Back when Lauren Shaber decided it was time to get in shape, she only had a few hundred Instagram followers, mostly her person friends. But when she started blogging about her experiences with Tone It Up, a fitness program started by BFFs Karena Dawn and Katrina Scott, everything changed.
She’s now got over 10,000 followers, all inspired by the Northern California girl’s fitness journey.
We talked to Lauren about what it’s like to be a “Tone it Up Girl” and how she’s help women to not only get in better shape but to realize it’s not an impossible feat.
FM: How did you come across Tone It Up?
Lauren Shaber: I randomly found them on social media in 2011—probably on Pinterest or Facebook. I followed them closely for a few months before diving in and buying the plan.
FM: What is it like to be a “Tone it Up Girl” and how long have you been involved? Lauren: Tone It Up is more of a lifestyle than anything else. As a TIU girl, you wake up and get in a cardio workout first thing in the morning, followed by a healthy breakfast. You eat 5-6 meals a day that are lean, clean ‘n’ green (lean proteins, lots of green fruits & veggies, & not processed ingredients). You also fit in a toning workout each night. They encourage you to stay active every day, eat healthy and do things that you love!
I bought the plan in 2011, but didn’t commit until July 2013, so I’ve been a part of the team officially for about 2.5 years.
FM: What was it like meeting Karena and Katrina?
Lauren: I did a beach workout with them in SoCal and they’re exactly like they are in their YouTube videos. The workout was really tough, but they were encouraging and motivating throughout the whole thing—and a little bit clumsy. They’re both so kind and welcoming. Right when they saw me, they said “Hey! We know you from Instagram!” and gave me a big hug. I wasn’t expecting that whatsoever. It was a very inspiring experience. You can read more about when I met them here.
FM: What are your favorite and least favorite Tone it Up workouts?
Lauren: I love any of the workouts from the 2014 Love Your Body Series. It was the first challenge I did, so those videos hold a special place in my heart. I also like the exclusive workouts and DVDs. My least favorite workouts are the printables (workouts without a video) because I need someone there to keep me on track!
FM: We see that you have your own blog, what made you want to start blogging?
Lauren: I actually started a blog with a few other TIU girls, which ended up not working out. I loved the idea of blogging though so I decided to continue doing it on my own. I really just wanted to share my journey and connect with others who are going through the same thing.
FM: Your blog has recipes, are they all based off the Tone it Up Nutrition plan or do create your own?
Lauren: All of the recipes on my blog are ones that I’ve created myself. They’re almost all 15 mins or less (usually closer to 5-10 mins) since I’m on the go a lot. Day-to-day, I cook from a variety of sources though. I use TIU recipes a lot, as well as recipes from my favorite cookbooks.
FM: What is your favorite recipe you enjoy making?
Lauren: I always have protein balls on hand, and they’re great because they’re really easy to make. When I want to relax, I resort to baking though. I love “healthifying” my favorite treats and I love making healthy brownies, cookies, bread, cake or anything sweet!
FM: What do you like to do in your spare time?
Lauren: I love going on walks, doing yoga and watching the sunrise. On weekends, you can find me at a local coffee shop, at a farmers market or snuggling up with my pup and boyfriend watching the Food Network or a movie.
FM: Besides K&K, do you follow any other fitness trainers or look up to anyone else? Lauren: I’ve just recently fallen in love with yoga and use Yoga with Adriene’s videos near-daily. Adriene always inspires me to come back to the mat and take time for myself. Other than that, I’m inspired by everyday women who are working hard to reach their goals. I’ve met a lot of women through Tone It Up (locally and on Instagram) who are healthy, happy and confident, and inspire me to be the best I can be as well.