Sunday, January 6, 2013

Mamavation Monday Post #2

For those of you who don't know, I was invited to join the Mamavation Sistahood last week!  The last two weeks have been up and down, so I'm using my Mamavation Monday post (a day early) document the struggle.

For my family, the holiday season is ending today as we just finished the last of our winter travel.  I have to admit, the holidays have been a little harder than I anticipated.  I felt like I was doing well until these last few days and now…well, now I feel like a slug.
Two weeks ago, my mother visited and brought all kinds of delicious goodies with her.  There were homemade truffles, an apple cake, chocolate peanut butter cookies, a sticky toffee cake…you get the picture.  Sweets happen to be my biggest weakness.  I did really well with not overindulging in the goodies while she was here.  She also brought my favorite cheese ball and on the few days where I went over my MFP calorie goal, it was because I snacked on that.  To quote my mother, “That cheese ball is better than sex.”  Really, it is.  Anyway, I was good while she was here, but when she left, the cookies started to worry me.  I ate one, then another, then another.  I decided after a few cookies that I should chuck them since I was struggling with self-control.
So, with the cookies gone, I was in a much better place.  Then New Year’s Eve happened.  We had people over for dinner and I realized that I didn’t have a dessert to serve.  I made yummy coconut kiss macaroons…TO.DIE.FOR.  On New Year’s Day, I those started worrying me too.  I decided to pack the rest up and leave them in the car so I could give them to my grandmother, which worked well.   Out of sight, out of mind.
Finally, we traveled through Ohio to visit my beloved grandmother on Friday.  After way too many hours in the car (PA and OH are freakin’ huge states to drive across…I might as well have driven through Montana!) we arrived at my aunt and uncle’s home.  My aunt has limited mobility due to some hip issues and I didn’t realize how much that would limit my own physical activity.  Between hanging out with her and with my 85 year old grandmother, we didn’t move around too much.  I realized on Saturday night that I was in a completely foul mood and it hit me.  Exercise makes me happy.  Exercise helps me deal with the stress of parenting.  Exercise makes me a better person.  It has only been a few days, but OH MY GOD, I miss it!!
I’m home now and excited to hit the gym tonight.  I’m putting together my meal plan for the week and penciling in a couple of new workout moves.  For starters, I’m going to join the #PlankADay Revolution.  I’m trying to find an evening this week when my husband can pick up our child so that I can catch a hot yoga class.  I’m about to finish week 1 of the 100 Push Up Challenge that I’m doing with a few other Twitter mamas.  This is going to be a good week.  Just writing this post has improved my mood and my outlook.  I will no longer be a slug! J
Have a great week, folks!

26 comments:

  1. Sounds like our two last weeks have been similar. I've struggled with all the delicious foods brought into my house and now I feel tired, weak and bloated. I too am making a meal plan for this week that will keep my whole family focused.
    Best wishes this week.
    bassgiraffe.com

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    1. It seems that everyone stuggled over the holidays, but we're back on track now. So far this week, I've been doing well and I hope you are too. If not, please let me know how I can help. That bloated, weak feeling really sucks, but you can push through it. :)

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  2. It was definitely a tough time of year to try to drop a few pounds, but hey it's a new year and it looks like you know what to do! Make sure to tweet and facebook with us if you have any questions or concerns!! :) Have a great week!

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    1. Thanks for the encouragement, Kimberly! You have a great week too.

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  3. Glad you are back on track with a plan. The holidays are fantastic for celebration but can wear you out after a while. Mmmm, I want to go to hot yoga. I will vicariously live through you with this - I'm too pregnant to comfortably go into a heated studio these days.

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    1. I haven't been to hot yoga since I got pregnant a little over 4 years ago. I wanted to go after my daughter was born, but was afraid the intense sweating would be bad for nursing and then I just never went back again. I'm excited to get back on the mat!
      I hope your pregnancy is going well. How much longer do you have?

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  4. It is great to have goals and work toward them. Most of us get in that holiday slump and give in to all the temptations, but as long as you see it and move on and get your focus back, you will do great!

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    1. Thanks, April! I feel like my focus is back and I've done really well limiting the sugar this week. We're back on track now.

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  5. Good that you are trying to stay away from all those cookies. It is hard, I know that
    God luck this week

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  6. Great Post! Good luck this week and continue being strong! Please let us know how you like the #plankaday revolution! I am terrible with planks, but I am trying!

    thismomrunsit.blogspot.com
    @laundrydayblues

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    1. OMG, I forgot to plank last night! I just realized it as I read your comment. Shoot...I guess I need to do two tonight to make up for it.
      I love the #plankaday...I've only had a few days with it, but I'm imcreasing my time and feel a bit stronger. You should join in and I'll cheer you on. :)

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  7. I must check out the plank a day thing you speak up. And I figure the hazing will take care of my push-up training ;)

    Glad to see you as a part of the sistahood!

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    1. Thanks, Tracy. #plankaday is fun and I've been able to get my husband to join in for a little competetion.

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  8. Gosh why do the holidays do this to us. Being with our families should be enough- but we have to indulge with the amazing food as well. We will all get back on track. :)

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    1. Agreed! My extended family rallies around eating (not sure if that's normal or not) and we plan everything around out next meal. I'm not like that with my own family, but it's easy to fall back into old habits when my mom is in town... Have a great week!

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  9. The holidays were extra hard for us this year.

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  10. I think we can all relate to the holidays and what it does to our motivation and bodies. Your getting back into the swing of things which is great! I will say I am so ready for Spring so I can get outside with the kids more.. I am noticing my temper is foul and Im tired all the time.... body telling me something!

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  11. PlankADay! Wow that sound neat...and painful! I'm really lucky, I have 2 workout books sitting on my desk to review - one I'm nearly done with, so I'll start with that one. It has a lovely, 5 week plan to gearing up to workout. Good luck to you, and welcome to Mamavation! (I'm a newbie there as well.)

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  12. Holiday's are great at great at derailing you, but it sounds like you have a great plan to get back on track! I've driven through PA & OH before so I know exactly what you mean!!! lol.

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  13. It had to have been so hard to throw those yummy cookies away. I'm the same way, I can't have just one sweet and usually eat them until their gone. I have really been trying hard not to have anything like that in the house to avoid it!
    @LindsaysFamily
    Getfit Lind

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  14. It sounds like you had some rough patches to snack throught but you obviously have a plan of action- good work!

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  15. Sounds like you have a totally awesome plan worked up! Keep moving in the positive direction! I'm glad you joined Mamavation! :-)

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  16. Good for you with the sweets! I hate to waste food, so it's hard for me to throw things out. But it works, doesn't it! Whats the pushup challenge you are doing? I SO need to work on mine! Good job staying focused this week!

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  17. Welcome to the Sistahood! I look forward to getting to know you.
    Great plan!

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  18. Congrats we got accepted together!

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