Haters Gonna Hate

by Lauren on May 11, 2012

Apparently, you all had quite a lot to say about shoes.  I had no idea the amount of controversy I would stir up from my last post and while most of you relate or agree, I have to relay a few final thoughts: 

  • I did not intend to bash the company.  Yes, I was upset.  Yes, I was angry at the way it was handled and not happy with the person I spoke with over the phone but I fully admitted it was my fault for not reading their terms and conditions. While I still believe it misleading (and many other people feel this way too based on the review sites I came across from this particular company) I wrote the post as a way to inform people of these type of sites that might not know, like myself.  I truly had NO idea that these companies operate like that.  Live and learn. 
  • This is my blog and thanks to the fifth amendment, I am entitled to post my own views and opinions. I realize the company didn't ask me to write a review; however, one of the underlying aspects of this site is honesty.  I was honest when I told you guys about the No Bull Burgers from the other night and the company in NO WAY gave them to me for free nor asked me to review them.  I bought them with my own money and told you all what I thought.  You can take it or leave it. 
  • And lastly, as far as the harsh accusations about my eating/portion sizes/body…..you are all free to judge and criticize which is why I leave the comments open for anyone but just remember it's a whole lot easier to assume those things from afar.  You see a very very small glimpse of my life.  I will say this again.  I do not post everything I eat, I do not intend to change your life by adhering to mine, and if you don't agree with the way I choose to live, please don't read.  Simple as that. 

As much as the negative comments sting, they are still nothing in comparison to the incredible support and love I get almost every single day from so many of you. (THANK YOU!)  So haters gonna hate but in the end, I will always stay true to who I am and promise you that.  

Now let's move on from this all and get ready for the weekend! 

It was a beautiful Friday here! 


Fruit just seemed necessary this morning. 

And necessary it was!  

I had an easy morning in the office and originally had lunch plans with a friend but she had to cancel last minute.  Luckily, my co-worker and good friend was free so I talked him into being my replacement. 

I of course enticed him with fro-yo which did the trick. 

First, we got salads. 


Panera Fuji Apple Chicken with a whole grain baguette (which I did not eat) and an Acia Berry Tea

Zach ordered the same as we both agreed to make room for fro-yo and salads seemed to be the most sensible choice. 

Lunch was good but let's face it, what I really came for was this….


Coconut/Original Tart with strawberries, chocolate shavings, coconut and almonds. Oh and one little brownie chunk that found its way into the cup.  The girl at the register said the rice krispy treats were a new addition and threw one in my bowl as a free sample. I actually wasn't a fan.  The texture just threw me off as it got hard and chewy in the cool ice cream. 

This was Zach's first time with fro-yo and he was hooked after one bite.  I think I've mentioned this but the whole self serve frozen yogurt concept is new to our neighborhood.  Most people have never even heard of this so it's sort of a big deal around here. 

After lunch, I had a few meetings and then called it a day with my trainer.  Totally spent after tonight's total body workout.  It went a little something like this….

  • Leg Press
  • Leg Extensions
  • Leg Curl 
  • Walking Lunches

Repeat 3 x

  • Underhand barbell pull down x 3
  • Assisted chin-ups x 3
  • Rows (on TRX bands) x 3 
  • Rows with squats
  • Rows with one leg squats (each side) 
  • Chest Press x 4

I've been meeting with my trainer for the past few months and some of you have asked about progress.  Well I don't really have a before picture, but here is the now. 


I'm definitely noticing a difference in my shoulders, triceps, and traps.  The abs are there but I don't think I'll ever be one of those girls with a six pack.  That would mean I would have to give up my beloved fro-yo and wine and that is just something I'm not willing to do for a washboard stomach.  

Every time I finish with a hardcore strength workout, I crave protein so meat was on the menu tonight. 


Apple Turkey Burgers with Honey Dijon Sauce (homemade), sweet potatoes and Brussels sprouts.  

This was such an incredible dinner. 

Although I think tonight was one of those rare occasions that Toly's looked better than mine. 

Well that wraps up this Friday.  I wish you all a fantastic weekend!  Tomorrow I am teaching spin in the morning and then taking my mom out for mothers day.  We're spending the day with Toly's mom on Sunday.  It going to be a weekend honoring those lovely ladies which is just how it should be. 


Weekend Playlist: 

60 thoughts on “Haters Gonna Hate”

  1. Karen says:

    You go girl!! You are so much bigger than the people that try to bring you down and you know who your true friends are : )  I love just heard that Imagine Dragons song today and I LOVE it!!

    1. Lauren says:

      I’m rocking that song right now!

  2. You're right – haters are gonna hate! There's not much you can do about that because I don't waste my time trying to get people to like me. They either do or they don't!

    1. Lauren says:

      True that lady!

  3. I'm definitely surprised by the controversy stirred up by your last post! Sure, the site wasn't a "scam" scam, but sites that sneak things by us with fine print are not ok with me. Personally I'm happy for the heads up so I know in the future if I ever buy shoes from those sites online!!
    Also, you look awesome!

    1. Lauren says:

      Aw, thanks girl.

  4. Erica says:

    I still can't believe that people leave such mean comments. Whats up with that? I honestly have no time in my life to find blogs and leave mean comments on them. Maybe its me? Any who – yayyyy froyo! I make a meal out of froyo now! I get a giant container with tons of granola and fruit- heaven in a bowl. A nice special meal. Have fun this weekend!

  5. Amy says:

    I am a long time reader, never commenter, but I had to say something. I agree-if people don't agree with you-don't read!!! I personally appreciate the heads up about that website, and I think you have a wonderful balance of eating healthy-splurging! Thank you for your posts-I really enjoy your honesty!

    1. Lauren says:

      Thank you so much Amy! That really means so much that you would say those things. 🙂 Please comment more girl.

    2. Leah says:

      I left a comment on the previous post expressing some disagreement with Lauren; however, that does not mean that I am a "hater." Maybe I came off too harsh and if so I apologize. I read this blog often, and usually do not comment, but keep coming back to read because I enjoy it. You know, I can disagree with friends and just because we do not agree on every issue does not mean we end our relationship. What is so bad about discussion and expressing different viewpoints?

      Just as Lauren is entitled to her opinion and can say anything and everything she wants on her blog, commenters can also express opinions since Lauren is putting these posts out there for all to read. 

      1. Lauren says:

        I fully agree with you Leah. You definitely are entitled to comment honestly and I do appreciate every word you said. I am truly glad that you enjoy what you read and continue to come back. THe haters I was referring to are the people to anonymously make ridiculous accusations which does happen and I usually brush them off but every now and then, I have to address them. If not, I would be submitting to them and I’m not about that. 🙂 Thanks again girl!

        1. Leah says:

          Thanks for the reply. Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

  6. Cait's Plate says:

    Amen!  It's your blog and you're entitled to say/do/eat whatever you want! 🙂  Just stay strong in being who you are cause I happen to think who are you are is pretty darn awesome!
    Also – apple turkey burgers!?!? YUM!!!!!

    1. Lauren says:

      The feeling is so mutual! 🙂

  7. Kristin says:

    I've been a reader for years and just love you!  Thanks for being honest and showing us every piece of you, even though people may say mean things because of it.  Like you, I don't like the rice krispy treats at my self-serve fro yo store either…they just don't taste the same as normal rice krispy treats.    Have a great weekend!
    ps:  great progress pictures 🙂

    1. Lauren says:

      You are so sweet. Thank you for your support and for following!

  8. Danielle says:

    You look amazing!!!!

  9. Sarah says:

    Love love your blog! Do you have the recipe for the turkey burgers? They sound awesome!

    1. Lauren says:

      Thanks so much Sarah. The burgers were super easy:
      1 lb ground turkey breast
      2 T Dijon Mustard
      1/4 C chunky natural apple sauce
      salt and pepper
      2 tsp minced garlic
      fresh parsley

      I shaped them into 4 patties and threw them on the grill. Amazing!

      1. Danielle says:

        How did you make the Dijon sauce?:)

        1. Lauren says:

          Dijon mustard, greek yogurt, maple syrup

  10. Elsie says:

    Very respectfully, perhaps you're reading into some of these posts the wrong way. While I agree that some of them seemed harsh, maybe it's just that people are concerned for your health. The title of your blog is "Say what you need to say." It's quite possible that your readers felt, that for whatever reason, you reached them and they felt compelled to state their concern for you. So while you may have called them haters, perhaps it's just the opposite.
    I only commented once prior and felt as thought I shouldn't have. I felt awkward even saying this as it's not meant to be rude. You have a very high activity level. You are very tiny, and you don't post large meals. People are judging you based on what you are displaying. My apologies if I've offended.

    1. Lauren says:

      Thanks Elsie. I do understand where you are coming from and I’m not offended, just needed to voice where I am coming from because I truly don’t want people to get the wrong impression from my blog. If that were the case, I would ask that people stop reading because my ENTIRE purpose is share my own experiences and if in some way I can help others by the things I have learned and went through, then that is an incredible thing.
      Thanks again!

  11. I'm a lover:) I'll continue to love.

  12. RunEatRepeat says:

    I would be pissed about that shoe thing from the previous post!!! Not cool 🙁

  13. Liz says:

    Why is it that the majority of judgemental comments come from the people who comment without links to their names?! Ridiculous. Don't waste your time on them, Lauren – love ya and your blog!
    You look amazing!!!!!!!!! Rock it out.

    1. Lauren says:

      Thanks Liz! You too!!

  14. I know Lauren from a personal and professional viewpoint. I can assure you this is a very strong woman both physically, emotionally and mentally.
    I praise Lauren for recongizing her weaknesses and actually DOING SOMETHING to better herself. It is a long road with many paths. I am glad ours crossed 🙂

    1. Lauren says:

      Thanks Sarah! You know I feel the same way about you lady!

  15. Cassie says:

    Just FYI, it's the first amendment that protects free speech, not the fifth.  The fifth is the amendment that protects you from incriminating yourself in court:
    "No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation"
    This is the first amendment:
    "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."

    1. Lauren says:

      Oh crap!  I was always awful at history. 🙁  Thanks for the correction. 

    2. Casey says:

      Wow, this chick has alot of time on her hands…

  16. Verena says:

    Lauren…i am reading your blog for a year now and i love it. I come here every evening to check what you did and get some food inspirations. You can be sp proud of yourself….you're having a good job..doing sports…eating healthy…and beeing such a nice person (i bet you are) ! I don't know why people are so rude these days…it's ok to say what you think but sometimes you should just s*** up. Maybe their lifes are not that great and they need to come here and hurt your feelings.
    I love you and your blog…..stay like you are and keep your head up.
    Greetings from Germany…Verena

    1. Lauren says:

      THanks so much Verena and so cool that you live in Germany by the way. 🙂  Thanks for reading. 

  17. Betsy says:

    Kudos Lauren.  I was shocked about the sneaky shoe company and immediately shared the experience with my mother.  So, thank you for the heads up!  I love your blog, and while sometimes it seems odd that you and your husband wouldn't eat the same things, you look very healthy and certainly don't starve youself.  Keep on your own path and others will judge regardless of what you choose.  Nobody is perfect!!

    1. Lauren says:

      Thanks Betsy! 

  18. I couldn't believe that people got so worked up over the last post, or even some of the other nasty comments on other previous posts! You're a wonderful person… ignore the negativity! 🙂

    1. Lauren says:

      Thanks girl! xoxo

  19. Sara P says:

    I will never understand why people feel the need to leave hateful comments on a blog. JUST STOP READING! Now a different point of view or pointing out a different aspect of a subject that maybe the author didnt consider is fine. I didnt read all the comments but the comments on portion sizes and your physical size are just ridiculous. You have shared some very personal things on this blog and people need to read your story before they start jumping to conclusions. Chrons disease is something to take very seriously and I think you are doing a great job taking responsibility for your health.  I have to be careful of what I eat because of a totally different health issue and sites like this are inspiring.   I started following your blog after seeing Dr. Terry Wahl's story.  I love the pics of your salads. I thought I ate pretty healthy but I really have started incorporating more veggies into my life because of blogs like yours!
    BTW, I too thought my breakfast looked a little small when I made one of your oatmeal, yogurt, chia fruit breakfasts. But it was very filling and perfect for working out a little bit later! So don't knock it til you try it! Plus, it is perfect for someone trying to go to 5-6 small meals a day like I am.
    And thanks for sharing your progress pics on working out! Awesome job! I have been trying to take my workouts up a notch but was sidleined for a couple weeks with some health issues, so trying to get back on track and hope to get certified as a group exercise trainer in the fall. 

    1. Lauren says:

      Thanks so much Sara.  And I'm so glad to hear that you've found some inspiration here.  It means so much of you to say that. 🙂 

      And good luck on the certificaiton.  It was one of the best things I've done. 

  20. I was kind of surprised that your last post caused such a stir… it is *your* blog, if you had a bad experience with a company (and you did own up to the fact that part of it was your fault, too) then you have every right to write about it. Freedom of speech is a funny thing… you're free to say whatever you want until someone gets offended. I don't disagree with disagreements; I have strong opinions and I get in to them often enough. But some people were quite harsh yesterday.
    I applaud you for being you and not changing the way you blog for anyone. I will keep coming back for this reason!

    1. Lauren says:

      Thanks Sam!  And so true!  People get offended far too easily. 

  21. Floey says:

    <3 love your attitude.

  22. Woo! Looking good girl!
    I read yesterdays post before anyone commented and I'm so sorry you got all of those comments! That is definitely not your fault – obviously, it happened to a lot of people! Noone has time to read 5 pages of clauses before signing up for something. It should have been the first thing mentioned in big bold letters and had you agree to a credit card fee every month specifically! That is ansolutely rediculous and I would have been furious, too!

    1. Lauren says:

      Aw thanks Jillian! I’m glad most people understood what I meant.

  23. I hate it when people pull crap like that! This IS your blog. You have a right to your opinions and a right to express yourself. As for criticizing your body and portion sizes…. I have no words. You are beautiful. Your meals are perfectly balanced. People need to get over themselves!

    1. Lauren says:

      Thanks girl. xoxo

  24. Lisa says:

    Apple turkey burger?! That sounds absolutely delicious. Homemade or bought? I'm sorry you got such negative feedback, its hard when people criticize our daily lives because we put it out their. But your right, haters going to hate. Just rise above them. You are beautiful, and look great too. Only you know what works for you. Your attitude about it all is great though! 

    1. Lauren says:

      Homemade and super easy! If you scroll down in the comments a little, I left the recipe.
      Thanks so much for your sweet comments always Lisa!

  25. Susie says:

    tru dat.  Girl you look fantastic!

    1. Lauren says:

      Thanks hun!

  26. The apple turkey burgers look fantastic!

  27. glidingcalm says:

    happy day to you! and wahoo for progress! I just started getting my bum active a bit more, and it feels great! my goal is to keep it fun!
    love you and sorry for the haters! the downside of having a blog!

    1. Liz says:

      the upside to blogging is the two of you – Miss GC and Lauren 🙂

  28. Alaina says:

    You look amazing Lauren!! 🙂  I've had the pleasure of dining with you and I can assure the "haters" out there that you eat and you eat well!
    I don't know my schedule quite yet for Memorial Day weekend but I should have it soon! I can't wait to see you!

  29. Steph says:

    Lauren- LOVE LOVE LOVE your blog! People must not understand the concept if you don't have anything nice to say then don't say anything at all!  You're such an inspiration especially with your passion for running and great food.  Just interested do you typically eat or drink before your runs? Or do you just wake up and go?

    1. Lauren says:

      Thanks so much Steph! I usually don’t eat anything before I run in the morning but that is because I run so very early (4am) so I’m never ready to eat at that time. I DO however eat something before I go to bed every single night and that is usually enough to fuel me for my runs in the morning. It’s usually a good balance of carbs and protein. On the days I teach spin, I will have 1/2 a banana with some almond butter because mentally being awake requires a little food for me. 🙂

  30. Daybelis says:

    Lauren I’ve been reading your blog for quite a while now and let me just say that you are beautiful. All the negative comments related to your ‘underesting’ is unnecessary, you look so healthy and you glow. This is your blog and as the title says it you say what you need to say. As a recovered anorexic I completely understand how hard it is to leave it all behind and till this day I am criticized by others whenever I opt to eat a salad instead of a burger.People tend to say things without realizing how hurtful it might be to the person no matter how unintentional it is. You keep on living your life as you are because you look great, truly inspirational.

    1. Lauren says:

      You are so very sweet and THANK YOU! It’s so true, I feel that no matter how hard I try or what I do, people will always criticize for something. I’m a lot more thick skinned than I used to be because I’ve realized that trying to please everyone is an impossible task. Thanks again for your support.

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