Lauren is a ray of sunshine who lights up the PumpUp community with her inspiring progress, her incandescent smile, and her positivity! She no longer treats food as a source of comfort, nor does she treat exercise as a form of punishment. Learn how Lauren changed her outlook on fitness with the help and support of PumpUp!
Motivation gives us the momentum to sustain progress, and Lauren sought support when she decided to commit wholeheartedly to her fitness journey in the summer of 2014. “I knew that I needed a push to keep me going, and PumpUp holds true to its title,” she exclaimed. “I couldn’t ask for a more supportive coach throughout this journey—and when I say coach, I obviously mean my amazing fit family!”
Before PumpUp, Lauren graduated from her senior year of high school with an unhealthy relationship with food and a bitter attitude toward fitness due to two separate break ups. “You know the ‘freshman 15’ people are supposed to gain during their freshman year of college? I gained my own ‘senior 30’,” confessed Lauren. “That really brought me down for awhile.” She explained that she would binge-eat on a regular basis and perform intense sessions of cardio at the gym to burn it off. “I was using food to try to make me feel better, then used the gym as punishment afterwards,” Lauren elaborated. “It was an unhealthy cycle, which ultimately led to my weight gain.”
Although Lauren is fighting a constant battle, she sees fitness through a different lens since she joined the PumpUp community. “Working out is no longer something I dread. It’s a part of my lifestyle, it makes me feel good while I’m doing it, and even better after I’ve finished,” she maintained. Exercise significantly eased her transition into her first semester of college. “The rush of endorphins is especially great when you’re living away from home for the first time—it’s like a big hug to yourself.” She’s excited to see the little changes to her body, even if they are imperceptible at first glance, because she realizes that her transformation fits within the frame of a much bigger picture. “My legs and tummy are getting slimmer and my arms are getting stronger,” she said breathlessly. “I refuse to do anything too drastic to get to where I want to be. PumpUp is about health, not weight loss. The PumpUp community is wonderful about posting their healthy habits and it gives me that extra push I need to stay on track in a healthy and realistic way.”
She now leads a much more balanced and holistically healthy lifestyle—and it shows! Her transformation is an incredible achievement and PumpUp congratulates her for every single success. “PumpUp gave me the support I needed, exactly when I needed it in my life,” Lauren gushed. “The amazing ‘fit family’ I’ve made has supported me so much over the past four months, and I can’t thank them enough. I love sharing my successes and watching the accomplishments of my fellow PumpUp pals!”
Lauren believes that good things come to those who wait. “It takes at least a week or so to start seeing the little changes in your body. If you give it plenty of time and just enjoy the process you will delight yourself along the way,” she said. Lauren learned to embrace her progress, and is a strong advocate of using pictures as a way to document it. “Unless it’s a drastic change, our peers don’t tend to notice our personal progress, nor do they point them out,” she explained. “Progress pictures show yourself and others that the hard work is paying off, and it’s an amazing feeling.” In contrast, she advises against using the scale as a measure of progress. Lauren does not know, nor does she quantify her progress by how many pounds she has lost. “Weight gain can be a good thing—you could just be gaining muscle,” she counseled.
Members on PumpUp have by and far made a tremendous difference for Lauren. “Watching @randiashley and @lorrin consistently pursue their progress further, while motivating others, has inspired me so much,” she insisted. “They are amazing ladies and they have made my experience on the app even more incredible!” Scrolling through the app is one of Lauren’s favourite things to do when she’s feeling a little down. “Seeing how everyone else is doing on their journey, liking a few pictures, and leaving a few comments always makes me feel better—and makes me want to get my butt to the gym too,” she revealed.
“My favorite snack has to be apples, and in any form…I might actually be addicted. I love apple chips, applesauce, apples with peanut butter, apples with cinnamon, apples, apples, and more apples! My favorite meal has to be breakfast for dinner: oatmeal, cereal, granola, fruit salad, any smoothies, toast with some jelly. Really, if there’s any breakfast food and you can count me in! I’m going to sound annoyingly cliché but I’d have to say water is my favorite drink, but coffee is a close second. Living in the dorms, I don’t get to cook any recipes, but my favourite post-work out snack has to be peanut butter and banana!”
“Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift. That’s why we call it the present.” –Eleanor Roosevelt
Favourite workout exercise/routine
“To stay active, I’m truly blessed, because my dorm is across the street from my university’s rec center! I just walk about 5 minutes across the street and I am ready to work out! I like to check the app right before my work out; it always gives me that extra bit of encouragement to make each work out a great one!”
Fun Fact about Lauren
“I’m going vegan in 2015! I’ve been taking little steps leading up to it for the past while. I have been dairy free for almost 6 months, and I haven’t had eggs in about two months. The only reason I still eat meat is for convenience in the dining halls, and these express dining halls at my university; it seems like everything is served with meat or with meat in it. I am going to make my best efforts to consume a plant-based diet for at least this spring semester; I’ve done a lot of research on that lifestyle and it seems to have amazing benefits. I know it could only move me further in my health journey, so I’m looking forward to testing out this experiment!”
Follow Lauren on PumpUp @laurenkleine96 to keep her pumped!