Shaming Myself Into Dieting

I’ve been eating far too much rubbish recently – cheese, chocolate and way too much sugar. It’s giving me the jitters and a few spots, and I need to get myself into a healthier eating regime, especially before the Christmas over-eating season starts.

I struggle with dieting because I seem to have no self-control whatsoever, so I figured I could shame myself into dieting by publishing everything I eat. I realize that nobody will be in the slightest bit interested in this, but the fact that I’m committing to do it might make me think twice about hitting the biscuit-tin constantly in between meals!

I’m not planning on eating an overload of lettuce and no sweet treats whatsoever, but I am going to try and stick to 3 meals a day and cut down on my snacking.

So today, I’ve been pretty virtuous, I’ve had a bowl of unsweetened muesli for breakfast and pita bread stuffed with Greek salad stuff for lunch. Now all I have to do is get through to dinner without whipping up a quick batch of biscuits

Wish me luck!

*UPDATE*
I made it through to dinner time, had a healthy home-cooked Szechuan Chicken with rice and broccoli for dinner followed with a mini pot of chocolate mousse just because my sugar cravings were SO bad (to anyone who says sugar isn’t addictive try being me right now). The chocolate mousse didn’t touch the cravings so I won’t bother with that again, lesson learned. I did snack a little in the evening, but only on olives with a small glass of wine, so at least that’s a step in the right direction… Day one complete, and with no emergency biscuits made šŸ˜‰

Dinovember Shenanigans

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Watching Harry Potter, complete with popcorn

DINOvember has been in full swing in our house since we discovered it a few weeks ago. It must be getting tough for the Dinosaurs to keep coming up with new ideas, but our 7 year old’s reaction has been more than worth it. Only a few more days to go! Here are some of our favourites so far… Continue reading

Dinovember has started in our house…

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Naughty naughty dinosaurs were on the rampage for food last night while we were sleeping. We found the evidence when we woke up this morning.

Are you SURE you didn’t do it mummy?

Do you think they’ll do something ELSE tonight or do you think they just do it on a Friday?

*excited face*

Dinovember

*Thank you so much* to Refe Tuma who invented Dinovember “A month-long imagination invasion” throught the month of November. I bow to your awesome childhood-enhancing skills.

The joy of jelly

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Sometimes it’s nice to just stop and remember the simple pleasures in life. Like eating wobbly jelly with a spoon: something which gives you huge pleasure when you’re 7, but which I haven’t done in years! I was making this spectacularly retro-pudding and hand some jelly left over which my little boy wolfed down amid much concentrating and giggling.

Ah, the joy of jelly. Not to be underestimated.

The joy of jelly

Toffee Apple Fail

Toffee Apple Fail

I never stopped to consider how hard it would be to eat a toffee apple when your front teeth haven’t come through yet. This wasn’t even a toffee apple, it was a chocolate-dipped apple which has to be easier. As you can see my 7-year-old gave it a valiant try but truly struggled to get into the darn thing. Thank goodness I didn’t bother making a batch of toffee apples at home! Maybe next year…

Brief Bonfire Night Shenanigans

Bonfire night sparklers

We’re not the first people to photograph sparklers on Bonfire Night, and we certainly won’t be the last, but it’s the first time we’ve tried doing it and I’m rather pleased with the results! We’re all still a bit partied-out after our Harry Potter party at the weekend (I really will post photos of that soon) so half an hour in the garden plus a packet was sparklers was just about right for us. Now to retire to an upstairs window to watch the fireworks in the warmth and maybe with a cup of coffee and some of those left-over Halloween sweets!

Happy Bonfire night everyone!

Bonfire night sparklers

Bonfire night sparklers

The obligatory name writing (Dino)

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Obligatory name writing #2 (Theo)

Bonfire night sparklers

A map of our local karting track. Karting-mad those boys *sigh*

The Shocking Facts about Fast Food advertising to Children

Some shocking facts about fast-food TV advertising aimed at Children. I guess it’s not too surprising really, but when it’s put into an easy-to-read infographic like this it makes for pretty cross-making reading.

I took my son to McDonald’s yesterday, he was desperate to go (which kind of surprised me). I discovered through thatĀ  it wasn’t particularly because of the food he wanted to go there, it’s because they have iPads to play on at our local McDs (of course we have iPads at home, but somehow iPads at McDonald’s are more exciting).

The first thing he did (after sitting and watching the big animation screens while we ordered) was to check out his Happy Meal toy. All these things certainly make eating at McDonald’s a stress-fee experience as a parent, the kids are happy and entertained, so I was pretty happy too. Having read this information though I’m less surprised by how much he wanted to go to McDonald’s in the first place. I’m guessing it’s because he watches Cartoon Network and Nicktoons. Hmmmm. Not sure what to think about that…

The Shocking Facts about Fast Food advertising to Children

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