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Mamavation Monday: Maintaining My Composure…and My Weight

January 25, 2010 Amanda 17 Comments

As most of you know the girls and I have been battling illnesses of one ty[e or another since the week before Christmas…Thank you all for your love and support through this time.  We have now been well for a week and I’m trying not to push my limits.  SO…that leads me right into my point: I have not worked out or weighed-in since right after Christmas.  That’s right. I’m admitting it now. I should also add right now that I have managed to maintain my weight, but realistically the only thing that saved me was the fact that during most of my illness I couldn’t taste anything…so I didn’t eat. I know. It’s not the smartest move I’ve ever made, in fact, it probably kept me ill longer.  My husband looked at me one day while the girls were eating…and he was eating…and reminded me that I was much more likely to feel better if I were eating. Not just “eating” he reminds me…but eating healthy.  Eating the whole foods that I love.  All the fresh veggies and fruit, not only do I love them…but the nutrients inside could contribute to my getting well. And he was right. I do love fresh fruit and veggies…I do love whole food, but I just was not going to eat them until I could taste them.

Luckily I can taste them again.  I made my first full trip to the grocery yesterday since becoming ill and stocked up on all the goodies my girls and I love. Yogurt, string cheese, strawberries, romaine lettuce, oatmeal, dried fruits, carrots, celery….the list goes on and on.  I get the feeling though that my dear hubby is regretting the push for me to eat right again, the look on his face suggested something more along the lines of faintness. While I was sick my Aunt and extended family took advantage of my weakness and started bringing over junk food as a ‘treat’ for the girls…now it’s important to say here that I appreciate all of their help…I do not routinely purchase and allow my girls to have junk food and it is normally save for when they go visit Auntie. I must have spent the last month walking around in some kind of nutritional oblivion, because when I was cleaning out the cabinets yesterday (before the grocery) I found Cheetos, suckers, and O so much more. Trash.

I would love to get back to working out, but I haven’t been released for physical activity since my lungs are still so weak.  You see, while I am mostly well, I am still hanging on to the pneumonia.  It really is better, but activity…vigorous activity of any kind…can really set me back.  My Wii is still in the Family Room..still waiting for me to turn it on again.  And I will. I am determined.

Ahem. Which is kind of what leads me into my next “thing”. I am going to Blissdom next week thanks to some really awesome sponsors (Tommy Nelson publishing and Katja Presnal) and Disney right after that, which thrills me to no end. However, I am bigger (much) than I was last winter…or even the end of summer…so none of my clothes fit right. I have been able to get away with not buying many any new clothes by just sticking a sweatshirt over top of whatever shirt I’m wearing and you almost can’t tell I’m a full 20 pounds heaver than I normally am.  So I’m starting to freak out just a little. You see I’m going to have to have some cute or at least semi-professional clothes by then…but my budget is not allowing for it. In this case, it’s buy Mommy some new clothes or go to Disney. I pick Disney. Now I know I’m working on it and weight-loss takes time. I know I’ve been sick and haven’t been able to work out for 5 weeks. But it doesn’t change the fact that when I look at myself I see the fat. I see the rolls. And I see that none. NONE. of my clothes fit.

I’m taking comfort in you all today, reading about your triumphs and slip-ups will help me today. So thanks for that everyone. I’m working on eating right this week and doing what I can. I’m trying to remember not to sweat the small stuff and keep my eyes focused on the long run. I am also not going to think what “what to wear” until next week, won’t change anything this week. Ooops. I forgot to mention I have maintained my weight since last weigh-in so that’s ok I guess…

Ya’ll have a good week. Take care of each other. Take care of you.

This post is happily shared at Mamavation.

PS. Sorry for the book :)

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  1. SuburbHouseWife
    January 25, 2010 - 5:52 am

    So glad to hear you’re getting better. I hate my clothes too, I just stay with sweats. You’re doing good, one day at a time is all we can do, focus on one thing you can do that day. I hope you enjoy your trip to #blissdom


  2. Heather @ Not a DIY Life
    Twitter: notdiyheather

    January 25, 2010 - 6:00 am

    I know it’s hard to feel good about ourselves when our clothes don’t fit and are uncomfortable. I’m there with you.

    So glad you’re getting yourself back on the right track with whole foods. Amazing how much better they are for us than all the processed stuff!

    You can do it, Amanda! One step at a time – you’re moving in the right direction!


  3. Trish @IamSucceeding
    January 25, 2010 - 6:00 am

    I am happy to hear you are finally feeling better…that is a great success in itself. I know you will get completely back in th egame and I am so excited for you to be able to go to #Blissdom and then Disney!! That is so great and I am really jealous!! :)

    One day at a time, it is the small chunks that lead tot he giant success! xoxox


  4. Katie @ Frugal Femina
    January 25, 2010 - 6:39 am

    Whew, I know you had it rough there for a good bit! I’m glad it’s starting to turn around. I think people will be more excited to see you than worrying about your clothes. Have a GREAT time!


  5. Fbbmomma
    January 25, 2010 - 8:07 am

    I had pneumonia the during the same time last year. It kicked my butt!!! You have to be very careful. I was not, and thought I was ok, so I went back to work, and then about two weeks later I was laid up in bed for 8 days straight. My mom had to come and help with my kids, and really take care of me, because I just COULD not function. I have NO idea what happened during those 8 days, other than I thought I was dying. And, I did not want to eat AT ALL! It is just part of it.
    Don’t get too down on yourself. It gets better. But, I do want to warn you, once you do get cleared to work out, you will not be able to just jump back into it. I found doing water aerobics and being in the water did not hurt! My lungs still hurt on occasion from strenuous workouts. Before I got the pneumonia, I was running outside and doing 5k’s (walk/running them that is) but since then, If I feel the need to run I do it inside on a treadmill, because the outside air kills me.
    I am not telling you all of this to get you down, I am just letting you know that your body has been through a war. One that some people can not survive, so be patient with it. Start out slow, and respect it’s limitations. You will lose the weight, but right now you should be focused on the fact that you are alive, and YOU KICKED PNEUMONIA’S BUTT!!!!! :)
    Have a wonderful week!!!
    Much love!


  6. Melissa Multitasking Mama
    January 25, 2010 - 8:44 am

    At least we can both lay on the bed, huffing and puffing to get the jeans buttoned together at Blissdom LOL


  7. TLEstrogen
    January 25, 2010 - 8:45 am

    OMG girl you don’t want to mess around with pneumonia. I had it a few years ago and it will drain you! You can’t work out yet and your clothes don’t fit–I’ve been there but you have to take care of yourself right now. It won’t be long before you’re smokin hot!


  8. Leah @Bookieboo
    January 25, 2010 - 10:13 am

    Maintaining weight while sick is very good, so don’t beat yourself up about it. If you are sick, you are sick. The only thing you can do is take care of yourself and fight the battle with good nutrition. I’m really looking forward to seeing you again at blissdom!! XXOO


  9. Amy @ Unforgettable Childhood
    January 25, 2010 - 10:55 am

    Take care of yourself and enjoy all of the fun you are going to experience in the next few weeks. Keep taking it easy, your eating healthy will help you get well and then you can add back in the exercise slowly. Have a great week!


  10. colleen
    January 25, 2010 - 1:21 pm

    You are getting back into it and that is great!


  11. Angela @angelasue79
    January 25, 2010 - 8:04 pm

    Aww, you have been so sick. You’ll get back at it as soon as you can. I hope you get released by your doctor soon!!


  12. Amanda
    January 25, 2010 - 8:29 pm

    Amanda, I am sorry that your illness is still lingering. You and your family are getting better though and until then be gentle with yourself. Honor your physical process. We are here to support you when you get the physical clearance. Have a great time at Blissdom! Woohoo!!! Walk with confidence as you mingle and network. You are where you are and that is beautiful.


  13. Rachel
    January 25, 2010 - 10:07 pm

    I completely understand where you are coming from. I got rid of my “fat” clothes, then got pregnant and laid off. So, I don’t fit my “skinny” clothes and I’ve had no need to buy new ones because I’m at home. I had to go to a funeral and I almost completely lost it when I realized I had NOTHING to wear.

    I wish I could send you clothes to wear so you feel great at your conference. Just remember that you are there for your intelligence and personality, not your body! Do what you can until then, and keep working on it when you get home!


  14. @LastMinuteMandy
    January 26, 2010 - 8:43 am

    I agree that you really have to give yourself leeway b/c, dang-it, you’ve had PNEUMONIA! Let those lungs heal, then you can work on it! BUT, I understand what you are saying completely. I don’t really like the shape of my body right now either, and to add to matters, the Disney conference will be my first. Nothing like not only being uncomfortable in the situation, but also uncomfortable in your own body. I’ll be there if you need a shoulder to lean on. And know that I’ll be thinking the same think (“does my butt look big in this?”) as will most of the other moms. Because – seriously – we are all just doing our best.


  15. Heidi
    January 26, 2010 - 12:25 pm

    It’s so hard to really take care of ourselves when we’re sick or the kids are. It sounds like you are getting back on track though and that’s good!


  16. Kim @ Mentally Inked
    January 26, 2010 - 5:13 pm

    Getting better is more important than losing weight! You’re eating good stuff & that is a great thing! You will get back into it! (Ok, personal questions & you can email me the answers, if you’d like) What size do you wear? Where are you? & When are you leaving? I have some business casual clothes that I can lend you if you need them! (I’m wearing a 16/18)
    kimberlycogley at yahoo dot com


  17. lorrie
    February 3, 2010 - 1:09 pm

    have a great time at blissdom, where do you find your whole foods what types of foods do you buy, im just starting and so far all i get is broccoli calliflauer salami sometimes, yogurt cheese


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