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Mamavation Monday: Pirate Edition

Last week’s Terrible, Horrible, No-Good, Very Bad Week is bleeding right into this one. It started over Easter weekend, as we noticed our old, paralyzed dog deteriorating even further. On Monday, we had to say goodbye to Indy. He’s been with us for 14 years.

On Tuesday, the hubby had a doctor’s appointment—just a routine checkup, but he also needed to share some recent, ongoing symptoms. Which, resulted in an MRI on Wednesday to see if he had a brain tumor. (He doesn’t, but that was a scary few days, especially on the heels of our loss.)

On Thursday, the doc called—but not with the results of his MRI. Just to let him know he has high cholesterol. So, he’s now on cholesterol meds, and we’re making dietary changes. Luckily, we started that process months ago, at the beginning of Mamavation. Still, there are a few not-too-unhealthy foods he uses as lunchtime standbys that will have to go.

The weekend wasn’t too bad, really—with my Tiny Prints 4 Mom party being a major highlight! There was also a school picnic on Sunday. Both of these events generally equal indulgent dining, though I did my best to make wise choices. I’m a comfort eater, though, which means the week was filled with dessert and chocolate. I just love me some Easter candy!

But, today it became clear our rough patch is not over. I had a followup visit with the retinal specialist, to be sure my eye is remaining stable. Turns out, it’s not. The bleeding is back, and I required another shot in the eye. Yes, in my eyeball. The eyepatch is back for the week, and I’m hoping for an easier recovery this time.

I am, after all, much healthier than I was last year. I just wish my eyeballs would get on board with that plan. I tried to show them who’s boss by heading out for a salad after my appointment, instead of grabbing fast food. I even skipped the Reese’s egg I really wanted to chase it with. Though, I did snag a small handful of Easter candy corn later in the day.

With our crazy, awful week, I have over-indulged quite a bit. You know, because I deserved it! I still managed to lose a couple pounds, mostly because I tried to lose myself in exercise all week. Turns out, getting sweaty is a good stress reliever. Who knew?

I’ve got to find non-food ways to reward myself, though. I’m celebrating my weight loss with a new swimsuit this year. Corrin pointed out a few weeks ago that I deserve a good one. I’ve never felt that way before, but I have one picked out at SwimSpot.com, courtesy of an Eversave deal. I just want to wait another month or so to see where my size is.

I think for this particular journey, clothes will be my reward. So far, I have only bought a belt. I had to do something to keep my pants up, but perhaps it’s time to setup a specific reward system that fits with my goals. Of course, I had such an awesome time with Saturday’s pampering (Tiny Prints & Clever Girls really know how to throw a party!) that I’m starting to think along those lines.

A well-deserved massage. An earned mani-pedi. A special bubble bath. Granted, I take a bubble bath every, single night, but I just use whatever suds are on hand. I think I’ll start treating myself to my favorite scents or finally buy myself a bath bomb when I reach a goal.

Because I’m worth it.

Starting Weigh-In: 195 pounds
Today’s Weigh-In: 189 pounds
This Week’s Weight Loss: 2.2 pounds
Total Weight Loss: 6 pounds

This Week’s Mamavation Topic: How do you reward yourself after you have worked hard towards a goal? Do you have any pampering rewards thought out for future goals?

I wrote this blog post while participating in the Mamavation Blogging Carnival for a chance to win a Eco Ethical Skincare Basket from Tilvee.

8 Responses to “Mamavation Monday: Pirate Edition”

  1. Wow. What a week! You are strong and amazing. Brave and inspirational. And deserving of better weeks than the one that’s past. I’ll be thinking of you, with warm thoughts for better days, sight and lots and lots of bubbles! xoox!

    PS… have you heard of the new pirate movie? It’s rated ARRRRRRRRR. (Sorry, couldn’t resist)

  2. Oh, Heather! I really had no idea about your week (besides Indy). We’ve been in overdrive over here, activities every night of the week for what seems to be the past month or so.

    But I hear ya. I’m down 3.5lbs total (since mid-April) and I did, um, a lot of celebrating too.

    In theory, things like doing my nails should be a little reward, but I can never sit still long enough. Maybe a new song on I Tunes or a free app or something like that?? I tend to think food and treats when it comes to motivation/rewards/stress-relief too!

  3. 2.2lbs is great for a week, I’m down 1.6lbs so I’m happy. Sounds like you had one awful/stressful week, may this week only get better. It has to Monday started off perfectly! To be honest until I lost the first 25lbs (then back up and now back to it) I had never treated myself for losing weight. Course I did…I went clothes shopping. I’ve never had a spa day, mani ped or any other ped so maybe it is time. Good luck to you this week! May you lose another lb or two.

  4. Wow. You need some Calgon to take you away! Does the exercise aggravate the retina issue? Praying the week makes an upswing for you.

  5. Graceslick91 on

    Way to Go Heather! Yes, you’ve had quite a week. You are wise to realize that food shouldn’t be the reward for things. It IS a tough cycle to break though. Both you and Michelle are doing great. I only go and get my nails done (pedi only) when I can go with a dear friend… and we sit there and chat away… catching up on things. A great treat for a job well done.

  6. Congrats on your loss despite a rocky week plus. I hope you and your family get a reprieve soon so you have a chance to re-assess your game plan. I know I would have been overwhelmed and not shed a pound.

  7. Clothes are a great reward! Nothing like a pair of jeans in a smaller size to make you realize the results of your hard work!

    Hope your week got better and hope your eye issues resolve!