I wanted to post something that might be helpful to all of the applications for Mamavation Campaign 8. I could give lots of advice and feedback, but I wanted to do something a little different. If you’ve applied, or are thinking of applying, grab your husband and share this little bit of advice that I managed to talk my husband into giving us.
When you first found out that I was going to be a Mamavation Mom, what did that mean to you? It didn’t mean anything to me, because at that point I didn’t really know what Mamavation was about. I thought it was just a group of bloggers trying to lose weight, and I hadn’t quite fully grasped the support side of it yet. When I found out more about it I was happy for you, knowing that getting healthy was something you have wanted to achieve for a long time, but struggled with. I could see that you were excited about and I wanted to see you have success.
You knew that I would have to make a lot of changes during the program. Did you think those changes would affect you that much? I knew that things would be different, but it became more challenging for me than I anticipated. During the program you were more preoccupied with your goals and activities and schedule that you had to keep on a daily basis. After working all day I had to come home and pick up some of the slack so that you could have time to complete everything. I think adding kids to an equation like this makes it a lot harder to fit everything in, but being committed to a relationship, sometimes you have to change your game plan too. Your wife will have her schedule, and that means you (the husband) will have things you need to do too to help her.
Once you saw me start changing for the better, did it have any effects on you at all? I was happy to see the changes, and I definitely wanted to try to make changes for myself as well. The biggest problem with that was that it’s hard for me to find the time and motivation for myself as well when I’m trying to help my wife succeed. I would like to start making some time for myself as well, but during the campaign everything kind of revolves around the mom, which is not a bad thing, but just different than what is normal for us.
What advice would you give to the husbands of the next round of campaign moms? Don’t be discouraged. It will be tough at points, knowing that there’s going to be a lot more asked of you. You may feel like you’re putting a lot more effort in, but you have nothing to show for it yourself. But, moving through the program, you’ll see positive changes in your wife, physically and mentally, which will be beneficial for you and your children. Mamavation isn’t just about making hot moms, it’s unique because it has the family aspect to it, and because of that, every member of the family plays a role. In order for your wife to be successful, you have to be a part of it.
Thank you to my husband for sharing his thoughts with us. Yes, the campaign was frustrating for him and he felt like he didn’t get a lot of time to his self. It puts a lot of strain on a relationship, but it’s short, and once it’s over you will both be thankful that you stuck through it.
Good luck to all of the applicants, you have all already made amazing changes in your lives!