Gardening as Exercise

Winter Solstice is almost here, which for me means that it’s almost time to start thinking about the garden again. Really, though there isn’t a month that goes by where I don’t think about the garden. This past year, when our baby was not yet 1, I didn’t plant a garden because I didn’t think I would keep up with it. And a lucky thing that was for me, so I didn’t have to pay the gigantic fees of water usage during the drought this past summer. Unfortunately, this January will be rather sedate since I won’t be preparing seedlings for a garden this year either. With us moving during the summer, it just wouldn’t work out.

But the guest on Mamavation TV tomorrow night has a ton of excellent ideas and information about how to turn your backyard into an awesome food source. Self-sufficiency and a hobby farm are also topics that are very important to me, so you can bet I will be there tomorrow night! But I think one of the most awesome things about gardening is that you can grow your own food, know what goes into your food, and you can totally get a work out doing it! When I was pregnant with  my second son, I used to love going out to the garden in the early morning and weeding. I would get down on my hands and knees when my back started to feel sore, and just keep going. It was awesome! Of course, even if you’re not pregnant, gardening can be a totally awesome workout. And then once you have your food harvested, you still need to do some canning, and that can burn a lot of calories too, especially if you’re doing blanching and running back and forth – yeah, there’s a lot of work involved, but it’s worth it!

So how did my past week go? I don’t know! I know, weird, right? Well, I didn’t weigh myself this morning, and I only do morning weigh ins, so… oops! I’ll try to remember to update in the morning, but Mondays are super busy mornings for me. But, I do have some awesome news – I ate fantastically last week. My husband told me the other day that he could tell I lost weight, and my mom asked me how much weight I’ve lost! Even if they’re just being nice, it still makes me feel totally psyched :-) Oh – and Zumba was totally awesome last week! The only problem is that I can only go on nights when my husband is not going in to work early the next day, so I can’t go as often as I would like and I don’t know what his schedule will be until he gets home from work, which can be totally annoying.

But – we’re working on #12DaysofFitmas in #mamavation, and you should totally check it out. Also, I applied to be Mamavation Mom here and I would love it if you could tweet:

“Hey @bookieboo! I want (@way2gomom) to be the next #Mamavation Mom. She has my support!”

Proving that you have an online support network is super important when they’re picking the next Mamavation Mom, so I could totally use the show of support from each of you! If you’re only on Facebook, please post on your wall why you think I would make a great Mamavation Mom, tag me and link here:

So that’s what’s up with me, Mamavation, and gardening as exercise. What is your favorite hobby that also counts as a workout?

“This post is sponsored Dole and Mamavation – a community dedicated to obesity prevention & weight loss for women and I’m writing this to be entered into a giveaway”

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Joanna is a stay-at-home mother of 2 young boys. She enjoys reading, writing, cooking, socializing, and constantly struggles to find new and better ways to manage the home.
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  • Erica Kloetstra

    love burning calories doing house work, kills two birds with one stone. :)
    And congrats on having a great eating week. that’s my weakness I do great then stumble, but i’m getting better.

  • Our Family Adventure

    I love gardening as well! When I lived in the country I had a HUGE garden, but we have since moved to the city. I tried container gardening and got great results with some plants and not so great with others. We just moved in August to a place that has a back yard and a small piece of land and I am SO EXCITED to plant some vegi’s back there this spring! I am rooting for you!

  • monica young

    tweeted and I hope you get chosen

  • Kristin Novotny

    Tweeted my support! 😉 Awesome job on the eating and the compliments! That’s so exciting. Hope you have an excellent week!

  • Sarah M

    Great job on the eating! I tend to be a slacker in that department!

  • Rachel

    I couldn’t agree more w. Shannon! Hang on to those, because we all have days when we feel like throwing in the towel! You look great & are doing fabulous!! So proud of you & all you have done!! xoxo – Rach

  • April Ockerman

    Congrats on all you have accomplished so far!! I can’t wait to see what more you do!

  • Pam Gordon

    Very proud of you, Joanna!!!!

  • ShannonMSander

    Aww such sweet compliments. Hang on to those, they will keep you going when you feel like throwing in the towel. Great job on your eating that can be the biggest hurdle.

    • Joanna

      Thanks for stopping by Shannon! :-) It seems like they know when I’m not trying too hard and compliment then, but not when I’m busting my booty LOL I hope you have a great week!

  • Leah Segedie

    I’m so happy about our guest tomorrow…because I normally start thinking about this in March…and I don’t really plan it out. This year, I’ll have more direction. FO SHO

    • Joanna

      I’m super excited to hear her! I LOOOVE her book! Our growing season is so short in Indiana, we have to be prepared early! Thanks for stopping by Leah, I hope you have an awesome week! :-)

  • Rachel Bailey

    I totally envy you…I would love to garden but don’t have the time to keep up with it and the fact that I am afraid of snakes and things that go along with a garden that is keeping me from doing it. Great job on eating healthy this week! I am jealous as I did not! I tweeted for you so good luck in the campaign! Have a great week!

    • Joanna

      I didn’t have time last year, and I missed it, but I was glad in a way because I would’ve spent a ton watering with the drought we had! I still keep indoor plants when I can’t garden outside, and one of my friends lets me play in her flowerbeds! :-) I hope you have an awesome week, thanks for stopping by Rachel!