Monday, June 21, 2010


In case you missed my introduction on the main page for Win, Lose or Blog I decided I would post it here!

Hi! I'm Laura! I am 23 and currently living in the wonderful state of Utah. I haven't always lived here though, I spent the majority of my life in Alaska. I was a plumpy kid, you know the ones that make you sad somewhere deep down inside. My parents never really got into the whole outdoor-winter sports so my little sister and I grew up pretty inactive, or maybe we just had one too many ice creams from the ice cream truck.

Either way, I made it through school up to about 9th grade before convincing my family to try the Low Carb craze, which was my first diet experience. I like to think being overweight helped me focus in school. I managed to get a really good scholarship to an amazing engineering school right outside of Albany, New York. My mom and I moved there and through my four years in school we ended up being great workout buddies and lost quite a bit of weight. But then came graduation and our eventual split. I got a job offer in Utah which was near my father's family so I decided that would be a good start to my adult life.

So here I am, just over one year later and about 25 pounds heavier. My job? Designing food factories. Try watching a sea of chips all day and keep to your healthy eating! But I am determined to drop these pounds and reach a healthy BMI. My plan? Sticking to my low cal diet that has already helped me lose 20 pounds... Yes, I was 206 (back in march). After I lose a little more I will be adding in some more regular exercise... The key is fitting it all in to my hectic schedule.

Wish me luck!

[p.s. I am violently allergic to puppies, just after this [my main] picture was taken we made an emergency stop to pick up benadryl. My boyfriend thought the whole thing was hilarious since I knew I was allergic. Needless to say we didn't adopt the puppy :( ]

Current weight: 183.6 (6/20/10)
Desired weight: 149
Height: 5'5"


  1. Hi Laura,

    I am glad you are here to join us at Win, Lose or Blog. I look forward to following your journey and seeing your "after" pictures in your 'skinny' American Eagle Jeans! What motivates me? Women like you who set their mind to something and know that they can and will achieve it!


  2. Nice to meet you Laura,
    I have the same thing with some pants that have been in my closet for a long time, and they are calling to me to wear them again...

    Best to you


  3. Thanks for the recipe-sounds good!!! I had to lose weight to fit into my wedding dress (couldnt find it in the right size) and it was a good motivator! Better yet, it made the habit stick and Im still going strong! Good luck :)

  4. Laura:

    Bravo to you for putting yourself out there! I need to lose quite a bit myself, so I'm right there with ya!

    Thanks for entering my contest-- the Firm: Cardio Party is alot of fun and a great option for exercise. Lindsey would agree-- she's a Firm girl all the way, in their infomercials and everything!

    Best wishes in the contest, but more importantly, in your health & fitness goals.

    Laura Hartness
    The Calico Critic

  5. Congrats! I know you can do it. You already have such a great start. Just keep at it and you'll see the results you are looking for I'm sure.