i'm lauren kate, and i'm madmaxmum
Hi, i'm lauren and this is my story
I'm 27 years old and a single mother to the most amazing children named Madi and Max. I first started blogging when I became pregnant with Max and never realised how connected I would become to women all over the world and being able to share our experiences as mothers and parents. Not long after Max was born, I went through a separation and being able to write and share the good and hard times has been incredibly helpful through the entire experience. I was suffering from Post-Natal Depression, a separation and needing to start a new life with my two children from scratch. Once we had settled in, I decided to make my passion for health and fitness my career. I have since become a personal trainer, a balanced lifestyle coach and help women through some of the toughest times of the lives every single day.
I haven't always been a picture of health.
At age 17, I was diagnosed with severe depression & anxiety after being in a very toxic and violent relationship in high school. For the next 4 years, I was in and out of hospital due to suicide attempts, an addiction to prescription pills & a very dangerous relationship with alcohol. For most of this time I was unable to work & didn't expect to be alive past my 21st birthday. There were no such thing as goals and dreams, only that craving for the next drink or putting myself to sleep. This continued for the next 4 years and in that time I also began to suffer from a severe eating disorder that no one knew about.
At the age of 22 and in the midst of the toughest time of my life, I fell pregnant with my first child, Madi. It was a miracle because I had done so much damage to my body that we didn't think it was possible. I had only been with her father for just over a month and although not the most ideal situation, I didn't even think about anything else but keeping my baby, and it was the BEST decision that I made, because it saved my life. Becoming a mother changed my life in incredible ways. It gave me a reason to live, a reason to work hard, a reason to be excited every single day and a reason to smile. When we thought that life couldn't get any better, I fell pregnant a few years later and then had Max. To be blessed with such vibrant, hilarious, smart-assed and intelligent children gave me the determination to work hard every single day.
I share all the good, the bad and hilarious times that we have. I have begun practicing mindfulness and am now on my journey to becoming a Wellness Coach so I can help as many people as I can to become healthier in their mind and in their body. If my stories can help others, then I want to keep sharing them.