As part of the Mamavation 2 Week Challenge, the daily goal is to reach 10,000 steps. It’s really an awesome challenge and engages my competitive spirit. How fast can I reach 10,000 steps? How many steps will I take during this morning’s walk? So fun!
Lacy at Living on Love announced her monthly challenge for March: create a monthly mantra! I found mine in the “Fitness” category of Pinterest, but it really applies to more than one area of my life right now.
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Recovering from PPD is certainly a long road, and I’m a work-in-progress. There are some days when I feel great, like all of it is behind me. Then a bad day hits and I have awful thoughts, as if recovering is not even possible. This mantra is important to me. I can do this. I can keep going.
I’m also continuing to work hard at reaching my fitness and health goals. I’m almost halfway there. Sometimes I’m exhausted by the time C goes to bed at night and I don’t want to do my P90X workout; but this mantra reminds me that I can push myself to do it. It’s a long, slow process that is both possible and worth all the hard work!
To learn more about Living on Love’s monthly challenges, click here.
Ugh, sometimes I am completely drop-dead exhausted by the time I put C to bed at 7pm. The last thing I want to do is wash his bottles, and I certainly don’t have the energy for P90X. Last night was one of those nights. I melted into the couch and watched The Bachelor, my Monday night trash TV of choice. By the time that was over, it was 9pm and I just felt like cruising Twitter or flipping TV channels.
But I pushed myself. I popped in the 60-minute Legs & Back workout and got to work. I was cursing Tony Horton during the millionth lunge, but by the time it was over I felt so awesome. I felt energized, empowered and accomplished. My muscles felt stronger and looser. I physically felt less stressed. It was wonderful. Now I know that I need to push myself on those nights, because the end result is so worth it.
Hubster and I have decided to take the P90X challenge! Okay, so the truth is that I’m excited about it and he’s begrudgingly going along with it. I’ve been curious about this extreme 90-day fitness program for quite some time, but was always too scared to try. One 5k and three Mamavation Two-Week Challenges later, I feel more confident in my abilities.
We’re doing the lean version (more cardio-based) to work into it. I think I’ll try the classic version after we finish this. We did the first workout last night, Core Synergistics, and I felt awesome afterward! I’m still feeling awesome today, which makes me really excited for what is to come. I know it will be challenging and we’ll probably get pretty sore, but I’m beyond excited to see the results we’ll get.
Have you ever tried P90X? What did you think of it?
When I look at this, I'm happy it *only* took me 6 months!
Yes, I realize it has been six months since my son was delivered via c-section. I never thought it would take this long or be this much work to get back into my pre-pregnancy jeans. It’s been a bit disheartening seeing other moms get back to their pre-pregnancy size, or even smaller, months before I have. But, it’s time to put all that behind me because it’s my time now – I DID IT! Today I was able to button my pre-pregnancy jeans!!!
I’m amazed at how difficult it is to recover from a c-section. I still have a long way to go on my stomach for my abs to be as strong as they once were. I strongly encourage other c-section mamas to try a Mamavation 2 Week Challenge. My first challenge last month was difficult, but I did it. There are still a couple days left of my second 2 week challenge and I’ve noticed a difference in my strength and, obviously, in my clothes. It is AWESOME. The accountability and support, via Twitter, is amazing. I love it.
After countless hours of cardio, training for and completing a 5k, two Mamavation 2 Week Challenges and other strength training, I am so thrilled to be writing this post today. One goal down – here’s to meeting the next goal!