Wednesday, December 26, 2012

What Can You Do to Help?

As of today, Christmas is over and a lot of the excitement ends. All the hoopla is over and the news has changed to the crazy winter weather that is on it's way to the Appalachia region. This means that snow, wind, ice and severe weather is headed for areas where people are suffering from no heat. The Monkey Do Project wants to help those in need. They are working every single day to help families, the elderly and anyone who needs it to survive this winter. Here is a video about the Appalachia area and ways that you can help. There are people in these areas that need us, that need our help. Even if you think that what you can give is small and isn't helpful, believe me, anything is helpful when some people have nothing. Each year, there are thousands of house fires caused by people using their stoves or ovens to heat their homes or dangerous space heaters. Help those in need by making a donation so that people can make it through this treacherous weather.

Monday, December 17, 2012

MAMAVATION MONDAY: Signing up for 5K's, Sickness and Health

After last week, I feel better about myself and I am now trying to come up with some attainable goals for myself as the new year is coming up quickly. However, these are goals, not resolutions. A lot of times, resolutions set us up to fail. We go at it hard for a week or two and it all starts to fade quickly. My goals are to: *sign up for 13 different 5K's. I would love to try a 10K or even a half marathon by the end of 2013 but if I don't get up to that point, I will stick with the 5K's and be proud of myself for making it to 13 of them. *lose 14 pounds by July 15th. I will be a bridesmaid in my brother's wedding on July 19th and I would love to reach my goal for the wedding. That would allow me 7 months for me to lose those 14 pounds and would make an average of losing 2lbs. each month. That is not a huge number to lose but along with that comes toning up and firming all muscles. I think the running will help out a great deal with this goal. *I will strive to work out at least 3-5 days a week by doing circuit training, weight training and running/walking. *I would also love to help my entire family to become healthier. I want my kids to make the life changes I am making as well and live healthier lives. It is important to start young with healthy habits. I am sick right now so my workouts will have to wait until I am back to 100% because with my sore throat and cough, I am struggling a bit to breathe, even when just sitting. There is no way I can do anything remotely close to working out in this condition. What are your health goals for the new year? Will you wait until January 1 to start or are you starting now?

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

MAMAVATION MONDAY: Getting back on Track, Struggles for Motivation

I've been doing horribly. I desparately get back on track with my healthier eating and exercise. I have a slight case of depression because things have been declining in my personal life and I am scratching, digging and hoping to find my way back to where I need to be. Unfortunately, my motivation has gone somewhere far away with this newfound blue state that I am in. However, I am encouraged by the new challenges that I am applying for, joining and going to do. I have joined a challenge called 13 in 2013. I will be running 13 5K's in the year 2013!! This is a huge undertaking but I feel confident that I can do it. Well, I know that I can do this and I will be feeling so much better about myself. My first race or run is on January 5th so I have some training to do and I want to be ready for this challenge as best I can. I think it will be good for me to focus on this and get back to feeling good! I am debating on whether or not to apply for the Mamavation Challenge. I know I can do it but I always fear letting others down, which in turn, could be just what I need! I might just do that. I may just push myself by applying for the Mamavation challenge to be a part of the next campaign! I would just need to figure out how to take a video and upload it! lol.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Mamavation Monday: Still losing, trying with the foods and exhaustion

The Bob Harper Live challenge, for me, seemed like a starting point. I got back into the routine of working out and watching what I was eating. I did well with the challenge and by the time the two weeks was up, I felt a lot better than I had in a very long time. I still feel pretty good. I noticed that I sort of slacked off with the workouts, the weather got colder and I wasn't running outside anymore, I didn't have the Bob Harper Live site to go to for workouts but I did remember a lot of the exercises that I loved. I slacked off a bit. Then, I realized that I missed how good I was feeling and I needed to get back to it. I worked out the other day and I am sore today! I love when I am sore because then I know I got a workout so I'm feeling good. I also have lost another half pound so that is a plus!! I am hoping to lose another 11 pounds overall to get to where I would love to be. I haven't really set a goal date though so I need to do that. I plan on continuing to eat healthy and make healthier choices overall in life. I want to remain active and feeling good so I am going to do what I need to in order to keep it up. I have some 5Ks coming up that I need to prepare for, the first one being in January so I need to get on with it!