9.21.2012

Mama Laughlin Fit Camp Facebook Group

Today I'm going to hand the reigns over to Jen J., one of my Camp Counselors from the Mama Laughlin's Fit Camp Facebook group. If you haven't yet joined this group, you are missing out! It's been a great motivational tool for so many women, myself included!
Without further adieu, here is Jen J.
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Hi, I'm Jen J. and I'm one of the Camp Counselors from Mama Laughlin's Fit Camp, a closed Facebook group, for women to provide and seek nonjudgmental support during their pursuit of fitness.  The group morphed from all the motivation provided by Mama Laughlin and the words she writes on this very blog.  Since it's launch in July of this year, the group has grown to over 5,200 Fit Campers and continues to grow everyday.

The group means many things to many people.  But, I would like to start off by saying what this whole Fit Camp shenanigans has meant to me.  From the selfish perspective, I am using each and every one of the 5,200+ members to motivate my dimpled ass to finally do something about the extra weight I've been carrying around for far too long.  As one of the Camp Counselors, I feel like I should practice what I preach.  No one likes a hypocrite and this thought is usually enough to motivate me to make good decisions.  Now, I am not claiming to be perfect and I have certainly had my slip-ups - which for me typically means over indulging in booze.  Specifically, giant fishbowl sized margaritas complimented by an entire basket (or two) of tortilla chips and guacamole.  But I am here to tell you that it is so much easier to get back on track the next day knowing all the Fit Campers are right there to support me.

Since becoming part of this network, I've had a few personal noteworthy accomplishments:
I have completed the 30 Day Shred and am halfway through Ripped in 30 and have the pictures to prove it.  Ahhh, deep breath, because I can not believe I am about to share this picture on a blog with so many followers.  Eff me.

I ran a 5k in 27:52!

I've lost 7 pounds (down 25 total since January) and I have come out of the fat girl closet and have publicly announced my weight.  Hello!  World!  I am Jen J. and I weight 174.8 pounds.  This is huge for me, prior to this new attitude, my weight was something only known by me and my doctor.  And I certainly always fudged it a wee bit when I had to provide it for something like my license or ski rentals.

Bottom line, I feel liberated.  I effing sweated my tits off to get to 174.8 and I own that number.  I am proud of that number.  And as much as I am proud of how far I have come, I can not wait to pass that number up.

In addition to the selfish self-motivating shit there are so many unselfish reasons why I am here.  I love to see people succeed!  It has made me so elated to hear that people are losing weight, running their first 5ks, and even having more/better sex because of their weight loss.  Bible.  I swear, I am so truly proud of each and every Fit Camper and love hearing about their journeys.

I will tell you something else that is happening over at Mama Laughlin's Fit Camp - people are connecting.  I know I am not just speaking for myself when I say virtual friendships are being made or as we like to say in Fit Camp, "girl crushes".  I've been absolutely floored on a couple of occasions when one of the group "regulars" goes missing for a few days and people start asking about them to make sure they are okay.  That said, I really cannot wait to meet you guys!  Yes, you have read that correctly, we are working on organizing a Mama Laughlin's Fit Camp convention to be held in Dallas in May of 2013.  The planning is just in the infancy stages but details will be forthcoming.

Fit Camp also has a few other awesome things in the works.  On October 1st we are kicking off a 31-day Jillian Michaels fitness challenge and on October 17th we will be kicking off our second weight loss challenge.  In addition, Fit Camp has launched a collaborative blog called Fitness Unscripted where Fit Campers' share words about their journeys and the motivation they have derived from Mama.

To those of you reading this, I invite you to join us for friendship and encouragement on your path to fitness.  You do not have to sweat and work your ass off alone.   To Mama, thank you for this opportunity and for being Mama to us all.  Your words literally "move" us.  
~ Jen J.






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28 comments:

Bailey @ Onederland or Bust! said...

Sounds like a great group.. I may have to join! :)

Vivian Eccleston said...

Thanks for sharing Jen J. I love fit camp for all the same selfish reasons you do! I've lost 15 lbs since starting the last 8 week challenge, and will definitely be on board to be Jillians Biotch for 31 days!!

Desirae said...

Love your posts, as always, Jen J! You are awesome, lady <3

Jennjilla said...

I just joined! I need all the help I can get! :)

FamilyFitnessandFoodery said...

Great guest post Jen J. Congrats on the loss and the 5K victories!!

Angela said...

Joining now!

Sandra Ward said...

Thank you Jen J. and Mama Laughlin! I found was led to Mama L's Blog & invited into Fit Club the same day, August 17. Yeah I know the date because it's the day I turned my life onto a new path. This journey so far has been rewarding, exciting, revealing.. I could seriously go & on! I've payed it forward with a few of my friends & family and can't wait to meet you gals come May 2013!!

Emily said...

I love the Fit Camp and I appreciate everything you "Jen"s do on a daily basis! :) It has been such a motivation!

Ashley Haley said...

Thanks for sharing Jen J.!! I just recently joined the group on FB! and I LOVE it!! I am looking forward to the challenge in October! I have my calendar and stickers ready!

Lori said...

I love the Facebook group. I seriously have an OBSESSION with it and it keeps me so accountable!! Thanks Jen J.

Elle Noel said...

Hey Jen! Because I'm curious and incredibly nosey, how tall are you?

Thanks, for the Camp info, sounds like a blasty minus the glassy!

Nicole Rodriguez said...

Great post Jen! Wish the retreat was more into the summer - May is going to be hard for all the ladies with kiddos still in school!

Allyssa said...

I remember the days of fudging my weight for ski rentals and such too :( I was so embarrassed. It started around grade 7 too... that's sad to be a 12 year old embarrassed about how she looks... I got to a point pre-pregnancy where I wasn't embarrassed. I can't wait to get there again. I'm not impressed with my weight gain this pregnancy, but I'll get back to where I want to be as soon as I get the go ahead!

Jennifer Bartlett - Collins said...

So I left a comment, and it disappeared.... :-/

Great Post Jen, and it made me teary eyed. I was one of those that was asked about after being 'missing in action'. It meant a lot that a person I had never met was concerned enough to ask about me.
Its not just a facebook group.
Its a place to vent.
Its a place to get inspiration.
Its a place to connect with others in your situation or with the same weight loss goals.
Its a place to lurk. :)
Its a place where everyone knows your name.
No, wait. Thats Cheers.

btw, I jokingly call it fat camp to hubby lol

Mandy said...

I just joined the group and I also just ordered Jillian's shred DVD so I am super pumped to join the challenge October 1! And I am so freakin excited that there is a convention in the works!!! I am only a couple of hours from Dallas and will totally be there! Hopefully several pounds lighter! Thanks Jen J. and Mama Laughlin ! You guys are da bomb diggity!

Lyndsey Carlton said...

Awesome post Jen J! Thank you for everything you do and I think you're amazing for having the courage to share all of this here and not just in our facebook group!

DawnCorrespondence said...

Ahhhh I love you, Jen J.! You rock!

Michelle Glass said...

Great post Jen J. Thanks for all that you do!

Skinny Gal.... Somewhere. said...

Hey girl, I nominated you as the most versatile blogger award. Head to my blog: www.skinnygalsomewhere.blogspot.com for more info!

Courtney from Journey of a Dreamer said...

Looks awesome! I requested to join. I love connecting with other women on their weight loss journey!

Sheila Cooper said...

Ok, call me stupid but I have a question about closed facebook groups. I am so glad to have found this Facebook group and want to start using it to lose weight but can my other friends see my post that I make on this group page? I just don't want to broadcast my weight to everyone outside of this group. Thanks!

Katie said...

Yay! Thank you for being fearless and sharing your pictures! Makes me feel a lot more brave about posting pics of myself! I am going to be partaking in this challenge and just hope I can keep up!! I will need all the motivation I can get! Thanks so much for your inspiring post!

Mama L Fit Camp said...

People not in the group will not be able to see your posts!

Lesley Ward said...

You're awesome! I'm actually in the same boat, trying to lose my baby weight! I live in Forney and know Brittany too!! Please follow me back http://mommy-inthe-making.blogspot.com
I'm trying to get my blog up and coming, it's so fun to blog! How'd you get yours so popular?

michelle said...

Just requested to join the group. I've been up and down in my weight for years. just can't seem to make any weight loss stick. Currently at my highest but also really for the 1st time feel completely ready for a change. Not for some particular event but for me. The timing of finding this blog and this group couldn't be better.

jcook said...

Is the group still going? Tried to find through the link& it was saying temporally down or removed

Wifey said...

Is this still an active group? I'd really like to join something like this!

Amy @ The Diary of a Fat Mommy said...

Is the group still active? I'd like to join.