Monday, July 20, 2009


It's been an amazing ride so far, participating in so many online networks that have led me to some pretty fabulous people. I'm heading to BlogHer this week to meet many of these individuals in real life for the first time, but before I get there, I wanted to stop and talk about one woman who truly has inspired me.

Ali (@PickleSugarPlum) of The Rehan Family, is hoping to be voted in as the first Mamavation Mom and I'm encouraging you all to vote for her as well.

Now, you may know one of the other moms in the running for this and I know they're all equally worthy and as inspiring, but since I know Ali, I wanted to show my support by sharing with her how she's already motivated me, with or without the official title.

I met Ali at the Mom's Nite Out event here in San Diego back in May and have since seen her at Tweetups. I met her husband, learned about her desire to start her own business and have laughed with her over dinner. Nothing about our conversations ever led me to believe that she was uncomfortable with her weight or that it had started to affect her self-esteem.

Many of us use humor to cover up our insecurities. I'm guilty of this, for sure. Growing up, I never had an issue with my weight. I had a healthy pregnancy and was able to lose the weight afterward, but it's been only recently (after my divorce) that I started putting on a few pounds here and there. I've gotten used to asking for larger sizes in the dressing room but that doesn't mean that I'm comfortable with my weight. I make jokes about it and even though I'm constantly swearing at the bathroom scale, no one around me would ever know that my weight was an issue.

I don't want to go into the whole body image thing and how media continues to remind us (and young viewers absorbing it all) that we could all stand to lose a few pounds or change the color of our hair or get those teeth whitened. It's all around us. Every day, the "need" to improve ourselves, physically.

Ali is very brave and I extend to her the biggest congratulations on putting herself out there. You'll see what I mean when you watch her VLOG entry. Voting for the first Mamavation Mom ends soon so head on over and cast your vote. The winner will be announced on July 31st.

Mamavation is a social experiment and weight loss campaign on twitter, created by Bookieboo, an online support group for moms trying to lose weight.


Breezy said...

Just heard you on the Mikey Show. I am a new mommy-to-be looking foward to your great messages and wonderful resources!

HIP_M0M said...

Hey there!

Thanks so much for checking out the blog. I look forward to following along on your journey as well!

Grandma Sylvie said...

I am impressed and will be voting for Ali. Keep up the good work. :)

Proud mommy of Two said...

As a close friend of Ali's I too will be voting for her!

Ali, Ryan and Rayna said...

Just wanted to say Thank you, Sondra, and everyone who was supportive of my campaign for Mamavation. I did not make it into the final 4, but that is not going to stop me from being Mamavated...I am brainstorming, and hoping for the chance to turn this into a HUGE POSITIVE for myself and others!

Thanks again! Please feel free to follow along, as I begin my journey WITHOUT the title! :)