Who am I?

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Last updated March 2014.

Hi. My name is Lauren. I am on a journey to wellness that began in February 2011. I am a regular person who has lost about 90 pounds by working hard, exercising regularly, and managing my eating. I am not a cooking, health, fitness or nutrition expert. I do love science, learning, and reading scholarly articles. I am setting out to keep a journal of my successes and failures in everyday life as I attempt to balance working full time (often overtime), staying fit, eating right, managing stress, and day-to-day stuff. Read my first blog post to get started.

In real life, I am a Veterinarian in small animal practice. In my spare time, I am a Zumba instructor and enthusiast. Weight Watchers got me started. I also run a little here and there. In summer 2013, I started Crossfit. In January 2014, I jumped on the paleo/primal/clean eating bandwagon. I am married to Jason. I have three cats: Jaquelyn “Small Fry,” George, and Bea “Bad Kitten” Arthur.

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Here are some pictures of me “before.” There aren’t a lot of good pictures of me from this time since I was constantly avoiding being photographed. The first was taken in January 2011. Notice I am hiding behind the snowman. The second was taken sometime in 2010 at work.

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I won’t call these “after” pictures because my journey is ongoing, but here is a series of pictures that illustrates my journey so far.

Playing a character at murder mystery night benefiting the Leukemia Lymphoma Society in September 2012.

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Cuddling with Bad Kitten in summer 2012.

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Running the Auburn Classic 10K in January 2013.

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Split jerking 65 lb at Crossfit Impulse in early summer 2013.

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Attending a wedding in July 2013.

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At the ER with a broken ankle in February 2014 (look at my calves!).

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With my niece on Easter, 2014.

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Before a Zumba class in May 2014 (the cat shirt is the most important part of this photo).

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Right before kick off of the Auburn versus Arkansas game, season opener, September 2014.

   
At the last home game of the season, November 2014.

  

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3 thoughts on “Who am I?

  1. Fran says:

    Great idea! I look forward to reading your posts.

  2. Susan Gailes says:

    Lauren, I just started Weight Watchers a few weeks ago. I’m getting the hang of counting points and figuring it all out. I’ve lost four pounds in two weeks so I see progress. Weight loss is such a challenge.

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