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.

Strengths:

  • 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.

Weaknesses:

  • 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.