Who am I?


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.



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.


Cuddling with Bad Kitten in summer 2012.


Running the Auburn Classic 10K in January 2013.


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


Attending a wedding in July 2013.


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


With my niece on Easter, 2014.


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


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

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



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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