Sunday, March 27, 2011

#Mamavation Monday - Learning about me

What a fun week it has been! My little sister is finally a married woman... She and her honey tied the knot on Saturday! I love my little sis and the last few months of my life have been consumed with making sure that she had the day she deserved. And she did. Now I can get back to some type of "normalcy" in my life. 

I bought a book last night called "10 Lessons from a Former Fat Girl" by Amy Parham who is a former contestant on The Biggest Loser. I have gotten through the first chapter and it already has my mind churning! The book is really helping me to dig deep into my spirit and find the empty holes that I seem to fill with food. At the end of each chapter Amy asks you to reflect on the chapter and how it fits into your own life. In the first chapter she asks for you to find a quiet place to pray and meditate on the things that may be keeping you from becoming the fit girl that God wants you to be. I have found that I try to take over in my own life instead of letting God have control. I am making it a goal, and have already been doing this at the suggestion of Leah, to not only pray before each meal, but to pray to God for guidance that I will be eating the meal or snack for the right reason, nourishment, and not for the wrong reason, because I am emotional or bored. I highly recommend this book, and I am not even really into the meat of it yet!

Weight loss this week was not great, but hey, it was a loss! And I did eat some high sodium, heavy foods at my sister's wedding yesterday, so that could also be reflected in this week's weight. And it probably doesn't help that I was still wearing my yoga pants and tank top... 
This week's loss, -0.4

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Congrats to my fit friend, @fitmomtraining for being named SOTW! I love her!!!

This week’s blogging carnival is sponsored by Earth Footwear!

Where will your feet take you this year? Any plans for a big hike, race, or just a lot of walking?
This year I am going to run my first official 5K! I am nervous and excited!!

Sunday, March 20, 2011

#Mamavation Monday - Support is vital!

This week I chose to write about support! We have some awesome moms who have applied to be a Mamavation Mom, and not only do they deserve our support, but their very chance of succeeding relies on it! 

I learned a wealth of new information during the Mamavation Mom campaign. I learned to love some new foods, and I learned how and at what frequency I should be eating. When it all comes out on paper, it looks like it should be easy to lose weight. "Do this, eat this and you will lose weight and become healthy." Yeah, it's not that easy. And the Mamavation coaching team knows that! That is why they are there, not only to set the Mamavation Moms up with a nutrition and exercise plan but to be there for support if something is not going so well. I can say this, and I am sure there are other previous MM grads who can say this too, I did not take full advantage of the support I had. Somedays I was scared to "bother" them and other days I felt like I would look like I was a failure if I asked for help. It takes a lot more than just a "plan" to be successful. For me, in addition to the planning, there is a lot of prayer and a lot of gathering support from my husband and family.

A friend of mine has commented a couple times that she wants me to give her some pointers to lose weight. She and I have been best friends since high school, and we have mirrored each other since. We both work at the same place, we both have 2 kids, we both have busy lives and we both have gained a lot of weight. She came up to me this week and told me that she found out some less than good news at the doctor's office and was thinking about signing up for Weight Watchers online. I hated to hear that information, but was giddy inside that she was coming to me for support! I can't wait for she and I to pair up and lose weight together. I have found that I am extremely successful when I have a "partner-in-crime", and I think that she and I could be unbeatable together! That's where that support comes in. I want to support my friend through this and she is going to support me. I am so excited to have a new "IRL" weight loss buddy! I am even thinking about signing up online with her. Why not?

Shelley and I are also pairing up to support each other. We each want to lose 30 lbs before Fitcation. We haven't chatted as much as we should, but watch out for us, when we get this thing calibrated, it's going to get serious!

If you don't have a lot of support, seek it out. Let people know that you feel you could be more successful if you could talk with them about how you are feeling, or what is working or not working for you. There are TONS of sisters here in the sistahood that I know would listen, but find you someone in real life who can be there when we aren't. And this advice is not just for the Mamavation applicants/finalists/Moms, this is for everybody.

This week's question:
Are you a sweet or savory snacker?  What do you look for in a healthy snack?
I am a sweet snacker! When looking for a healthy snack, especially if I am craving sweets, I try to turn to fruit or yogurt. Every now and then I will sneak a small piece of chocolate! Can't live without it! 

Now for this week's weight loss...  -0.8 lb I am back to using my old scale, the new scale I am reviewing had me at 122 lbs this morning which was obviously way off! I am thinking maybe I should try some new batteries or I may be contacting the manufacturer!

Monday, March 14, 2011

#Mamavation Monday - Regaining health

Hi ladies! I was totally MIA this week, and for good reason! (Don't worry, I am not leaving ya! I will hold up my end of the deal!)

My house was taken over by yet another sickness. The stomach flu invaded! My oldest son and I were sick Wednesday/Thursday and my youngest son was sick Thursday night. My oldest is still having bouts of diarrhea and vomiting and it starting to show signs of dehydration. I took him to Urgent Care on Sunday, but of course, with this being a virus, there was not much they could do. I am pumping him full of fluids to avoid another trip to the doc. I keep forgetting that my immune system isn't quite what it used to be. My doctor advised me that having an autoimmune diseases coupled with the med I take to maintain digestive health can have an effect on my immune system. I am taking steps to include more vitamin C rich foods, and am currently experimenting with new multivitamin regimine.

The first week after the campaign has been wild. Not only has the sickness thrown me for a loop, but I am working a new schedule at work, and am busy-busy preparing for my sister's wedding which is less that 2 weeks away! Speaking of... I picked up my bridesmaids dress today, and it is SO big! I am going to have to have some major alterations done! Yipee!!! 

So on to my scale pic! This is a new scale, I am reviewing the EatSmart Precision Premium Digital Bathroom Scale. Watch for my official review to come soon! 

I tried taking the picture a few times and this is the best I got because of the backlit display, I will say though, it was very accurate each time I had to step back on! 

My old scale has me at 261.8 so I would say they are pretty close! That does however put me at a gain of 2lbs, but that's okay! Considering the situation this past week, I think I did pretty good! I didn't drink as much water as I should've, especially while being sick, and I definitely wasn't as active. But watch out, I have my eye on the 230's that is my goal for Fitcation!!

I am training for a 5K in May. The proceeds go to the Justin Foundation which focuses on de-bullying our local schools. Stay tuned for more information about this. The website has not been updated recently, but I definitely know it is taking place on May 7 which also happens to be mine and my husband's 6th wedding anniversary!

Mamavation Mom Applicants! I haven't gotten to touch base with as many of you as I would like! Some of you have DM'd me and I have your info! PLEASE email me at kjrobinette at if you want to chat!

What time of day works best for you to be active?  How do you make sure you stick to those planned workouts?

I don't have a particular time of day that works best for me. My work schedule fluctuates, so some days I work out in the morning before I go to work, and some days I workout when I get home from work. If I don't write it on my calendar(s) (yes, even the ones at work) I forget! I even set up reminders on my phone. I have been known to get home from work, crash in the recliner, or get caught up in other mommy duties and totally forget to workout!

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

Sunday, March 6, 2011

#Mamavation Campaign 7 is over! - The before and after pictures

Thanks once again to everyone who supported me during this campaign! I see a HUGE transformation! Do you see it?