Wednesday, November 30, 2011

What I'm Striving For

I am striving for my family to be healthy & active

I never would have thought in a million years that my biggest struggle when becoming a parent would be getting my child to eat! I have literally tried every piece of advice I have gotten to get my son to eat something healthy. I've taken him grocery shopping, to the farmer's market, I made fruits & veggies fun, I constantly snack on healthy foods in front of him, i've bribed him, made a big deal if he tastes something and made him sit at the table until he put something in his mouth. Nothing has worked.

I have put so much energy into this and decided to take a little break for awhile. I mean, if it's overwhelming to me it is probably overwhelming to him. So instead of focusing on super healthy meals, they are healthy enough for now, i'm going to focus on having fun being active together as a family. I want to create great memories for my children while doing active things. We've had so much fun taking walks, hikes, going to the park, dancing with the wii & we're doing a family fun run 5k next week!!

Although I feel a little defeated with the food issue, I am so excited about all the active things we've been doing! I love finding new things for us to do and everyone looks forward to our activities!

Monday, November 28, 2011

Mamavation Monday: STRESS!

This week has been a little rough for me. I am so stressed out, I can't even pin point exactly what is is that's stressing me out. I feel like my stress is eating away at my insides, I can hardly eat or sleep. When I was 14 my dad passed away at the end of September so this time of year and the holidays always seem to be a little bit rough.

Sorry to be such a debbie downer! I got to take my boys out for a hike on Friday. It was such a gorgeous day and it was nice to be in the middle of nowhere! I think we might go again tomorrow and i've really been enjoying sending out my #FriendlyFitminder's on twitter. I'm glad I got all of that off my chest, I feel better already!

What are you thankful for in your life?

I am beyond thankful for my family. They keep me going when I feel like stopping & never fail to lift my spirits. I am also thankful to my fellow mamavation sistas who always have a kind or encouraging word when I need it the most!

This post is sponsored by Belly Beautiful Postnatal Fitness and Busy Mom Workout and I’m writing this to be entered into a giveaway hosted by Mamavation – a community dedicated to obesity prevention & weight loss for women

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Mamavation Monday: Did you exercise today?

Well I'm happy to say I almost completed the exercise plan I had for myself for the week. On Wednesday I had planned to take a 4 mile walk but it was cold & rainy & I have a little baby with a runny nose so I didn't think it was wise to take him out!! It's nice out today though & I set aside Sundays to make-up anything I missed so I will probably take my walk today!

One thing I struggled with this week was encouraging myself to workout. When I did the burpee challenge & the 2 week challenges I always had @PamelaMKramer or @MrBookieboo asking me if I had exercised that day. That was all I needed to get my workouts done. Just someone asking me. So I had an idea, if any of you would like me to tweet you daily & simply ask you "Did you exercise today?" please leave your twitter ID below or tweet me (@mamasarahjane). You don't even have to answer me, it will just be a gentle reminder. I think this will help me out as well because I don't like to be a hypocrite! Also, if someone else is already doing this, please let me know! I don't want to steal anyones thunder!!

What is your plan to avoid overindulging during holiday feasts?
I think Thanksgiving will be easy, we are going to my mother's house and she is a "health freak" there are usually tons of healthy options. On Christmas we usually have a pot luck dinner at a relatives house so I think if I eat a big breakfast before we go & bring a healthy dish to eat there I will be okay. I'll be okay, right??

This post is sponsored by Eco-foil and I’m writing this to be entered into a giveaway hosted by Mamavation – a community dedicated to obesity prevention & weight loss for women

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Mamavation Monday: Week 6

It's amazing how one week can be so drastically different from the week before. Last week I was at my breaking point and this week, peace has been restored.
On Tuesday, I completed day 100 of the 100 Day Burpee Challenge. I had such a mix of emotions about it when I finished and put my video online, you can read about it and view the video here. On Wednesday my husband came home from India after 2 long weeks!
On Friday after procrastinating yet again on starting the couch to 5K program, I decided to come up with a workout plan myself that would not only help me out with my upcoming 5K but also "fix" some of my problem areas. I have swayback posture and pretty bad diastasis recti. I did some research about both of these and found some corrective exercises (mostly core) and made my own plan that incorporated those exercises along with a walking & running plan. I put the whole plan on a calendar and yes, I even bought stickers to mark off my days. I mean, who doesn't love stickers? I sort of used the 2 week challenge as my inspiration & i'm really hoping I get results because I had a lot of fun putting it together!
Speaking of the 2 week challenge, although I did get knocked off track with my wretched flu, I am almost done! I'm kind of bummed I didn't finish with everyone else but I am happy that I stuck with it!

Blogging carnival question:
What kind of activities have you done with a pedometer on?
I have mostly gone on walks with my pedometer on. I went jogging a few times and I would love to go on a hike sometime soon with my pedometer!

This post is sponsored by Omron and I’m writing this to be entered into a giveaway hosted by Mamavation – a community dedicated to obesity prevention & weight loss for women

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

#100DayBurpeeChallenge - Day 100!

Today was the last day of the 100 Day Burpee challenge and I gotta say, i'm pretty proud of myself for finishing and i'm even more proud of myself for video taping it and posting it on the internet. I am my own worst enemy. All day yesterday on day 99 I was practicing in front of the camera about 10 at a time and then watching it and watching videos of other people doing burpees and thinking I wasn't doing it good enough. I seriously just wanted to call it quits. Thank God when I woke up this morning I was out of my funk, I told myself, this is the way I burpee and finishing the challenge my way is better than trying to do them perfect and giving up! So here it is, sorry it's so dark, I had like 5 lights on in the room!!!!

I just finished the #100DayBurpeeChallenge on!

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Mamavation Monday: Week 5

Well, this week has pretty much sucked. I really miss my husband. My 3 year old was sick all night Sunday and Monday morning. When I brought him to preschool on Wednesday I was informed the school would be closing in 30 days and Thursday I had the flu. I had to drop out of the 2 week challenge so I could focus my energy on finishing the 100 Day Burpee Challenge. (It's day 97!) I've been wanting so badly to get to 10,000 steps a day but I've really been struggling with that. I'm normally a pretty optimistic person but it was just one thing after the other this week. I finally just decided i'm entitled to a bad week, it is what it is.

On the bright side, my husband comes home on Wednesday! I'm going to start C25K then so it should be a lot easier to get in 10,000 steps. I found a new preschool that I love for my son. I've made it through almost the entire 100 Day Burpee Challenge (3 more days!) and I will finish the 2 week challenge, just not with everyone else. Oh and I'm down to my pre-pregnancy weight! (Thanks flu!) I am looking forward to putting this week behind me and starting fresh!
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