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Motivation Monday – January 11, 2010

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This is my Mamavation post for January 11, 2010.

Another great week down!  I took the time every night this week to pack a healthy lunch and my running gear before bed and I found it really helped.  I also didn’t bring any loose change to work, so I couldn’t buy any coffees or muffins (my biggest distraction).  Planning & packing ahead really helped me to reduce stress, gave me no excuses for missing my runs and kept me motivated.

This week I ran 22.48 KM.  I had planned to do 25K, but this morning I woke up with a migraine.  I tried running, I was supposed to do 8K as per my training plan, but only did 3.93K – my head was pounding!  I came home and took a three hour nap to sleep it off.

Hubby has been inspired by my new found motivation and took the dog for a walk once this week – we normally just let her run around the backyard,  He also took the kids sledding on Sunday while I ran.  He did all of the grocery shopping last week and this, and didn’t buy any chips, cookies or frozen meals – all fresh stuff!!!  He’s really supporting my efforts, and I hope he starts an exercise program soon too.  It would really be nice to have a fit pal.

Hubby and I aren’t very good cooks and we’ve relied a lot on quick to prepare foods ie: macaroni & cheese, hot dogs, frozen pizzas etc… And we want to start actually cooking! I started the week off with a turkey chili that I made in the crock pot on Sunday, and he finished the week by doing a pot roast in the crock pot.  I was wondering if any of you had some recipes that you’d like to share?  If so, I’ve added a form to my site so you can share your recipes with me, yanno – help me and my family become more healthy.  If you do, I’ll post the recipe, credit you and give you a shout out in my Mamavation Monday post for the week.

Unfortunately despite all of my running and healthy eating, the wii fit scale wasn’t my friend.  It told me I gained 1.8lbs over the past two weeks.  Muscle gain? A bad last week of eating in 2009?  Water retention due to ahem… hormones?  Who knows – I just hope the wii scale likes me more in two weeks from now (I’m not going to weigh myself every week).

What else?  Oh I tried doing 100 sit-ups and push-ups once and found that the sit-ups were no problem, but the push-ups were a problem.  My low back is weak after the two ribs I cracked 2 months ago.  That will improve with time though.

This week… This week I’ll continue to stick to packing a lunch of fruit, veggies and tuna, and packing my running gear.  My half marathon training plan is the same as last week:

Mon – 5K
Wed – 7K
Fri – 5K
Sat – 8K

On my off days (Tues, Thurs & Sun) I will be doing the #team100 workout: 100 sit-ups, 100 push-ups, and 100 second planks.  I hope to also add 100 burpees to it too.

How was your week?  Did you stick to your plan?  What obstacles did you overcome? What could you have done better? What’s on your plan for next week?

Have a great week folks!

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  • RosalindaBatson (Rosalinda Batson)
    January 11, 2010 at 4:19 am

    Lovely & honest. RT @fitcheerldr: Another great post! Motivation Monday – January 11, 2010

  • fitcheerldr (Janice Smith)
    January 11, 2010 at 5:12 am

    My #mamavation Monday post is up: Motivation Monday – January 11, 2010

  • leahsegedie
    January 11, 2010 at 6:35 am

    Girl you are rockin it! I am so impressed with your running schedule. I haven't even run more than 3 miles yet. XXOO

  • trulytrayce
    January 11, 2010 at 6:36 am

    WOO hOOOOO Janice!! Love your dedication and your healthy habits! I want some of that running magic you're doing!! Can't wait to see your running stuff when you get it up on bookieboo! Thank you for all your encouragement and support!! XXOO

  • fitcheerldr (Janice Smith)
    January 11, 2010 at 11:49 am

    Hey ladies! My #mamavation Monday post is up: Motivation Monday – January 11, 2010

  • Trish
    January 11, 2010 at 12:52 pm

    Great job on getting that stuff ready the night before…that is key for me…being prepared!

  • Rachel
    January 11, 2010 at 6:04 pm

    People who run amaze me. I have such a hard time with it. Maybe someday I'll be able to do it too, huh? Keep up all your hard work!

  • Amy Thue
    January 11, 2010 at 6:20 pm

    Way to go Janice! I am trying to get into running more. I ran track in high school and my first year of college, but I have never really like to run. I am easing into it and hope it turns into a love. Great Job!

  • Heather
    January 11, 2010 at 6:39 pm

    Yes, I did stick to my plan for the week and am learning how to be prepared (I feel like a Girl Scout again!). Great job on the running. I can't imagine running in the midst of a migraine. I just want to go to bed and sleep it off. Thankfully, with a better diet and more exercise, my migraines are becoming fewer. Yay!

    Thanks for being our Fit Cheerleader! I really appreciate all that you do to keep us encouraged!

  • thebusybabymama
    January 11, 2010 at 7:04 pm

    I wish I could do running like that, I think that be something to work on. great post!

  • workout mommy
    January 11, 2010 at 8:23 pm

    great job! I really love the widget on the side with your training plan.
    (and i love your new name—although it confused me at first on twitter!)

  • Melissa
    January 11, 2010 at 8:31 pm

    Great post! We also eat a lot of processed foods. I try to cook a couple days a week w/ enough for leftovers so we have home cooking for another day. I have a great recipe I made the other night that I will share. It's from a vegetarian friend although we served it w/ grilled chicken.

    My husband is the same. I love to exercise and him well, not so much. I believe you have to want to do it (no one can make you) so I just keep living by example & hope it pays off!

  • SuburbHouseWife
    January 11, 2010 at 11:38 pm

    I wish you the best in your training. I love hearing about you doing marathons. I like to think you're gaining muscle and that's the reason for a slight weight gain. Keep going, you're doing great!

  • daenel
    January 12, 2010 at 12:08 am

    You know I wish you the best with your training. And congrats to your husband for being supportive.

  • angelasue79
    January 12, 2010 at 12:09 am

    You're an awesome cheerleader! Thanks for all the support that you've offered to all of us Mamavation Moms. You are so greatly appreciated. Scales alone aren't good enough. Make sure you're keeping track of inches, too! You're working hard and there's a good chance it's muscle. (HUGS)

  • Young And Fabulous
    January 12, 2010 at 12:12 am

    What a very productive week you had! Don't pay too much attention to the scale, you probably gained muscle weight from your workouts. Preparing your lunch and your gears the night before is absolutely a good idea and a huge timesaver. Kudos to your husband for supporting all your efforts! Great job and keep doing what you're doing!



  • kia
    January 12, 2010 at 2:23 am

    Great job in having a fit pal in your husband. I did not know you cracked ribs 2 months ago, eeek, you did have a rough patch in there! I am glad you are giving yourself a little break with the 100 push-ups given that your ribs are healing. And keep up the good work with the 1/2! Are you going for an actual time or just a good feeling when you are done?

  • simplybudgeted
    January 12, 2010 at 2:42 am

    You running is awesome. I think is great your husband is joining in this with you. Good luck on the cooking. I am trying my hand at getting better too (my husband is the cook!)

  • Katie {FrugalFemina}
    January 12, 2010 at 4:17 am

    I don't have to pack a lunch since I stay at home, but maybe I should so it's all there ready to go. Hmmm….By the way, I pretty much picture you running around all the time. You are extremely dedicated, J!

  • Tracy
    January 12, 2010 at 4:56 am

    The amount of running you do is totally inspirational! I hope by the spring to be able to run a 5k. I enjoy reading your posts, and the support you offer to everyone…you ARE a fitness cheerleader!

  • mommymomo
    January 12, 2010 at 10:30 pm

    I love it!!! yes we do need to be accountable too! You're a running rock star! You need to spread some this way. Im lagging the last couple days hehe. Loved your post!

  • kimcogley
    January 13, 2010 at 12:22 am

    You didn't reach your running goal, but you did amazing! I'm happy you're hubby is trying to help, I wish my hubby would do that!

  • colleen_mouse
    January 14, 2010 at 12:54 am

    That is great that you are encouraging your husband too…I have been trying to get my hubby to join in, and havent been able yet. Planning ahead is also a great thing! Keep up the great job!

  • momof2boyswifeof1
    January 14, 2010 at 2:41 am

    I wish I had half the physical motivation as you do. Kudos! I hate headaches. I get migraines every once in a while and they are debilitation.

  • fitcheerldr (Janice Smith)
    January 17, 2010 at 10:23 pm

    Another great post! Motivation Monday – January 11, 2010


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