Hi Everyone! This is my Mamavation Monday post for August 15, 2011.
This Week’s Blogging Carnival Question:
What qualities do you look for in a healthy breakfast? Any go-to breakfast recommendations for a busy mom?
I prefer something with protein – it’s broken down slowly, therefore keeping me feeling full and doesn’t cause a sugar spike that’s followed by the insulin over-compensation & sugar crash. Some examples include hard-boiled eggs, protein smoothies & oatmeal or cereal with protein powder mixed in.
How was your week? Mine was good – I had a great week playing with the kids, including numerous walks to the park. I logged only 10k running with the kids and one Nike Training Club workout. I’m finding it really difficult to entice the kids to come on a run with me. Sierra, my 6 yr old daughter rides her bike while I push 4 yr old Brooke and 9 month old Amber in the double jogging stroller. The big problem is Sierra gets hot riding her bike and only lasts about 3k (which I know is pretty good considering age, but I’d like to run longer & further). Brooke gets bored in the jogger, and starts fighting with her baby sister. I’ve also found that the jogger really holds heat in & the kids get very sweaty & hot. My bribe to take them to cool parks hasn’t been working lately.
One thing I did really well with this week was my breakfast. I got into the really bad habit of either skipping breakfast, or remembering while were out, and grabbing myself a muffin from Tim Horton’s. Recognizing that this was pushing me into sugar peaks & valleys, I went back to having a protein smoothie for breakfast – milk, protein powder, 1/2 a banana and some frozen berries. The protein in the smoothie keeps me feeling full all morning and for some reason it leads me to make better food choices at lunch.
That all said this coming week is going to be different… We just returned home from a weekend long excursion to drop Sierra and Brooke off at my mother-in-law’s house. She lives a 7 hr drive away, and asked if she could have the girls come up and spend a week with her!
I LOVE MY MOTHER-IN-LAW!!!
So because I only have the baby with me, this week I’ve set some goals:
- Continue healthy, mindful eating – starting with my protein smoothies for breakfast.
- Run 20k (broken up into four 5k runs).
- Do two Nike Training Club workouts.
Essentially I want to be TWICE as active this coming week as last.
I also have some household chores I want to accomplish like:
- Clean out the garage.
- Purge & organize the toys in the basement.
- Organize our home office.
It’ll be really nice to be able to work on the household chores without having to break up fights every 5 min, yet at the same time I’m gonna miss my girls!
Oh! Almost forgot! One other thing I’m doing this week is hosting the FIRST #Mamavation Monday Tweet Chat with Shelley (@momma_oz) Monday (August 15th) at 9pm est right before the Mamavation Monday TV. Our focus will be on Back-to-School. To participate all you have to do is tweet with the hashtag: #mamavation. Here’s more info & the RSVP:
Have a great week everyone & I hope to see you Monday night at the #Mamavation Monday Tweet Chat!
This post is sponsored by Quaker Oats and I ‘m writing this to be entered into a giveaway hosted by Mamavation and sponsored by Quaker Oats.