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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  • Shelley (@momma_oz)
    August 24, 2011 at 2:38 pm

    That is SO AWESOME! and OMG – Amber is ALREADY 9 months?!?! How did that happen!

    • Janice
      August 24, 2011 at 3:06 pm

      I have no idea… Time is FLYING by! Sniff sniff… maternity leave is over in 2 months 🙁

  • Laura
    August 24, 2011 at 2:50 pm

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! That’s SO awesome.

    • Janice
      August 24, 2011 at 3:08 pm

      Thanks Laura!!

  • Toni
    August 24, 2011 at 4:12 pm

    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!

  • Megan @mnmspecial
    August 24, 2011 at 4:24 pm

    Great job on working so hard on your house and even harder on your body to get back to pre pregnancy weight. You are my inspiration to work as hard as I have been to do the same. You certainly have my vote!

  • Katrina - @craftsbykatie
    August 25, 2011 at 12:29 pm

    Woo! I’m so proud of you! You are seriously an inspiration.

  • Heather @ Not a DIY Life
    August 25, 2011 at 12:46 pm

    Woohoo!! Congrats on reaching that goal, Janice!! You are such an inspiration to me – thank you!!

  • Pipi
    August 25, 2011 at 10:11 pm

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

  • Virginia from That Bald Chick
    August 30, 2011 at 3:13 pm

    Congrats on the weight loss!


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