I can’t believe that my journey as a Mamavation mom is now coming to an end. It seems like yesterday Tina and I were announced as the next Mamavation moms. I was in shock and felt so proud that the committee choose me to be on the of moms for this campaign. It was the kick in my behind that I needed!
This has been such an amazing experience! It truly has taught me so much about myself. I have learned that I can do this, and anything else that I put my mind to. I have pushed myself harder then I ever had and reached goals that I never thought I would reach. There are not words to describe the feeling you have knowing you kicked butt, took names and have more confidence then you ever had before. That is a feeling that a cupcake can’t give you! Who knew that I could truly blow my running times out of the water, who knew that I would loose 46 pounds in 3 months! Who knew that I would be literally shrinking before my family’s eyes.
Before this campaign I never would have even dreamed of posting pictures of me in my bathing suit before heading to the gym. In fact I probably wouldn’t even have gone to the pool because I would have been too self conscious to even go. When I started I was very self conscious of going running when others were in the wellness center at the gym, but now I don’t care. I am the best me that I can be right now, and as Pete says “what others think of you is none of your business!” I need to focus on what I am doing and the goals I am working on achieving. I needed to learn that everyone’s journey is their own, and you can’t compare them.
I will be brutally honest, there were times I wanted to give up. I was at times feeling very overwhelmed and frustrated, running on very little sleep and having a lot on my plate. I did it though, even when things got rough I still was able to make that number go down! My biggest lesson that I would hope everyone would take away from watching me these past 7 weeks is … Don’t give up! If I had given up I would have been facing a much bleaker future.
As some of you know during my first week as a Mamavation mom I was facing some really serious health issues. I have what is called pseudo tumor cerebri (aka .. My body thinks I have a tumor in my brain, but I don’t) and I have some severe swelling and extra fluid pushing on my brain as well. When I started this campaign my optic nerve was beginning to hemorrhage, meaning I could have lost my sight in my eye. During my first week as a Mamavation mom I had a spinal tap then ended up keeping me in bed for days. I still managed to get my workouts done and loose some pounds. I kept pushing myself and mid campaign I went in for a check up and they found that things were “miraculously” better. I had almost no swelling in my optic nerve and my headaches were getting almost non existent. Both my neurologist and eye specialist were in shock when they saw all of my test results. My neurologist had to pick up his jaw from the floor when I answered his next question “how much weight have you lost since this was discovered”. At the time I had lost almost 30 pounds & he believes that is a big reason in the decrease of the swelling and extra fluid. Please believe me when I say that loosing weight can truly be life changing!
I have lost 5 pounds this week, making it a total of 46 pounds for this campaign!
Chest: Before ~ 43″ & After ~ 39″ = a loss of 8″ * Hip: Before ~ 49″ & After 41″ = a loss of 4″ * Right & Left Thigh: Before ~ 22.5 & After 22.5″ * Calves: Before ~ 14″ (right and left) & After ~ 14″ = a loss of 1″ in each calve * Arms: Before ~ 13.5 (right and left) & After ~ 12″ = a loss of 1.5″ in each arm.
Total Inches Lost: 23
I promised when I applied and the night I was chosen, that I would do all that I could to make this 7 week journey a good one and to hopefully inspire others to start or continue on their own journey. I hope that I have made you proud and also may have in some way helped you!
For now this is the end of my journey as a Mamavation mom, but this is not the end. I will be participating in the Mamavation Graduate campaign along with my team mate Wendy (@weightsover) so be sure to look for the next posts coming from Wendy and I!
Thank you to each and everyone of you who has commented, tweeted, facebook’ed and cheered me on every monday night! Your support means so much!
Thank you so much to our amazing sponsors and leadership team. I could not have done it without you!