If you follow me over on Instagram you will know that I LOVE moving my body and getting outdoors, especially with Andrew and Milne in tow. However, the past couple of weeks exercising and eating well have become more of a ‘chore’ than an eagerly anticipated activity.
There could be many reasons for this; I reached my pre-pregnancy weight (so what’s the point in keeping up my fitness levels?), we’ve had family visiting and we have been visiting family and with that eating lots of bread and biscuits, all my meals and smoothies taste the same and probably the biggest reason – Milne is so much more active and aware and playing with her all day is a much nicer prospect than forcing down ANOTHER kale smoothie or a sluggish workout.
None of these are really good reasons for getting bored and fed up of exercise and eating well. Moving my body is “must do” for a healthy and sustainable lifestyle and nourishing my body is essential both for me and for Milne who is still predominantly breastfed. So this week I am looking at my current habits and re-thinking how to make them a fun part of my normal day. Here’s what I am going to try over the next few weeks:
- Moving my body in a fun and meaningful way: I want to move my body in a way that strengthens my body and aids my running. To do this I am following workouts from some of my favourite fitness bloggers- you can find plenty of videos on Youtube. I am also adding music and getting Milne involved in my at home workouts to make them fun and exciting.
- Enjoying creating new food and smoothie combinations: instead of it being a chore to put together a smoothie I am enjoying choosing and putting together ingredients to make super tasty and nourishing snacks. This is extra fun just now as Milne is able to discover exciting new flavours every day with me!
- Running with Milne: now that she is six months old I am able to make good use of our Thule Urban Glide (running) Pram – discovering new running routes that are easier to take my wee one on is SO much fun.
Thule Urban Glide – Jogging Stroller- Mars
- Daily Yoga: I have been doing the Do You Yoga free 30 day trial and I am loving it, Milne can join in too if I adapt some moves and it is a refreshing way to start the day together.
- Dancing: watching Milne watch me move has inspired me to move my body because it feels amazing to do so and not just to lose weight or get a six pack. She loves silly dances to silly songs so I am embracing moving my body to the music and getting big belly laughs from my little monkey.
These are just a few of the ways I am getting out of my health slump for a healthier and happier March.
This week marked Milne’s six month birthday…we bought a book to celebrate. The past six months have been wonderful, getting to know and learning to care for our wee one has been the most amazing and rewarding experience.
During my pregnancy the reality of actually having a real, live baby just didn’t hit me and nothing could have prepared me for the most magical time.
There have been; sleepless nights, hundreds of nappies, lots of shouting about new teeth and a million loads of washing but there has also been; a first smile, so many afternoons cuddled up together, books read and funny faces pulled, yoga mornings, a first roll over, learning to sit up unaided and playing with ALL the toys, meeting great-grandparents, uncles and aunts, coffee dates, first foods and visits from Grandma, Granny, Grandpa and Grandad, cuddling in bed with Auntie Lithy, Grandma changing nappies at the park, falling asleep listening to music with Grandpa and her first day in the office with Granny, Grandad and Uncle Jamie, Playing “wolfie” with Uncle Tomie, countless video calls with Auntie Olive Pin Pen and Uncle Tomie and sleeping through the busiest family breakfast in Kirsty’s arms, baths in the sink, baths with mum and baths with dad, there has been long car journeys to IKEA singing the soundtrack to Grease, Skype calls with great-granny every Sunday, even getting out her of her first Escape Room with Jilly, Amy and David, the first Halloween, Christmas, New Year and Pancake day and so many more wonderful moments.
Nothing could have prepared me for a heart so full for Milne.
Here is to the next six months with our little one.
A little bit late but happy New Year to everyone. 2017 was, without doubt, the most wonderful year for us. We welcomed our beautiful little girl, Milne, in August and have had the best few months ever since.
While the New Year is a great opportunity to set yourself new goals and targets I am pleased that I live a sustainable and healthy life all year round and I have had no urge to cut anything out or give up any of my favourite things.
However, this year I am looking forward to upping my running mileage and hoping to take part in a marathon later in the year. I am definitely re-looking at what we put into our bodies as a family. Soon Milne is going to start eating solids and it is so important to us to introduce tasty fuel packed nutrition from the start. We will be following Dr Greger’s “How Not To Die Cookbook” for inspiration.
The How Not To Die Cookbook: Over 100 Recipes to Help Prevent and Reverse Disease
I am also going to use the new year as a starting point for setting some blogging goals, so let me know what you would like to hear about.
As always, you can follow the falda_eats fun over on Instagram and Youtube.
When Milne first arrived I felt like I was constantly feeding and changing nappies and as soon as she drifted off for a little nap I was catching up on daily housework. Now it’s totally different, she is really active in the morning and loves watching me potter around cleaning and working out while talking to her. Between 10-11 am she sleeps and it gives me around an hour to get on with something else before she’s awake and is full of beans again. It’s similar in the afternoon although usually she naps in her carrier while I go for a three or four mile walk.
As a result of Milne’s regular sleeping habits I now have a load more time to myself. It would be so easy to reach straight for my laptop and binge watch series on Netflix or youtube videos but I am keen that I use my time more productively. This week I have set goals to read more, get all our christmas gifts wrapped and start planning our first family holiday for next summer. I am also making a more conscious effort to take some time out to just RELAX- something I find really difficult to do.
After a super busy year with university, work and pregnancy – some time out is exactly what I need. So this week I am feeling quite content to sit on the sofa with a sleeping baby in my arms taking a moment or two to soak her in. She’s changing so quickly and I want to remember everything.
And in case you hadn’t guessed…she’s asleep right now!
It’s been a good few weeks since Milne burst out her first proper laugh, one which could not be mistaken for wind! Her laughter is the most wonderful sound we have ever heard – and even after endlessly dancing, making funny faces and playing peek-a-boo – not to mention the mountain of videos we have taken trying to capture it – her laugh just won’t got old!
BUT she is definitely making us work harder to hear it. I am often spending my mornings trying to entertain our lovely little one and searching for new ways to occupy her fast developing mind, sometimes peek-a-boo just doesn’t cut it.
Our home visitor did give us a book of exercises suitable for different ages throughout her first year, but we need to mix it up and bit to get more of those super big belly laughs. This morning fifty star jumps did the trick!
If you have any fun ways to get your wee ones chuckling let me know over on Instagram.
After a wonderful ten days with Mum, I am back to a more normal routine with Milne. Lots of feeding, walking, decaf coffees and baking. Milne has started to nap in the morning and in the afternoon for about 90 minutes (most of the time!) which gives me some time to potter around the house, read and cook. As much as I love my time with awake Milne I also really enjoy a bit of ‘me’ time too while still being close to her.
However, all this extra time is bad for my tendency to snack. Once I have polished off my smoothie I start raiding the cupboards – eating everything, even things I don’t really like!!!
So this week I am making a conscious effort to snack well during the day. My go-to snack is smashed avocado with a little bit of vinegar and salt – it keeps me super full and satisfied.
What are your favourite healthy day time snacks?
What a wonderful weekend!
Making good use of our new National Trust Membership we took a trip to The House of Dun in Angus for a beautiful riverside walk – It was amazing. With Milne strapped to Andrew and wrapped up cosy in her Ergo Baby Carrier, we we were able to take a relaxing walk and enjoy some Autumn sunshine. For more information about The House of Dun or the National Trust Scotland membership, look here.
On Sunday I completed my goal run – 10k, ten weeks after giving birth! It set me up for the new week, feeling fast and strong.
This week I have my graduation and Mum is coming to stay with us and joining us at the ceremony. I can’t wait to spend some time with her and Milne in Dundee, she is going to notice a big difference in Milne’s size that’s for sure.
Hopefully I can also get mum back running, she has had plantar fascia and is pretty fed up with not getting out for her daily miles. If you have any ideas on how to speed up fixing this kind of injury let me know!
Ergobaby baby carrier collection 360 (5.5 – 15 kg), Dusty Blue
Another week starts and I am feeling refreshed and raring to go. Over the weekend Andrew and I had plenty of time to relax and unwind together with Milne alongside enjoying outdoor adventures. I even managed to squeeze in a run and a tough workout.
Over the weekend we became members of the National Trust, something we have been meaning to do for ages. Being members gives us access to lots of beautiful places: parks and castles and houses across Scotland. On Saturday we visited Falkland Palace and Gardens, which was fantastic and Milne slept in her Ergo Baby carrier for the whole trip.
Ergobaby baby carrier collection 360 (5.5 – 15 kg), Dusty Blue
Although not a National Trust property, we spent Sunday morning at Glamis Castle, it was a fantastic day out and we spent a couple of hours roaming around the gardens and following the Macbeth Trail – in case you didn’t see my Instagram stories– here’s a peek at what we were up to…
This week I have a busy few days catching up with friends and family and a couple of DIY projects – you can follow what I am up to over on my Instagram stories.
After a busy week, we enjoyed relaxing in Dundee over the weekend with our little one. Maternity leave has encouraged me to find things to do in our local area and this weekend we had a wonderful time following the Open/Close Dundee Art Trail throughout the city centre. We bought the map for £1 from DCA and spent Sunday searching for the beautiful artworks hidden throughout the city. What a fantastic idea!
In case you missed my Instagram story on Sunday, here’s a peek at what we found…
Followed by a coffee and fresh soup at Waterstones we ended our Sunday super relaxed and raring to go for the new week. If you are looking for something to do in the city centre I really would encourage you to try this trail. For more info look here.
On the theme of art in Dundee, I am delighted to share with you a kickstarter campaign from my friend and sometimes running buddy, Monty Nero. He is aiming to raise enough to fund six issues of his new publication, Hollow Monsters. This is set to be a fantastic comic – to find out more check out this article in the Dundee Courier and to support the campaign check out his Kickstarter.
Keep your eyes peeled on my Instagram stories to find out my adventures this week discovering Dundee!
It’s a whole quick month since I last updated the faldaeats blog. Why you might ask? Well for those of you who didn’t know Andrew and I had a beautiful baby girl who is totally thriving and at just five weeks she is the bonniest, breast fed, vegan baby ever. Okay so I am rose tinted, but seriously, she is wonderful!
This week the British Medical Journal published a study from Glasgow University that shows that diabetes can be put into remission. And that by doing so a whole lot of associated consequences are dealt with including obesity, cardiovascular disease, amputations and of course massive savings for the NHS – an astounding £22 million a day (BBC)
So you can guess what I am going to say and repeat and repeat…get stuck into a new healthy lifestyle, lose some weight, enjoy some activity and do it all with a plant based diet so that you are high in nutrients and full to the brim.
Here I am back to running and tabata and almost pre baby weight.
Thank you for all your best wishes x