One of my favorite parts of blogging is the connections I have been able to make with other people. A few months ago I took an online course about blogging and stumbled across Bikini Body Countdown. As many people's resolutions this year are to get in shape, I found it fitting to spotlight an inspiring blog that began with a weight loss journey.

Laura began her blog a couple years ago to track her weight loss journey. However, since then it has become more focused on her interests, which still includes fitness. As most of you know, my biggest motivation when I can not muster up the energy to work out is social media. I scroll through Instagrams, blogs, and Twitter accounts of people pushing hard through the same goal of living a healthy life. The same goes for Laura! She also tracks her steps via FitBit and listens to podcasts while working out on the elliptical at the gym.

(Fun Fact: One of Laura's favorite sources for recipes is my sweet sister in Christ, Katie Ferrell, with Dashing Dish.)

One of Laura's personal favorite posts she wrote is called Big Flavor Small Portion, in which Laura is honest about what she will and won't sacrifice when it comes to eating healthy. This is one of my favorite things about her as a blogger. Many people who talk about fitness only show the good side. They post their salad and their workout, but they don't show the wine they enjoy while watching reality TV or their cravings. Laura admits she is not perfect, but she is progressing towards a better version of herself, which makes her relatable to every reader.

Her tips for people starting off on their fitness journey? "Don't make unrealistic goals - that just sets (you) up for failure. Small steps add up to big changes."

Outside of blogging Laura is a freelance writer and also works with clients creating content and marketing materials. When Laura is not blogging, she enjoys traveling, hanging out at the beach, going to concerts, and visiting the happiest place on earth, Disneyland.

For more of Laura, follow her @BikiniCountdown on Twitter and Instagram. She also recently started a YouTube channel. Check out her most recent video below--


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