Mamavation Monday: How to Keep Going After Disappointment

So most of you know that I was meant to run the MORE Half Marathon on Sunday. Some of you also know that in the end I did not get to. I don’t really want to get into details here, I’m still trying to get over the disappointment, but let’s just say I am looking forward to the next race. Sometimes as a mother we make sacrifices to make sure that all is well in the family – that is what I did Sunday. It was more than a race, it was something I wanted to do for me, a milestone I wanted to reach. On to this week…

It is hotter than Hades out there (or is it Haiti?) Whichever it is, you get the picture, it’s hot like summertime! So hot today’s Boston Marathon runners were allowed to defer their race because the heat is…well hot, hotter than normal for this time of year. Those that are running have been advised to take walk breaks. The famous and fastest inventor of the walk/run technique Jeff Galloway is pretty excited about this development. He has been teaching this method for ages, helping people run faster and farther through walk/run. So, I don’t feel too bad today that I am not getting a runin. My kiddies and I went for a walk this morning and we are now inside drinking lots of water and eating fruit – trying to stay hydrated. We might make it out later this evening when it cools down slightly.

What I’m focusing on this week is my eating. Even when a sick kiddo keeps me from running or strength training, i can always manage my eating. Miss 5 months presently  has the runs – sorry TMI! Some yucky germ Mr 4.5 years has brought in from preschool – again! and I am on again off again fighting something for the last 2 weeks. My sleep is all over the place and with lack of sleep comes sugar cravings, which is never a good thing. I’m not one to deprive myself, but when I’m tired, eating junk is a bad combination as I can spiral into eating heaps of crappy foods. So trying to control that this week is my thing.

I’ve started making smoothies again as I had great success with green smoothies in the past – more energy, clearer skin and weight loss. I’ve started replenishing some of the staple ingredients so that I have them on hand at all times – like linseed, medjool dates and other natural sweeteners. Of course fresh fruit and veggies are a given. I’ll be sure to share some recipes here as I aim to get back to drinking smoothies 4-5 days per week.

How’s your healthy week looking?



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10 Responses to Mamavation Monday: How to Keep Going After Disappointment
  1. Krissy Rouse Higgins
    April 16, 2012 | 2:29 pm

    It is VERY hard to balance being a better YOU with being the better Mommy.., I struggle with this everyday and last nite my 3 yr old son even said “mama I need some cuddle time with my Mama before I sleep” I said “one second honey” (as I was finishing my blog post) to turn around and find him asleep =(
    If it was easy everyone would be doing it right?? I think even signing up and being able to BE in a marathon is a WIN by itself. There will be others right? And I can’t wait to hear about it!
    I need to learn more about these smoothies!

    • Ghada V
      Twitter: OMGhada
      April 16, 2012 | 5:08 pm

      Thanks, Krissy. A little understanding from other mamas goes a long way in easing my disappointment :)

  2. Rachel Habegger
    April 16, 2012 | 2:45 pm

    Sorry to hear about your race! Hope everything is ok & that you guys feel better soon!! I know what those preschool germs are like! Seems like they never go away :) Great job managing your eating & still getting some walking in! Hopefully it cools down soon. Yesterday we were 74˚ here and now it lightly snowing and 35˚!
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    • Ghada V
      Twitter: OMGhada
      April 16, 2012 | 5:09 pm

      Thanks. Who really knows what’s going on with lil Miss 5 months – it’s kinda a cold mixed in with teething. So many hormonal changes going on at the moment…We’re all ok :)

  3. Pipi
    April 16, 2012 | 4:21 pm

    I hope everyone in your house gets well soon. I can’t wait to read some of your recipes for smoothies. I’m sorry that you weren’t able to run this weekend. I hope that your next race will be a successful one for you. :)

  4. Ghada V
    Twitter: OMGhada
    April 16, 2012 | 5:10 pm

    Thanks, Pipi. I hope so too!

  5. Wendy
    April 16, 2012 | 8:46 pm

    I’m so sorry about your race. I know how disappointed you were. I love that you are going to focus on your eating– and I CAN’T wait to read your recipes for green smoothies!
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  6. Marie Nichols
    Twitter: nichols0907
    April 16, 2012 | 9:40 pm

    Sorry to hear about your race. I hope you are doing ok. Hope this week is better for you.
    Marie Nichols recently posted..I’ve hit the ground running….My Profile

  7. Heather @ Not a DIY Life
    April 17, 2012 | 8:07 pm

    Ugh. I’m so sorry about your disappointing weekend. But you have a great attitude & focusing on the positive will definitely help you move forward. Have a great week!
    Heather @ Not a DIY Life recently posted..Half Marathon Training: Week 7My Profile

  8. Lena - @elenka29
    Twitter: elenka29
    May 15, 2012 | 1:20 pm

    I haven’t ran the marathon, and all I can say is you can do it. Really cheering for your positive side to pull you up
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