Mamavation Monday – Week 3

Another week is in the books, and despite the fact that the scale didn’t move, I’m still feeling really good about last week.

To get a jump start on the Mama Guns Buff’N’Tuff challenge I added circuit training at the gym on Friday to get used to/ comfortable with the machines… a little more about that HERE. Oh my I could feel that on Saturday!!! not in a bad way – more like I had muscles waking up after a LONG sleep saying “What’s going on here?”

Speaking of the challenge, Congrats to our sista of the week

Stephanie (@fitmomtraining) and our fearless leader of the challenge!

I strive to have guns like this and know that the hard work now WILL pay off!

Fitting exercise in to my schedule has always been an issue. I go to school 2 nights a week which puts me home around 11pm. For the same reason, I have always had a hard time getting up early in the morning. After much review, I’ve determined that I can fit exercise into my schedule Friday, Saturday, Sunday & Monday. Instead of circuit training, I’m going to switch to alternating muscle groups – upper body Friday/Sunday and Lower Body Saturday/Monday. This way the muscles take a break but I don’t lose my momentum. I’ll still be fitting in cardio as well.

As for last week’s goals, Like I said above, I’m pretty proud of myself.  It was a good week for me.

Goal 1:> Watch what I eat and make conscious decisions – Again I passed on the sweet treats at work and made my lunch and dinner each day this week so I didn’t need any fast food.  This week will continue to make breakfast and lunch the night before as that seemed to work best last week.  Prevents the temptation of grabbing something quick and easy which translates into fattening and empty…

Goal 2:> 3x cardio & 1 strength training – I did my cardio on Monday, Friday, Sunday and did Strength training on Friday as well so YAY ME! – This week, I’ll be upping the strength training as I indicated above

Goal 3: >Increased Water intake – HOLY COW did I ever?!?!  And you know what?  I didn’t float away 🙂   I started my mornings off with a 32 or 44 oz water on the way to work and by the time I got there i didn’t even want my normal Coke Zero. In fact, one night on my way home from class, I stopped and got a coke zero because I *thought* I needed the caffeine…got back on the road, took a sip and had to stop again because I realized I was CRAVING water! I haven’t given the diet drinks up completely, but for the most part, I’ve been sticking with Water or Water with Lime.- this week continued focus on choosing water J

Goal 4:> New goal for this week – I’ve started to realize how poor my posture is.  So this week I’m working on sitting up straight in my car and at my desk at work.  Holding my core strong when standing, and holding my shoulders back like mamma always said.

That’s all for now. I Hope all of you have an AWESOME week!!!

Starting Out – 260 lbs
End of Week 1- 253.5 lbs
End of Week 3 – 254.0 lbs

Goal- 180 lbs



  1. WOW! Look at those guns. Just think how great they are going to look in 8 weeks. You are kicking butt and taking names. Whoot. Good luck this week.

  2. Awesome attitude! You sound so positive! Great job on the exercise! I also have very bad posture, and I’m trying to be more conscious of it too!

  3. Nice job this week, especially in the water area and no fast food!! It is a step in the right direction. Keep it up!! Look forward to seeing your results in the challenge!

  4. Great job this week! And yes, alternating between body groups is the best way to strength train. You can focus that time on one muscle group and give it a good solid workout, then give it a day of rest, which is paramount to proper recovery and building of the muscle. Drinking lots of water will also help muscle recovery as your muscles need hydration too!

  5. Good luck with your baby steps. You are admirable for scheduling in exercise while you have so much on your plate. You will get your GUNS!! Also kudos to you for recognizing you can improve your posture. I did a presentation on posture and body alignment to a crowd of 850 geeks because you do get poor posture being a computer jockey.

  6. I can so relate with your numbers (starting and goal!). And congrats on the movement in the right direction!

  7. Fabulous post, “Momma_Oz!” Love your new addiction to water (how could I not?) and REALLY love your evaluation. Fantastic job finding away to fit in exercise instead of just brushing it off and declaring yourself “too busy.”


  8. Great job!! I know the challenge of fitting fitness into already busy schedule. Sometimes I break things up into several 10 minute segments throughout the day. That helps me get it done when I don’t have a large block of time.

    Good luck with your goals for this week!! And Yay for craving water!!

  9. those are great goals for the week and i know you can reach them. you have a very nice photo too good luck in this challenge

  10. Kimberly @christlikemommy says

    Way to go on the 6lb loss! Water with lime is one of my favorite ways to drink water. I have almost given up my diet pepsi for the same reasons, (I secretly think water is addictive!!!) You are doing great, and good luck with your goals this week!!

  11. Sounds like you had a great week and wonderful goals!

  12. Congrats on your weight loss!
    Your note on posture was an awesome reminder… I’m am sitting taller already! 🙂
    Keep up the great work! Mama guns here you come!

  13. Great goals! Good luck in the challenge

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