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Hi! My name is Lauren and I’m the blogger behind laurenliveshealthy.com. After moving up to the Bay Area in the summer of 2013 and losing over 30 pounds and countless inches, I found a love for cooking, juicing and meal prepping, along with a new found love for fitness. Since then, I’ve completed 5ks, 10k, half marathons, triathlons — even checking an item off the bucket list: swimming from Alcatraz! I believe that everyone can live a healthy lifestyle and still enjoy all of their favorite things. It’s my goal to help inspire you to choose healthy by sharing tips for stocking your pantry/fridge, the benefits of meal prepping, simple & easy recipes to make restaurant-style meals healthier, and showing how you can work your way up to a triathlon or half marathon. Learn more at http://www.laurenliveshealthy.com/about/.

Why Yesterday Was My Last Half Marathon

Do you ever have goals set for yourself that seem completely unreachable? Like they’re so out there that they’re just a dream? It’s not meant to happen, and you really don’t think that it will, but you go for it anyways? For me, that was running. At first it was running a mile. Then a 5k. Then a 10k. Then a half marathon. It seemed so unimaginable that I could run for more than 5 minutes. Honestly.

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What It Actually Feels Like To Lose 25 Pounds

My weight loss journey started a couple of years ago. It was July 1st, 2013 — a new month and a chance to be better for me. I stood in front of the mirror in a sports bra and underwear to take my before photo, just staring at myself. How did I get here? Who was I? I had just weighed in at my heaviest weight ever — about 50 lbs overweight, according to any doctor’s chart. I was sick and tired of seeing that number on the scale and wanted to really lose weight. Not for one week through a fad diet, though; for good.

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Post-Workout Chocolate Dream Smoothie

Recently, I haven’t been indulging in protein as much as I should after a workout. Sometimes, I’ll eat peanut butter, while other times I forget and wait a couple of hours to eat. However, I’ve been encouraged to drink protein smoothies more often, so today I finally gave in. Right after my workout, I walked straight to the kitchen to whip up my smoothie. I grabbed random ingredients, threw them together, and voila! It turned out more like ice cream goodness, right up my alley. Ready for the best dessert-like smoothie ever?

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Two In One: Acai Banana Bowl and Smoothie

Recently I’ve been really into acai bowls. I’ve been craving them for months, but since I’m still adjusting to the Bay Area, I wasn’t ready to track down a restaurant-made version. Instead, I took to the kitchen and created my own: a tasty blend of acai and banana topped with goodies such as granola, berries and nuts. Simply delish!  READ MORE