Monday, 24 January 2011

The Big Momma Challenge 2011: week 4

Apologies for the lateness of this post, it should have been done yesterday.

Sometimes, life gets in the way of good intentions and this has been a very difficult week. I had a visit from the black dog which stayed for most of the week. During that time I spent most of my time in a catatonic state on the settee, eating biscuits and watching Bargain Hunt and it took every ounce of energy to take Tessie out for a short walk. Then, just as things were improving at the weekend the angry ex decided to rear his ugly head again and caused a lot of upset Chez notSupermum.  If you were on Twitter last night you will have caught the gist of what happened. Needless to say sticking to my healthy eating regime has not been high on my agenda this week and not surprisingly I gained 3lbs.

But, onwards and upwards as they say.  I've had a bad week but I'm still ploughing on. I'm NOT going to say 'ah sod it, I may as well give up now' because I have a helluva lot more weight to lose, so failure is not an option.

Just in case you don't know this week is Farmhouse Breakfast Week (23rd - 29th Jan) and it's back for its twelfth year, with a brand new theme – “Shake Up Your Wake Up.  This year they're challenging all breakfast skippers to rethink their morning routines, and make time for the most important meal of the day. As many as one in four consumers regularly skip breakfast, so they're keen to raise awareness of the benefits that can be gained by making that little bit extra time for breakfast.

From my experience, if you skip breakfast you end up feeling ravenous by about 11am and then overeat at lunchtime. And there are other health benefits to eating a good breakfast too. Last week I read about a study by King's College in London that found that women who regularly have cereal with milk for breakfast are 36% less likely to experience osteoporosis. That's got to be worth breaking out the cereal box for hasn't it?

I'm a great advocate of having a good breakfast - I hate to leave the house without something filling and for me that's usually cereal such as porridge, muesli or cornflakes. During a recent trip to Kellogg's I learned that 1 in 6 children will go to school without having breakfast - and I've met many a child at school who hasn't eaten a thing in the morning.  When children come to school hungry they lose concentration mid morning and never seem to catch up for the rest of the day. There's been many a morning when we've looked for food for a hungry child, which in this day and age is shocking.

You can get some great breakfast ideas, healthy eating tips and information about breakfast events in your area from the Shake up your wake up website
I'm looking forward to hearing how you've done this week, and if like me you've had a bad week please don't give up. Life throws up a curve ball every so often and we have to learn how to deal with it and keep going. 
If you are taking part, you just need to post your link below or leave a comment saying how you've got on this week.  Good luck for this week!