Swept Up in the Whirlwind and Loving It!

Allie & LauraWow! The past 48 hours seem like they slipped away so quickly. At the same time, it feels like days, not hours that the Mamavation Moms were announced. The past month went by so quickly between the campaign and the two week challenge. I have been so inspired by past Mamavation Moms and all the ladies in the Mamavation Sistahood. I am in shock that I made it to the finals—eventually I become a Mamavation Mom myself.

Before I get too far into this post, I want to say thank you to everyone that voted, that supported me, that showed me love, and those that may have thought this was a crazy idea but gave me their support anyway! I feel so blessed and loved. I promise to make you all proud and soak in every opportunity this affords me.

This is all so surreal and it is happening to me! Someone pinch me. I cannot believe it!

This week was busy, busy, busy! I managed to get all the workouts in I needed to, but the scale refused to budge yet again. That is okay though. It seems like every other week is my thing and I am completely okay with it, because inches are steadily disappearing from my waist, hips, thighs, arms, legs, and everywhere in between.

I am in the midst of marathon training. On top of the Mamavation workouts, I run 5 days a week, including one track workout where we do a different workout every week. Some weeks we do tempo runs. Some weeks we do relays. Other weeks, we do 400 meter repeats. On Saturdays, we do a long run. Every week the time on our feet increases by 20 minutes. The combination of the two workouts is exhilarating!

I do struggle getting it all done, however I am a lover-of-lists. I have been breaking everything down and getting it done, one step at a time. Somehow, it gets done! Sometimes, it gets done late. The important thing is that it does get done!

Here is the part I cringe to talk about. DUN! DUN! DUN! My stats and BEFORE pictures are below. This is my story today and I know I have to embrace it. It is my job to make this story different and more of the story I can be proud of. Until then, here is where I am starting:

Before Weight

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You may not know me yet. In time, you will find that I am a dork and below I do not mind showing it.

Before Photos Week 1

Without further ado, here is my first Vlog—ever, I believe. I am not comfortable on camera yet and I am pretty sure it shows. Everything in good time.

Have a great week!

Mamavation Team

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  1. Looks like we started out as mamavation applicants at the same weight. I bet you aren’t during your scale move because you aren’t eating enough for how active you are. That is something I struggle with.
    I’ll come back to comment on your vlog, aren’t technical issues exciting, haha. You’re going great.

  2. I am so thrilled for you Laura! I look forward to supporting you through this campaign and seeing you shine! Go girl!

  3. You are adorable! I am glad I am not alone in the “ummm”. LOL Can’t wait for next weeks.

  4. mommycanrun says:

    Alysa is actually a Dietician, not a nutritionist.

    Thank you, Ladies! :)

  5. Patti Lizotte says:

    I love your blog Laura, you write so well and its always interesting to read what you write
    I enjoyed seeing you following your dreams and how happy you are. Hang in there, you will get use to the camera, and what was up there that you were looking at, haha! Much Love Aunt Patti.

  6. andreakruse says:

    What I love about this program is how Alysa customizes the meal plans to fit each Mom. Talk to her and keep an open dialogue with her. She can keep tweaking till you find the right formula for your active life right now. Best of luck! I am so proud of you.

  7. That is such a beautiful photo of you and your daughter! I am still in awe that you are training for a marathon!! I need to start making lists to help keep me on track with everything as well!

    So excited to share this journey with you!

  8. Mamavation says:

    I’m listening to my husband do this evil laugh about the Burpees. I’m overhearing “It’s because everyone hates them that they are so effective.” LOL (Don’t worry, I hate them too.)

    I’m excited to see how you do!

  9. Wishing you all the best in your journey as a Mamavation Mom!! Will be routing you on. :)

  10. You are amazing! Doing a marathon on top of all that being a mamavation mom requires, whew girl that makes me tired just thinking about it!! Good luck with all your training, and congrats on being a Mamavation Mom! Have a great week :)

  11. You did great in front of the camera! I can’t wait to follow your journey and see all of your progress!!! Here’s to a great week!

  12. Marie Nichols says:

    Congrats and good luck on your new journey. Can’t wait to see the end outcome :)

  13. Congrats on being a mamavation mom….wow I can’t believe all the workouts you must be putting in doing this and your track workouts preparing for a marathon…that is awesome! Congrats on the great loss in inches the past month!

  14. Co happy for you – you will so kick butt – I just know it

  15. Whoo-hoo on marathon training! You’ve got such a great thing going on this campaign.. eat more to get that scale moving!

  16. Congratulations! I’ve been trying to train off and on for a marathon for three years now. It is really hard doing it on my own. Lists are my friends too. I’m looking forward to getting to know you and cheer you on!

  17. Laura, your waist is shrinking away! You’re already doing an awesome job and I’m sure it will just continue! Great work!

  18. Wow – you are doing so awesome already for the year… can’t wait to see how everything goes for you in the campaign. :) Awesome!