Hi! I’m Lauren. This is the blog formerly known as Oatmeal after Spinning.
If this is your first time here, welcome, and thank for checking out my site. Here’s a little more about me:
In 2011, I married to my partner-in-crime, Greg. (Shortly after that, I started this blog.)
In 2013, we followed our 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/digital marketing manager for FlapJacked. I teach also group exercise classes at two different clubs and am a certified Spinning and Bodypump instructor and Personal Trainer. I love my jobs! Greg and I love the outdoors and feel right in our element in Colorado. 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. By the time I was 27, I had taken off about 60 lbs. and finally felt strong and happy. Over the next few years I worked hard to find a balance between being healthy and overdoing it.
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.
When I say that I’m “going shopping,” it’s more likely that I’ll be at an outdoor and grocery store 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!
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!