Hello! Thank you for visiting my site! My name is Laura and I am a personal trainer, group fitness instructor and wellness coach. My goal is to share with everyone what I’m eating and other healthy tips on how to get the most out of life!
I am 39 and in June, 2013 I officially became the happiest person in the world because I married the man of my dreams. My husband (I love being able to say that) and I live in Salt Lake City, Utah and we absolutely love it here.
I love mountain biking, running, working people out, laughing, COOKING, eating, snowboarding, online shopping, getting my hair done, drinking coffee, the color pink, anything involving being in the sun…you get the picture. 🙂
I have a fabulous full time job that allows me to help others find fun and enjoyment in fitness. I feel like the luckiest person in the world!
I started this little website so I could keep track of what I cook. Plus, people frequently ask me for recipes and workouts so I figured this would be like one stop (internet) shopping!
If you want to know more about my life story, read on…
I have always been active but I have also always really, really loved to eat and cook. I still really love to eat and cook. And up until a few years ago I really hated running. I couldn’t even run a mile without stopping several (dozen) times. I used to eat the Standard American Diet (SAD) so looking back I know exactly why I couldn’t run a mile. Since I started running just a few years ago I have completed two full marathons and several half marathons. So I always say if I can do it, YOU can do it.
Growing up I was very in to ballet, dance, biking and fitness in general. I started doing aerobics when I was about 13. I liked it because it was kind of like dancing.
When I went to college my eating habits went down the drain and I gained about 30 pounds. That might not sound like much, but I am only 5 feet, 0 inches tall so 30 pounds took me from a size 2 to a size 12-14. It would have been more but I continued to exercise like a mad-woman. I was in denial the whole time, convinced the dryer shrunk all my clothes. Here is what I looked like around that time. I was 18 years old.
Ugh that is painful for me to see! My wake-up call happened when I came home from my first year of college and tried to slip on a pair of men’s size 34 boxer shorts that I used to wear as pajamas and they didn’t fit. I remember looking in a full length mirror thinking, what happened? The next day I got my life back on track. I started eating like a champ and going to water aerobics with my grandma! Because I gained so much weight so fast I developed stress fractures in my lower legs so I couldn’t do weight bearing exercise. Water Aerobics was a great way for me to get exercising again. I worked really hard all summer and by the fall I had lost almost all the weight.
With my new found zest for fitness and nutrition I changed my major to Sport Science and earned a bachelors and masters degree in Sport Science and became a certified Group Fitness Instructor and Personal Trainer. Eating right is still not easy. I will never be the kind of person who can eat just half a cookie or half a doughnut or 1 brownie.
Life has taken me from Idaho to Los Angeles and to Utah where I have lived for the last 8 years.
After I got into fitness I set a goal to compete in a figure competition as scary as that thought was. I knew it was something I wanted to do at least once in my life to get that experience. The diet was such a struggle for me and it took the pleasure out of exercise for me. I was also the crankiest I have ever been in my life. After the competition I attempted to train for a couple more competitions but I kept getting sick from over-training and not eating enough. It just wasn’t fulfilling for me. Plus I’m really pretty shy when it comes to wearing a swimsuit…on a stage. Hello, what was I thinking?! I’ll try anything once I guess! Here is photo from that competition. I was 25 or 26 years old. Seems like so long ago!
Now, I’m 34 and for the most part I eat a plant based diet because I enjoy the way I feel and I enjoy the food I eat. I kicked my cookie, bread and cereal eating habit to the curb! I still love food just as much, I’ve just transferred my love for baked goods into a love for vegetables and I feel MUCH better!
So I hope you will join me as I write about what I’m eating and what workouts I’m doing. It is simply my passion in life! Eat up my friends and live a radiant and bright life!
Disclaimer: I am a personal trainer, but I’m not YOUR personal trainer. In fact, I don’t know anything about you! The workouts I post are just what I am doing for the week. These workouts are not suitable for everyone. Do my workouts at your own risk and always consult a physician before beginning a new fitness program.
Regarding recipes: I am not a chef or a dietitian. Recipes on this websites are not intended as a diet plan, it’s just what I eat.