Motivation Monday: June 7, 2010

This is my Mamavation post for Monday, June 7, 2010. (Wow! It`s been a long, long, long time since I posted a Mamavation Monday post – too long to be honest!)

After injuring my feet (bad case of plantar fasciitis) I really fell off the wagon. My eating was great – I had developed some great habits over the past 5-6 months – but my exercise was severely lacking. You see I LOVE running, preggo or not, I love it! So a mild depression overtook me and I was a very nasty woman to be around – gah! I feel SO SO SO sorry for my family! I tried to get up to go swimming every morning before work. I even bought a new swim suit and goggles and kept my back pack packed… But ya know what? When you’re pregnant a warm bed and wonderful cuddles with a 2 and 4 year old are far more appealing! Sigh!

But guess what? One late night twitter session last week with Kia (aka @bodhibear), turned into the inspiration I needed! She inspired me to get up outta bed and be active! I tried to get up to swim because I promised her I would, but instead I went to the basement to use the Wii Fit to find out how much damage my inactivity had done. I was shocked! I had only gained 1 lb!! Being inspired by that, and seeing a pile of my laundry on the couch which included fresh clean workout clothes, I popped in my 30 day Shred and did Level 1. My feet didn’t hurt – woot! The next day I worked out with my personal trainer (Rob from Trainers On Site who does a bootcamp style fitness class for my co-workers and I). After this it snowballed… I spent hours gardening on the weekend, I took the kids to a children’s water festival and a rib festival (lots of walking) and I tried running again!

This past week I did Week 1 of the Couch to 5K program, power walked with my co-workers and worked out with Rob! Woot! I finally posted some mileage on Daily Mile – Yay!

I felt fantastic this week and got in more than 30 minutes of exercise each day for my Choose You Healthy Challenge (there’s still time to enter if you’re looking for some extra motivation!).

Oh yeah – I almost forgot! I took belly pics of myself, which I never did with either of my two previous pregnancies because I was far too embarrassed by my weight gain. Check it out ladies – here’s me at 17 weeks. 23 weeks (or less) to go and if I gain a lb/week as is recommended I’ll gain 26 lbs.

17 weeks

Next week I have a busy week planned – I’ll continue the Couch to 5K program, workout with Rob, and I’m spending a night with a friend and going to the New Kids on the Block concert at Casino Rama in Orillia, ON (bet you didn’t know I was a total blockhead, did ya?).

Have a great week everyone! Stay active, drink plenty of water and eat your 7-8 servings of fruits and veggies!

PS – Congrats to Morgan (aka @mommymomo) on being the Mamavation Sista of the Week!

PPS – EA SPORTS Active is sponsoring this week’s Mamavation blogging carnival and giving away a copy of “More Workouts.” To enter – Read this post and follow the instructions provided. I’d love a copy for my 1 year maternity leave (yes – don’t hate me because I’m Canadian). Getting out of the house to exercise will be far more difficult when I’m alone with 3 kids – so the EA Active “More Workouts” will be a nice option for in-home exercise (especially since it’ll be the dead of a Canadian winter when I get the approval to return to exercise).


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  • Leah
    June 6, 2010 at 1:31 pm

    OMG…I’m loving the baby bump. I’m so happy you are back…I’ve missed you tremendously! XXOO

    Very proud of you!!!!

  • JustTracyB
    June 6, 2010 at 6:43 pm

    WOW! I’ve been gone too, and I must have missed the big announcement!!! Congrats on the little bean! You and Kia both are so inspirational working out and keeping active while pregnant. I wish I could have been like that….alas, my baby making days are over….thankfully. lol

    Glad to see you got out of your funk. I was there myself the last few weeks. I am slowing coming back up for air!

    I’m glad to hear your feet are doing better. PF is brutal.

  • Amanda O
    June 6, 2010 at 9:21 pm

    You are too cute! I love your picturess! I need to be brave and post some of me! Love ya!

  • Daenel
    June 7, 2010 at 12:24 am

    Congrats on the new one! I cannot believe all that you are doing. Keep up the good work and love the bump!

  • Heather
    June 7, 2010 at 8:23 am

    Woohoo! Our Sistas are SOOOO important, aren’t they? So glad you were inspired to jump back in. I’m learning the valuable lesson that exercise is important to good mental health too.

    Great job, Janice!

  • colleen
    June 7, 2010 at 2:00 pm

    Great for you! I have been trying to get motivated and think this is the week I will do it. You look great!

  • lovelyritaann
    June 7, 2010 at 3:10 pm

    Wow! That is all so great! Reading this I was like whoa then I realized you’re pregnant! That is awesome! This gives me motivation to do something with myself. Thank you!

    Keep up the great work! (Cute baby belly!)

  • Rachel -- Following In My Shoes
    June 7, 2010 at 4:43 pm

    LOVE the bump! And, love that you pushed yourself this week to be active . . .and, WOW, were you active!

  • Laura
    June 7, 2010 at 5:34 pm

    Congrats on the little one! Very exciting stuff. I think it’s great that you are so active during your pregnancy. I wish I had done so during that time.

  • Lori
    June 7, 2010 at 5:46 pm

    love your baby bump! Glad you are back on the workout wagon and doing things you love!

  • Mandi
    June 7, 2010 at 5:58 pm

    So excited for you! Thanks for sharing bump pictures, those are always fun!

  • Julie M
    June 7, 2010 at 6:02 pm

    C25k and preggo, I am IMPRESSED!! the baby bump sure is cute!! Have a great week!!

  • Jessica
    June 7, 2010 at 8:55 pm

    Your baby bump is incredibly cute! I’m glad you were able to ditch the mild depression. Good job getting up and moving again. You’ve been so inspiring for me; I’m glad you are feeling better all around. 🙂

  • kia
    June 8, 2010 at 10:09 am

    Glad I can help pull you out of your temporary funk. Your 17-week bump is adorable! Do whatever you can and use the energy in the honeymoon phase of your pregnancy to keep you going. Enjoy that NKOTB!

  • Trayce
    June 9, 2010 at 10:07 am

    Janice you look amazing!!!! Way to get back on the wagon, I myself have been off and on and now am PULLING it!!! HA! You are also an inspiration and I just love all of your ideas! Remember we are here for you good and bad days! xxoo

  • morgan Kriwinski
    June 9, 2010 at 1:13 pm

    YOU LOOK FANTASTIC! Enough said!

  • Ming Rougier
    October 27, 2010 at 11:46 pm

    I recently went to a fitness bootcamp and was challenged and amazed at how hard we pushed each and every other. I really enjoyed myself! I lost 10 pounds and a number of inches. I sense incredibly energetic and strong! It has surely increased my confidence level. I like to go shopping now lol one thing I wasn’t enjoying many months ago. I sense happy and excited much more frequently than not. Exercising truly does uplift your spirits!


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