Mamavation Monday: Check Out My New Badge!

This is my Mamavation Monday post for Monday August 22, 2011.
(I meant to post this Monday night, but my piece-of-shit laptop no longer holds a charge and if I move the laptop the cord falls out).

Hi everyone! How was your week?  My week was very quiet. *Almost* too quiet :)

A few weeks ago my husband’s mom asked if our two oldest daughters could come to her house for a WEEK!  You may remember that in January she looked after them for 10 days while I went to Hawaii with my husband and Amber (who was 2.5 months old at the time).  I was shocked that after spending 10 days with the girls my mother-in-law wanted them to visit again, but I happily said yes – they’d love to visit.  So a week ago we drove to her house (a 7 hr drive) and dropped Sierra and Brooke off at her house, then drove home with just Amber the next day.  (Amber came home with us because I’m still nursing her).

So I spent a week home with just Amber.  It was nice, but it was also lonely.  I worked on an online project that I’ve been daydreaming about building for a year, cleaned the entire house, purged toys, stripped all of the beds and washed sheets, and scrubbed places in my house that haven’t seen a sponge in far too long, did some yard work, ran a million errands, did some back-to-work shopping, etc… It was great!

And I worked out!  I did EVERYTHING I planned to do:

  • Continued healthy, mindful eating – starting with my protein smoothies for breakfast.
  • Ran 20k (broken up into four 5k runs).
  • Did two Nike Training Club workouts Body Pump classes (I realized on Tuesday morning that I could go to BodyPump and leave Amber in the childcare while I worked out.

Thursday was weigh-in day (I only weigh myself once a month)…. I lost 3.5lbs this past month!  I am now officially in maintenance mode.  I do not need to lose anymore weight. ALL of the baby weight is gone (from all of the babies).  Over six years I’ve gained (and lost) 110lbs – HAPPY DANCE!

I can now add a new button on my sidebar:


When I first joined Mamavation in December 2009, I needed to lose 20 lbs.  I lost a few lbs then found out I was pregnant with Amber. Since having Amber I’ve been working on losing the 20lbs again. 9 months later I’ve reached my original goal!

How did I do it?

  • Sleep
  • Exercise – at least 20 min a day
  • Meal planning
  • Portion control
  • Lots of fruits n veggies
  • Water

And of course, support from my Mamavation Sista’s. Nothing fancy – no skipping meals, no calorie counting, etc.  The only thing I truly cut out was soda – I broke my 2 a day diet soda addiction cold turkey and replaced it with what the kids call “bubble water” (carbonated water).

This week will be more of the same for me – run 4 times, and strength on non-running days.

Have a fantastic week everyone!

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  1. Pipi says

    Yay! Way to go! Congratulations and thank you for being an inspiration to people like me who are just starting out!

  2. says

    Woo Hoo!!!! Way to go!

    I am trying to kick my diet coke (actually it is diet Mt. Dew/ diet Dr. Pepper but I am from TN and everything is coke lol) habit…

    I am going to try and follow your recipe for weight loss. Would be very happy with a 20lb loss!

    Very impressive that you are back to good after 9 months!
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