About Me

Hi, I’m Lauren! I’m a 38 year old mom of an amazing 11 year old girl. I live with The Boyfriend of 12 years in Utah. I love to cook, eat, run, and play! I am a self-professed pretty good cook, though most of my meals aren’t fancy, they just taste good. I love to try new things and there is really nothing I won’t try in the kitchen!

I love to eat, a little too much ;) After being chubby most of my young life, I slimmed down after getting a job at the local university as a cook. It involved lots of heat, walking, and heavy lifting at times. Having no car = lots of walking all of the time. All of that got me down to a size I quite enjoyed being. It lasted a few years, but then when I got pregnant I ate for 4 :lol:  I gained about 80 pounds!  After my baby was 1 I got serious about working out and losing the weight, and I did pretty well that year.  But soon after I started the yo-yo cycle I’ve been on for about 9 years.  I will lose a good chunk and then gain it back.  This year I’ve decided to really focus on make lifestyle changes that will stick.  My hope is to get healthy, lose weight at whatever rate it happens, and then keep it off for life.  Lofty goal but I think if I look at it as a lifestyle change vs. a diet I will be more successful this time.  I started this year weighing 153, and I hope to end the year with 25 pounds lost!

I like to run.  I’m currently trying to get back into it after a long hiatus.  In my short running ‘career’ I’ve done 2 5k races and 5 half marathons.  My best time was 2 hours and 9 minutes for a half marathon.  I’d like to get back to running longer distances, hopefully sometime this year I will be able to do another half marathon.  Right now I’m enjoying running in minimalist shoes, my Merrell Pace Gloves being the most used.  When I’m not in those, I’m in a pair of Saucony Kinvara II.

What is life without play?!  And there is plenty of it with my daughter around!  We try not to have too serious of a life, getting out to play as much as we can and just enjoying our time.  I have a pretty relaxed existence, no desk job and working part time at The Boyfriend’s 7-11.  My favorite hobbies are knitting and spinning yarn.  In the warmer months I love to get outdoors and hike!  Riding my bike is pretty fun too.

This blog is a space for me to ramble, post recipes, talk about my efforts to lose weight, and to just plain say what I’m thinking.  I hope you’ll join me in my journey toward a fit and fun life!

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  1. If you would like to continue your UNPROCESSED journey I am happy to send you a copy of my book by the same name.

    Love & Kale,
    Chef AJ


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