Fit Moms for Life: beta groups in the works!

by Kim on August 7, 2013

I have a new obsession, and you’ll never guess what it is because I’m probably the only person in the world to become obsessed with something so dumb.



Slicing into a new watermelon is to me what opening a Christmas present is to an 8-year-old. How red and juicy will this one be? How close to the rind will the red part go? Did I pick up another dud, or hit the watermelon JACKPOT??

I’ve gotten really competitive with myself about it. I pay attention to what each watermelon I get looks like on the outside, noting the features of the ones that turn out extra awesome so I can make good picks in the future. My mom told me to look for the ones with the biggest yellow spots, but I’ve had the most luck with the greenest, roundest ones.


It’s the little things, folks. (And yes, this is my life.)

In other, equally riveting, news: Mason has two new habits that are driving me insane.

1. Rolling things down the driveway into the street and watching me run after them.


It’s one of those things that was cute at first, and we probably even encouraged it, but now it’s all he wants to do and I’m over it. He’ll get a running start and push his car down, then turn to me with a huge grin, waiting for me to make a beeline after it. Thanks, bud.

2. Walking backwards when he’s upset.


This is so weird. At first, he’d just discovered he could walk backwards and would do it randomly for fun.

Now, when he doesn’t get something he wants, he doesn’t drop to the floor in typical toddler tantrum fashion—he starts walking backwards, until something stops him. A wall, a chair, A STAIRCASE. (He’s never actually fallen, but I’ve had to run and grab him a few times before he went overboard.)

It’s kind of smart, if you think about it. I know I’m supposed to just let him have his tantrums, ignoring them rather than feeding into them by giving him attention. But I can’t really do that when he’s about to back down a staircase.

Can’t he just be creative in other ways? Haha.

So! Remember when I talked about the Fit Moms for Life Movement, headed up by local “mom trainer” Dustin Maher?


Well, after months and months of hard work from Dustin and his team, the movement is finally getting underway! Dustin held a call last night with interested leaders (including me), and had something like 900 people on the call, eager to launch their own Fit Moms for Life communities in their hometowns. I’m pumped, guys.

So what’s it all about?

In the first “beta” phase of this movement (which Dustin has huge plans to take nationwide and even worldwide), a small group of leaders will run a 6-week challenge with women in their communities. Each participant will receive DVD workouts, nutrition guides, access to special FM4L online support platforms, and a bunch of other helpful materials and swag (like wristbands! I’m mostly in it for those).

Once a week, the group will come together to do a short workout (either in the leader’s home, outside somewhere, or in a community spot like a church), and then (mostly) to talk. To discuss their progress, share their stories, set goals together, dig into emotional roadblocks, support each other, and just become friends.

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I love the idea so much I wish I would have come up with it myself, haha!

Anyway, I’ve signed up to lead a challenge, which will begin sometime in September. I think it’ll be a nice companion to my personal training studies, without the added pressure of actually having to plan the workouts myself. (FM4L leaders just have to pop a DVD in and follow along with everyone else.)

I also love, love, LOVE that the biggest components of the program involve building support for moms through friendship and working through the mental/emotional roadblocks that prevent so many of us from reaching our goals.

Plus, obviously I’m kinda interested in fitness for moms. So it feels pretty perfect for me.

Does it feel perfect for you, too??

I don’t want to get all infomercialy on you, but I just wanted to throw it out there that you can become a FM4L leader too. Anyone with a passion for helping people lead better lives can. If you act fast, you can even make it into the beta group. I have a feeling this is going to huge someday…how fun would it be to get in on the ground floor?

If you’re interested in starting your own Fit Moms for Life group (P.S. you get paid!), you can find more info here. (The video clip at the very beginning is the recording of the call we had last night, and it goes over basically every single detail you’d need to get started.)

If you’re interested in joining either a live or virtual FM4L group, you can sign up here. (This isn’t just for moms either—that’s just the brand behind the movement. Anyone can get involved, in any way they want.)

I’m excited to share more about this as the challenge gets underway! Stay tuned.

Oh, and if you’re interested in being part of my group, either locally or virtually (I’m considering doing both!), please let me know!

Welp, I’m off to polish up the old resume. The job hunt is still rolling…praying that the right opportunity will show itself soon!


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lindsey August 8, 2013 at 5:05 pm

I’m so glad you added “(This isn’t just for moms either—that’s just the brand behind the movement. Anyone can get involved, in any way they want.)”
because I was just thinking, but I’m not a mom yet!? what about me?! I think this is such a great thing and would love to get involved!


Katie @ running4cupcakes August 8, 2013 at 3:29 pm

Love that Mason is so funny! Luke does the same stuff. And gets a similar knowing grin on his face. . . oh kids, it’s a good thing we love them so much! :)


Stacey August 8, 2013 at 1:32 pm

I read once while picking a watermelon to pick the one that is the heaviest for it’s size… the more water weight, the more ripe it is. So I often look goofy, but I find the size I want then pick up all comparable watermelons until I have the heaviest one. It’s worked so far :)


Kim August 8, 2013 at 2:57 pm

Awesome tip, thanks!!!


Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries August 8, 2013 at 10:14 am

Hahaha I love the backward walking thing. You have a smart boy. ;)

Love the idea of the Fit Moms for Life! I’m going to go check it out!
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char eats greens August 8, 2013 at 9:39 am

I have a PERFECT watermelon right now too! I heard the yellow areas on watermelons a few years ago and was so skeptical because, like you, I always used to look for the greenest ones (I also knock on them to see how hollow they sound), but I went with the yellow patch rule the other day, and it worked beautifully!

Oh, Mason. You and your backwards walking seriously make me laugh. Nia backwards crawls. Do you think that’s any indication of how she’ll be when she doesn’t get what she wants as a toddler?! haha
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Presley @ Run Pretty August 8, 2013 at 8:12 am

Maddux does the same thing during tantrums. He makes them as dangerous as possible so that you have no choice but to pay attention to him. Drives me nuts!
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Giselle@myhealthyhappyhome August 7, 2013 at 7:30 pm

I remember you talking about Fit moms 4 life awhile back but completely forgot about it! Definitely something I would be interested in leading! I’m heading over to check it out now, thanks Kim!
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Kristin @ A Mom on the Run August 7, 2013 at 6:47 pm

It’s hard to beat a sweet, juicy watermelon! YUM!

The Fit Moms 4 Life thing sounds interesting — I’m going to check it out!


Jessica @ Prayers and Apples August 7, 2013 at 4:40 pm

The Fit Moms for Life thing sounds so cool! How’s you training studying going? My exam is August 27 – right around the corner!! And you crack me up with that watermellon lol


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