This is my Mamavation post for Monday, December 6, 2010.
How was your week last week? Did your drink your water? Get your beauty sleep? And eat your 7-8 servings of fruits and veggies? (Remember: fruit and veggies are chock full of fiber!).
This week was tough, as it was my first week solo parenting since Amber was born. (Can you believe she’s a month old aready?!). As you’re aware, I suffered from post-partum depression during my last two maternity leaves. My second leave was worse than my first, as my hubby spent that year in Ireland while I raised a newborn and a two year old by myself without help (I have no family nearby). I really stopped reaching out to people and felt really lonely. I particularly remember one two week stint in which the only phone call I received was from the library hounding me to return a book. I realized then that even if I committed suicide no one would know, ’cause no one was checking in on us, and my girls would probably die too – yes that’s the only thing that kept me from doing it. Scary, sad and true. Afterwards I got help and discovered that I felt best when I exercised and ate healthy foods, and reached out to people to do things with us.
Armed with the knowledge of what makes me feel good, I decided to embark on the 30 Day Shred, along with Greta (MiddleAgedJock) and TEN other Twitter friends. I sent out a few tweets, wrote up a blog post and was AMAZED at how many people wanted to SHRED with me! (You can still Shred too – I still have 23 days left & will support you along the way).
I did 6 of the seven Shred days this week and felt great! I’m modifying it to be lower impact ’cause the muscles of my perineum are still healing from my second degree + tear (TMI – sorry!). I’m ok with doing lower impact because my goal at this point is not weightloss or even strength – it’s just to feel good. I’m an endorphin junkie!
My week with the kids went well – most nights I had EVERYONE (including the baby) asleep by 11 so I was able to get my sleep. We also went to the library with one of my friends and her kids, and we went to the movies on Friday to see Tangled (AWFUL MOVIE BTW). I didn’t feel much like cooking, so we ate at Subway THREE times! I realized during the week that my small town has MORE Subway stores than McDonald’s so that’s pretty cool! Now I just wished Subway would put in play places like McDonald’s so the kids can also play off some energy afterwards while mommy nurses the baby….
All in all my recovery is going well, my Christmas shopping is almost done, and I feel “ALIVE” not grey and foggy like in the past. In fact I’ve even been able to tackle some small de-cluttering projects at home which has resulted into a few trips to the local Salvation Army. Man it feels good to be helping others in need!
Do you help others? What do you do?
Have a great week everyone!!
PS – I’m giving away a Training Journal, just in time for the new year! Enter to win this sexy purple training journal!