Well, I’ve had my Fitbit now for almost 3 weeks and it’s time for me to take stock of my progress towards my health goals.
It has definitely made me think more about my movements. I’ve still got a long way to go to be hitting my (currently low) step target every day, but I’m getting closer. I’ve also been considering how to fit more walking into my daily routine once term starts again. I’m not good about going for a random walk from home without a purpose (I have a tendency towards walking to shops and spending money…) so I’ve downloaded some OS maps to my phone and I’m going to try driving into Epping forest, Paringdon Wood or to the river at Dobbs Weir after dropping the children to school a couple of times a week. I have downloaded an app which will map my routes as well so I can see how far I’m walking and gradually try to increase that too.
Weight-wise things aren’t so good. I lost 1.5 lbs in the first 5 days of tracking… then it went a bit wrong… I suppose starting a calorie tracking plan just before going on holiday with limited data allowance on my phone wasn’t the smartest idea, though with hindsight (what a wonderful thing…) I could have tried to write down what I’d eaten even if I didn’t know the calorie content would have kept me more on track. Anyway, I’ve returned home weighing more than I started… doh! I was rather down about this on Saturday, but I’m trying to just pick myself up and get on with it. I have the tools to get myself healthy, I just need to keep myself focussed and plod on. This isn’t going to be a quick process.
I’m going to finish this post with a photo to remind me I’m not just doing this for me. I’m doing it for these precious people as well. They are amazing in so many ways and really deserve the best wife and mother who has the energy and fitness to look after them and do the things with them they want to do. That’s not me at the moment, but one day it will be.
As we hit the middle weekend of the Easter holidays I thought I’d note down 10 thoughts about school holidays… both positive and negative!
- 🙂 No school runs! A fabulous break from driving 5 mile each way three times a day to drop off or collect the children from their schools. (a break for the pocket as well as 30 miles a day uses a lot of petrol!)
- 🙂 No structure so we can do as we please each day – whether it’s snuggling up on the sofa with a dvd, playing with scooters in the garden, colouring in, reading or building mammoth train tracks
- 😦 No structure so we can do as we please each day – yes, I did intend to write exactly the same statement as number 2… Having a child with an ASD means that the lack of a structure or routine can be upsetting, and for R she has been a lot more excitable and needing more control of what B is doing.
- 🙂 We’ve been able to sit and eat lunch all together at the table each day (well, without the husband as he’s still been at work). We’ve been able to chat, B has seen us all eating the same meals and today we had a huge breakthrough – he ate a whole bowl of rice, chicken and carrots! He has always complained that he doesn’t like rice but today he realised there’s not a lot to it, and on a spoon with other hings he likes he’s been quite content to munch away at it.
- 🙂 We don’t have to worry about B refusing to get dressed. If he won’t clothe himself then he just stays in his bedroom until he realises he’s hungry. We have a rule in this house that unless you are properly poorly you must be dressed before coming downstairs. A grumbily tummy soon gets him moving!
- 🙂 The children have been able to play together when they’ve not been too tired from school to tolerate each other.
- 😦 The children have been able to play together when they’ve not been too tired from school to tolerate each other… this can get very loud! While I’m still not 100% after last week’s virus I don’t tolerate loud silliness very well.
- 🙂 B can have a nap in the afternoon to help him get over the virus without me worrying about picking R up from school. R is very good about playing quietly in her room if she knows someone else is trying to sleep, I think it gives her a very good excuse to get lost in yet another book.
- 🙂 I have time and energy to cook ‘real’ food for myself and the children at lunchtimes and healthy teas for them in the early evening as well. This is really good for all of us and is helping up the fruit and veg intake of each of us.
- 🙂 No school means no worries for R about noise and unpredictable other pupils and no worries for us about how suitable the work for her is both academically and accounting for her ASD and how she interprets the instructions she is given. This isn’t to say we’re not happy with the school, we don’t know another one in the area which would be better for her, just that school isn’t easy for her.