So, I was driving to work this morning and a thought hit me… I was thinking about my amazing family and just how powerful it is that I am their role model… I’m the one that my boys look to when they are learning how to live life. I never thought about it until I saw Rachel’s (@Rachel_L) original Mamavation Application Video (and OMG have you heard her sing?!)
Then I started thinking about other ways that I’ve tried to be a good example for them and that’s when it hit me. A little background first –
6 years ago, I went through a divorce. It’s not something that I thought I would ever have to go through – I mean when we play dress up as little girls, it’s always about “happily ever after” and not “till it doesn’t work anymore.” It was a rough time and truly the hardest thing I’ve ever had to go through and perhaps that is a post for a later date, but just know that I made it. I survived – but really I did more than that – I THRIVED!
So I thought about the reasons behind going through such a difficult time and what made it worthwhile. Obviously there were many, many, many reasons leading up to this but ultimately, the one that overshadowed them all was that I refused to teach my children that living in a loveless, selfish relationship is ok. I wanted to show them what a loving, nurturing, partnership looked like and the environment we were in was nothing like that. I wanted to show them that when you have respect for yourself, you will stand up for what you believe and make a difference and in the toxicity that I was surrounded by, that wasn’t happening. I wanted to set a better example for my kids about what is and is not acceptable and then the epiphany – are you ready………………?
I NEED A DIVORCE FROM MY RELATIONSHIP WITH FOOD!
Sounds crazy but it’s very similar to the other toxic relationship I was in. And like before, I need a support system to keep going when quitting seems easier. My goal is to teach my kids that you can have a healthy relationship with food. I want to show them how to eat to live instead of how to live to eat.
So, that said, I hope you will continue to tweet your support for me so that I can hopefully make it into the finalists for Mamavation Mom. If you haven’t seen my video, go here to learn more. If I inspire you or you wish to support my quest to live a healthy life and lead a healthy example tweet this as much as you’d like.
“Hey @bookieboo! I want @momma_oz to be the next #Mamavation Mom. She has my support! http://bit.ly/zqUxa”
Once we getting to the voting phase, it will be more limited from what I understand, but the support tweets are unlimited!
WAIT – What’s Mamavation you ask?! Well, let me put it in Leah’s words:
Mamavation™ is a social experiment and weight loss campaign in social media with the goals of teaching moms healthy living lifestyle choices so they can share with their family. Mamavation™ is a two part campaign: (1) a virtual healthy living boot camp for two moms and (2) the home of the first virtual healthy living sorority in social media, the Sistahood™ .
As a healthy living bootcamp, Mamavation™ is an opportunity for two moms (Mamavation™ Moms) to change their lives together by entering into a 7 week healthy living boot camp created to give them the tools they need to succeed. The will receive a professional nutritional plan created by Cynthia Pasquella @CPasquella and a fitness program created by Tracey Mallett. They will also receive Earth Footwear, an EA SPORTS Active, Tracey Mallett and Tae Bo DVDs. The program was created and is managed by@bookieboo, with the goal of teaching moms how to live life better. The Mamavation™ campaign plans to give them the tools they need to succeed, in hopes that they will create a healthy lifestyle for themselves and their families.