Wednesday, 28 May 2014

The Little Railways of Mid Wales

Last week we spent 8 days on the west coast of Wales.
5 days on a farm near Cardigan and then 3 days on the southern tip of Snowdonia.
This is a post about those last 3 days, I will blog about the first 5 later.

Monday, 26 May 2014

Losing The Babyweight - 4 Weeks On

Current Weight: 11st 8lbs
Loss this week: 3lbs
Total Loss: 13lbs

I've been eating Low Carb High Fat for 4 weeks now.
Bar a couple of slip ups on holiday last week, it has been reasonably easy to stick to.
Helped of course by the fact I am seeing results!

An average weightloss of 3lb a week really isn't bad.
I can't really see any changes in myself when I look in the mirror yet but I can feel that my post pregnancy belly is definately less "saggy".
I can definately see the change in DH though.
He has been following this way of eating alongside me which has really helped both motivation and meal preparation.
His face is slimmer and he definately has less of a belly.

I expect my weightloss to slow slightly as I go on but if I can average 2lb a week then I will be back to pre C pregnancy weight (i.e. 2011 weight) by September.
It's a tall order but not impossible...

Monday, 5 May 2014

Low Carb Real Food - End of Week 1

Current Weight: 12st 0lb
Loss this week: 6lbs
Total Loss: 6lbs

That's almost 1lb a day, quite impressive, even if I do say so myself.
So what's the "secret"?
I came across the Low Carb High Fat diet.
Well it's not really a diet but a lifestyle change.
I won't bore you will the details on here.
If you have the time (about an hour) take the time to watch this you tube video.
It takes everything you think you might know and turns it on its head.

I knew many of the principals already from trying to keep gestational diabetes away during my pregnancies, this is just taking things one stage further.
I some ways this is actually easier.
Here is a sneak peak at my food diary for the past few days.

Breakfast  2 Boiled Eggs 2 Fried Eggs & Bacon 2 Boiled Eggs Egg and Vegetables Apple & Cinnamon No Flour Pancakes 2 Boiled Eggs
Berries and Greek Yoghurt
Snack Flapjack Banana & Flapjack Flapjack Berries and Greek Yoghurt

Lunch Tuna & Egg salad Strawberries, Blueberries & Cream Scrambled Egg, Spinach & Mushrooms Berries & Cream Gammon, Egg & Baked Beans
Banana & Cream
Smoked Mackeral Salad
Banana and Cream
Sausages, Bacon, Fried Egg & Tomato Ham and Leek Cheesy Bake
Banana & Cream
Snack Cherry Yoghurt Flapjack Flapjack Flapjack Flapjack
Dinner Cheeseburgers without the bun
One Pot Roast Chicken No Potato Salad & leaves Venison & Vegetables
Salmon & Asparagus
Apple & Chocolate cream
Prawn Cocktail Salad

I have high hopes for big results as i'm quite good at sticking to things if I have clear guidelines.
Watch this space...

The Animal Tamer

My #CountryKids post for this week is more of a watch than a read.
I'm so pleased we had a phone with us to be able to capture the moment on camera.

Growing up around animals, C (26 months) has never had any fear of them.
I find this both wonderful and slightly alarming at the same time.
Her confidence around animals is at a complete contrast to the rest of her life where she is timid and quiet. 
A friend recently called her the little animal whisperer as it is the only time she appears totally at ease.

Our new animal enclosure was built with the children in mind, to allow them to safely interact with the animals at a level not possible before.

It seems to be working as today, at feeding time, C caught DH and me totally off guard by doing this...

It was hilarious to watch and not something I have ever actively taught or encouraged her to do.
Obviously she has seen us handle the chickens but until today has not shown the slightest interest in doing it herself.
For me it is wonderful to watch my vision of countrylife with kids turning into a reality.

[no chickens were harmed in the making of this video ;-)]

I'm linking this post up with Coombe Mill #CountryKids.

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall