Let me start by wishing you a very happy new year, whatever you have planned & whoever you are planning on doing it with - I hope 2016 brings you everything you want and more. I know that for me, 2015 was pretty bloody brilliant and I can only hope that 2016 will follow the same trend. I met some amazing people who have touched my life in ways I can't even describe, I don't think I'll ever be able to make them understand the difference that they have made to me physically, mentally and emotionally, and the things they have done to my body! I have occasionally ended up covered in bruises, & I've ached in places I didn't know existed but it has absolutely been worth every minute.
J A N U A R Y
Here is where my story began, the start of my lifestyle overhaul and my first tentative steps into the world of health and fitness. I had no idea what I was doing and it was scary, but I got on with it and was determined to see it through. I had to learn how to eat better and I struggled my way through the exercise classes but three weeks in, I had made amazing progress which spurred me on to keep going. At the end of the month I introduced the newest addition to our family, our miniature dachshund Joseph (aka Joey), and also shared some proud moments and achievements by the children, because as I said then - "Children can be exhausting and infuriating at times and as a mum of five I am fully aware of that, but I firmly believe in celebrating their efforts and achievements because as well as all of that, kids are just bloody amazing and should be told so every day."
|[FEBRUARY] When you take teenagers out for a birthday meal.|
F E B R U A R Y
February brought with it J's 14th birthday, and some reflection where I mused about how to raise a successful human being. With my eldest fast approaching 18 and J now almost 15 I often find myself wrestling with my desire to mother them as I always have, and the understanding that they need to start doing more for themselves and accepting more responsibility. We are still finding the balance but mostly, it's going 'Ok' but we have some time before A heads off to uni to get it right and prepare her for an independent life outside of our home. I also reached the end of my first six week course of Project 6 Pack and shared my progress pictures and weight & inch loss results.
M A R C H
In March we were busy planning for E's 5th birthday in April including choosing some Frozen themed gifts fit for a snow queen, and getting arrangements finalised for her party before the Mister & I headed off to the land down under for a friend's wedding, which was absolutely out of this world. After making it through the long haul flight, we visited some beautiful places including Cleland Conservation Park, Glenelg, and Semaphore, and had the most wonderful time - I can't wait to go back again, but with the kids next time because I know they would love it as much as I did.
|[MARCH] This may look sweet, but I am actually rather terrified.|
A P R I L
It had been three months since I changed my diet and lifestyle, and while it was still a challenge I was getting into the swing of it by now. We also celebrated my favourite time of the year, Easter, in the glorious Spring sunshine with lots of fun and delicious seasonal food and of course last but certainly not least, my little E turned 5 years old.
M A Y
In May it was time for the primary school's annual swimming gala, and this was H's second year competing. He is a great swimmer, and can't wait to do it all again this year. At the end of my third round of Project 6 Pack I shared my 18 week weight loss results and progress pictures as well as some of my own hints and tips for a successful lifestyle change. In addition, I shared some of E & H's own successes at school and in sport, and packed H off on his very first school residential trip. At the end of the month we enjoyed an impromptu family trip to the beach on the train, something I have fond memories of from my own childhood.
|[APRIL] Happy Birthday Mini Moo|
J U N E
A local village puts on their fantastic scarecrow trail in June every year, and 2015's theme was Heroes & Villains. It was so much fun, I can't wait to see what they do this year. This month I also completed my first 5k, the Race for Life in Bath with some friends from P6P. I took time to reflect on the first six months of my health and fitness progress and shared my 24 week weight loss before & after pictures. They still amaze me even now, I can't believe what I have achieved. We jetted off on a last-minute trip to San Lucianu in Corsica with Mark Warner Holidays at the end of June, which meant a whole new challenge of maintaining my diet & fitness on holiday, and the kids got to test out their sea legs and try some awesome watersports during an amazing and very much needed break in the sunshine.
C O M I N G U P . . .
|[JUNE] Five out of seven in beautiful Corsica.|