Sunday, January 30, 2011

Mamavation Monday for Jan 31 2011

Blogging Carnival!
I want to start this blog post off by first answering the question, which is sponsored this week by Earth Footwear.  
What does wellness mean to you?

To me, wellness is not just healthy and your weight in control. Wellness means that you are in healthy relationships, have healthy habits (or are forming them), getting enough sleep, and being happy.

When you have healthy relationships, you are likely to have a good support system, and people who love you and support you no matter what. They are happy and excited that you are starting a new venture to get yourself healthy. They may even want to join you and go on this venture with you. For me, a part of wellness is surrounding yourself with people who you support, love and trust, and they love, trust and support you in return.

When you have or form healthy habits, you are cutting out all the stuff that is bad for you, such as eating half a pizza by yourself on a Saturday night. Or, playing video games all day rather than getting outside and getting fresh air. You also form habits such as eating healthier, eating the right sized portions. Healthy habits may not just be in the form of healthy eating, but in the form of getting clean and sober. For me, part of wellness is getting into habits that are good for both your mind and body.

Getting enough sleep is a major part of wellness with me. I never seem to have enough sleep! No matter how little or how long I sleep, it’s never enough. I have slept 8 hours, 7 hours, less than that, and way more than that. It’s never perfect. I never wake up with that feeling of Wow! I slept great last night. I am hoping that a new bed and pillows will do the trick for me. You have to sleep well, in order to be well.

Being happy in general is good for your overall wellness. If your constantly depressed, sad, mad or angry, there may be something wrong, and you should get that checked out. I am a happy go lucky kinda person. I’m not usually down for long. I like to smile and make others smile, so I find it hard to stay angry or depressed for too long.

So, that’s what wellness is to me! O
 I’m writing this post as an entry to a blogging carnival sponsored by Fiber Plus. 

OK. Onto my Mamavation stuff : )

This week was an - eh – week. It wasn’t too bad, wasn’t too good. I don’t feel like I did anything healthy. Eric (my 6yr old) caught bronchitis, so he has been home from school since Tuesday! SO I haven’t walked at all this week – except Monday. But, I don’t think that counts for much, really. I didn’t work out, and I’m kind of sad to admit that. I loved that first workout, but a whole week has gone by and I haven’t been back to it. I don’t know if I need more motivation, or what, but I just didn’t feel like it at all this week. Maybe it was because Eric was sick. Who knows.  Next week I am going to try better.

My goals for this week are:

Workout at least 3x

Walk Eric to school (proving that he is OK enough to go to school, I should be able to. If not, I will add an extra workout day)

Start trying to cut out pop. God I love pop. The caffeine I think is what does it, I think. But its sooo good! 

And a new personal goal of my own – meditate before bed every night. I wonder if that will help me relax enough to sleep well. I shall try and see and report my findings next week.

Looking into my local farmers market and/or bountiful baskets; my only problem is I don’t have a car, so this could be interesting. Maybe I’ll put a basket on my bike : )

I really wish I had more to share! I wish that I had weight loss to share, but I honestly don’t feel like I have lost anything. I plan on buying a scale within the next week – just waiting on my refund before I spend anything extra out of budget.

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  1. We all have "eh" weeks. We learn from them and move on. You are heading in the right direction. I love Farmers markets. I miss them in the winter :( A bike basket works very well for this type of thing. I also commend you on meditating! I have to rely heavily on it some nights when I can't shut my brain off. Kudos to you! Have a great week!

  2. Diet Coke just might be the death of me. It's AMAZING!
    As for the sleeping thing. Try Melatonin. It's an otc, non-habit forming little nudge to sleep. Melatonin is something your body naturally creates. It helps your brain to shut up, stop thinking about kids, bills, laundry, etc and drift off easily. Seriously, I swear by it. Easy sleep, easy wake up.
    An eh week is better than a ew week. Here's hoping your son feels better and you have a great week!

  3. as Mothers, we have all had weeks like that. Too little time, too little sleep, so many obligations.

    If you are able to give up the soda, that will help. It might not be easy, but gets easier with a few days. As for sleeping, the meditation might really help. I also love Candlelight Yoga to relax me.

    I hope you have a great week.

  4. Hoping for a better week for you. You have great goals - just stick to it. But I do know the sick season really gets us off track. I think I am more unmotivated to workout when the kids are sick vs my own illness. Good lukc this week

  5. Having a sicko kiddo is so hard. Totally throws everything off. Setting goals is a great way to get you back on track! I really do like the suggestion of perhaps giving up on your soda... hard, but cutting the sugar is a gooood thing. GOOD LUCK this week!

  6. Put a basket on your bike or get a bike rack over the rear tire and a pannier. Your goals sound great this week. Meditation is such an integral mind/body piece for me. Look into for food choices and see if someone delivers to you in that process. Have a wonderful week.

  7. I think you'll find that you sleep better when you're not only meditating, but also exercising every day. And then cutting out the soda will help too (less caffeine in your system). All those things will add up to better sleep, which will result in better weight loss too. It's all connected!

    Great goals for the week - good luck!

  8. Before becoming a Mamavation Mom, I would go to bed no earlier than midnight each night. Come morning (my kids wake up around 6:30 now) I would really be struggling. Since I'm now exercising every day, I am in bed by 10pm. My husband and I are getting a little behind on the TV shows we watch, but at least we are feeling better.

    And by the way, you won't try better next week. You WILL do better next wee. :)

  9. Funny thing... and this is going to sound backwards... but when I don't exercise, I have no energy. When I religiously get my fitness in, I sleep better at night and have more energy thorughout the day. Having a sick one at home DEF makes it worse, but once he's back to 100% try to exercise even when you don't feel like it and see if that helps you to sleep better. Good luck this week - you have FANTASTIC goals!

    Shelley (@momma_oz)

  10. Good luck with the soda. I just cut it out 2 weeks ago and I hate to say it (I clung to my daily Pepsi with a vengeance) but it made a big difference. I will allow myself one a week eventually, but I still dream of a bubbly, cold one. Good luck and have a great week!

  11. OH! and forgot to mention :
    OH! BTW - While I'm here - I have given you a Stylish Blogger award! Check it out and Keep up the great posts :)


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