Friday, 27 November 2015

I'm dropping in the right direction!

So, it's 3 weeks since I wrote "It's Full Steam Ahead"  and I'd like to give you an update as to how I'm getting on, on my journey to a healthier me! 

Overall the last few weeks has been quite good considering some obstacles that we're both put in my way and if I'm honest, that I allowed get in my way! There's no point me making up things, the fact of the matter is I ate chocolate, I enjoyed a few drinks and I ate some carb rich foods. Do I regret it? Well no! This journey is not about me denying myself, it is about me learning to make changes. I'm never going to eat salads on a daily basis but I can learn to make simple changes and that is what I am doing. 

Instead of my usual sandwich I now grab an omelette full of vegetables. For me its a great way to get the added goodness I need! 

This week, I had both a great chat with Jonathan from Marrons Pharmacy and also Jodie the dietitian from XLS-Medical. I'm so lucky having such great support on my journey. It can be tough to keep yourself motivated and on the right track but when you receive support and advice that you are on the right direction it gives you confidence. Also this week I weighed myself properly for the first time since my journey began and I'm glad to say I'm going in the right direction! 

Seeing how I was getting on and also after speaking with both Jonathan and Jodie it got me thinking of when I first began my journey 1st June 2014. During these 17 months I've gone from losing 23 pounds within 6 months to letting it slowing but surely creep back up, drop back again and yes, you've guessed it, letting it creep back up. As I've often said, I'm not going to beat myself up about undoing some of my hard work because there were lots of reasons why this happened plus its more important that I'm getting myself back on track. 

Those of us who have tried to lose weight will know when we hop on the scales we love to see that number getting lower and when we don't see what we hope to, we can get disheartened. Many of us forget though as we are eating healthier and exercising not only are we losing weight but we are gaining muscle which is heavier and healthier than fat! So with that in mind I'd not only like to update you on my current weight loss, but also on the changes in my measurements since I began my journey in 2014. 

So as you can see there is quite a fluctuation. I didn't include how in November 2014 I was at 73 kg which began to increase during the months that followed as it did from April 2015. Looking back on this, it really does show how weight loss really is a journey. There are so many factors that need to be taken into consideration just as we would when we get in the car to travel somewhere. 
When I look back on these figures I'm reminded of the obstacles I've met and also the positives that helped me on my journey. To date I'm proud of what I've achieved because I know I can do it and I will get back to the 73 kg mark again but not only that I plan to to go below, well below I hope the 70 kg mark! 

So with my weight loss to date being 2.1 kg (4.6 lb) there are some goals I have set with both Jonathan and Jodi.With taking into consideration the festive season nearly here I want to ensure that I do my best to keep myself on track before then so that I can enjoy (sensibly) some yummy treats over Christmas, so with that in mind here are my goals. 

My Goals
Continue to drink 3+ liters of water per day
Continue to reduce the number of sandwiches I eat by at least 3 days per week
Continue walking 5 days per week
Lose 2.7 kg (6 lbs) before Christmas 
To do 50 Squats 3 days per week minimum

I firmly believe that these are achievable goals and with meeting Jonathan on a weekly basis to weigh myself it will help keep me on track to achieving them. 

What are your tips to get eating more fruit and vegetables during the day?

Do you set any weight loss goals with the festive season in mind?

Remember to follow me on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram where I will keep you updated on what I'm eating or how I'm getting on, on a daily basis. 

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Netflix - Santa's Extra Helper this Christmas

With the festive season fast approaching it's a busy time for Santa trying to chose the right gift especially for the little ones! With Santa seeing the great choice of viewing available on Netflix for the kids he couldn't but help but take note with his elves as to what some of the favourites are this year!   

Top Choice

For those who haven't already got a Netflix membership this is one of Santa's Top Gift to be delivered this year!  

With Membership starting from €7.99 per month including your first month free for Standard Video up to €11.99 per month, again including first month free for the Ultra HD plan, it really is simple choice on Santa's list! The wonderful thing too is that you can use it on your mobile / wifi devices which believe me is very helpful when you really need something to amuse your kids in times of need! 

 .........sssshhhhh don't tell them though that you'll get to enjoy it too! 

Here's some top picks for our little ones who are aged 4 and 22 months! 

For the boy in your life! 

Paw Patrol

Our son loves Paw Patrol! Every chance he gets he's asking for me to put it on for him. Paw Patrol is about 6 Rescue dogs who are led by a boy named Ryder. They believe that "No job is too big, no pup is too small" and together they ensure they protect their community. 
Along with Ryder our sons favorite character is Police Pup Chase. Our son loves his saying "Chase is on the case"

Lead the Paw Patrol just like Ryder with Paw Patrol Ryder's Pup Pad. Just like in the show you can contact the Paw Patrol when an emergency arises. Paw Patrol Ryder’s Pup Pad features over 15 phrases straight from the hit TV show Paw Patrol! Just press a button to hear a phrase. Whether it’s Chase, Marshall, Skye, Rocky, Zuma or Rubble, all of your favourite Paw Patrol characters have unique sounds. Teamwork is only a button away! Race to the ruff-ruff rescue with Ryder’s Pup Pad!

Dreamworks Dragons: Race to the Edge



Dragons Toothless and Hiccup Vs Armoured Dragon Set €29.99

Soar the skies with Toothless and Hiccup as you recreate your favourite scenes from DreamWorks Dragons! It’s up to you to take on the ferocious Armoured Dragon! Armed with a flaming sword and love for adventure, Hiccup easily fits on the back of Toothless for non-stop riding action! Take to the skies with Toothless as you aim and launch a projectile at the Armoured Dragon. If you strike it just right, the armour will explode and break away. Only Hiccup and Toothless are daring enough to take on this incredible Dragon challenge. Bring home the excitement of DreamWorks Dragons and recreate your favourite scenes with the Toothless and Hiccup vs. Armored Dragon set!

For the little girl in your life! 

Care Bears & Cousins

Care Bears Magic Night Light Sweet Dreams Bear 

Currently €24.99 was €42.99

Correct Price as per 24th November 2015 as per

Bedtime bear is the perfect bedtime companion! This 11 inch special feature plush has a lullaby mode to sing you to sleep. Bedtime Bears belly badge also lights up when in night light mode and he can project 3 different colours.

Despicable Me 2

While this may be designed for 3+ year olds having watched my daughter with some of her sons toys I think she'd be delighted with this from Santa to keep her busy when we are out and about! This Despicable Me Minions themed travel easel that will keep your child entertained for hours and is particular a suitable for long trips or holidays. This will allow your little ones to be creative and create magical masterpiece art work.

Above ideas are based on my son who is 4 and his sister who is 22 months. 

Have your little ones favourites on Netflix? 
Have they been added to Santa's list? 

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Review: Waxperts Beautiful Body Oil

For those of you who follow me on Social media you will have seen that some time ago I received Waxperts Beautiful Body Oil. I was thrilled when I received it to try as I had read some great reviews and lets face it who doesn't like to give their skin some TLC! 

Along with my Holos Skincare goodies coming on holidays with me recently which you can read about here, so did my Waxperts Body Oil. Knowing I was going to be in strong sea air and playing at the beach for the week I was looking forward to seeing how Waxperts Body Oil stood up to the test. 

The Beautiful Body oil is recommended after waxing / shaving and also after a bath. For me it's shaving and showers! The last time I'd a bath was when I was pregnant on our son over 4 years ago. I get too bored and I'm out within 5 minutes! For me an undisturbed and long shower is such a treat and I knew not only was hubby there to mind our little chirps but there was the grandparents too! This could only mean one thing - Mamma time every morning! 

I used the body oil each day after my shower and also some evenings after the kids went to bed to give my skin some extra love after spending time on the beach. With it being a body oil I loved the fact that it wasn't greasy on my skin and absorbed well so if I needed to dress quickly there was no "sticky" feeling as my skin touched off my clothes. With a hint of lavender too, I found it a nice relaxing way to start the day. 
After using the first time my skin felt smooth and well hydrated and the feeling lasted for quite some time. While I used it twice some days this was more a treat to me after the day plus the scent of the lavender before going to bed was a bonus for a good nights sleep! 

A little goes a long way with Waxperts Body Oil which is great especially at only €12.99 for 100ml I think it is great value. 

To find your nearest stockist you can check here alternatively you can purchase it online at here

Tuesday, 3 November 2015

It's Full Steam Ahead!

So Chirps, since writing my recent post "Updating the signage" there has been some developments and all is looking good! So let me fill you in on what has been happening! 

Taking care of me! 

As I'd mentioned it was time for me to take control of myself and my weight. Last week I had the chance to meet with Jonathan at Marron's Pharmacy where I had a full cardiac screen. So what did this include? Well, I'd my cholesterol, hemoglobin and diabetes screened along with my blood pressure being checked. I'd a lifestyle exam and I was weighed (hanging head in major shame!) and from that then my BMI was calculated! 

Before I reveal these results as I've said before I know I could beat myself up about how I've gained back the weight I'd lost but there is no point as it will do me no good. Whats important is that I'm doing something about it!


Weight - 80.5kg (12.68 Stone)
BMI - 33.1
Blood Pressure - 126/97
Cholesterol - 5.54 (This was also broken down as to the figures for types of cholesterol)
Blood Glucose - 5.69
Haemoglobin - 13.7

From above results overall considering my weight they were not too bad. The areas I need to focus on is my weight to bring down my BMI and my blood pressure. I would normally have a low blood pressure so it is important that I keep an eye on this.

As much as I've known Jonathan for a number of years as a Healthcare Professional he is exceptional at what he does along with all the staff at Marron's Pharmacy. I'm looking forward to working with Jonathan in tracking my progress and sharing the results with you also.

Some added help!

Since I'd written "Updating the signage" I followed up on an opportunity that arose via the Irish Parenting Bloggers Group which was for XLS-Medical Max Strength It was funny how well timed it was as myself and Jonathan had spoken about possibly using something like XLS-Medical to help me on my weight loss journey. If I'm honest, I would have been skeptical of using an aid like this in the past but on hearing the successes that Jonathan had spoken about of people he had worked with I became more open to the idea. The last few months have been crazy in the coup and my weight has not helped me to be my "Chirpy" self and to keep me motivated. So after some emails, phone calls and some hearing more success stories, I was delighted to be accepted to take part in a 12 week program with XLS Medical Max Strength.

Part of the criteria of being accepted was to have my GP's approval which I received last week. I love my GP as she is very thorough. I showed her the results I received from Jonathan and she is also going to do Full Bloods and go through the results hopefully next week. She believes that with losing at least a stone this should help in bringing down my blood pressure.

Not only will I have the support of Jonathan at Marrons Pharmacy and my own GP, XLS-Medical will have their dietitian, Jodie Relf working with me too, to help me keep on track! I was speaking with her on Thursday afternoon and and will be again on Monday which I'm looking forward to and the advice she has to offer.

Bring it on!

As we all know, life can get in the way of our goals and when we meet these bumps in the road we have a choice as to what we want to do - Do we want to stay on a bumpy road or choose the path that leads us to our goals? 
The next 12 weeks I know are not going to be easy. This week alone I've a Black Tie Dinner to attend and my birthday both of which I'd like to enjoy. The choice I can make though is to be sensible in how I enjoy myself! 
I know that XLS-Medical Max Strength will not do all of the work. I need to ensure I'm on top of things with my diet and exercise. I'm very lucky to have great support with XLS-Medical, Marron's Pharmacy and my GP. With this support and my motivation I know I WILL achieve my goals!

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