OMG… Is That You?

My cousin is here, visiting from China.  He came over to visit and meet V the other day.  He was wandering around the house and came across our ‘picture board’ (it needs updating quite desperately)…


He spent a few minutes looking at the board and I heard him say, ‘Oh my God…  Is that you?’

The picture he was looking at was the one below (I’m on the left).


I turned to see which photo he was talking about and said, ‘Yep.’  He asked when it was taken.  So I told him, ‘Six years ago – the week of our wedding.’

‘WOW!  You were seriously slim!’

Yes.  Yes.  Yes I know I was.  I know I’m not anymore.  I know it’s highly unlikely that I’ll actually look like that again.  But funnily enough, I didn’t mind so much that he’d said that.

What I DID mind was my husband (who was also in the room) nodding his head in agreement and saying something like, ‘Yep’ (but he was actually saying a whole lot more).

That’s when I asked him, ‘Have *you* looked in the mirror lately?  Have you seen *your* belly?  And you didn’t even carry a child in it for nine months!  What’s *your* excuse?’  Poor man ran for cover.

But…  But I knew.  There’s no excuse to look the way I do when Vinay is already 18 months!  I should have lost all the weight (it can’t even be classified as baby weight anymore) already!

I see mums in playgroup – with children (some have more than one) that are younger or about the same age as Vinay – and they look FABULOUS!  

That’s it.  Time to do something about it!

I’m ‘Thinking Slimmer’ – The First 21 Days

As you may have already read, I’ve been battling to get rid of my baby weight.  I didn’t try so hard (ok, to be honest, I didn’t try at all) for the first six months after Vindoo was born, but for the last three months, I’ve been trying very hard!

I started doing the P90X workout at home (five days a week).  I did this for a couple of weeks, and was feeling good about myself.  However, I always found it difficult to get myself motivated enough to just get on with it and do it.  Also, it’s pretty hardcore.  And I found myself forwarding some of the exercises I didn’t want to do.  Seriously?  A five-way lunge?

Then a friend told me that she was going to pilates classes twice a week.  I’d never done it before, so decided to give it a go.  I really enjoyed it.  I LOVED that there was no cardio and although it’s difficult – I find it quite relaxing.  So then I started going to pilates twice a week and doing the P90X three times a week.  But somehow, I didn’t feel like I was doing enough. 

Next, I arranged with some friends to go to LBT (legs, bums and tums) classes twice a week.  The instructor has a lot of energy and makes us do a lot of cardio (which I do, but hate).  And although I call it LBT, she focuses on different things.  Last week we did a bit of weights.  Tomorrow she said we’d do a bit of circuit training (I think I might be too sick to go)!

Now, between starting pilates and going to LBT I discovered Thinking Slimmer completely by accident.  I was reading tweet after tweet (after tweet) by Mocha Beanie Mummy about how fabulous it was and how she had lost loads of weight.  What was this all about?  What was a Slimpod?  And how did I get one?

Slimpods are a series of unique voice recordings which help people to achieve permanent weight loss. Unlike other methods of losing weight, there are no diets, no calorie counting and no willpower required. Slimpods have been developed by Harley Street experts and use modern approaches to the science of unconscious persuasion to gently retune the mind and adjust the way slimmers think about the world, especially in relation to food, health and fitness.

(Taken from Thinking Slimmer website)

Great!  I wanted one.  NOW!  There are two purchase options.  You can either buy a CD or a download.  Buying the download was not an option – because my internet connection is crap (as stated in one of my previous posts).  So I asked my sister to order the ‘Drop two dress sizes (or more) Slimpod for me, to our London address.  The wait for someone to come and bring it for me was unbearable!

So, I finally got it and started using it immediately.  I won’t go into how it works, etc. (you can read all that on their website) – I’ll just tell you that I love Trevor Silvester’s voice!

Here’s how my first twenty-one days went!

Week 1:

I have not had a Coke at all (those of you that know me, know that this is unheard of).  I usually have pancakes for breakfast once a week – This week, I have not.  I have not snacked between meals.  I am even eating more some salad.  I had three wafer biscuits after dinner the other night – not good, right?  But I only had three!  Previously, I would have finished the whole lot!  And the most shocking thing…  Hub and I went out to dinner on Saturday night and I ordered the tiramisu for dessert.  I had about three bites and left the rest.  He thought I might have been feeling unwell (hmpgh)!  At my first weigh-in, I’ve lost 2.2lbs.  It doesn’t sound like much, does it?


Week 2:

I’ve still not had any Coke.  Or pancakes!  I’ve thought about it – but then just changed my mind…  I love how that happens!  I only worked out three times this week and feel a bit guilty, but it’s done now!  I haven’t snacked between meals (during the week when I’m home).  On Friday I went out to a friend’s house and had only one cupcake!  On Saturday we went to a 1st birthday party.  I found it impossible to resist the homemade butter cookies – and had LOADS (but at least they were small).  I had chicken salad for lunch that day – but I didn’t finish it.  I find Sundays quite difficult – because we laze in front of the TV a lot, I find that I snack more.  So I went out and bought myself some yogurts 🙂  I keep asking myself if I’m resisting (more often than not) sweet food and drinks because I know should, or if it’s because of the slimpod…  This morning two people have told me I look like I’ve lost weight (I think it was because I was wearing all black).  But I still have a potato face…  At my second weigh-in, I’ve PUT ON 0.8lbs.  I knew I shouldn’t have had those wafers last night 😥

On the Thinking Slimmer website, it does say that not everyone will see results immediately – so I’ll just stick it out!


Week 3:

So… Week 3… Still no Coke.  I feel tempted – but I just get myself a Soda water instead (not the same really, but it does the trick).  Still no pancakes.  I have worked out, but not *as* much.  I haven’t snacked between meals – apart from the yogurt I bought last week.  At dinner on Saturday night I had a nibble (just a nibble) of chocolate cake without the ice cream!  But I also had a lot of vodka…  At my third weigh-in, I am the same weight I was at the end of week one.  I must admit that I feel disappointed.  Maybe I’m eating too much bread?  Maybe I should stop eating potatoes (I’d rather die)?  I have noticed differences in my eating habits, though.  I definitely don’t eat as much junk…  Just the odd chocolate here and there.


I hope the next 21 days are better!


Yes, I put on weight. I had a baby!

I taught at an international primary school here for 6 years before I gave up my Year 2 class to become a full-time mummy. I have gone back once or twice to see my kids and so that they can see Vinay. They were quite obsessed with him when he was still inside and always asked all sorts of questions. One child asked me every day (for 7 months) if he was still in my tummy. Two weeks ago the school had their Summer Fiesta and I decided to take V for a little while in the morning. I thought it would be a great opportunity to catch up with colleagues, children and parents. I saw a boy that I used to teach when he was in year 1. He’s in year 6 now. He is also autistic (but very high functioning). I stopped him and said hello and asked him if he remembered me. He did. I looked him and said, ‘My goodness K, I can’t believe how much you have grown! You’re taller than me!’ He made eye contact (for the first time during that meeting) for a split second and replied, ‘And I can’t believe how much weight you’ve put on!’ I showed him Vinay and tried to explain – but he had lost interest and started making his way towards a games stall. It was funny. I laughed. But his brutal honesty also hurt. Obviously not his fault. He wasn’t to know that I had started exercising regularly. Or that I was only drinking Coke once (ok twice) at the weekends. And that I was generally feeling pretty good about myself. I had fit into size 14 shorts for the first time. And they weren’t tight (but now I have a feeling that BHS clothes are a bit bigger. Anyone?)!

It was disheartening. But it’s made me more determined. My will power is non-existent – but I’ll just stay positive and keep at it. 🙂

Putting On and Taking Off the Baby Weight

I have always enjoyed good food and have never believed in ‘depriving’ myself of anything. I did exercise (on and off), so was able to keep myself in my regular size 12 clothes.

When I found out I was pregnant, I waited for the morning sickness to start. It didn’t (thank goodness). And I was hungry aaaaaall the time! Or maybe I wasn’t hungry and just ate because I wanted to or because I could. I’m not sure.

When I think about it now, I feel very guilty because my diet at that time wasn’t exactly healthy. I drank a lot of Coke. Sometimes at 6am. I hate the (longlife) milk here- so I was drinking little cartons of chocolate milk (twice a day). I ate chocolate all day long and didn’t do any exercise. I did eat some healthy things of course – but it’s difficult to remember those now. The main thing is: my boy is happy and healthy despite the crap I ate.

My mother constantly told me not to eat for two. I ignored her and, sometimes, even ate for three!

At 7 months I went to London to await the arrival of my gorgeous boy.
OMG- McDonald’s! We don’t have McDonald’s in Lagos. I went craaaaaazy! Cheeseburger, large fries and a Coke. The week before baby was born- I had 2 cheeseburgers (but only 1 portion of fries!)!
And the worst thing is – I used to stop off on my way back from my weekly check-up. I told myself I’d only go once a week (after the Dr) – but I usually ended up there 2 or 3 times a week. And sometimes I had to sneak away from my mum and my hub to get my fix.

Oh! And I forgot about the Coco Pops. I hadn’t eaten those since I was 18. And suddenly I couldn’t stop eating them. Two or three bowls a day (One after the other. Every morning while watching America’s Next Top Model).

And the Bourbon biscuits! I had to steal them from the kitchen and hide them under my pillow to eat in the middle of the night. All because I wanted to avoid the disapproval of the mothership.

Needless to say – I put on a lot of weight. And I put it on everywhere!! My boy is 9 months old (almost) and my wedding ring still doesn’t fit!

After baby was born, I found it difficult to stop eating so much (and I wasn’t breastfeeding (but that’s another story)). Luckily I went right off the Coco Pops. Didn’t go off McDonald’s, though.
And I still want to eat and eat and eat (sometimes).

It was 7 months after V was born that I started exercising again. Pilates twice a week and P90X 3 days a week. And funnily enough-because I’m exercising, I don’t feel like eating *that* much anymore. Unless we go out!

I feel much better about myself and my body. I went from a size 12 to a 16 (sometimes even 18) and now I fit into some size 14 clothes.

I’ve still got a long way to go – but I’ll get there in the end.