diabetic diet. I agree though every now and then, treats are important but summer found me eating rice flour choc cake for breakfast! No I won’t let you go veggie, ha x

  2. Katie / Pouting In Heels

    Oh darling, it happens to all of us! I too indulged over the 6 weeks holiday. This I blame thoroughly on the husband being a Deputy Headteacher…because when he’s on holiday, I think I am too. Wine every night darling? Yes please?! McDonalds breakfast? Yeah sure, why not! Fancy a big ol’ slice of cake petal?! Hell, yeah! 😉

    Anyway you get the gist. Like you, I’m trying to be good. But I’m totally not stressing about it. Honestly, I was posing for a shoot in my bra and pants the other day (not kidding, more on that to come!) Life is far too short to not sometimes indulge and hey, if we can’t shift those stubborn pounds, at least it’s nearly winter right?! Thank goodness for tights and knits! Finally, before i shut the hell up, I have to say, I honestly don’t think you’ve got anything to worry about. 8 pounds added or not, you’re still a greek goddess. But if you wanna lose ’em, you’ll lose em. You can do it girlfriend xxx p.s Please share some wheat free recipes! x

    • honestmum

      Aw thanks gorgeous and your shoot sounds amazing, can’t wait to hear and see more. You are so right, it’s also so I can feel healthier than ever and it’s a bit of a downer when your jeans feel too tight. Ooh your summer sounds gorgeous! Will be sharing more wheat free and low carb recipes soon. Thanks for the compliment too sweetpea x

  3. Morgan Prince

    What a great post. You are definitely not alone, I let my routines slip over the summer and am really happy to have them back now the kids are back at school. I think we all do it over the summer (and Christmas, and easter, and…) it’s our little (or big) holiday from the ‘diet’. Not that I call mine a diet, more a healthier lifestyle. I’m not sure I could ever cut out chocolate completely, just the thought of it makes me shudder!

  4. Jenni at nonstopmama

    You. Are. Not. Alone!!!! Yes to all of the above, even the cross trainer in my case in garage (Argos special offer – so far, only my young son has really been on it the most. And it’s proved a very effective laundry dryer when tumble broke earlier this week. Planning to pull my socks up!) You go, girl!!! XX

  5. Hannah MumsDays

    Great post Vicki! Don’t you think autumn has an air of the new year about it. A mini chance at a fresh start?! Good luck, you’re stunning anyway but we all like our jeans to be a little less snug 😉 xxx

  6. Becky | Spirited Puddle Jumper

    Such a coincidence, the post I’m adding to tasty tuesdays today talks about indulging over he summer and going back to a lower-carb diet! Hopefully the recipe I’ve done will be one that might interest you! I’m all about being healthy in the run-up to the inevitable Crimbo binge 😉 x

  7. Corina

    Good luck! I also have half a stone to lose since having a baby in April. I’m trying to eat healthily and also to go running when I can but it is difficult to find the discipline, especially as I’m tempted by cakes for breakfast too!

  8. WallyMummy

    You are definitely not alone! Once i’ve ejected my temporary uterus tenant, I shall be shifting this baby weight big time! But for the moment I’m enjoying cake and blaming it on pregnancy :)) x

  9. Steph @MisplacedBrit

    Sounds like you have a solid plan!
    One of the things that’s helped me a lot with any food changes, is making sure we make HUGE dinners, so there’s plenty for lunch the next day (maybe even another dinner), just doing as much as possible to avoid those hungry moments when everything ‘healthy’ takes twice as long to prepare! 🙂
    GO FOR IT! 🙂 <3
    ermmm…I just ate two little ice-cream pops… Could have taken a healthier option!! What can I do? My husband has eaten up all my 70% chocolate!!

    • honestmum

      Bahah that made me laugh and yes we always cook big batches of tasty food and soup is good too, fab tip now get some dark choc for tomorrow x

  10. You Baby Me Mummy

    Thank you so much for sharing this info. I struggle so much with my weight and need a new solution! I have such a rubbish metabolism. I am going to read all the linked post and try to figure out something that may work for me. x

  11. Amy

    I’m with you on this! I so need to sort my eating habits out I’m a picky eater and tend to pick the wrong things! For me if I eat crap I feel crap it’s hard to break the habit though evenings are the worst for me.

    • honestmum

      Thanks Amy, it’s so hard isn’t it but I feel so much better when I eat right for my body and exercise, the longer I/you put it off the harder it is too. Let’s do it together chick x

  12. PhotoPuddle

    The summer is dangerous when it comes to food. In fact I pretty much gave up on a healthy diet. With every day out comes an ice cream treat. Picnics are always more interesting if they feature cakes and you have to have fish and chips at the beach. And let’s not talk about barbecues (“yes, we’d love to come. We’ll bring a dessert”), sitting outside drinking wine and enjoying the light evenings and of course Pimms!

    • honestmum

      Sounds like we’ve all had a similar summer, full of fun and lots of amazing food! I seriously need to get rid of my tummy though so bye bye desserts x

  13. Ebabee

    I’ve been putting off starting my healthy eating and exercise plan – keep saying tomorrow. But as we all know tomorrow never comes! I too was very indulgent not just during the Summer but even before. So it’s really time to start that healthy eating again and I plan to start yoga or pilates too. Good luck and I shall be seeking out those recipes you mention x

  14. Mel

    We have certainly been indulging here, too! Cheese, cured meats, champagne… yep, that sums up our summer! I am now craving green veg after my summer in France 🙂 x


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