Mamavation Monday: Feeling Stronger…

I grew up going to a lake in west-central Pennsylvania every other weekend and usually for a week at the end of the summer.  While I spent a lot of time just sort of floating around on my parents’ boat, I also enjoyed tubing, jet skiing and water skiing.  By the time I was a teenager, water skiing became something I just did once a year to prove that I could because it had honestly lost its luster.  My vision is horrible, and without my hard contacts that I had to take out before getting in the water to ski, the people on the boat looked like blurs of color.  Imagine flying behind a boat holding onto a rope and unable to see anything in that boat be it the people in charge of your safety or even the other boats coming toward you.  So needless to say, I hung up my skis except for that one run a year.

The prove-I-can-do-this run disappeared when I began having kids and suffered with hyperemesis gravidarum.  Even after I had both kids and the sickness went away, my body felt weak compared to what it once was.  I wasn’t sure that I would ever build back that muscle tone, and the weight that I put on top of my already damaged body certainly didn’t help.  This summer I feel stronger than I have in many, many years thanks to Mamavation. I decided to try to ski again (back in 1999 I switched to disposable contacts so I could see this time!) for the first time since having kids.  I managed to pop right up and while I’m told it didn’t look very graceful, I even went out over the wake without falling.  I can work on style next year.  Thank you, Mamavation!


  1. 1

    Good for you! I too have given up my once a year waterski attempt but unlike you , I don’t miss it! Lol….

  2. 2

    Good for you Amy! Great that you are feeling stronger and what a way to prove to yourself that you are!
    Living the Balanced Life recently posted..Why don’t you just do what you are supposed to?

  3. 3

    That is fantastic, good job!
    Krista Swan, Mostly Mommyhood recently posted..Pickles in progress

  4. 4

    Look at you go! Congrats. 🙂
    Laura recently posted..#Mamavation Mondays

  5. 5

    Way to go, I remember how much fun it was to ski. I am glad you got back to doing something you enjoyed and who cares if it was pretty. LOL
    Mary Worley @msmary1962 recently posted..Mamavation Monday

  6. 6

    Woohoo for picking back up on an activity you love, especially one that takes some muscle & talent.
    You go girl!
    Megan @mnmspecial recently posted..I Own a Purple Blanket (wink)

  7. 7

    Wow, good for you!
    Katrina – @craftsbykatie recently posted..Messy House, Messy Mind

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    JoeyfromSC says:

    Wooohoo! that’s awesome! I have never ever done that in my life ha..but want to!

  9. 9

    Love this post&picture!

  10. 10

    Way to go, Amy! *high-five*

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