Monday, February 28, 2011

Mamavation Monday - Time For Change

This is going to be my motto. All problems are opportunities in disguise. If nothing else, all problems are a chance to learn. As some of you know, I spent the entire last week super sick and coughing my lungs out. I used that as an excuse not to eat well and as an only fairly reasonable reason not to work out. As a result, I am back at the starting point. I have completely regained all of the weight that I had lost.

I should be upset, but I'm not. When I sat down last night and looked back at my week, I saw this coming. I knew that the scale was going to tell me how all of my bad habits had snuck back in. Heck, forget snuck..they jumped right back in and had a party that I'd let my guard down. Yep, I blew it. I know it and I acknowledge it and now, I'm moving on. Beating myself up will only continue to let those bad habits have their way. Well, I refuse to let that happen.

So, this week, it's time to take this problem and turn it into an opportunity. Instead of focusing on all the "bad things" I did last week, I'm taking that knowledge and turning it around so I can focus on how to do just the opposite. Instead of barely getting in my water, I am publicly stating right here that my new water goal is 84oz a day. That's 3 of my water bottles.  Instead of focusing on how I didn't work out at all (barring 100 jumping jacks/crunches..Thanks ladies! Seriously. I needed someone to kick my ass a bit.) I am stating right here that I will work out 3x this week. I'm going to do the EAS once and the walking dvd twice. Instead of thinking about some of the garbage I ate last week, I am going to write out my dinners on a paper and put it on my fridge so there is no question each night of what's for dinner. I made a menu plan and now I need to stick with it.

That folks is my plan and I put it here in black & white so that all of you can push me. My workout days will be Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday. If you see me online one of those days, ask me if I've done it. Text me, tweet me, email me...Push me. If I get cranky about it, tell me to shut the duck up. Seriously. I know that I'm pms'ing which means this week will bring along another addition to the party, but I am *NOT* going to let that get in my way. I can't. I have to do this. The time is now and I'm counting on all of you to remind me of that.

Water Intake: Averaged 64oz
Workout: 100 jumping jacks/100 crunches (Thanks Angela and Shelly!)
Weight Change: +1.8 (yes, I am retaining due to you know what but this # will change!)

Question: How do you encourage your children to contribute to your family’s healthy lifestyle?
My boys help me meal plan for the weekends that they're with me. They also help me plan out healthy (or at least healthier than in the past) after school snacks. I recently introduced them to raw spinach and now it's something that they (especially the youngest) love on sandwiches and as salads. We also saved up for almost 2 years to buy a WII because I love the activity it adds to their video games. Although, after doing the EAS for 2 days in a row, my youngest is a little hesitant to do it! That won't last for long though. We also play outside when the weather is warm (and the ground isn't mud) and walk down to our mailbox together. It's not fast cardio walking but any movement is good movement.

 “This post is sponsored by Mamavation and I’m writing this to be entered into a giveaway.



Hi Katie,

Hang in there.I know how hard it is to stick to a plan or excercise when you are sick. SO glad spring is on the way! You are motivating me to get my butt off the computer and work out, too. If I haven't mentioned it before, Outdoor Adventure for Wii is excellent for the whole family. It's a ton of fun, and really feels more like playing games than excercising. Plus, it tracks your progress for you. I know money is an issue, but it's been out long enough that you can sometimes find it used for a lot less.

Angela @ Nine More Months

I know from lots and lots of experience how frustrating it is to lose and then gain weight right back. But guess what, just like you can gain it back, you can lose it back. Hang in there, sick to your goals, and I just know you're going to have a great week!


thanks for the advice, i am going to try cycling and if that is too much do weights nd walking, i managed to get in a mile of walking around the house yesterday

love your new attitude and good luck ith yoru goals i know you can do it

Andrea Kruse

I love your attitude! If you just do that, you will be able to re-lose it. Bad habits are definitely bad, not only because of what they do to your goals... but because they are so hard to break. Think sneaky little ninja habits popping up where you DON'T want them...

Keep up the hard work, make that plan and stick to it! I know you can and I am rooting for you.
This is a new week. Embrace it!

Grace Matthews

Thank you for your kind words on my post. You just about made me cry. I will definitely kick you in the butt when you need it, because I know that's exactly what I would want you to do for me. I am so glad that you decided to let last week go and concentrate on this week. Good Luck! I'm Cheering For You!


Great attitude. I need to remind myself of these same things. At least you took the opportunity to reflect and learn from the slip. That is the key to getting through to the other side. Let me know if you need anything to help you stay on track.


Great attitude regarding the gain and learning from your actions. This seems pragmatic to me and a good exercise for longterm success. Glad you are on the mend. Have a great week.

Kaye Swain - SandwichINK for Grandparents and Caregivers

Great attitude! I did the same thing a few months ago. I had lost half my goal, then had to help a loved one deal with surgery and gained it all back. Now I'm back on track and back to that point, so hoping to get further.

Aren't those great Wii games for kids fun! Even many of us seniors love them as well and they do help with the exercise. YAY :)

Have a lovely day!

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