ABOUT

Hi! I’m Lauren. This is the blog formerly known as Oatmeal after Spinning.

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If this is your first time here, welcome, and thank for checking out my site. You might want to visit this page to see some of my favorite posts.

I’m still (kind of) a newlywed…

July 17th, 2011 (Sunset Hills Vineyard)

I am very blessed. :)

I’m a 34-year old gal who recently followed my DREAMS and moved from Maryland to Colorado. Before moving away from the east coast, I quit my job of over seven years as a full-time high school art teacher to pursue a career that I am truly passionate about. I now work full-time as a social media manager for FlapJacked. I teach also group exercise classes at a national health club chain and am a certified Spinning and Bodypump instructor and Personal Trainer. I love my jobs! I am married to a wonderful man named Greg who is truly my best friend. We both prefer mountains to beaches, health food to junk and love being outdoors as much as possible. We have two Golden Retrievers named Lance and Jackson (they’re brothers!) that we love to death. You may see them pop up from time to time on this blog, because I’m kind of obsessed with them. :)

Exercise and healthy eating are a huge part of my life and the older I’ve gotten, the more I’ve understood just how important it is to treat my body with care. I wasn’t always this way, though. Growing up, I was always overweight and after college I weighed somewhere around 200 lbs (I’m just over 5’6″). I decided to take control of my life and get healthy, fit and happy once and for all. I joined a gym and started eating better and lost 30 lbs. in a short amount of time. And then stayed right there… for a while. It wasn’t until I really started be aware of what I was putting into my body (which was a lot of artificial, pre-packaged, processed crap) and changed my workouts from just zoning out on the elliptical (and barely breaking a sweat) that I really noticed a change. I started taking Spinning and Bodypump classes and ate only whole, minimally processed (mostly) organic foods. 30 more lbs. came off and I felt better than ever.

Hiking in Harper’s Ferry, WV

Biking in Vail, CO (we got engaged about an hour after this!)

I’ve battled with food and body image my whole life, and that will never go away. I’ve done a lot of damage to my metabolism through dieting and over-exercise, and have gained about half of the weight that I lost back (and would love to figure out how to get rid of it again for good!).  I do continue to challenge myself in my workouts and love to seek out new adventures.

I became a certified Spinning instructor in February 2009 and teach two weekly classes EARLY in the morning – and I absolutely LOVE IT! I became a Bodypump instructor in the fall of 2011- the training for it was the hardest thing I’ve ever done physically and mentally. I got my Personal Training certification a year later and while I like one on one training, I’ve found that group exercise is my real passion. I love being outside more than anything and hiking/trail running are my favorite ways to get out and exercise. I try to balance out my high intensity workouts with yoga, and it’s made me see life in a whole new way (and taught me the importance of slowing down and taking care of your body).

Pikes Peek 10k – one of my favorite races to run each year!

When I say that I’m “going shopping,” it’s more likely that I’ll be at REI or Whole Foods than the mall. Greg and I love to cook dinner together and enjoy a great glass of wine and/or craft beer. I have been slowly teaching him how to be passionate and expressive about food- it’s one of the greatest joys of life!

At The Pines vineyard in The Dalles, OR

One of my greatest passions in life is introducing people to things that I love. I’m a teacher by nature, whether it’s in my professional or personal life- I love sharing knowledge.

Life’s too short to not enjoy the simple pleasures. Thanks for stopping by my blog- I hope you stay a while!

Goonies never say die!

 

Comments

  1. WE GOT MARRIED ON THE SAME DAY! Yay for national peach ice cream day! Mine was just a year sooner :)

  2. Congrats on your recent wedding! I was just married on 8/6/11! :-)

  3. Goldens are the best dogs! I am also originally from Maryland. What part do you live in? I’m from Rockville/Bethesda but have lived in Atlanta for almost ten years.

    • We are in Frederick, I’ve been here my whole life! My husband is originally from Boston, but moved down to Maryland as a teenager and went to high school in Northern Montgomery County (Damascus). I bet you don’t miss the traffic up here!

  4. Is that Proposal Rock on the Oregon Coast in that last picture?? I love the pictures of you two in so many awesome places!!

    • It’s from Cannon Beach… I think? The one that was in Goonies. Maybe it’s called proposal rock, too?
      And thanks- I make Greg pose for/take a million photos anytime we travel. I love to be able to look back on the memories!

  5. Hey hey–thanks for stopping by my blog, I am loving yours and looking forward to reading more!

    I especially love the WV pic because I went to college there (Morgantown not Harpers Ferry but I still get excited when I see anything WV)

  6. You have such a positive and wonderful story. I’m so glad I found your blog.

  7. Thanks for checking out my blog…I guess I’ve been all over Tiffany’s lately so it had to happen! Hahaha. Anyways, I love your story. Great job on the weight loss and the realistic expectations. I’ve battled an unhealthy self image all my life as well…but you gotta keep your chin up and carry on. :) Nice to meet you!

  8. Love those pups of yours!! And the SUNFLOWERS in your bouquet… gorgeous! :)

  9. Just found your blog from Meals and Moves. What an inspiring story! Adding you to my google reader :)

  10. Just found your blog from Janetha’s…love it! Parts of your story sound a lot like mine. I recently started going to spinning classes at my gym and am loving it – such a great workout! Looking forward to reading more. :)

  11. Lauren, I just came across your blog via Eat, Live, Run and so glad I did. I’m also living in Maryland (B-more area), obsessed with golden retrievers and counting down until the day I can get one, and have a love for Body Pump! Hopefully we can meet up one day and I can’t wait to follow your blog!

    Brittanie @ Three Bracelets (www.threebracelets.blogspot.com)

    • Hey Brittanie! Sounds like you have some good taste! :) I checked out your blog and you have a great story- I’m jealous that you have lived in so may great places (especially Colorado) and hope that you’re loving Charm City! I’ll be organizing a blogger meet-up one of these days, so stay tuned! :)

  12. Great to find your blog through your comment on mine! I love reading your story and can relate a lot to those last 10 pounds – you sound really balanced, and I’m excited to follow you through your blog!

  13. awww so great to meet you Lauren!!! I appreciate your openness on the blog, and it’s great to know that you’re at a better place!! I admire teachers b/c teaching is a gift I’ve always “wanted” or try to work on. :) And I just love how you summed that up–simple pleasures like oatmeal after hard work is amazing. And my fiance’s name is Greg too! teeehee.

  14. I can’t believe you’re a HS ART teacher!! We DO have sooo much in common! I probably would’ve gone down that route, but at the time I transferred to CU Boulder they didn’t offer that as a program/licensure, so I went with math. Oh how my life might’ve been drastically different! BUT, I’m so thankful for where I’ve come, and that I bumped into you in the blogosphere :)
    -Kelly

    • If I could go back in time, I would have transferred to CU Boulder and studied something else entirely! I actually didn’t go to college for teaching- I went for graphic design. I couldn’t find a job, so went for a masters in art education afterwards. I often think about how different my life would be if I had gone down a different path- but things happen for a reason!

  15. I just found your blog and I’m so glad I did-I was beginning to think Maryland bloggers didn’t exist! I saw you mentioned a blogger meet-up and I would love to do that. We moved to the area because my husband was transferred to Frederick. I’m also obsessed with Body Pump…oh, and I like your name too. :)

    • Hi Lauren (great name!)- welcome to Maryland! Do you live in Frederick? We are definitely due for another meet-up soon. I’ll give you the details when it happens! Do you belong to a gym yet? I teach at Fitness First.

  16. I love seeing photos from my neck of the woods!

    Your story is great and I love that you’ve become such a fit and active person.

  17. over here from Pickles and Honey…love your blog! And you pups look super cute! I do a pet link up on the 23rd of each month called 23PAWS…you should check it out. Would love to have you join the party! :) Looking forward to reading more! :)

  18. I just found your blog and love it! It looks like we share at least one passion-I’m crazy about hiking!

  19. Love this!! I just started blogging but I’m a big healthy – foodie too and love hiking, running, and anything to do with the outdoors. Your blog looks great!! :)

  20. Just found your blog—you have some great info. in there. Love it!

  21. I love your “about” page, Lauren! It’s funny how you mentioned being a newlywed….I’m pretty sure I labeled myself as a “newlywed” for at the least the first year of our marriage…lol….before I knew it, saying “I JUST got married” didn’t seem to work any longer, at least not a year into it. I do love the flowers you had….and, your pictures are beautiful! I am glad I found your blog, and I am definitely interesting in reading more!

  22. Hi Lauren! I remember meeting you briefly at Blend and I’m horrible about finding time to read others blogs, but I’m so happy I stopped by here! I think we might be kindred spirits. My husband and I have had a fondness for Colorado since our first visit a few years ago (there have been quite a few more since then) and I seriously cannot stop dreaming of moving there. Really enjoyed thumbing through your previous posts and reading about your adventures there and reliving some of my favorite spots (Loveland Pass, Breckenridge, etc.). Until we pack up and move there, I’ll just live vicariously through you :)

  23. Ran across your blog via Mizfit. I have run Pike’s Peak Marathon and have run the G. Canyon a few times. Why did you quit teaching? I have been in public schools for almost 40 years and can’t think of a better thing to retire from. Love Colorado and did the Bike Tour last summer there. (Mostly in Wyoming tho ’cause of the fires).

    • That’s great that you have loved your teaching career- I admire that! It just wasn’t for me and it was definitely in my best interest to pursue other things.

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