Mamavation Monday: Back in the Saddle Again

So I skipped a Mamavation Monday post last week–in fact, I skipped all blog postings.

There’s a really good reason for my absence.

Actually, there are three good reasons.

First, I was offered a new job, which I accepted. This new day job will make it possible for me to stop working at night on ghostwriting so that I can focus on my novels. But getting this job was a very stressful, nail-biting experience and when the final answer came through, I was exhausted. I was waiting to give notice until I had a written offer letter, and that took forever and by then time everything came through, I was ready to curl up in the fetal position on my bed and draw the covers over my head for a week.

I gave two weeks’ notice at my old job and this is my last week…it’s really hard to keep pushing myself to finish.

Second, I finished up my edits on Book 3 of my “Brides of Waterloo” series, “Healing the Soldier’s Heart.” This was my first time to do an electronic edit and ME NO LIKEY. There’s such a sense of accomplishment when I edit 300 pages and I see them in a big ol’ pile on the floor. Not so much when I’m just clicking “Accept” or “Delete comment” over and over.

Third, boot camp kicked my butt. I am not even joking. I made it through the whole thing and worked out even when I was sick. But I gave myself permission to not work out quite so hard last week. Instead, I hit Curves three days and did some planks, roll-ups, and pushups on the recovery boards. One little old lady, who watched me come up from a plank, said, “You are really strong! I can tell!” And that made me feel awesome. Then, as I was applying makeup the next day, I saw a muscle in my upper arm that had never been there before. Boot camp worked!

I lost 3 pounds this week, an inch from my hips and 1/2 inch from my waist. I promised myself that when I reach a 5 pound loss, I am going to shop for a new workout outfit. My yoga pants are so stretched out that if I wear them when doing a burpee, they fall off. Anyone have good suggestions for places to buy cute workout gear?

This post is sponsored by Jessica – the Healthy Hip Chick and Mamavation – a community dedicated to obesity prevention & weight loss for women and I’m writing this to be entered into a giveaway.

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