Mamavation Monday: Getting Back on Track

First off, let me invite each and every one of you to join Mamavation TV tonight as we act like teenagers and are joined by Corinne Dobbas, MS, RD, a leading nutrition counselor, writer, and speaker and trusted nutrition source for the media. She will be talking with us about plateaus and how to overcome them.

Best Ways to Stay Motivated


Last week, I was sick and absolutely fell off every wagon I was close to. I didn’t get to the gym (because I couldn’t breathe) and I didn’t even attempt to eat right. This week, I’m back in the land of the living and it’s time to stop making excuses and get back on the weight loss wagon.

Weekly Goals

  • Drink at least 64 ounces of water each day – This has been an area I’ve always struggled in. It’s not hard, it just takes some work for me since I like soda so much more than water (ha!).
  • Get to the gym at least 3 times this week – My hubby will be joining me Monday, Wednesday and Friday, so I should be okay on this one. I want to get there even more, but I’ll set my goals realistically.
  • Run the Social Fabric 5K on May 11th and the Race for the Cure 5K on May 12th (!!!).
These aren’t hard goals (except for the 5Ks), but they are hard for me so it’s going to take a lot of willpower to meet each of them.


  • Sickness – I’m still not 100% but I’m getting there. It’s just a cold and allergies, so hopefully I’ll be able to fight through it. I tend to make excuses when I’m even the slightest bit under the weather and that’s not acceptable.
  • Myself – I tend to self-sabotage. It’s what I do. I’ve got to get out of my own head and just stop it.


I’m not claiming any triumphs this week. I did everything in my power to put myself off track and I don’t feel good about any of my choices in the past week.

Weekly Weigh-In

Starting Weight: 176.2 lbs

Current Weight: 161.6 lbs

Weekly Loss: +3.6 lbs

Total Loss: 14.6 lbs

Goal Weight: 154 lbs

You’re seeing that right. I gained 3.6 pounds last week. I’m not proud of it, but if I don’t put it out there and admit it, I’ll never fix it. I ate everything I could get my hands on while I was sick and this is what happens. I’m going to admit it, move on and make an insane effort this week to drop all of those pounds before my next weigh-in.

I’m really hopeful, I feel like I’m making some serious progress in general despite my failings this week.  So far I’m down over 14 pounds which is great, and it’s been a mostly healthy road.  The goal is in site, but with my gain it’s going to be doubly difficult.  I’m staying more motivated than I ever have been before though, and I think amazing things are going to happen going forward.  I’m exercising more, and just got back from a run this afternoon.  I feel great, and I can just feel me losing the pounds that I put on last week.

What are your biggest weight loss challenges?

Homemade Chicken Tostadas – Delicious Recipe I Tried

You know what I love? Not paying for shipping or delivery charges. Luckily, I’ve got a ShopRunner membership that I snagged last year. That little membership gets me unlimited free two-day shipping from tons of online retailers. What I didn’t realize when I got the membership, however, is that I can also get free delivery from Domino’s!

I know it sounds like something so negligible, but something just gets me about paying to have pizza delivered to me and then having to pay a tip to the driver on top of that because they don’t get any of the delivery charges. I know it’s silly – just let me be! It doesn’t matter, of course, since I have ShopRunner and get free delivery now.

Over the past several months of my New Year, New You adventure, I have discovered some new recipes that I never would have thought I liked, but I actually LOVE them! This is one of my (and my husband’s!) favorites. It started out as a Chicken Tostada, but I had trouble eating it without making a humongous mess, so I turned it into a tostada salad – A Chicken Tostada!


  • Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts (cubed or bite-size pieces)
  • 7-inch Whole Wheat Tortillas
  • Black Beans (canned, rinsed and drained)
  • Whole Kernel Corn (frozen)
  • Vegetable Oil
  • Non Stick Cooking Spray
  • Red Gold Tomato & Green Chiles (canned)
  • Shredded Lettuce
  • Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • Sour Cream
  • Fajita Seasoning


  1. Preheat oven to 400°. Place your tortillas on a cookie sheet and coat both sides with the cooking spray. Bake for about 10 minutes or until they start to crisp up. You’ll notice they get nice and puffy, too. {Traditionally tostadas are fried – we just cut a bunch of fat out!)
  2. In a non-stick skillet coated in cooking spray, cook your corn (still frozen) until you start to see it browning. Don’t let it sit too long or it will burn! Just keep the corn moving and let it brown up real pretty. Remove the corn from the skillet and set it aside in a bowl.
  3. Put about 1 teaspoon of vegetable oil in the pan and let it heat up. Put in your chicken (4 ounces per serving) and fajita seasoning to taste {I made my own fajita seasoning using chili powder, paprika, a crushed chicken bouillon cube, onion powder, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, red pepper flakes and cumin – check out this fajita seasoning recipe for the proportions).
  4. Once the chicken is cooked through, add the corn back in, along with the beans and the Red Gold Diced Tomatoes and Green Chiles (drained) and let it heat through.
  5. Now that you have nice crispy tortillas and a yummy chicken mixture, put them all together however you’d like. I tend to put my tortilla in a bowl and then put the chicken mixture on top and then just mix it all together (the tortilla will break up really easily at this point).
  6. Top with 1 tablespoon of sour cream and 2 tablespoons of shredded cheddar cheese and voila! You’ve got yourself a Chicken Tostada!

Don’t mind this picture. I made this on a whim and didn’t have frozen corn or lettuce on hand, so I threw in some green pepper for tastiness!

Homemade Chicken Tostadas