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Im one of Austin’s Fittest Mamas!

Well, oh Patient People, it’s time for the big announcement.

Id say I *way* oversold it in this post—-but, for me, I did not.

We all have differing zones of comfort and this was waaaaay out of mine.

When I found out I’d been selected as one of Austin’s 10 Fittest Moms I received a very nice email filled with lovely, complementary prose.

All this misfit saw, however, were the words you need to select a time for your photo-shoot.


I can run in dresses, get up on stage (wearing nothing but a posing suit) & prance around for 90 seconds, but the mere mention of a photo-shoot made me immediately think hell no!!

Which, as I shared here, made me immediately realize I was *compelled* to say hell yes.


88 Responses to “Im one of Austin’s Fittest Mamas!”

  1. Trish @IamSucceeding says:

    Awesome photo too…you both are adorable! ;)

  2. Lance says:

    Woohoo!! Rock on Carla!!

    And…that photo shoot…it turned out awesome-ly!!!

  3. Bea says:

    I love your article.

  4. Natalia says:

    Love it! Congratulations!!!!! :)

  5. Neighbor Linda says:

    I hadn’t seen this yet, Carla!

    You need to let people know they can CLICK and the image gets bigger so they can read it :)


  6. micheal angelo says:

    i love your post. will be returning soon. keep up the good work

  7. RunFasterMommy says:

    Woah, how awesome! Congrats Mizfit, and way to step out of your comfort zone with the photo shoot :)

  8. Helen says:

    I love how you say in your article that fitness and LIFE for you is about no longer fitting into anyone’s definition but your own.

    That is my very definition of living healthy and I am trying to get there.

  9. @FitInMyHeart says:

    Congratulations, Princess!!!! (Always Princess to me: Our first meeting);-) They could NOT have chosen a BETTER MOM: DYNAMIC DUO!!! You KNOW I ALWAYS SMILE when I see YOU and MINI YOU in a photo together!! This one TAKES THE CAKE!!!!!! YOU 2 are POWERFULLY GORGEOUS!!!!
    Loving you BOTH (and Prince Charming too) from a Distance..
    Dr. Mo

  10. Jessica @ HOw Sweet says:

    Congrats! Well deserved!

  11. Tara says:

    AWESOME on so many levels!

  12. Black Knight says:

    A lot of congratulations!!!! Nice pic.

  13. Roxie says:

    How very cool! Wonderful picture - what a great visual of this time in your life.

  14. Erica says:

    ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh! Congrats! Fantastic photo. Love that the tornado was involved. You rock hot mama!

  15. Tia says:

    Thank you for the consistent message that we do not need to be gym rats :) to be fit.

    I haven’t gotten to the gym since my twins (they are 5).

    I need to rediscover my fit.

  16. Laura says:

    CONGRATS, Carla.

    Great article/writing as well.

  17. MrsFatass says:

    What a fantastic photo! I can’t even describe why I love it so - the smiles, the love, the muscles, the pink sneakers. You two rock.

  18. Ryan @NoMoreBacon says:

    I’m so glad you said yes! Emma is awesome! Can’t wait to start stepping out of MY comfort zone more and more. It’s a necessary evil that’s way more necessary than it is evil. I just have to keep telling myself that :) Thanks for being a great example of it!

  19. Debra says:

    That is just too cute!!! congrats!

  20. Tabitha @ Just Weighing In says:

    That’s awesome - good for you!

  21. Reen says:

    Yeah! Awesome article and picture! Congratulations!

  22. the Bag Lady says:

    Congratulations, Carla!
    I LOVE the pose - you both look great.

  23. Meredith says:

    I don’t know if you remember meeting me at the park, Carla.
    I wanted to say congratulations.

  24. Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman says:

    That shot is awesome! I love the Tornado’s pose with you!!

  25. Shannon says:

    Aww so great! You are a wonderful mom and example :) XO

  26. erin says:

    Woohoo, that’s awesome! I love the picture. It’s perfect.

  27. Cynthia (It All Changes) says:

    That is an amazing picture.

    I am in awe all the time of how much Tornado loves to be fit just like you. You are such a great role model for her :-)

  28. angela says:

    Awesome! They did a fantastic job. Does the Tornado feel like a superstar?!

  29. Fab Kate says:


  30. Lisa @ Crazy Adventures in Parenting says:

    I freakin’ LOVE it! <3 Congratulations!!

  31. KCLAnderson (Karen) says:

    Hell YEAH!

  32. Leah J. Utas says:


  33. Kelley Burrus says:

    G-g-g-g-orgeous. Love it….and congrats. Well earned.

  34. Karen says:

    Love it! I was hoping the link would bring up the page for me to read but it didn’t.

  35. Jody - Fit at 52 says:

    OMG, I LOVE THAT PIC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I could not get the article to come up so I will try later after some sleep. :-)

    Carla, so well deserved!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  36. Helen DoingA180 says:

    So cool and so deserved!

    And now, I’m going to be a little shallow. Because pink is my favorite color and I am all about the shoes (just call me Imelda)… I need to know all the details on those pink shoes!!! ASAP!

  37. Alexia says:

    I love that photo of you and your daughter…

  38. Miz says:

    the shoes are Vibram Five Fingers Speeds ;)
    And you can read the article if you click on the image…

  39. Heather M says:

    Adorable! LOVE IT!

  40. Lizzie says:


  41. Lori (Finding Radiance) says:

    Congratulations! What an awesome picture as well :D

  42. Debra says:

    This is great! Love the picture!

  43. suzanne says:

    Great article and you both look adorable :)

  44. debby says:

    Wowza! If ever there was a picture that epitomizes you, that is it! Whose idea was it, yours or the photo shoot people? Thanks for sharing it with us.

  45. Lila says:

    Very nice information.

  46. Julie Lost and Found says:

    Congratulations! I LOVE that photo! How cute!

  47. Quix says:

    That is a GREAT PIC!!!! I am so glad you said yes!!! :) Congrats!

  48. paula says:

    What a great picture of you two and man, I want them muscles!!! Congratulations! You two look like superheroes!

  49. Michelle Smiles says:

    Love! And I love that E is in the photo with you.

  50. Melanie says:

    Your blog was down forever!!

    AWESOME article.

    I love what you say about exercise and fitting it into our mom-lives.

  51. Marisa @Loser for Life says:

    LOVE THIS!! You are so amazing and such a wonderful role model for Tornado!

  52. Cammy@TippyToeDiet says:

    Great photo! And a great reminder to schedule my own photo shoot, which I have been avoiding. :)

    Congrats on the positive exposure!

  53. Nitmos says:

    Congrats! This is kinda coincidental too because I was just named one of Michigan’s least fit Dads. I also got a photo (and finger printing)…

  54. Susan EB Schwartz says:

    Congratulations! Well deserved and the photo is so cute. When does the Tornado become of the fittest girls?

  55. Susan EB Schwartz says:

    Congratulations! The accolade is well deserved and the photo is so cute. When does the Tornado become of the fittest girls?

  56. Jill says:

    That’s awesome!!! Congrats Miz!! :)

  57. Katdoesdiets says:

    So freakin cool! Love the pic. Ah, the comfort zone…You have inspired me to blow mine up…with dynamite and all ;)

  58. Joanna Sutter says:

    I’m so proud of you! So very proud.

  59. Heather @ Not a DIY Life says:

    Congratulations!! What an awesome honor! And I love the photo of you two! What a great way to celebrate a fit life :-)

  60. charlotte says:

    Aieee! I’m so so excited for you! And no matter what you say I love that pick of you and the Tornado. Is the voting open to Austin residents only or can we all help elect you?! You win the FitMom tiara in my book every day!!

  61. Mary (A Merry Life) says:

    This is so AWESOME! Congrats! I love your pic. :)

  62. Pubsgal says:

    Loved that article! And the photo of you two? Made my heart glow. :-)

  63. messymimi says:

    Congrats, and of course you always have to do what you are afraid to do. So do I.

  64. Geosomin says:

    That picture is amazing. The look on your girls face says it all :)

  65. Katie says:

    I wish you were my mom! :)

  66. Lori says:

    Congratulations, you definitely deserve it! Love the picture too!!
    I haven’t seen the magazine out yet but will really be keeping my eyes open for it!

  67. Ron says:

    Congrats!!!! Awesome picture!

  68. Sagan says:

    Ha - as if we needed a magazine to tell us that you’re one of Austin’s fittest moms! :) You’ve got to be one of the healthiest people (mind AND body, which is the REAL feat) that I *know* (knowing via the blogosphere counts, right? ;) ).


  69. Rita @ Fitblogger says:

    You certainly are one of Austin’s fittest mama’s and I’m glad Austin knows that now too.

    That picture made my day!

  70. South Beach Steve says:

    This is great Carla, and it couldn’t have been for a more deserving person!

  71. Naomi says:

    WOW!! You’r one of the fittest mommies in one of the fittest cities in America!! All I can say is, “WAY TO ROCK IT!!” You’re my idol!! :)

  72. 'Drea says:

    That is one cool ass photo and, damn, I didn’t know you had thigh muscles like that… Kudos!

  73. FatFighterTV says:

    CONGRATS!!! I feel like I’m saying that to you a lot lately because you are such a super star. LOVE the pic, too. :)

  74. Tricia says:

    That’s absolutely awesome, Carla! Congratulations! I love that you included the Tornado in the photo with you! Perfect!

  75. Melanie says:

    I love what Naomi said, Carla!!

    You are fit among fit and a ROLE MODEL AMONG ROLE MODELS.


  76. Vee says:

    You look fantastic! congrats, Miz! Vee at http://veegettinghealthy.blogspot.com

  77. Patrick says:

    Congrats Miz on this cool honor! I bet you were both smiling wide as can be when you saw the article in print. How cool is this!

  78. Melissa-Shrinking Jeans says:

    Love it! You both are gorgeous!

  79. NYCPatty says:

    Congratulations! Great picture! :)

  80. Drazil says:

    Um I’m not sure who is cuter - you or your daughter. And I read your yahoo article today - you just rock. Anyone who tells me to work out less is A-OK in my book. LOL. I love me some interval training…I gotta get back to that.

  81. Shelley B says:

    Found a coffee house with free wifi and had to come see what you alluded to in your Friday comment - WOWOWOWOWOWOW!!!! What an awesome and richly-deserved prize!!! Congratulations! LOVE LOVE LOVE the picture - it says so much! :)

  82. Thea @ I'm a Drama Mama says:

    Seriously, is there anything you DON’T do? You amaze me.

  83. Irene says:


  84. Rose says:

    I discovered your blog from google and love your posts. Congrats.

  85. Wifey says:

    You and the Tornado are such rockstars! Love it!

    Winks & Smiles,

  86. Karla says:

    Woohoo!! Late to the ride here, but I just wanted to say this is AWESOME, well-deserved and a testament to the great person and Mom you are Carla! This photo/story is such a great keepsake too :)


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