It is time for another installment of “One Fit Mommy”! As I surf around the blogosphere, I come across fit moms (and dads too!) who inspire me to fitness.
From there, I hunt them down and force them to tell me their secrets, which I then share with you!
Today’s fit mommy is Lauren, who blogs over at Ultra Lauren. Please read on for more about Lauren and how she is definitely “One Fit Mommy”!
Q: Have you always been fit? What inspired you to live a fit lifestyle?
A: I’ve been overweight since I was about 8. I’ve lost weight but always gained it back, and then some. This cycle has repeated itself many times through my life. I’ve tried plenty of weight loss programs and fad diets and they all worked…for a while.
I was 23 or so when I hit my highest weight of 261 pounds. I remember seeing that number and being disgusted. It was a wake up call. So I started walking. And walking.
Later that year I started dating a boy who was training to run a marathon. I expressed interest and he told me I was too fat and out of shape to even consider running a marathon. From that point it was on. I started running little by little.
The LA marathon was my first and it took me almost 8 hours to complete. I was 241 pounds at the time. I was proud of my accomplishments but still felt I had so far to go. One day, while walking with my mom she suggested I try Lindora.
Less than a year after starting Lindora I was down to 164 pounds and within a healthy weight range for my height. But Lindora is a fairly expensive program and since I had reached a healthy weight, I just quit. And one thing leads to another and the weight starts to creep back on.
Luckily, this time it didn’t all creep back because I continued to run. 4 marathons in 2 years.
Fast forward to 2009. I had gained back almost half the weight I lost then I got pregnant. Although I walked every day during my pregnancy I still managed to gain almost 40 pounds. The day before I had my son I had reached a very round 250.
I saw this perfect little face and realized my health no longer affected only me. At 8 weeks postpartum I began running again and 2 months after that I was down to my pre-pregnancy weight. I continued to exercise and by January 2011 was down another 20 pounds.
In February I started weight training and tracked my calories (similar to the Weight Watchers point system.) And the weight really came off. By the beginning of May I was down to a healthy weight.
I’m about 10 pounds below that now and have grand ideas of losing another 10 but I’m absolutely happy with where I’m at today
Q: What advice do you have for moms who claim they don’t have time for exercise?
A:I was this mom. Finding time in a busy day can be sooo hard, especially if you’re new to working out. But I strongly believe that every minute, every step, every rep counts. Quite often people blow off exercise because they can only find 15-20 minutes to work out. But if you walk for 15 minutes you can burn close to 100 calories which translates to close to a pound lost a month. Run or train at a high intensity you can nearly double those numbers in a relatively short amount of time. So my advice is to do what you can when you can, but just do it. You can’t beat the physical or emotional pay off of a good sweat session.
Q: How have your workouts changed since having kids?
A:Having my son was the big turning point in my quest for a healthy life style. So in my case my workouts after having my son became more consistent and more effective. The main difference is that my schedule now is based on my son’s needs. So he runs with me 4 times a week and often on long runs up to 10 miles. I fit in strength training during naps and when I feel like I have no time I do some quick intervals of weights and cardio to get the best workout I can in a short amount of time. My workouts are my me time so I try to fit them in every day.
Q: Are you more of a cardio mommy or strength training mommy?
A: I love my runs, they feed my soul so I would have to say I’m a cardio mom. But I’m really starting to love weight training and how strong it makes me feel (and look!)
Q: What is your least favorite exercise?
A: I do lunges quite often and although I can’t say I hate them, I am definitely not a fan, but my butt is!
Q: Do you have any mental tricks that you use when you just don’t feel like working out?
A: When I’m really unmotivated I just tell myself “20 minutes.” If I still don’t want to work out then I probably need that rest day but I usually don’t quit. I’ve also learned that what burns me out is a too predictable exercise routine so if I just try a new workout or go for a hike it usually gets me all fired up again.
Thank you Lauren for being an inspiration to moms everywhere! 🙂
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