Mamavation Monday: Week One

Since discovering Mamavation, I've committed myself to living a better and healthier life. Even if I don't become the next Mamavation Mom, the support I've found, the friends I've made and the changes I'm making in my life are worth it! (But I really do want to win!!) This is my first Mamavation Monday post - click "read more" to hear about my week and my goals! :)

Watch Lives Change

This week was hot, hot, HOT! Luckily, my son is loving the pool so we've been outside enjoying it a lot. Well, when I say enjoying I mean he wants me to run around in circles to create a current he can ride around on! :) This is incredibly good exercise for me, especially since I'm just starting to exercise again. You don't want to go overboard when you're just starting out - I've learned that the hard way in the past! I'm attempting to cut out pop/soda but I'm finding it very hard! I didn't do well on that this past week. :( But I did do a lot better on eating - I've been eating less and better. I've been eating salads for lunch and smaller portions at my other meals.

My goals for this coming week are to drink more (water, that is!) and to move around & sleep more. Sounds like a oxymoron, doesn't it? It makes sense, believe me...
I'm committing to drink at least six - eight glasses of water a day. If I want something sweet, I'm going to drink lemonade. I'm also committing to exercise and stay active every day. This past week in addition to the pool time, I've tried to be more active and to not stay sitting for too long. I'm easily distracted by the computer, TV, etc. so this week I'm going to focus on trying to not mess with them until my housework and exercise are done. I also need to commit to get more sleep. My schedule has been funky ever since I had my daughter and having a regular, normal sleeping schedule would help me to be healthier and happier.

My goals for the future are to be healthier and to (eventually) weigh 160 pounds. The weight seems like such a far off goal but I know with time I can accomplish it. Losing weight will not only make me feel better and help me live longer but it will be beneficial to the health problems I have or have had. I have mitral valve prolapse (which you can read more about here) and any weight I lose helps my heart. I also want to have more children in the future and if I lost weight, it would help me to be healthier for future pregnancies.

As for my stats, I'm 5'7 and I weigh 232.4. My BMI is 36.3 and it makes me cringe. I bought a scale this past week (since the one we had was cruddy) so I can keep track of my weight changes. I know we have a pedometer somewhere around here but I've been unable to find it so far.

I would appreciate it greatly if you kept tweeting and supporting me to be the next Mamavation Mom. Thank you SO much for all your tweets so far! It is incredibly encouraging for me to see all that support on a daily basis - it helps me stick to my goals! :) Here's the schedule for Mamavation, if you're interested:

Applications will be accepted from June 21st to 30th. 5 Finalists appear on July 5th. Voting for the top two Mamavation Moms will be from July 5th to 12th. The winners will be announced during the Twitter Launch Party on July 12th from 5 - 7pm PST / 8 - 10pm EST. Mamavation Campaign #5 will be from July 12th to August 27th.

If you'd like to support me, you can comment on/like my YouTube application video or by tweeting this on Twitter however many times you want:

Hey @bookieboo! I want @mrsaddison to be the next #Mamavation Mom. She has my support!

Also, some other notes & fun things:
MAMAVATION TV: Join us Monday night at 7pm PST/10pm EST on Mingle Media TV. I'm planning on being there to answer any questions you may have about me! :)
SISTA OF THE WEEK: Congratulations to Jessica Bolin, @all_about_savin for being the Sista of the Week! You deserve it! :)
MORE ABOUT MAMAVATION: To see my application to Mamavation, go here. I also wrote another post talking about why I want to be a Mamavation Mom, which you can read here.
And lastly, even if I am not chosen to be a Mamavation Mom, I just wanted to note that I'm still going to be making Mamavation Monday posts and that I'm going to be in Earth Footwear's Move It and Lose It Challenge.


  1. SO glad to meet you and I look forward to getting to know you better in the days...weeks...months ahead!

  2. Can't wait to read your future posts! Mamavation is hard work, but fun at the same time! So inspiring!

    Great goals: Remember BABY STEPS!

    Have a great week

  3. Congrats on applying to Mamavation! I look forward to getting to know you! You have some great goals set. Here's to a healthy week this week!

  4. So glad to meet you! Congratulations on applying, and here's to happy and healthy changes!

  5. Thanks ladies! The support from Mamavation is incredible! :)

  6. WooHOO! You sound like you have your goals under control, girl. I need more sleep too - I forgot to write it on my goals list here on the desk - thank you for the reminder!

  7. So happy to see all the moms applying! Best of luck to you and remember baby steps! You can do this!

  8. I'm so glad you've decided to join mamavation as well as apply to be the next MM! YOu have some awesome goals, and you're rocking them a

  9. ... cont. dunno what happened!

    and you're rockin' them already! Can't wait to get to know you!

    Have a wonderful week!

  10. Hey! Glad you found Mamavation - it's awesome & I've loved it since I've been a part of it. Sounds like you have some great goals. Look forward to getting to know you!

    Chat soon ~ @lovelyritaann

  11. Good luck to you in the campain and welcome to Mamavation! Your goal may seem far off now, but after a few weeks and months you'll be saying "Wow! I've already lost (10, 20, 30, etc)!"

  12. I can never accomplish my goal of drinking 8 glasses of water a day. It is impossible. I think the most I had was 6 glasses. I space drinking a glass every two hours. My skin is hydrated drinking 4-5 glasses a day so I think it's all good. Good luck with your goals.

  13. Welcome! I'm 5'8" and I would LOVE to be 160 again as well. My current goal is to lose 20 lbs by the time I return to school in the fall and 50 lbs by my birthday (12/29). Still have a ways to go from there, but trying not to get discouraged.

    We've been keepin' cool at the pool as well! Looking forward to getting to know you. If you need me, I'm just a tweet away! @chobysauce

  14. Thanks so much everyone! I've enjoyed getting to know you all better too and I am really excited to see what happens in the campaign. :)


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