Navigating through life away from the library.
Navigating through life away from the library.

Mamavation Monday on Sunday

Mamavation.comHi, ladies!  Some of you know me and some of you don’t, so let me introduce myself to you and tell you why I’m re~pledging to Mamavation.

My name is Daenel, pronounced Daynell, and I’m a married mother of 5 (ages 24 years, 17 years, 15 years, 15 years and 14 years).  I work evenings at Keystone College as a Reference and Technical Services Librarian (if you’d like to know more about my job, follow my Library Day in the Life posts for this week).  Because of my work schedule, eating properly has become increasingly hard for me and, as a result, I’ve put on about 13 lbs since I left Mamavation about 6 months ago.

Today I realized something needed to be done when I was trying to get dressed for work and everything felt as if it were cutting off my circulation.  Even my baby doll type shirts were snug and don’t get me started on my jeans which are currently leaving their angry impressions around my waist.  I know what to do as far as my weight and leading a healthy lifestyle, I just need the accountability ~ the group encouraging me to keep going when I want to stop.  I also want to be a source of encouragement to others.  Last but not least, I miss the sistahood, the support and the friendships…

So here are the details for this week:

Healthy Commitments:

  • Drink plenty of water
  • Eat “real” meals
  • Set up an exercise plan


  • Eating “real” meals ~ I’ll have to find a workaround for my dinners. Because of my work schedule, I can’t eat dinner until after 10 PM.
  • Making sure I get a decent amount of sleep ~ I sleep from about 1:00 AM til 6:00 AM and then I’m up the rest of the day.
  • Reducing sugar ~ I drink a lot of coffee to keep me going through the day, so eliminating sugar will be impossible but I can try to reduce it.

My stats:

  • Starting Weight:  163.2 lbs
  • Goal Weight:  145 lbs

Mamavation is a weight loss support group that uses social media to help women and especially mothers to lead a healthy lifestyle.  You can learn more about Mamavation by visiting the website, following on Twitter or liking on Facebook.

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