Hello Dr Laura,
I came from a loving two-parent home; my mother was a stay-at-home mom. My brother and I didn't have everything, but we never lacked in the caring and love department.
I married a wonderful man when I was 27 years old, after approximately two years of dating (not shacking up). Our first daughter was born three years later, which came with a few growing pains. I struggled with the responsibility that came with being a new parent. I believed it was important to be a stay-at-home mom, but it was still much harder than I expected it to be! Guess my Mom made it look easy!
Two years later, our second daughter was born! My second baby was colicky and didn't sleep! Also, I was on medication for postpartum depression. That's where you came into my life in the most important way. I had already listened for years, but when I needed it most, you told me daily that I was doing the RIGHT THING!! Can't tell you how many days that kept me strong!
I have ALWAYS struggled with my weight (I was put on my first diet in first grade). And now I was at a all time HIGH of 255 lbs!! When my little one was 18 months old, I went to Weight Watchers. I KNEW I had to change. All the while I kept hearing you say, "MOVE MORE, EAT LESS".....again you were there!
Five years later, I am PROUD to say I am still a stay-at-home mom. I have four part-time jobs, all of which can be done while my kids are in school! In the last two years, I have run two half-marathons. And last October, I finished my first FULL MARATHON with my husband and girls cheering me on and hugs at the finish line!
You and I have spent many hours together training! On the days when I truly was tired and wanted to skip this one, you inevitably told someone "NOT TO BE LAZY"! When I thought, it was too hard - I would hear "SO WHAT!!!" Thank you for being you!! You have helped me, my marriage and family more than you could ever know!