Sunday, April 11, 2010

Mamavation Monday: "Move It or Lose It" Challenge

Watch Lives Change
 I've decided to join in on Mamavation's
"Move It or Lose It" Challenge. Today is
the first day of the challenge and those 
who are entering are required to do the 
1. Create a Mamavation Monday post each week of the
campaign and update us on your weekly weight loss.
2. Include a picture in each post of your toes on the scale.
We need to be able to see how much you weigh in that
picture in order to verify your weight loss.
3. Measure yourself and post your measurements
on your first Mamavation Monday post with week
one of the campaign. Then measure at week 5 and
week 7. Include bust, waist, hips, thighs, & arms.
4. Take pictures of yourself, front and back. Post
them on your first post and then take additional
pictures to post on week 7.
5. Continue to support the Mamavation Sistahood
on twitter and engage with them daily
6. Link your weekly post up on
in the Mamavation Group, so others can encourage
Here are the updates for my 
first day..yes, scary. But an  
eye opener for me. 
 Don't mind my stubby toes..I had my 6 yo
take the picture so I wouldn't weigh more holding
the camera. Goal weight: 190 at least.

Measurements for Maopa L. aka MPuanani
Weight = 299 pounds
Right Arm = 18 1/2" in.
Left Arm = 17 1/2" in.
 Waist = 45 1/2" in.
Right Thigh = 30 1/2"in.
L Thigh = 30 1/2" in.
Bust = 49" in.
Hips = 55 1/2" in.'s my front view.This will change
soon enough! Lei took this while I wasn't look

My Story

Now that you've seen my pic. and measurements let
me tell you about my story. I've never been skinny &
the closest I've gotten to thin was size 12 after my 
second child, Tia. During my teen years I had reached
size 16 at 5 ft. 9" and wanted to be thin like my friends
but thought that I was just big boned and was meant to
be a thick girl. 

After my 2nd child I was always watching what I
was eating and made sure I stayed at my new size. 
I then found out I was pregnant with #3 (Lei) and 
gained 40 something pounds after her and tried 
to shed the weight. I was currently going through
a divorce after I got out of the hospital and went 
through depression that I tried hard to shake off. 
I stayed at size 18 for a couple of years, then 
got married for the second time and lost it again.
This time going down to 14 for a year. I was 
taking weight loss pills to lose it quickly, but then
it came back and then some. After my fourth 
child I ballooned to a size 20 and stayed there
for 5 years. This year is the heaviest I've ever
been, 300 lbs and size 22 jeans. 

I need help and positive motivation to help me
on my journey to weight loss. I don't receive 
that from my husband at home and feel that 
with the help of the Mamavation moms, I won't
feel alone in my journey. I want to prove to him
that I'm not a fat lump sitting at home doing 
nothing. I take care of our children, clean the 
home, cook his meals, wash his clothes, take 
out the garbage,etc.

I'm pledging to become a part of the Mamavation
Sistahood and hope that I'm doing things 
right so that I may be a Mamavation Sister.

I've created goals to accomplish along the
way, as well as following in Pete Cohen's 28
day program through Mamavation. 

 1. Drink Plenty of H2o daily. I've started 
drinking up to a gallon a day and notice 
that my energy has gone up and my tummy
is starting to go down a tiny bit. 

2. Make sure that the kitchen is well stocked
with fruits and vegetables. Our favorites are 
oranges and bananas. 
Tip: I just learned that a bit of banana can 
help you get rid of bloating!

3. Go back to sleeping early, so when I put
the kids to bed..go to sleep too. Which has 
resulted in my waking up early to get the 
kids to the bus stop on time and more things
getting done earlier during the day. 

4. No more eating after 6pm. This is working
for me. I'll admit it's really hard to keep to 
it in the beginning. But I'm getting used to it
and starting to see the results. Like no more
chest burns in the middle of the night, becau
se I'm up blogging until 3 or 4 in the morning 
and still munching on cookies or sweets. 
That's done away with and I'm feeling really
great so far. 

If you'd like to join in, Visit Mamavation through 
Bookie Boo to learn more. I'm putting up a 
Mamavation page soon to keep track of all 
my activites and weight loss journal. I'll let 
you know once it's up!! Thanks for reading 
and I look forward to meeting you through 


Buckeroomama said...

Good luck with this! I need to get on some kinda of regular regimen, too. :)

Puanani503 said...

Thanks! I took alot of self talk to post up this one..But, I have to start somewhere..

Melinda said...

You can do this! I determined to lose weight a year and a half ago - and I did! I still have about 10 stubborn pounds to go - but it is so worth it! You go girl! :)

Puanani503 said...

Thanks, Melinda!! I'm pretty excited to join this and threw out all the junk food in the kitchen last night.Yes, we had some angry people here when that

Renée aka Mekhismom said...

Good luck in the challenge, you exercise so I know you will do well!

Puanani503 said...

Thanks, Renee!! I started having Zumba withdrawals when I wasn't able to go anymore with the girls and went crazy on the sugar..but I've just told myself no more excuses hence the reason for chucking out the

bookieboo said...

I'm soooo excited you are pledging to be part of the Sistahood. We would all LOVE to cheer you on in your weight loss journey. When I started off, I was also a size 22. It was hard. I could barely walk cause I have hip displacia and my hip bones would grind bone on bone at that weight. The only thing I could do to start was walk and just move. I kept saying to myself over and over again "Nothing easy is worth doing." That was kinda my mantra. My motivation came from my children cause I didn't want them to grow up overweight like me. Most of my life I was a size 14, and then ballooned from children. So we have VERY similar stories.

Today I'm a size 6. It took me years to do and a lot of heart. But I will say that the best piece of advice I can give you is do things slowly and don't overwhelm yourself with too many changes at once. You want to make it challenging, but manageable. Then as you go on, you can challenge yourself more and more as you are prepared for it. XXOO

Oh, and I'm so sorry, but the Move It & Lose It challenge is only open to the moms who applied to the Mamavation campaign but didn't make it. Earth Footwear didn't want any of those moms to be left behind. But don't worry, we will have another campaign. I'm not going anywhere anytime soon;)

Puanani503 said...

No worries!! I wasn't sure about that part, but I am sure about being a Mamavation Sista! Thanks so much for coming by Leah!! I'm honored to have you on here:)

Alicia aka MyBusyMind said...

Isn't it amazing when you put it out there to see, to look at. You will have my support during this journy! good luck, and reach out to me if you need anything.