January 5, 2014

Body Changes

I have a nick name, Lardy Lauren. I have always felt that I have struggled with my weight since puberty. Now I am the heaviest I have ever been in my life. It has been so disheartening to step on the scale.

I know I have a lot of work to do to get my body back.

Yes, please!

I've been in a lot of situations where I'm sitting with a group of girls and the discussion turns to dieting. My friends will chat excitedly about this new diet they are trying, going on about how so-and-so that they know lost so many pounds in a month! They swap tips, and by that point in the conversation I'm feeling really out of place, so I kind of tune out. Until somebody asks me what diets I've tried. To which I reply, "Low Carb, but I won't diet anymore."


That's when I get the stink eye from almost everyone at the table, as if I've broken some essential part of the girl code that says it's mandatory to diet. It's even worse if we're at a restaurant and the server comes by to ask who wants dessert. The other girls laugh nervously and glance around at each other, daring each other to be the one who orders dessert. Meanwhile, my hand shoots up because HECK YES I want dessert! 

My life is a constant battle...

Now, I'm definitely not knocking dieting in general. If you like to diet, super cool for you! It may well be that you just have more will power than I do. Dieting is just absolutely not for me, and here's why:

I love food and am miserable when I try and restrict myself to what I can eat.

I believe in eating healthy. It is too hard to keep a diet going for a prolonged period of time. Therefore you experience weight surges.

And then a lot of maintaining a good weight is exercising. Half of it has nothing to do with eating.



It is incredibly possible to lose weight and be healthy without dieting. I'm determined to get at a happy weight again, and I feel great because I eat to feel good. 97% of the time that means eating to fuel my body in the most optimal way. But that 3% of the time, you bet I will be chowing down on some fresh baked chocolate chip cookies, because that is what makes my soul happy. :)


  1. I created some non diet goals for healthier eating like drinking more water and watching my portion sizes. I hate diets because food is just too good! Good luck!

  2. Go for it! Angel has a very similar attitude--he loves food, and his best strategy for trying to stay in shape is working out regularly as opposed to trying to limit food intake. I think exercise is very strategic because it doesn't merely accomplish burning calories, it strengthens muscles and helps all those different body systems to work right--that's why I've been working on making some sort of aerobic/strength activity--often just 15 minutes--every day because I know my body needs it!

  3. I LOVE this post and my hand always is the first in the air for heck yes I want dessert ( so much so that I would start with that if I could), I gotta get healthy and fit this year but I will not call it a diet.

  4. I don't believe in dieting either. It has to be a lifestyle change or eventually it's going to come back and then what was the point?? I just try to eat healthy 90% of the time and then the other 10% I eat whatever I want... that way, I don't ever feel like I'm being deprived of my less healthy favorites!

  5. Found you from the link up and I'm loving your blog! Now following :)

  6. I've put on about 15 lbs since summer which is gross. Lardy Kate? But seriously, whoever gave you that nickname should be beaten up!

  7. love this post!!! You are so precious. you work crazy hours so it's alright./

  8. Yay! Good for you, love! Let me know if you need any help! We can definitely work on the healthy thing together!

  9. I love those quotes and pics, i think every girl always wants to lose something! Cheers to our healthy journey!

  10. I think diet is the worst word ever. I try to avoid saying it, I feel like it puts such a stigma on what you're trying to do. I just think healthy choices and eating LESS overall will work for anyone!

  11. I am all about changing to a healthy lifestyle than going on a "diet"! I actually read this article a few daya ago and realized it's exactly what I did this past summer-http://www.katheats.com/its-easier-to-add-than-subtract . I added salads as my lunch, which inevitably led to me cutting out a bunch of other less healthy stuff. I just wanted to feel healthier and better about what I put into my body... And it worked! I feel pretty great (although I definitely still enjoy my sweets)! Anyway, after that whole long spiel, I just wanted to wish you the best of luck! Here's to feeling amazing!

  12. This is exactly how I feel! Good luck, Lauren! I'm going to be right there with you, getting my body back in a healthy manner. :-)

  13. You got this! I started exercising as one of my goals in 2014 and I have to say I just love how accomplished I feel getting in a workout. And I agree about not dieting. I need to make healthier choices but still indulge on some of my fav foods.


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