Mamavation Monday: Week 7

Well, after feeling more than a little frustrated last week, I am feeling better as I write this post.  I can’t put my finger on why I’m feeling better.  I think it might be a combination of several things.  A supportive friend, some advice from someone I didn’t even know, nicer weather, some decent results on the scale, and having a new book on the way.

Also, after talking with Heather, my supportive friend, I made the decision that in order to get past some of my struggles, I just need to do it.  I was telling her that since I live in a cold weather climate (North Dakota), I sometimes struggle to get my fruits, vegetables, and water intake to where they need to be.  Let me be honest with you.  When it’s cold out, I don’t want cold food.  Heather was great and suggested some alternatives, but in the end I decided that was a big ol’ excuse for not doing what I should be doing.  Instead of making more work for myself, I’m just going to do it.  My goal for this week is 3 bottles of water every day (96 oz) and 5+ fruits and vegetables every day.  Hopefully since we’ve been experiencing some nicer weather I’ll get off to a good start in this area and the week after won’t be too bad even if it’s colder.

My foot is still bugging me.  My knee is still bugging me.  While I’m tempted to keep on exercising with the foot thing just to get it dealt with, I think a better plan will be to do something that is less impact (the Pilates), let my foot and knee heal up and start again at a slower pace when that happens.  Until then, hopefully the bike and Pilates will become two of my great friends.

Thanks for the support and comments!  Every one means a lot to me.

Oh, yeah, I almost forgot

Previous weeks’ weight loss:  5 lbs

This week:  .8 lbs

Total:  5.8 lbs

Mamavation Monday: Week 6

Well, you may have noticed that I missed last week.  (But, with my “break” from blogging, it’s possible you also didn’t notice.)  🙂  Whoops!  I usually write my posts on Friday, so when it comes time to post it I can just put it up.  Well, I didn’t get it written on Friday or Saturday or Sunday or Monday.  So, I missed a week.

I have to admit that another part of the reason I didn’t write last week’s post is that I was feeling a little overwhelmed.  Thursday I was at the gym and did the elliptical crosstrainer, and I ended up doing something to my knee.  It was hurting to the point where I couldn’t even go up and down the stairs on Thursday.  In addition to having an extremely painful knee, I had been having problems with my feet.  No matter which exercise I do, my toes seem to end up numb to a certain degree.  Some exercises are worse than others, but they all seem to end up with me having numb toes.  Also, on my left foot, I have been experiencing a few different symptoms.  First, I felt like I was walking on a small rock, but when I took my shoe off there was nothing.  Then, it got to the point where every time I took a step, I had the sensation of a nerve being bumped.  (Like when you hit your funny bone)  So, I made an appointment with the podiatrist, and it turns out I have a pinched nerve in my left foot and the same thing seems to be developing in my right foot.  So, right now, I can take it easy, ice my foot, get a cortisone shot if it gets worse, or have the nerve removed.  Great.  Then, I get to go through it all again with my right foot.

I wasn’t ready to talk about it last week, and I still don’t exactly how I’m feeling about all of that.  But, I decided to take it easy on the impact exercises.  This week, I’ve been doing biking (with numb toes) and a little elliptical.  After I do those, I’ve been lifting weights.  So far, I’ve only focused on lifting legs.  I figured if my knee issues were due to weak muscles or tendons in my knees lifting would help me build up my strength.

So, as far as weight loss goes, I’m still at the same weight I was at 2 weeks ago.  Last week I gained .4 pounds and this week I lost it.  I’m sure that the fact that my baby is just about 4 months old also has something to do with my weight loss (and the lack of it).  I’m trying to keep a good attitude and remember that as long as I get the good habits in place now, the loss will come when my body is ready.

Mamavation Monday: Week 5

So, I’ve joined the gym, and I’ve been there several times.  I have really enjoyed it so far.  So, as long as I can keep my routine of going on Mondays and Thursdays, everything looks good on the gym front.  This week’s goal is to drink lots and LOTS more water.  I haven’t been feeling very bloggy lately, so I think this post will be short and sweet.

Previous weight loss:  4.4 lbs

This week’s loss:  .6 lbs

Total weight loss:  5 lbs

Mamavation Monday: Week 4

I am one of those people.  In fact, I believe I might be that person.  Let’s not pretend you don’t know who I’m talking about.  I’m the one who joins the gym right after New Year’s.  I’m one of those people who shows up on Mondays and Thursdays (and one of the weekend days) and uses the elliptical and treadmill that you had been using at that time for the last 8 months.

I’m sorry.

I didn’t mean to be that person.

Timing just worked out that way.  I had a baby in October and started thinking about joining the gym.  Then, we got a cold that would.not.go.away!  It was so frustrating.  By the time we all got healthy and feeling good, it was the week after New Year’s.  I don’t like to be that person.  I really don’t.  In fact, I almost waited until February just to avoid this situation.  Then, I remembered that I am worth it.  Instead of feeling bad about being one of the many, MANY people who joins the gym in January as a start of a new leaf or resolution or whatever it’s being called this time, and going twice before turning the leaf back the way it was, I’m going to make the best use of my membership, time, and equipment that I can.

Weight loss progress:

Previous weeks’ loss:  3 lbs.

This week’s loss:  1.4 lbs.

Total loss:  4.4 lbs

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?  🙂

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