You’re here because you saw her picture and now you want to know more. Who wouldn’t? The transformation you see in Lauren’s before and after photos are jaw dropping. But what your about to learn that’s most inspiring is that Lauren has reworked herself from the inside out. Here’s a story about an extraordinary life change from a woman who is so very… Normal!
I decided to change my life over the Christmas holidays of 2010. I was 29 and had my 30th birthday looming in July. I had hardly any photos taken with my children because I didn’t like seeing myself in photos. I couldn’t imagine starting a new decade of my life feeling awful, looking terrible, and not being able to fit into any normal-sized clothes.
After New Years Day, 2011, I joined a gym and started my weight loss journey. But it all started a very long time ago.
Gaining Weight Growing Up…
I was once your average skinny child. Then something changed. In my grade two school photo I was thin. In my grade three school photo I was chubby. And I stayed that way for a long time.
I grew up in a home where cupboards were always full and full of the wrong things: chips, twisties, chocolate biscuits, and lollies. Our dinner meal wasn’t necessarily unhealthy but it was served with Coke and a side of white buttered bread.
As I got older, for my school lunch it was “here’s some money” – so what do you think a teenager buys? For me it was usually hot dogs, dim sims, chocolate jam donuts and a coke. I spent my teenage years as the “fat and funny girl” but all I wanted to be was the skinny popular one that everyone likes. I was never told I was beautiful.
… All I wanted to be was the skinny popular one that everyone likes. I was never told I was beautiful.
My first experience with diet pills was at the age of fourteen. I heard someone mention the “ford pill” so I pinched some money from my parents and bought it. It made me use the bathroom – a lot – so I was off of that pretty quickly.
Flash-forward a few years and I didn’t care what it took anymore. At twenty-one I was regularly taking duromine. It’s essentially a form of prescription speed that speeds up your metabolism. Eat what you want, don’t exercise, and lose huge amounts of weight – perfect! But of course as soon as I stopped taking it, I would put weight back on. I was constantly up and down with my weight, but usually hovered around 200 lbs.
Eating habits? I ate for the sake of it. I ate because it was there, because it was free, because I had five dollars on me and I was passing McDonalds. I would eat when I was emotional. I would eat when I was sad, happy, angry, or to celebrate. My life revolved around food. It controlled me.
At my heaviest I was 250 pounds. Incidentally (or not) I was also at my worst emotionally. I had become very negative about life and hated almost everything about myself. I was a pro at “temporary problem solving” – the only way I knew how to lose weight was to take pills, drink shakes, or go on a fad diet. You name it, I’ve tried it. It was a vicious cycle.
I can’t say life was all bad during my 20’s. I got married to the most amazing man that’s patient, loving, and kind. We have three beautiful children together. They are my world.
Back To the Weight Loss Story!
It took me 22 months to lose 115 pounds.
It wasn’t easy. I was successful because I was willing to do ANYTHING to change. I was fortunate to meet the most incredible personal trainer, Elise Trussler. She will always be the pinnacle to my success. She taught me about nutrition and how to make it work with exercise. I can tell you now that I eat more than I ever have! But I eat the right foods at the right times, with treats here and there. I will always be grateful our paths crossed. I get emotional thinking back to the day I met her and how much knowledge she has instilled in me since. She’s a good friend and I’m so thankful for her!
[quote]It took me 22 months to lose 115 pounds.[/quote]
I used to be full of excuses. Who was I trying to kid thinking I could eat whatever I wanted, not exercise, and still lose weight? Now I get up at 5:30 AM most mornings to train. I’m home in time to get my kids ready for school. I make sure I’m prepared food-wise at the start of the week. When you want something bad enough you’ll do just about anything to make it happen!
My children have also been learning about food and are pretty knowledgeable when it comes to what’s healthy and what’s not. It makes me so happy they are growing up with good food habits.
I stay on track because I learned the long and hard way. Plus, I love it. I’ve strayed from time to time but I’ve maintained a healthy lifestyle for so long and feel so good, who would want to go back? It’s worth every bit losing weight and getting healthy the right way. You learn so much about yourself and a lot changes on the inside in the process.
Is She Living Happily Ever After?
I’m still very much a work in progress. There’s always something to learn and improvements to make. My before photo is still me, just a different version of me. Everything I was I still am. Now that I’ve learned to like myself its allowed me to unlock the box and let her out.
Lauren Brewer is Mama Lion Strong’s FIRST celebrated Mama Lion. I would like to feature a woman who’s story would inspire others once a month. If you would like to share your story or nominate someone else, get in touch. The story will be shared with thousands and who knows? You may help to change a life![space]