Walk and Talk Wednesday

Keep It Real:

Well, it is Wednesday and week 3 on this fitness journey.   A couple of weeks ago, I decided that there was no more looking the other way.  No more thinking I will do something about it tomorrow.  Today is the day I choose to make a positive change.  Today, I am putting my health on the list of priorities.

                    

I am going to keep it real.  I am going to be honest right here for you to see my ups and downs.  I want to get stronger.  I want to have endurance again.  I want to see a positive change on the scale, and a positive change in the measurements of different areas of my body.  I want to see my weight in a healthy range.  I would like to weigh 135 lbs. I know this is a big goal. I am scared. I don’t know for sure if I can get there. But I want to.  I want to try.  I want it to happen!

I am going to divide this bigger goal into two smaller goals.  I am choosing to face this GIANT for 21 days at a time.   Three weeks.  Three whole weeks.  My new motto is make a positive change and do it daily for three weeks.  Then add the next positive change and focus on the next three weeks.  

I’m thinking about Dori from the Nemo movie.  She was always positive and no ocean or circumstance stopped her from reaching the goal of finding Nemo.  Her motto was “just keep swimming, just keep swimming, just keep swimming” and eventually she got to her destination despite the difficulties and challenges along the way.  Hopefully this process will help me to become stronger and maintain a healthy lifestyle.

My public journey will be posted on Wednesdays.  I will give a short summary of the activity progress I have made for the week.  This post actually contains two weeks of this journey. 

Please pray for me.  This is a battle I want to win!  With God’s help, I know I can.

 

Goals:

Read here to see my goals.  You can also check out my New Year’s Resolutions and why I decided to make Family Fitness a priority and my One Word for the year.

LilySlim Weight loss tickers

Activity Progress Update

Week 1

I went with two of our oldest boys on one night to the YMCA, while my husband watched the rest of the children at home.

I took a Zumba class. I loved it!  I did not know it was a Zumba class at first.  I just thought it was an aerobics class and it is labeled as a light cardio class.  But once I was in it, dancing, I realized what it was.  I have seen the commercials for Zumba on TV, and definitely did not expect that I could do this, my thoughts about the commercials were “Zumba is for skinny people”.  But the truth is, any one on any level can do it.  The instructor was so supportive and I felt encouraged to keep going until the full hour was over.  My oldest son did 30 minutes of the class with me.  I did another 30 minutes of class by myself.

 

The boys kick boxed with a boxing machine.  They loved this.  It has a timer and kind of like simon says, they have to kick the box that lights up each time and the machine records their scores.  They loved competing with each other and trying to beat each others scores.  

My oldest climbed the climbing wall too.  The spotter put my son into a harness that is hooked to a rope and pulley system, and he wore a helmet.  My son climbed the wall by grabbing onto hand grips and placing his feet on them as he pulled himself up the wall.  When he has gone to the top, or as far as he wants, he lets the spotter know and is let down to the ground using the rope, pulley, and harness.  If he was to fall while climbing, the same rope and harness system would stop him from falling to the ground, but instead he would be lowered gently and safely.

Then all three of us cycled on bike machines for 30 minutes or so (the YMCA has a 30 minute time limit to the bikes,and you have to sign in, but you can sign in again if no one else is waiting).  

The next night, my husband went and took the two oldest boys and they played some basketball, kick boxed some more and dad got the high score, played foozeball (dad got the high score at this too), and swam in the pool. There is a tunnel slide at one end of the pool and they had a good time swimming.

I drank a homemade juice blend several days this week.  Into the blender I put carrots, apples, celery, KeVita coconut water kefir, apple cider, lime juice, 1 peeled orange.  This made 5 pints or so.  I put it in pint jars, put a lid on it and stored it in the produce drawer of the refrigerator.  I was able to drink 1 pint a day.  It was so easy and ready to use.  I just shook the jar, uncapped it, and drank it from the jar.  Delicious!  This was full of fiber and nutrients. This helped give me energy for the day and made me feel better.  I would like to purchase some more produce items like beets, kale, and berries to make more of these juice drinks.

Summary of Week 1:

I did not expect to hurt so bad the next day after working out.  I was completely sore from going the day before and I could barely move.  It actually took me three days to stop hurting.  The day after the exercise I went downhill all day, the pain got worse with each passing hour.  I could hardly sleep that night from the pain in my legs, hips, waist, back, and feet.  The next day was less pain, but it was still there.  But by day three, I was on the mend.  It was a huge shock to me that I am this unhealthy.  I am shocked that I was once so healthy, vibrant, active and now after a year of trying to recover from the emergency C section, I am struggling to get healthy.  It has taken me three days to recover from two hours of exercise.  I just want to cry!  But I can’t, because I have got to stay strong and do this.

I need to get a handle on when and what I am eating.  I want to be sure to include my daily needs of water and all the nutrients my body needs to be healthy.

My first victory!   My focus for today and this week is to just take this journey one step at a time.


Week 2

I decided to journal my meals for 7 days, water intake, etc. to see where I am over eating and what I need to do differently, and what my activity level is. Here is what this week looked like.

Sunday 1/13:


breakfast
2 Eggs

Toast

Vit. C drink

 
lunch

2 slices of hamburger pizza with dried red pepper seasoning spinkled on top

Salad Bar: Mixed lettuce and cabbage salad, spinach, mushrooms, tomatoes, cucumbers, carrot sticks, ranch dressing, cottage cheese, beets, grapes, sunflower seeds, shredded cheddar cheese

Sprite

 

supper
Chicken sandwich: chicken, bacon, lettuce, tomato, mayo, bun.

Cup of mint ice cream

 

Vitamins & Supplements

Multi Vitamin powder packet
1 tsp. Elderberry extract
1 probiotic 15 strains

2 psyllium fiber
B-complex
1-kelp capsule
2 – enzyme blend


Water:
4

 

 

Activity
Played at Chuckie Cheese for Joseph’s 8th birthday.
 

Walked/Hiked at Natural Tunnels State Park. Hiked half the trail, climbing steep stairs, but had to turn back with the little ones. Dad and two sons continued to the bottom and finished the hike. Mine and the younger children total walking/hiking time was 30 minutes +  Dad and two boys walking/hiking time 1 hour.
 

Saturday 1/12:
breakfast
2 Eggs
Toast
Vit. C drink

lunch
Chicken Sandwich: grilled c
hicken, lettuce, tom, mayo, bun
coke

supper

Italian rigatoni pasta with marinara and cheese
Romaine lettuce salad with ranch dressing

 

 

 

 


snack

Popcorn


Vitamins & Supplements
 

Multi Vitamin powder packet
1 tsp. Elderberry extract
1 probiotic 15 strains

2 psyllium fiber
B-complex
1-kelp capsule
2 – enzyme blend

 

 

 

Water: 4

Activity
I walked the trail pushing stroller for 1 hour at the park.  My husband and I played with the kids at the park 3 hours.
  

 

Friday 1/11:


breakfast
2 Eggs

Mocha latte (made with fresh raw milk, coffee, raw honey, cocoa)

 

lunch
Jr. Cheese burger with lettuce and tomato

Small Vanilla frosty

 
supper

Salad lettuce, cucumber, tomato, honey mustard dressing

Crispy chicken breast strips

Vitamins & Supplements
Multi Vitamin powder packet
1 tsp. Elderberry extract
1 probiotic 15 strains
2 psyllium fiber
B-complex
1-kelp capsule
2 – enzyme blend

 

 


Water:
4

Activity
I usually go to the park on Tuesdays and Fridays, but it has been hit and miss through the winter as some days it is raining and some days it is too chilly.  We decided to wait until tomorrow and go with dad.

 

Thursday 1/10:


breakfast

2 Eggs

Mocha latte (made with fresh raw milk, coffee, raw honey, cocoa)

 
lunch

Chicken sandwich with chicken, lettuce, pickles, mayo, bread

chips

water

 
supper

Cheese Ravioli with marinara

Salad

Green beans
water

Vitamins & Supplements
Multi Vitamin powder packet
1 tsp. Elderberry extract
1 probiotic 15 strains
2 psyllium fiber
B-complex
1-kelp capsule
2 – enzyme blend

 

 


Water:
4

Activity

 

Wednesday 1/9:


breakfast

2 Eggs

Mocha latte (made with fresh raw milk, coffee, raw honey, cocoa)

 

lunch
Banana

Yogurt
Potato Soup

 

supper
Salad: lettuce blend, carrots, cucumbers, tomato, ranch dressing

chicken sandwich with swiss cheese, tomato, mayo, and bun
Onion rings

   

Vitamins & Supplements

Multi Vitamin powder packet
1 tsp. Elderberry extract
1 probiotic 15 strains

2 psyllium fiber
B-complex
1-kelp capsule

2 – enzyme blend

Water: 4

Activity

 

 

 

 

Tuesday 1/8:


breakfast
2 Eggs

Mocha Latte (made with fresh raw milk, coffee, raw honey, cocoa)


lunch 

Banana

Potato Soup

  
supper

Cheeseburger

Water

Vitamins & Supplements
Multi Vitamin powder packet
1 tsp. Elderberry extract
1 probiotic 15 strains
2 psyllium fiber
B-complex
1-kelp capsule

2 – enzyme blend

Water:
5

Activity
Worked out at the YMCA for 2 hours:
 

exercise class 1 hour, steam room 20 min, walked the track, and walked 29 stair steps 5 times, then watched my son kickbox, and swim for 20 minutes.
 

 

 

 

Monday 1/7:


breakfast
2 Eggs

Mocha Latte (made with fresh raw milk, coffee, raw honey, cocoa)

 
lunch

2 cups Potato Soup: with chicken broth, carrots, celery, basil, parsley, and sea salt.

supper

Vitamins & Supplements
Multi Vitamin powder packet
1 tsp. Elderberry extract
1 probiotic 15 strains
2 psyllium fiber
B-complex
1-kelp capsule
2 – enzyme blend

 

 

Water: 4

Activity

Summary of progress:
I did not meet my activity goals this week.  I was only active 3 out of 7 days.  I need to increase my activity level.

I did not meet my water goals this week.  I consistently drank 4 to 5 cups of water instead of my goal of 8 cups a day.  I need to increase my water intake.

Toward the end of the week I cut out the mocha latte at breakfast.  I am sensitive to caffeine and I felt this may be something to lay off of for a while and only have it as a special treat instead of everyday.   I did cut back on snacks and felt good about the meals I ate this week.

I did not have ingredients on hand to make the juice blend drink I did the week before.  I wish I had because I believe it gave me a lot more energy than I had and I know it was good for me.  So next week I want to make it a priority to drink a special juice blend feast once a day, though I want to increase my intake of fruits and vegetables.

I am pleased that I was able to “weigh in” to my weight loss support group on Monday.  I had not made much progress on weight loss, but I am just in the beginning and I know if I “just keep swimming” or “just keep going”, I will get there eventually.  I was able to talk with them about my bad habbit of drinking soda. I spent time researching the pitfalls of drinking soda and I am continuing to make strides to not drink it, though I find my self wanting soda if I am feeling stressed and also if we are traveling or eating out.  I hope to find a soda alternative to fill this need asap!
 

Walk and Talk Wednesdays Link Up:

 
If you are working on getting yourself or a family member healthy by walking, or any exercise and nutrition activity, please join our Walk and Talk Wednesday Link Up, and share your posts.   If you don’t have a blog, feel free to link up your progress in the comment section below.  Everyone is welcome.

Going for a walk, or physical activity can be done one day a week, or everyday, it is up to you.  You can do it alone, with family members or friends, that is up to you too.  It can be outdoors or indoors.  It can be on a path or on a piece of equipment. 

All I ask as a requirement for this link up is for you to MOVE (walk, run, jump, dance, etc) at least once a week and tell us about it. 

Please put a link to this story on your website so others can find us too.

Or if you are encouraged by another mom blogger who walks to get healthy, feel free to link up their stories here too.  These Walk and Talk Wednesday posts will be updated each Wednesday and the link ups will be open for the whole month and are meant to be a source of encouragement and accountability. 

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Be blessed!



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About Melinda Weiser

I am a sinner, saved by grace. I am on a journey and offer to share my story with the hope that it will bless you. My one desire is to bring glory to my creator. I am a wife and the mother of 6 children, plus two in heaven. I enjoy homeschooling, research, teaching, homesteading, natural gardening, grass based farming, cooking, fresh raw milk, herbs, children, midwifery, and music. I am a writer, biblical mentor, and also work part time in the healthy foods and vitamin business www.weisernaturalfoods.com I have a BSW degree from Kansas State University, and trained professionally as a medical social worker, biblical counselor, tutor, and vocal performer. Thank you for stopping by to read about our homeschool and family life adventures. Be blessed!

One thought on “Walk and Talk Wednesday

  1. Annie Kate

    Congratulations on starting your fitness journey! It’s hard to make the commitment to health, but so important.

    If you’re interested in joining other Fit Mommies for encouragement and accountibility, I host a small but encouraging link-up every Friday.

    Reply

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