Monday, March 22, 2010

Mamavation Week #12

Watch Lives Change

Time for me to do my impersonation of a sheep: this week was BAAAAAAAAD! I'm not going to beat myself up for missing the mark this week. Time to learn and move forward.

Exercise: 4 out of 7 days cardio, some light strength training with the exercise ball. I think I pulled a neck muscle on Thursday morning, which resulted in a 2 day headache. Not fun. Then Saturday, we spent most of the day outside doing yard work on the beautiful first day of spring, which led to a severe allergy attack Saturday night/Sunday. I can't take most OTC medications because I am sensitive to some of the ingredients. I could breathe, I couldn't sleep, yet I was exhausted.

Lessons learned: don't overdo the pushups, I think that's what caused the strained neck muscle. And I'm giving Afrin a try as a decongestant to treat my allergies. I had been staying away from decongestants because of breastfeeding. But Ladybug weaned a few months ago, so I'm willing to give it a try.

Food Journal: I did keep up with my food journal every day, although it was a challenge this week. Because I wasn't feeling well, I reached for a lot of comfort foods, especially breads. I know that I didn't get my 7-8 servings of fruits and veggies more than twice last week. And I felt blah. Blah, blah, blah. (Lesson learned: eat fruits and veggies and you'll FEEL better!) Here is my healthy menu plan for the week.

The Scale: No surprise, up .5 lbs. Like I said, I'm not going to beat myself up over this. It was a rough week. Time to move on. (Total weight loss since Christmas is 13 lbs.)

Plan for this week: Cardio 5 days out of 7, still do some light strength training with the exercise ball, but take it easy on the pushups! Eat 7-8 servings of fruits and veggies EVERY DAY. Drink at least 80 oz of water every day.

Inspiration for this week: Proverbs 3:7-8, because I feel like I wasn't smart this week. I pushed myself too hard, resulting in a pulled muscle, and didn't eat the right foods. This isn't an all or nothing race. This is a marathon called "life." (right, Leah?)

Don’t be impressed with your own wisdom....
Then you will have healing for your body
and strength for your bones.

I'm looking forward to catching up on everyone's posts. Sorry that I didn't make the bloggy rounds and that I wasn't on Twitter much. Thanks so much for your support and encouragement - I couldn't do this without you!


  1. Awesome attitude!! You are doing great Heather!!!

  2. You have a great attitude about everything! Wonderful job

  3. Rough week! Those are legitimate reasons to not be as diligent as you wanted. I am glad you are pretty in tune to what is going on with your body. I also like your inspiration this week. Make this week better, and you will see a loss.

  4. oh sorry you felt so rotten this weekend. Hope this week is better!

  5. Heather, Sorry about the allergies ~ my husband has them, not fun. Continue to draw strength from your faith and don't beat yourself up. This is a new week.

  6. Good for you for being able to pick yourself up and move on! Look forward instead of back and you will see improvement next week!

  7. It is a marathon! Good insight! And great job with the food journal. I love your attitude here. Thanks for the inspiration!

  8. Your menu looks good and different (pumpkin soup) :p Hey definitely dont beat yourself up over the week, you're still down 13 lbs! Hope you enjoy this week a little better. ((hugs))

  9. heather, for your allergies try local honey. I buy honey from my town every year and it's basically putting some of the pollen from your area into your system, helps build up a tolerance. Really helps me every spring! Plus it's honey, what's the downside? ;) I love your lessons learned, by the way!

  10. Heather, you still did good for a bad week, and .5 lbs gained is not bad either. Careful on your workouts so you don't hurt yourself. And yes, eating more fruits and veggies should help build up your immunity so you can fight off your allergies. Keep up the good work! --- @ImAHotMom

  11. Oh, yes, don't strain. The push-ups are killer. I can't even do a real one yet even after all the weight I've lost and all the exercise I do. If you can do those girl, you have my respect! XXOO