Conversations: Growing Our Health, Week 1

Conversations: Growing Our Health, Week 1

If you missed the Intro Post about this series, jump over and catch up. We’ll be here when you get back.

April 25 – May 1


This week was a bit of a mixed bag for me.  I hope that it is because I spent a day driving to southern Florida and a day driving back.  Having said that there was a day I was there that I met the calorie burning and standing goals per my Apple Watch © but I did not work out at all.  Not a minute. I also learned made a humorous discovery but more on that later.

Here are my goals

  • Walk at least 2 miles per workout 4 days a week.
    • I walked 13 miles.  That is great. I only worked out by walking once while I was gone.  I did the rest by swimming. The rest was just a half mile here and a half mile there.  It is still walking but not what I wanted to do.

  • Walk 10,000 steps every day.
    • Not even once.  I got closest on the day that I did my workout in the neighborhood I was staying in.  But I was 12 steps short. I should have looked that night. I could have gotten those 12 in walking to the bathroom.

  • Do yoga or pilates 2 days a week.
    • This one I did.  I even did some stretches in the car on those long rides.  Car yoga? Surely that a thing, right?

  • Follow advice of Nutritionist. (Appointment is not until mid-May)
    • I did however get sugar free gelato when everyone else got regular gelato and I feel I should get ALL KINDS OF CREDIT for this.

One of our writer’s, the lovely and talented Amber Sapp, has helped me come up with a training program for a 5k.  That is what I have been doing for the last while to get in shape. My brother has given me some advice to work on hills and other than those things I have just been trying to take the steps instead of the elevator, park in back of the parking lot, and so on.  

Well, the night we arrived I was antsy after being in the car for 14 hours and my friend has a pool so I decided to swim laps for about an hour.  It was great exercise. I was exhausted in the best way. When I woke up the next morning I could not move my arms. Could barely dry my hair. It dawned on my I had been working out my legs for a couple of months and my arms have been neglected other than a little yoga.  I am going to have to really strength train them. Or get a haircut.

All in all I think I am making progress.  Progress not perfection as they say.


This week was not great as I didn’t meet many of my goals for the week. I am going to be honest and admit that I often struggle with making the right choices for my health. Some moments/hours/days are really good and then I self-sabotage and it takes me a while to turn it around.

These were my goals, let’s see how I did….

  • Walk at least 2 miles, 5 days a week
    • I walked a total of 10 miles this past week. Though 4 of those miles were at the zoo in one day. While I met my total goal, I was not great at moving each and every day.

  • Strength training 2 times a week.
    • I did manage this goal. One day was a total body workout with yoga. Let me tell you, if you want a workout that requires virtually no equipment and really makes you work, try yoga. Also, did 2 other workouts – one for my upper body and one for legs.

  • Avoid added sugars, fried foods and drinks with calories.
    • This was iffy. I didn’t quantify this one. Avoid is subjective! Ha However, I did make avoid all drinks with calories. This week all I drank was water, black coffee or unsweet tea.

  • Leafy greens in at least one meal a day, 5 serving of vegetables a day.
    • Okay this one might be where I need to clarify drinks with calories in the above goal. I do drink smoothies for breakfast most mornings. Since that is an intentional meal, I don’t count it. I might need to update the above goal to ‘empty calories’, such as sodas and sugary drinks. That said, I had smoothies with spinach blended in 5 mornings this week. The other days I had salads for lunch. Also, while I eat a lot of veggies, I noticed that I still don’t quite meet my 5 servings goals. I am working on meal planning to work them in better.

I think the most important thing I am working to change is my thinking. This is a journey. I will make mistakes and that’s okay, so long as I keep my eye on my goals. Remembering that I am doing this for myself, for my own health. Also, keeping in mind that I am my children’s first and most influential teacher. I want them to see me model making choices for myself and that I am valuable enough to take the time for my health.

Kelly Bellamy

Kelly is one of the owners and founders of Growing Up Maury. She was born and raised in Southern California and moved to Middle Tennessee in 2006 with her husband. She is a mom to two beautiful kids through adoption. She is a seamstress and owner of Mama's Mess Boutique. She loves coffee a bit too much and loves authentic conversation.

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