Well hey there. My name is Laurie Christine King (LCK) and I live in the beautiful city of Austin, Texas. I’m a coach, educational blogger, vlogger, and total badass. I enjoy being outside and love skateboarding snowboarding, wake surfing, stand-up paddleboarding, jet surfing, traveling, and spending time in working out and being active.
I began fitness + nutrition coaching in 2008, when I decided to pursue a Bachelors of Science in Food, Nutrition, and Dietetics. At 17 years old, I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism. I was sleeping upwards of 14-15 hours a day, missing school and work because I was so unbelievably exhausted, and for the first time in my life – struggling with my weight and body appearance.
Despite being prescribed thyroid medication, I was not feeling much better. My doctor gave no further guidance or suggestions on how to improve my health, symptoms, or how to get my weight under control. I decided to pursue a Bachelors in Nutrition and Dietetics in hopes of not getting to the root of my health issues, but to help others in my position never be in my position.
My early and late 20’s were filled to the brim with disordered habits regarding nutrition and exercise. When I found lifting in 2012, I walked in the door weighing a whopping 92 lbs and had never touched a single weight before. Lifting weights saved my life… but my food and exercise habits in my early twenties were not healthy ones.
I was training for the Chicago Marathon at the time, so I would go to lift in the morning, and then run for hours-on-end at night. I was terrified of eating carbs (and food in general), I abused my Adderall prescription to help me not eat, and spent most of my days obsessing over food and my appearance.
After I completed my marathon, I stopped running and focused on competitive CrossFit. In 2016, our team qualified for the CrossFit Regionals in South Central. I was always obsessing over MyFitnessPal, constantly hungry, would wake up multiple times a night, limited myself to 1800-2000 calories (despite training hours a day – oof), took Tupperware to pool parties/restaurants because I was afraid of dining out, my hair was falling out by the handful, I chronically felt “tired but wired,” drank too much caffeine, my joints perpetually ached, my thyroid + sex hormones were non-existent, digestion was horrible, & sex drive = 0. I was really, really miserable.
As I began my journey to healing, I transitioned off hormonal birth control as I learned it might be affecting my thyroid health, contributing to my gut problems, and contributing to my depression and anxiety. I eventually learned that the way I was approaching exercise and workouts wasn’t the conducive to my health or my goals. I was tirelessly smashing my body into the floor by working out for hours on end, and confused why my body didn’t reflect all the hard work I was putting in the gym, confused why my hormones were a wreck, and confused why I couldn’t get feeling better.
No one ever told me that you should feel great after you leave the gym. That you don’t have to leave yourself rolling around on the floor to have a good workout. That it’s not normal to be a total zombie after you workouts. And that if an athletic physique is the goal, bodybuilding forever reigns king.
Present day, I don’t really stress over food or exercise stuff anymore. Learning to take care of my body and do LESS changed my life. I bodybuild + lift 4x/week for 60-75 minutes via Paragon Training Methods I work closely with my doctor to manage my thyroid and hormone health. I still track my food, but certainly have days where I don’t. ~2,300-2,500 calories seems to be the sweet spot for maintaining and it’s how much I’m eating more than anything (I’m 5’3).
We’ve come a long way from the girl with an eating disorder that went to college to pursue a degree in food, nutrition, and dietetics.
I’ve learned so many things the hard way, and I wouldn’t wish what I’ve been through on anyone. But if I could do anything different, I’m not sure that I would. Sharing my own personal health/fitness journey has enabled me to reach thousands and thousands of people around the world and get them to question and evaluate the way they view their nutrition, exercise, and lifestyle habits.
I found my healing in 15+ years of coaching and educating others. I’m still finding it every day ♥️
PS: Paragon Training Methods is my whole world. We founded Paragon as I was bouncing back from shoulder surgery, transitioning of hormonal birth control, and deep in the midst of all my health problems. Fast forward to present day, we’re helping thousands of people around the globe be strong, confident, and find freedom + peace of mind around the way they eat and exercise.