Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Mama Laughlin's Fit Camp Birth Story

I came across Mama's blog at the beginning of the year, via Pinterest, and it was love at first read.  From the get-go I was drawn to her weight struggle as it is a struggle that I am all too familiar with.  Specifically, it was the demeanor to which she faces that struggle that hooked me - she is so honest and so crass.  I just love it.  Not to mention, she is absolutely gorgeous and although I've never met her - it seems she is just as beautiful on the inside.  This is why her blog is and continues to be the only one I follow religiously.  

Anywho.  I saw how many people were following Mama and posting weight and fitness related comments and questions to her blog and facebook page.  It dawned on me that what all these people needed was a forum to connect, discuss, encourage, and motivate amongst themselves.  I thought about it for a few days and ran the idea by Jen S., who by the way, I only know virtually.  A little background on that - I tagged Jen S. - who is a creative, to help me with a design project approximately 16 months ago.  We've kept in touch since working together because we've discovered that we have a few interests in common - including following Mama.  Jen S. gave the idea her approval and offered to help.  Someone else being on board was all I needed to reach out to Mama.  I explained in an email to Mama that we would like to start a facebook group inspired by her, it would be closed, explained some of the content ideas, and that Jen S. and I were willing to moderate it.  Mama responded the same day and was on board!  (Mama:  if you are reading this, thank you so much for partnering with us and letting us run with this.  I think the masses like it.)

After getting the go-ahead, Jen S. and I tossed around name ideas - my first suggestion was Mama Laughlin's Fat Camp - but we eventually settled on the more PC Fit Camp.  Jen S. then designed the little Fit Camp logo, I set up page, and we posted our little bios and that was that.  We told Mama we were ready for launch and she mentioned Fit Camp in her blog post the next day.  From there an EXPLOSION ensued!  An absolute explosion of people requesting to join the group.  Honestly, when I first pitched the idea to Jen S., I was thinking maybe 25 people would be interested.  Never, ever, in my heart of hearts did I think over 1,000 people would request to join the VERY first day!  People, it was like fireworks on the screen!  Honestly, Jen S. and I were like holy f*ck!

And now here we are almost a month later and we are approaching 5,000 members.  This number is another motivation for starting this supplemental blog.  According to the research I've done, facebook cuts a group off at 5,000 members.  And frankly, I think we all have a great thing going and want to share it with the world.  I also hope that you  all consider contributing to this blog by providing a guest post!  Contact us at if interested.  I really want this to be a group effort.

Now that you now know the birth story - I'll share the original bio and picture I posted on the first case you missed it.

Jen J.

"I’m Jen J. and I’m one of two Fit Camp counselors.  Welcome to the group!  Here’s a little about me to kick things off.  
Approach:  I've always been a little husky and have tried diet after diet. I had the most success with Weight Watchers - having once lost 30 lbs with it. But, I gained it all back and tried time and time again to re-lose the weight. In the process I've become so sick of "dieting". While seeking relief from Ulcerative Colitis, an auto-immunize disease I was diagnosed with a few years ago, I watched two great documentaries, Fat, Sick and Dying and Forks Over Knives (both on netflix).   After watching, I decided that I really wanted to put the kibosh to traditional counting calories and really focus on a healthy life style. A life style based on limiting processed foods and red meats while focusing on vegetables, fruits, and whole grains and lean meats. I also regularly exercise (run, yoga, softball, and fitness classes). I've been doing this since the New Year, starting at 199 pounds, and I currently weight 181 (I’m 5’8”).   It's not a ton and it's been slow going, but it's nice to feel like I'm not on an official diet or depriving myself.
Goal:  My goal is to lose another 20lbs and be near the 160 mark.  If and when I do, I am taking my next tax refund and buying myself some diamond studs.  After all, I believe a girl can buy her own damn diamonds. 
Other tidbits:  I am 32, a working professional and live in sin with my boyfriend and rescue cat.  I love designer purses, vodka, and the outdoors."


  1. I love that you started this blog... thank you so much for all the work that you do, it has made such a difference in my world already! I'm absolutely glad to help!

  2. I'm so glad you started the Fit Camp. It finally gave me the motivation to stop being lazy, making excuses, and get fit and healthy! Plus there are so many ladies going through the same struggles as I am daily! So thank you for all you've done, its really helped me. And I'm down 6 lbs in 3 weeks!!! =)

  3. I missed your post on the group page that first day, so thanks for reposting! Thank you for the commitment to help the rest of us to connect!

  4. I love this page, love this blog, and all the support that goes with it. Thank you so much for all you do!

  5. I can't believe its been almost a month already!! I love the blog.

  6. I am so excited for this blog! I love reading Mama L's blog and look forward to it everyday. And while I think the facebook page is a great idea, I personally find it so hard to keep up with it! I can't wait to read other womens stories and tips here everyday. Thank you for all the effort you have put in to this and to keeping us motivated!

  7. What a great idea, thanks so much. The facebook page is awesome, but there's sooo much information on it, I feel like if I don't look at it constantly, I'm missing something. Great job Jens. . . and mama of course.


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