Sunday, January 13, 2013

Mamavation Monday Post #3

I'm sore.

Since jumping on the Mamavation bandwagon, I've been sore.  While I was on winter break, I kept up with most of the hazing workouts and some of the moves really kicked my butt (lunges in particular).  At that point, I realized that my workouts haven't been doing everything that I'd like, so the soreness prompted me to change my entire workout routine.  I'm doing a 100 push up challenge and although I'm almost done with week 2, my shoulders are STILL sore.  I've started doing planks and have more than doubled my time over the last week.  As a result, my abs are sore.  I bought a couple of Tae Bo DVDs.  I loved Billy Blanks 10 years ago, but this afternoon, when I popped the 10 minute workouts disc in, I cursed him.  Now, my quads are sore.

Sore, sore, sore, sore, sore...

Here's the thing...I'm not really complaining.  I like the feeling of achy muscles.  I know that I'm working hard and I love the fact that my body is responding to it.  I can feel myself getting stronger and becoming more powerful.  When I picked up my 38 pound daughter to put her in the cart at Costco today, it was easy.  That was exactly what I hoped would happen.  I'm literally becoming healthier for my family.  Today, N asked me if I was going to do push ups.  She wanted to join me.  How cool is it that at the age of 3, she understands that exercise is good for you.  I've been very careful to ensure that she doesn't associate my lifestyle with weight loss, rather it's all about being healthy.  At dinner tonight, she told me that she loved the quinoa I made for her and my heart melted.

The best development of the week is that my husband started a couch to 5k program.  He's in great shape as a result of eating well and strength training 3-4 times per week for like, forever.  His downfall is cardio.  He will attempt the elliptical, but gets bored immediately and gives up.  He doesn't have a bike and frankly, the weather in our city doesn't make biking easy.  Anyway, he's been paying attention to the fact that I'm shaking up my routines and he decided to do the same.  He went for his first run yesterday and really enjoyed it.  I think he's also really liking the alone time that running affords. :) 

So, although I'm sore, I'm thankful.  My family is healthy and continuing down this lifestyle change with me.  I couldn't be happier about the aches and pains in my muscles because they're proof that I'm doing something right.


  1. Hooray for a healthier family! How fantastic when we can get the whole family involved in lifestyle change! Keep it up.

    1. I know! It's also a ton if fun having them work out with me. :)

  2. We could write a sad song about being sore, and I will sing the lead :)hahaha
    Somehow, I have to convince myself that the soreness is just an indicator that all of these muscles are getting worked, and thereby, made stronger.

    All the best to you, and your healthier family!

  3. Thanks, all the best to you as well! I'm thinking the sore song needs to have a country twang. :)

  4. Oh man, that is awesome. I love when you see the family results of mom getting fit! You have been rocking it these past three weeks, and I'm so excited to see where your journey takes you!!

  5. I am so blessed to have found you on mamavation and LOVE your support!! I am here for you as well! I am SO glad to hear my family is not the only one changing their ways!! If you remember I also got my parents on board and they live 1200 miles away from me! :) It makes me so happy to see my kids excited to go for a walk or to hear them say alright time for some burpees!! LOL

    I am loving my burning muscles right along with you!

  6. I love that sore muscle feeling! It makes me feel strong and capable. My hubby is stronger and faster than me, lol, so we don't workout much together. He does jog with my for 5k training though, which is nice!