What Is Your Motivation? (Emotional Video)

kfo033Today’s post will hit some emotional nerves with many of you.  On this blog I know I focus a lot on weight loss and looking great in a bikini (because this is what many of you ask and care about).  But I also try to balance that perspective out with the deeper more personal reasons why I believe it is so important to take care of yourself.

This video does a great job at showing you why I have such passion and satisfaction in what I do.  This is the reason why I get up at 4:45 AM everyday to continue to fulfill my calling.  Sure it is great to get a picture and letter from a mom I have worked with, on vacation wearing her bikini for the first time in 10 years, but to only focus on the surface level is only a small part of a much larger and more important picture!

I selected Trish and Maleah for this story, they are no different than any other client I meet, everyone has a story and a journey, you are about to hear theirs.  I want to thank both of them for putting themselves out there in front of the camera, sharing their stories, especially right after having done a very tough workout!  Your story will be shared with thousands and your message will help the lives of so many!


This is part 2 of a 5 part series that Kim Sveum is doing on healthy moms… Click here for part 1.

Kim also has a blog set up that she is posting on frequently about what she has been doing specifically for eating and exercise, and goes into detail about the way she feels, her challenges, and success.  I encourage you to go visit her blog and leave her a message or question.

If this video has gotten you moved and inspired, let me know guide you to the next step which is action!  If you are in the Madison area I have two great programs, Fit Fun Bootcamps and MamaTone.  Both do a great job at providing you motivation and accountability to achieve any goal you have set out for you!

dvd_webgraphicI also have Fit Moms For Life DVDs if you prefer to have me at your house to workout to.  All you need is a stability ball and a couple sets of dumbbells. I am giving away the first DVD and CD away for free (just pay shipping), in order for you to try it out.  Visit http://www.fitmomsforlife.com for all the details

Now it is your turn!  What is your motivation?


  1. I was able to catch this piece last night on the news and it was very touching. Trish, I met at the Outdoor Bootcamp Kickoff back in May at Elver Park and you are looking great. Keep up the tremendous work and thanks for sharing your story.

    Maleah, I completely understand your desire to never hear your son say “Mom you are fat”. Right now my two year old son loves giving me zerbits on my very untone belly. It is cute and hilarious do not get me wrong but I hate my belly and need to get that and every other inch of me in better shape. Good for you going to MamaTone – it is such a great class and I miss it. Keep it up and your son will never utter those words. Thanks to you as well for sharing your story.

    All my best to you both.

  2. Dawn,
    Thanks for taking the time to comment. It means a lot.

  3. Louise Brown says


    I completely understand you motivation is your son. When my son was one, he is now 11, I started my last diet. I looked into the mirror and I told myself that I that I could not be a “fat mom”. I needed to run around with him and have energy and in the process be a healthy role model. I lost 40/50 lbs. It took me probably just under 12 mos but it was the best thing I ever did. I have learned so much more in the years that have followed. I had another child. Found out that I had hypothyroidism and I found Dustin’s website and his DVDs. I believe we can do anything we set our mind to! Keep up the hard work. (Yes, I have kept the weight off and more than the outside, the inside feels great!)

  4. Thank you both for sharing your personal stories with us. Very moving!

  5. Hi, this is Kim..
    I want to say thanks to both ladies as well. I really enjoyed interviewing them! We have had a lot of great feedback on this story. I believe you are helping people more than you realize. Thanks again, and I look forward to seeing you at more classes!

  6. Trish and Maleah you are both rockstars! My motivation is similar to Maleah’s. My daughter was teased by a few of her classmates after I volunteered in her classroom because I had a big bottom that hung over the sides of the chair. I had been eating healthier and walking around the neighborhood at 5am (so no one would see me), but it wasn’t enough. This gave me the hard kick in the pants that started me searching for a way to get in shape and stay that way. I’m so happy that I found Dustin’s MamaTone class last December and the Bootcamp this summer, my self-image has transformed. Now, 43 pounds lighter and down from a size 22 to a very loose size 18, I walk into the classroom, and face life, with confidence.

    • Nancy,

      I haven’t seen you for a few months since you are going to Abby’s bootcamp! Wow now down 43 lbs! That is so awesome keep up the great work and I will definitely feature you on the blog and bring you on TV!


  7. Trish-

    What brings you to the Wild Westside? You will love the TRX straps, and yes, this is me saying this, you will LOVE the treadmill intervals, they have become my favorite, as hard as that is to believe. Mamatone or bootcamp-doesn’t matter,keep coming West-you will enjoy the variety.


  8. Both of your stories are very inspirational. Kim is right; because you both had the courage to tell your stories on TV you are helping many, many people. I too have a sister that is battling breast cancer so I can relate to Trish’s story. Great job Trish, Maleah & Kim!

  9. Alright, I’ll share my story and motivation. My abs were always my favorite body part, you know the part of your body you think looks the best and want to showing off. My first pregnancy was unplanned and I had a really hard time with watching my abs stretch and people telling me they’ll never look the same. After my first son was born I lost all but 5 pounds of the weight right away. Then gained it all back, minus the baby in the belly. When my son was about 5 months old, I was diagnosed with sever Postpartum Depression and Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). I gave up the idea of getting my prebaby body back, this was the new me. Two and a half years later my second son was born. I felt great, and again lost all but 5 pounds then gained it back. When I realized that I was going to have to shop in the woman’s section if I gained any more weight is when I realized how much heavier I really was. This was just not me. It was time to reclaim my identity.
    I feel so fortunate that I stumbled upon Dustin’s classes. I’ve lost two sizes so far and am starting to feel like me again for the first time in 5 years. My husband has really noticed the difference in my attitude and body as well. I think the exercise will really help the SAD symptoms this winter. Now I’m determined to get those prebaby abs back and teach my sons to live a healthy happy life.

  10. Amazing stories ladies! Thank you so much for sharing!

    With 3 sick kids at home at various times the past 2 weeks, taking care of myself has fallen by the wayside. These stories helped me remember I need to take care of myself for my kiddos and family.

    Maleah – you look great! I haven’t been able to make it to Dustin’s classes since July b/c of a knee injury – but I remember really identifying with you as a mom who wanted to lose weight for her kids – like me! Plus – I loved your tea! You definitely look way more defined and toned. Congrats! I hope to see you at some Mamatones next month!

    Trish – all the best to you and your sister. I bet she’s proud of you!

    Kim – thank you for highlighting yourself and this topic. More important than so many other stories that hit our media.

    Dustin – congrats on all your success! Just amazing. Thank you for all you do! Without you and your passion, none of these stories would be out there helping others!

  11. The love is flowing! Great comments. Working out is half the battle and we can thank Dustin for creating a space for us and understanding these intense emotions associated with food is the other half. We can continue to talk and move past some of the obstacles together.

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