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


  1. hey, if you need med­i­cine, you need med­i­cine!

    Your goals look doable this week as well, which is impor­tant becuase tak­ing on a goal too big can lead to burnout!

    Have a great week

  2. I am glad you are all get­ting bet­ter. Have a healthy year. Con­grats on your loss this week and have fun cap­tur­ing your goals.

  3. Glad you guys are feel­ing bet­ter! That is nev­er fun. If you guys can’t shake a bug then antibi­otics are the right choice. It is when you try to cure every snif­fle, sneeze and cough with them that you will have prob­lems.

    The Wii sounds great. I can’t wait to try that game. Have fun with it and I bet now that you are well your body will let you lose. Have a great week!

  4. You do what got to do. Good on this week

  5. I meant to say, Good Luck on this week.

  6. I have a cou­ple of friends (unre­lat­ed to each oth­er) here that both were sick for­ev­er and end­ed up need­ing abx to feel bet­ter as well. You have to do what is good for your fam­i­ly in the long run and being sick the entire win­ter with 3 small kids isn’t any good at all.

    As to injury, I did 30 Day Shred once and wrecked my knee. My left knee has always been touchy and I was­n’t doing one of the side lunges quite right because I did­n’t have any­one there to watch me and tell me how to fix it.

    I am doing C25K now, which you know, and while I know I run “cor­rect­ly” (AKA not land­ing on my heels) that same left knee isn’t too impressed. I am tempt­ed to find a run­ning shoe that takes a lit­tle more of the force from hit­ting the ground.

  7. I think you did what was right for your fam­i­ly when it comes down to antibi­ot­ic. Your doc­tor does­n’t sound like the type to just had over a med­ica­tion (as seen by giv­ing you anoth­er week). Hang in there, You have been sick and the body does­n’t like to give over the weight when our immune sys­tems are down. Best wished for this week!

  8. I think it’s fun­ny how we mom­mies are kind of being con­di­tioned to be anti-antibi­otics nowa­days. But some­times they are just nec­es­sary, so I’m real­ly glad you’re feel­ing bet­ter!

  9. I’m so glad to hear that you are on the mend! Some­times it REALLY does take antibi­otics as much as I try to avoid them as well. Look for­ward to tweet­ing with you and get­ting to know you 🙂

  10. I am so with you re: antibi­otics. But I’m glad y’all are bet­ter! Obvi­ous­ly the right deci­sion.

    Your fit­ness plan sounds great, I know that you’ll def­i­nite­ly burn away some calo­ries with the Wii game!

    I remem­ber when you did the C25k pro­gram a few years ago — I was in awe that some­one would WANT to run! LOL Hugs!

  11. Thanks for the reas­sur­ances, every­one. I guess I know I did the right thing, but after hear­ing for so long how antibi­otics are overused, I wish I did­n’t need them at all. I am thank­ful that once we got them the fix was so easy and quick.

    Shan­non- I’ve done the 30 Day Shred, too, and it’s fun­ny that did­n’t both­er my knees at all. The C25K which is sup­posed to be for couch peo­ple like myself was hard­er on my knees than a Jil­lian work­out. Go fig­ure. 🙂

    Heather- When I was doing the C25K before I usu­al­ly did­n’t want to run, but I was doing it because I want­ed to have some­thing in com­mon with my hus­band. Maybe now that I’m excit­ed and dying to get back to some good seri­ous car­dio, I’ll be more suc­cess­ful. Fin­gers crossed. Metaphor­i­cal­ly, of course, since I don’t believe in luck. 🙂

  12. As you prob­a­bly know, using antibi­otics kills off the good bac­te­ria with the bad, which is not good for our diges­tive sys­tems. You can com­bat this a few ways. Easy: eat plain yogurt with live, active cul­tures. Add some real fruit or nuts or put it in a smooth­ie if you don’t like the taste of plain yogurt. Anoth­er idea is to take some pro­bi­otics for a few weeks. That’s a lit­tle more expen­sive than going the food-route, but it should safe­guard you against the harm­ful effects of tak­ing the antibi­otics. Just some­thing that may help with your peace of mind…I was heart­bro­ken that I had to have peni­cillin dur­ing labor because I was group B strep pos­i­tive. Maybe I could have refused it, but I don’t know enough about the risks, so I just went with what they required at my hos­pi­tal. Then I took pro­bi­otics for over a month after I gave birth, and I’m sure it helped. I’m not con­cerned any­more.

  13. Kate- We are using pro­bi­otics, but still.…ugh.

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