This email arrived in my in-box the other day and started me thinking.
I oft say in pseudo-jest to Ren Man if mama aint happy aint nobody happy.
The logical extension of that adage didnt occur to me until I read the email below.
Logical at least up in herre where we definitely do follow the if mama aint HEALTHY aint nobody HEALTHY.
The idea of a Sistahood or Mamavation may not be your (fingerquote) thing (unFQ) but there’s no denying the validity of Leah’s assertion that moms are the catalyst and cornerstones of many family units.
On this Father’s Day my gift to Ren Man (among a stack of other treats. What can I say? Dude married well.) is my continued commitment to keeping our family unit healthy.
July will mark the one year anniversary of the Mamavation campaign. Over the course of the year, Mamavation Moms have lost over 111 lbs. They were given community love & support, expert advice and shiny fitness equipment. They learned how to live an active healthy lifestyle and then they were tasked with sharing that with their friends and family—an honorable task, but not an easy one.
Since then, a sorority has sprung up around the Mamavation campaign, The Sistahood, and it is comprised of over 100 moms of all shapes and sizes supporting one another in a real community and helping each other reach their healthy goals.
We are a group of women who are learning healthy living imperfectly and sharing our discoveries with each other in a humble supportive fashion.
The Mamavation campaign doesn’t stand for just getting skinnier, it stands for families.
We are a movement—moms who want a better life for their family and are comfortable using social media to reach those goals. We want to effect real lasting change within ourselves and within our immediate reach. And we recognize that moms are the only ones in the family unit who have the power to create change. We control the pocketbook and calendar. And as mother lions, we have the ability and passion to create a life for our children that was better than the one we were dealt. We are the catalysts and the cornerstone. We are moms.
This Monday, June 21st, will mark the first day that applications are accepted for Mamavation campaign #5. Any mom in social media with an active blog and twitter account is encouraged to apply, but this campaign is NOT for the faint of heart. @Bookieboo will demand ultimate submission to the process, the community, and the lifestyle. Yes, there is incredible fitness swag, but that is only a bonus to someone who truly wants to change their life and the life of their family.
In order to become a Mamavation Mom, the applicant must be considered “overweight” or higher on the BMI scale. She must have a family and be willing to share her lifestyle with them. The ultimate goal of the program is to spare herself and the family from the symptoms of obesity and give everyone a healthy new lifestyle.
If you know someone who could use a Mamavation, send them here, http://www.mamavation.com/2009/06/about.html. They can either apply to the Mamavation campaign to become an official Mamavation Mom OR they can pledge to the Sistahood.