Join The First-Ever Lauren’s Hope Health Challenge!

Earlier this week, I made a big commitment. I decided to adopt a strict Paleo eating plan for one month to try it out, starting on February 1. I decided to share this decision with all of you here on the Lauren’s Hope blog and invite you to join me in making one health-related change for the month of February. It would be fun, I figured, and it would certainly help me stay accountable. So I went about my business, typing up a fun article, putting together some interesting facts and art, and proofreading my work. I had the whole thing all ready to go. And then I scrapped it. I deleted the whole thing.

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Why would I do that? I did it because something truly remarkable just happened here at Lauren’s Hope. When I mentioned the idea for today’s blog article to our CEO, LeAnn Carlson, she got pretty excited about it and said she was debating going sugar- and gluten-free for a month herself to give it a try. So we decided to team up and do this together. The next thing I knew, six of us were talking about various versions of Paleo, Gluten-Free, Ketogenic, Clean Eating food plans, and we decided to band together and commit to supporting one another in a month of positive health changes. It’s not about pounds or inches or scales. It’s about living healthier and how much easier that is when you have support.

We already had a staff lunch planned for today, so while we were all together, I shared the idea with our whole team and invited everyone to join us if they’d like. After lunch, our Creative Director, Brittany McNeal, who has recently been blogging here about living gluten-free after her Celiac’s Disease diagnosis, held an impromptu photo shoot to get “before” photos of everyone who signed up.

At 9:00 this morning, this was just me. Me going Paleo and seeing if any of you wanted to join me or if you were even interested in reading about that.

At 1:00 this afternoon, seventeen Lauren’s Hope team members had committed to what we’re calling the 2014 Lauren’s Hope Health Challenge. That’s amazing.

So there it is. We’re going to keep each other accountable, and we’re also making ourselves accountable to all of you in a few ways:

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    We’re sharing a list (below) of the team members who are participating and what their goals are.
  2. We’re posting “before” pictures below.
  3. We’ll post “after” (or “progress”) photos on Wednesday, March 5. 
  4. We’re committing to keeping you updated as the month progresses and sharing our newfound and/or favorite recipes, thoughts on this experience, and results.

2014 Lauren’s Hope Health Challenge Participants & Goals

  1. Tara: Go Paleo
  2. Tracy: Continue Paleo
  3. Quinn: Improve digestion, increase hydration
  4. Grace: Improve digestion, increase hydration, go gluten-free
  5. Christy: Go Paleo
  6. Sari: Go gluten-free and go to yoga twice a week
  7. Megan: Go gluten-free, sugar-free, and work out twice a week
  8. Alaina: Limit sugar intake and work out three times a week
  9. Lauri: Go Paleo
  10. Ashley: Work out twice a week
  11. Caitlin: Work out once a week
  12. LeAnn: Go gluten-free and sugar-free
  13. Emily: No beef, work out four times a week
  14. Katy: Work toward a half marathon in 6 months, a full marathon in 1 year
  15. Cherish: Go gluten-free and sugar-free
  16. Brittany: Continue gluten-free and ketogenic eating
  17. Jenna: Continue Paleo

The Before Photos…

Group 1: Caitlin, Lauri, and Ashley

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Group 2: LeAnn, Tracy, and Alaina

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Group 3: Brittany, Katy, Grace, and Tara

Brittany, Katy, Grace, Tara

Group 4: Sari, Megan, and Christy

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Group 5: Quinn, Emily, and Cherish

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So…we’re doing it! And we want to hear from you. Do you want to join in the very first LAUREN’S HOPE HEALTH CHALLENGE? All you have to do is commit to making ONE health-related change for the month of February. Do you have books, websites, resources, or ideas to share? Are you a blogger who would like to team up with us? Comment here, or email me at We’re excited to hear what you think!

*As always, before making any changes to your diet or exercise regimen, you may want to consult your healthcare provider. 

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