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New Motivation (aka Baby Eva) & Taking it Slowly

Friday, April 25, 2014

I am trying to gradually get back into healthy habits after having my daughter 2 weeks ago. I was too tired to exercise at all during the pregnancy, so it's been a while. Also, since she's been born, we've barely been able to cook a real meal. I cooked dinner for the first time last night.

I have about 15 pregnancy pounds and 60 pre-pregnancy pounds (yikes!) to lose to get to my ideal weight. The little girl occupying all my time is my main source of motivation now. I want to be healthy for her & be able to run & play with her once she gets a bit bigger. Also, I had gestational diabetes & high blood pressure during the pregnancy, so I need to change my ways to avoid developing diabetes/hypertension when I get older. They are not fun to manage & I want to make sure I'm around for a very long time for Eva. I also want to be sure she grows up healthy.

Now for the taking it slow part. I am still adjusting to life as a new mummy. We are not yet into a routine and I'm still figuring a lot of things out. One thing I have realized though is that if I skip my nap during the day, it's much more likely that I become overwhelmed during those nighttime feedings. So for now, my return to healthy living is this:

1- Take nap daily while Eva is sleeping.

2- Start wearing FitBit again to get a baseline.

3- Go for a walk most days of the week. We had our first outing alone today.

4- Track food.

For the time being, I think that's all that I can realistically manage.

Now it's time for that nap... Even though there are dishes to do before I can make supper.

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MOONMANSON 6/25/2014 10:40AM

    Congrats and keep it up!

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MRSDROP11 4/25/2014 5:01PM

    Congrats on the new baby! What an amazing blessing!

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MISTYSMOM06 4/25/2014 4:57PM

    it's okay to do it slow. emoticon on your daughter!

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SUZIPAM1 4/25/2014 4:40PM

    i did that too - sleep when they sleep or you will never get any lol

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My Usual Sunday Motivation

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Yet again, I am re-committing (like most Sundays). I want to be healthy and active. I just haven't managed to do it yet. This morning I weighed in at 196.6 and 42.2% body fat (Yikes!). I know I got here by eating too much and not moving enough. I haven't figured out how to be consistent in reaching my goals. I usually do good for a day or two and then I am so exhausted that I start skipping days and then give up.

I'm debating whether or not I should try to get up early a few days a week to get some exercise in before work. I already get up at 5:45am for work and we usually go to bed around 11:30 - midnight. So the idea of getting up earlier is not a very enticing proposition. But so many days, by the time I get home from work, I am too tired to want to exercise.

Based on results from previous use of 2 of Jillian Michaels DVDs (Blast Fat Boost Metabolism & 30 Day Shred), I'm planning on alternating them followed by a day of stretching. BFBM had good results on my mid-section and 30 DS on my arms. 30 DS is only 20 minutes so I'm thinking I could probably get that one in before work. If I get up at 5:15, I should be able to get to work on time. I would also like to throw some jogging into the mix, maybe on the 30 DS days. We'll see how it goes.

DAILY GOALS for week of April 14th:

1 - Exercise: BFBM, 30DS, Jogging, Stretching
2 - Stay in Calorie Range (1410-1760)
3 - Eat at least 5 servings Fruits/Veggies
4 - Brush teeth at night
5 - Do dishes

Success at 60%: 21 Stickers
Reward: New Shirt

I'm trying to accept the fact that just because we're trying to get pregnant, does not mean I can't work out hard. Of course, I don't want to overdo it, but I think I've been using it as an excuse not to go for it. It could take us a while to get pregnant and I don't want to be wasting that time getting heavier. I want to be able to exercise throughout my pregnancy and I know I need to start doing it consistently now.

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F1TFOREVER 4/14/2013 3:09PM

    Good luck this week!!

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THOMS1 4/14/2013 3:01PM

    I don't think you are getting enough sleep. If you go to bed about 10:00 you could get around 7-8 hrs. That would mean you would have to start getting ready for bed around 9:30. Try it and see what happens. Have a great week. emoticon

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Ready to do it right!

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Same old story for last week. I rocked Monday and then gave up for the rest of the week because life got in the way. However, today I decided that I am ready to live the life I've been dreaming of.

I want to be a runner, so I will start exercising more consistently to be able to become that. I want to be healthy, so I will start preparing meals at home and eating healthy. I realized that the things I don't like about myself or my life are all little things that I can change. I don't want to be someone who always gives up so I'm not going to anymore. I'm going to remind myself everyday to live the life I want to

Here are my goals for the week.

GOALS for week of April 1st:

1 - Exercise: Jogging, Step, or DVDs
2 - Prepare supper
3 - Eat at least 5 servings Fruits/Veggies
4 - Brush teeth at night
5 - Do dishes/Tidy

Success at 60%: 21 out of 35 Stickers
Reward: Back Massage by Hubby

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SUSANNA37 4/1/2013 10:46AM

    Good for you! Cooking at home takes a while to get into if you're not used to it, but I love it. I especially love how far my husband has come from burgers-in-the-Foreman grill and bagged iceberg lettuce, to babaganouj with homemade pita (dinner last night)! emoticon
Good luck with your running goals. My knees aren't built for running, but I've heard good things about the SP Couch-to-5K program!

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I've Been Bad...

Sunday, March 24, 2013

And I'm up 3 pounds because of it. We ate so much junk food this week and I didn't exercise at all (well maybe 1 day). I have identified a few things that I know threw me off track.

1 - Hubby was depressed on Tuesday. And even though I know I shouldn't have done it, I brought home chips and candy (which we ate for dinner - I know- so bad). I think the major problem is that I don't know what else to do to get him out of his funk. Talking to him doesn't help and the only thing that really seems to is junk food. Eating junk food calms him enough that he'll then talk to me. Just ordered a book that I hope will be helpful.

2 - We had not done a complete groceries, so there was nothing to prepare when I got home from work. We ended up ordering in (I think 3-4 times this week!). We often make plans for meals for the week, but rarely get the groceries to prepare them. We need to get in the habit of going on a regular basis. I'll try to go and do a partial grocery today (at least for supper tonight and the basics for our lunches), but usually I can't carry home all of the groceries we need for the week.

3 - I was very tired this week, literally exhausted by the time I got home from work. I haven't been taking my vitamin like I should be. So I'm wondering if that's having an effect, in addition to the poor eating. I'm going to try to eat properly this week to see if it helps.

4 - I was starting to get excited about the prospect of jogging outside (especially since my treadmill is broken). I still feel kind of too fat and out of shape to run outside, but the one time I lost a significant amount of weight was when I was jogging outside (granted I was about 30 pounds lighter when I started). I want to be a jogger and the fact that my sister has started running has pushed me back towards that. Well, we got a foot of snow this week so there goes that plan. I need to get some new running shoes too. So I'm trying to focus on doing other exercise so that I'll be ready when the snow finally melts.

GOALS for week of March 24th:

1 - Exercise at least 4 days: Jogging, Step, or DVDs
2 - No junk food/Bingeing
3 - Eat at least 5 servings Fruits/Veggies
4 - Brush teeth at night
5 - Do dishes/Tidy

Success at 60%: 20 out of 32 Stickers
Reward: Back Massage by Hubby

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Started out strong and fizzled...

Monday, March 11, 2013

I started out strong last week, earning 4 out of 5 of my stickers on Monday... then 3 on Tuesday... 2 on Wednesday... I ended up with a total of 11/35 = 31%. Not so good! We made the mistake of ordering pizza on Wednesday, didn't eat it all so had it again on Thursday and then ordered pizza again at my sister's Friday because it was late by the time we got there. Very bad!!!

So now I need to get back on track. I saw my niece this weekend and it made me realize that I want to be able to run and jump and have fun with my kids (once I have some). I'm not in such bad shape now, but I'd like to be able to do more. So, I need to focus on my goals.

DAILY GOALS for week of March 11th:

1 - Exercise at least 30 minutes: Jogging, Step, or DVDs
2 - Stay in Calorie Range
3 - Eat at least 5 servings Fruits/Veggies
4 - Brush teeth at night
5 - Do dishes/Tidy

Success at 60%: 21 Stickers
Reward: Face mask

On another note, I saw my cousin & his wife this weekend. She is starting to show and had her ultrasound picture. I congratulated them, and while I am happy for them, it still made me sad. I haven't told my extended family about the miscarriage and probably won't . I can already tell that if it takes us a while to get pregnant, it'll be even harder to accept because she's pregnant. I feel like it's kind of childish to be jealous, but I can't help it.

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MIRMIUM 3/12/2013 10:57AM

    Sorry to hear about your hurt feelings on seeing your cousin. I think it is perfectly natural for you to feel a bit jealous right now. I can only imagine the emotional trauma this whole thing must have put you through!

I like your sticker system! Seems like a great idea :)

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NMSUSTUDENT 3/11/2013 6:56PM

    Quote: "Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later."─Og Mandino


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UMBILICAL 3/11/2013 6:31PM

  We all have those days.

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