Mom Health: A Journey {Series}


There are so many things I’m good at. Here’s a list:

1. Taking naps
2. Setting up crafts for my son who doesn’t really like to do crafts
3. Assembling house organization ideas on Pinterest
4. Breastfeeding (I’m a milk MACHINE)
5. Coloring

There are so many things I’m not good at. Here’s a list:

1. Executing Pinterest house organization ideas
2. Killing large spiders
3. Cooking anything more than a hamburger helper
4. Making healthy food choices
5. Motivating myself to exercise

Hey look, it's me!

Hey look, it’s me!

Yes, I know…you’re thinking, struggling with making healthy decisions is not a new concept.  I am not the only woman who feels like a failure in the health department.  I’m not the only mom who wishes she had more stamina to play with her kids.  I’m not the only person who has struggled with being overweight as long as she can remember.  But there is one difference between me and the rest of the world…I own Cincinnati Moms Blog, suckers!

I guess I’m hoping that sharing my journey will inspire others.

Or maybe not.  But here we go!

My plan for this Mom Health series is to write a post once a month that not only highlights my own personal progress and setbacks, but things I learn along the way that may help others.  This journey is about HEALTH, not weight.  I will be focusing on how I FEEL, not how much I weigh.  I don’t have any plans to track my weight (that may come later, but we’ll see) because I actually think I look just fine the way that I am.  The reason I am doing this is because I feel like crap.  All. The. Time.  I survive on coffee, ibuprofen, and swear words.

It’s time for a change.

(Not the swear words part, though.)

Here’s my first step…perhaps some of you will take this first step with me.

My new favorite water bottle we received at our last Moms Night Out at Sweat Training!

My new favorite water bottle we received at our last Moms Night Out at Sweat Training!

They say it takes 2 weeks to form a habit.  Every 2 weeks, I am setting a few healthy goals for myself that will build upon each other over time and get me to the level of health I’m striving for.  Because my level of health right now is pretty much nonexistent, I’m starting VERY SIMPLE.  My first set of goals for my first 2 weeks are as follows:

  1. Drink water. Drink water. Drink water.
  2. Eat at least 1 vegetable every day. (Yes, seriously.)
  3. Eat at least 1 fruit every day. (Yes, seriously.)

Anything I do above and beyond these simple goals are just bonuses.  My focus is on my goals, so that if (um…when) I eat an entire box of girl scout cookies in one sitting, I don’t give up.  Nothing happens overnight, and my bad habits will NOT change overnight, no matter how ready I am for them to change.  If I have learned anything from my years of struggling with making healthy choices, diving in with an “all or nothing” attitude doesn’t work for me.

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Picture courtesy of

I also hope to share tidbits I learn along my journey that may be of interest to others.  For example, I am an Aldi shopper, and I discovered these tasty vegetable chips!  Yes, they are chips, but they are made of root vegetables including sweet potato, taro, batata, and parsnip.  I don’t even know what a taro or batata is, and I’m pretty sure this is the only way I’ve ever had a parsnip.

I’m not sure where this journey will take me, but come along!  I hope to inspire you to think about your own health, and I promise to keep my swear words to myself.

**Interested in our last two “CMB Gets Fit” Moms Night Out events?  February 11 will be with NaturallyNati Fitness and Nutrition and February 25 will be at the Jazzercise Norwood Fitness Center.

**Speaking of Aldi, Laura wrote a great post about Eating Healthy Without Blowing Time and Money.


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