Embracing a Healthy Family: Mamavation Monday

Mamavation Monday

Shew ...Thanksgiving is over!  That was a hard one to overcome with a turkey that turned out perfect and all the sweets my oldest and I made.  I had to choose from pumpkin streusel pie to cute turkey cake pops to mini apple pies to a four layered chocolate pie and I forgot, tons of cookies.  At the end of the day, I did pretty well.  I kept my indulgences down to one piece of pumpkin pie, one piece of chocolate pie, a turkey pop and a cookie over two days.  I also only had one helping from the turkey dinner and it was back to eating better.  To date, I have lost 11 pounds since October 24th and I have kept it off.

I was watching The Biggest Loser's Thanksgiving special and they noted that just because it was the holidays, it didn't mean it was time to indulge.  That is a hard habit to overcome especially if you spent your entire life living like that.  I have found after reading about that third grader weighing 200 pounds and being taken away from his mom that I am thankful that I have expressed an importance on healthy eating with my children.  My eight year old was getting chunky for a bit last year and it was mostly because I was doing something that I thought was good at least from her perspective which was stopping at McDonalds after school nearly ever day.  As an epileptic, she requires regular food and by the end of the day, she was famished and feeling it so that was a quick fix.  I don't know why I didn't realize at that time what a BAD decision that was but luckily, it didn't take too long.

I had joined Mamavation around that same time and I think that also opened my eyes to hear from the other moms and get the encouragement to turn healthier. I don't focus about being fat or overweight in my house rather I stick to being healthy and making healthy choices.  I don't want my girls to focus on how big they perceive themselves or how thin rather if they are making healthy choices, they won't have to worry.  My eight year old now chooses apple slices and milk on those rare stops at McDonald's now.  She turns down most sweets when offered.  I'm still working on my four year old but given how she looks up to her sisters, she will be there in no time.

All in all, it was a great Thanksgiving and even more so after weighing myself and seeing I gained nothing.  The rest of my family that are partaking in my get healthy campaign are doing well too.

Have a great week!

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Ashley @Irishred02 said...

Congrats on your weight loss and the ability to maintain it! It is hard not to over indulge, I decided not to and stuck with it. I thought I don't want have to work extra hard next week at the gym lol Have a great week!

Christina Gould said...

Congrats on the weight loss. You did much better than me this Thanksgiving!

Katie said...

You're doing so well! I'm proud of you for the choices that you're making. Your daughters are lucky to have such a great mom!

bookieboo said...

Hey girl! Stopping by to say HI! I'm glad things are going well. Loved that story about your daughter. Rock on! XOO

Pipi said...

Great healthy weight loss in the past month. Wonderful job not going overboard on Thanksgiving. It's awesome to hear that you turned the whole McDonalds mistakes around. It's sometimes difficult to remember to treat with healthy things. I have the struggle of telling my daughter she can't have pop when other parents allow their children to have it. I don't give in, but sometimes it breaks my heart that she doesn't understand that I am trying to do the right thing for her. I hope she sees it in the future.

I love your focus on being healthy and not fat or skinny. I wish that more parents would do this. It would help with the eating disorder problems kids and teens have.

Judy Joyce said...

Thank you, Ashley! It was hard as I was tempted!

Thank you, Christina! The holidays are usually an excuse for me to indulge and I changed that around this time!

Awww,thanks, Katie! They love me very much so I'm very lucky to have them and they inspire me to be a good mom!

Hey, BookieBoo! Nice to see you again and thank you! :)

Pipi, I agree it's hard to say no when others are allowed. My eight year old has come a long way so now I have to work on my four year old. I have my 23 year old finally turned around. She's a product of having a single mom for many years and eating too much bad food but now with her own baby, she knows. I agree with the eating disorder and being healthy versus skinny approach! Thank you!

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