How To Get The Most Out Of Your Run

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You guys all know that I love spin classes. You’ve read both of my posts here & here. But did you know that my absolutely favorite form of cardio is running? Well it is! I love it. I love getting into my music & clearing my mind. It is indeed, what I call, me time. 

If you’re reading this and are thinking I am crazy, well you’re right, I probably am. At the same time though, understand that it took me years to get to this point. I would try my hardest to run once a week in the beginning and most of the time I could barely run a mile. But the more and more I ran, the easier it got. 

Throughout the years I have acquired a few tricks to get the most out of my run, because there is nothing worse than having a terrible run! The smallest things can throw off your run, but by planning ahead, you can completely avoid any sort of mishap.

  1. Pick a good hair tie that won’t fall every two seconds (the worst).
  2. Switch out your regular shoes laces for some Leazy No Tie Shoes Laces. They will make your life so much easier. I am talking about never having to tie your shoes again here! I’m absolutely obsessed with them. There is nothing worse that just starting your run and having your shoes laces come untied, but with Leazy Shoe Laces, that problem is completely gone. 
  3. Make sure you have head phones that fit your ears. Running and constantly having your ear buds fall out will ruin your run, real fast.
  4. Even better, invest in Blue Tooth head phones like mine. They are the best because you do not have to worry about the cord. 
  5. Find an awesome playlist w/ high beat music. I like to listen to the kind of music I would listen to in spin class. High energy, kind of EDM, lots of remixes. My favorite songs are ones I can sing along too and really get into 
  6. Ignore everyone around you. Especially if you’re on a treadmill. In the past, I would almost dictate my run as to what the person next to me was doing. Lame? Yes. But I was self conscious and didn’t want to seem weak or like a slacker. Now, I could care less. It’s MY workout and I know when I am tired, when I want to slow down, when I need water and when I want to sprint.
  7. Run to the beat of the music. Remember what I said above? How I like to run to songs that I know and can sing along with? Well, this is where that comes into play! Base your speed off of the tempo of the music. 
  8. Go to the ladies room before you start you run. 
  9. New to running? Try running one song and walking the next song until you hit your goal. Or, if you are really new, try running from light pole to light pole. I did that for years!
  10. Wear clothing you are comfortable in. There is nothing worse than going for a run and having your shorts ride up or your shirt be to tight, hot, or hug the wrong places. I love this top Lulu Top because it is light and breezy. 
  11. Understand that everyone has a bad running day & don’t let is discourage you. I run multiple times a week, and sometimes, my run just isn’t great. Whether I am sore from another work out or just plain tired, everything comes into play and not every run is a great one,  
  12. Get out to run first thing in the morning. Especially if you are in the south! Do not try running at 5 p.m. in August,in Texas. You will have a heat stroke! Instead, start your run when it’s still a little cool outside. Plus, it is the best way to start your morning! You will feel so much better throughout your day knowing you got a good sweat in 🙂

xo,

Lauren 

Thank you Leazy for sponsoring the post. As always, all opinions are my own. 

What To Actually Eat When You’re Hungover

It’s Sunday morning and you had one to many drinks last night while out on the dance floor. Don’t worry we’ve all been there. Now your head is spinning and the thought of any light makes you sick. Like I said, we’ve all been there!

Idk when this happened, but I feel like at one point, I didn’t get hangovers. But now? Two glasses of wine leaves me with an aching head ache the next morning. 

When you drink alcohol, it leaves your body is incredibly dehydrated and in desperate need of nourishment. Most believe that greasy food and the hair of the dog, would cure your nasty hangover. The sad part, is that neither of those are even the least bit true. In fact, they will actually make you feel worse!

Here is what you really should be having! 

Electrolytes: First things first, replenish your body with electrolytes. Replenishing electrolytes is literally essential to making you feel better. You can essentially restore some through your common H20, but you really do need more than water.  To restore electrolytes, most reach for a Gatorade, but truth be told, because Gatorade is so high in sugar, it will actually make you feel worse. So instead, look for water with Electrolytes (sodium) in it. Like this Propel Electrolyte option.  Coconut water is also a really great option! Coconut water actually has 5 of the electrolytes found in our blood as compared to Gatorade, which only has two! 

Bananas: Full of potassium, bananas are one of the top foods you should be grabbing after have one too many cocktails. Potassium, which is an important mineral in your body, is significantly lost when you drink. Bananas are also full of the Vitamin B6! 

Healthy/Fatty Foods: Not the greasy burger on the menu! I’m talking healthy fats like avocado and salmon. When you drink, the alcohol completely depletes the body of its B Vitamins. So when you have a high (healthy) fatty food like salmon, with just 3 oz, you can completely restore your body. Eating foods like this will help with the dizziness. 

Eggs: Eggs contain two main types of Amino Acids, Cysteine and Taurine. Cysteine breaks down the left over alcohol in your body while Taurine is known to boost your liver function. Which your liver may need after a night of serious drinking. 

Sweet Potatoes: Since alcohol puts a beating on your blood sugar and metabolism, it’s important to consume unrefined carbohydrates, like sweet potatoes. Which is why it is important to stay away from refined sugary carbs like biscuits, donuts, waffles and etc. Plus, sweet potatoes are high in fiber, potassium and B vitamins. 

Oatmeal: I would have never thought this, but supposedly, oatmeal can help with the morning after jitters and anxiety. It’s been proven to calm you down, help to stable your blood sugar, and is filled with fiber. So instead of reaching for a bagel or pancake, try oatmeal!

Blueberries: Next time you’re head is spinning, try reaching for blueberries as opposed to aspirin. Blueberries jump start your immune system, as well was as are a great antioxidant. 

Leafy Greens: Also filled with electrolytes, Vitamin C and lots of fiber. 

Green, Rosemary or Lavender Tea: If your stomach is queasy, then be sure to reach for some tea. These three types of tea are high in antioxidants, which keep your organs healthy – including your liver. The tea will calm down the nausea making you feel better in no time. 

Things to Avoid? 

Basically, all of your temptations. Avoid the hair of the dog, avoid the overly greasy food (bacon &sausage) you’re craving, coffee (dehydrates you even more) and aspirin. Avoid anything overly sugary and all white carbs. Another thing to avoid is anything citrusy.While you would think it would be fine, the citrus will actually really irritate your stomach. Other than that though, what your body really needs is nutrition. It needs vitamins and the good stuff to get it feeling back to normal. So basically, if you want to cure that hangover of yours, then you need lots of healthy food and water! 

My Favorite Hangover Meals? 

  1. My banana and PB2 oatmeal, every time. You can find the recipe, here! 
  2. Avocado toast on whole grain bread with a side of scrambled eggs. 
  3. Green Juice. Not exactly a meal, but a great addition to your breakfast. 
  4. Smoked Salmon w/ a hard boiled egg, capers and tomato slices. 
  5. The Annie’s burrito from Barnaby’s w/ a side of guacamole. You can find the burrito, here! It’s filled with lots of egg whites, chicken & black beans. 
  6. Leafy Green Salad filled with nuts, beets, asparagus, fruit and either chicken or shrimp for protein.

xo,

Lauren

 

5 Healthy Day Time Snacks

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I usually reach for them around 10:00 a.m when I am sitting at my desk and at 3:00 p.m. when I am getting antsy to leave. I’d also be lying if I said I didn’t snack a little bit when I get home around 5:30. Traffic is just so stressful – lol, so of course the first thing I do is come home and have a snack! 

Every dietician has their own thoughts on snacking. Some say snacking keeps your metabolism going, others say it produces more belly fat. Either way, I’m not a dietician -lol & even though I am trying to cut back on my snacking, knowing that they are healthy snacks makes me feel better 🙂

Right now, my favorite snacks are: 

  1. Clementines: They are easy to peel, are sweet and refreshing. I love these for my morning snack because they are high in vitamin c & at 60 calories they are the perfect snack. 
  2. 100 Calorie Almond & Walnut Packs: This is one of my newest finds and I love them! Almonds have always been on the radar as being a healthy fat, but walnuts sometimes do not get the rave they deserve. When your body digest walnuts, it produces a chemical that helps to burn stomach fat. After finding this out, I started adding walnuts to my diet, but like almonds, if you have too many, the calories really start to add up. Which is why I love this mixed pack that has both of them. 
  3. 1/2 Avocado or 1/4 Avocado with Toast: Probably my favorite! I love, love, love avocados & half of one for a snack is perfect! Sometimes if I had a light breakfast, I’ll do 1/4 of an avocado, mashed on toast. Avocado toast is literally my weakness right now.  Avocados may be high in fat (& calories) but avocados are made up of the good kind of fat that your body needs and are loaded with fiber, potassium, & vitamins. Just make sure you eat them in moderation. 
  4. Toast with PB2 and 1/4 sliced banana: This was my favorite snack while I was in college and still is to this day. My favorite kind of bread to toast (right now, it a;ways changes) is this bread. I will toast this bread, then spread 1 TBSP of PB2 on it and top with bananas and maybe even some cinnamon! It’s so good and to me, very comforting. 
  5. World Peas Santa Barbara Ranch: My friend Haley introduced me to these while I was in LA and they are so good. Like so good. They are absolutely addicting and 45 peas are only 100 calories so they are the perfect pick me up! 

What are you favorite snacks? 

xo,

Lauren

BBG 2.0 Review

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If you guys follow me on Instagram, then you know that on Sunday I officially completed BBG 2.0 and as of this week have started BBG 3.0! So please pardon the sweat mess & rosy cheeked pictures above. I thought about doing a different kind of shoot, but shooting these right after my last workout seemed a lot more appropriate and more raw.

The transformation my body has gone through, only using my body weight and maybe 10 lb weights is crazy. I’m so excited to see what 3.0 brings. I will admit I’m not in my ideal shape, but that’s because I was on vacation for over two weeks and haven’t been eating the best since I have been back due to a lot of engagement celebrations. Despite all of this, I’m still really proud of myself and have continued to become more and more toned.

I wanted to do this review for you because I get a lot of questions asking if continuing onto 2.0 is worth it, if the app is worth it, or if they should just repeat 1.0 over and over instead of buying the new one.

So here are the things I have taken away from BBG 2.0

  1. Yes, continuing onto 2.0 is worth it. This is because after repeating 1.0 over and over again, I did not see any progress and I soon plateaued giving up all together the first time around.
  2. I have a core! I mentioned this in my last post, & I keep saying it because it’s shocking to me. Even in school at about 5 lbs less that I am now, I didn’t have a core. I couldn’t flex my stomach muscles and could never figure out why I had this belly fat even though I ate correctly and worked out. My stomach has always been my problem area, and for the first time I am proud of it and comfortable showing it.
  3. I’m really strong. The first time I did a burpee into a box jump, I had a real moment. I never would have thought that I would be able to do that. Knowing that I was capable of that,
  4. The workouts do change a lot from 1.0 & they are harder.
  5. Almost every workout is a full body workout that involves your core, which is probably why my core has gotten so much stronger.
  6. Get used to lots of burpees, planks & jumps. Don’t worry though it won’t be as bad as you think.
  7. In 1.0, I could usually complete 2 rounds in 7 minutes but in 2.0 in most, that is almost impossible.
  8. Towards week 20-24, instead of doing 4, 7 minute circuits you do 2, 14 minute circuits.
  9. I’ve lost a significant amount of cellulite in my thighs and bottom. As well as losing inches in my love handles.
  10. There is no way you could do 2.0 without completing 1.0. Bottom line. You have to gain the right kind of muscles and stamina to be able to do the workouts.

If you are thinking about starting BBG, be sure to check out my post on How To Conquer BBG Like A Pro.

I’ll be answering more BBG questions in a future post, so be sure to send them to me 🙂

xo,

Lauren