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Transparent Beginnings

Monday, April 23, 2012

Tomorrow is the beginning of something big. Either I will be a finalist to become Mamavation Mom, or I won’t. Regardless, it’s the beginning of a new facet of my journey.

Over the past 7 months, I’ve followed the Spark People model for losing weight. I’ve made small changes, and concentrated on making those changes a habit. My dependency on soda, fast food, overeating, and under-exercising was broken. I replaced those habits with new ones: water (SO much freakin’ water), FREGGIES, and 10+ minute exercise streaks. Brutal honesty with myself was needed. Those little lies (ok, and some big lies too) are a big reason I never thought I was worth the effort to live healthy. Now it’s time to take that honesty to the next level….

My journey is going public! Just how public? I’m really going to expose the nitty-gritty of transforming my body from a hot flabby mess, to something much more healthy and lean. Pictures of my blood, sweat and tears, meals, fat rolls, blisters….whatever it takes. Being totally open makes me accountable for my actions (or in-action). It also does not allow for failure, and the only failure that I can see is quitting. No quitting. No mercy. The Mamavation platform (let’s be honest, it’s more like a megaphone) is the ultimate in transparency. It allows me a captive audience to share my struggles, triumphs, and the REAL truth in my journey.

So, my first truth is to show you all what my body looks like RIGHT NOW! You can officially say you’ve seen my “BEFORE”!

*having some problems inserting my photos. stay tuned!*

Victories For the Upcoming Week:

–Attend as many Spark People Live! classes that I possibly can. Giving and receiving support is so crucial when making changes in life.

– Focus on my Spark Streaks! (water, 60+ fitness minutes daily, good food choices)

–Blog it out! I’m feeling a lot now. Good, bad and ugly, I need to get it out of me so I cannot use it as an excuse to make poor decisions

–Stay small (little choices make BIG results)

–Keep on reading the Mamavation forums. There is a lot of inspiration there.

Above all else, focus on my daily affirmations:

I am worth the hard work.

I can do anything I put my mind to.

Making the choices I’ve always made will keep me where I’ve always been.

Be bold.

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Member Comments About This Blog Post
    Amanda this is great! You really are embracing this new lifestyle change and making it work for you. No one said it would be easy but we know that we are all worth the challenge and worth the changes. And don't forget one positive in putting this out there...we can see your before and after but we will also be able to tell you how great you are doing and how darn proud we are of you! Go you!!!

    2155 days ago
  • BOBBYD31
    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE everything you have said! it just shows you get it and are willing to give support to those who don't or are struggling, i can not begin to tell you how proud of you anne and i are. you embrace you new life style and are willing to accept the setbacks you have along the way then move on!
    2155 days ago
    emoticon emoticon You've got the mental fortitude, the determination, the positive outlook...I KNOW YOU WILL DO IT!!!
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    2155 days ago
    I have never heard of that either. At least I know I'm not the only one. Good luck on your journey. Look forward to seeing you in another SP Live! class - it's been a while!
    2155 days ago
    What exactly is Mamavation? I have never heard of it before.
    2155 days ago
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