I spend a lot of time on the fitness challenges that I run for moms on Tampa Bay Moms Group. With each one, I spend more time since they are getting bigger and bigger. A lot of time…..like a lot, a lot.
I don’t get paid to work for the website. It’s been a labor of love ever since my friend, Steffany, and I started it four years ago. I don’t get paid to run the fitness challenges. I’ve spent some of my own money to mail prizes and this last time I bought ten journals for the first moms who signed up.
There are many times that I don’t get a workout in for myself because I spend so much time making sure everyone else is making good food choices, getting their workouts in, helping them with their struggles and keeping them involved.
I didn’t say all that to toot my own horn. Just the opposite. The women who have joined my challenges and especially the ones who are involved in Relentless right now have been phenomenal. Yes some of them quit. Yes some of them have really bad days and weeks. Yes some of them get crabby when they want cake. But many of them keep coming back for more. They don’t care about the prizes they win (although I know they enjoy them). They care about themselves. They want to make themselves healthier. They want to live longer for their children, to be positive role models. Some of them have even gotten their husbands to make better choices as well.
This afternoon I sat down and made a list of the accomplishments and changes that the moms have made during the last two weeks. I posted them on TBMG then shared the link in our Relentless Facebook group. Normally I ask them to please comment but I was so glad to get the post done that I forgot. I was so surprised when I checked back on the website later and saw that there were three comments. Reading them I got goosebumps and tears in my eyes. Comments like they left, hearing them tell me they are working out with their kids, knowing husbands are joining, seeing them brush off a bad day and beam when they have a good one, make every second I spend on the challenges worth it. I love these women. They cheer each other on, check on each other, share and encourage. It’s extremely humbling knowing I created that. I don’t look for pats on the back or recognition for the challenges…although one of those massages would be nice! It’s enough for me to see happy, healthy mommies.
I can’t wait to see how much they grow in the future!!