About Me

My name is Laura and I am 43 years old and always on a quest to get fitter and stronger. I started this blog in January 2009 to document my efforts. I learned that I needed specific challenges to keep me motivated. For the most part it has worked – I have lost 85 pounds so far and have had a lot of accomplishments over the past couple of years. I have made a lot of new friends along the way.

I have always wanted to be a runner – I now consider myself a runner. I completed my first marathon – the Marine Corps Marathon on 10/31/11. It was an amazing event and one of the proudest times of my life. I am so lucky to have a wonderful family that supports me!

I have since learned to cycle and swim and completed my first triathlon. I love being an athlete and preparing for new challenges.

To help me succeed and keep it interesting I am constantly reading about health and tyring to improve my life. After much experiment I finally found that the Whole9 way of life is for me.



  1. I saw a link to your blog on Yahoo!Health, and I’m so glad that I did! I can’t wait to try the kale chips, thanks for the recipe. Your blog is great. Thank you for all of the pictures of food that you’ve posted along with the recipe ideas. I don’t think you can know how much you’ve inspired me!
    Kendra Grant

  2. Love your blog! I finally updated our running site. Please check out http://www.achearoundthelake.org and sign up! It’s a great 8K of hills and fun on October 10th! I’m one of the race directors and would love to see you there.

    You are an inspiration – thanks for sharing your story!

  3. lauraph2009

    Thanks for commenting Scarlette! I signed up for the Ache last week and I am really excited for the challenge. I just got back from a short vacation so I am looking forward to running with you and the others.

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