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Minnesota mom loses 100 pounds training for special race

Nikki Hauck reaches her running and weight loss goals
Nikki Hauck

Warning: If you are a mother of young children who has postponed losing the baby weight because you believe that don't have the time or energy to exercise, reading this article will probably destroy that excuse. But if you are a busy mom who is ready to slim down and get back to her pre-pregnancy weight, then keep reading. What follows is a story that may inspire you to get moving and get fit.

When Nikki Hauck toes the line at the 2014 More Magazine/Fitness Magazine Women’s Half-Marathon in New York City next month she'll be nearly 100 pounds thinner than she was when she starting running. Nikki, a 32-year old mom with three children under the age of five, laced up her shoes and started jogging in an effort to slim down. But what she found was a much needed respite from the hectic pace of her life.

Nikki, a recruiter from Elko New Market, MN, works from home and cares for her children aged 5, 4 and 1. While she lost a significant amount of weight between her first two kids, she struggled to take the weight off after her last baby. She was not a runner, but that didn't dissuade her. She started jogging slowly and gradually worked her way up to running a series of local 5K races.

After each race, she felt hungry for another challenge and eventually tackled a local half marathon in Minneapolis. With that accomplishment under her belt, she was ready to tackle new challenges. She also found that her healthy commitment had an impact on her children. So she signed up for the women's race in Central Park and is just months away from reaching her weight loss and running goals.

So how did she do it? Nikki didn't have a celebrity trainer, a personal chef or a support staff to manage her life while she found the time to pursue her goals. She did, however, use effective strategies that any mom can use to manage her time and lose weight.

Read her full story to find out how she did it and how any mom can find the time to slim down.