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Lara & Robynn’s Secret Struggle Becomes Public

Today is the big day! Our book, Peace with Food, is now available online (click book below):


Many of you may have been surprised to hear that we wrote a book about our struggles with food, body image, and weight.

For years we have felt called to be the voice for individuals who have the same struggle. This is a very common challenge, but one that is rarely talked about because—let’s face it—it can be awkward, humbling, and embarrassing. People always joke at needing to “lose a few more pounds” but the conversation ends there. Don’t you agree?

We became so tired of comparing ourselves to other women, feeling tormented by our favorite foods, always starting a “Monday” diet, and being chained to the scale. Thankfully, God brought us together and, because of our honest discussion in this life-long battle, we were able to write this book.


Peace with Food shares all of our personal struggles, how we overcame them, and all the tools and guidance to help others share this same victory. It explains what our lives look like now and how we are able to live in peace. No more diets. No more rules. Weight Lost. Best of all…peace.

We committed 4 years to this book for one simple reason: to help people. We want to initiate the conversation that can help set people free. Please give others that voice by passing this on. You never know what life you are changing by one simple click. Be the person that can make a difference for someone else…We’ll love you forever for it :)

May Peace Be With You Always–
Lara & Robynn


“Let me first say I loved loved LOVED the book. Reading it and the personal connection…I felt like they were speaking the words I couldn’t find to explain on my own. I really like how opposite the two of them are (one loves exercise vs. the other dislikes it, for example) to show that it works for everyone. They gained my trust immediately bec”ause I could tell they were normal people, just like me. They are not extreme exercisers or experts in nutrition. They are everyday Moms who have found peace with food and are passionate about teaching others to do the same. I felt like each personal connection was clearly speaking to me. I would read, and in my head, say comments like: “oh yes! How did she know? That one read my mind!”
-Joe-Shane Vondracek​

“The analogies to real world situations were great. The concepts are awesome and I can honestly say that it has changed how I look at food and dieting.” -Lacy Neal

“I have talked to many people about the book! I feel like it has changed my life :)” -Misty Deeds

“I like that this is not a diet book but a way to be mindful of what we eat and how it makes us feel.” -Megan Griffins

“I love it and every time I read it I thought of a ton of people that need the book NOW! I think you ladies are awesome and I loved reading your story at the beginning. I felt an instant connection with you both. ” – Sommer Tucker​

“I haven’t ever had peace with food and I didn’t even know it until this book made me realize it.” ~Anonymous

“Most diet books tell you what to eat but never dive into the side that really matters for sustained loss and change—the mindset—the reasons why we eat how we eat. Peace with Food goes into all of that WITHOUT telling you what to eat and still have success!” Siobhan Burch​

“As a former high school and collegiate wrestler, I know the frustration and the sea of negative emotions on the road to losing hundreds of pounds only to gain them back…plus more. I only wish this book were available years ago, because it provides many easy-to-use and practical tools that you can start using today to get permanent results. I highly encourage you to read this book now and choose the path that leads to: peace with food!”
–Bob Manard​

“PWF is unlike anything I have tried before. For the first time in my life I am getting to know myself, I am trying new foods, and finally finding food enjoyable. This is the easiest, most fulfilling plan I have ever tried. It’s not only helped me to make healthier food choices, I have found I am intentionally looking for peace in other areas of my life. I have stuck with this plan longer than anything I have tried in the past, and can say with confidence my life is richer in so many ways having found peace with food.” –Lisa Emma Collins​

“Peace with Food has filtered into other areas of my life. It really is that powerful.” -Wendy Hodges Taylor​

“The book title was like a life raft thrown to me just in time.” ~Candace Dale​

“This book made me realize this: That I don’t struggle alone. Not every strategy is for everyone. Don’t feel guilty and/or hang on to the guilt of what you do or don’t do.” ~Janelle Stukey​

“Peace with Food is a great approach to conquering your “Diet Dilemma”. No matter what your approach is to dieting Peace With Food is a great tool to help you stay focused on the root of real Transformation which is Peace. I recommend this book to anyone who is uncomfortable with diets, and exercise plans.”
~ Minister Dangerfield​

“I LOVED this book. As a guy who pays a ton of attention to health, it was very informative. BUT what I enjoyed the most was the PERSONAL side of the writers.” -Steve Murry

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Biggest Bang For Your Buck {This Burns Fat Like Lighting Fluid!}

Ever since I’ve been in junior high I have been a RuNnEr.  I started out doing it to get in shape for sports, but now I do it for a variety of reasons.  Of course there is the health/fitness benefit, but then there is the mental aspect.  It is good therapy for me.  Its my time to think, pray, or enjoy conversation with a friend or my husband.

It’s easy when you’ve been doing something so long to get in a rut.  My rut with running was thinking that I needed to run 4 miles Monday-Friday.  I don’t know where I every came up with that exercise schedule, but to me that was my “PeRfEcT” exercising scenario.

I had read on numerous occasions that InTeRvAlS (exercise where you alternate the intensity of your workout) were the best way to get in shape.  Because that didn’t fit into my “plan” I dismissed interval training until I read an article that claimed interval training “BuRnS fAt LiKe LiGhTiNg FlUiD.”  They had me, “hook, line, and sinker”, as I was experiencing a slump in the exercising category and wanted to drop some weight that wasn’t wanting to come off.

The fitness center I worked out at had an interval training schedule posted making the same claims as the ones I had read, so I enlisted.  It was a 6-week plan and I loved it.  Not only could I do it in 30 minutes (it actually takes less than 30 minutes, but I would walk/run the remaining time to make it a 30 minute workout) The results were FaBuLoUs, so much so that people I knew asked me for my fitness plan.  I therefore typed it up on a Word document and share it whenever asked.   So HeRe It iS. 

If you want to change up your exercise program or are looking to enlist in one, you may want to try this.  Never exercised before?  Try it with WaLkiNg.   Of course, make sure you talk to your physician anytime you start a new exercise program.  I have tailored this training schedule to running since that is the exercise I enjoy.  You may substitute running with walking, biking, elliptical, rowing, etc.












90 SEC











75 SEC




90 SEC



Warm-up 5 minutes before intervals with a light jog.  I always go for 30 minutes and use whatever time is left for easy jogging.   (Reps means the number of times you do that particular set.)

You can use the following as cheat sheets when you are on the treadmill so you don’t have to try to remember when you are suppose to be going your max effort and when you are suppose to be walking.

WEEK 2 – Begin with a jog ‘til 5:00
Begin running @ max effort: Begin walking @:












18:30 – 20:00

JOG ‘TIL 30:00

WEEK 5 – Begin with a jog ‘til 5:00
Begin running @ max effort: Begin walking @:




















26:30 – 27:30

JOG ‘TIL 30:00

WEEK 6 – Begin with a jog ‘til 2:30
Begin running @ max effort: Begin walking @:




















26:30 – 27:30

JOG ‘TIL 30:00


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Just A Little Heart Attack

I wanted to drop you a quick line pointing you toward an excellent video to watch this weekend. Cardiovascular disease impacts 1 in 3 Americans, and is the leading cause of death in the United States – killing more people than the next 5 most common causes combined.

Women’s symptoms of a heart attack are *VERY* different than those of men, and because they often can mimic fatigue or the common cold, many women don’t realize they are having a heart attack.

Now, for some of you, you may think this video is an exact replica of your LiFe each morning (that’s how I felt!) which is even more of a reason that you should watch this!!

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Get Your Posse and Get Your {Exercise} Groove On!

If you read Robyn’s post The Weight Is On yesterday, you can probably relate.  As spring approaches it is just natural to want to get in shape whether you have gained excess winter weight or you’re just feeling like you’ve been stuck inside for way too many months and are needing a ChAnGge oF sCeNeRy.

Sometimes it can be hard to get started when you see the long road ahead to reach your WeiGht-LoSs GoAl.  Afterall, overcoming the inertia can be a difficult thing to do.

On Monday we had a little pep talk and we decided that we would overcome the inertia together.  So we made a 2-MoNtH pAcT to exercise consistently from now to mid-May, basically, the beginning of summer.  It is actually quite motivating when you look at it in the context of  summer being right around the corner.

One thing that really motivated us in our new goal was this website from the National Institute Of Health that can help in your weight loss efforts.  Here’s the link: .  It allows you to put in your weight, goal weight, and a few other items.  It will then tell you how many calories you need to consume each day to reach your goal.  We played around on it and found it quite addictive.

(You do need to have Java installed on your computer.  You can install a free version by going to ) Here is what the simulator looks like:HWS

Overwhelmed by the idea of tracking your calories?  No worries!  Check out this quick, easy and free calorie counting website:  They also offer a free app for your phone!

So, if you’re like us and you need to overcome inertia, GeT yOuR PoSsE – a group of friends, an exercise group, your neighbors, or family members and get your exercise groove on.  After all, there’s only about 60 days until summer!

Lara, Robyn, & Robynn


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Eat What You Want

Already lost moTivAtioN with your weight loss/get healthy resolution for 2013?  Well Robynn and I talk about weight loss a lot and we came across something this week that lines up exactly our philosophy, so I had to share!  Check out this short and informative video by Bobby Flay: Bobby Flay Fit

I don’t believe in diets and I couldn’t agree more with Bobby that you shouldn’t have to give up the foods that you love.  Eat what you want…just not as much as you want!!


So don’t throw in the towel for good.  Continue business as usual, and cut corners when you can.  The most important thing is to NEVER sacrifice so much that you end up feeling deprived of the foods that you love.  We all know that is a recipe for disaster.  I don’t know about you, but thinking about giving up chocolate always results in me gorging in it later :-/


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Weight Loss: What Works For You?

It’s that time of year…people start panicking about losing weight before they hit the beach.  With the swimsuit season quickly approaching, what works best for you to KiCk those last few pounds?

I’ve been debating this answer all week.  Is it going through the cupboards and throwing out all of the junk food?  Is it giving up pop?  Fasting for a day or two?  Running a mile a day?  Starting a new diet?


I finally got my answer last night:  Wear clothing that makes me feel skinny.  When I wear my “skinny clothes” I eat well.  If I wear an oversized t-shirt and mesh shorts I might as well be holding a bag of Oreos, because that is what I will turn to after I look in the mirror!  To be honest, I only found one or two outfits that made me feel GoOd.  Since I am limited on these outfits, I may only wear them in the evenings (when I struggle the most with eating) or, better yet, this may mean I need to go shopping! :)

I realize that my answer may be different from yours, which is just another point I want to make:  Every person has to come up with their own weight loss plan because every person has a different body and circumstance!  Don’t get frustrated because you are trying to follow the same plan as your co-worker or friend and the results are different.  If giving up sweets causes you overcompensate later then agree to eat (and enjoy) one cookie every day.  If you hate working out, maybe you need to decide to redo all of landscaping in your yard so you can burn calories while you are doing something you love.

Do whatever it takes to keep you on track.  YOU need to be the one that creates a weight loss plan that is tailored specifically for YOU.  Don’t feel like you have to follow someone else’s rigid plan!  Take bits and pieces of the weight loss resources available and customize a plan that works specifically for you.

Good luck!   (see our other Peace w/ Food posts here).


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Accountability Partner

It seems like I have always tried to lose weight.  When I had a baby, it was a cHallenGe to get back to my previous weight.  Even during my pre-kid days, I was trying different weight loss tactics to shed those last several pounds.  This year I’ve had my BEST SUCCESS at eating right and in moderation, thanks to one thing…my accountability partner!

In the past, I remember wanting to ask someone to hold me accountable for my weight loss.  Subconsciously though, I knew if I ever wanted to quit my diet, I could give up and no one
would know.  In reAlity, I was setting myself up to fail before I ever started!  Asking someone to hold you accountable is scary, but in the end, it will determine how serious you really are about wanting to cHanGe.

Finding the right person to share your jouRney with is important. My accountability person is someone that I don’t necessarily see often, but who I have to share my weigh-in number with every week.  We don’t work out together, but text or call each other with what we are up to (good and bad).  You must be comFortable enough with this person so you can “be real” and trust that even if you gain a pound or two, they won’t judge you but continue to enCouRage.

Is there a habit you can’t kick? Perhaps you should REACH OUT to a good friend and ask them for help.  It not only will strengthen your relationship with them, but have poSitiVe Results on achieving your goal!


P.S — A big shout-out to my accountability partner today!  Wouldn’t have the success I’m having if it wasn’t for YOU!!  Thanks :)

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