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turkOn my blog lately, I’ve been referencing my trainer a bunch and thought I’d give him a shout out.

Friends, meet Turk.

Turk is my beefy, ever knowledgable, body building trainer.  This is the man who kicks my trash Tuesdays and Thursdays and monitors every single thing that I put in my mouth.

Why did I get a trainer?

Because I was sick of having the same old body. I was at a healthy body weight, but wasn’t happy with the changes that came after my 2nd pregnancy. My husband was taking my before photos and commented “you look great! Why are you working with a trainer again?” {What a good husband I have!} The first week  I was on this diet, I kept asking myself the same question to be quite honest {because I wanted to eat all the bread and cheese in the world}. But, I’ve realized that I only get one body and I only get one shot at keeping and maintaining it as a healthy one. I don’t always think how eating different foods affects my body. Some for the better, and some for the worse. Over the holidays, that thought definitely WAS NOT on my mind as I was shoveling in the Christmas cookies and birthday cake. But come new years, I was ready for a challenge and I was up for a change.

But what about all the people telling you you’re already skinny?

I get that I’m already at a healthy body weight and appreciate the fact that I’ve lost all my baby weight. However those people don’t see my jelly belly, love handles or thunder thighs. Also, I hate the idea of settling or being “good enough” where I’m at. Why not aim higher and for something better that I know I can achieve? WHY NOT try something new to get the body I want?

If you change nothing in your life, guess what? Nothing will change!

So my mind was made up come January 1st and  I was into see Turk on January 2nd.

Why did I choose the trainer I did?

I chose Turk for a number of reasons: {1} he practices what he preaches. His biceps are the friggin’ size of my thighs. {2} He’s a legit body builder that does competitions.{3} He has a Sports Medicine degree and been training people for YEARS { 4} it scared me a little a lot to think I’d be training with him. That was a big motivator for me. I get scared and nervous when things change or beginning something new and I’m trying to get over that, so I contacted him.

The initial consultation was mostly based around what I wanted to achieve by training with him. YOU GUYS. He said I could achieve my goals and get the body I envisioned in my mind if I did what he told me to do for about 3 months. That’s it!

And BAM. Just like that I was sold.

For all you concerned folks that think I’m doing a crazy low carb unhealthy diet, listen up! 

The meal plan Turk has me on allows carbs {bread, pasta, cereal, potatoes, rice, etc.} before 2pm. I’m still breastfeeding my baby, so of course I’m not going to cut carbs out of my life. Also, DO YOU NOT KNOW ME AT ALL? HELLO, I live for carbs and cheese.

NOT having carbs after 2pm has been much harder than getting rid of my sugar intake all together which I thought was rather ground breaking. I’ll take fresh bread and butter over brownies any day….well, most days. And yes, I made these cookies without having ANY of them. The smell of them cooking was brutal. The things I do for you readers!

As for the other food groups, I’m downing all the protein I can handle, eating as many veggies as I want and am enjoying healthy unsaturated fats with my meals and snacks. I’m guzzling the water too. It’s generally just a very healthy diet tailored to my body type. I definitely feel healthier than I did before and am already starting to see results. Small itty bitty results, but results none-the-less.

Screen shot 2014-01-14 at 3.01.10 PMAbout the workouts

I see Turk Tuesdays and Thursdays. Tuesday is Chest, Shoulders, Back. Thursdays are Legs and Arms….aka the worst day ever. Thursdays are worse than Tuesdays by far and I’m sore most days of the week. But, that’s what I wanted and just means the man is doing his job. Every exercise is tailor made to my body and I’m lifting heavier weights than I thought I could.

I also do 30 minutes of cardio 6 days a week.

I’m almost 2 weeks in and feel like I’m actually getting the swing of things and getting used to my body. My metabolism is also picking up steam and burning through the food I eat like buttuh. I don’t crave sweets, just fresh bread and butter in the evening when I would do a lot of snacking pre-diet. Old habits die hard, I suppose.

Once I’ve been in this for a month, I’ll post my results….if I’m brave enough and you can actually see results.

But, honestly, I’m very happy with my trainer and all that I’ve done so far.


If you live in Portland or even Washington, contact Turk for a consultation to see if his services would work for you. Mention my name and get a discount too! Forreals. He’s super knowledgeable and can get you the results you want. And no, he didn’t pay me to say that.

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  4. Dorie

    Thanks for sharing this. I’m a little slow to reading this, but had a question for you. You said you do 30 minutes of cardio 6 days a week. What kind of cardio do you do? And how do you get that in with little ones around. And how did you decide that a trainer could help you? Thanks.

    1. Lauren

      I do sprints on the treadmill and the elliptical. I used to just have my husband watch my kids in the morning, but now that my daughter is in school, I take my son to the kids club at the gym.

  5. Kathy Houston

    I wish I could do that! I’m 48 & I have Crohns so when I’m not feeling well I don’t do anything because I never know what will make me upchuck which I HATE. I’m having my Ugh… 30th Class Reunion! I seriously didn’t think it would come so fast! The 12 yrs while I was in school went by soooooo slow! Any suggestions for me? I wear size 8 or 9 pants & large shirts because my boobs are continuing to grow go figure. Family members have asked me if I got a boob job!! I couldn’t afford one even if I wanted one & I have friendly arms they wave at everyone. 🙁 Anyway, just wondering if you had any suggestions.

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  10. Tina

    You go girl! This was very inspiring to read. It’s inspiring to read that you are going for it, even though it scared you. Congrats for being brave and not settling for being “good enough” — life’s too short to settle. Turk seems like an awesome trainer — ask him if he knows anyone in the Boston area! Just kidding. Good luck with the plan (3 months seems doable)!

  11. Betsy

    Love this!! So many people think because you can be thin that you should be happy. I think it is all about how you feel. The scale says one thing, but how does a person feel??? I think you are totally awesome doing this and having a trainer keeps you countable. Keep up the great work.

    Show pics!! See those muscles defined. 🙂

    I am thinking Seattle/Bellevue area is too far to travel also. 🙁

  12. Kate @ Coffee with Kate

    Haha — a legs and arms day does sound ungodly. Can’t wait to read your updates. Maybe it’ll convince me to spend some time with a trainer! I often ask them a lot of questions at my gym, but would love some one-on-one time too.

  13. Sydney

    I would love to work with a trainer and by the time I finished reading about your trainer I had decided that by any means necessary i was going to treat myself to a trainer for my 50th birthday and was considering seeing Turk because you said PORTLAND… then I saw it… he’s actually in Hillsboro. 🙁 I’m sad now! LOL! That’s too far for me.

    But I do hope you find the courage to share your BEFORE and during/after photos!

    1. Lauren

      I’m not sure if he has priveleges at other gyms throughout the city. You might want to contact him to see? If not, he could probably give you a reference to a good trainer closer to wherever you are! Good luck!

  14. Anna (Hidden Ponies)

    Great post – you look great already but I absolutely understand everything you say about not settling for “good enough” and taking the best possible care of the one body you have!

  15. Loni B

    I haven’t gone as far as to hire a trainer, although I would LOVE to, it’s just NOT in our budget at this time. However, I am on board with the lifestyle change to cleaner healthier eating. Let’s face it, if we don’t take care of our bodies, our bodies won’t take care of us. I need help most with meal planning. I’d love to hear more about recipes and snack ideas to get me through the day 🙂

  16. Christine

    I’m working with a trainer too only once a week. He’s starting to monitor everything I eat too. I know he’s going to give me a hard time because I eat way too much bread. I just love it so much. And pasta! I really want to transform my body though so I’m hoping my self-discipline kicks in sometime soon. Good for you though!! No matter what you look like, you should always strive to be healthier. That’s half my reason, the other is vanity. I really want to lose weight.