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My Weight Loss Journey Week 4 of 2013

Weight Loss Wk4

After last week weight loss fail and my 0.7lbs increase I have to say I was more than a little deflated and spent until the weekend brooding!

Food wise the last 4 days have been back on track however while still brooding we did visit an all you can eat Chinese buffet! … probably not the wisest move!

I have also batch cooked all next weeks evening meals so there will be no excuse for eating pre processed frozen crap! I intend to try and cut down on my bread intake also next week. Although I am not a massive bread muncher last week while still sulking I did have a couple of days where I had quite a lot of bread.

So my exercise targets for last week were:

  • A minimum of 3 x 2 mile walks … again!
  • Attend both hockey training sessions (junior with Beth & ladies = 180 mins)
  • No Hockey match … so just get my bum from the sofa!!

What exercise I actually completed this week:

  • 1 x 2.2 miles – Walk
  • 1x 1 mile – Walk
  • 140 mins Hockey Training

Hockey Training I have to say was very hard this week since it was lashing it down with rain and it was beyond Baltic – hence the 40 cut short from my target!

Ok so not quite what I had wanted to achieve however if I had stopped sulking and got my finger out sooner this week I would of  hit my exercise targets! *mental note made – stop sulking*

So how did I do? 

-1 lbs, yep that’s right I have Lost!

Total Weight Loss This Year:


Total Loss (including last year)

4 Stone 7lbs

Next Week’s Exercise:

  • A minimum of 3 x 2 mile walks
  • Attend both hockey training sessions (junior with Beth & ladies = 180 mins)
  • No Hockey match on Saturday so get out for a long walk on Sunday

Having found the fab Kate from Naked Mum who is also on a weight loss journey I am linking up HERE so I can gain encouragement from others who are also on this long journey and also to spread some support to others.

Not the best week however a loss is still a loss and only I can turn it round next week!


Weight Loss, Exercise & Boobs, Baps & Bangers ..

Sports Bra

My goodness the list of names for boobs is a long one! … Whatever you call them us ladies are stuck with them.  I had never really thought of boobs in great detail, however since breastfeeding my son my boobs have gone through some dramatic changes.

I have very little … yep you read right … I have far smaller breasts than I had previously!

As most of you will know by now I am on the long journey of sheading lots of excess baby and chocolate weight and now I have finally acknowledged that my boobs are different I want to make sure what I have got is being looked after!

During the previous year in which I shed almost 4 stones, I have started 2013 as I mean to go on and I have upped the exercise anti! Which is why I have been looking at my undergarments!!??

I currently wear a sports bra while playing hockey however honestly (and I might as well be honest since I have mentioned boobs how many times?) … it doesn’t fit!   I bought it almost 6 years ago.  So why I have been wearing it now?  Simple – My choices were limited;

Option 1 – Padded T-shirt bras – support nil 

Option 2 – Too tight sports bra

Out of the 2, at least option 2 means the world and his wife are not watching what little breast tissue I do have swing from one side of the hockey pitch to the other!  … So my choice was made … until now.

After having endured hours and hours of pain and rubbing in this incredibly tight undergarment I have been searching for a sports bra that FITS – Where to start though?

My first port of call was … yep you guessed it – the internet.  So what do I need to be looking for in a sports bra and why?

Our boobs are made up of fatty tissue and they are supported by quite delicate ligaments called the Cooper’s Ligaments. I have been shocked to find out that If they are not supported correctly then this will cause the dreaded ‘saggy boob’ look, along with possibly causing upper back and boob pain! …. Do us ladies really need more pain?? NOPE

Having discovered what can happen if I don’t get my little bangers into something to support them I dread to think what they will look like when I am older…. Shrivelled fried eggs maybe??  Not on my watch!

So once the mini panic attack subsided I set out on my mission to secure the mammaries and keep going on my weight loss journey.

While on my search mission I found out that the principle is the same for finding your sports bra size and your normal bra! …. Who knew??! Also you must remember to try different brands and sizes to get the level of support you require and to check that it does not rub or chafe.

I have found that although I am a certain size in my day to day bra my sports bra size actually differs from that size so remember ….. TRY THEM ON!

It is also just as important to ensure you buy a sports bra with the level of support you require for your chosen activity. A sports bra for light activity is not going to give you enough support if you’re cross country running.. However it may just give you a black eye!

So my exercise buddies get yourselves kitted out with the most essential part of your exercise kit and take care of those bad boys if you don’t once they are all saggy and you’re tying them in a bow you will wish you had listened!

I have now got a new sports bra courtesy of the very generous folks at Figleaves which I have put through its paces and reviewed so you can take a look HERE


Fun Photo Fun – Reading

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This last week with the rotten weather we have spent a lot of time indoors trying to keep snuggly and warm.

Joshua although has had several books for quite some time he has never really sat down to look through them, normally he has collected them up and put them in his ride on truck or has posted them under the sofa!

This week he has really taken to sitting and looking at the pictures. He has even followed us round with some books in tow wanting to sit with one of us for us to read them to him.

Fun Photo Fun - Reading

It really has been lovely this week to spend some quiet quality time reading with him as we have all been involved.

Not surprisingly Beth is his favourite reader as she is such a great reader and even includes different voices for each character!

I will be linking up again with the lovely Charlotte from The Crumby Mummy for her Fun Photo Fun linky, why not give it a go!


The Oliver’s Visit White Post Farm

Yesterday after being stuck in doors for most of last week due to the snow and ice, we decided to wrap up warm and venture out.

We are very lucky where we live to have such alot of places to visit and yesterday we took a wonder round our local farm. (White Post Farm)


Even having this fantastic attraction almost on our doorstep we have never taken Joshua to it, who knows why not but we havent so he was most delighted!

Bethany who knows this place like the back of her hand became the Oliver’s unofficial tourguide. However her job was not complete until she also became second in command of puddle jumping! … (who said pre-teens are all moody!)


Bethany and I also had a competion at Goat mountain to see who could get their goat food to the top first ….. The winner  was me however Beth’s attempt was quite a vailiant one!

Joshua loved all the animals we saw and the only down side was, he either wanted to kiss them all! or he wanted to get in the pens with them!


Ollie’s has decided that the Oliver’s need to get some pets; some chickens and some guinea pigs …. I have agreed as long as he clears the poo! …. it maybe some time before we get any pets!

It realy was a lovely way to spend some quality time together and great to blow away some cobwebs!

White Post … We Will Be Back!


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Project 365 Week 4

project 365 wk4 1Project 365 wk4 2

Another busy busy week here at the Oliver’s Madhouse. Its been full of laughter, tears, snow and reading!

Sunday 20/1/13 – Saw the start of my weight increase this week (opps) but who couldn’t resist that bad boy?

Monday 21/1/13 – Crazy tea time with all 4 of us and some very strange conversations provided by our lovely Beth

Tuesday 22/1/13 – Joshua decided that he preferred being naked! (for most of the day)

Wednesday 23/1/13 – Reading is something that Joshua hasn’t shown much interest in however on Wednesday he spent quite some time with his books.

Thursday 24/1/13 – Joshua’s reading continues and even included Beth. She had to read all his books at least twice before he would let her go!

Friday 25/1/13 – Joshua and I went visiting my lovely friend Stacey and this picture was taken in Stacey’s gorgeous new house (Yes I am jealous Stacey, can I move in?)

Saturday 26/1/13 – This is a picture of Jim and the Oliver snowman (although spot Jim’s contribution!)


My Weight Loss Journey Week 3 of 2013

After last year’s weight loss of 4 stone and my 2 previous weeks of successful weight loss I have felt rather elated over the whole thing .. yep strange I know!

Then the snow hit and it has continued to plague my fitness efforts this week by causing all Hockey training to be cancelled and has stopped me getting out walking properly with my pushchair.

Then to top it off I have now succumbed to Tonsillitis, although it has not completely taken hold like it has in the past, I have to say I am not feeling very sprightly. Needless to say I have not been as good as I should have been ……….

Ok I lied ….

I have eaten crap!

Firstly this fellow:

Weigh Loss wk3

I am bad I know and I have no excuse, however this was the most amazing thing EVER!

So my exercise targets for last week were:

  • A minimum of 3 x 2 mile walks … again!
  • Attend both hockey training sessions (junior with Beth & ladies = 180 mins)
  • No Hockey match … so just get my bum from the sofa!!

So a big fat fail for me on the exercise front, so how have I done

+ 0.7lbs, yep that’s right I have gained

I am not going to stress over it but I am starting the next week how I mean to go on and praying that my husband does not bring home boxes of Jaffa cakes from work … again!!

Total Weight Loss This Year (minus my gain this week):


Total Loss (including last year)

4 Stone 6lbs

Next Week’s Exercise:

  • A minimum of 3 x 2 mile walks
  • Attend both hockey training sessions (junior with Beth & ladies = 180 mins)
  • No Hockey match on Saturday so get out for a long walk on Sunday

Having found the fab Kate from Naked Mum who is also on a weight loss journey I am linking up here so I can gain encouragement from others who are also on this long journey and also to spread some support to others.

1 bad week will not scupper me!


Fun Photo Fun – Snowmen

FPF Snow

This week with the snow has really come down,  last year Joshua was barely walking so he didn’t understand what it was all about. This year it has been totally different he loves the snow!

Over the last 3 days we have really enjoyed playing in the snow and even when Joshua  is wondering around like an ice cube he refuses to come in.

Ollie and I have also enjoyed the snow and even had a competition over the weekend of who could build the best snowman! (I won, but don’t tell him!)

The funniest part (yes you will think I am cruel) is when Joshua sat on a mound of snow and thought he was so clever, then slowly fell forward and face planted himself into the snow, although Ollie was taking photos I rushed to catch him but want quick enough. We waited for the cry but instead all he did was wipe snow off his little face and then go back to playing!

Fun Photo Fun Snow

Here is to snowy days and snowmen!

I have linked up again with the lovely Charlotte from The Crumby Mummy for her Fun Photo Fun linky.


The Pramaholic Oliver’s Love – Pushchair Trader


As some of you my already know a  few months ago I was very fortunate to find out about a fantastic  company which is like pushchair porn for any disconcerting pramaholic!

Pushchair Trader is the UK’s number one location for everything Pushchair. Read reviews, search the classifieds or sell your used pushchair, they also have a shop in which you can purchase almost anything pushchair related. My favourite section is the changing bags!! (Now wow  … if only Ollie left our bank card at home while at work! .. then again since he knows me that’s probably why he doesn’t!)

The other thing I love about this site is the competitions! This week alone there is a fantastic range of competition available to enter for everyone, why not take a look HERE.

Now here’s where the competition side gets better everyone is entitled to one free entry into them, however if you become a VIP you have a minimum of 25 entries entered into every competition  automatically on your behalf, plus your original manual entry too (the same as everyone else)

What will you get as a VIP:

  • £100’s of vouchers and codes of products
  • You can become a VIP product Tester
  • Auto entry into every competition (min of 25 entries per competition, some are more!)

All for £12 per year!

I was very fortunate last October and was successfully chosen to become a Product tester called a ‘Living With’ reviewer for Pushchair Trader for the Britax B-Agile 3. This means I live with the product for 6 months and I review several times a week. I still have a little while left with the Britax B-Agile 3 however you can read my ‘Living With’ review HERE.

To be fair I was gobsmacked at being picked but I have to say I love it!! Let’s be honest who doesn’t love being honest about a new product?? I have now added a smaller version of this review direct to my site which you can find HERE.

The reason I decided to post about Pushchair Trader today is I wish someone had told me sooner about this Company, so thought I would share my wisdom with you guys too!

Should you like to become a VIP please click HERE and have a look at the benefits for yourself!

Pushchair Trader also has a Facebook page too … the joys of technology!

Just to let you know this is not a guest or sponsored post. I just wanted to share with you the Pushchair Trader love.


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