postnatal

Faye & Pearl's week 2 roundup

Pounds lost - 1.5
Inches lost - 5
Poorly babies - 0

What an exciting week! To celebrate feeling better Pearl decided to perform an acrobatic display of rolls across my living room and scare me half to death! I'm sure I left you on your play mat 10 seconds ago but you are now halfway into the hallway??!! Scary! You have no such trouble finding me as this week as I have succumbed to the dreaded post-pregnancy hair loss! I got to 19 weeks and thought I had managed to avoid this nightmare! Hansel and Gretel left a trail of breadcrumbs to trace their steps I leave a follicle footpath behind me!

Spring finally sprung this week (well for a couple of days anyway!) so I managed to get into the garden and start planting my veg patch. We are lucky enough to have a large garden and had a raised planting area built last year. With pregnancy craziness and getting the house sorted I neglected my patch last year but I'm determined this will be a successful maternity leave project and something Pearl and I can enjoy in years to come.

Another success of the MAMA program has been breaking my supermarket habit! The village where I live has a large superstore that is difficult to avoid. My weekly shop quickly turned into twice weekly with a few £30 shopping baskets thrown in for good measure (why is it impossible to just go in and buy milk??!!) This week I can proudly say I have not set foot into a supermarket! All my shopping was done with a quick trip to the local butcher, a visit to the fruit and veg market and milk and eggs from a farm shop! Certainly when I'm back at work the convenience of the supermarket will come calling but for now I'm sticking to supporting these local shops, saving money and enjoying extra freshness in my food!

Can't believe we are into the final week. I cannot wait to see what my final results will be and whether or not I manage to wear the dreaded belly top!!!

Faye & Pearl

Say hello to our new MAMA blogger...

Hello everyone and especially all you new yummy mummies out there!
I am MCL's newest blogger and have just started the MAMA postnatal programme. I couldn't actually believe how fantastic I felt after after only day 1 (this may just have been the excitement of doing something for myself for the first time in 17 weeks!!!) I am a first time mum and gave birth to my daughter Pearl on Halloween.

My pregnancy was relatively problem free and I managed to stay reasonably active throughout - particularly when racing for a freshly baked scone to satisfy the sweet tooth I developed! Despite my new found scone addiction I gained around 2 1/2 stone (not too bad I thought) and through birth and breastfeeding have lost almost 2 stone.

After speaking to my lovely friend Jenna I have turned to the Mission Clean & Lean ladies to help me with these last stubborn 10 pounds but more importantly develop healthy eating habits and extend my comfort when approaching new foods. Until I fell pregnant I had been a vegetarian for over 20 years and a terrible fussy eater.

I am beginning to turn my mind to the up and coming weaning of Pearl and would hate her to pick up any of my crazy culinary habits! I am determined over the next 21 days to experiment with the ingredients and dishes on each menu and finish the course healthier with a new passion for food! 

Faye & Pearl xx