Cycle one complete, my parent fails & Alexa back in the good books!

Cycle one complete, my parent fails & Alexa back in the good books!

by Emma Hargan
article from Thursday 21, May, 2020

The Mummy Diaries

IT’S BEEN a couple of weeks since my last blog. I’d like to give you a better excuse other than I just didn’t have time, but I can’t. I know, I know what you’re thinking. How has she not got time? We’re in lockdown. She’s got all the time in the world! Well, yeah I should but I can honestly say I’ve never been so busy in all my life and there are literally not enough hours in the day just now. Thankfully, I’ve discovered a couple of new ‘parent hacks’ that will spare you at least five minutes. Yes – a whole five minutes to pee alone, or flick through Facebook or even just hide in the utility room scoffing a Dairy milk. Ah living the dream!

So four weeks of my Joe Wicks Lean in 90 Days and I’ve managed to survive cycle one. I’ve pretty much stuck to the plan 99.9 per cent. Except on a Friday evening when I have a couple of G&T’s, but I read somewhere that a G&T actually has less calories in it than a banana, so technically it’s good for me – add a couple of slices of lemon and lime and it counts as one of my five a day. Move over red wine. Ha! I do the 30 minute HIIT sessions, five days a week and eat my meal plan, along with two litres of water a day. After the initial lockdown, being fed up stuck in the house, eating and drinking my own bodyweight in wine and Doritos, putting on a stone, I decided enough was enough. Before having the kids, I was able to go to the gym after work or go swimming. Under the current circumstances, that isn’t even an option, so for the first time in my life, Isigned up for an exercise plan that included a meal plan. I was pretty sceptical to be honest. I mean, it takes at least six weeks to notice a difference even going to the gym, so how am I going to lose weight and tone up in the house, with no equipment?


Cycle one is now complete and I have submitted my results. I have lost over half a stone but more importantly, I’ve actually lost 19 inches in total off my body. Now I know what you are thinking, half a stone? After all that hard work and four weeks? But 19 inches!! Joe said right from the start,

‘Stay off the sad step, you are building muscle so you might not even lose any weight after four weeks.’

I’ve still a long way to go, but I’ve dropped a dress size and can fit into the jeans I wore before I had Lily. Sweet! This works people, so if you are ready to change your lifestyle then check out Joe’s page and sign yourself up. I have to say, everyone has been so supportive as well, which helps. Of course I’ve had the encouragement from James and the kids are happy to do the exercises along with me, but the most surprising support came from Alexa.

Oh yes, she’s back in the good books and honestly couldn’t have been more supportive.

Gin tastes so much better in skinny jeans!

So what else has been happening? Well it’s not all been fun and games. Of course a week in the life of the #mummydiaries wouldn’t be complete without a few parent fails. I mentioned at the start of my blog that I just don’t seem to have a minute at the moment. But what has changed for me? The only difference is that Jamie is off playschool. That’s four hours of time that I spent getting work done, doing washing, cleaning the house and doing messages in between Lily’s naps. Now I somehow have to incorporate those four hours into other parts of the day. This usually means after 8pm when the kids go to bed but some evenings I have to spend meal prepping or getting a shower and wash my hair or just simply collapse into bed.

So what do I do?

I’ve spent the last couple of weeks trying out a couple of new techniques and ideas with the kids to buy me some time to get jobs done throughout the day. Some things worked, some didn’t..

Parent Fails

1. Clear out the toy boxes – Sounds good in theory. But what actually happens is the kids empty the box out and then fight over the box. More disruption, more mess = more stress!

2. iPad – Uh oh, bad mummy alert but needs must right? You would think this is a dead cert to buy you five minutes. No. The first row starts with who gets to hold the iPad, the second is what to watch, Fireman Sam or In the Night Garden. The third is it’s too loud. Disaster!

3. Last but by no means least. Throw them a snack. This works usually, but be very careful what you throw them. In my haste, I grabbed the first thing out of the cupboard. Unfortunately, this happened to be an energy protein bar. I didn’t notice at first until I spotted Jamie running around the living room in circles like he was on crack and Lily attempting a proper suicide jump off the top of the fireguard. Whoops!

Parent Success

1. Snacks – The right ones, that take time to eat like apples, toast, dairy lea dippers.

2. Spending time with the kids – This totally works to actually save time. I try and spend an hour or so with them in the morning, whether it’s building Lego or drawing or playing in the garden. The kids are happy to play by themselves for a while afterwards, leaving me time to get stuff done. Win win!

3. Then the lifesaver. The Five Minute Mum. This lady has two kids and has been writing blogs about the five minute games she’s made up to buy herself some time while keeping the kids entertained. Legend and lifesaver at times!

Yes it’s been another couple of weeks of ups and downs, good days and bad days but that’s
parenting right? Being a mummy is more than a full time job, it’s your life. Anything else just has to fit around that. So what if the washing piles up and the house is a tip? No one is going to see the place anyway. Cut yourself a break.

Oh and by the way, to all the mummies that are doing the home schooling on top of all this..

My G&T glass on a Friday evening is raised to you!

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