Navigating through life away from the library.
Navigating through life away from the library.

Mamavation Monday

A new week and a new month full of new beginnings, but first let’s reflect on last week’s challenges and successes…

I ended last week on bad note exercise wise, I didn’t do a full workout for 2 days, instead I did 15 minutes on the Weider Step Machine and I walked around my neighborhood (which is mostly up hill). I don’t count these as full workouts because they weren’t regimented or formal type deals like with the EA Sports Active or a DVD. But I will go back to following the 30 Day Challenge (high intensity) this week.

As far as eating goes, I used a meal plan and cooked just about everything from scratch. My family loved it because they got to eat wholesome meals every night that were both nutritious and delicious and I liked it because I knew what we were going to eat every day. I’ll be making another meal plan later tonight (have to take inventory and see what I have).

My challenges for this week were:

~ getting in 10,000 steps (It seems like no matter how much walking I do, I can only hit a certain point over 5000, incredibly frustrating)
~ drinking water (I hit the over 64 oz per day only twice this week, so I definitely need to work on that)
~ eating slowly (maybe if I weren’t multi-tasking, I’d be able to enjoy my meals but I’m usually working on several different things at once while eating)
~ eating vegetables (this is a big bone of contention in this household – I love fresh, the family loves canned)

My goals for this week are to start training for a 5K. I haven’t found a race in my area or anything so this may end up just being my own personal goal which is fine with me. However, having something to look forward to would make things more fun. I will also work on water intake (especially since I plan to start running, have to stay hydrated). Pete Cohen suggested setting down the fork or spoon as we chew in order to slow things down when we eat, so I’m going to give that a try. I’m also going to focus on getting the right amount of sleep. I’m a bit of an insomniac (vicious cycle of sleepiness, coffee, sleeplessness).

If you’re looking to lose weight or make some healthy lifestyle changes, I would recommend that you find a support system of like-minded people. Trying to do this on your own can get frustrating and lead to feelings of failure. Having people send you emails or tweet out support helps a lot.

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