Sunday 5 January 2014

The Sunday Parenting Party - time for 'that' new years resolution

It's 2014 and time for me to think about resolutions. Last year I was all about making parenting resolutions and trying to improve my parenting. But this year I am going to do something that is for me, but will also benefit Goblin. I'm going to try and lose weight - Yup that old chestnut!
When I was pregnant I got gestational diabetes. The diabetes nurse said that to avoid getting permanent type 2 diabetes I needed to lose about 2 stone (28 lb). About a year after I gave birth Hublet and I went on a serious diet and managed to lose a lot of weight. But over the last year or so I have put it all back on. In fact I am creeping back up to the weight I was just after I gave birth, which was the heaviest I have ever been.
The thing is I'm not too bothered about how I look. I'm sure many people would not find my lardy body attractive but I don't mind the curves and as long as I can find clothes that fit I'm going to feel OK with myself. I also love food, and unfortunately I use food as a comfort blanket. I eat when I feel down, and often I feel down because I am overweight. What do you do when you feel down about being fat - have a cream cake. I bet half of you are nodding and the other half are going "why on earth would you do that?". It took me a while to realise that different people have different relationships to food. Mine is a friendly but unhealthy relationship and that is something that I need to work to change.
I have been ignoring the health issues around my weight. Its not just the risk of diabetes, I'm also on Statins for high cholesterol (a hereditary disorder in my family). So I owe it to myself, my husband and my son to make an effort to get my weight under control and get fitter so I don't die of a heart attack before Goblin finishes school (My Dad had his first when I was 14).
I'm writing this post in the hope that you readers will keep me in check and embarrass me into staying on the straight and narrow - it would be pretty horrible to have to confess in six months time that I am as heavy as ever.
So wish me luck!

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  1. Monko, you rock! You can do this. Don't try depriving yourself of everything at once...pick one thing and try cutting it out. This is going to sound REALLY WEIRD, but Prickly Grandma (my mom) was just diagnosed with Type II. I know she kept picturing the worst-case scenario: going blind and being a double amputee. That's what helped her kick her chocolate habit, and she looks GREAT weight-wise (she also stopped putting caramel sauce in her coffee). You can do it too!!

  2. I love your goals and how you want accountability. I recently joined some other bloggers to link up our goals monthly. I would love if you joined us!

  3. LOLOLOL, Monko, I DID look at the first iteration of your photo and think, "a 35 cm waist? They must have a really weird measurement system over there in England." I thought maybe you were only measuring the front half or something!

  4. Good luck! I'm as fat as a fool myself at the mo, so I admire your intent! In the past I've found that sweet food is alike an addiction - when you have it, you want it, when you don't, you don't. Much like giving up fags for me, but I don't have the same incentive. Good luck!

  5. Ha! Embarrass you into staying the straight and narrow! Nothing like a public shaming to motivate a person! I think you are brave to open up about this. I think you are going to help a lot of other people besides your self in doing so!


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