Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Health Activist Writer’s Month Challenge #HAWMC & Tuesday Review

I am excited to participate in WEGO Health’s Health Activity Writer’s Month Challenge (#HAWMC) for the month of April. I did this back in 2012 and enjoyed it—somehow I have missed out the last couple of years. If you’re interested in participating you can sign up here.

The first prompt is to simply take a selfie showing how excited I am for the next 30 days and this challenge…so here we go.

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So excited. Winking smile

Mostly, I’m so excited because I am FINALLY feeling great. Life is looking up again. I can’t tell you how good that feels. Everything is brighter and more positive.

Yesterday, mom, baby girl and I ventured out to a Tanger Outlet Mall not too far from where I live. It was a beautiful day and the perfect opportunity to get out of the house, shop and get some extra steps and activity in.

We scored some good deals. I got baby girl some new clothes & a monster toy that she loves, hubby a new shirt and boxers, and I got some bright colored camis, a shirt, headbands, and a new skirt.

It went wonderfully. At the end of the day, I was only the normal “I’ve been shopping all day” tired. Yay!

I had a little bit of a scare when I lost my iPhone. Oh my goodness. That has never happened before. I was keeping it in my pocket and in the cup holder on the stroller (where baby can’t access) so I have no idea how I lost it. I was retracing my steps and was so relieved when they announced a phone had been found at Lane Bryant—mine!! Whew! I was wondering how in the world I was going to tell hubby I lost my phone…! Crisis avoided. haha Also, I got quite a few extra steps in walking around trying to find it!

Even with all of the walking yesterday, I had to take a few laps around the house at the end of the day to meet my 10,000 steps goal. But another good day in the books!

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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

A Really Good and Active Day & #Postpartumdepression Progress

I had such a good day yesterday! I am so proud of myself for the steps I took getting back to the old me. I am finally seeing progress.

I was productive around the house in the morning with cleaning and doing laundry and all of the usual daily tasks. That might sound trivial, but for me that’s progress because lately I hardly have the energy to do ONE of those things at a time.

After lunch and baby’s first nap, I decided to just stroll around and get some extra steps in. I pushed the stroller and we kind of wandered around aimlessly. The weather was BEAUTIFUL. Baby girl just loves going on walks.

I stopped at the library and went to the baby book section and even let baby girl out of the stroller to crawl around. We looked at books and I even let her touch them. I have been a little ocd about her being around germs, thanks to the postpartum depression. I finally decided to let loose and let her be a child—I can’t keep her in the house forever! I can’t deny that I kept thinking about all of the germs that she was probably coming in contact with.

At the library I did feel a little anxious. I remembered to take deep breaths and I was ok. And there was no one even around. It’ll get better, I’m sure.

I also stopped at a coffee shop and got myself an iced coffee. This involved interaction with people, so yay for me—even if I felt uncomfortable, at least I did it.

My mom arrived for the week later in the afternoon so I got to enjoy lots of chatting with her (and listening to her chatter- ha- hi mom!). After supper, we went for another walk.

And guess what…

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I did it! I got more than 10,000 steps yesterday! Yippee!!

Wouldn’t you know I stepped on the scale this morning and wasn’t too happy with the number I saw, but I reminded myself that it’s not about the scale. I made great progress yesterday with being active and that’s what counts most!