Hi Beautifuls!

So this happened today.


I won the USN UK Flex Friday Competition on Twitter. I feel so lucky and blessed. I’m so proud of what I’ve achieved, I see people make so many excuses as to why they can’t work out or eat healthily. I’m living proof that NOTHING should stop you reaching your goals. I have lymphoedema, I’m considered ‘disabled’ by the fact I have a chronic illness. I, with hard work, won a fitness competition (albeit on twitter). I’ve not always looked this way. I chose to work on my body to make parts (that can be altered) to look the way I want them to look.

‘What was your excuse again?’ is a common phrase on social media to push the nation to becoming healthier and fitter. I agree with this phrase- why?- because it makes people think. No matter whether it’s a positive or negative response- it gains a voice for those who struggle in day to day life, it helps prove that with a positive mindset you can achieve your dreams and goals. Everyone has a different journey, I set this page up to share mine.

I’m looking forward to showing you my prize. I’m so excited as I love USN products and use them regularly.

I’ve been asked how do I look like this? I work for my body. I attend Pole Fit once a week, attend the gym 4 times a week, eat correctly, and take advice that is offered.

Lots of love

L xoxox


Copyright Lauren Toner 2011-2014

6 thoughts on “USN UK

  1. That’s really great Lauren, but to say ‘I have lymphoedema, I’m considered ‘disabled’, I still won a fitness competition. What was your excuse again ?’ can be seen as encouraging and very discouraging to some people. I’ve noticed you are very selective on who you follow from both your twitter pages, and there are a lot of people who have lymphoedema too who are doing their best to lose weight and try and get fit, and live with more than one ‘disability’ and are doing what they can, but putting people down with some of the things you say doesn’t help them, it can be disheartening. Don’t get me wrong, what you are achieving is brilliant, I lost a huge amount of weight, and due to some of my disabilities causing problems, some has gone back on, I’ve had to get them all under control again to be able to start all over again.


    • Hi Dawn,
      I’m still new to twitter so still finding my feet, I have 2 pages, one personal, one lymphoedema based. As I also work full time, I try to keep as up to date as possible which means I might miss some individuals who follow etc. I fully applaud anyone whether they have a medical condition or not for their fitness and weight loss journey. Everyone starts somewhere. I also have other medical conditions but tend to focus on my lymphoedema as it’s not as well known about as my others such as Asthma. I’m sorry that I might have disheartened some individuals. I use ‘disabled’ in inverted commas for a reason. I might not see myself as disabled but others who know about the condition might count me as being so. I too started off as not the most healthy and the most fit which is why I’m proud of what I’ve achieved.


      • Hi Lauren, I’m an above knee amputee of 21 years, I was 19 years old and in motorbike accident, and following this I put on a huge amount of weight, something I struggled with. I was then diagnosed with a condition called Spondyliosis, six years ago Psoriatic Arthritis and Fibroymyalgia. After a bad fall I got lymphoedema along with cellulitis in my lower left leg, my good leg lol and in my stump. With all these chronic conditions and the medications involved I put on even more weight. I’ve always been as active as I could, playing darts to County level, and two years ago I started losing weight, 7 stone in 12 months, but due to meds for an occular mass that was found last year I’ve put some back on, I’m now back on the journey of losing again, but it’s a long hard process, with a long way to go. I admire everyone who hits the gym etc with health conditions and do their upmost to be as fit as possible but I also know not everyone with disabilities can take that route, hence my earlier response x


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