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Thinking Slimmer

As I’m sure my regular readers (or anyone who follows me on Twitter, is friends with me on Facebook, or strikes up a conversation with me in the queue at the Post Office…) will know, I struggle with my weight. Or, more appropriately, I struggle with my huge appetite and propensity to sit on my arse for long periods of time. I’ve tried to blog about previous weight loss efforts, only for them to go completely unfinished and never mentioned again, so when I was offered the chance to try Thinking Slimmer, I had some very mixed feelings.

Basically, Thinking Slimmer is a series of unique voice recordings called ‘Slimpods’, which you listen to at least once a day for 21 days, and along with the goals that you write down at the beginning, they start to change your attitude towards food, exercise and the way you view your weight loss.Well, my first impression was to be rather cynical about the whole thing. I’m not into all that Paul McKenna gubbins and couldn’t see how listening to someone speak would help. Plus it would mean having to redress my diet, which is daunting at the best of times.

However, I agreed to try ‘Drop Two Dress Sizes or More’ as I figured it was worth a try. I downloaded it and stuck it on my iPod to listen to in bed, as it’s perfectly okay to fall asleep whilst listening, as it’s not really talking to you, it’s talking to your subconscious (I’m pretty sure that’s a direct quote from the Slimpod, but I can’t be sure!). The first night, I put the Slimpod on and was asleep within seconds. This carried on for the next three weeks, and I have to be totally honest, I found it quite relaxing! There’s also a really supportive email sent to you everyday to help you along the way.

The first change I noticed was that I wasn’t as keen to snack anymore. I’m a big eater and tend to pick throughout the day, as well as eating quite large meals, but I’ve also found that I’ve been eating smaller meals too. And my attitude to exercise isn’t quite as bad, I don’t dread the thought of getting on the exercise bike or going for a walk quite as much as I did before.

As for results, well, I lost about 6lb in the first three weeks and have lost a further 3lb since then, without really doing very much! Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying “Listen to this and the weight will fall off”, and Slimpod doesn’t claim to be a miracle fix, it just gently changes your attitude, which means that the results are beneficial for life, not just while you listen to the recordings.

I’ll be continuing to listen to the Slimpod everyday as I really feel like it’s had a positive impact on my body and mind, and I’m really hoping that I’ll be posting again in the next few months to tell you about all the weight I’ve lost!

You can buy a Thinking Slimmer Slimpod on their website for just £29.99, and there are plans for women, men, brides to be, chocaholics and all sorts!

Parenting · Personal

All Gone to Pot

Don’t you just love it when your child goes ahead and reaffirms the idea that you do indeed know them really well, and in fact are totally tuned into their personalities? Well Sausage has well and truly proved us right this week, and I couldn’t be more proud.

We started to attempt potty training probably over a year ago now, right before her second birthday, as she’d been bought a potty and some knickers by a well-meaning relative who thought they’d give us a hand in kick starting the process. We just knew it wasn’t the right time for Sausage, and she remained very resistant to even sitting on the potty. I read a guide a while ago that said children who are still in their ‘negative’ phase, i.e. still saying no to everything, should wait until they start to appear more positive to begin potty training, and I have to say, I totally agree with this assessment.

Anyway, we persevered with trying to get Sausage to go on the potty, trying at the very least to get her to use it first thing in the morning if she woke up dry, and we had varied levels of success. Husband and I discussed different ideas and came up with a reward chart to act as an incentive, and it must be a case of great minds as my Mum called me a couple of days later and said she’d been given some charts by a rep at work, which she’d kept in case we wanted one! We put the chart on the living room wall and promised Sausage one sticker for a wee and two for…well, a number two! Once she reached ten stickers, we told her she could choose her own present as a reward. It took a couple of weeks for her to reach ten, and for a while it all went very slow. I was reluctant and neurotic about leaving her in knickers as I didn’t want wee on the carpet, and it held things up a lot.

Last week, we decided enough was enough. So we put Sausage in knickers and decided what will be will be. We had a fair few accidents, in fact the first day, she went through 5 pairs of knickers (and I spent the majority of my day on my hands and knees with a scrubbing-brush!), and in the subsequent days, the accidents got fewer and farther between. Then, three days ago, something clicked.

Every single call-of-nature has ended up in either the toilet or the potty, we’ve had no accidents, my carpet is pee-free and she’s only worn a nappy for bed (we’ll get to that part of the training at some point, I don’t think it’s essential for her to be dry at night right away, although she does wake up dry most days) In our heart or hearts, I think we knew that Sausage wasn’t ready a year ago. When it comes to our daughter, we very much have the attitude that she’s a bright and fiercely independent child, and she’s done everything else when she was good and ready! Be it walking, talking, reading, she’s decided when she was ready and got on and did it, so I was loath to push her onto the potty when it wasn’t her decision.

It’s a nice feeling, to be honest, to know that we knew our daughter well enough and allowed her the space and freedom to come to it all by herself, and even if we have little accidents in the future, I could not be more proud of my little lady. Although, as a footnote, I have to say, it does seem weird seeing her little tush in knickers and not a nappy!

The Gallery

The Gallery – Chilled Out

When it comes to chilling out, no-one does it better than my boy:

Although, Husband and Sausage do a pretty good job too…

Don’t get me wrong, I’m pretty good at chilling out myself, only this is what normally happens after about three and a half minutes….

Delightful image captured by Husband. Yeah, thanks for that babe!

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