Oh boy has it been an interesting  five weeks. I feel like I’ve been climbing an imaginary hill – it’s a big hill – and I’m almost to the top. We’ve got two weeks left as Mamavation Moms but I don’t intend to stop there. With all of the challenges I’ve had to face I feel like I am just finally making some progress. This time of year is always when I gain a lot of weight, but I’ve got a plan in place, I’ve got the tools I need, and I’ve also got a great support system to help me through it.


I hope everyone else had a productive week and a wonderful Thanksgiving break!

Starting Weight: 212.4
Difference from Last Week: -1.6
Total Weight Lost: 3.2
Percentage of Body Weight Lost to Date: 1.51%


Much like Angela talked about a hill, I feel like a fell into a big swamp of quicksand. The pregnancy fatigue for the first trimester cut down on my productivity for the day since I was up around 8 am and to bed by 8 pm. I felt like any action I took just pulled me down farther into a pit of  fatigue. I know it is only temporary, but over the course of the past few weeks I have struggled with self doubt and frustration. It can hit the best of us for various reasons and the hardest part is to remember that  forward motion sometimes means accepting the things we can’t change and making the most of what we can. None of us can tackle the world, but we can chip away at big obstacles with persistence and tenacity.

So as I huff and puff and fall asleep mid-day, I can surround myself with positive affirmations and visualize myself being a strong and active pregnant mom. I can also meal plan and prepare for healthy calories and nutrition to nourish my body. I don’t have to give up control of that.

The holidays were quieter than I had expected. The whole house was sick so we opted to stay home and not share germs with Great Grandparents. That ended up being a huge weight off my shoulder. My stress level was down and I could truly be thankful for my family. This was a great chance to really watch what I ate and enjoy the food I prepared, last minute, with my husband. We also played some Xbox Kinect dance games and just enjoyed ourselves.

Overall, the week was better than I expected. I will be happy when the coughing is gone and runny noses are a distant memory. This coming week includes a long overdue ultrasound and baby update – which I am looking forward to! As my energy slowly comes back I have big plans to expand my daily prenatal workout with longer workouts and more Billy Blanks fun.

As for my scale pic, it was a big jump… but after the losses I wasn’t too surprised. I hope to see the fluctuations even out a bit more soon. 

Starting Weight: 208.6 lbs.
Difference from Last Week: +5 lbs.
Total Weight Lost: 9.6 lbs.
Percentage of Body Weight Lost to Date: 4.6% (I am counting lost, not added ;))

Thank you to the sponsors for making this all possible! Big thank you to New BalanceBilly Blanks,  Omron Fitness and Inspired RD for support and equipment to help us achieve our fitness goals. Also a thank you to the whole Mamavation community and our fellow graduates.



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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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