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Mamavation Monday: Thanks

NYC Ballet workoutsource

I was not chosen as a Mamavation finalist this time, but I wanted to thank all of you for your support and encouragement.  I’ll probably be applying for the next Mamavation campaign, so I’ll keep you up to date on that!  Until then, here’s another vlog for you:

There are several things I want to talk about this morning.  First of all, as I touched on in the video, I know I was too hard on myself in yesterday’s Slimdown results post.  The truth is that I was hoping for more results specifically in my stomach, which is one of the places where I feel like the results are least obvious, so when I didn’t see more change in the tummy, I couldn’t get past that enough to see the changes in my arms or thighs or the significant butt shrinkage.  So thank you to everyone who left comments and helped me to see that I really did achieve something.  I’m still a little bit irked because I “only” lost 5 pounds and 5 inches, since I’ve seen people lose 10-15 inches and ten pounds or more… but I know that’s not fair and I’m working hard on just being proud of all my dedication and hard work.

In celebration, I gave myself the day off yesterday!  Today, I’ve decided to start following the recommendations of some friends and try for 25-40 minutes of cardio, 5-7 days per week along with 2-3 days of 25-40min strength training.  I may work in some Jillian videos since I have them and I can tell they’re doing something.  I’ll also be trying out the New York City Ballet workout today for the first time, so I’ll have a review of that up tomorrow.

Thanks again for all of your votes and kind comments and Tweets in support of my Mamavation campaign, and for your encouragement with my Slimdown results.  I’ll be taking another set of pics/measurements at the end of this month!


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19 Responses

  1. I LOVE you said “this time”!!

    You are doing awesome and are succeeding!

  2. I’m disappointed you didn’t get the mamavation. But, I’m pleased with your attitude. I hope that you are having a wonderful day, and that you keep going. Way to put yourself out there and try things out. Next time. 🙂

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  4. Keep your head up girl. And just b/c you were not a finalist doesnt mean its time to give up! I encourage you to enter the move it or lose it challenge. It will push you and still make you accountable to your peers.

    We are here to support you and you can do this!

  5. *hugs* You are doing a great job and are totally succeeding with your fitness and health goals! 5lbs is a great accomplishment… and 5 inches is HUGE!!

    Keep up the great work! 🙂

  6. 5lbs and 5 inches – I am amazed and inspired by you. You really are fantastic and even though you get too hard on yourself at least you can step back and look at it objectively later – it’s why you’ll succeed! ((hugs))

  7. Yes keep your head up! I did not get mamavation mom last time but I went on to rock and win the move it and lose it challenge! I know with your determination you can rock it!

    we are here for you

  8. Your doing awesome 5 inches is great!! I cant wait to hear how you week this week goes! I love you vlogs by the way!

  9. I’m so glad you’re going to jump back on that horse babe!!

    ❤ you!

  10. Props to you for sticking with it even though you werent chosen “this time”. Don’t give up on mamavation or yourself. You CAN do this! You are worth it =D

  11. Honestly, 5 lbs. in a month is a fantastic result. That’s more than one pound per week. Trust me. It’s great! XXOO

  12. Glad you are still here! I’m kicking myself out of the “I wasn’t chosen funk” today… Reading these posts has been helping! Let’s support each other! Don’t go anywhere!


  13. Don’t let “not” being a finalist keep you out of things! Jess if proof you can TOTALLY kick butt without the official title of “Mamavation MOM.”

    And . . .Five inches in 30 days is NOTHING to feel badly about . It’s AWESOME!

  14. Chin up hun, you’re doing great!

    We’re all here for you and will be for the next campaign too 🙂

  15. You’re doing good mama. Every dietician/trainer will say 1-2 lbs per week (slow and steady) is the way to keep it off. This gives your body time to adjust to the new weight loss/new metabolism. If you lose too quickly, it’ll come back real quick. There’s a reason they don’t do too many ‘reunion’ Biggest loser shows—because they probably gained a ton of it back.

    Keep it up and with the Ballet, you’ll see more definition/muscle hardness. It is a difficult DVD if you’ve never done Ballet before. I loved it, but I’ve had several basic classes over the year.

  16. I know it’s easy to compare yourself to others, but we can only just work on ourselves and love our body even if it’s only losing 5 lbs. I would be ecstatic with 5 lbs. 🙂

    I hope you enjoyed the Ballet and I hope the suggestions that people gave you help you get the result that you are looking for!

    Looking forward to getting to know you more and thanks for the kind welcome. 🙂

  17. It all starts with baby steps! Once they become habits everything else falls into place. Hang in there! Good luck this week.

  18. You have a great attitude, sorry you were not chose as a finalist. I should trot over to your ballet workout review. I am good at getting buff and aerobically trained but am always working on grace and flexibility (even as a yoga instructor). A ballet workout sounds fun… I have never done it or the barre method. Could be fun.

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