Gritty Goddess is a 5k obstacle course in Galveston, TX, for women only. The upcoming event is this Saturday, November 3rd. Next year, I am going to do this!! So far, I haven’t been very successful with my mission to lose my baby weight. This will definitely motivate me. I need to find a physical activity to strive for, and this is it!
Last April, I participated in a 5k walk/run, in support of breast cancer awareness. It was an awesome experience. I felt very empowered and it left me wanting to do more. My daughter, who was almost 10 years old at the time, and my sister walked with me. The outdoor setting and the camaraderie made for an unforgettable day.
The Gritty Goddess event is noted as ‘a 5k obstacle and mud course for women only’. I love the concept! With my goal of getting down to my “comfortable weight” by the time my baby reaches his first birthday in April, I will have ample time to train for this event.
Have you ever participated in a group physical activity, such as a 5k walk, run, or obstacle course? Would you attempt to do something like this?
Happy, Happy Monday morning!! Today’s PGIM post stems from some personal circumstances that I have been dealing with. In an effort to refrain from divulging too much personal information, let’s just say that my patience and self control have been pushed to the extreme! I have been going through something for the past couple of months, and only God knows how much it has taken a toll on my psyche and overall well-being.
I’m here to say that prayer does work! This is by no means the first time I have seen God work in my life or the lives of those around me; however, it is far too easy to overcome a challenge, and then forget how bleak things appear to be when you go through the next one. Through it all, I have been praying, claiming the victory in advance, and asking God for His Will to be done in the situation that I’ve been going through. When I say that it is being resolved before my very eyes, my goodness! I’m so thankful right now and full of joy and peace. So very thankful, indeed!
I love wearing my little guy! I never knew there was a name for the way that many mothers carry their little ones. I originally tried this with my 11 yr old, but she didn’t seem to like being too snug or tightly wrapped, so I aborted that plan, rather quickly. Probably too quickly. I tried again with my 5 yr old, and I don’t recall what happened there. I believe, in both cases, the type of carrier was the main reason my attempts failed. During my last pregnancy, I educated myself on the wonderful world of Babywearing and the many different types of wraps, carriers, and slings. There is a type of carrier known in the Babywearing community as the “crotch dangler”. This is a literal reference, indeed. You know the type of carrier I am referring to. It is the one in most superstores, with straps that clasp together. The problem with this type of carrier is that the baby is usually front-facing and dangling by the crotch, rather than sitting; thus, the name “crotch dangler”. There has been some concern regarding the front-facing carry not providing enough support to our precious babies’ bodies and providing overstimulation*.
I carry my baby in a wrap. It is a very long piece of durable fabric with a slight stretch, doubled for additional support. The fabric is then quadrupled when I fold it prior to placing my little one inside. Time and time again, my little man will start out fussy, but within a few minutes of being placed in our wrap, literally, he is out like a light. It is the most precious thing to watch! The wrap is from Moby Wrap, who states that the wrap should be used when the baby is between 8 and 35 pounds. There is plenty of back support, based on how one is instructed to wrap the fabric; however, I am sure that I won’t use this style of carrier past around 20 pounds. My teeny tiny baby is only 15 pounds at 6 months old, and I am able to wear him for a couple of hours before I am aware of his weight. I am only 5′ 3″. I am sure that I will either look for a different type of carrier or maybe I will just wear my baby in a different way by the time he is around 20 pounds. There are other “holds” suggested on the Moby Wrap site, such as the hip hold. I will have to try it out, prior to jumping to another carrier. *The Boba Family site provides extensive details regarding the benefits of carrying our babies: http://www.bobafamily.com/research/strollers-baby-carriers-and-infant-stress/.
My goal is to get back down to my comfortable weight (50 pounds less) by my baby’s first birthday. He just reached his half-birthday (go Nate!), so this is definitely doable. The key to my success will be WILLPOWER. Why did I key this word in all caps? This has been a burr in my side for quite some time. Sheer willpower will get you far, and I must be frank in saying that my health has fallen by the wayside, while I tend to the needs of others around me. There is a short list of “others” who I am referring to (family and my job), but I know that it is imperative that I start taking my health seriously and get it together.
So where do I start? Since I very well may be nursing through my deadline, I have to be careful about my diet. As I stated in another post, I have successfully used juicing as a form of kick starting a weight loss plan, in the past. This time around, I will have to incorporate a lot more protein and some complex carbs to keep my energy level up and provide adequate nourishment to myself and my little one.
Since I pump during my breaks at work, I won’t be able to work out while I’m there (my company has an in-house fitness center). With that being said, I will have to devote some of my time at home to working out. There are stairs in my home, and I am considering walking up and down them for 15 minutes every morning. In a perfect world, I would also take a walk in the evening with the kids, but that just isn’t feasible or realistic at this time. Each evening, I will pop in one of my workout DVDs and get some cardio in.
Regarding my eating habits…well, there is much to be desired in that area. Nursing definitely creates an insatiable appetite, but I am fully aware that a healthy appetite doesn’t equal the need to indulge in sweets and extra starchy foods. I said I am aware of this, right? That’s where willpower is necessary. I pray for self-control so I may meet the challenge at hand. Amen!
I will provide weekly updates on my progress. I have six months to work with, which is ample time to work on myself for a change. If you would like to make some positive lifestyle changes and get into better shape, join me in this challenge. Keep in mind that this is a personal challenge, one where your overall health is the ultimate prize!