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July 17, 2010

Overcoming outside stress

Mommy Makeover participant continues working hard

Just a few weeks into the “Mommy Makeover” challenge, Laura Mize came face to face with an illness in her family.

“My dad — he’s just not feeling good,” she said. “They are running tests on him and trying to figure out what is the matter.”

While her dad has been off work, Mize said it has been tough for her.

Before her dad became ill, he would stay home with Mize’s 21-month-old son, Carter. She hates having to leave her dad at  home by himself while picking up extra hours along with her mother.

“I’ve been worried about him,” she said.

The week her father was in the hospital, she wasn’t able to make it to the Cass County Family Y either. Despite the setback, Mize worked to watch what she ate and still managed to lose two pounds.

“It was very hard being in town,” she said. “We had to eat out.”

Mize suggested her family should eat at Subway and was able to watch what she ate.

She said it was tempting to eat what she used to eat before the Mommy Makeover challenge, but the support of her family helped her stay on course.

According to Mize, her dad has been one of her biggest supporters.

“My dad is an inspiration for me,” she said. “Since he hasn’t been healthy, he wants me to be healthy for Carter. No matter what is wrong with him, he keeps me going.

“Even the days he is so sick and can barely go himself, he still told me not to give up and I need to do what is best for Carter.”

According to Mize, the nutrition classes with Logansport Memorial Hospital have been eye opening and helped her think of food in a different way.

One class taught the Mommy Makeover participants the differences between food portions 20 years ago and today. Mize said the class taught her how restaurants now give much larger portions compared to the past.

“If I do go out to eat at a restaurant, I’ve learned to ask for a to-go box right away,” she said. “You are supposed to divide it in half and package up half of it right away. I would never have thought about that. If it is front of you, you tend to eat more.”

As for her exercise routine, Mize said things are going about the same. She still maintains a daily workout routine and meets with Heidi Hendricks-Knight, Cass County Family Y aquatic fitness director.

She has made an attempt to move her workouts outside, instead of always using the treadmill.

“I just felt with the scenery, I could go longer,” she explained. “I don’t want to get burnt out going to the Y everyday.”

Moving her routine outside has also allowed Mize to take Carter along with her. She has utilized the trail systems in town, which she had only used once before.

She still continues to listen to Hendricks-Knight’s advice.

“She’s the one that has helped me,” Mize said. “She’s worked out with me and keeps me on my toes.”

Mize even participated in a 5K run/walk with fellow participant Stacy Cox and Cass County Family Y wellness coach Roxann Burrous.

Burrous stayed with the two moms the entire race to push them. Cox and Mize set a goal to finish the race under 45 minutes and made it under 44 minutes.

“It was an experience I will never forget,” Mize said.

Mize plans to continue working hard over the next several weeks of the challenge. In addition to her father, she has had the support of friends, co-workers and other family members.

She is looking forward to a visit with her sister, who lives in Hawaii.

“Even though she is miles and miles away, she is one of my number one supporters,” Mize said.

Her sister calls her once a day to see how she is doing, what she ate that day and what she did to work out.

Mize said her sister recently participated in a “Biggest Loser” contest and won.

“She’s coming home in August,” she said. “I definitely want to work as hard as I can now, so when she sees me, she is proud of me.”

• Denise Massie is a staff writer at the Pharos-Tribune. She can be reached at 574-732-5151 or

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