DietBet Day #2 / Zumba Day #2

Weighed in: 176.5

I’m down 3 lbs. That may seem like a lot, but my weight flucuates so much. I’m just trying to get it into the 50s by September and 20s by Spring. I think it’s doable, but I need to keep moving.

Breakfast: Tropical Fruit Smoothie – Frozen Strawberries, Frozen Mango, Frozen Pineapple, Banana, Chia Seed, Rolled Oats, and Rice Milk.

I usually add almond milk, but I’m out, but had some Trader Joe’s rice milk. There was a taste difference, but not enough to complain. What’s your favorite milk alternative?

Lunch: Spicy Black Beans with Organic Tortilla Chips

Dinner: Homemade mini-pizzas w/ wheat thin bread, pasta sauce, shredded mozzarella, mushrooms, and pepporoni.

Today is the first day all week that I’ve eaten meat. I’ve been meal planning ahead of time and they’ve all been mostly vegan recipes. Today was a day I realized I need to keep a food journal. As painful as that sounds, I can’t keep binge eating or eating past the point of full. That’s why I am like I am!

Zumba was great, I sweat even more because it was a toning class. My arms are going to be sore in the mornin’.

I know my caloric intake was high today, so, I don’t plan on seeing a drastic weight drop like I did today. But, I have 26 days left to lose my 4%.

How’s your workouts today? This weeek? Next week I’m planning on tracking all my miles/minutes worked. So, I can see how many calories I’m burning. Any good apps/websites I should know about?



DietBet Day #1 / Zumba #1

Went to Zumba today. I was a first timer. My mom joined me for the journey, it was exciting!

I wasn’t sure how intense it would be, but it kicked rear into gear. This was exactly what I needed. My mom and I can’t wait to go back! It was fun “dancing” while working out. I can tell you one thing, my abs are going “I do exist, I do exist!”

Today was also Day 1 of Sara Fit’s DietBet. I told my mother about it and she said that was gambling. I should have said I’m gambling with my life every day, I don’t work to get fit and lose some weight.


I’m weighing in at: 179.5… What a gross and high number for me. It’s been awhile since I’ve been that big. Working as a waitress is how I lost a lot of weight. Having a desk job isn’t helping. But, that’s why I signed up for Sarah’s DietBet. I call it a kick start to losing weight! The basics are: 1) Put x amount of dollars into a pool. 2) Lose at least 4% of your weight, and then 3) Hopefully collect the money back plus part of the pool of people who didn’t lose the weight.

So, there, I found something I like better than some of the videos out on the inter-webs. I just have to make sure I have time to run/walk and Zumba my way to a better, healthier, more fulfilling lifestyle!

Working Out…. It’s Hard

Ok, so, I’m great at walking. I could walk 5 miles easily.

I’m alright at running, if I had to, I could probably run for five minutes without stopping if the pace isn’t too fast.

Working out if it’s not cardio? It’s so hard. One of many “excuses” is It’s hard to look at the computer screen while I’m working out. I got through 1/3 of a blogilates beginner workout and halfway through a bexlife workout, and I did the plank challenge from SaraFit for about 10 seconds. I know it’s mind over matter, but how do I get over that hump. I know to push myself running I think about how close I am to pushing past that next barrier. I hate being overweight and uncomfortable. I hate working out and being uncomfortable. So, when it comes down to it, I hate being uncomfortable. How, do I push past it?

I just do, push past the light-headedness, push past the “I can’t do this”, push past the part of me who has already planned on failing.

I did do alright on my eating today, but, I still overate. It’s hard. Life is hard. Gah, but, I gotta keep pushing! What are some of the motivators that keep you going?

Welcome / 1st Post

Hi, I’m Lauren, Ren for short. You may be visiting from my other blog: Ren Was Here or you may just be browsing. Welcome, no matter how you happened upon my path.

I am a 25 year old fit wannabe. I’ve come to the point where living a life of leisure is slowly making my life not so lovely. I’m ready to take control and get back on track. I know very little about getting fit and eating healthy. Ok, I know a bit. But, this is my journey from unfit to fit, unhealthy to healthy, overweight to right on track! No more saying, but now it’s time for the doing! Yes, I will fail. I’m ok with that. It’s what I do with failing. I pick myself up and start all over again. It’s going to be hard. But with some prayer, faith, hard work, and encouragement, I think I can get this body a movin and a groovin. (I’m corny, fyi).

So, why blog about it? And why not just use my old blog? What a wonderful question you’ve asked. Because, I wanted to track my journey with food, fitness, and faith. My other blog is more just about my musings and personal life. This get’s down to the nitty gritty!

25 Things You Need to Know About Me:

  1. I love Jesus with my whole heart!
  2. I’m a lister. Meaning, I write lists. All the time, everywhere.
  3. I graduated college with a music degree.
  4. I want to be a full-time missionary.
  5. I love soccer. Never played it really. Don’t know all the rules. But, if I could play it as a pro, I would in a heart beat.
  6. I love all asian food, except for vietnamese. I’ve tried it at least 3 times and it makes me sick.
  7. I talk in the third person. A lot.
  8. Kambucha rocks!
  9. I’ve been vegan/vegetarian for quick stints.
  10. I also blog over at Ren Was Here.
  11. I have more sewing notions, patterns, books then clothes I’ve sewn (which is nil).
  12. Dr. Who Fanatic!
  13. I know almost every line to Remember the Titans, Walk to Remember, and Little Women
  14. If Ezra Fitz was a real person and lived in my town, we would so be dating! (Google Pretty Little Liars)
  15. I have a guitar that I take out maybe ten times a year.
  16. I love to read.
  17. I live in the midwest.
  18. Podcasts are awesome.
  19. I sponsor a child through Compassion.
  20. I can only wear nike tennis shoes (I wear other shoes, but working out wise those are it!)
  21. I love nike running shorts, target’s brand is a close second.
  22. Oreos and Cupcakes are their own food group.
  23. Team Conan all the way.
  24. I miss Michael Scott
  25. I want to make a difference in ending Human Trafficking!

Are you ready to start the adventure with me? I hope I’m ready! If not here I go!