So for any of you reading who didn’t see my post on Friday, this happened!
I was chuffed to bits to finally lose that 1lb to be able to make the call to the sub fertility clinic. Now my next challenge starts.
I have set myself the goal of losing another stone, losing the weight for IVF only just put my BMI to under 29 so I still have a way to go to actually be deemed the correct weight. I don’t like BMI though, I feel that it doesn’t take into account your shape etc and I feel if I actually slimmed down to where they want me to be I will not be myself if that makes sense? I will never be a size 10 and I am fine with that, I feel that another stone will just be nice to get me down another clothes size and I know I will be happier with how I look there. I’ve been there a few times before! The major problem for me is keeping it off, I am really hoping that Slimming World is the answer this time. It really is more of a lifestyle change, no counting of things, which in turn used to add to me making bad choices and using checks or points on the less good for you foods. Slimming world has ensured that I change the way I think and plan food and it has got me cooking from scratch. I recently shared a picture of one of my cupboards with my sister and she was amazed! I would have been lucky before to have had a few jars of spices, now I have had to buy a spice rack for my door just to hold the amount I have.
I’ve said it before but something needs to change and I think that through this process it has. Slimming World needs to be a lifestyle choice and I believe that because it is just that, simple and easy to adapt to your daily life that this will be my turning point. It needs to be, I need to get out of this yoyo weightloss world that I seem to keep finding myself in. My target weight this time is a stone heavier than was set before so I am hoping that that gives me the ability to stick to it and manage to find my happy weight around that amount.
So anyway, after that long ramble, here are the stats for this week.
Dog walks have gone well again, managing a nice.
And over the course of the week I’ve managed a very respectful 25 miles:
I’ve continued being good over the weekend and I’ve also started drinking green tea. I don’t know if this has helped but this week I am over the blooming moon to report a loss of.
Making my total lost so far 1lb shy of 2 stone!
There won’t be a weight loss Wednesday next week as we are off to the lakes for a little cottage holiday. Now my challenge will be to put some of my Slimming World approaches into practice there too.
The lovely Kate from Katetakes5 has revived her Listography and this time it’s all about the Simple Pleasures in life.
I suppose this post really adds on my regular feature of It’s the small things. I think it’s really important to allow ourselves to stop and look around us and appreciate those simple pleasures in life and here are my top 5.
1. My best pal
no simple things post could be complete without a reference to this little man. He asks for nothing, well apart from being fed! But gives back so much. Feeling down? Not for long when he jumps on top of you with the excitement that would make you think he hasn’t seen you for years.
2. Lazy Sunday morning coffee
I work one in three weekends so when I have a Sunday morning off I love to sit back with a cup of freshly brewed coffee.
3. My kindle
I have really tried to get back into reading this past few months and I’m using a mixture of my kindle and good old fashioned books. I love my kindle though, so simple to use and you can have so many books loaded at once. Perfect for holidays!
4. Flowers or tulips to be precise!
I love this time of the year as tulips are well and truly in season. There is not a week that will go by where I don’t have a bunch of tulips and they never fail to make me smile. Simple.
I love candles, especially in the winter months when I light loads and only have my bunch of fireplace lights on. It makes me feel so content.
What are your favourite five simple pleasures?
Some of the small things that have made February.
There was a meeting of lots of noisy Schnauzers.
Followed by sharing a bed for the first time ever with doggy cousins.
Feeling very grateful to live so close to these.
Enjoying lovely sunsets on our dog walk.
Then there was snow.
There has been lots of cooking & trying new things.
And a birthday weekend filled of family, fun and plenty of cocktails.
Beautiful gift with so much meaning.
And ending the month on a high by meeting my IVF target weight!
So yes I know, it’s not Wednedsay, it’s Friday but I’m posting a weight loss Wednesday picture just to confuse everyone. I said in my post on Wednesday I was going to weigh in again this week in the hope that I would have got to target and the words above say it all. IVF TARGET ACHIEVED!! I am over the moon to finally have been able to make the call to say I am at the weight that they requested I be.
Now for the scary part though, going onto the IVF waiting list, somewhere I never really truly believed I would be heading. Despite working to lose weight to get on it, there has always been that little glimmer of hope that we would never need the referral. Now that glimmer of hope has transferred to hoping that although we are going on the list we won’t actually need the treatment and still wish of getting pregnant naturally.
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So the next stage is to go back to the sub fertility clinic on Monday morning to get weighed and for a few more tests. Our assisted conception unit which will be based in Dundee have asked that all people who are being referred from 1st March 2014 have to have undergone a few more tests, so typical I now fall into that category. They are quick tests, both of us need to have a carbon monoxide test to prove we don’t smoke and I need to have a chlamydia test too (I often wondered why this wasn’t done at the beginning due to the link with infertility) then the referral letter can go in. The only good part is they have changed this process slightly which works in our benefit. You used to have to wait 6 weeks from referral to see a doctor at the conception unit then you would join the list. Now though as long as all the extra testing has been carried out they add you to the list from the date of the referral letter and only see you prior to treatment starting which currently looks like around 6/7 months.
Hoping & praying we don’t end up there but feeling like a big weight has been lifted off my mind knowing that we will have our plan B waiting in the wings.
These are SO simple and turn out really nice. I’ve made a few different batches in different flavours and not one of them have disappointed me.
Extra Easy ~ 2 Syns
11g sachet Options hot chocolate ~ flavour of your choice
Muller Light yoghurt ~ flavour of your choice
Simply mix the Options into your Muller light and put into ice cube tray. Put in freezer for a few hours and enjoy!
They have done a good job of curbing my sweet tooth without the added calories. My next attempt will be a white chocolate options with strawberry yoghurt.
What flavour would you make?
This week has seen my birthday weekend so I’ve not been out for many dog walks at all, only managing,
My Fitbit stats though are still quite good, managing over the week to clock up nearly 24 miles.
Eating wise, I’ve tried to be really good in the run up to my birthday and again when I came back from my weekend away. I tried to make healthy food choices when I was away but anything I saved there I definitely drank instead!
I was dreading getting on the scales today after having a sneak peak on Monday to see what damage I had caused (+3lbs!) but I’m happy to be able to say this morning that I’ve stayed the same. Damage limitation worked!
So the race is on to lose the last pound so I can call the fertility clinic back to get my referral for IVF.
I will admit though that there is no way I’m waiting until next Wednesday, I will be breaking the cardinal slimming rule and weighing in every other day this week. That pound needs to go!!
I’ve been pleased with the amount of walking I’ve done this week. I did another 5 mile dog walk at the weekend and it was sunny which was a real bonus.
For my dog walks this week I’ve managed:
What I am really impressed with is my Fitbit results for this week. I’ve really been trying to get more walking in at work which is hard when you spend most of your time between office, car and people’s houses but I’ve been trying to park the car further away from both to get my steps up and it worked this week. When I got my weekly stats email I was really surprised!
27 miles!! Wow, that is the most I’ve done so far in a week which is just amazing.
Food wise, I’ve been sticking to the Slimming World plan 100%, even going out for dinner on Saturday night, not drinking and pre planning and counting my Syns before I went. One thing I have done this week was to up my Syns amount each day. Syns for those of you who don’t know slimming world are countable items outside of the basic plan. You are advised to have between 5-15 per day. I’ve been struggling with eating these and I’ve read so much about eating them for better weight loss so this week I’ve tried to eat around 10-13 a day. Well this DOES NOT work for me!! I am really disappointed to report:
Half a blooming pound! I know before you say it, it’s better off than on but I was so good this week, so much in the zone. Exercise was more than usual, I upped my water intake, ate great foods, but it proves my body does not lose more if I eat all the Syns.
I was really hoping to be able to make the phonecall to the Fertility Clinic today to get my referral for IVF but no and I doubt I’ll be able to next week either as it’s my birthday on Friday and I have a weekend away! Not happy.
I am in love with these Slimming World friendly overnight oats now for breakfast and think I could eat them everyday. They are easy to make, require only a few minutes prep the night before and keep me full for ages. There are lots of different suggestions on what to put in them but this is how I’ve been doing mine.
35g Plain Porridge Oats (Healthy Extra B)
Muller light or any other free yoghurt
2 Strawberries and handful of blueberries.
You simply work in layers. Put one layer of frozen fruit, then half of the porridge oats followed by a layer of yoghurt.
I then put in some blueberries and strawberries, then the second half of the porridge oats, followed by a layer of yoghurt and topped off with more frozen fruit.
Then the next morning, simply mix up and enjoy!
I seen this over on Loveslittlejourney’s blog and thought it would be a good thing for me to do for anyone who wants a quick snapshot of our trying to conceive journey so far.
1. How long have you been TTC?
I got my implant out in November 2011 and we have been actively trying, plotting and planning since June 2012.
2. How many kids do you have/want?
I always said two, but now that we are struggling we have both sat down and discussed it and we will be happy if just one comes into our lives.
3. How old are you and your husband?
I’m 36 (on Friday) and Hubby is 37
4. How long have you been married?
2.5 years but have been together for 13!
5. What are some crazy things you do while TTC?
I’ve stopped doing crazy things now! I have taken some weird supplements and foods though before.
6. Does your husband know all about TTC?
7. Have you been diagnosed with any kind of infertility?
Unexplained Infertility which totally sucks.
8. What keeps you busy during the 2WW?
My blog. I also try to keep myself busy doing things at home, reading etc and not allowing myself to go onto Dr Google symptom spotting.
9. What day do you usually ovulate?
Anywhere between days 14-16 on average.
10. What gender are you hoping for?
I always said I would love a girl, hubby a boy but we no longer care as long as we finally get our baby.
11. How many pregnancy books do you have?
Two, one about trying to conceive the other a little about that then following onto pregnancy.
12. How many HPTs do you take in a cycle?
None. I learned my lesson quite a long time back that I can’t cope with seeing a negative test. I cope much better having my period arrive so I no longer take any tests. My plan will be only to take one if I am at least one day late.
13. What are some stress relievers you use during TTC?
I do some meditation and try to do things that don’t allow me to think about ttc. I love blogging and now I am following Slimming World I love making foods and blogging about them so that is really helping me to de-stress.
14. What themes or designs do you like for a nursery?
I haven’t allowed myself to dream about this for a long time but I think something with owls in it would be my ideal for a boy or a girl.
15. Do you plan to do pregnancy blogs if you conceive?
Yes, my real hope on setting this blog up would be that it would develop into a pregnancy then parenting blog and grow with my family.
16. Do you have a birth plan?
Nope, I need to get the pregnant part in the bag first before I could even think about this part!
I hope that gives you a little more information on our trying to conceive journey.
If anyone wants to take part feel free to tag yourself and copy the questions.
I made these Syn free pancakes this morning after seeing them being talked about on Instagram and they were lovely and so easy to make. Perfect for a lazy Sunday morning.
35g Plain Porridge Oats (Healthy Extra B)
Muller light of your choice
Sweetener and Cinnamon to flavour
Put your oats and Muller light in a jar and place in the fridge overnight.
When ready to eat, add two eggs and blend the mixture (I used a blender to try and to get it as smooth as I could)
Fry in frylight. I did find that they burnt quite easy and where a little messy but hopefully with practice they will be easier.
I served mine with banana, sprinkled with some sweetener and Cinnamon.