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Skinnista of the Month: Undressed Skeleton’s, Miss Taralynn McNitt

Lauryn Evarts, fitness blogger, health blogger, and weight blogger talks skinny tips and tricks for weight loss with Taralynn McNitt from Undressed Skeleton.

Lauryn Evarts, fitness blogger, health blogger, and weight blogger talks skinny tips and tricks for weight loss with Taralynn McNitt from Undressed Skeleton.

[ Healthy version of Poptarts by Taralynn ]

Pretttttty excited to introduce you all to this little lady. Not only is Taralynn McNitt the cutest thing ever, she happens to be one my favorite bloggers [ I whipped up her pumpkin pie oatmeal here ]. She’s so practical when it comes to healthy eating annnndddd her blog, Undressed Skeleton, has such pretty, colorful images. I promise you: you’ll fall in love with her too!

Oh, & P.S. Lindsay Buckley won the JNB giveaway! E-mail me at, so I can send you your gorg jewels ; ).

Ok, ok. Here’s all the deets on Taralynn:

+ Tell us about yourself and your blog.

TM: I am a 21 years-young blogger/college student living in the beautiful city of Chicago. You will most likely find me sitting in coffee shops blogging my little fingers away, ignoring the stack of homework I have. I moved to Chicago from Ottumwa, Iowa last year & it has been an amazing transition.

My blog mainly focuses on the balance of healthy food, finding love for fitness, & maintaining a healthy social life. You will also see some of my personal thoughts in a blog post every now & then, a bit of fashion, & occasionally a post on my passion for art.

Lauryn Evarts, fitness blogger, health blogger, and weight blogger talks skinny tips and tricks for weight loss with Taralynn McNitt from Undressed Skeleton.

+ Inspiration to start blogging? 

TM: I posted my before & after picture on ‘Spark People’ about three years ago; my inbox filled up with over a hundred messages in five days asking numerous questions. I had messages from all kinds of people telling me how inspired they were & that they needed the motivation to keep going. I thought if I could make a small difference in peoples lives through my accomplishments, then more people would be passionate & serious about health.

I failed at the healthy lifestyle over & over again, so I was constantly looking for motivation. That’s why I started my blog. To put my story up. Honestly I didn’t think it would get popular. I never told anyone in my town about my blog [ including my boyfriend ]until last summer. I had people I grew up with messaging me, so I finally decided to be more open about it.

+ Advice for new bloggers?

TM: I wish I could have read some advice before becoming a blogger, but I just took a jump at it without reading the warning sign. Blogging is an amazing hobby to pursue; it can eventually become a career if you are passionate enough about it. It allows you to express anything & everything without having to fight your boss to get content published.

Things you should never do as a blogger: read things that you know will make you mad [ hate comments, emails, etc. ] and post anything you wouldn’t want someone to see. I have tons of horrible comments &/or mail but I have to remember not to take it personal or let it bother me. Write what you want & don’t let the fear of bad comments/rude people hold you back. You may have two bad comments but don’t forget about the hundred people who love you!

If you want to become a successful blogger I’d recommend finding what you are passionate about, use that as the base of your blog, & branch out with other topics you’re interested in. Partner up with other bloggers & host on each others blogs to grab their audience while sharing yours. Use social media sites to get your story out there. It took me about a year to get the hang of blogging & to organize my site.

Honestly, I’m still trying to figure out the whole blogging world. Don’t be intimidating by a beautiful blog- it’s all about the content.

Lauryn Evarts, fitness blogger, health blogger, and weight blogger talks skinny tips and tricks for weight loss with Taralynn McNitt from Undressed Skeleton.

+ Love it! Let’s talk quick skinny tips &/or tricks?

TM: Stay busy. Never skip meals. The more you have to do the less you worry about snacking & eating giant meals. Find little ways to be on your feet sixty percent of you day: cleaning, mall-walking, cooking, walking your dog, folding laundry, etc. Don’t let your friends & family influence you with their eating habits. If you’re at a restaurant, & all your friends order pizza don’t be embarrassed to order a salad. That’s the willpower they would kill to have!

Also, treat yourself daily with a small dessert so you don’t end up depriving yourself. Oh! And dressings/sauces on the side!

+ Weekly workout schedule?

TM: I try to balance my workouts through out the week with cardio & strength training. Sometimes I’m too lazy to work out so I do little things to make up for it like mall-walking or golfing. I try to run at least four to six miles at least four times a week, yoga twice a week, & maybe Zumba twice a week. If I’m bored  I’ll do a fun, ten minute, YouTube workout video. Fitness has to be fun & different or I’ll never find the motivation to do it!

+ Favie go-to healthy food?

TM: Soup & salad. I try to order soup with a salad from every restaurant [ if it’s available ]. It’s the most filling & nutritious. My favorite places for soup and salad are: Olive Garden, Panera Bread, &/or Potbelly and Charlotte’s.

+ Cocktail of choice?

TM: I may be twenty-one, but I’m not much of a drinker. My drinking/party days ended senior year of high school. I have had maybe four drink since being twenty-one, which some people may call sad but I’m perfectly fine with it. I wouldn’t say I have a favorite cocktail but if I’m going to have a drink it’s usually vodka with vanilla diet or a Bailey’s.

+ Motivation to stay in shape?

TM: Staying in shape makes me feel confident and happy, which is a great motivation to keep moving forward. I also want a healthy body & don’t want to be at risk for any diseases that come along with an unhealthy weight/bad eating habits.

+ World’s best beauty product?

TMLush Cosmetic’s ocean salt scrub. I cannot describe how amazing my skin feels after using this product. It’s also organic & environmental friendly too!

+ Natural beauty remedy?

TM: For hair: I mix up 1/2 cup full fat mayo, 2 tablespoons of olive oil, & three eggs. Then I massage it into my hair & wrap my hair up with a plastic bag for three hours. This moisturizes your hair & builds protein. For skin: I make my own mask with three tablespoons of smashed avocado, one tablespoon of lemon peal, three tablespoons of oats, two tablespoons of mashed cucumber [ without peel ], & three tablespoons of sea salt. I leave it on for twenty minutes & then rinse with warm water.

Lauryn Evarts, fitness blogger, health blogger, and weight blogger talks skinny tips and tricks for weight loss with Taralynn McNitt from Undressed Skeleton.

+ Quick, easy recipe?

TM: Breakfast is one of the most important meals of the day! Here’s a fast recipe that’s perfect for the days you’re running out the door!

Cherry Chocolate Oatmeal:

1/2 cup whole grain oats

1/3 cup water

1/4 cup diced pitted cherries

1/2 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder

1 packet of Stevia

1 tablespoon of chocolate chips

A sprinkle of walnuts

+ Directions: Prepare oatmeal with water using the microwave. Add coco powder, sweetener, cherries & then mix together well. Top with chocolate chips, walnuts, & cherries.

Lauryn Evarts, fitness blogger, health blogger, and weight blogger talks skinny tips and tricks for weight loss with Taralynn McNitt from Undressed Skeleton.

  1. I love her!! Her blog is amazing and I’m constantly sharing it with people, I can’t imagine anyone saying anything bad about/to her, but jealousy can make people turn ugly! Anyway I’ve tried so many of her recipes and she is truly an inspiration to me. I think one of the most important things she does is find wonderful healthy alternatives, once people realize they don’t have to eat celery forever and food can be fun, they are more inclined to stick to a healthier lifestyle. She gets that. I love cooking as well and hope to do more of my own blogging, it’s def a hard job to keep up wih daily! Keep going Taralynn, you’re great!!!! 🙂

  2. Taralynn is such an inspiration. She made a big change and if she can do it so can I. Thank you for showing me that it is possible to change.

  3. Aw, I love Taralynn! Her blog is really cool and she always posts the kinds of things she eats. She is an awesome blogger.

  4. AH! I LOVE THIS! I have been following her blog for a very long time and love seeing her on other blogs! I recently found this amazing blog as well!

  5. Oh my gosh! She is such an inspiration, and she is so beautiful! I will definitely start reading her blog 🙂 You always make the greatest interviews Lauryn 🙂

  6. I’ve been reading taralynn’s blog for about a year now, and honestly just started reading your blog this week. I’ve been living under a rock, I know! 🙁 I spent hours going over your posts and love love love it! How surprised I was to see Taralynn’s face on your blog this morning! Fantastic choice love! I’m definitely hooked now!

  7. I love Taralynn’s blog. I have been following hers and yours for quite some time now and love that you two guest posted on each others!
    Taralynn is such an inspiration and has great recipes, lots I have made myself. It’s also nice to see some more pictures of her because she doesn’t post too many of herself.

    Have a great weekend ladies!

  8. Huge fan of Taralynn. Awesome to see her on your blog!! I just moved out of Encinitas Lauren if you are familiar!! Love San Diego.

  9. I follow Taralynn on Pinterest and I am impressed with her poise at 21 years old. I think a lot of the nastiness she may deal with is simply “sour grapes”. Unfortunately birds will pick at the choicest fruit. She is cute, has her act together, and she has a sunny personality. Some people can’t handle that which is unfortunate.

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