Mamavation Monday Update

It’s Mamavation Monday and I’m excited to share my progress so far while I also update my goals.

When I pledged to start this journey two weeks ago, my goals were the following:

1. No more night time snacking

2. More movement

3. More accountability

These goals weren’t bad, necessarily, but they didn’t involve the steps I really needed to begin to make some real changes in my life.  I toyed around with trying to make changes that week, but then the Twizzlers Roadtrip put me back where I’ve always been, relaxing with my feet up, enjoying a bar of chocolate.  Yeah.  The whole bar. (Really)

So at the beginning of last week I decided to do more than just try to eat less. Through chats with other Mamavation moms on Twitter, I learned that I was actually not eating enough food, and I was not eating the right foods. I rarely eat meat, so protein intake has always been an issue for me.  I’m also very addicted to carbohydrates, and certainly go over my recommended daily carbs, well, daily.

Tuesday was a fail for me with the wrong foods and not nearly enough of them, but Wednesday I was a new woman.  My daily calorie goal is 1200 with a proper balance taken into account, not just the overall number of calories.  I log my daily food intake as well as my exercise at, and as I continue to exercise, the site reminds me to eat more of the things my body needs, like protein. I love how easy it is to stay on track with this system of accountability right there on my computer screen, and it really challenges me to think creatively about sources of protein. Right now my favorite protein packed food is Greek yogurt, but I’m going to try to add in more super foods like edamame and quinoa (feel free to leave your recipes in the comments below!).

So where am I after five days of working out, eating properly (NOT just less), and tracking both daily?

I’m down four pounds.

More importantly, I feel fantastic. I feel stronger.  I feel energized.  I feel motivated.  And I know I’m soon going to feel transformed.

So now I’m going to set new goals, specific goals that I plan on knocking out:

1. Lose ten pounds by the time I go to the Type-A Conference on June 22nd.

2. Continue to find new ways to work out and add more nutritious foods into my daily diet.

3. Enjoy the ten pounds of lost weight and then continue to work on losing the next ten before the BlogHer Conference at the start of August.

What are you doing today to feel better and live a healthier life?

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  • You’ve done an amazing job this week! While nutrition plays a HUGE role in weight loss, exercise plays just as big a role in overall health and longevity. The strength, balance and flexibility gained will be invaluable to us when we approach retirement age and want to enjoy our freedom.
    Have a great week and welcome to Mamavation – I look forward to sharing the health journey with you.

  • Great job! How you feel is such an important indicator. With my activity level, when I was put on a 1300 calorie diet it was too little. I was sluggish and cranky. Bumping up to 1450 might sound like a lot, but it helped me to lose faster. As I lose more weight I might have to readjust, but I will be paying close attention to how I feel.

    Keep up the good work! Have a great week.

  • Woot Woot Girl! Congrats on the weight loss.

  • Great job!!! Keep up the hard work and you will definitely see the results you are looking for.

  • Val

    Yeah you! I needed a little inspiration. Thank you!

  • Great job! And kudos to you for being willing to share both the highs and lows of your journey. I’m sure from here on out we’ll only hear good news.

  • Great job on the weight loss and healthy living focus! I agree with Andrea and Janice – focus on proper nutrition and you will continue to see the results you seek! Keep up the great work! 🙂

  • Way to go!! I also use MyFitnessPal – it’s such a great tool!

  • @lovinmomma8

    So happy about how you are feeling and the lost weight already! I am motivated by fellow moms like you to be healthier as well. I have just recently started back jogging again and watching what I eat or what time I eat more! Thanks so much for sharing your progress and story with us! Keep going! 🙂

    • Amy

      Thank you! Everyone on Twitter and in Mamavation has been so inspiring to me and so helpful, supportive. I feel like this time it’s going to work.

  • Have you found that writing more specific goals have kept your more focused and more motivated? Or did you find having the more general goals inspired you more?

    • Amy

      Kara, the specific goals are motivating me to action where the general goals just made me want to take those actions.