Did you party with us last week at the Mamavation Boot Camp Twitter Party Launch #11? Three (yes, you read it right!) new Mamavation Moms have been selected and the ladies have been working hard mastering basics of Mamavation bootcamp. Check out their posts on mamavation.com, but here is a sneak peak:

Laura (@mommycanrun): This week was busy, busy, busy! I managed to get all the workouts in I needed to, but the scale refused to budge yet again…
Lolo (@MyBaybah): I am exhausted, but could not be happier…
Andrea (@Andreaemilien): I don’t feel freaked out yet . It might be different in the morning…

The BEFORE pictures and measurements have been taken, and the bootcamp is well on it’s way. As with any bootcamp, this one is quite tough (those of you who have been around already know that). Please cheer our new Mamavation Moms on as they go though this life changing experience. I am wishing good luck to Andrea, Laura, and Lolo from the bottom of my heart.

And speaking of heart, February is a Heart Health Month. What does it mean for us, moms? According to the American Heart Association an estimated 42 million American women live with cardiovascular disease, but too many are unaware of the threat they face. Many women can significantly reduce their risk of heart disease, if they have the information they need, know the questions to ask their health providers and receive the support to make heart-smart changes in their lives. Just think of February as our annual reminder to take better care of ourselves – learn the facts, ask questions!

Special Guest: David Grotto (@DdavidGrotto)

Dave’s first interest in nutrition started over twenty-five years ago when he worked in the natural foods industry, having owned and operated his own natural food store. He became a registered dietitian and attended the University of Illinois at Chicago and graduated with honors with a degree in medical dietetics and nutrition.
 After school, he worked in various clinical and food service settings and even tried his hand as a broadcaster where he hosted his own live radio show on health and nutrition for over 10 years and also hosted a local health-focused television show for two years.Dave also proudly served as a national spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association.

He is now the founder and president of Nutrition Housecall LLC, a nutrition consulting firm that provides nutrition communications, lecturing and consulting services, and also offers personalized at-home dietary services.

Inspired to help his patients without depriving them of their favorite foods, Dave wrote the acclaimed book “101 Foods That Could Save Your Life”, which is now out in eighteen different languages (to date). His second book “101 Optimal Life Foods”, with a foreword written by Montel Williams, debuted in January of 2010. Dave is also a freelance writer and serves as an advisor to Fitness magazine and Sear’s FitStudio and blogs each week featured in the Real Nutrition community for WebMD.

BLOGGING CARNIVAL: This week’s blogging carnival is sponsored by Mamavation.

One blogging carnival participant will receive $50 VISA gift card. To be eligible answer the following blogging carnival question in your weekly Mamavation blog post and link back to Mamavation site.

What food do you think  is good for your heart?

Also be sure to declare you disclosure with
“This post is sponsored by Mamavation – a community dedicated to obesity prevention & weight loss for women and I’m writing this to be entered into a giveaway”
at the bottom of your post.

SISTAHOOD: If you are interested in pledging to the Mamavation Sistahood, Monday is the time to do it. Please go here for instructions. Invitations are done on Wednesdays over twitter. (Or later if I get swamped)

GIVEAWAYS (You must attend Mamavation TV show to win):

  1. $50 VISA Gift Card (1 winner)

To Enter (leave a comment for entry):

  1. Hit the Linky
  2. Tweet out this message “Giveaways LIVE on #Mamavation TV. This week sponsored by @mamavation. Join us! http://bit.ly/wEbGL0” (Unlimited Entries for tweets)

Extra Entries (leave a comment for EVERY entry):

  1. Download the Alexa tool bar, http://www.alexa.com/toolbar (this will help your Alexa rating go up and will help Mamavation too!) (1 entry)
  2. Comment on a Mamavation Monday post. (2 entries for each blog you visit)
  3. Tell a Sista this week WHY she is special on twitter using the #mamavation hashtag (1 entry)
  4. Subscribe to the RSS feed of this blog (1 entry)
  5. Follow @InspiredRD on Twitter (1 entry)
  6. Like David Grotto on Facebook  (1 entry)
  7. Follow @DdavidGrotto on Twitter (1 entry)
  8. Give @Bookieboo Klout points, +Klout in Fitness, nutrition, health, social media, or parenting. (1 entry each)

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Leah Segedie is the Founder of Mamavation and Bookieboo, a blogger network. After losing over 100 lbs, she started a career mentoring women in health and since then has assisted in over 3,500 lbs lost via the Mamavation community. Leah and her work has been mentioned in Ladies Home Journal, Reader's Digest, Fitness, Women's Day, CNN, ABC, CBS, the O'Reilly Factor, AOL, Entrepreneur, and Yahoo to name a few. She works from home in her fuzzy slippers.
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