Guest-Blogger: Mama Laughlin Shares Her Weight-Loss Journey
We are proud to feature an amazing guest-blogger today! She is one hot mama and has a great story about her journey to be fit and fabulous. Take it away, Mama Laughlin…
Hi! I’m Mama Laughlin and I am just a regular full-time working mom of two wonderful boys on a quest to be hot. Upon finding out my husband and I were expecting in 2008 I was tipping the scales at 185 lbs. On my 5’6 frame that was far from “healthy.” But, I went with it, gained 35 lbs. during my pregnancy and then at six weeks postpartum I was 200 lbs. and miserable. None of my pre-pregnancy size 14′s fit, so I poured myself into my maternity clothes.
I’d decided I’d had enough. I wasn’t going to be a mom who had “let herself go”. So I started counting my calories and in three months I lost 15 lbs. just by watching what I ate. Then, I got brave and bought myself a treadmill and decided I was going to run a 5K. I’d never run in my life. I researched 5K training plans and signed up for a race in nine weeks.
In those nine weeks I got on that treadmill five days a week. It was hard. With every step I could feel everything jiggle, and it nearly reduced me to tears several times. But I kept at it. Because I knew it was the very thing that was going to fix it. And when I ran that 5K nine weeks later, I was proud. I kept going and ended up losing over 60 lbs. by watching what I ate and moving my body.
Then in February of 2011 I got pregnant with baby #2. That pregnancy was COMPLETELY different than my first. I continued to run throughout my pregnancy and be mindful of what I ate. I gained 30 lbs. with baby number 2 and am currently working toward my ultimate goal weight of 125 lbs.
Today, seven months postpartum, I weigh 137 lbs. I’ve lost over 30 lbs. this time and I’ve worked my butt off to get there. I ran my first-ever half marathon at five months postpartum and it was one of the proudest moments I’ve ever had in my life.
Through my pregnancies and weight-loss journey I found a passion for running. A passion I want to sometimes punch in the face, but a passion nonetheless.
I often get asked how I find the time to get in my workouts with a full time job and 2 young kids. There is a saying that I love: “If it’s important you’ll find a way, if not you’ll find an excuse.” Isn’t that so true? Even if it means getting up at 4am to get in a run—you do what you have to do.
It’s not fair, and it’s not going to be easy, but I am here to tell you, it is WORTH IT. It is worth every run, every drop of sweat, every sore muscle when you can slip on those skinny jeans and they finally fit!
When I was losing weight the first time I was in a size 16 and I bought a pair of “goal jeans” that I hung above my treadmill that I saw every day for motivation. They were a size 8. And it took me about 10 months to get into them, but it was one of the best feelings ever when I slipped into them and they buttoned right up. Now, those “goal jeans” are in a pile in my closet of my “too big clothes”.
So I’m here to tell you, being a mom doesn’t mean you can’t have a rockin’ body. I look better NOW than I ever did BEFORE I had kids. All it takes is a lot of hard work and dedication.
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