Archives for January 2011

Mamavation Monday: Week 3

I promise I will post something other than only a Monday post soon!

So, we’ve been sick.  We’ve been sick since before Halloween.  According to my mental calculations, that is somewhere around 10-11 weeks.  Jonas is 13 weeks, and I know that he got sick somewhere around Halloween- the first time.  Ugh.  Since then we’ve been coughing, sneezing, and passing whatever it is that we have from one person to another.  Just when somebody seems to be getting better, someone else comes down with it.  Then, when I think I’m finally safe from another round of the yucks, I wake up with a sore throat, stuffy nose, cough, or some other form of it.  Yuck.

Finally, after all five of us endured multiple rounds of the yuck for over two months, I mentioned it out of frustration to my doctor at a routine checkup.  She said if we were not well in a week to call her back.  I did, and she prescribed antibiotics.  Again, yuck.  I went back and forth about taking them (and giving them to the boys), but in the end we did it.  Jason and I and the two older boys all took a round of antibiotics.  As the week progressed, I had two distinct feelings about taking the meds.  First, I was hesitant and reluctant to take them.  We’ve all heard about the overuse of antibiotics and doctors who are prescribing them for colds.  Everyone knows that is bad and can lead to serious problems down the road.  Now, here I am with four of the five of us on antibiotics.  Then, I felt relieved.  They worked.  Apparently what we had needed antibiotics in order to go away.  Within two days I felt much better.  The boys were noticeably better.  It was what we needed.  We can now consider leaving the house again!  Ten weeks inside a house with two preschoolers and an infant is a L.O.N.G. time.

I know I made the right decision in getting the medicine for us, but I still feel guilty about it for some reason.  I guess there’s no way to win this one.

Now, onto my weekly check in-  I did fairly well last week with eating well.  I meal plan on a regular basis, and we have lots of fruits and veggies in the house.  However, I am nursing (as I will probably mention every week in one way or another) 🙂 and that makes my weight loss much less predictable.  My first week I lost 3 pounds, and last week I lost nothing.  That is weird if you ask me.  Not frustrating yet, just weird.  🙂  I understand it happens, and to the degree that I can, I also understand why my body hangs on to some of the weight.

This week, we bought Just Dance 2 for the Wii, and I’m hoping to dance away some of my calories in the upcoming weeks.  In addition, now that we are well, I’m going to be joining a gym!  Yay!  I’m hoping for two days a week at the gym with the boys in their childcare area and one weekend day.  The other days, I’m hoping to dance or use our treadmill at home.

Previous weight loss:  3 lbs

This week’s weight loss:  0 lbs

Total loss:  3 lbs

This week’s sponsor question from Salonpas is:  Have you ever been injured starting a new exercise routine? Tell us about it…If not, do you get any aches and pains? Where?

I am not sure I’d call it an injury, but when I started the Couch to 5K running program a couple years ago, I had some definite aches and pains for the first couple weeks.  My knees were achy, and my shins were a little sore for a while, too.  How about you?  🙂

Also, I’d love to get to know you on Twitter.  Tell me who you are, and follow me @CBerbs

Mamavation Monday: Week 2

About two years ago, one of my Facebook friends started exercising and watching what she ate.  She was overweight at the time, and over time she lost over 100 pounds.  She is an amazing mother, wonderful wife, and beautiful person all around.  Now, she frequently shares thoughts and information on her Facebook page about how she was able to lose the weight and how she’s keeping it off.

I don’t have as much weight to lose as she did, but I definitely need to start focusing on taking control of my health.  So, when she was sharing some keys to her success, one of her statements caught my eye.  “It’s not about how I feel.  It’s about what I know to be true.”  This statement can be applied in so many circumstances in life, and one of those is taking care of myself (including weight loss although not limited to it).

I’ve been thinking about that a lot lately.  I thought I’d share that and see if it helps anyone else.

This week I lost 3 pounds.  But, I’d like to add a couple thoughts to that.  I lost 3 pounds.  That’s great, and it’s a nice way to start off the year.  But, I’m nursing.  I’m nursing a baby who is almost 3 months old and is almost 20 pounds.  This means he eats.  A lot.  I have a feeling that his nursing patterns have a lot more to do with my weight loss than my choices at this point.  To be honest, I don’t mind it.  Weight loss is weight loss at this point.  However, I do realize before getting too excited, that at some point I’m going to have to take more responsibility for my actions and choices.  He’s not always going to be eating so much and allowing my body to burn the extra calories in a day.  Until then, I will appreciate the loss very much, but I do need to appreciate it in its full context.

Total weight loss:  3 lbs

Mamavation question (sponsored by GameStop):  What are ways you can work out without having to leave the house?

We have dance parties, use the treadmill, use the Watch It Now feature on NetFlix, and use our Wii to play exercise games.

Project 365 – Day 1

Project 365 – Day 1

I have 3 beautiful boys.  I don’t take as many pictures as I should.  I love the photo albums that my mom made for me as I was growing up.  I think about them quite often, and I usually end up feeling guilty about it.  Not only do I not take the pictures I should, but I also don’t organize them after I take them.  Some day my kids are going to want pictures of their childhoods.  I want to have something to give them.

My sister-in-law has been doing Project 365 for the past three years.  The idea is to take one picture a day for a year to document the little things that make someone’s life unique and special.  After looking at her pictures each day and seeing a few of my Facebook friends joining in, I thought it might be a way for us to take more pictures and organize them in a way our boys will appreciate as they grow.

Day 1

Pajamas and Legos

I won’t be posting all our pictures here, but if you’re interested in keeping up with our Project 365 progress, you can check them out on HERE Flickr.