Mamavation Monday: Week 1

So, after reading Heather’s Mamavation posts for a year, I’m jumping in.  I hope I’m doing this right!

Last year somewhere in the middle of January, I decided to get serious about my health.  I wanted to eat better, exercise more, and feel better overall.  I made a few changes and got myself a journal and everything.  I was at the right place and ready to feel better.  Then, about 4 days later, I started to feel yucky.  Really yucky.  All day long.  At first, I thought I was getting sick.  Then, after feeling so yucky with no other symptoms for about a week and a half, I took a pregnancy test.  I was pregnant!

The “morning” sickness started at about 3 weeks pregnant and stayed with me well into my 24th week of pregnancy.  During that time, I ate what sounded good when it sounded good.  I didn’t cook much.  I did alright with exercise, but most of the plans I’d had for myself last January flew out the window.

I had my beautiful baby boy in October.  That was about two weeks after moving into a new house.  I also have three and five year old boys.  To this point, I feel like I’ve done a pretty good job modeling healthy eating behaviors for them and giving them healthy viewpoints of eating, exercise, and taking care of their bodies.  But, right now I have to be honest and say that I worry about the example I set for them in being overweight.

Right now, I’m not so concerned about what the scale says.  I’m nursing right now.  Also, in the past, I’ve found that if I’m making healthy choices and exercising my body generally responds by letting go of extra weight.  It’s not easy for me, but I wouldn’t describe my body as “hanging on to the weight” or anything like that.  I do have a 2 month old though, and I would love to do all that I can to minimize our chances of being sick during cold and flu season.  Increasing fruit and veggie intake, decreasing sugar intake, and exercising are three keys to that goal for me.

Historically, I am able to identify some fairly consistent areas of strength and weakness when it comes to making healthy living choices and losing weight.


  • Fruits and veggies-  I like them.  Lots of them.  I don’t have a hard time finding either fruits or veggies or recipes for them.
  • Water-  I like water, and I drink quite a bit of it.


  • Sweet tooth-  I have a major sweet tooth!  I am one of those people who could eat like Will Farrell’s character on Elf.
  • Moderation-  I’m not great at moderation.  I’m great at avoiding something completely, but then when I go back to eating or drinking it “in moderation,” moderation generally means more than what I should be having.

My goals for this year:

Lose 20 pounds at which point I will reassess and determine a reasonable goal weight.

Run a 5K.  I would love to do this in May, but in the past I’ve had a hard time building stamina past the 2 mile mark.  My goal is to do this in 2011, but if I can do it by May that would be even better.

Schedule myself time to exercise 5-6 times a week.


  1. Welcome, Casey and congratulations on the baby. You are doing it right and you are in the right place to get support. Your goals are very realistic – I hope to see you here often. Consider to join one of the challenges (based on what you can do). Let me know if you have any questions

  2. Welcome to the group and loved reading your post!

    Nursing can be a workout all on its own. Well, and so can Motherhood to 3 kiddos! Lol.

    Great goals. The 5K would be an excellent goal for getting back into shape. Do you take your kiddos out on walks or jogs? I push my two around whenever the Oregon weather allows… and sometimes when it doesn’t. The fresh air does us all some good.

    Hope to catch you again next week… and next week at Mamavation tv, too.

  3. Hi, Andrea- Thanks for the encouragement. During the summer we spend a lot of time outside at parks and playing with friends. During the fall, it’s often rainy here, and the winter is very cold (North Dakota). We haven’t been outside as much this fall and winter with the new baby either. I’m planning to join the YMCA in January not so much for me but to have a place to take the kids on those days when we just need somewhere to go.

  4. Hey! Welcome!
    What a great first Mamavation post, full of honest assessment and good goals. Congrats on your baby! I know you’ll find lots of support among the sistahs for all things ‘bouncing back’. I look forward to reading more about your journey!

  5. Hey! Thanks for the encouragement. This post was actually really hard for me to post. I like to be independent and believe I don’t need help from anyone. I think it’s probably more realistic to say that at this point in my life a little support and accountability is what I do nee.

  6. Congratulations!! Just knowing your strengths and weaknesses is such a great place to start, considering that a lot of women don’t recognize them. On top of that, you’re honest with yourself. You’re starting from a great place and I can’t wait to see your progress!!

  7. Thanks! Knowing my strengths and weaknesses is both a pro and a con. Does that even make sense??? 🙂 I know what I can and should do, but I let myself not do it. Uncool. Here’s hoping that with encouragement I’ll quit letting myself off the hook.

  8. welcome good luck with your pregnancy and with your goals

  9. Thanks, Lorrie!

  10. I am SO excited that you are jumping into Mamavation! The support in the Sistahood has been so crucial for me this past year. You’ll love it!


  11. Thanks, Heather. I’m really excited, too! I’ve really loved reading your posts this past year.

  12. I have a big sweet tooth too, it has been a downfall of mine. I also would like to run a 5k, but if I could just walk one I’d be happy too. Good luck this week!!!

  13. Thanks! I walk/ran a 5k a couple years ago. This time my goal is to run the entire thing. That’s why I don’t want to commit to May unless I know I can run it.

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