September 4, 2011

Mamavation Monday: You Can’t Do It Alone


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Recently Bookieboo put out a call to husband and wife teams for the newest Mamavation campaign. I thought it was a great idea because it’s something I hear about often – my husband doesn’t support this new lifestyle or even my husband is sabotaging my weight loss efforts. It makes me so sad.

It makes me sad because I’m so fortunate that CycleGuy is right there to help whenever I need. When I joined Weight Watchers years ago and came home with books filled with points information, he actually read them and even encouraged me to buy the book with the dining out information. He knew the menu items that would work for me.

Even better, he was supportive at home. He was willing to eat all the veggies I prepared. And night after night of chicken and fish. I was lucky he didn’t ask me to bake cookies or buy tempting snacks. If he wanted ice cream he’s get it at lunch so I wasn’t tempted. He knew I didn’t have a lot of will power.

Fast forward to the present. For the past four years I’ve been battling myself. That I’ve gained weight isn’t a surprise. That I am having a hard time getting my brain and body to understand each other is understandable by most people, except me. The frustration doesn’t help the anxiety I feel because I can get myself moving.

Once again, my wonderful husband is my biggest cheerleader. He’s a cyclist, riding almost 200 miles every week. In addition, he works out at lunch. Me? I forget to eat breakfast. Some days I wonder if I walk 200 steps in a day.

For me, I don’t do this alone. But I do this for me. In addition to the Mamavation community I am very fortunate that within my own home I have an amazing cheerleader. I wish everyone’s spouse supported them as much as CycleGuy supports me. Now, if I could support myself a little bit more.

How do you find motivation to make fitness a priority? And can you send some my way?



Shannon (Aries_Mommy) September 5, 2011 at 8:49 am

I find motivation from the progress I have made. It really helps me to set action goals instead of outcome goals. (No disappointment) Are you applying to be a Mamavation Mom for campaign 10?

Best of luck this week,

Sara September 9, 2011 at 11:06 am

Hi Shannon,

It is very motivating to see the progress. It’s exciting to realize that the hard work really does pay off.

No, I’m ont applying for be a Mamavation Mom. Maybe next time!


Megan @mnmspecial September 5, 2011 at 10:42 am

I find motivation in my baby most of all. I just had my back fused and I find my driving force now is to get fit enough to pick him up and send my mom home to care for my dad again. I would love to send some your way.

Hopefully you can see health or clothing as a driving force that you cheer team can help cheer you on to victory with. Just keep updating that goal once you smash it. You’ve got this!

Sara September 9, 2011 at 11:08 am

Hi Megan,

When I went to WW shortly after my daughter turned one, she was my big motivator. Just realizing I was having a hard time keeping up with her made me want to change so I could be a more involved mom.

Thanks for the encouragement! Keep up the good work too.


Amanda September 5, 2011 at 1:21 pm

Having a personal cheerleader – one who understands and knows you so well, one who loves you without holding back – that’s the best. I’m so glad you’re able to have someone like that right there with you!
For me, motivation comes in childlike form – in making sure my daughter has the absolute best she can; including a mommy who is able to jump and play with her, no matter what it is we’re gonna do, without needing to take a break because I’m so out of it.
Good luck, hun.

Sara September 9, 2011 at 11:09 am


Thanks for stopping by and sharing your motivation. It’s great to know we’re all in this together!


Resa September 5, 2011 at 3:55 pm

You’re so lucky that your husband is so supportive and cheers you on! It’s often harder to be supportive of ourselves for the sake of ourselves, but I agree with Amanda. All of my motivation came in the form of my son. Even before I had him, I’d think about being able to keep up with the kids I wanted to have some day when I wanted to throw in the towel on a workout or a run. Maybe try shifting the mentality from “doing this just for me” (because when we’re the only one’s who might be let down, we’ll let it slide more easily) to “doing it for my kids” and setting a positive example for them.
Whatever motivates you, though, I know you can push forward and do this! Lots of love and support <3

Sara September 9, 2011 at 11:11 am

Hi Resa,

You’re so right that I do give myself a bit more leeway b/c ‘well, it’s just me’. Before, my daughter was a big motivator. I guess, really, my family should be my motivator. B/c I really want to be an active part and not just a spectator.


Andrea September 8, 2011 at 1:31 pm

What a great post! I also have a supportive husband and that really makes all of the difference.

My motivation is also my children. Making fitness my priority is essential to being alive. I need to live, I need to be healthy so that I can be there for my kids.

Good luck!!

Sara September 9, 2011 at 12:04 pm


YAY for supportive husbands. I feel so badly for my friends whose husbands sabotage their efforts. You’re so right that fitness needs to be a priority. *mental note!*


Nancy September 8, 2011 at 7:21 pm

Well as someone who has been searching for the motivation to keep up with goals that I set…and somehow don’t achieve….I am going to say that reading about your goals and motivation are inspiring to me! I feel as if I have more excuses than there are hours in the day…something is always getting in the way. So it’s awesome to read that folks DO actually reach those activity/weight loss goals. Gives me something to think about. 🙂 Thanks so much for the inspiration!

Sara September 9, 2011 at 12:26 pm

Hi Nancy!

Glad you stopped by. I love seeing you! I understand all those ‘other things’ getting in the way. I have them too. I feel like my days need to be 50 hours long to get everything done. And then just start over the next day.

As others have said, we just need to make ourselves a priority. Easier said than done, right?

You can do it!


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