Fat Fighting Friday – Week 8

Well, I’m going to be completely honest here (as usual). This last week has consisted of this:




And a wee bit of this….




Now, I’ve had a bloody amazing time. Paul is off work on holiday so we’ve been indulging in a wee bit of eating out and then I had my cousin’s fiancée’s hen night on Saturday. Which, as you can probably tell, was fab! I did go with the best of intentions…but as soon as the cocktails were brought out I was a goner! I don’t get out with the girls much but when I do – I more than make up for it!

So Saturday included cocktails, champagne and vodka, as well as an Indian buffet. Whoops. Sunday, therefore, was a complete and utter write off as I had the official hangover from hell. And again, I ended up picking all day at anything that didn’t make me want to throw up. Lovely, I know.

I just couldn’t get my healthy mojo back but decided to attempt the gym and even managed to swim 50 lengths at the swimming on Tuesday. All in the name of damage control.

Realistically, after last week’s fab weight loss, I had thought I would probably maintain this week if I’d stuck to plan. So i went to weigh in expecting a 3-4lb gain. So, I was MORE than pleasantly surprised to find I had maintained last weeks weight. No idea how right enough! Unless it comes back and bites me on the arse next week!

Again, this next week is a busy one. Saturday is mine and the hubby’s first wedding anniversary so we’re planning a wee night away and then it’s my cousin’s wedding on Wednesday. Weigh in is Thursday. Plan – stay away from the wine! And the cocktails! Would love to lose 1.5lbs next week to get into that next stone bracket so Slimming World head back on!

As a side note, I did receive a new wee gadget in the post this morning! The new Fitbug Air which I have been sent to review. Looking forward to getting out and getting more active and seeing how it goes. Will be doing a review on here within the next few weeks so keep an eye out on that!


The Southside Girl x


Swimming Saturday – Week 6


It was our second from last swimming lesson yesterday morning. Cant believe that’s the boys nearly at the end of the first block.

We got Aiden and Logan’s Block 1 assessment yesterday. It’s fantastic to get something on paper because as much as I harp on about how they’re improving – I don’t really have a clue. So to get written feedback from the instructors is great.


Once the boys have completed each step (below) they can then move up to the next level. Currently, Logan has completed the first step and Aiden has completed the first two. In Aiden’s assessment, it’s also noted that he is able to swim a short distance, which is fantastic!


With both of the boys, the main thing we need to work on is their confidence. With Aiden, during yesterday’s lesson, he realised that when he was swimming under water, he was able to stand up on his own without waiting for his teacher Ali to get him up. His wee face was a picture. So proud of himself and was telling us on the way home that means he can do anything by himself now (within reason obviously) There are so many transferable skills gained from doing the swimming lessons at this age. They learn discipline, confidence, waiting to take their turn etc. It’s led to a massive improvement in their overall behaviour. Well, sometimes. Boys will be boys!

The next course of swimming lessons begins on Wednesday 14th August. There is a 9 week course covering classes on a Wednesday – Sunday (£81) and an 8 week course covering Monday and Tuesday classes (£72). They are also now taking bookings for crash courses during the Summer and details can be found on the Making Waves Website.

Also, head over and give their Facebook page a like here and you can keep up to date with whats happening.

The Southside Girl x

Swimming Saturday – Week 5


Week 5 of the boys swimming lessons today. I can’t believe how quickly this block has went – only 2 weeks left!

We’ve been out enjoying the amazing sunshine this week, and after a long day out yesterday I knew the boys wouldn’t be in the best of moods when I woke them up for swimming this morning. Aiden was fine. Logan, on the other hand, hadn’t even opened an eye and he was already moaning and saying he wasn’t going. Joy.

We got to the pool and Logan was still determined he wasn’t getting in and was actually getting quite upset. So much so that I was quite close to just putting his clothes back on and letting him sit it out.

Tom noticed how upset he had gotten and took Logan to one side and had a wee talk with him that really calmed him down. Off he trotted into the pool afterwards quite the thing right enough! Wee chancer.

The boys progress this week is still on the same level as last week I would say. Aiden’s being taught how to use his arms to move him through the water now and I think when he has the hang of that it’ll make a massive improvement.

I still find it unbelievable just how far they have come. Aiden is absolutely loving Making Waves – after every lesson he can’t wait to tell everyone about his lesson and how well he is doing. Logan, well, I’m still unsure whether he is enjoying it or not. He is only 3 and I’m sure in a couple of years when he’s Aiden’s age he will be alot more excited by it. I think the best thing for us to do is to keep him at it because, in my opinion,  the boys being able to swim confidently, at a young age, will be a massive advantage to them.

If you are looking to get your children involved in swimming lessons, don’t hesitate in getting in touch with Making Waves Swimming Lessons. They are a fantastic team! Visit their website at www.makingwavesswimming.co.uk

The Southside Girl x

Swimming Saturday – Week 4


My dad decided to tag along to the boys’ swimming lesson today. He’s a great swimmer himself and has always loved swimming. My brother and I are severe let downs in the swimming department (I can swim although there is no stroke/skill involved, more a “throw myself in and hope for the best” ethos… Michael can barely float) so I think he’s secretly hoping for at least a doggy paddle from his grandsons.

I was actually really looking forward to him seeing their progress, particularly Aiden. So the boys were in the pool and Aiden took his turn. Again, he was under the water and attempting to swim towards the instructor on his own. I turned to ask my dad what he thought, and the poor guy was an emotional wreck (sorry to broadcast this dad, but you were) Obviously, this then made me well up like a bit of an idiot. What a picture. It is just a case of absolute pride in how quickly they have progressed. I can’t reinforce it enough that 4 weeks ago, I couldn’t get Aiden in a shower as it was “too wet”. Watching him in the water now is like watching a completely different child. Amazing.

Logan, on the other hand, was being his usual overly stubborn self. He’s been a bit of a tantrum queen this week. He’s taken a severe dislike to the goggles he has to wear to the lessons and every two minutes was moaning and trying to get them off. I don’t know if it’s the fact that they’re steaming up, or if they’re too tight or if he’s just being his usual pernickety self but he was just not up for it today at all.

Step in Tom, who again was fantastic with Logan and dealt with the situation. If i had been with Logan on my own, I probably would have given up and let him out of the pool. But if I had done that the likelihood of him wanting to come back would have been zero. Tom clearly knows what he’s doing and I have no problems at all putting complete trust in him and what he says when it comes to the boys and their swimming.

The amazing thing was, that Logan did get back in the pool. And was even starting to kick his legs and move himself across the pool. He is the most stubborn child I’ve ever met, so that is a huge deal! He is still using his float which I am happy with –  the instructors are taking his confidence and ability levels into account.

We are hoping this week we will be able to take the boys to the swimming ourselves as Paul is off work. He works so much and misses out on getting to see them and they are more than excited at the prospect of getting to show off! I’m hoping to be able to get some video/photos of them doing that as long as the pool is quiet enough.

Making Waves Swimming have just released the timetables for their crash courses over the summer holidays. I’ve heard from my friends that these are fantastic and you can really notice a massive improvement in just a short space of time. I’m definitely getting the boys booked up! You can find the timetable of the crash courses on their website, here.

The Southside Girl x

Swimming Saturday – Week 2


Today was the second week of the boys’ swimming lessons with Making Waves Swimming. Aiden has already spent the last week attempting to practice his swimming in the bath. He has managed to master holding his breath under water, with no nose being held or anything, for a ridiculous amount of time! He was under for so long, I typically mummy-worried and grabbed him by the scruff of the neck out of the bath – to which he screeched at me asking what I thought I was doing! Whoops. Clearly, he just has amazing lung capacity…or something.

Anyway, as we drove up to the school where the lessons are held, Logan decided he didn’t really fancy it. Bloody typical Logan! Much bribery, arguing and screaming ensued and after all that he decided he “supposed” he would quite like to go swimming again. Again…bloody typical Logan!

Whilst both boys were standing at the side of the pool Logan started to get really upset and said he was too scared of going in the water because he couldn’t do it. Tom(who owns Making Waves) came up and told us it would just be best to just lift Logan and put him straight in the water. I know that might sound harsh (it does read that way) but it definitely didn’t come across that way. He said just to keep giving Logan thumbs up and smiling at him, just to reinforce to him that everything was ok. As soon as Logan was lifted into the water, and after Tom and Ali the instructor gave him some water toys to keep him occupied, he was absolutely fine.

Tom explained to us that this does happen sometimes with the kids, as they have the whole week to build themselves up and get themselves worried. If we hadn’t put Logan into the water, I doubt we would have ever managed to get him back in a swimming pool. So massive thanks to Tom for that today!

Onto the swimming itself – Aiden was an absolute wee star today! In terms of his confidence, well, in just a week it has shot through the roof! A few weeks ago, he refused to get his face wet in the shower…today, I watched as my gorgeous boy ducked under the water (no holding noses!) and attempted to kick himself along. Thought I was going to explode with pride/turn into a big soppy emotional wreck! You could tell just by looking at Aiden that he was thrilled and super proud of himself! Honestly, was a huge moment for him and for us!

Even Logan had his chin right in the water, and managed to get his legs up to kick himself along today! Obviously he was still using the floating noodle but the fact he was doing anything was fantastic!

The pace that Making Waves work at is brilliant! They take each child’s individual needs, confidence and ability and seem to work fantastically with all of the children within the small groups.

This week, I am completely over the moon. I can’t wait for next week now, and the boys (even Logan!) are saying how excited they are about next weeks lesson!

I’m going to bed dreaming of Olympic gold medals for swimming for the boys tonight….. okay, slightly pushy parent-esque, but hey, you never know!


For information on Making Waves Swimming lessons, visit their website here

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The Southside Girl x

Swimming Saturday!

Today, Aiden and Logan had their first swimming lesson with Making Waves Swimming, at a local pool in the south side of Glasgow.

Aiden has had lessons before – I say lessons, but they were 5 free half hour taster sessions offered by his nursery. Nothing against them, they were great for what they were. But he learned nothing more than being able to hold a float properly.

For Logan, this was a brand new experience. He has only ever been to the swimming a couple of times, both of which was when he was a baby. Considering I had a water-birth with Logan, he was probably destined to be a wee water baby, but sadly due to mine and his dad’s lack of organisation/planning he never had a chance to prove this. Serious mummy guilt over here!

For me, well, I spent all of last night a nervous wreck and barely slept a wink. I knew Aiden was going to be alright, because he already had some confidence in the water. Logan, on the other hand, has absolutely no sense of fear and just looks so tiny in his wee swimming trunks with his wee chubby baby face. Ok, yes, i severely mollycoddle him. Aiden had to cope with me being this completely over bearing so it’s only fair to pass it on to Logan aswell. Obviously.


Making Waves Swimming are the largest provider of private swimming lessons in Central Scotland. They have an incredible track record, having taught over 10,000 children to swim in ten years and start lessons from age 3. They teach in  Cleveden Secondary, Hillpark Secondary, Abercorn Primary and St Bride’s Primary in Glasgow as well as Hamilton College, Sciennes Primary in  Edinburgh, Linlithgow Academy and Nuffield in East Kilbride. Their teaching methods were one of the main things that appealed to me;

Innovative Teaching Methods

We have clear and consistent levels of ability and train our teachers in our own unique method of teaching. Unlike many lesson providers, our teachers are in the water in the initial stages of learning to swim; as we firmly believe that the progress is much more rapid and far more enjoyable, working in the water with your child. We have an excellent teacher/pupil ratio and we involve you, the parent in the learning process, believing in the learning triangle that exists strongly between, us, the teachers, you, the parent and your child. We provide a written assessment towards the end of each course which details the skills completed and those requiring further development before your child is ready to progress to the next level.

I have been looking into lessons for the boys for a while and, by far, Making Waves came out on top both through online recommendations and by word of mouth from friends who have kids currently learning to swim with them.

So, we arrived for our lesson this morning (running slightly late, again thanks to an extremely unorganised mummy here) and were greeted by Tom, who owns Making Waves.


The first thing i noticed was the small group size of children, which straight away put me at ease. The idea of my boys being lost among a group of 20 kids terrified me! There were 4 kids, including my boys, in their group, and two other older children who were being taught at a separate part of the pool. The boys were in, goggles on, and within seconds I was completely forgotten about as they were completely engrossed in their lesson.

Their instructor, Ali, seemed to instantly have a fantastic rapport with both of the boys and with the other children in the group. Aiden had absolutely no problem doing as he was told, and using his “noodle” (those long floating snake things – I know I have fantastic descriptive references ;)) whilst kicking his legs from one side of the pool to the other. At this point it is still with the help of Ali, but I can see him coming on really quickly. Logan was the big surprise of the day. He was a bit shaky when he first went into the pool, but by the end of the lesson he was jumping into the pool (again with the help of the instructor) and was even happy to be soaked in the face – this from the boy who refuses to go in a shower (as it’s too wet) is a massive step!

Now, I know this is only their first lesson, but I have no doubt that they are going to come on amazingly over the next few weeks.

This is the first lesson in a seven week block. Every Saturday I’ll be updating you on their progress and how they’re getting on with Making Waves Swimming. They both already can’t wait for next week’s lesson.

Aiden’s already decided he wants to be a swimmer in the Olympics…Logan’s decided he’s quite happy to swim in the bath. It’s all about the small steps!


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The Southside Girl x