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How the Mamavation Community Motivated Me

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Have you ever felt intimidated to try something and then after doing so realized you’d been missing out on something great?  That’s how I feel about the #2WeekChallenge I just tried with the #Mamavation community!

Anne Brock from Flour Sack Mama blog finished Mamavation 5K in May 2014

I knew Mamavation was a super-popular online community with some pretty intense fitness challenges for women.  Being neither perfectly fit nor poised for an extreme weightloss opportunity, I’ve always been rather average-sized for an American woman.  I thought the Mamavation fitness programs sounded either too hard or not like a place where I could fit in and accomplish anything.

While I’ve always loved fitness and an active lifestyle, I’ve been full of excuses lately for not allowing enough time to care for myself in this way.  So, I noticed just in time that Mamavation was starting another challenge.  It was the motivation I needed to get out of my office chair, push back from the computer keyboard, and make time to move a little each day.

The #2WeekChallenge gave me specific exercises to do four days per week, while encouraging a free choice of cardio on the other two days.  I could have done these routines at a gym, but I squeezed them into my erratic schedule, sometimes at 9 o’clock at night, right there in my living room.  As the mom of two young children, heading outdoors with them for cardio work made the most of our play times together.  The program had a daily goal of 10,000 steps per day.

The best part about this challenge was that at the end of a long day, I never skipped a workout, because I had to be accountable to @MrBookieboo Mark Segedie, my virtual personal trainer.  My pushups are still pitiful and my form probably wasn’t quite right every time, but I pushed my way through.  It’s evident I have a lot of work to do if I want to be in super shape, but I’m stronger than I was two weeks ago sitting at my desk for long hours.  I have more energy and I just feel better!

I was also inspired by Mamavation’s Leah Segedie’s online coaching to give up soda for this challenge and embrace water.  While no soda is allowed in our refrigerator, the caffeine/sugar boost has been a temptation that I tricked myself into thinking I needed when writing on deadline or staying up late to work. I’m proud to say that I’ve made it two entire weeks without giving in to soda.  I’m still a regular iced tea drinker, but I can moderate or eliminate sugar with that…and I’m still working toward a goal of giving up virtually all refined sugar.

I’m encouraged that we can all get more fit through old-fashioned sweat and better food choices.  When the Segedies’ say these Mamavation challenges really work, I believe them.  They say they’ve seen 1,591 pounds and 1,095 inches lost.

I may have only lost a pound and maybe a tiny bit off my waist, but I feel stronger and more motivated to up the mileage on running these days.  I asked @MrBookieboo how many #2WeekChallenge participants finish, and he answered that of those that sign up, maybe around half complete the program.  Some sign up but never start.  And of those that start, he says maybe 65-85% will typically finish.

The life lesson this all reminded me of was that just showing up and sticking with something every day is half the battle.  The final weekend wraps up this #2WeekChallenge with a virtual 5k.  I hope you’ll join me!  Are you showing up for the things that matter in your own life?

*Final note:  finished the 5K, slow, but steady and never stopping!  I spent about an hour running, saw four deer and some beautiful scenery along the way.  The device I was wearing then registered that I’d gone 4 miles instead of 3.1.  I’ll work on speed another time!

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One Response to How the Mamavation Community Motivated Me

  1. jamie@southmainmuse May 23, 2014 at 1:14 pm #

    Yay for you. I made it just a few days. If I don’t do it first thing in the morning — it’s so hard. You look great Anne. Keep it going.

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