Week in Review: Making Progress

At the end of February, I came to the realization that the life I was living was not the life I wanted to be living – and that changes would need to be made.
Then I sat down and developed action steps that would help me to implement those changes.

Finally, I found sources of both internal (people I know personal and interact with daily) and external (someone not directly in my circle of influence) of accountability.

Last week, was the first time that I put all the pieces together, so you might be wondering how I did?

Faith

Each morning, I stayed up after getting my husband off to work, and used that free time for prayer journaling, Bible reading, and reflection on my personal beliefs. On Saturday, I met my MIL and SIL for an early morning Bible study that left me feeling liberated, excited, and renewed.

Family

One of my goals is to spend more time with my family. Over the weekend, we hosted my niece for a sleepover with my daughter, and took the girls out for bike rides. On Sunday afternoon, the hubby and I enjoyed a “mini-date” by snuggling on the couch and chatting. Both were wonderful ways to reconnect with the people who matter most to me.

Food

For the first time, in 6 months or more, I used my weekend to meal plan, shop, prep food, and managed to eat 95% on plan instead of opting for fast food or heavily processed food to feed my family.

Fitness

Given my pregnancy limitations, I have changed my fitness goal to simply 30 minutes of intentional movement on most days. I enjoyed several long walks, a few aerobics classes with friends, and some prenatal yoga. Nothing felt forced or uncomfortable, even on days where I was tired, I wanted to move. This is a HUGE change from just a few weeks ago where I wanted to just blow off ALL my workouts – simply because I couldn’t workout at the same intensity level as pre-pregnancy. Krissie, my fabulous coach, had suggested that I just focus on moving – and giving myself permission to change my plans by listening to what my body told me. And she was right. That subtle shift in attitude did WONDERS for how I felt…and it is how I will approach fitness going forward.

Blogging

My posting is still sporadic at best. However, that is because I working on some fun and exciting changes that I hope to be sharing with you very soon.

The week wasn’t perfect – there were still too many hours of television watched, take-out pizza consumed, and not enough sleep. However, I felt as though I was living my ideal life.

And that is great progress!

Your turn – Tell me about your week!

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Pregnancy Update: 22 Weeks

Bump Pics

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What’s Happening with Pumpkin?

  • Pumpkin is 11 inches and almost 1 pound, and starting to look like a miniature newborn.
  • Her eyelids, and eyebrows are becoming more distinct, and she’s even developing tiny tooth buds beneath his gums.
  • Her eyes have formed, but the irises (the colored part of the eye) still lack pigment.

What’s Happening with Mama?

  • Total weight gain/loss: 25 pounds
  • Maternity clothes? Yes.
  • Best moment this week: Hearing Pumpkin’s heartbeat at our visit with the nurse.
  • Food cravings: Almond Butter Sandwiches and Lemonade
  • Belly button in or out? In.
  • Stretch Marks? Nope
  • What I miss: Being able to roll over with ease. The bump makes rolling over at night far more difficult.
  • What I am looking forward to: Big Sister Joycie’s 4th birthday party

What’s Happening with Daddy?

  • Daddy has been working a job near Mama’s office, so he often joins her for “picnic” lunches.  When he is not at work, he has been tending to the blueberry fields.

Asking for Help

Last week I shared with you how I had come to some realizations about where I was on my journey. I had identified how I had gotten off course and the action steps I was taking to get things back on track.

And I started with the best of intentions….

And I failed again.

Finally, after a good, long cry in the shower, I came to understand what was missing in the equation.

Accountability.

I need someone checking on me to make sure I’m following my meal plan.

I want someone to ask me what obstacles are in my way.

I long for someone to tell me when my excuses are just plain bull.

So this week, I reached out and asked for help. I have found both an internal and an external source of accountability.

Internally, I am working with my MIL and SIL to form an accountability group – we’ve each set a faith, food, and fitness goal for the upcoming week. We will check in each day to see how we are going.

Externally, I have signed up to work 1-on-1 with Krissie at Committed Coaching.

I’m excited….

I’m eager……

I’m ready to get down to work and make lasting change!

Your turn – Are you someone who needs outside accountability to implement change?