I’m an # iHeartOmron Fitness Challenge Ambassador! #mamavation

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iHeartOmron Fitness Challenge Ambassador #iHeartOmron #mamavation

I’m an # iHeartOmron Fitness Challenge Ambassador!

When I saw my name on the list to be one of the 25 # iHeartOmron Fitness Challenge Ambassadors, I had to read it again. It wasn’t something I applied for on a whim. It was an opportunity I applied for because I felt like it was put in my path. My journey is not just beginning. This is not the first time I’ve needed to make some major changes in my lifestyle.

Weight Loss - Before and After

My Weight Loss Journey

About 11 years ago, I spent a day in the hospital with my mom as she had stents put into her heart. It was a day of reckoning for both of us. Although the younger years of my childhood were spent attending triathlons with my parents and being active members of our local cycling group, my teenage years were spent in obesity.

But, at 22 years old as I sat with my mom as she recovered, I knew something had to change. Or our lives were both going to be cut drastically short. So we spent 2 years changing our lives. We changed the way we ate and we got back to living the healthy lifestyle we led when I was younger.

My mom lost over 50 pounds and I lost about 85 pounds. It was a lifestyle I maintained for 6 years. Even through my pregnancy with W, I was active and making good choices.

#iHeartOmron #mamavation Fitness Challenge Ambassador

I gained a healthy 32 pounds during my pregnancy and was at the gym regularly. I was actually at the gym the day before I gave birth to W. And once I was cleared by my midwife I was back out walking as soon as I got that okay. Six months later, I had lost 20 pounds even in the chaos of being a brand new parent. I only had 12 to go until I was back to my pre-baby weight.

Then disaster struck.

My younger sister unexpectedly passed away. It was abrupt and it was horrible. The day we found out now has the honor of being the worst day of my life. I never expected to attend the funeral of my little sister. At least not when she was in her early 20s. She had her whole life ahead of her.

In my grief, I turned to something that I was oh so familiar with. Emotional eating. It had gotten me into trouble as a teenager. But at the time I was just searching for something to fill that horrible gaping hole in my heart.

A year and a half later, I’ve gained back those 20 I had lost post-pregnancy plus about 10 more. But I have decided that it’s time to get it together. My sister wouldn’t want me going back to those old habits. Not when I have W to take care of. She adored him. She once told me that she didn’t like any babies, but she liked him.

The Challenge

So here is my new chance. It’s time to write a new chapter in this journey. It’s time to get back to that photo of me post weight loss. I know I can do it. With the support of my fellow #iHeartOmron ambassadors,  Mamavation, and Omron Fitness, I know I can do this thing!

Omron Fitness is providing ambassadors with a pedometer and a body composition scale (so excited about this one) to help us track our accomplishments during the 30 day challenge! At the end of the challenge they will also be providing a strapless heart rate monitor! We’ve been wanting a heart rate monitor around here so it will be a great addition!

The 30 day challenge kicks off next week, so be sure to visit and see how I’m doing! You can even join me! I’ll be checking in each Monday and would love to hear about your weight loss and active living successes and challenges!

Tell me about your weight loss or fitness goals for this year!

Formula Mom Disclosure: This post is sponsored Omron Fitness as a collaboration with Bookieboo Blogging Network and Mamavation – a community dedicated to weight loss for women and obesity prevention for families.  I was provided with product and compensation for my time and honest opinions. 


  1. says

    Congrats for getting picked as an ambassador.
    I actually cried when I filled out my application, knowing that I wouldn’t get chosen, but also knowing that I really need to make some serious changes in my life to get fit.

    I plan on following your progress and joining along to motivate you and to be motivated by you.
    Ronalee Duncan recently posted..Resolution Run – 5 by the 5th

    • Mariah says

      You have to stay positive Ronalee! That is another thing I am focusing on this year! Know that you can do anything and that great opportunities will come your way this year!

    • Mariah says

      Thank you for the thoughts about my sister. It has changed my life completely. But I know that she wouldn’t want me to halt my life because of what happened!

  2. says

    Mariah, I am so proud to read this story! You have overcome such amazing odds. I was truly heart broken to hear about your little sister. I couldn’t imagine losing a sister like that. Good for you for taking control of your weight again!
    Ashley S recently posted..Superbowl Crock pot Queso Dip

    • Mariah says

      It is definitely one of the biggest challenges of my life — overcoming the loss of my sister. But I want to be here for my little man for as long as I can, so a healthy weight is a must!

  3. says

    Wow, what an amazing accomplishment for both you and your mom. Family grief is definitely a hard trial to overcome. I was doing very well in my weight loss until we lost my 7 yr old neice, 20 year old nephew and my oldest sister to death all in the same year (3 seperate occassions). It was a bad year for me and I gained a lot of weight. Now I’m back on track too. And it is hard to break those old habits. I commend you on your motivation, focus and congrats on becoming an ambassador!
    Amber Edwards recently posted..Covergirl Blast Flipstick; 3 Lipstick color choices in One lipstick. #GotItFree

    • Mariah says

      Amber, so sorry for your loss. What a rough year that must have been. So glad to hear that you are back on track! Health is golden!

  4. says

    I’m so sorry for the loss of your sister :(. My weight loss goals are to hopefully lose about 50 pounds this year. I’d like to lose more, but I’m starting with a reachable goal. I’d like to start working out now, but living in a trailer, I’d fall through the floors lol! We’re going to be moving soon, and as soon as we do, I’m going to start renting some exercise videos and do them after I ship the kids off to school :)
    Melody recently posted..Mama Always Said There’d Be Days Like This

    • Mariah says

      Melody, you can do it! You can do 50 and more! Get outside and get moving whenever you can! That is how I started!

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