tonight is the night….the lovely ladies I’ve been posting about find out if they’ve become a Mamavation Mom! Please consider joining us on twitter to support them during the party tonight, 5-7 pm! Just follow the #mamavation hashtag.
BEFORE the party, head on over to Mamavation and cast your vote for these lovely ladies! Just a few clicks, no registration necessary, and you’re good to go
Ladies and gents, last but CERTAINLY not least, I give you Tisha Marie!
I am tickled pink to have an opportunity to write a guest post for Bruises in the Frosting. The reason I was invited to write this post is because I am campaigning to be the next Mamavation Mom and to be blunt, I need votes and lots of them. So I am here to tell my story so that you might go place your votes to make my wish for being a Mamavation Mom can come true. I remember when I voted for Mia to be the Mamavation Mom of her campaign, which was the first campaign I got to watch from start to finish. She has been an incredible inspiration to me from Day 1. I am extremely grateful to have her support in this weight loss journey as my Mamavation Sistah.
First let me tell you what being a Mamavation Mom means to me. Mamavation is an online support group for moms trying to lead their family into a healthier lifestyle. I discovered the group, and pledged to join the Mamavation Sistahood 11 months ago. Everything about this group screamed through all the layers of fat I have piled on and straight into my heart. I am a 300 pound woman who has struggled with her weight forever, but here there were finally other people who actually get me! Over the last 11 months I have watched campaigns for Mamavation Mom, I have voted, but I have NEVER actually considered being one. I have had no desire to actually change, no desire to do before and after photos, no desire to workout daily or speak with a dietician, and the thought of doing the videos, hahaha. So how did I decide to run for this campaign, well…
You can read plenty about the dark place I have been living in over the past two years here, but I can sum it up by saying that my sister fought a battle with Leukemia that was often one-sided and not in her favor. My baby sister, Michelle, was 9 years younger than me and when she was diagnosed at 23 years old she had only just begun her life. It didn’t take me long after her passing to realize how hard she fought against all odds right up until the last second. In fact, the last time I saw her (aside from her deathbed) she was chasing me with silly string in the back yard. It was all too easy to forget that she was dying because she had so much life left to live. How can I throw away the life I have, a precious gift, and how can I destroy my healthy body after watching hers betray her???
She has been gone a month now, and I am determined to live my life fully enough for both of us. I carry her license next to mine in my wallet to remind myself of the responsibility that I have to honor her by living my life more fully. I have a tattoo for her on my foot so that I am reminded why I am stepping on the scale each time I look down to see the number. I have a long road ahead of me, and losing 150 pounds will be not fun and definitely not easy. I fully believe that my sister has her hand in my decision to begin this campaign, and I believe that she knows how much I need the support from my family and friends. Be you a cyber friend, a Mamavation Sistah, a total stranger, or a real life best bud you can help me by voting for me here. Mamavation will help make sure I have the tools to start this journey off right, and the support to see me all of the way through it. Please take a few seconds to help me live a long and healthy life so that I can be around long enough to hold Michelle’s grandbabies for her.
Tisha can usually be found writing here, but you can also find her at twitter as @TishaMarie, on Facebook at this facebook page, and that facebook page. She writes about all things wellness, and just celebrated her first blogiversary at Cultivating A Well Being.