Begin at the Beginning

463178_10151593044733312_779983103_oHi! 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!


Join thousands of other moms in discovering what is truly healthy.

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Leah Segedie is the Founder of Mamavation and Bookieboo, a blogger network. After losing over 100 lbs, she started a career mentoring women in health and since then has assisted in over 3,500 lbs lost via the Mamavation community. Leah and her work has been mentioned in Ladies Home Journal, Reader's Digest, Fitness, Women's Day, CNN, ABC, CBS, the O'Reilly Factor, AOL, Entrepreneur, and Yahoo to name a few. She works from home in her fuzzy slippers.

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2016-11-16T11:03:02-05:00 April 18th, 2013|Featured, Fitness|16 Comments


  1. Mamavation April 23, 2013 at 9:52 am - Reply

    I’m so excited to see how you are going to do!!

  2. Gina Badalaty April 23, 2013 at 4:51 am - Reply

    What a lovely family, and progress already! Congratulations, and best wishes on your journey here.

  3. kia April 22, 2013 at 4:29 pm - Reply

    Congratulations on being selected. Good luck with the campaign. Your five little ones are adorbs!

  4. Candy Olivares April 22, 2013 at 11:14 am - Reply

    All the best during the campaign!! You are gonna do awesome!!

  5. monica young April 21, 2013 at 7:04 pm - Reply

    Very cute family. Congrats and I cannot wait to see how you rock the campaing

  6. Way2goMom April 21, 2013 at 5:02 pm - Reply

    Congratulations Amy, you’re doing an amazing job! Can’t wait to see what else is in store for you!

  7. Junebug April 21, 2013 at 12:15 pm - Reply


  8. MommaHunt16 April 19, 2013 at 5:03 pm - Reply

    I am so happy to be on this wild ride with you!!!!

  9. Rachel {@rachhabs} April 19, 2013 at 11:46 am - Reply

    Congratulations on being a MM! Excited for you and can’t wait to follow your journey! xo

  10. Melissa McMurchy April 18, 2013 at 8:14 am - Reply

    Congrats Amy!!! Nice job so far on the weight loss. Keep up the great work!!

    • LaundryDayBlues April 19, 2013 at 6:59 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much Melissa! And I hope to continue watching you on your journey as well!

  11. Jeanae April 18, 2013 at 7:21 am - Reply

    I am wicked excited (WICKED 😉 ) to cheer you on during this journey.
    You are amazing, and will take this campaign by storm!

  12. Lindsay (@LindsaysFamily) April 18, 2013 at 7:00 am - Reply

    YAY Amy!!! SOOOO excited for us! You ROCK!!!

  13. Pam Gordon April 18, 2013 at 5:54 am - Reply

    How exciting for you!!!

  14. Rebecca @RUtheMOMof April 18, 2013 at 4:23 am - Reply

    I have to say they are very cute !!!! 22 lbs in 3 1/2 months is awesome. Looking forward to seeing a SMILE in your after pictures.

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