Tuesday

Over 5 Inches Lost in Waist in 4 Weeks After Trying Everything!

 Over 5 Inches Lost in Waist in 4 Weeks After Trying Everything!

"In 4 weeks I have lost 5+ inches from my waist and I haven't felt this good in years. I LOVE your workout and I love kettlebells. It is the perfect workout for me. I have so much fun doing it, I can't wait for the baby to take her morning nap so I can get to work! I have never done a workout that didn't feel like a chore before this." Patty M. from South Salem, NY


Another new mom reaches out and shares with me her experience with finally finding a workout that not only gives her the results that she wants, but also makes her look forward to it. Everyone has to realize that there are many paths to get to your fitness and health goals. However, to stay motivated and actually enjoy the chosen path is what's most important. If you are bored to tears and  dread the activity that you have chosen you really need to figure out a more exciting and enjoyable avenue for yourself. Otherwise you will not be consistent and you will definitely not be able to stick with it long enough to see lasting results.  Getting to your goals should be a fun and lasting experience that continues for a lifetime.

 I am sure many of you have been through the same thing that Patty has been through and can relate with her.


Hi Lauren,

I have been struggling with finding a workout that fits me for a very long time. Running, yoga, weight training, jumping rope... I've tried so many things. Endless cardio bores me, I love weight training but never felt like I was effectively doing it and it didn't help me lose weight, just get bulky. And I have always had an aversion to workout videos -- lame! I have a naturally muscularly dense body and I know I am naturally strong.

I had my daughter 8 months ago and while pregnant so many women told me that they had never been as skinny as when they were breast feeding so I thought the baby weight would melt away. I was so wrong. I gained 55 pounds when I was pregnant and 6 months after having my baby I had still only lost 20 of those pounds. And the same 10 kept coming and going as my body would adjust to my running routine to store fat for the baby's food. I even tried jumping rope while the baby was napping, and I actually stress fractured BOTH of my knees from it and was on crutches. Can you imagine??? I was truly desperate.

After reading in a few different articles/books about kettlebells being the perfect workout, I started looking for some instructional videos and of course found you. In 4 weeks I have lost 5+ inches from my waist and I haven't felt this good in years. I LOVE your workout and I love kettlebells. It is the perfect workout for me. I have so much fun doing it, I can't wait for the baby to take her morning nap so I can get to work! I have never done a workout that didn't feel like a chore before this.

My husband noted my accomplishments so far and said to me, "It's like you're finally starting to realize that you are beautiful." Now he wants to start, after seeing my results. That is truly what it means to lead my example. So thank you for making this video and not only allowing me to enjoy getting in shape again but also to inspire my husband to do the same. (He gained some baby weight too while I was pregnant...)

Thank you again!


Kindest Regards,
Patty M.
from South Salem, NY



For ongoing fun and effective workouts you can stream in second for all levels, you can check out our new online classes and programs at Lauren's Playground

Wednesday

Living in the Present

 I gave a quick inspirational speech at a meeting this morning.  Thought I'd share it.


I have found in all my years of teaching fitness, nutrition, and health, that exercise is a way to live in the present.   Reaching for foods as nature intended is a way to preserve your health and fight off disease. 



The Dalai Lama, when asked what surprised him most about humanity, said:
“Man. Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived.”



            Let’s all take a moment and slow down.  Make it a priority to spend extra time preparing whole foods, spend the extra time moving.  Doing an activity or an active hobby you enjoy.  Instead of meeting a friend for dinner, meet them for a walk.  Live with intent to keep your  mind and body healthy.  It will not only enrich your every day life that money can never buy,  but will give you the opportunity to cherish those around you and become a better you.

Monday

Karyn's Transformation after THREE kids

For the last couple years I have had the honor of working with Karyn Randolph from a distance.  I am amazed with her transformation.  Karyn not only has proven that a mother of 3 young kids can achieve a fit and healthy lifestyle, but she has also been able to take her training to a whole new level.  She is stronger, leaner, and healthier now than she has ever been!  I received this latest email from Karyn.

Hi Lauren,
 
 I have been meaning to send you a little update for some time now.  Since 2009 your videos have taken me from a beginner with no experience and almost 30 pounds overweight, to in shape and maintaining 120 pounds and stronger than ever. I am stronger and healthier than I have ever been. I am not sure what to say except THANK YOU!!

Thanks to your help with the food plan I was able to finally kick the afternoon Dr. Pepper and candy bar habit. I have learned that I really can take it or leave it with the morning snack, but I MUST have a healthy snack in the afternoon or I will reach for anything in site and it won't be healthy. In case I forget my snack I keep 3 pre-measured servings of protein shake in a baby formula storage container in my purse. In a pinch I can shake up a serving or two with cold water and I'm good to go.

You set such an example for all of us by walking the walk and practicing what you preach every day. It was your photo on your blog in June 2009 holding your kids that inspired me to order your video. Here we are almost two years later and I rarely miss a workout. Lucky for me every time I get bored you put out a new video that is harder than the last.

I attached a few "body by Lauren" photos for you :) It was taken when I started my kettlebell adventure in June 09 and I was 147 lbs.

I am hoping some day to show up for another butt kicking in your back yard!

Take care and I hope all is wonderful for you and your super cute family.

Karyn

Karyn has been so dedicated and inspiring I asked her to share her story.  You can read it below.  I hope you are able to share this with a special woman in your life. 


BEFORE



Karyn's Transformation Story  

In April of 2009 three months after giving birth to my third son I was 32 years old and I weighed 147 pounds. I was shocked when I saw the scale. I knew I wanted to get back into shape, but I was overwhelmed. My weight prior to my first pregnancy was 115 pounds. With three kids where would I find the time? After my first two pregnancies I spent countless hours on the elliptical and treadmill. I was what I now refer to as “fat skinny”. I would lose weight to around 126 pounds but I didn’t want to be in a bathing suit ever. I was not tone and I had no muscle definition.




My brother Kevin tried to get me to try kettlebells in 2006 after baby # 2. I tried it once and told him the kettlebell was stupid and I wasn’t going to do it.  I avoided it because he lived in another state and I didn’t feel like I knew how to properly perform the exercises.  In 2009 he talked me into it again. He convinced me that I could work out in half the time I spent on the treadmill and I would lose more weight, and build muscle.  He said, “look up the swing and the dead lift on Youtube and call me to see if the person has good form.” I looked at all the “buff” kettlebell men on Youtube and wondered if I was going to look like Arnold, and then I stumbled upon Lauren Brooks. She had a six week postpartum photo on her blog from March 2009, and her two youngest babies were close to the same age as my two youngest, but she had a six pack. I was inspired! I watched all her Youtube videos and was given the okay by my brother.  Her form was perfect.  I remember staying up half the night reading her blog.

I ordered Volume 1 of Lauren’s DVD. One of my problems was my addiction to sugar and baked goods. I immediately started implementing her blog recipes for different muffins and pancakes into my diet. I also began drinking her smoothie recipe every morning using Fit365 shakes. 

I began with the 11 minute video and an 18 lb. kettlebell. As soon as I could finish the video and keep up, I doubled it and did 22 minutes per day. By then end of April I was down to 140 pounds. By the end of July I was down to 136 pounds. I was not as serious about clean eating as I could have been, and my workouts were inconsistent due to lack of sleep and juggling life with my three boys and one step-daughter.

On September 7th I decided to clean up my diet and workout regularly. I made it a goal to do the 40 minute video every Monday, Wednesday and Friday without fail. Sometimes this meant training at 11:00 pm, but I didn’t quit.  From September 7th to November 2nd, I dropped from 136 down to 126.  I cut out all white flour, sugar, and fast food and I limited my dairy. By this time I had many people asking me what I was doing. The results were noticeable! I took Lauren’s beginning kettlebell workshop in November of 2009 to make sure my form was correct, and I started sharing kettlebells with everyone I could. I was in great shape, even after three kids. It was around this time that Lauren released her Volume 2 DVD. I was completely addicted to kettlebells and loved the fact that I could squeeze in three forty minute workouts and still see results. I had joined gym after gym in my twenties and never saw results from weight machines or aerobics classes. I would always quit because I never saw results!

After
I continued my kettlebell training and in September 2010 I went through the HKC Certification. I was between 122 and 125 pounds. I wanted to get down to 120, and I wanted to quit my afternoon Dr. Pepper and York Peppermint Pattie habit. With the exception of that, my diet was pretty clean, but my afternoon crash always led me to caffeine and sugar. I contacted Lauren regarding a nutrition program and was able to eliminate the caffeine and sugar from my diet. The key for me is always having an afternoon snack on hand. I usually eat 5-6 small meals per day as she suggested and I am never hungry! I plan all meals ahead I pack a cooler on work days.

Lauren’s videos have taken me from a beginner with no experience and almost 30 pounds overweight, to in shape, maintaining 120 pounds, and stronger and healthier than I  have ever been.  I rarely miss a workout and I am back down to the size 2 I wore before having three kids.  


AFTER




Karyn Randolph
HKC Certified Russian Kettlebell Instructor
Marysville, Ca.
K2FitnessStudio.com
http://www.facebook.com/pages/K2-Fitness/119849564749406


Photo's taken by Melissa check her out at photographybytigerlily.blogspot.com


If you live near Marysville I highly suggest you check out her kettlebell classes.  Karyn has my highest recommendation not only as a teacher but someone who can motivate you to accomplish your goals.  Thank you so much Karyn for sharing your experience with the world.  It's all about inspiring one person at a time to make a life change!

Sunday

Forks Over Knives

 Here is a trailer for a documentary that will be releasing any day now.  You can see where it will be playing in your location here.  I definitely plan on seeing this movie.  This couldn't have been coming out at a better time with my new and personal preferences with eating.





Here is a more in depth discussion about it on the Dr. Oz show.  Good stuff!