Mamavation Monday: starting from scratch

sweating in all the right places after my first off road half marathon (April 2010)

sweating in all the right places after my first off road half marathon (April 2010)

Don’t put off til tomorrow what you can do today.

It may seem a little excessive 3 weeks post pregnancy to be talking about fitness goals already. But having already gone through the weight gain yo-yo post pregnancy with Monkey #1, I know how important it is to be in the right mindset now.

I was thinking of joining the Mamavation group in the new year, but I realized putting it off til then would allow me to make excuses all through the holidays. Excuses that would be the basis of bad habits all through 2012. Excuses that would start me on the upward path of that weight gain yo-yo. Instead, I’m going to start small. I’m going to make time for walking, then in the new year I’ll be ready to start the Couch to 5K, working back up to my pre pregnancy half marathon distance.

I know how weight loss works. I understand you have to eat less calories and increase your fitness. I know that a healthy life is a mixture of mindset, physical activity and nutrition. I even have a Bachelors in Education with a specialization in Physical Education and English. So this healthy living thing should be easy for me right? Wrong. Without the proper peer support it it still difficult.

I’ve moved around a fair bit in the last couple of years, each time losing a favorite Bikram yoga studio and teachers, a running buddy, Zumba with workmates or some other motivator. I’m looking forward to the support of the Sistahood while I find my ground in my new home and with my new baby girl.

I’m a good sounding board and I have some good knowledge around fitness that I love to share with others. I hope to connect with others on the same path to feeling strong and healthy, to offer what knowledge I have as well as an injection of humor. If I can’t enjoy what I’m doing, I might as well give up now.

So this week while we move into our new permanent house (yeah!) and continue to heal as a family from the events of the past few weeks, my main goal is to take time out from everything and get out for a walk everyday. I also have to work on the crazy sugar cravings I get from breastfeeding – that one’s gonna be hard!

I will update every Monday to let you know how it’s going.



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17 Responses to Mamavation Monday: starting from scratch
  1. Katrina - @craftsbykatie
    November 28, 2011 | 8:29 pm

    Welcome to the Sistahood! I’m so glad that you’ve joined us now and didn’t wait. If there’s anything we can do to help you or support you, don’t hesitate to give us a shout!
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    • Ghada V
      Twitter: OMGhada
      November 28, 2011 | 10:38 pm

      Thanks! I’m glad I did too :)

  2. Heather @ Not a DIY Life
    November 29, 2011 | 6:22 am

    Welcome!!! So glad you decided to jump in before the new year. No sense in waiting when you’re ready and you know you need to get focused. I’m looking forward to getting to know you and supporting you! (@notdiyheather on Twitter)
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  3. Wendy
    November 29, 2011 | 7:30 am

    WELCOME to the Sistahood! IT’s a place of lots of support for sure!

    I read the story of you emergency with your baby– how scary! Thank God all is ok..

    Looking forward to seeing more of you on the ‘net!
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  4. Janice - The Fitness Cheerleader
    Twitter: Fitcheerldr
    November 29, 2011 | 9:41 am

    Welcome! I think you and I have a lot in common! I’m also a Mamavation member, a runner and I have a BSc in Kinesiology. I Understand that having the knowledge doesn’t mean you have the motivation – I was struggling with that too when I joined 2 yrs ago. Welcome and congrats on baby Isla!
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    • Ghada V
      Twitter: OMGhada
      November 29, 2011 | 5:52 pm

      Thanks, Janice. I hope my fit life will “stick” this time around.

  5. Jeff
    Twitter: jeffsplate
    November 29, 2011 | 1:25 pm

    At least you can do marathons! Bravo! Just keep running, you can do it!

    • Ghada V
      Twitter: OMGhada
      November 29, 2011 | 5:50 pm

      Only half marathons. People who do full marathons are crazy! LOL

  6. pauline
    December 5, 2011 | 7:44 pm

    Welcome and congrats on the new baby! Also? I love your smile and your attitude. Can’t wait to get to know you!
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  7. Ghada V
    Twitter: OMGhada
    December 7, 2011 | 7:21 pm

    Cheers, Pauline! New baby is a handful, in a good way :) Looking forward to getting to know you too!

  8. Kathleen
    Twitter: callista83
    December 10, 2011 | 2:22 pm

    Wow three weeks after having a baby and you are running a marathon! Wow. Good for you!
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    • Ghada V
      Twitter: OMGhada
      December 11, 2011 | 2:50 am

      I wish! That was a 10k race pic from way before I even thought about having baby #2 :)

  9. melissa
    December 11, 2011 | 9:52 am

    Wow!! This is truly awesome! I can barely run a 5K. Go you!!

  10. April H
    Twitter: FrugalGreenMom1
    December 11, 2011 | 10:09 am

    Wow! Even half-marathons are impressive! I love getting out and walking it clears my head. We bicycle a lot too. Unfortunately it’s cold now, which makes it a little more difficult to get motivated!
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    • Ghada V
      Twitter: OMGhada
      December 19, 2011 | 10:24 pm

      Walking is my thing at the moment too. Just reached the 6 week mark with the new baby so I should be ramping up my exercise routine *gulp*

  11. Sarah BB @ East9thStreet
    December 11, 2011 | 3:27 pm

    If it weren’t for the great group of running buddies that I had, I would never have run my first marathon! Now, I’m addicted to running. Best of luck on obtaining your fitness goals and if we lived in the same city, I would be right there with you!
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