MIlitary Spouse, Mother, First In Family: Mollie Mosser
First In is full of some of the most supporting individuals I have ever known. Don’t hesitate. Jump in with both feet. Your only regret will be not joining our amazing family sooner!"
Tell us a little bit about yourself...
I am married to an active-duty Marine and we have two children who are 10 and 7 and a lab mix named Presley.
I am a stay at home Mom and everyone would say I am a runner, but I still don’t call myself one.
What brought you to the First In Family initially?
I also have a great friend who was already part of the family. When I saw her roll up to a workout one day eating an oreo as part of her breakfast and she looked fantastic, I knew this group was for me.
Tell us a little bit about your background and history with food.
I admit, I fell into those traps, sometimes would lose weight, and then once I was either tired of the fad or somewhat happy with my results, I would go back to normal life. Of course, the weight would creep back on and then some. It was a yoyo effect, and it wasn’t mentally or physically healthy at all.
Then I entered the stage of being a busy mom. I would find myself getting up in the morning, drinking a cup of coffee and kicking off my day. By bedtime, I would realize that I might have only had coffee and that bagel for a quick snack, or only ate what was left over from my children’s plates for lunch, and then be starving at night. Which would make me want to eat everything in sight.
Turns out, my body wasn’t getting enough food for my level of activity nor was it a healthy lifestyle to continue.
What was the turning point in your life when you realized you needed to make a change?
To be honest, she has urged me to do a lot of things that sometimes have taken me out of my comfort zone, but everything that I have done because of her has always brought me joy and success. At that moment, I knew this was something I had to do.
What was the journey like and what changes did you make?
I also feel so free. There is no more guilt with eating certain foods or the amount I am eating throughout the day because it fits into what is planned. If I need to eat a bowl of popcorn and or a handful of chocolate chips, then so be it.
Along with my normal activity level, I started incorporating strength training three to four days a week. It has not only helped with my running, but I am also seeing changes in my body as well.
How do you feel after making those changes?
What did your friends/family think of your transformation?
My husband definitely isn’t complaining about my changes. He is my biggest cheerleader and supporter. My children also are encouraging. When we go out to eat, they often ask if where we are choosing to go has something I can enjoy and if I remembered to bring my travel scale.
My friends are the best. They often surprise me with items that they know will fit my lifestyle. I recently completed a relay race and they arrived with foods that they knew I had planned in my day or could easily add.
Were you active or did you workout during your journey?
I am also a member of a running club for military spouses where I occasionally lead runs. I run about 5-6 days a week and have added strength training 3 to 4 days a week.
What does being First In mean to you?
It’s about ME. Becoming a better form of myself so I can be a better person for my family. Like I said, if my cup or stomach aren’t full, how can I fill others?
It means taking control. Living the life of a military spouse I can’t control much, but I can control how I feel, how I fuel my body, and who I surround myself with.
Where do you think you'd be right now had you not joined the First In Family?
What was the biggest challenge or change when you started with First In and how did you overcome it?
I was afraid this was one more thing that wouldn’t work for me. I was afraid tracking my food was going to be too complicated and too overwhelming. I was the only thing holding me back on my journey.
I had a moment with myself that I needed to do this and it was the best thing for me. My husband also encouraged me to put myself first.
What do you feel kept you from making the progress you desired before First In?
What’s next for you and where do you see this journey taking you in the future?
What are your top 5 "secrets" for success?
2. Listen to FIN LIVE! It is such a great resource and has answered so many questions I have had before I even had the chance to ask them! I listen while making dinner, working out, or driving around town.
3. Use the calculators provided in the First In resources.
4. Keep your meals simple at first. There is no reason to over complicate or stress out. Having meals easy to deconstruct or weigh make things easier.
5. Don’t let others make you feel guilty for living this lifestyle or turning something down that doesn’t fit in your day. I was listening to a live and a statement from Jonathan stuck with me: “If you aren’t a smoker and someone offered you a cigarette, would you feel guilty for saying, “no thank you”? Then why would you feel guilty for saying “No thank you” when offered something that wouldn’t fit your plan for the day?” Such a simple statement, but such a strong message.
Any advice for someone thinking about getting started?
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