Keeping On Track With Your Fitness During The Holidays

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I know it feels like I have been throwing the “holidays” at you guys all week, but I guess that’s because I have been -lol. 

Gift guides, recipes, outfit inspirations, and now, fitness. 

I was reading something the other day, and it was along the lines of that it is okay to gain a few extra pounds during the holidays and that’s it is perfectly fine because it’s expected.

While I firmly believe that you are beautiful at any size, I think that’s a horrible way to view your health and your own fitness journey. 

That’s like studying for a test for months in advance, only to sleep through the exam. Does that makes sense? Giving up on your fitness goals during the Holidays makes everything you’ve done a complete and total waste. It’s important to look at the holidays as an opportunity to push yourself. That way, when New Years hits, you’re not starting from square one, you’re just continuing your journey. 

  1. Keep up with your workouts. Literally make it a point to sweat everyday. Don’t blow them off just because it’s the holidays. Look at your calendar and schedule them in where they fit. 
  2. Manage your eating habits like a checkbook. Meaning, if you know your going to go all out on Thanksgiving, make sure that morning, to get a sweat session in and to start your day with a really healthy breakfast. Check out how to stay fit on Thanksgiving, here
  3. Enjoy your holiday meals but be mindful. Aim for more protein and vegetables as opposed to starchy casseroles. 
  4. Bring healthy options to holiday parties. I promise you, people will thank you for it. There is nothing worse than going to a Holiday party and there not being one healthy option. 
  5. Keep your eye on the prize. Remind  yourself every morning why you’re doing this. Read this post again, and don’t get discouraged in the next two months because you are awesome and you are making a difference in your life. You’ve always been beautiful, but you’re becoming a healthier and stronger you. 

If you guys are in a major city for Thanksgiving, I really encourage you all to sign up for the Turkey Trot. Here is the link for Houston’s. If you want to find one in your city, just google “Turkey Trot” and the name of your city and it will come up. My family and I have made this a tradition for the past five years and we absolutely love it. It’s a tradition that doesn’t require food, that is good for our minds and our bodies.

Plus, it makes that Thanksgiving Day dinner that less guilty. 

Recently, I have been running a lot. Like a lot, a lot. The weather in Houston has been perfect the past few weeks (never thought I’d say that), so I have been getting outside to run every chance I get. I understand that it is getting darker earlier, so running in the afternoons may not work for you, but try going for a run or walk on the weekends. If you’re looking for new running shoes, I just bought these and I love them. 

Also, be sure to check out my post on  How To Stay Fit This Thanksgiving

xo,

Lauren

Links I Love

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Happy Halloween Weekend Friends!! 

I literally cannot believe it is almost November, like where has this year gone?! The past few months have just been completely flying by. I walked into Marshall’s two weeks ago and it was flooded with Christmas decorations. Which don’t get me wrong, I LOVE Christmas, but at the same time, give the other Holidays a chance too – lol! 

This weekend, Colton and I are headed out of town and unfortunately will not be able to really partake in any crazy Halloween fun. Which really makes me sad because I love Halloween so much (like love it) but I know this weekends plans will be equally as fun! Don’t worry, I’ll probably sneak a costume in somewhere throughout the weekend. 

I started this series, Links I Love, when I first started Life to Lauren and am thinking of bringing it back! It’s basically just a list of my favorite links from the week, for you to enjoy, on your Friday, as you watch the clock, waiting for it to be the weekend 😉

  1. The Best 5 Drug Store Fall Beauty Buys 
  2. These Do’s & Don’ts of How to Deal With Jet Lag are pretty spot on. 
  3. This DIY Scarecrow Costume from Dress Up Butter Cup is literally the cutest.
  4. These fall wedding floral arrangements are to die for. 
  5. These tips will help you get the most out of your run
  6. This wedding is so beautiful it doesn’t seem real. 
  7. Still obsessed with this velvet skirt. 
  8. I love this bloggers response to the Vogue article regarding bloggers. 
  9. The best & easiest Halloween Drink: Halloween Sprinkle Champagne

Let me know what you think of this series and be sure to follow along on snapchat to see what we’re up too this weekend! I’ll really try to post on Instagram Story, but it kind of kills my battery sooooo, we’ll see!

Be safe this weekend y’all!

xo,

Lauren

September TidBits

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Life to Lauren Approved Shampoos & Conditioners

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More and more recently, I have been getting a lot of questions concerning my hair. Where I get it done, what products I use, how I curl my hair, how often I wash it and etc. 

I know a lot of people swear by only washing their hair once or twice a week, but I am not one of those people. Having greasy hair is a true pet peeve of mine. As in, I literally cannot stand it and since I do workout so often, rarely washing my hair is not an option. I would say that I wash my hair every other day. I love the feeling and look of fresh, clean hair. Which is why I love the following shampoos and conditioners so much. They make my hair soft and shiny as well as giving it that certain glow. 

The following are all of my favorites! 

Pai ShauYou know those times when your hair is constantly greasy and no matter what you do or how many times you wash it, it just always feels gross? It happens to me all the time and is usually the result of a chemical build up in your hair. I promise when I say that this brand has been awesome for fixing this. I bought it over 4th of July weekend on a fluke, after forgetting my Moroccan Oil Shampoo & Conditioner. I hate using hotel products, so I ran down to the hotels salon to pick something up different up. While there, one of the ladies convinced me to try Pai Shau. After the first wash, I was hooked! I love it because it doesn’t have any oil in it, but instead uses tea extracts! You can find the shampoo here & the conditioner here

Moroccan Oil: I was introduced to Moroccan Oil my freshman year at Baylor and immediately felt like I had been missing out of the best shampoo & conditioner combo of all time. Up until this time, I was just using store brands like Pantene Prov and what not, but the moment I tried Moroccan Oil, my hair changed for the better. Softer & shinier.  I use the Hydrating Shampoo and the Hydrating Conditioner. Although since it is a hydrating shampoo, if your hair is prone to get greasy, I wouldn’t use this one everyday. Although if you have dry to normal hair, then this is a great option

Redken: In my mind, this is the perfect every day shampoo & conditioner combo for normal hair. It makes my hair super shiny and is sold at almost any store that holds beauty products. As of right now, this is the combo I use almost daily! While I do normally like to switch up my brands, this one has been the one I have been gravitating to the most recently. 

Oribe: The perfect purple shampoo & conditioner combo that every blonde needs in their life. It keeps my highlights looking fresh and takes the brassiness out of your hair without actually making it look purple lol. I use this about once or twice a week. Especially before shoots or parties. It’s also a little but on the pricer side, which is another reason I do not use it everyday. I suggest using both the shampoo and conditioner for the best results. 

It’s a 10: I started using this shampoo and conditioner after I had been using their miracle leave in product (AMAZING) for about  year. When it comes to this combo, I use it like a hair treatment. I love it because I literally feel the shampoo cleaning my hair, as well as replenishing . It truly repairs my hair. It’s sulfate free, and for a shampoo & conditioner, it oddly has a lot of vitamins in it! I only use this product once a week though, because if I used it any more than that, my hair would get greasy super fast. 

What are your favorite shampoos & conditioners?? 

xo,

Lauren