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

Mamavation Monday on Sunday

Mamavation MondayThis week marks the end of Mamavation Mom Campaign 7!  So I’d like to take this opportunity to say to the moms, congratulations on all of your hard work.  And even if you don’t keep up the marathon~like workout schedule that you’ve been doing, keep moving for yourself and for your families.  You’ve both done an amazing job and I wish you continued success, not just in staying healthy and losing weight but in finding the happiness that you deserve as wives, mothers and women…

This week has been full of win for me.  I’m down 3 lbs!  I’ve gotten my eating under control by tracking my calories every day for the past 7 days.  Thank you, SparkPeople for making it so easy.  I had 2 days where I went over my caloric goal and I had 3 days when I was under my caloric goals (not on purpose, I just wasn’t hungry).  So I need to figure out how to balance those days when I’m not hungry so I can stay within my calorie range.

Side story, I went grocery shopping this week and came home with whole grain bread, pita pockets, muffins, fresh fruits and veggies, etc.  I thought my family was gonna stage an insurrection.  I ended up going back to the grocery store and picking up some of the things my family normally eats but I’m going to slip some healthy stuff into their diets.  Even if it kills us.

My water intake started off great.  I cut back on the coffee and started drinking Cranberry Pomegranate Tea, which is delish, but by mid~week I had a crushing caffeine withdrawal related headache. Seriously, I wanted to cut off my head with a butter knife to stop the pain.  So I’m back on the coffee.  And the tea.  I definitely need to figure out how to balance my need for coffee with my body’s need for fresh water.

I exercised 5 out of 7 days (I’m doing the EA Sports 30 Day Challenge) and I’m keeping track of my steps using my handy dandy pedometer.  I’m also making sure that I burn calories every day.  This week starts the Spring Step It Up pedometer challenge at work, so I’m pretty excited about that.  I’ve joined every challenge since I started working here but I could never make it over 1500 steps (sad, I know).  My goal this time is to hit the 5000 mark and, hopefully, hit 10,000 steps a couple of times during the challenge.

My Stats:

  • Starting weight:  163.2 lbs
  • Today’s weight:  160 lbs (~3.2 lbs)
  • Goal weight:  145 lbs

Mamavation Monday Blogging Carnival

This week’s Mamavation Blogging Carnival is being hosted by Earth Footwear.

This week’s question is:  “What are your strategies to fit everything into your busy life?  Any areas you need to work on?”

People think because I have older children that they need me less or that my evening hours allow me more free time during the day and this is so not true.  While my children don’t need constant supervision like they did when they were little, they do, in many ways, require more of my time ~ taxiing to and from events,  listening (if you don’t prod, they will share), etc.  And don’t get me started on the time that the husband sucks up needs…  Sometimes they can be more demanding than babies.

Over the past few weeks, I’ve found that the best time for me to squeeze in “me time” is in the morning, just after the kids get on the bus.  Everyone is gone and I have the house to myself, so I take care of my needs:  I workout and then I read the passages for the Bible in 90 Days Challenge while I eat my breakfast.  This schedule works well for me except on weekends or when the hubs or the kids are home.  So I really need to work on stressing to them that the first few hours of the morning belong to me and they can’t have them.  Moms, it’s OK to be selfish.

Disclosure:  I did not receive any compensation for this post.  Mamavation is a weight loss support group that uses social media to help women and especially mothers to lead a healthy lifestyle.  You can learn more about Mamavation by visiting the website, following on Twitter or liking on Facebook.

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