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How I lost 19kg’s eating Chocolate Brownies….!

How I lost 19kg’s eating Chocolate Brownies….!

How I lost 19kg’s eating chocolate brownies and in 8 months! That right I lost 19kg’s in 8 months. That’s losing roughly 0.5kg’s per week over a course of 37 weeks and if I lose 6 more kilograms Il be back to my starting weight. Woohoo!! Doesn’t that get you excited??!! It gets me excited!!

So lets get serious for a minute and take it back a bit. Firstly how did I manage to put on 24 kg in 9 months? Well I fell pregnant and put on a bunch of weight. Fortunately I didn’t get gestational diabetes but I did get High blood pressure. Which does increase your risk of having a stroke and a heart attack. So it is super important to lose that weight again, but I’m not into punishing my body to get results. I just like being consistant with introducing healthy habits. So what habits did I introduce to lose the weight?

I eat 3 small meals which always includes a carbohydrate, fat and protein and I also eat 2-4 snacks per day like roasted veggies, nuts, fruit, yoghurt, cereal, eggs and toast. So why so many snacks? you ask… Well Im breast feeding and need to keep my energy up especially through the middle of night when feeding, so having some nuts handy or a yoghurt helps to get me through. Now we are in more of a routine, Il often just have a little late night snack before bed, or a very early breakfast. Do I eat cake? Ofcourse I love to eat chocolate brownie, when I make a fresh batch, I can eat a piece of chocolate brownie every day for a week, I also love to eat ice cream, chocolate and vanilla slice, thats not healthy you say. Well, I disagree. Eating a whole block is tho. Life is way to short not to eat cake, so share a piece next time you are out.

Having a new baby can be tiring and when you are tired, the last thing you want to do is go for a walk. But I found I was less tired and more energised going for a walk, because firstly it gave my arms a rest from holding our boy and secondly getting into the fresh air and walking outside in the sunshine puts a smile on my dial.

So how long do I walk for? For the first couple of weeks I could only manage 10 minutes, walking around the block. I had swollen ankles and they had really stiffened up with the fluid. But I slowly built that up to 30 minutes over the course of 6 weeks. Now we walk nearly every day for 45minutes to an hour. And I say nearly everyday as some days we don’t get out of the house for one reason or another.

So there is nothing hard here, is there?! I’m consistently eating healthy but not limiting my taste buds and moving most of the time. If you are bored with walking, thats okay I get bored too. So I try keep life interesting by choosing a different path to walk, inviting a friend along, doing a zumba class, going to the gym or going for a swim. But I find whatever I do, for the most part Im consistant and try to do something everyday and for atleast 45 minutes.

You know what works for you, but if you are needing some extra support, don’t be afraid to ask or get a friend on board with your goals. I often do food prepping to set my week up for success and set an exercise goal. When I was starting out my goal was to walk for 10 minutes three times a day. When I was working I used to park my car a few blocks away and took the stairs, every bit helps. But most of all be consistent with your choices. I keep track by using the remindmylife app lifestyle stopwatch. I love it’s one tap track. Download it free today and start counting.

Good luck!

Love always

Sheridan

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Why do we give up so quickly?

Why do we give up so quickly?

Why do we give up so quickly? We never give up trying when we are a baby. My 7 month old attempts things, a hundred times. I watched him on his hands and knees rocking backwards and forwards on the one spot for weeks and he even goes backwards before he goes forwards, which is funny for me to watch, but frustrating for him as he moves further and further away from his toys. Then one day right in front of my eyes he starts moving forward on his hands and knees so temtatively but he is doing the thing he has been trying to do for weeks and then Im sat there asking myself when did this happen? When did my baby learn to crawl.

See the thing is it didn’t happen straight away, he practised for weeks and he never gave up. He didn’t know which day he was going to start moving forward or how long it was going to take. He just knew that that was the direction he wanted to go. So why do we give up so quickly now? Have we lost sight of our intention? Maybe we don’t have a clear intention to begin with? Maybe we are not clear with what we really want? The direction we want to take.

So is it key then to form a clear intention? No, that is only the first step, see its simple for a baby, they are just clear with what they want and keep taking the actions to achieve it. Whereas we need to bring our clear intention to life and imagine what it would be like to achieve it and experience the emotions you would experience if you achieve it. See what creates you in the present is the future you are living into. And if you create the future you want to live into all that is left to do is take the steps each day that work towards that future and enjoy the journey.

Now that would be great if you didn’t have a bunch of opinions and circumstances that keep firing off and getting in your way. Sometimes I find myself in a bunch of conversations trying to negotiate and control the outcome, which is the sea of opinions Im talking about which confuses the intention. See my baby wanted to move forward. He was clear the whole time, the fact that he moved backwards before he moved forwards didn’t affect his intention to move forward. His intention was clear. Plus he hasn’t learnt to communicate so he doesn’t have a bunch of opinions stopping him from taking actions.

So how do we quieten the sea of opinions? There are some simple things we can do to quieten the mind, such as take a walk for instance or find a quiet space where we won’t be disturbed, you can use a tapping technique to bring the focus back to the body, tap your arms and tap your legs, focus on the breathe, breathe in for four seconds and out for four seconds and repeat for eight rounds. Observe your thoughts rather than engaging in them and set a time to meditate everyday.

See we can’t negotiate or try to control the outcome as much as we would like too, that is just more of the same. And why we give up so quickly is somewhere in the sea of opinions and should only be observed, not entertained. All that matters now is what is important to you, having a clear picture of the future you want to live into, taking the action required, repeating it and trusting the process. My Boy is now practicing pulling himself up into the standing position he smiles each time he does it. He is clear that is what he wants and it makes him happy.

Try setting a time to meditate on your intention each day with the remindmylife app. and don’t give up.

Much Love Always,

Sheridan

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Version 3- What’s new with the RemindMyLife APP

Version 3- What’s new with the RemindMyLife APP

Version 3 – What’s new with the RemindMyLife APP…Version 3 available free NOW to download!

Remind My Life application is the lifestyle stop watch everyone needs. You can’t buy more or borrow more time, its limited and expires everyday. The RemindMyLife App has been designed to increase your awareness and balance your time with health in mind. It is simple and easy to use. With its NEW one tap START/STOP functionality you can count every second of the day and increase your awareness around your most important resource, TIME!

Its been a while since the last update but we are so happy to bring you Version 3. It has up todate IPhone X, Xs capabilities, increased functionality, New Start/Stop functionality, dynamic notification and reminder system, no more double bookings for you and we are so happy to announce RemindMyLife APP is now FREE with ads.

So with the new update why have we not automated it? With the technology available it would be very easy to gather data about your movements. But, that is already taken care of….you already know how many steps you do, how often you stand up, elevate, beat. This automated practice is more of the same encouraging behaviour…… putting you on auto-pilot and to sleep. Which makes me want to cry! RemindMyLife application is designed as a tool you can use to practice mindfulness, being present in the moment and becoming more aware of patterns and habits that have expired and don’t serve you any longer. Aww life in the present is so much better!!

Have you ever wondered how much time you take to think or make a decision? I was a queen procrastinator, I would habitually put off doing things. I would spend lots of time thinking and talking about doing stuff and creating ideas but not really making anything happen. It wasn’t until I realised that this was one of the things that was getting in my way that I overcame it. Well guess what you don’t have to wait any longer to see if you are a procrastinator like me anymore. RemindMyLife now measures the time between a “Stopped” and “Started” activity. Which means it will measure the time it takes for you to choose what you are going to do next.

Now there is nothing wrong with taking your time, you have all the time in the world. You may be a planner and like to write out your plan before choosing your next move. However if you were interested in where your time may go. This may be one of the hidden places…. So within the application this ‘Time’ is called ‘Thinking time’ and is stored under the completed section of “Reminders” under “Free Time – Thinking Time”. So if you wanted to see if you too are a procrastinator, this area and amount of Time spent thinking may be of interest to you.

So what else? We have reviewed and updated our notification and reminder system and created a New and Improved Dynamic Notification and Reminder system for those of you who like to plan. So what does that mean? Each reminder you set has a start and stop time notification connected. Which is two opportunities for you to reschedule each notification you set up, so no excuses for missing any important catchup opportunites, events or appointments you make.

There is two types of push notifications. The ones you set for yourself to keep on track. And the second type is built into the backgroud of the honeycomb screen specific to each area and are positive push notifications for time updates which are useful for when you are taking breaks, to get back on time and for encouragement during exercise. So don’t forget to enable these awesome features under settings!!

We have also enabled permanently a no double booking system, which means for those of you that are crammer’s and have a habit of planning too much and double booking activities or appointments, you are going to enjoy this feature because this will mean you will never be able to double book another activity, clients or appointments if something is already booked in on that date or time.

So that gets you up to speed with ‘What’s new’ with the RemindMyLife App. We look forward to hearing your feedback. So please comment below.

Have an awesome day.

Love always

Sheridan

Waiting 8.5 hours! Gift or Curse?

Waiting 8.5 hours! Gift or Curse?

Waiting 8.5 hours! Gift or Curse?

Since being on maternity leave. I have been gifted an extra 8. 5 hours a day plus travel time which Ive never had before. So everything that I used to squeeze into my day no longer has to be squeezed and it has become very apparent how important structure is, so my day doesn’t run me. And i guess as I am writing this it doesn’t matter if you are on maternity leave for the first time or you have just quit your job to start your own business. For me to stay balanced and focused Im using the RemindMyLife App.  “With the power to revamp your way of life”, I have found the RemindMyLife  Application to be a comprehensive solution, which allows me to micromanage a balanced & healthy lifestyle. All I have to do is open the app and structure my day by just putting in reminders with the date & time and setup the alarm.

So most people would think that being gifted this extra time would be a gift, as I wait for our little baby to arrive, but it can also be a curse. After the initial running around and getting everything ready for the baby, I quickly realise there is alot of empty space and time to fill. Finding things to fill this space and time initially was easy, I caught up with friends and family, treated myself with some shopping, organised christmas, had a massage. I sat in the sun and read the book that had been staring at me for the last week. It was great but once I had caught up on everything, without a structure this new found free time quickly became a burden. My day could quickly disappear without doing too much, boredom started to come into play and this started running me into a pit for self loathing, imploding, getting caught looking on social media, comparing, judging, in a vicious cycle of negative thoughts and behaviours. By the end it was easy to feel lonely and sorry for myself.

Jim Ronen says “either you run the day or the day runs you”. So to prevent further imploding, self loathing and wasting of this precious time. Im going to share how I use the RemindMyLife App  to structure my day, stay positive and focused. What I did was download the RemindMyLife App to set up my day using the six suggested areas….. Exercise, Work, Food, Meditation, Free Time and Sleep. This created a structure for me to follow and kepted things simple and flexible.

Here is a breakdown of what I do for each area…..

Exercising – I make sure I get out of the house for atleast one hour a day for a walk. This one is pretty easy as I usually do this as apart of my morning routine.

Work- Now that Im not going to work, I use this time however to work on my side business, check emails, blog, take photos and create motivational quotes, research technology and marketing tools. This is roughly for 2 hours at a time. I also use this time to maintain our home, cleaning, doing the washing, ironing, shopping, admin and doing a big cook up.

Food- I take regular breaks to eat delicious food usually 15- 45 mins. And I can spend up to 2 hours if I’m also cooking or food prepping. If however I am doing a big cook up more than 2 hours I might allocate this for during my Free Time or Work Time.

Meditation- I allow up to an hour and a half a day to practice mindfulness or having a rest with no distractions. To clear my mind and create awareness around my thoughts and practicing being present.

Free time- I allow atleast 2 hours of free time each day which creates enough freedom to plan to do what I want when I want and within that I use this time to organise a catch up with a friend or family member either in person or call them on the phone for 5 mins. Which is a key part to staying connected and another excuse to get out and about. Other things I do in this space is go shopping or make something delicious in the kitchen, listen to music, dance around, listen to a podcast or an audio book, watch a documentary or a movie to fill up my world. Its helpful to allocate a set amount of time to scroll and interact on social media with a finish time so you don’t get caught in the sea.

Sleep- Although I don’t have to set an alarm to wake up anymore. I do keep a routine around sleep as it keeps us both balanced. And supports the rest of the house hold as they go to work.

So thats how I structure the extra 8.5 hours I now have in my day. I make sure I set a reminder of allocated time to task orientate my day. Or I hit the honeycomb button on the remindmylife app stop clock to start the timer as I move through my day to show how much time I spend in each area. And with a quick glance at my stats I can get instance gratification and a new sense of awareness of what Ive done so far and what I should focus on next.

Alot of freedom has come from waiting and it is a gift! I definately achieve more each day that I plan. I feel more in control of my day as I eliminate distractions and create focus on activities that serve me. RemindMyLife has really made a difference to keeping life simple and balanced. Sometimes all I need to do is open the app and glance and I can clearly see what I need to take care of next.

Structure creates Action! Action creates Results! Results creates Success! And keeping track creates Morale! Even if it is just the house work or a one hour walk each day!

Hope that helps!

Much love

Sheridan x

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Wow the 3rd trimester and having low iron!

Wow the 3rd trimester and having low iron!

Wow the 3rd trimester and having low iron!

I was out walking yesterday and it started to rain and it was beautiful I felt the spots on my skin and I felt so alive and present. Then the weather turned without much notice and I was caught in a storm. I found myself running to get cover. I ran/walked into a panel beaters and asked it if I could wait out the storm here. They saw how pregnant I was and asked ‘would I like a coffee?’ and said ‘don’t worry we will drive you home’. The kindness and generosity was beautiful which I accepted. Note to self in future, I must check the weather forecast before heading out for my walk next time. lol

3rd trimester has been fun. Its very obvious Im pregnant, Im enjoying food and everyone getting excited about the baby. I had a baby shower with my close friends and we played some games and relaxed in a beer garden. I finished up work at 34 weeks as I was getting puffed out and was suffering from palpitations with some dizziness. Since finishing work things settle down and I have had a big clean out of my apartment. Donating clothes, throughing out paperwork, filing, fixing photo albums and getting the house as baby ready as possible. Ive also organise to catch up with friends and family to enjoy their time without any distractions. It really has been a very enjoyable and productive time. They say it is important to enjoy this time before the baby arrives and grieve your old life. Im guessing Il will get the full impact of why this is so important once our baby arrives.

We had our last check up with the physician and got the all clear at 36 weeks to continue to be looked after by the midwives. We had an ultrasound which showed that everything was normal, our baby had turned, the placenta looks healthy and the baby is a good size. Such a relief, I also had a blood test that day which showed I had very low iron. Which explains why Ive been crying at the tv, feeling very low in mood and getting super tired and puffed after my morning walks. I would highly recommend reporting these symptoms to your doctor or nurse sooner as this for me had been going on for atleast a few weeks untreated. Remember never self diagnose or take iron supplements without medical supervision as high levels of iron can be toxic.

So for treatment I was recommended to take ferro grad plus Vitamin C 1-2 tablets every second day for better absorption and to increase iron in my diet. So that day I went shopping and cooked up a big batch of spaghetti bolognese to help. Ive left you my recipe below! Ive also heard iron melts are also a good supplement. And for a natural alternative I also purchased natural mineral drink online for additional support, which I take 10mls three times a day.

Other helpful websites that have more information about healthy eating and good source of iron include:

the better health channel and

healthy eating during pregnancy; which gives advice on eating for mother and baby

And to support your symptoms during this time or if you need someone to talk too,

Panda; is a free counselling service for antenatal depression and anxiety, guys can call this service too and

Beyond Blue; is another helpful support guide for emotional health and wellbeing.

Im 38 weeks now so my baby is classed as term and Im now looking for ways to prepare for labour, the best thing Ive brought so far for this is my exercise ball. Its so comfortable to sit on and I can use it during labour. Remember gravity is our friend. Ive been advised that massaging your perineum with a little bit of moisturiser/oil can help to prevent tearing. It is now safe for me to start expressing and the latest research has shown that expressing is more effective at bringing on labour than sex or eating curries. However personal choice. Don’t forget that if you do start to express to label and freeze the colostrum. It is liquid gold and keeps for 3 months in the freezer and is good for 3 days at room temperature. For more education and support regarding breast feeding please visit the Australian Breastfeeding Association, talk to your midwife, your obstetrician or lactation consultant. Lastly taking care of your pelvic floor is so important, try to make a habit of doing exercises everyday to maintain good bladder habits and improve bladder control. If you are needing more support please refer to the continence foundation for more information, your midwife, obstetrician or physio.

Remember enjoy these last few days/weeks preparing, relax, treat yourself and enjoy your time as you will never get it back. I wish you a very safe birth when it happens and a healthy baby.

Lots of love

Sheridan x

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Spaghetti Bolognese Recipe

Ingredients:

500g of mince

1 tub of tomatoe paste

2 tins of tomatoes

2 carrots cut into small pieces

1 capsicum cut into small pieces

1 cup of beans/broccoli

Salt n pepper

Italian herbs

Two hand fulls of fettuccine/spaghetti pasta (put in boiling water for 13mins for al dente)

Grated cheese optional

Instructions:

Add cooking oil to the pan wait til hot then add the mince and cook until brown, drain off excess water, then add the tomatoe paste and the two tins of tomatoes. Break up the tomatoes with a wooden spoon to make the sauce and add the veggies, italian herbs and salt n pepper to taste. Simmer and stir for another 10-15mins. Cook the pasta for 13mins during this time. Then drain the pasta and grab a couple of plates and containers as you will have lots of left overs. Put the pasta on the plate, add the mince and veggie sauce and cheese to taste on top. Hope you enjoy!

Serves 4-5

Cooking/preparation time 25-30mins

Time to pack my bags. So what do we need to take to the hospital?!

Time to pack my bags. So what do we need to take to the hospital?!

Time to pack my bags. So what do we need to take to the hospital?!

It was after my last session on how to care for the arrival of our little baby that I realised, yep I need to pack my bags, it wont be long now and I need to be prepared to go. They covered this in great detailed at our education session but Id like to share my flavour on it just for you.

I started by getting out a large suit case and a small carry bag. Remember Im packing for 3. Pete, baby and myself. Then I gathered out what I thought I needed onto the spare bed and laided it all out so I could see. The big bag is for pete and I and the small carry bag is for the baby.

So where to start? Packing its first bag, this is exciting. Lots of little cute things, make sure you have everything washed and ready to wear. I started by picking out our first babies outfit. So when choosing this outfit you need to think layers. So nappy, singlet, grow suit, something that covers the hands, bonds ones are good for this, a little hat to keep its head warm, thanks mum for knitting us one and a swaddle. Once you work out what you are going to choose you may want to run it past your significant other or support person as they may want to be involved in this moment. Now I put that in a little clear bag of its own and labelled it 1st babies outfit, so if we don’t get to dress our baby for the first time, the nurses will be able to take care of it for us. So for the rest of our stay the baby will realistically need 4-5 changes whilst in the hospital, so you will need to pack a packet of newborn nappies, a packet of wipes, four singlets, two hats, five night gowns/grow suits, three bunny rugs including one thinker blanket, two pairs of mittens, socks/booties. I also included gaia baby wash, baby powder and sudocrem.

If planning to formula feed you will need to bring the following equipment with you for your hospital stay. 6 sterilised bottles, teats and lids, 1 tin of your chosen formula, sterilser- a microwave steam steriliser is recommended.

Okay now for the labour, well we don’t know when this is going to start but you want to be comfortable for when it does. I treated myself to a loose fitted nightgown with a matching dressing gown. So if I get down to wearing nothing the dressing gown will be easy to put on and give me some coverage. A loose fitted T- shirt or button up shirt would do the trick too. Don’t forget to pack your camera, your music with portable speaker and portable charger. Otherwise most hospitals require electrical equipment to be tested by their engineer department before you can use it. Which you can organise in the weeks before hand. Other items you may wish to include and I would highly recommend is some massage oil, gel heat/cold packs, vomit bags, pads, lip balm and some high energy food and drinks especially for your support person. I put in some redskins and lollie pops to suck on as a treat. Bathers and towel is also recommended for partners if using the bath or going into the shower as there is only one nakes person aloud.

After the birth, you and your support person will want a change of clothes, something casual and comfortable, you will need a dressing gown and slippers or shoes. Some high waisted underwear atleast a couple of pairs for each day. Two maternity bras and nursing pads. Atleast 2-3 packets of thick maternity pad. Your pjs or nightgown that opens at the front for breast feeding and your toiletries. Treat yourself to a new set of toiletries and have them ready to go in the bag including a tooth brush for your support person. I’ve packed shampoo, conditioner, moisturizer, antiperspirant, toothpaste, toothbrush and bodywash. I was also recommended to include lanolin to start using straight away after you breast feed to help sooth, protect and heal cracked nipples. Make-up, not all of you will wear it but for those of you who wear it daily, I suggest you have your daily make-up packed in a bag that can be grabbed from the bathroom nice and easy. Lots of photos will be taken of you and your new little bub and if this is something you wear daily you may feel naked without it.

Other things you will need to do to help you prepare is put some plastic bags/covers and towels in the car. I have already put mine on the seats ready to go. You will need your medicare card and health care card handy to take to the hospital along with your record of your birth plan and health care record of your pregnancy. Before you are able to leave the hospital you will need to have an approved car restraint fitted. Here is the link for safety advice for using infant restraints. If you get a certificate of approval for your car seat restraint take that into the hospital too. You may wish to cook some meals and put them in the freezer for when you get home and your baby will need a place to sleep when it arrives. So time to make its bed, remembering no pillows or toys in the bassinet. For more information on how to sleep baby safely and avoid sleep accidents visit Rednose (sids and Kids).

Hope that helps…..Now the waiting game begins.

Love and best wishes to you all.

Sheridan x

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Planning for maternity leave and how I saved money!

Planning for maternity leave and how I saved money!

Planning for maternity leave and how I saved money! This is a bit of a daughting subject isn’t it, money! And an important one at the same time. Firstly, I just want to say Congratulations! You are having a baby and preparing for maternity leave. It is really a gift and such wonderful news! There is alot to get your head around tho and I can’t helped but feel a little bit stressed about surviving whilst on maternity leave. So I’m going to share with you some of the things I’ve done to save money and to get ready to be in the best financial position as possible.

Firstly find out what your maternity leave entitlements are, from your work. For me because I work full time as a nurse, have been in this current job longer than 3 years, I am entitled to 10 weeks maternity leave at full pay, after that time the australian government currently supports us for a further 18 weeks at the weekly national minimum wage. Click the link for current information about how to get the australian parental leave pay. You will need to do some reading and attend a local centre link to get access to fill out the my gov forms online, once you have access there is a fair bit of information required to get the ball rolling, so I recommend you do it on a day when you have 2-3 hours to spare and complete the questions in the centre so if anything pops up you can get the help you need straight away. You can start the application 3 months before your due date.

The second thing I did was complete and submit my tax. Any money returned here can be used to pay off debts and or be put into savings. Thats right yep it’s that time of year again and we all know we need to do this every year. It’s funny how each year it comes around like a dreaded surprise. Start the new financial year off with better accounting keeping to decrease stress for the following year, if you have a business try xero, a great way to keep track of your transations and receipts. Otherwise if you have an excel spread sheet you could use or a log book or a system that already works, then use that. The most important thing here is to keep track.

Next review your bank accounts- look at all the transations that are coming out, magazine subscriptions, union memberships, put them on hold for the duration of your leave, look at other accounts like netflix, stan, amazon. Call and cancel any uneccessary subscriptions immediately. I was paying amazon $14 a month for a service I wasn’t using. Its amazing what you will find. SAVINGS!!

Consolidate your loans, this may take a while to organise, but you can save $1000 of dollars by consolidating your loans with lower interest rates and decreasing your repayments. Plus if you do it before the time the next repayment is due to come out. Often when a new loan is set up, the first repayment doesn’t come out for a month. So you can use this extra money to pay off any debt you have or to SAVE!!!

Cut up your credit card!! Cancel any direct debts you have set up on it and pay it off. The interest you are paying here will more than likely be the highest out of all of your loans. See if you can do a balance transfer onto a new credit card or personal loan with atleast a 12 month interest free period. Otherwise just make it a priority to pay it off as fast as you can.

Draw up a monthly budget. Know what your income will be. Work out what your out goings will be, how much you will need to live on, including bills. Allow for spending money, nobody likes to not have spending money, especially with a new growing baby. Work out how much you can save and finally how much debt you can pay each month. Remember the faster you pay off your debt the less interest you will pay and the more money you will save in the long run. I highly recommend listening to The Barefoot Investor for detailed and sound advise on setting this all up. If you can’t last for three to six months without a job you definately need to prioritise this area of your life.

Finally as exciting as it is to bring a new life into the world. Try to avoid temptation spending. You will be amazed at how tempting it is the buy the lastest and greatest for your new little bub, ofcourse I know the feeling, I want the best for my baby too. However you will be amazed at how little they need and how much you can save by borrowing or hiring items that the baby will only use for a short period of time. Already I have borrowed a basinet and a cot and hired a baby car seat for the first 6 months. Keep things simple and buy only as you need.

Much love always

Sheridan x

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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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Getting through the first 13 weeks of pregnancy!

Getting through the first 13 weeks of pregnancy!

Getting through the first 13 weeks of pregnancy!

There is alot they don’t tell you about pregnancy, feeling nauseated and or sick was about the limit of what I knew before finding out. Swollen boobs, dizziness, bloating, belching, constipation, sore teeth, reflux and cramps were a few of the unexpected added delights. So Im going to share with you about my journey and how I dealt with these unexpected pleasures.

It was a beautiful easter sunday, camped by the river, the sun was shining and the family was gathering. I was walking through the scrub to check on how the spit was coming along for tonights feast and for the first time I felt nauseated. It was out of character, I hadn’t had much to drink the previous night so I headed back to camp and had some breakfast. Funny enough it went away. Afternoon came and it was back, I had some easter chocolates and again it went away. This was the first time I thought ‘this is strange, could it be?’. With no way of testing the wait started until our return to the city.

So fast forward to pulling up in our drive way, I headed straight for the bathroom cabanet and pulled out a pregnancy test and waited, nothing at first, except one line. Then I found myself willing the second line to come to explain my symptoms. Then slowly after a couple of minutes a second faint line appeared. I couldn’t believe my eyes. Was I imagining it?? I was pregnant.

It had happened so quickly. I was 37 years old and we had only been trying for three months. We just finished competing at the australian dance sport championships when I decided we should start to try. Already being in pretty good health, I just started to taking pregnancy multi vitamins, Folate and Fountain of life (an antioxidant). I continued to exercise regularly, eat a balanced diet, work full time, socialize and to my surprise, it happened!

So what next, I called my mum and told work. I had to be moved out of all the X Ray rooms to protect my baby. I stopped drinking, that was easy as I wasn’t a big drinker anyway, but I needed more advice. So I made a doctors appointment to confirm and get the advise I needed. Things to avoid sushi, unpasturised milk and cheeses, deli meats, soft serve ice cream, dips and salad dressings in which vegetables may have been dipped, raw vegetable garnishes, ready to eat seafood, pre-prepared or pre packaged fruit and vegetables including those available from buffets, salad bars and sandwich bars. It was more important than ever to freshly prepare food ready to eat immediatedly. For an extensive list of do’s and don’t you should contact your local doctor, specialist, community health centre or maternal and child health nurse and for more information visit these websites www.foodstandards.gov.au or www.cdc.gov.

So after finding out all the rules for safe foods to eat, safe food handling and storage. I was good to go again atleast until I got sore teeth. So off to the dentist I went. I would highly recommend doing this every year and especially before you start to try. As a suffer of sensitive teeth already, pregnancy made this worse. Thank goodness for Michael my amazing dentist who saw me quickly and advised Sensitive Pro Relief tooth paste, my teeth were back to normal in days.

From 7-8 weeks with all the hormone changes and the increase of progesterone, I have been dealing with a constant battle of belching, constipation and bloating. Its lucky for me as many of my nursing colleges have walked this path before me. They haven’t hesitated in sharing their tips and tricks, Metamucil and prune juice are now my new friends, going for a walk after eating and taking the occasional dose of mylanta have all contributed to getting me through.

By 13 weeks my boobs have now doubled in size, so it’s been neccessary to buy a couple of new bra’s, pants and tops to accomodate the increasing size of my body which thankfully my partner has found very attractive. I’m embracing my new body and all the body changes it is going through and rub my belly with moisturizer each day to help with stretch marks, some use bio oil. The time feels like it has flown and it’s a real blessing I get to grow this little miracle inside of me.

Much love always,

Sheridan x

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