So upon becoming a Mamavation Mom I knew I would have to make some changes to my diet. In the past I always thought I “ate healthy”, but in retrospect I can see that I made a lot of unhealthy choices that not only added to my weight problems, but also affected my ability to make better choices by making me crave the wrong things. For instance, I would skip lunch because I was just too busy to stop and eat. Then I would be hungry before dinner and eat a handful of M & M’s, or trail mix, or a granola bar. Something sweet was usually my kryptonite. I could never have just one of anything, and before I knew it, it had destroyed my willpower. We’ve all heard the saying, “You are what you eat.” I had become a massive carb-laden doughnut. I guess I just didn’t know until recently how much I was missing out on, and how missing out on all this great food left my body in such poor shape.
Alysa sent me a meal plan using a system of exchanges, designed to help regulate our blood sugar throughout the day by thoughtfully pairing certain types of food. It is amazing how quickly you can really feel the difference in eating well vs eating the way I did before. And I have to hand it to Alysa, I have a lot of restrictions and she still managed to make a meal plan up for me that is appropriate and leaves me fulfilled everyday. To give you an idea of what a total pain I am when it comes to food let me say that I cannot eat dairy; I sometimes eat a little cheese though. I do not eat meat; although I make exceptions for fish and eggs. The plan itself looks something like this:
Breakfast: 1 fruit, 2 meat, 2 fat
For breakfast my favorite meal is a Peanut butter and banana smoothie. Mainly I prefer this meal because it is quick and easy! I have 5 kids and mornings are a flurry of activity on our house! I also like to workout early and don’t want anything heavy sitting in my stomach when I do that. A smoothie is the perfect fit for mornings for myself! I make my smoothie with 1 frozen banana, 2 tbsp peanut butter, and 8 oz soy milk. Sometimes I will do a variation, which I call the peanut butter and jelly smoothie (my kids LOVe this). The only difference is instead of 1 whole banana I use half a banana and half a cup of frozen strawberries. Yum!!
Lunch: 1 vegetable, 1 fruit, 2 beans/peas/lentils, 1 fat
Here is an example of a lunch I have made.
Snack: 1 vegetable
Generally for an afternoon snack I will eat cup of baby carrots.
Dinner: 2 vegetable, 2 fruit, 3 meat, and 1 fat.
Here is an example of what my dinner might look like. This was a lettuce wrap/fish taco I made per Alysa’s suggestion. It was so good and very filling.
Of course I am still very much a work in progress, and as I am improving my own diet I am trying to also improve the diet of my children as well. This has been a little bit tougher on me, as I generally do not eat the same meal as them most nights. In the past I would make dinner, and then just eat whatever the non-meats were. So I would grill chicken, roast veggies, and maybe have rice as a meal. The kids and my husband would eat this, and I would have veggies and rice. Sometimes this worked out okay, but in the end not really. I was eating a lot of starchy foods and very little protein at all. So now I need to focus on making more meal that can incorporate both what I am eating (fish or some other meat substitute) as well as what the kids are eating, and not be making two meals that are wholly different, but one meal with two options. At least that is what I would like to be able to do. I have noticed since making these diet changes I have so much more energy throughout the day. That 3 pm crash I used to experience, gone. Just like that! I am still in awe.
This week I lost 1.2 lbs bringing my total weight loss since applying to 6 lbs! I was so excited to see the scale moving again! I cannot wait to see what next week brings, perhaps I might even make it into the next decade? We can only hope right!
Start Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Week 6 Week 7 Total Change
Weight 158.6 153.8 152.6
Arms R-11.75 L-12
Before becoming a Mamavation Mom, I ate a lot of processed boxed foods, but I am happy to say that 98% of what I buy now can be found in the produce, dairy and meat departments of the store! Very rarely will I go in the middle isles of the store, in fact the only thing I buy there are my almonds, hot sauce, bread, and some things for the kids. I used to think how the heck do people just shop the perimeter of the store and make meals out of it? I won’t lie and say everything I eat is REAL food, but I am transitioning and I eat more REAL food than not, which is progress. Which is good! As Leah says,”It’s all about progress, NOT perfection.” Good thing, because I don’t know anyone that is perfect, do you?
Are you curious about the types of foods I eat as a Mamavation Mom? I will share a few here for you, but you could head over to the Mamavation forum where I journal EVERYTHING: sleep, water intake, workouts, steps, and food as well as my emotions!
So here is a typical day for me!
1 Fruit: 1/2 banana
1 Fat-Free Milk: 1c. I put it in my coffee
1 Starch: 1 Slice of cinnamon raisin toast
1 Lean meat: 2 egg whites
1 fat: 1 tbs cream cheese
1 Vegetable: 1/2 yellow bell pepper and 1/2 c mushrooms
1 Fruit: 3/4 c Blackberries
1 Fat-Free Milk: 1 c milk
1 Beans/Lentils: 1/2 c black beans
3 Lean Meat: 3 oz chicken breast
1 fruit: gala apple
2 fat: 12 almonds
(all packed and ready for the park)
2 Vegis: Mixed vegi’s
1 Fruit: 1/2 pear, grilled (OMG SOOO good!)
1 Fat-Free milk: 1 c milk
3 Lean meat: 3 oz Tilapia fillet
2 Fat: 2 tsp extra virgin olive oil (used to saute the vegis)
1 Vegi: Sugar snap peas
2 fat: 3 tsp natural peanut butter, water, worcestershire sauce, cumin, onion powder
You know what the best thing is about all of these meals? They took a half hour or less to make!! That’s right, you can eat REAL food and not be in the kitchen cooking for hours! Being a busy mom with 3 really little ones at my feet, I just cannot be cooking all day, so this is a major plus for me!
A HUGE thank you to Alysa for putting my meal plan together and teaching me that eating healthy doesn’t mean that I have to eat bland, that it can be done and can be easy! You can find some pretty amazing recipes on her blog, Inspired RD! You can also find her on Facebook and Twitter!
Yup I am that girl that loves to hate exercise. I know that part of the reason I applied to be a Mamavation Mom was because I needed some help in the whole workout department yet I was scared of what this whole exercise and hazing business would be like.
Lets talk hazing shall we-YIKES!!!! We were randomly tweeted workouts throughout the day. In fact one day as I stated in the video we were given 340 burpees (burpees are those crazy squat, plank, squat, jump thingy-If that description doesn’t help-go to google). When I managed to make it through the hazing I was shocked and PROUD. I was proud of what I could do. The picture here is me post 340 burpees covered in sweat and passed out on my mat!
The plan that Mark has sent us is very similar to the Two Week Challenge that he set up for Mamavation a few weeks ago. I won’t bother posting them workout again if you want to know go check out Amy or Lindsay who posted it up for everyone, but I will tell you a bit about them. We alternate days between core and lower body and upper body and core. So on lower body days we are doing squats, lunges, and burpees and upper body days we are rocking push ups, triceps push ups (OMG these are hard), crunches, and some free weight work. Again sometimes I hate them (Ok most times I hate them) but they are getting resutls and are over in less than a half hour. Additionally, we are asked to make sure that we walk at least 10,000 steps.
I wish I could say that I love every minute of this exercise plan but that would be a big ole fat lie and I wasn’t picked to me a Mamavation Mom to blow smoke-this is about living life as a Mom who is taking her life back. Even if I don’t love the exercise…you know what I love? This picture-
No its not my newly painted toes silly! Its that this number is down 2.8 POUNDS BABY!!!!!!!! So as much as a dread the exercise and as hard as it is some days…its getting the job done! So I guess I will keep pissing and moaning and grunting and groaning while exercising because honestly, I want that number to go down more than I want to quit!
So This past week has been great. I have followed the diet plan given to me by Alysa and the workouts I received from Mr Bookieboo. Can I just say that this week has been eye opening? I am really starting to get a handle on the diet, but before I share anything about that with you I’d like to talk about the workouts.
You might be wondering what kind of grueling workout the Mamavation Moms go through each day. Are we running miles on end, repeating dozens of sets of squats, burpees, and lunges? Are we spending hours a day in the gym and neglecting our homes, children, and jobs? No! That would be totally unrealistic, and unreasonable as well. The point of the Mamavation campaign is to help moms everywhere lose weight and to share their new healthy habits with their families and friends. As ambassadors for Mamavation, it is our duty to show other moms that weight loss is not only attainable (in a healthy way), but attainable to anyone! These workouts that Mark has provided are a perfect example. All of the exercises can be done in the comfort of your own home, and the workout takes very little time. It is definitely a high intensity workout, but in a short amount of time. So there really are no excuses. Short on time, no problem, you only need about 20-30 minutes! No weights at home? Use water bottles! It really is very easy to incorporate a small amount of exercise into your daily routine. And in order to make a lifestyle change that will help you to permanently shed the pounds, it’s critical!
The plan calls for 6 workouts throughout the week, in addition to making sure you walk at least 10,000 steps each day. Three days we do a workout called Build It, and the other days we do Burn It. Build It is all about building lean muscle mass. Burn It does exactly what it sounds like it should, and leaves you dripping in sweat. The most amazing thing about these workouts is that they can be done anywhere and in a short amount of time. I found that for myself the best time of day to workout is definitely in the morning. It sets the mood for my entire day and I feel more accomplished. I get up at 5:15 am, get the kids ready for school, and usually by 7:20 am they are all off to school and I’ve had a cup of coffee and I can either go for a run or workout. Then I have the rest of my day to do all the things I do as a mother of five busy kiddos!
Here is a sample of what the week one workouts looked like:
Burpees x 10
Alternating Lunge x 16
Squats x 10
Kick and Lunge x 10 on each side
30 second rest then you repeat this set 3 more times, but the reps increase a bit for sets 2 and then 3, and repeat these reps for set 4.
Warm Up: Cross punches 5 sets of 10 right, 5 sets of 10 left
Push-ups x 10
Shoulder Press x 10
Triceps push-ups x 10
30 second rest then you repeat this set 2 more times, but the reps increase a bit for sets 2 and then 3.
It was definitely a good first week. If you recall last week I weighed in at 155 lbs. This week when I stepped on the scale I was down 1.2 lbs! That brings me to a total of 4.8 lbs down since applying to be a Mamavation Mom!
And I painted my toenails, no more hideousness!
I can’t believe that week one is already over! It has been such a CRAZY week with lots of learning about good food and fitness! Speaking of fitness, my awesome personal trainer for the next 7 weeks, Mark, is totally kicking my booty! I sure am sweating, and sweating A LOT! Our first 3 weeks as Mamavation Mom’s consists of a combination of cardio and weight training that is alternated each day. I really like how this is set up because I found in the past if I did cardio everyday I would get burned out pretty quickly. This seems to keep my body guessing and I am loving it.
The Really cool thing about this campaign is that I do not have to leave my house to do it! No fancy gym need, which saves a ton of money. Plus, I was never motivated to get there. My gym is now my home, so there are NO excuses! No excuses AT ALL! What I find interesting about working out at home is that my family joins in with me. My little guy will see me getting my shoes on and ask me, “Are you going to workout, Mommy? Can I do it too?” Heck yes, he can. This also motivates my little girl to get up from the t.v. and try it will us!
My husband even got in on the action this week. He took one look at that days plan and said, “Oh, is too easy!” Well, guess who was just as sweaty as me and complained today that he is sore and told me the workout is making him feel so hungry all the time. Yep. That’d be my husband.
My favorite exercise so far would have to be the weight lifting. I always feel so strong when I finish that workout. I also found that I had to up my weight this week for the dumbbell curls. I WAS using a 5 lb weight and upped that to a 10 lb weight. Still thinking I need to up it again. 5 lbs is fine for the other exercises so I guess my biceps are stronger than I thought! My least favorite exercise, BY FAR, are the burpees. Good thing I have Mark’s voice in my ear telling me, “Guess what, the burpees just called and said they love you!” I may not like burpees but I keep hearing that I will love the results that I will get with them so I am going with that!
Anyone that knows me, knows that I love sleep and REALLY despise mornings, so you will never see me waking up early to workout. I NEED coffee before I can do anything in the mornings and I drink my coffee with breakfast. I usually wait until my breakfast is settled and the baby is down for his morning nap to get my workout on. Then I get my eat on because as my husband says, “I am starving!”
SO I know everyone has been waiting for the weight in, am I right?!
A very special thank you to @MrBookieboo for making me sweat and being so encouraging during this process! I can’t wait for the big reveal in 7 weeks!
Hello everyone-My name is Erica (aka Mommahunt16) and I am so excited to have been chosen one of the three moms for campaign 16! It sure has been a wild ride to get here and I couldn’t be more proud and scared that I have been chosen. Yet, before we get to the proud and scared, lets start at the beginning shall we.
Why did I do this….there are two reasons. The first is this….
This BLEEP, BLEEP, BLEEPING number. I have always hated it. I hate it now, I hated it ten years ago, I hated it when I was 12. I have always had weight issues and I have always had a stigma about this number. I know now one really cares about that number but me, but it haunts me. So shortly after my daughter J was born I realized I needed to get my act together. I didn’t want her to hate that number and herself because of the number on a scale. I spent a long time in therapy dealing with my self esteem issues and my eating issues. Yet, despite all the mental work that number didn’t move. So I decided it was time to make a change and so something. So I joined Mamavation and shortly after decicded to apply to be a Mom-I needed the help and the support that comes with this process.
My other reason for trying out to be a mom…….These guys!
I mean how cute are they! They are my world and I want to be the best mom for them and I know that means being happy and healthy. The reason I was so drawn to Mamavation was because it was a group of other moms who knew that being a mom is great motivation to get healthy, but is also often your greatest challenge because of all the demands being a mom means.
Ok now back to what I said at the start of the post…I am so excited to be picked. I know that this community will support me in my journey and be my cheerleaders. Both Amy and Lindsay are amazing ladies who I know would not mind that I already consider them friends. Yet, I am also scared. I have never been so good at loosing weight (hence the number on the scale). I am scared that I will let you down, the Mamavation Team down, and myself. I did promise myself thought that I would get my big girl panties on and give this my all for the next seven weeks. I just want to say thank you again to the Mamavation Team for believing in me enough to be one of the Moms and I hope to make you all proud!
Before I go…..here are my stats and my before pics (please feel to divert your eyes here folks this is not for the faint of heart)
|Start of Campaign||227.4||-||38||43||29.5||50||14.5|
Hi! My name is Amy. I am a wife and mother of five. I spent exactly 193 weeks of my life being pregnant, in a span of 7 years. During that same time frame I spent 27 months breastfeeding, which I liked to call “eat whatever you want dieting”. And then I resigned myself to being overweight simply because I’d had 5 kids. Just like so many of you here on Mamavation I am unhappy with my weight. For too long I have allowed my own excuses and bad choices to control my weight loss. No more excuses! I want more than anything to take back my body, to take back control and be the best me I can be. I want to set an example of how to live in a healthy way, and I feel my body should reflect that. The Mamavation community has given me such a fabulous start on my weight loss journey and I really hope to reach my goal by the end of this campaign. I would be so honored to have you support me during these next 7 weeks!
When I started my journey with Mamavation back in January I was 172 lbs.This picture was taken at Christmas. My first reaction was, “Wow, what an unflattering picture!” Then a couple weeks later, I bought a scale and was shocked by the number staring back at me. I really thought I was about 150 lbs, and somehow I was off by 22 lbs. No wonder I couldn’t fit into any of my clothes!
That was such a hard number to wrap my head around. When I was gave birth to both my 4th and 5th children I weighed 180 lbs. Both boys were OVER 9 lbs at birth! I couldn’t believe I had let so much weight creep up on me. I was determined to do something about it. I struggle most with my diet. I think that is probably pretty normal, but in my case I was definitely eating far too many carbs and not enough proteins. And not enough calories in general as well. When I applied to for this campaign my weight was 158.6 lbs. On Sunday, I was pleased to weigh in and see the number below (Please ignore the cat, and the lack of nail polish on my toes!). Yay for losing 3.6 lbs thus far!!
I am wicked excited about having been chosen as one of the Mamavation Moms. I plan to do everything in my power to take full advantage of this amazing opportunity and shed these excess pounds! And now I will share with you a picture of my adorable little loves because they are far cuter than my feet and you need to un-see that right now!
Are they not the most gorgeous little creatures ever?
My Before Pictures
Please ignore the lovely face I was making, I hate having my picture taken! Apparently so much so, that I scowl! Lovely!!
And of course here are my beginning measurements:
Waist: 31 inches
Hips: 39 inches
L thigh: 19.5 inches
R thigh: 20.5 inches
L Arm: 12 inches
R Arm: 11.75 inches
Chest: 36 inches
To Leah, Mark, Shelley, Shannon, and Alysa: Thank you again for this amazing opportunity! I hope to amaze you all with my results! And to the wonderful mentors, thank you for your support and guidance!
Hello! My name is Lindsay. I am a 32 year old mother to four pretty cool kids, ages 14, 4, 3, and 14 months, and wife to an super smart amazing husband. We are a multicultural family and are pretty dang proud of it. When I met my husband I was 135 lbs. We started trying to get pregnant immediately after we married and was quite successful. I found out I was pregnant in December of 2007 and not soon after was put on bed rest, where I stayed for 30+ weeks. I was diagnosed with cervical cancer in my early 20′s and the surgery that was required to remove it caused me to have an incompetent cervix. As soon as my cervix started to thin and dilate my doctor placed a stitch there to keep my baby in, but this meant bed rest. I seriously only got up to shower and use the bathroom. It was totally worth it though because this is what I got out of it all:
Fast forward 5 months when I realize my period is late. I take a pregnancy test and sure enough, I’m PREGNANT. I cried! Shhhh don’t that tell my little man. Again I was placed on bed rest and got this reward:
Needless to say that was ALOT of laying around for 2 years. I gained weight. A LOT of weight. I couldn’t even tell you how much weight. I was just starting to make progress with loosing some of it when I found out I was pregnant with my youngest (whom will always be my youngest! HA) I of course had the same issues and was again placed on bed rest and diagnosed with Gestational Diabetes to boot. I had a really though time keeping him in, even with cerclage (stitch in cervix) and he was born at 35 weeks. He was in the hospital for a few days longer than me but was healthy.
I am now done having babies and am ready to take my body back. I want to be around a VERY long time for these precious little blessings. I want to be able to run around and play with them in the back yard and not be out of breathe. I want to set a good example of what health is and gain back the confidence that I once had. I am so excited to have been given this amazing opportunity! I promise I won’t disappoint!
My before pics:
Okay so this pic was taken this evening. I swear this morning it said 205 :/
L Thigh: 25″
R Thigh: 25″
L Arm: 14″
R Arm: 14″
A special thank you to Leah, Mark, Shelley, Shannon, and Alysa for giving me this amazing opportunity and to the graduates of campaign 15, my mentors, I love you and look forward to your encouragement!
Our deepest sympathies go out to anyone affected by this tragedy. Obviously, tonight we want to hug our families and a twitter party is not where we can do that, and we are cancelling. I think you would agree this is the right decision. We apologize for the delay in announcing this.
Please keep all those affected in your thoughts.
It’s Campaign #16 already!
Mamavation has organized boot camp campaigns for over three years now. And every year we just keep getting better and better. We have so much to celebrate!
Some facts about Mamavation:
1. #Mamavation has been mentioned over 250,000 times on twitter
2. Mamavation community members have lost over 3,200 lbs. together
3. Mamavation Moms last campaign lost 114 lbs.
4. Mamavation turns 4 years old on July 1st this year
5. Mamavation’s mission is to teach moms healthy living slowly and gradually so they can share that with their family
Join us Monday, April 15th from 8-9:30pm EST (5-6:30pm PST) for a twitter party in celebration of all the inspiration Mamavation gives to social media, win some prizes, and learn who the next Mamavation Moms are going to be.
Here are the finalists. Three of them will become the next Mamavation Moms for campaign #16 and that will be announced that night:
1. Lindsay Oussa
2. Erica Zamsky Hunt
3. Amy Reilly
4. Greta Funk
5. Melissa McMurchy
If you were not selected by Mamavation for this round, we encourage you to stick with the community and apply again. Please give us a chance to get to know you better. It’s in your best interest to do so. Several Mamavation Mom Graduates had to apply more than once before finally becoming selected.
1. Nutiva Gift Boxes with popular items (3 winners)
2. Pair of New Balance Shoes (3 winners)
3. Color Garden Natural Dye Sets (4 winners)
How to Win:
Half the prizes will be drawn from Rafflecoptor and the other half will be based on live tweeting that night. So make sure to enter by helping us promote and then during the party, every tweet enters you as well.
a Rafflecopter giveaway
Please make sure to RSVP on the Linky below!
THIS IS IT! Week 7. WHAT???!!!??? Where on earth has the time gone?
I have been engulfed by a whirlwind of activities, and I seriously had no idea that we were ending. It is much better this way — I can focus on how truly amazing Campaign 15 has been rather than dreading any measure of “good-bye.” Never you fear – - I am NOT going anywhere; I am here to cheer on the next batch of recruits and applicants! The love continues.
How can I describe all that I have learned and acquired from being a Mamavation Mom? There simply are not enough words in the English language to convey how grateful I am to Leah (@Bookieboo) and Mark (@MrBookieboo) for the existence of Mamavation! I found this organization just when I needed it the most, and the leadership gave me what I needed most – MY LIFE. The Mamavation Moms were basically granted All Access passes into the lives of Leah and Mark, and gained priceless mentoring and knowledge.
I learned from Alysa (@InspiredRD) how to plan, prepare, and pair the perfect foods for my dietary needs. I never starved during this Campaign! In fact, I originally thought that she was nuts for expecting me to eat so much food. Little by little, my body adjusted, and started doing what it needed to do – - consume enough fuel to operate and burn, and use the protein to help repair and build muscle. I was the number 1 skeptic at first, but now I understand and appreciate all that Alysa and Leah sought to teach me. I not only shop and cook smarter, but I am prepping my own backyard for a garden again. Me? Really? Yes, really.
Stephanie (@fitmomtraining) got the party started with Hazing, and Mark took over with the actual Campaign workouts. All of the exercises were designed to tone and strengthen, although they often felt as though they would cause permanent damage I worked out 6 days per week, and saw myself grow stronger as the Campaign progressed.
Shannon (@ShannonMSander) & Shelley (Momma_Oz) kept me on track, organized, and supported throughout the application, hazing, finalist and Campaign stages. All girls need great girl talks, and funny stories to help us bond. Believe me – - the stories have been HILARIOUS, and yes, oh yes, we have bonded. We are stuck like crazy glue! Speaking of crazy – - it simply defies logic that anyone can find such amazingly deep connections in such a short amount of time, but that is precisely what happened. My sisters for life, Rebecca and Joanna, captured my heart.
I learned that I could push myself harder than ever, and even if the pain increased, I would not break. I learned that life could throw some pretty devastating curve balls, but I could persevere, and I would not shrivel up and give up. I pressed forward. I didn’t look back. I didn’t dwell on any of the challenges or setbacks of the past. I just kept going. My commitment to change my life meant that some situations and relationships had to be left behind. I didn’t just shed weight; I cleared my life and thoughts of the old way of doing things. I lost 43.8 pounds, but I gained a new life.
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My Mamavation Mom journey would not exist had Rachel (@rachhabs) not bravely shared her story. She was my inspiration, and encouraged me to step out of my comfort zone to complete the application video. So, THANK YOU, Rachel!!! I made that video, and never looked back. I hope to pay it forward by encouraging all those who think of applying. You CAN do this! Take a leap of faith, and you may very well find yourself on a 7 week express train to a new life. I look forward to cheering you on!
Until next time,