April 9, 2009

Be Well

A few weeks ago I was devastated to find out that my beloved midwife Lynda was suddenly diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer.

It was the same week that I really finally decided to do something about my own well-being. I was on track to a whole healthier life plan of eating and drinking and exercising not only for a better body, but mainly a better mind. If the sun is going to take its sweet time coming out, then I have to find another way for some energy.

It was perfect timing, then, that I was invited to join and write about the BeeWell Miles campaign. I was sent this nifty pedometer in the mail by Bumble Bee Foods and for each mile I log onto BeeWellMiles.com, 15 cents is donated to the Breast Cancer Network of Strength.

Now, most of my steps are from going up and down two flights of stairs while I do laundry and chase children all day and night long. But I also have committed to doing Jillian Michael's 30 Day Shred and have a goal of making it to the treadmill by the end of each day, for at least some amount of time. (Walking, not running. Me, run? That is funny.)

Today I fought it- I really really really re-heaaaallly wanted to take a nap instead of do pushups and jumping jacks but, I pressed through and am SO GLAD I DID.

I'm doing this for me, and as I log my miles, I'm personally doing this for Lynda. If you join in, I'm "AdventuresInBabywearing" in the community at BeeWellMiles. There's also other resources like healthy living experts, calorie calculators, and all that fun stuff including 15,000 prizes to be won.

I know that when I am active and focused on a healthier lifestyle, I FEEL better inside and out. I just have to get myself to that starting line. And then sticking with it.
If you have any tips or suggestions or even just your good thoughts to help me stay on track, send them my way.

And please keep Lynda in your hearts and prayers. She has touched more lives than any amount of miles I could ever run walk in a hundred lifetimes.


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  1. Prayers go out to sweet Lynda. She is an inspiration to so many people and I pray for her quick recovery. I am so proud of you for making this commitment. You look great by the way and I can already see a new attitude. I have to check out the Shred to see what I am missing out on and maybe I can get started too. You Go Girl!

  2. I really do feel better too. Even with this pregnancy if I get out and walk for a half and hour I find I have more energy.

    Beeing well is important!

  3. I need to get motivated again. I walked on my treadmill for hour an hour all the way through my pregnancy - literally the day I went into the hospital to deliver I walked for half an hour. But now I have been on once since she was born. And she is seven months!!!
    I am praying for Lynda. I hope she gets well soon.

  4. I too have recently commited to getting my self in shape and finding a healthier lifestyle. I did day four of the Shred today. I'm not as good as I need to be on the treadmill, but I'll keep trying. I'm also trying to get the wii fit in too. Working full time makes this all a challenge. I'm getting up at 5:20 to be sure I get the Shred in. That was my promise to the Sisterhood of the Shrinking Jeans. I guess the main thing is to try to stay focused. I will certainly keep Lynda in my thoughts and prayers for a speedy recovery.

  5. I love that you're doing this for Lynda! I was just talking about how highly you spoke of her tonight with my hair stylist. She used to doula with Lynda and was telling me all about how amazing Lynda is at what she does, so I told her about your birth story and how beautiful it was.
    Keep walking!

  6. What a wonderful cause, and a great motivation to get healthy! I wear a pedometer every day, I just love tracking my "Mommy Steps" :)

  7. Awe wow... well thats awesome you are doing that! And you're having a good outlook on all of it.

    Travis and I started P90X 7 weeks ago.. and we love it! Saying that this week tho we've slacked off.. Ive had a lot of shoots and my only free time is spend processing photos.. but as soon as this busy week passes im back to the workouts. I miss them!

  8. Sorry to hear about Lynda. Love the idea of pedometer, I must start wearing one and tracking the miles of ground I cover chasing my little boy who tears himself out of his nappy and runs wild! Then at the end of the day I can safely say I have excercised.

  9. Hi. Just wondering if you picked a winner for the Aden+Anais contest.

  10. Prayers to Lynda. I know when we are Mom's it's harder to find the time to take care of ourselves but more important than ever! Good for you for carving out the time. I used to go to Curves and quit a couple of months ago, thinking I could get out and walk or do the WII fit for free! Well I haven't done either consistantly and I'm feeling blah. You've inspired me to check out that pedometer and get out and walk if nothing else. Have a great weekend!

  11. "I know that when I am active and focused on a healthier lifestyle, I FEEL better inside and out. I just have to get myself to that starting line."

    Oh I hear you I just started working out again fot the first time in years!

  12. How ironic about this post because I have a post saved up to post this weekend about my mom who had stage 4 breast cancer. And what is really ironic, is that I am going in today for a breast ultrasound. The doctors are pretty sure it is just a cyst, but they want to take a closer look. Praying for Lynda. I KNOW how hard it is.

  13. Sorry to hear about Lynda.

    Good job on the push-ups and jumping jacks! When my clothes started to fit a little too tight for comfort, I started an exercise routine that was non-existent for 6 years or so. After a month and some, I am finally seeing some results! Do you do real push-ups? I can only do one real one, but I do fake ones (you know, the ones on your knees).

  14. Cancer Sucks! I'll be praying for Lynda for a full and quick recovery!

    I've also been doing the "shred" for quite a few weeks, and love it! I mix it up with a few of the other Biggest Loser Workouts, and I've seen a difference in inches, but not so much weight! :( Muscles weigh more than fat though! :)

    Keep up the good work!

  15. They say to drink plenty of water in order to lose weight. I like to have a little flavor when I drink, so I have become addicted to those Crystal Light On The Go packets. But, I've found that they are REALLY expensive. So......I found the Walmart brand to be equally as good, but half the cost. Plus, each Crystal Light packet has 5 calories, where the Walmart brand has 0. Good luck!

  16. You're so cute in your workout clothes!

    Many prayers are many said for Lynda. I know she feels your love and support.

  17. I think of Lynda daily, I know what an impact she had on your (and Ivy's) life, our prayers are with her.

    Proud of you for doing something for YOU. You deserve it!

  18. My prayers go out to Lynda. And to you as well, Stephanie. I very much know how it feels to live alongside a friend with this diagnosis. Cancer sucks!

    It has impacted our lives greatly, especially this past year. BUT - the one you should hear about now is that my momma is a breast cancer survivor - in remission for over 10 years.

  19. Walking is great. But don't think you can't run. I was never a runner, but this past weekend I finished a half-marathon! I walked some, but ran a lot. It is something that I will always do now, running. Way to overcome your lethargy and get up and move. I've found that I never regret working out, but I often regret being lazy.

  20. Call me crazy, but I love wearing the pedometer! I posted about Bee Well on Monday and started wearing it that day, and it really helps keep being active at the top of my mind. Honestly I was shocked at how few steps I take on any given day! But when I do the treadmill, they really add up quickly. I think it's a great promotion!

    Best wishes to Linda.

  21. You go, Steph!

    What an inspiring post.

    Are you trying to reach 10,000 steps a day...and, if so, is it easier or harder than you expected?

    Also: Do you wear your pedometer on your hip all day...? That's been my one hesitation in getting a pedometer. I don't know if I'd actually want to "wear"/carry it all day.


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