Mamavation Monday: "Hair loss"

-6 lbs! Woot! I think at least 3 lbs are due to "hair loss". I went from having braids/extensions to getting them all out and my hair trimmed and straightened. I didn't think my braids were that heavy though, so who knows. I did get in a little more movement. The gym here at work doesn't provide towels and the shower area isn't nearly as nice as the one at home, so I have to prep a better bag. We went shopping this weekend and I bought the  Gaiam Metro Gym Bag (Black) (on clearance! -- it was either that or use my son's large gym bag). I need better organization. Currently I bring 3 bags to work - purse, laptop bag, and lunch bag. Adding the gym bag makes it 4. Not easy to navigate on the bus.
Trimmed and straight
With braids
  • Keep up the water intake. Even though my fat percentage (according to my scale) isn't going down, my hydration levels are up.
  • Keep tracking my meals. I think this is the biggest contributor to my weight loss. I'm sticking between 1200 and 1400 calories a day. I rarely reach or go over my targeted 1700 calories today and I am getting fully faster (must be all that fiber).
  • Up exercise to a consistent 3x/week (starting next week). So far my gym days have been the weekend though I did make it to the gym last Thursday and was kinda sore on Friday, so I skipped. Since I have chronic back pain I'm still figuring out what exercises I can do that don't mess me up the next day.
  • Reconsider applying for the L.A. Digital Mom position. Now you have to do a video! I'm a bit camera shy.
  • Get a physical in the next month or so. It's been almost 4 years! I used to be anal-retentive and get one annually, but I stopped paying attention to my health when I moved back to CA. 
Consistency seems to be the major issue for me. I have all these lofty goals, but I still let Life (translation: work and kids and other distractions) and Busyness get in the way of reaching my health goals.

SISTA OF THE WEEK: Yay for Heather (@notdiyheather) for being SOTW two times now!!!  Please congratulate her on twitter and here. The Sista of the Week will receive an EA SPORTS Active 2 for the honor.
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Hrm, that's a good one. I'm interested in getting healthy, but not necessarily becoming an athlete, if that makes any sense. I hate running, sink like a log, and currently walk a fine line between getting my heart rate up into the fat-burning zone and not suffering an anxiety attack (that's another story). Biking is a possibility. I'll have to research clubs.

Right now I am simply committing to getting more healthful foods into the house and modeling the habits I make my children go through. My daughter is in soccer and about to start softball, my son is into skating, and because of various dietary restrictions for both of them, processed food isn't easy available in our house. I've gotten better at making sure we have more fruit and yogurt for snacks


  1. Congrats on the 6 pounds. There is no way you lost 6 lbs of hair so it is definitely paying off.

  2. I need to watch the #mamavation hashtag more often.

  3. Don't under estimate yourself! None of us thought we would be athletes but once you begin this journey you may very well find yourself being an athlete! lol Good luck on your goals this week.

  4. Best wishes. I would love to see you as the L.A campaign mom. Do the video, get the physical, be involved with the Sistahood, and be proactive!


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