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Month: September 2018

The bliss of the 2nd trimester!

The bliss of the 2nd trimester!

The bliss of the 2nd trimester!

Wow we made it through the first trimester and what a challenge!! Working full time, keep up appearances, keeping our secret, getting through the genetic testing, blood tests and scans. It’s a relief to be finally comfortable sharing our baby news. To say it was a battle would be an understatement, I was more sensitive, waking up dizzy in the mornings and feeling nauseated unless I ate every couple of hours. Preparation was key. Packed lunches, snacks and having my water bottle handy at all times was key.

13 weeks has flown by and we are very lucky to say that from this point on, it has been like a switch has flicked. Now I feel well enough to really look at what has suffered during this time…. Exercise was a clear one despite keeping up dancing commitments, gym and running has fallen away. We had our first check up with the hospital, it was very exciting hearing our babies heart beat and see our baby at our 20 week ultrasound. However the advice was to try stay active. I needed a way to get motivate and keep track of how much exercise I was doing so I re engaged using the remindmylife app to keep track. Walking for 45 minutes was more comfortable than running for 20 and doing light weights has kepted my muscles engaged. We also started swimming, its been nice for my partner to do this with us as he also gets to experience the baby kicking with some tummy to tummy time.

Its been really important to me to keep my partner involved as much as possible with how Im feeling and stay connected through this wonderful process. The baby kick all throughout the day. But especially early in the morning and late at night when Im lying down. They say an active baby is a healthy baby and a healthy baby will usually move at least 10 times in two hours when it is awake and can sleep for up to 40 minutes at a time, so ladies its time to be aware. And you should start to take note regularly after 28 weeks.

Im starting to show now, my tummy is growing and everyone is noticing. Be ready for all kinds of compliements and random strangers wanting to saying hi and to touch your tummy tho. Ive found its usually been, already grand-parents who also love sharing their stories of their children and their children’s, children. Its really sweet and another opportunity to acknowledge your baby, so enjoy.

Sleeping on my tummy is now impossible, some of you wont have this problem but for the tummy sleepers, there is heaps of maternity pillows on the market to choose from, to help you sleep side to side, which also can double up later as breast feeding pillows. I’ve managed so far with just our spare, it really is a personal choice.

From time to time, Ive also suffered from leg cramps. Possible from drinking too much water. So Ive introduced a magnesium supplement and 1/2 of a banana smoothie into my diet each day and this has really decreased the instances of cramps for me. My physician also reassures me that there is nothing else for me to do. Please note tho, you should always check with your doctor if you have any concerns and before starting any new supplements.

Preparing a for our future maternity leave is now a priority. Paying off debt, doing our tax and getting our finances in order which has required time and preparation and Il talk more about how we saved money in my next blog.

Til then enjoy your growing baby and keep active.

Much love

Sheridan x

 

Let’s start the journey!

Let’s start the journey!

Let’s start the journey!

Remindmylife is all about starting fresh. Not starting again. Starting where you are right now and making it better! To start fresh, it’s helpful to clear out some of the old. Taking time out for a fresh clean of your house and going through your cupboards and donating clothes can be all you need to start fresh. However don’t get caught holding onto things from the past during this process. Its a trap! The idea is to clear the space and make room to grow.

How can I start my journey of creating a better life. By using Remindmylife you can start fresh through tracking your time, already you will have an established routine in place. One you may not even be aware of. Knowing where you spend most of your time and how much, is powerful as you can use this information to uncover what areas you want or need to work on. Remindmylife keeps things simple by only tracking six areas of life. How much time you spend preparing and eating food. How much time you exercise. How much time you sleep. How much time you work. How much time you meditate and how much Free Time you have for friends, family, games and or going out an about.

Some of your life will really work and some areas of your life wont and thats where you want to make the change. Its helpful to write both down, what works and what doesn’t, so you are clear. At Remindmylife we really understand that everyone wants more free time, to relax and have fun. However no body wants to do the work, have the conversations, make the tough calls or change anything. I can hear you pipe up and say thats not true. But here you are searching for an easy solution. Well the truth is there is no easy solution and you will have to make some tough calls and do some work. Breaking old habits takes consistant action and as you start to really look at where you spend your time it may really piss you off. So to avoid this you will really need to stay focused on what brings you joy, peace and love. And say goodbye to hopelessness, frustration and things that drain you.

Life is just now and only now and being present to that is key to accessing your joy. But you want more of it, I can hear you say, well you need to stop procrastinating and wake up. Wake up to where you are wasting your time and access your joy. You can use the remindmylife app to track your day and practice being present. Everytime you remember to press the timer is one step closer to being present. However, being present takes time, so tracking what you are doing is a great place to start.

Let’s continue to start fresh and maximise your experience of life, by focusing on just 3 key areas, 2 and 1/2 hours of your day as a piority to help you look after yourself and increase your overall enjoyment and wellbeing. Eating and preparing food, exercising and meditating. By being responsible for these three key areas as a piority, you will be able to improve your overall health and well-being and increase the time you have to enjoy and do other things.

Evidence shows that if you prepare your own food at home, you will tend to eat significantly higher amounts of vegetables, salads and fruits. This is great for weight loss and for getting the necessary vitamins and nutients for a healthy body. So all you have to do is simple allocate atleast 1/2 an hour twice a day to prepare food for the day. What’s also helpful here is making sure you have the right ingredients in your house to do this, so once or twice a week write a list, stick to your list and never shop when you are hungry.

Exercising for 45 minutes most days isn’t alot of time to stay healthy. Walking is a great place to start. Mixing it up with muscle strengthening exercises twice a week will also increase strength, bone desity and weight loss. It’s all about creating the habit of being active and getting the benefits from the release of the good hormones. Our bodies need a full work out, so make sure you involve all major muscle groups, but it doesn’t matter what you do. If you are exercising at a higher intensity you wont need to work out as long for the same health benefits but again its all about creating the healthy habit and routine. So work out your schedule at the start of the week and stick to it. No excuses, breaking your word to yourself is the easiest way to take you out of the game. Track your time with the remindmylife app and make the habit apart of your routine. Shift your focus from what you are doing to making the time to do it.

Meditation, what a scary word. Why would I want to sit still and hear the thousands of thoughts instructing me to do a thousand things on loud speaker when I could be doing them. Well, the good news is they are just thoughts, not all those things need to be done and with practice will have no power over you. Meditation can actually be used to achieve mental clarity and emotionally calm states. It is just a word to describe how an individual can use a technique, such as focusing on an object, a word, a thought or an activity to achieve a clear mind. Some of the other benefits include stress reduction, increase productivity, increased focus, increase creativity, emotional balance, decreased depression, pain reduction and improved sleep to name a few. That is why remindmylife values and encourages taking atleast 22 minutes everyday to practice meditation.

Today I’ve really focused on starting your journey, being present, tracking where you are and shifting the balance in your favour in three key areas. Imagine if you just mastered those 2 and 1/2 hours everyday. Imagine how you would feel! Imagine how much more time you would have to enjoy and focused on what brings you joy, peace and love. So let’s start the journey, what are you going to work on?

Sheridan x

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