Sunday, May 29, 2011

#Mamavation Monday - Drop the Kids Off at the Pool

 Eight. I have always liked the number eight. It's a nice number. Fun to write. Comes before nine but after seven. This week however, I am not liking number 8 very well. You see, that is how much weight I gained in the past week. To sum up this past week, it was stressful, my mother was pretty sick a couple of days, there was a birthday celebration in which the main dish was sodium, and I, well, my plumbing is kinda stopped up (if ya know what I mean). Pair all of the above with a good ole dose of PMS and you have a weeks worth of activites/physiology that equals 8 lb weight gain. I am pretty sure most of this will go pretty quickly as soon as I drop the kids off at the pool, but wow, 8 lbs in ONE week? It's not impossible! I did it!

So now, this week what am I doing to "move" things along? Well my first goal is to get 10K steps in everyday. (Greta is my butt kicker on this goal!) That tip that exercise keeps the digestive system moving is not a lie people! It works! Second goal: Drink more water. I used to be a water drinking QUEEN. Sadly my hydracoach has recently been sitting alone, display flashing, awaiting a cool refill of water and a quick push of the start button! Third goal: eat more fiber! I have never, ever been good at this. I really am not a fan of veggies. And I know, fiber is found in many more places than veggies, and I am focusing on that this week. I am also adding ground flax seed to my meals. (Awesome stuff, can't tell it's there!)

This coming weekend is Fitcation! I had a ticket, but had to release it due to my stomach. Doc was not happy with my flying or exercising intensely so I had to give it up. I am going to miss meeting everyone. I really am trying not to think about it too much this week, but I REALLY want to see some pics girls!

Hope you all have a great week! :)

What are your go-to tricks for when you need a confidence boost?
I talk to my DH. I know that no matter how much weight I have gained or lost, no matter what kind of week I have had, he tells me what a great mom/wife/person I am and always tells me I am beautiful. And if he hears me say otherwise, he calls me out on it. It's also nice to get all dolled up for work or just a trip to the grocery store!

This post is sponsored by Your Best Face and I’m writing this to be entered into a giveaway hosted by Mamavation and sponsored by Your Best Face.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

#Mamavation Monday - Constant Chaos!

Hi friends! This past week has been insane! Last Saturday I discovered many tiny bugs in our bathroom, and when I say tiny, I mean tiny, they are no bigger than the period at the end of this sentence. There was a mama bird who had built her nest in our upstairs neighbors dryer vent which is above our bathroom and those bugs were Bird Mites!! If you know anything about those critters you know that they multiply very quickly and can take YEARS to get rid of! I cried when I found this out. When they get on you they are very itchy and their size makes it easy for them to hide away from any insecticides. My landlord came Monday and took the whole vent out. The baby birds in the nest were big enough to make it on their own, in fact they now are residing in the tree in front of our apartment and have since learned to fly! I still see a mite here or there but I think we got rid of the problem before it got too big. So needless to say my week has been filled with cleaning, vacuuming constantly, disinfecting and all kinds of cleaning routines to make sure those mites hit the road! 

My stomach has held up well this past week considering. I am working my way back into a routine. I expect to be released from my exercise restriction soon and will start training again for my 5K.  I need to find a new one, the one I was going to run was held on May 7th.

I saw the Mamavation Moms progress and holy smokes! You ladies rocked this campaign! I love looking at before and after pics! You ladies are some HAWT mamas! Congrats Angela, Andrea, Libby and Stacie on your successful completion of this past campaign!

Also congrats to Laila on being names SOTW! Laila has always been one of my favorite sistas! When I am out of it, or just not around she always shouts out to me to check on me! Not many people have done that so it really lifted me up!

I am working on getting back in the groove. Being sick along with a few other personal snafus have really thrown me off the past few months. I try getting back in there but when I do tweet sometimes I don't even get a single reply. :( I am not trying to get your sympathies but please pay close attention when a sista proclaims she is not doing so well. It really helps to have an encouraging word. It makes it all to easy too quit when it seems no one cares!

What keeps you from having healthy snacks on hand when you are out of the house?

I forget. Flat out. By the time I get myself ready, the kids ready and their stuff packed I realize I have forgotten about myself. I have however started keeping healthy snacks at my desk at work. Cranberries, Special K chips, FiberPlus bars and more...

Hope you all have a wonderful week! Oh and check out my scale pic, I have lost 0.8 lbs!!


This post is sponsored by Grunt Style and I’m writing this to be entered into a giveaway hosted by Mamavation and sponsored by Grunt Style.

Monday, May 9, 2011

#Mamavation Monday - Too pooped to party

Hi ladies! I hope that you all had a wonderful mother’s day!

This past week was great. I learned a lot about myself, my cravings and how to control them. All was well up until Saturday when my DH took me out to eat at Red Lobster for our anniversary dinner. I went berserk! I had the shrimp festival with a few cheddar biscuits. One day I will learn. Just because my stomach feels okay, it doesn’t mean I can feed greasy junk into it. I paid for it yesterday. I spent most of the morning in the bathroom, and the rest of the day in the bed or recliner. So needless to say, there wasnt much celebration yesterday on Mother's day! I was pooped!

Regardless of my wild weekend, I still managed to lose .6 lbs this week! I consider that to be epic. Lol

(Once again, I have no idea why that picture shows correctly, then flips once I upload it here!)

As I wrote in my post last week, I have been studying the Made to Crave book with Rachel S. This week I want to share a passage from the book that struck me hard today...

“I had to get honest enough to admit it: I relied on food more than I relied on God. I craved food more than I craved God. Food was my comfort. Food was my reward. Food was my joy. Food was what I turned to in times of stress, sadness and even times of happiness.”

Have a great week girls! I am still around, just busy! So when if you think I am not looking I am! :)

Monday, May 2, 2011

#Mamavation Monday - Made to Crave

Hi ladies! This past week has been interesting. On Wednesday night our area was hit hard by the storms. Tornadoes touched down as close as 1.5 miles from my home. There was lots of devastation, destruction and sadly, loss of life. I have never felt more helpless in my entire life. That night helped me to grasp what I do have control over and made me realize that if I have the choice to control something, like my weight, I should while I still can.

A good sista of mine, Rachel S., called me on Saturday to let me know of a book that her church group is currently studying. Made to Crave by Lysa Terkeurst. I had heard of this bok, but had forgotten about it. I have been reading and journaling for the past few days and realizing so much about myself, my relationship with God and my relationship with food. The idea is that God made us to crave Him, but so many times we get our priorities out of line and crave other things. Food, and sometimes worse. I am enjoying learning new things about myself. Journaling my thoughts and my day is helping so much. I have been jurnaling my food for some time now, but journaling my feelings is bringing my healthy journey to a whole new level.

As far as my stomach issues go, the stress of Wednesday night was not good for me. However, I am on the upward trod. I am still having some symptoms and am restricted to light exercise but it's not as bad as it was or could be.

I will miss you all tonight! The boys missed their bath last night so we gotta get it in tonight! I will try to pop in if I get them in bed in time!

Have a great week!!!