Thursday, October 11, 2012

How I "Fit" Fitness Into My Busy Life. // Kristie P.

As a fellow mama to 4 wild child(ren) (4 years, 2 1/2 years and 1 year old twins) I’ve finally found the groove to fitting some fitness in my life. I stumbled upon Mama Laughlin 5 months ago and have been in beast mode ever since! I never would have thought I'd enjoy running (and usually 59 minutes of it I don't) but that 1 minute runner's high and the way the weight comes off really makes it all worth it!
Life is busy.

Kids are needy and things often get in the way of "me time" or take precedence to exercise. I’ve found that good planning can help keep me accountable and actually make sure the exercise happens. I’ve started planning out my week on Monday with what I can fit in according to my weekly schedule and taking after the good Lord and giving myself 1 day of rest. I have a full time job with a part time schedule so I try to fit some exercise in on my lunch break but usually I use it as an excuse to get out of Dodge and leave my husband with the kids. A typical week looks like this:

8 a.m.-5 p.m.
8 a.m.-12 p.m.
Run 30 min & 30 Day Shred during naptime
Stay at home
Run 30 min. on elliptical during naptime & weights
Stay at home
Zumba 60 min. after dinner while DH watches kids
8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Run 45 minutes on lunch break
Zumba or Run 60 min. while DH or Grandma watches kids
Long Run (usually 5-6 miles)

Honestly I think everyone’s afraid I’m going to be the next runaway mom if I don’t get some FITNESS in so they’re more than willing to watch the kids for an hour. And let’s be honest in the grand scheme of our day is 60 minutes or even 30 minutes that hard to dedicate to YOU??? I have down days and days when I just want to claim that my kids need me but I always feel better after getting a good sweat on and my kids (and husband) get to experience the better “me” afterwards.

My weight loss journey:

I was always overweight growing up, yo-yoing from the 180’s to the 120’s at my lightest (and even then, I lied on my driver’s license and said I weighed 115 because I honestly thought I needed to lose 5 more pounds). What I wouldn’t give to go back and bi&%h slap myself. I got married 5 years ago at 150 pounds, got up to 208 while pregnant with my first child and then down to 160 in between the second baby and the twins. Now I’m at 145 pounds (lower than my current driver’s license weight!!!) and aiming for 135.
Here I am the day my twins were born at around 198 pounds.
On their 1st birthday at around 148 pounds.
So, ladies, if I can make time, you can make time! It’s all about setting out your goal and then making time to get there, it doesn’t take much! Just some calorie counting (love the Lose It! App on my phone) and some dedicated exercise time each week and you’ll be changing your driver’s license weight in no time!

Kristie P.


  1. This is great motivation for me! Thank you for telling us your story.

  2. Aw I love it and your cute outfit on their first bday! This is awesome!!

  3. I'm a first time mom and I have often found myself saying I'm too busy to exercise. After reading this post and seeing how organized your schedule is and how you make YOU a priority, I won't be making any more excuses! Thanks for the motivation!

  4. Wow, yes we can all make time if you can do it!

  5. I love this! You are such an inspiration! And soooo organized....even without the 4 kids (but with super-auntie status) I could learn a thing or two from you about planning ahead :) You rocked your first 5K, and I'm looking forward to running many more races with you!

  6. Thank you for this! You are seriously super mom! :) no excuses!

  7. I like your schedule! WOW four kids... I really shouldn't complain about being "busy" from being a student/working a part time job haha!! You really inspired me to stop making excuses!

  8. This is wonderful! I am a mom of 5 with a full-time job with a full-time schedule. I have learned in the last 4 months just what you have... that fitness can be "fit" in to any schedule, if you are creative enough! Had to stop trying to do what works for others and do what works for me. Even if that means doing my JM 30 DS at 9 at night and running before the kiddos wake up on the weekends. Go you! Let's continue to help other moms (and others, period) to find their fitness groove and get int he best shape of THEIR lives.

    PS. I have five but none of them were twins. I admire you greatly for the endurance it takes to care for twins along with getting your fitness in.

  9. This is awesome!! I have 2 kids and want to start running but have that excuse of I don't have time to get it in! But now I have the jogging stroller so we are ready to go!


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