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

Mamavation Monday

This has been a crazy month for me.  Ten days ago, I woke up and couldn’t see out of my left eye and didn’t bother going to the emergency room until Sunday afternoon but wasn’t able to get an official diagnosis until Thursday of last week.  So things have been just a little bit woo for me.  I am on an incredibly strong dose of steroids which has made me put on some weight (Why can’t I ever get one of those illnesses where I lose weightI mean, really, can’t a sista catch a break?).  I am continuing with my workouts and I’m trying to maintain some semblance of a healthy eating pattern but this week I’ve seriously been relying on fast food to get myself and my family through the days.

Therefore, my goals for this week are to get back onto a healthy eating schedule and drag my family along with me.  They have totally enjoyed all the eating out but I can’t take it anymore.  I will also continue to workout at the gym – I really enjoy my time there.  I know I’m a Hot Mom has a challenge where she asks what moms do to celebrate themselves, well, that’s it for me.  I get on the treadmill and listen to DC Talk Radio on Pandora and totally zone out.  For 45 minutes to an hour all of my attention is focused on absolutely nothing and I love it.

Friday morning, I did a bit of “slogging” ~ slow jogging.  I had planned to do at least 3 miles but 1 mile into it, I felt like my heart was beating out of my chest, so I ended with a nice cool down walk and called it a day.  I’m not sure if it’s the meds that are messing with me or if it’s psychological, either way, I didn’t want to play around.

My success for this week is that I was able to complete (kinda sorta) week 1 of C25K.  Basically, what I’ve done is gotten tired of starting and stopping due to weather, illness or what have you. so I’m going to start week 2 tomorrow.  I know it sounds kinda contrary to what I just said about the chest pounding, but I’m hoping that the combination of walking and running will be less stressful and that I’ll be able to manage it.  If not, there’s always tomorrow.  The only person I’m challenging is myself.

Before I end, I just want to give my support to the ladies who are applying for the 4th Mamavation campaign.  I look forward to meeting you all and sharing this journey with you.  You have joined a wonderful group of women who offer support in a variety of ways from a gentle pat on the back  to the put-their-foot-up-your-butt-and-push-you-forward-cause you-need-it shove.  So don’t be shy, even if you’re not ready for the full on bootcamp, join the sistahood and make some friends.

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