As many of you may know I’ve been studying for the last 12 months. And now it’s over. Woohoo!
For the past four (ish) months I decided to let go of my diet and exercise routine so I could concentrate on getting my studies done while working full time and being a Mum.
And for someone who has always struggled with her weight, it was actually fun to give myself permission to not wake up early and go to the gym or for a run; to not count calories; and to not weigh myself.
But now the studies are over and I have to deal with what I’ve done to myself.
There have been three signs that have made me think “Hmm… I may have gone a tad too far..”
I was at Coles waiting for the checkout chick to put my items in to the bag. I went to put my hand on my hip and realised I was resting it on my muffin top! It now sticks out so much, it’s like a ledge!
I was getting dressed for work and tried to tuck in what I thought was my shirt puffing out under my jumper – and realised, yep once again, it was my muffin top. Can’t tuck that baby in, let me tell you!
Today we were out for a drive and we saw a large lady. My daughter called her ‘fat’ and I said that we don’t call people that. Then my son said, “She’s not fat. She looks like you, Mum!”
Woah! The blinkers are off, peoples! TIme to get busy getting healthy!
Do any of you have any ‘signs’ that tell you that you may have gone too far with the whole eating lots and exercising not much routine?
I am an only child – my husband and friends will tell you that this is plainly obvious! – and I am very close to my Mum.
It’s a nice bond, coming from being a small family unit where it was always just the three of us.
To commemorate Mother’s Day, I thought I would share a few pearls of wisdom that my Mum has taught me over the years (and some behaviours I have taken on board):
- When an item is on sale, think not of what you will spend; but focus on what you will SAVE.
- When the credit card statement arrives in the mail, hide it from your husband.
- When you buy anything new, place it in your wardrobe straight away and when your husband comments on your outfit say, “Whaaat? This old thing? I’ve had it for AGES.”
- There is no such thing as a wasted education. Everything you learn adds to your being. This attitude came in handy when I had to talk my folks through my plans to go back to uni at 29.
- Girls rule! Feminism is ace! Yeah!
- You can be a wonderful mother and work full time.
- Blue and green should never be seen, unless there’s a colour between.
- Always stick up for what you believe in. Speak out and be proud.
- Just because you can’t cook toffees for the school fete, does not mean you are not a terrific Mum!
- Chocolate cures all ills.
- A mother’s love is never more apparent than when she is rubbing Vicks VapoRub on your tummy when you are little and struggling with a bad cold.
So, thanks Mum for showing me how it’s done. Love ya to bits!
I just had to quickly share what happened today.
My daughter received a Principal’s Award for improving her reading and spelling. She is only six and in grade Prep, so I was very proud.
Plus, she has been quite a pain lately with an attitude I didn’t think I would have to deal with for at least another 10 years. So we needed this positive achievement.
She was to receive her award at the school assembly this morning. I stood with the other parents in the assembly hall and when some of the other Preps’ names were called out I started to clap. There was only a smattering of applause which I thought was pretty pathetic.
When my daughter’s name was called out I started to clap wildly but was cut short because no-one else was clapping. Do you know that awkward feeling when you are the only one clapping in a large group? It’s not the best feeling in the world.
Then a mother kindly leaned over to me and told me they wait until all the awards are read out and then everyone claps. Right. I considered myself told. A bit too late, though. She could have told me after clapped the first time!
Luckily my daughter is still too young to be embarrassed by her Mum. Judging by my spectacle this morning though, the time will come!