I lost just half a pound this week.

I am happy enough with this as it was my time of the month.

When I spotted I was not losing, I had a burger. It made me feel so ill and it is like my body rejects unhealthy food now. I also fell into the trap of eating children’s pasta leftovers this week.

So it is a loss and that brings me to over 13 pounds now so I am on target to have lost a stone by the time we enter the New Year.

I now only have one pair of jeans that will stay up so clearly the inches are going. I also notice that my boobs are looking bigger and my waist is looking slimmer. Him Indoors seems to be noticing this too! I am also pleased to report that my sleeves are a little looser too.

My next challenge is to get through Christmas and to maintain or increase the weight loss.

Thanks to all my online supporters – all your back up makes a huge difference and keeps me on track.

I am very late posting my reasons to be cheerful this week.

We have had a very stressful few days and then today all that stress disappeared when we got some lovely news. Bit of a close call for a Merry Christmas but we look all set now.

Anyway, here are last week’s reasons for cheerfulness because before I know it we will be ready for this week’s.

1. I had one of my most lovely birthdays. I think a lot of this was to do with my change in attitude since starting on the Prozac. Before the family surfaced, I had already opened cards and a home-made gift from a lovely blogger friend. I had an email from another with a poem and even Google seemed to want to make the momentous occasion. My daughter got me all things pink. My son got me 4 Wispa bars and I have more pressies to claim from the rest of the family this week. My brother came to see us and we all laughed as he had totally forgotten it was my birthday. I was not going to say anything but my daughter did! We talked and laughed and then we waved him on is way to Mauritius.

2. I lost weight again so Tuesday was a happy day.

After that it got very tense indeed for reasons that I prefer not to go into.

Today you find me chilling on the sofa, watching Christmas telly and decorating the house in a full on tacky Christmas way.

When I finish this post, I will be savouring some lovely soup and making some last-minute Christmas plans.

A rollercoaster of a week but I am still here and still smiling,

I have lost 5 pounds this week! I am only on week 4 of my weight loss journey and have lost 12 and three quarter pounds.

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I had hoped for 2 pounds and would have settled for one pounds so I am over the moon.

It was my birthday at the weekend so I allowed myself various treats including chocolate, cake, a couple of glasses of wine and very naughtily 2 mini pork pies.

There was also an Indian takeaway at some point in the week.

I guess this goes to prove that it is what you do most of the time that really matters. For me, that now involves lots of vegetables and lots of fish.

My proudest moments this week were giving away 3 of the 4 Wispa bars my son got me for my birthday and ordering poached eggs when out to lunch. Oh and resisting cream left on my daughter’s dessert plate which was screaming at me.

I finally got my diagnosis after becoming ill back in October. I have prediabetes and apparently this can be reversed so that is my mission now after such an important wake-up call on the health front.

The nurse upset me a bit when she said I have a long way to go. However then I woke up and remembered that about 3 years ago it was a big deal for me to go out to the next village and yet not long after that I flew to America. Baby steps lead to big change. I know this and I will remain positive.

I have a few quiet moments for the first time today. Him Indoor have gone to the supermarket in search of craft supplies so we can throw ourselves into Christmas Jumper Day tomorrow. Check it out as it is all in a very good cause for Save the Children UK. The boys are upstairs playing. So I have the pleasure of sharing my happy stuff.

I hope to get perfume for my birthday on Saturday and I love this quote.

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1. We had a lovely day in London so we could attend the gala screening of Tinkerbell and Legend of the Neverbeast. You can see what we thought about it in our review.

2. I lost weight again.

3. Him Indoors passed his probationary period at work with flying colours. Phew! Perhaps our luck is turning.

4. Apart from a little bit of verbal abuse, we have had no harassment from the neighbours now that the police are involved.

5. We are loving our more relaxed approach to home education and feel we are getting more and more right as the weeks go by.

6. My teenage son returned to school after a nasty virus.

7. My brother is coming to see us on Saturday before he flies off to an exotic location for Christmas.

8. The GP has put me on Prozac for another 2 months. I am loving the change in me since taking them. So much more motivated and positive. Keep bursting into song and laughing more. All very good and long overdue.

9. I am spending a little more time on Twitter and Facebook and enjoying connecting with people in that way.

10. My son has just got a Christmas card from his new penpal.

11. I have found out that the home education meetings or at least some of them are easy to get to via public transport.

12. It is my birthday on Saturday and I am looking forward to the coming year now my mind is fixed and my body is on its way to being so. I even prayed last night almost without realising so perhaps I am reconnecting with spirit too.

So yes I am cheerful and I hope you are too!

I have decided to share aspects of our home education journey on my blog. I know it will keep me accountable and also reassure me on the days that I am hit with anxiety and self-doubt. I know there are so many parents either interested in or intrigued by home education. There are so many schools of thought on home education but perhaps some of my ramblings can be helpful to someone out there.

1. How we are feeling?

Since seeing an Education Consultant, we are feeling more relaxed about the home education journey. We are also enjoying seeing the children have their Christmas fun rather than hearing about it at the end of the school day.

2. What have I enjoyed most this week?

I enjoyed watching The Christmas Carol and then looking at the worksheets the children did on the various themes of the novel. I came up with the questions and the children seemed to find them interesting. We will continue working on this novel in a variety of ways and I feel we have made a good start.

3. What has my daughter enjoyed most this week?

My daughter has developed a keen interest in geometry and is asking to do more work that I envisaged on this topic. I have learned to follow the children’s enthusiasms and certainly where maths is concerned, I am learning too.

4. What has my son enjoyed most his week?

We baked some Churros together. He enjoyed spending one-on-one time with me and doing something practical.

5. What is my daughter’s proudest achievement this week?

My daughter made an amazing flapping bird in our origami session. I gave up after a while but she was determined and kept going even after making mistakes. As I have said before, I am learning too!

6. What is my son’s proudest achievement?

My son cracked an egg without the yolk splitting for the first time. He was over the moon about this.

7. What are our challenges?

I still find it difficult to know whether it is best to work at set times or to be more random. I still need to plough through the very wordy National Curriculum in its entirety. I want to ensure I cover that at least plus lots of more magical elements too.

After Christmas, I want to spend more time with my schooled teenage son both leisure wise and in terms of his education. I want him to feel just as special as the other too. I also think I will feel better if I am having some really good input as he hurtles towards GCSEs.

8. What resource have we found particularly helpful this week?

We all love the free online maths lesson videos on Maths Antics. We think the explanations are really clear and delivered in a humorous manner too. The website also includes follow up exercises.

9. Top outing of the week

We went to see Tinkerbell and the Legend of the NeverBeast.

Whilst in London, my son made a new friend.

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10. What are some of our plans for the next week?

We are going to throw ourselves into all things Christmas including fun with cookery and crafts.

We are going to get to know Sweden better.

I am going to work through a good percentage of the National Curriculum requirements.

I plan to share an image of home education most days and then to write a weekly post on Wednesdays too.