Month: August 2013

Weight Loss Wednesday – Week 7

I have to start this post with the fact I’m annoyed, annoyed that despite meal planning, exercising 5 days out of the 7, I only lost a measly pound! Yes I know a pound is a pound, better off than on etc but I really did try hard this week. Every meal has been home cooked and slimmingworld friendly, lunches have all been salads, there has been no chocolate!


I think this week I’m going to take my measurements as well, maybe even if the weight isn’t coming off as quickly there may be a slight chance I’m toning with the increase in exercise.


Nothing else for it though but to keep on going.

Claire xx

Weight loss Wednesday – Week six

Well I have stuck to my exercise this week, tracking everything under the Mapmywalk App, which by the way allows you to also enter workouts not just walking.


I’m really pleased with what I managed and it’s a lot more than I usually do so great start. A few other lovely twitter ladies also signed up after last weeks post and we are now all supporting each other to be more motivated.

So exercise was good, eating not so much! My in laws where here for the week so we had a few meals out, quite a few glasses of wine and plenty of bread. I tried to be make healthier choices but I did sometimes struggle so this week was another 1 lb off.

I’m not going to say only as to be honest a pound is great seeing as I was out so much.

Anyway I am back to it, from Monday I have properly been following Slimming World plan again, I’ve been off work and cooking some lovely meals so hopefully next week I can report a better loss.

Still a loss is a loss and you can’t complain about that.

Claire xx

Hysterosalpingography – Fertility testing update

I thought I would do a little update in where we are up to in terms of fertility testing. As you know we are now under the care of our local NHS clinic and have had a few more tests done with them, one of them being a Hysterosalpingoraphy or HSG test which is basically an x-ray where they insert dye into your cervix to see if your fallopian tubes are clear.I had the test done at the beginning of my last cycle, my health board wants them completed between days 5-10 of your cycle so it can sometimes take a while to be fitted in, I was lucky and got a slot the second cycle after being registered with the clinic.

I had stayed away from Dr Google as much as I could with this, as I had seen some horror stories on Baby and Bump and I really didn’t want to worry myself more than was necessary before I went to the appointment.

The appointment itself was very straight forward, I attended my local x-ray department and was taken to a room off the main area where I was asked to undress (Just my bottom half) and put a gown on, I was then taken into the x-ray room and asked to sit on the table with my bottom on the edge, they then placed a speculum the same that is used in a smear test and passed a small catheter tube into my cervix. This part was uncomfortable but not painful and it passed fairly quickly with a few deep breaths. They then injected the dye into which I found amazing to watch on the x-ray screen, I had read that this is where a lot of woman experience a lot of pain but I was very lucky, it did cause some cramping but no more than cramps that you would get with your period and then it was done. That was it, in and out in 15 mins!

Thankfully for us, my HSG is clear, the dye showed flow from both tubes which shows that there are no blockages in either one, however this now puts us formally under the diagnosis of ‘Unexplained Infertility’ which is a bit rubbish to be honest.

I’m not sure that until you are in this position do you realise that for someone to say actually there is nothing wrong is in fact a horrible thing to hear, normally we are so wishing to be told there is nothing wrong with us and we are praying for those words but this time I suppose I wanted to hear that there was something, though of course I wanted it to be something that was fixable but something never the less that I could say that’s why it has taken so long, but that is not meant to be, we are just one of those unlucky couples who don’t fall into that small percentage chance of falling pregnant each month, but surely one month it will be us!

So the plan is now for me to focus on losing some weight before our next appointment which is scheduled for November so that if we are not pregnant by then I will be allowed to start on Clomid and I will be placed on the waiting list for IVF. The current waiting time in our area seems to now be anywhere between 6-12 months and we are lucky to get two attempts under NHS care. I am still very hopeful that we will not need this level of treatment but I am grateful that if we do the process is well under way.

Praying for a big fat positive inbetween times!

Claire xx

Weight Loss Wednesday – Starting again

Weight loss Wednesday has been missing a couple of weeks, I’ve been following it in the background but I’ve not been having such a great time in my personal and work life so everything has been neglected.

I have booked annual leave next week so I am hoping to get back on to enjoying things and hopefully get some blogging done! So watch this space.

Last week I got together on twitter with a few of my friends and we decided to help each other lose weight. We are all reporting to each other each week for weigh in and supporting each other during the week by text and boy have they had to support me this week. I’ve had real trouble with insomnia that threatened to take over most of my life, or at least it felt that way, so I’ve not been eating much at all. You would think that would mean weightloss, but not for me, a sneaky jump on the scales on Monday and I had put on nearly 3lbs…..I mean really?!?!

So with the support from the girls I have made sure I am eating properly and we are also motivating each other but using this app.


We are all able to become friends and then when you log a workout it lets your friends know, it’s been great for motivating me and my exercise has gone up so much, especially when you see the other ladies logging things on there.

So weigh in day was this morning and although it’s not great I’m pleased to report a loss, considering I had put 3lbs on on that sneaky weigh in on Monday losing a pound today will have to be!


I am going to continue on with making sure I am eating enough and keeping up with the exercise, my cross trainer has been dusted off and I am attempting more walking, on Sunday I went for a 4 mile walk, my poor dog was knackered!

C xx