Join Us for the Next Body After Baby Challenge!

I’m really excited to announce this next challenge! Are you ready to get your body back? Feel and look better? Lose weight? Be healthier?

Then welcome, my friends. Welcome to the Body After Baby Challenge!

If you’re new to my blog, let me take a second  to introduce you to the Body After Baby Challenge. It all started in April when I wrote this post. Being in a community (the blog world) where we can meet and talk to other moms about losing weight and being healthier is so important and really, just a lot of fun! I really believe that Body After Baby isn’t just about losing our “baby” weight. While that is the motivation and reason behind this challenge, and the ultimate goal, I also think it’s important to learn how to be happy and confident in our new body since having babies, be healthy for ourselves and our family, and set a positive example.

You know those stretch marks? That saggy skin? The lopsided nursing boobs? The extra 30 pounds? I know. We are mother’s and of course our children are worth every mark and pound. But that doesn’t mean we have to nor should we sit around in sweat pants all day and feel sorry for ourselves. Lets get serious about getting our body after baby back!   It doesn’t matter if you’re 2 weeks post partum or 2 years. I don’t care if you have 5 pounds to lose or 50 to lose. You are all welcome here.

In July I started the Fit by Labor Day Challenge– an 8 week challenge that included before and after pictures. The before and after pictures were amazing! And you know what? I have no doubt in my mind this next challenge is going to produce even better results! It will rock our panties off! (Socks usually, but not this case.)

I’m so excited to start another 8 week challenge with you all.  Many details of this challenge will unfold as the weeks do, but I want to give you a general idea of how things will work so you can decide if you’d like to join us!


The dates of the next Body After Baby Challenge will be September 27th- November 22nd. 8 weeks. I have it ending just before Thanksgiving so we can enjoy the holiday with family, friends and food guilt free. And honestly. Because really, we all know being on a diet during Thanksgiving is absurd and basically just not possible. And not realistic. And just stupid. 

How will it work?

On or before the start of the challenge you will take your before picture and weigh yourself to get your starting weight.  You will keep your before picture- do not send it to me.

Every Tuesday I will post that weeks Body After Baby post. It will include a mini challenge/goal/task for the week as well as that weeks giveaway. By participating in the mini challenges, you will receive points. Example: How many push ups can do you this week? 1 push up = 1 point. You’ll be in charge of keeping track of all your points and then submitting them to me at the end.  By writing about Body After Baby that week and leaving your link in Mr Linky, you will automatically be entered to win that weeks giveaway. They are fun little giveaways. (Because I love ya’ll!)

I’ll explain some mr linky rules later and provide you with a super fun button as well.

At the end of the 8 weeks, you will take your after picture and figure your ending weight. You will then email me your before and after picture side by side.  This means your before/after picture must be attached, like they are shown on this post. You will also send me your total number of points that you received.

Then…. I will put all before/after pictures on my blog. Because it is the week of Thanksgiving, we will take a short break, then allow people to vote for their favorite contestant!

How will the winner be chosen?

Based on nominations and total points received, we will have a voting process. Basically people will be nominated (by blog readers) by whoever they think looks the best, has the most changed appearance or the most dramatic transformation and picked depending on who has the most points. Then out of those people, we will have 5-10 people that can be voted for to win the grand prize. The winner will be chosen by you. Your friends, family, blog readers…

More details on the voting process as it gets closer.

What does the winner get?

The grand prize winner of this Body After Baby Challenge will receive:
* A $50 gift certificate to Mama Momo a cloth diaper store with fun accessories for mom and baby and your choice of a prize package from Mama Momo worth a $70 value!! (More details later…)
* A $25 gift certificate to to your choice of store: Nordstrom, Kohls, REI, Macy’s, Target or Old Navy.

There may also be a 2nd runner up. *possibly*

And who knows! Maybe I’ll be able to add more prizes!  Like I’ll win the big ones and buy you all a new wardrobe!  And Ellen will pick us up in a fancy limousine! And we’ll shake our tail feathers at the New Years Eve ball! And! And!

I want to join! How do I sign up?
To sign up for this challenge, just let me know by leaving a comment in this post! Because I’m not taking your before pictures until after the challenge is over, I need to know who’s in! By writing about the challenge each week and leaving your link in Mr Linky each week, (Mr. Linky details here.)  I’ll also know you’re participating!
*** You don’t have to have a blog to join, although it will be more fun if you do!

I will close the comments on this post on Sunday September 27th so make sure you leave a comment and join before then!

You can also join the Body After Baby ning site that I created!  Of course as soon as I posted this the website isn’t working. Check back-hopefully they fix it soon!! By joining this ning site you’ll get your first 5 points! Feel free to start your own discussion or join in on others! I think it will be a really fun way to get to know one another!

I can’t wait to start this new challenge with you! Let’s ROCK IT!

Published by Samantha Mellen

Certified personal trainer & health coach helping women transform their lives through fitness, abundant mindset coaching and internal peace. Mom of two boys, living life in Alaska.

89 thoughts on “Join Us for the Next Body After Baby Challenge!

  1. I'm going to give it a shot! I'm 6 weeks Postpartum today, and I've already lost 20 pounds at birth and 10 since his birth. So I need to be shoved in the right direction.

  2. I really want to do this. But I was wondering if you could explain better how the points thing works? You said we'd keep track of our own points until the end. Points for what? Or maybe you said that but I missed it. I'll read the post again too.
    But I'm in.

  3. Right. I re-read the post. I understand the points thing now. The first time I read through it my daughter was sitting on my lap. Trying to read and keep an 8month old from grabbing everything in sight it a task.

  4. Count me in, this is just what I need!! I have 29 pounds that I desperately need to lose and I have been so depressed about it lately! When my now three year old was only 5 months old, I found out I was pregnant again and I still had 10 more pounds to lose. I am still hanging on to those 10 pounds plus 10 more from my second pregnancy..yikes!! This is the most I have ever weighed in my life and I am just miserable.

    I really want to stick to this so I can feel better about myself. Great idea, thanks so much for starting this up!


  5. Samantha,
    I found your blog through Natalie B. I am not a mom yet, so I don't have a “body after baby” that I need to work on, but I know I want to have kids in a few years and I would like to get my body baby ready. Can I still join your challenge?

  6. Sounds like a good idea. I've been doing an 8 week weight loss program and have been pretty successful so far.

    I'd definitely like to have something to keep me motivated! Sign me up!

  7. I just found your blog today. My son will be 3 months old on the 27th, and I've been wanting to lose the baby weight by the holidays. Maybe this is the key…I'm in…

  8. I'm doing a “Biggest Loser” challenge with some people on my blog, but since I'm providing the prizes I havent been too motivated with it…maybe this is what I need.

    I'm in!

  9. I will join the challenge as well, although here in Canada Thanksgiving comes in October, so I might have to take a little break for some pumpkin pie;)
    -Mary K.

  10. Okay. I'm in! I debated, and debated, and debated… and I'm totally afraid to join (and especially afraid of posting pictures, and of not succeeding and being embarrassed!), but I'll do it.

    Now excuse me whilst I have a mini freak out over here, okay? 🙂

  11. Oh, I am so in on this!

    My baby was born July 21st and when I had my 6 week check up I still weighted what I did when I left the hospital…and I am nursing. Boy did I feel ripped off lol!

    I got 20-25 pounds to lose & I am getting ready to rejoin the Y. Watch out girlies, I am gonna win this 🙂 Bring it on!

  12. I'm in! I wanted to do this the last time you had it but I just read up on it instead. I'm excited I have the chance to participate now. Yay! Let's get it on, lol ( I can't believe I just said that… lol)

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