So far this November, we’ve filled you in about three of our Face of FITNESS finalists. Now it’s time to learn about the fourth—multitasking mom Lauren! She straps her daughters into a jogging stroller, runs to the gym for strength training, and runs back home. But she also enjoys the occasional indulgence: Once a month, her whole crew walks the one mile to their local Dairy Queen for Blizzards!
Lauren Lopez, Greensboro, North Carolina
Motherhood hasn’t slowed 29-year-old Lauren down; it’s made her more active. Since her husband, a weapons chief in the Navy, is often deployed, she needs to stay fit to keep up with her two daughters, ages 3 and 1.
Marriage must “My husband and I met when I was in the Navy Reserve and he was on staff. We bonded over physical training on weekends, and we still love to work out together. We have several races lined up, including a half-marathon.”
My healthy indulgence “I eat peanut butter at least once a day—whether it’s on toast or straight off the spoon. It’s great fuel for my workouts.”
Action plan “Every Sunday I prep for a healthy week by planning dinners, cooking chicken, turkey and brown rice; making hardboiled eggs for breakfast; and scheduling workouts.”
Ever dream of being on the cover of a magazine? Oh wait…who hasn’t?!
And yet we were still completely blown away by the 3,500-ish submissions we received for our first-ever Face of Fitness cover contest! The overwhelmed feeling wasn’t just because of the number of entries though; it was because of how inspiring, motivating, and amazing many of your stories were. The editors at FITNESS already know how awesome our readers are, but we couldn’t have been prouder to see who reads our magazine and visits our website. You guys rock!
But now for an update: We’ve officially declared a Readers’ Choice* Finalist!
(* = For 10 weeks, we posted the latest submissions here on FitnessMagazine.com and whoever got enough votes from other users was declared the weekly winner…and scored some cash, too. These 10 survivors then battled it out for a chance to be named one of the finalists who will fly to NYC next month for a photoshoot, along with four other finalists selected by the judges.)
So, everyone, meet Lauren Lopez. At 28, Lauren is a mother of two daughters under the age of three and she has been married for almost six years. Rudy, her husband, is in the Navy, and when Lauren isn’t playing with her girls, exercising, or volunteering, she is in the classroom working on obtaining her MBA. Here’s a little more of what Lauren wrote about having a healthy, fulfilling lifestyle:
“Fitness has always been an important ingredient in my life. I want to take care of myself so I can live a long, healthy, and happy life, but I also want to set a good example for my kids. They see me exercising and want to join in, which is awesome! But sometimes, exercise is my way of spoiling myself and focusing just on me, which I believe is very important to living a balanced life.”
After we called Lauren to officially tell her she was one of the five finalists and might wind up on our cover, she said, “What an extraordinary opportunity! I can’t put into words how happy everyone is and we’re all over the moon!”