Have you heard of Bookie Boo? Have you heard of Mamavation? Bookie Boo is a fitness hangout for moms and Mamavation is the sister site to Bookie Boo that is dedicated to motivating moms, both are operated by Leah Segedie (@bookieboo on Twitter). I’ve known of Leah’s site Bookie Boo for at least a year and I must admit I’ve had my doubts about how a web site, even a “community” site, could ever help someone lose weight. The internet addict in me just figured that it would encourage me to spend even more time online, and get even fatter.
I was vastly wrong and I really underestimated how encouraging and supportive the Mamavation and Bookie Boo communities are. From my understanding, Leah started Bookie Boo to give moms a community to support each other in losing weight. Sometime over the past year she started a movement, if you will, called Mamavation. It started as a contest for one mom to be the Mamavation Mom and the Bookie Boo community would support and encourage her to lose weight. The idea is that watching someone else do it would encourage other moms that they could do it too.
Fast forward to the present – there are now a group of mom’s who follow along – Mamavation Sistas. They encourage each other to make healthy food choices and to be active through twitter tweets with the hashtag #Mamavation, their Bookie Boo profiles and at a weekly interactive video show called on Monday Nights at 10 est at MomTV, called Mamavation Mondays lead be Leah Segedie herself. I’ve been participating and following along for about a week – not that long in the grand scheme of things, but long enough to realize the power of participating. Tweeting what food choices I’ve made has made me so much more accountable for what I pop into my mouth and getting online encouragement has helped too. I’ve been making much better food choices due to the “peer pressure” and have been tyring to exercise more too. It’s nice to feel connected to others struggling with losing weight, being healthy and active too.
If you’re looking for help, I strongly recommend you join us (the more the merrier!):
- on Twitter (just start tweeting with the #Mamavation hashtag)
- on Bookie Boo – create a profile and join the forum conversations
- Monday nights at 10 pm est on MomTV