Tuesday, November 20, 2012

MLFC is Gaining Momentum. // Jen J.

It’s been nearly four months since the launch of MLFC. I cannot believe what it has become in such a short time. There are so many wonderful women across the globe in one common place, with one common goal. To say this group has grown beyond our initial intentions is an understatement. It is no longer confined to posting and commenting in the Facebook group. People are meeting, completing challenges, and sharing their stories. To this point, just check out some of the great things WE are doing.

MY THREE WORDS: This is a photo project I launched for the month of November, the month I like to think of as the month of gratitude. In doing so, I asked for pictures of you holding signs with three words that represent what MLFC and your wellness journey means to you. I have been featuring the photos in a weekly blog post throughout the month and I would like to do one more installment on Thanksgiving. If you’d like to be included please email your photo to MLfitcamp@gmail.com by Wednesday, November 21st. To see Mama Laughlin and my interpretation, click here.

It seems like the word throwback is being thrown around a lot these days. There is everything from throwback pop to throwback jerseys (BTW - have you seen the Pittsburgh Steelers’ jerseys? – YAK!). Well, Operation Pen 2 Paper is a throwback to the days of pen paling. Yours truly used to really be into pen pals back in the day and I still love sending and receiving snail mail.

Operation Pen 2 Paper started when I first announced in MLFC that I might sound like a weirdo but I’d like to get some of your addresses to send out notes or Christmas cards. The response I received from the post surprised me twofold. Number one, I was absolutely floored by how many of you emailed me with your email addresses! To which I kindly responded, that I was talking old school mail – stamp and letter. With the modern conveniences of email and texting, traditional letter writing is becoming a lost art form. Yet, everyone, or at least I do, squeals with delight when they return from the mailbox with something other than a bill.

Number two, I cannot believe how many of you were brave enough to send a stranger your address!!! I’ve received 110 addresses from people from all over the US, Canada, and I even had one person from Australia submit their address. So far I’ve personally sent mail joy to 28 people. In my cards, I include the names and addresses of two other campers and ask that they pay it forward by sending notes to them. I also ask the recipients of my letter to tell the people receiving their letters to email me for an address so they too can pay it forward. So in summary, hopefully the person who I wrote, writes the two people I supplied, and then those two people email me for two more addresses. Clear as mud, right!? I am going to do my best to write to as many people as I can. But, I don’t want my wrist to fall off and we all know stamps are not cheap so I am really counting on you guys to help me get the momentum of this thing going.

If you’d like to get your name on the list email me at MLfitcamp@gmail.com. I ask that you only supply your address if you are also willing to pay it forward. After all, it is only fair.

A big thank you to Ashley P. and Bridgett D. for this one! On Thanksgiving, they are hosting a virtual Turkey Trot 5k. Seeing as it’s a virtual event, it is super flexible. You can do an organized race in your area or simply take a trot around your neighborhood. You can run, walk, crawl, or skip your 3.1 miles. The idea is for all of us to take a moment that day and honor our bodies by giving them a little attention before we stuff ourselves silly. For more information see the Turkey Trot Virtual 5k event under the MLFC events tab.

The details are still being developed on this shindig, but consider this your save the date notification. Angela H. and Kimberly S. are working hard to organize a MLFC Retreat for June - 20th - 23rd, 2013 in Dallas, Texas. The intention is for it to be a giant “girls” weekend where we can finally put faces with names, braid each others hair, take tequila shots with Mama Laughlin, have pillow fights and maybe, just maybe do a few wellness activities together. To learn more information as it develops click on the Mama Laughlin Retreat event under the MLFC events tab.

This affair was the brain child of Kara W. Kara has organized a challenge for those of you who want to earn that coveted 13.1 sticker for the back of your car. The challenge is centered on training for a spring half marathon alongside other members of MLFC. More information on the challenge can be found here.

Obviously, you know what Fitness Unscripted is if you are reading this. The intent of this blog is for it to be a collaborative effort amongst the ladies of MLFC. Whether you have learned something from your wellness journey, want to gripe about something fitness/woman related or maybe you’ve accomplished a goal – chances are a reader can relate. And YOU, yes YOU, can serve as a motivator. Let’s continue to learn from each other and please consider contributing a post here. I really rely on you guys to keep this going. Honestly, I don’t have the time to blog full time nor am I that interesting. Lastly, my grammar and writing ability leave something to be desired. Guest posts can be emailed to MLfitcamp@gmail.com.

I’ll close this summary by saying that the inbox is always open for your contributions, ideas, suggestions, and complainants. I continue to strive to make the group interactive, motivating, and educational. But above all, I truly hope the group continues to foster positive and supportive relationships amongst all of us.

//Jen J.

To continue to be in the know, please consider liking Fitness Unscripted on Facebook. I post all the good shit there. Also, feel free to follow me on Instagram- @passingleft - where I frequently use the hashtags #mlfitcamp and #earnthatsticker. And really hope to start using #operationpen2paper a lot more.


  1. I would like to thank you for all the time and effort you put into this blog and MLFC. I don't post a whole lot myself but I read everything and am constantly inspired and motivated daily. Thank you!

  2. What a neat idea, the pen2paper. Looking forward to getting some snail mail, which somehow has a way of brightening up my day! Thanks for all you do and thanks to all the ladies in the MLFC that shatter stereotypes of catty women across America :) I always find myself thinking, "Everyone is so damn nice!!"

  3. I just love this blog! You've got such a great group of ladies gathered here and I come back everyday waiting for the next inspirational story. My sister and I are working on a collaborative guest post since we've got involved in this together. Happy Thanksgiving!

  4. So glad I found this group! I say it tons, but it's true!!

  5. Thank you for all you do for MLFC!


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