Sunday, October 31, 2010

Mamavation Week 44


This was quite the busy week.  I'll jump right in....

Exercise: Cardio 6 days out of 7, a total of 183 cardio minutes.  I started the week easy since I was recovering from my 5k the previous weekend.  I planned my exercise for the week and stuck with that plan.  The only thing that changed was that I started power walking with a neighbor.  She saw me running on Wednesday morning and stopped to ask if I'd walk with her.  So we'll be walking on Tuesday & Thursday mornings together.  It makes me happy to have someone to sweat with!

For the MamaGuns challenge, I stepped it up a notch this week.  Thanks to Stephanie, aka MamaGuns, for giving great advice and info regarding additional strength exercises.  I changed up my routine, added 6 upper body exercises and 3 lower body exercises.  I still do a few Pilates exercises every day for my core and plan to add more in the coming weeks.  I can already feel my legs getting stronger!  My overall fitness goal is to improve my running, and I've done a lot of reading about the importance of strength training for runners.  (Also, I posted videos of two MamaGuns exercises that I filmed when I saw the awesome MizFit in September.)

And my pedometer broke this week. Sad face. I beat that thing up and wore it every day for the last 7 months.  I'll get another one sometime because I like the challenge of meeting a step goal.

Monday - exercise bike, 25 minutes
Tuesday - exercise bike, 30 minutes, MamaGuns workout
Wednesday - running, 24 minutes
Thursday - power walking, 40 minutes, MamaGuns workout
Friday - exercise bike, 30 minutes
Saturday - running 34 minutes, MamaGuns workout
Sunday - rest day

Food: I did well with eating this week.  I still use my food journal and follow basic "clean eating" principles. But I don't beat up on myself if I have a treat.  I had an interesting revelation on Friday.  We were at Ladybug's preschool Halloween party.  I allowed myself a cupcake.  It tasted bad to me.  It was so processed-tasting that I couldn't finish it.  It wasn't just that it had sugar in it, I could TELL it came from a box.  I've made applesauce cupcakes recently from scratch and they were good.  I guess because I hardly eat processed food I could tell the difference. We don't really get into Halloween too much, so I didn't have the candy temptation (and I'm thankful for that!).

I am challenging myself to eat more greens this month.  Spinach is my usual fave, with kale being a new favorite too.  I featured kale last week in my New Food Friday post - go check it out!

And here is our healthy menu plan for the week.  I'll be keeping things simple.

The Scale: I'm trying not to be frustrated. I'm up 1 lb for two weeks in a row.  I know that with the increased strength training that I am building muscle and that in the long run this will increase my metabolism and the extra pounds will drop.  But it's still frustrating to be "stuck."  The scale is not my only means of measuring success.  I feel good and I'm staying active.  I will re-check my measurements next week.

Special thanks to Subway for being such a fabulous Mamavation sponsor! And thanks to all of you for continued support and encouragement!


  1. You had a pretty active week!

    I have heard that once you are use to eating the real thing it's hard to go back to the processed. I love spinach too! I eat it primarily raw but have run into some good recipes to eat it cooked. I will definitely check out your meal plan for ideas! Hope you have a great week!

  2. I bought a huge bag of spinach this week! Gotta get some more greens in my diet! Bummer about your pedometer breaking, have any idea what kind you are replacing it with? My gruve has been acting weird since I washed it, so I am thinking of going the pedometer route now. Great job on the activity, and don't beat yourself up, you are probably right, that pound is probably muscle! Have a great great week!

  3. I love reading your updates! Baby J is 3 weeks old, and after I get the go-ahead at 6 weeks, I plan to jump back on the regular exercise bandwagon. While it seems pretty obvious that moving more equals more calories burned, I'm looking at getting a pedometer just to give myself something to use as a measurement for exactly how much moving I'm doing. Thanks for sharing your journey!

  4. You are amazing. Perhaps the 1 lb gain is muscle? or water weight? You are doing amazing with your fitness goals and activity! So SO proud of you and all that you have accomplished! !:)

  5. When I first started strength training, I freaked out at the amount of weight I gained. It lasted for about two weeks and then the third week, I dropped like 5 lbs. or something like that. I just remember that exact feeling of frustration. But then after that, the weight came off a lot quicker.

  6. Totally jealous of your having a powerwalking friend! I live in the sticks, no neighbors at all.

    Hope that the Gruve will stop acting up for this week. Makes me rethink buying one. I know mine would go through multiple washings! lol

    Great job this week! keep it up!

  7. Hey Heather - Wow - you moved a LOT this week! That is really great! I hear you about the "processed" cupcake. I was on the road and was in a pinch and did a quick drive thru and YUCK. I couldn't wait to come home and cook some fresh food. My how things change... Thanks for keeping us posted!

  8. Love your food goal! Go Green!!! I love kale now, especially in soup. So sorry your pedometer broke :'( I'm gonna go check out your New Food Friday posts, Thanks!

  9. I think you are doing great. Its fabulous how you keep track of your food and workouts! I wish I could be just like you! Keep it up!

  10. Nice job with the activity and food. Good luck looking over everything and figuring out where the gain is coming from. Since you are consistent I am imagining it is a plateau and you'll drop again soon.

  11. That is so awesome that you have someone to walk with! My friend and I were supposed to be running together, but we can never get our schedules to mesh... hopefully soon!

    What kind of pedometer will you be getting?

  12. great job on the walking I'm so glad you made a workout buddy. good luck with the healthy eating and looking forward to seeing your progress I'm already starting to feel firmed up in my arms and thighs.

    I use my pedometer a lot too love it so hope you find a great one to replace it

  13. Don't let the gain get you down. I remember last summer tweeting out about back to back gains when I started a heavy-duty weight training program, and Chalene Johnson DM'd me a link to an article talking about how you can gain up to five or so pounds for a few weeks! Then BLAM it will fall off. If you stick with it. And I have a feeling you will stick with it.

    Have a great week!

  14. Thank You for Your comment and wow, You a had a very active week. It is definitely a muscle gain, I just wished there would be a better way of knowning

  15. For what it's worth, I love my Omron Go Smart pedometer and this is not a paid endorsement or freebie review - I borrowed one from a friend and ended up buying one for myself. LOVE IT. Your activity level and goals are always so inspiring to me. I hope you know that!

    You know you are doing the right things :) Keep it up! I'm so proud of you!!!

  16. you rock girlie! pound gain or not, and i am sure it is due to all that strength training. You are eating right and doing all the right things. Probably just at a plateau! Keep it up! You are such an inspiration to me!

  17. Way to go on the power walks and the exercise you got in this week. that is incredible! (I also saw your brinner post....AWESOME. Will have to come back and see what ideas I can incorporate in my own diet. Thanks!)