Wednesday, January 28, 2015

 -scroll over image to "pin it" or right click to save it to your phone/computer- 

How To Become A Morning Person
Habit 4 of 5: (( SMOOTHIE ))  
We all know the importance of beginning the day with a healthy meal. If you have my Eat Your Way Lean ebook, you know why I don't think it's necessary to eat breakfast within X amount of time from waking ((you can read my approach to use the timing of the first meal for fat loss in the ebook)) Still, I think it's very important that the first meal, like all others, contains a protein source; protein is often skipped in the first meal - we make oatmeal or a bowl of granola and neglect protein altogether. For this reason, I believe a smoothie is a great way to begin your day! Smoothies can consist of any ingredient you like, so they're pleasing to most people. They're quick to make, serving as a great grab-and-go option. AND, a simple scoop of protein powder or addition of Greek yogurt packs them with protein! 

The Peanut Butter Banana Protein Smoothie from Eat Your Way Lean is my absolute fav!

Challenge: Make and share your favorite smoothie recipe!

Check In: Stay accountable by uploading your workout, meal, challenge and/or lifestyle pics to Instagram; inspire and be inspired by the community. Use our hashtags (( #LGAccountaility #LGKickStartFit #LGMealPlan & #LGSweatSeshSelfie and tag me @laurengleisberg so we can all connect. 
Be sure to leave love on the pages of others too!
Combine your fitness plan with my nutrition approach designed for 
eating in a specific way to promote physical results, click here
 

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Biceps & Triceps (#LGKickStartFit Day 25) - 1/27

 -scroll over image to "pin it" or right click to save it to your phone/computer- 

How To Become A Morning Person
Habit 3 of 5: (( NIGHT PRIOR ))  
Setting aside 15 minutes per night to get yourself ready for the next day can be the difference between an easy breezy morning and one where you're rushing out the door 10 minutes late with your smoothie spilling over your inside out blouse ((chronicles of Lauren Gleisberg)) Think of this in the same way you prepare for a vacation; you analyze the days ahead, think of everything you'll need, then plan accordingly. Give you calendar a glance. Will you be heading straight to class or the office after your morning workout and in need of an extra change of clothes? Will you be staying late to work on a project and need to pack a snack? These are the easy things to put off until morning, but I'm sure just 10 panic-free minutes in the morning could help bring that peace and productivity to your day! Set yourself up for success by preparing your day the night prior!

Some thing I do each night:
-lay out my gym clothes
-fill a large pitcher of water and add fruit to infuse overnight
-pack any meals I will be eating out of the house
-ensure I have all my ingredients for breakfast
-start making tomorrow's to-do list



Challenge: Do one thing tonight that will help make tomorrow a little easier on you!

Check In: Stay accountable by uploading your workout, meal, challenge and/or lifestyle pics to Instagram; inspire and be inspired by the community. Use our hashtags (( #LGAccountaility #LGKickStartFit #LGMealPlan & #LGSweatSeshSelfie and tag me @laurengleisberg so we can all connect. 
Be sure to leave love on the pages of others too!




Combine your fitness plan with my nutrition approach designed for 
eating in a specific way to promote physical results, click here

Monday, January 26, 2015

Legs & Glutes (#LGKickStartFit Day 24) - 1/27

 -scroll over image to "pin it" or right click to save it to your phone/computer- 

How To Become A Morning Person
Habit 2 of 5: (( DRINK ))  
 I'm always looking for a healthy drink to get hooked on, and let's face it....there aren't many out there! While many opt for a cup of coffee or tea in the morning, it's important to get in water first. Coffee and tea are natural diuretics and after 8 hours of sleep ((who are we joking - does anyone actually get a full 8)), our bodies are in desperate need of water replenishment! My special drink of choice that I mentioned in yesterday's post on my morning routine is water with the juice from half of a lemon and a tiny bit of honey, which I then heat. The more I read about lemon water, the more I'm all about it.

A Few Favs in Support of Lemon H20:
(1) Bacteria - pH is the measure of acidity or basicity of a solution. Lemon has the ability to change the pH in the blood and urinary tract, making it more difficult for bacteria to live and grow

(2) Inflammation - lemon water aids in the reduction of uric acid, which is one of the main causes of inflammation


(3) Hydration Help - many people actually enjoy the taste of lemon water or warm lemon/honey water; I'm all for anything that promotes hydration

Challenge: Start your day with a special drink...it just may warm your heart! 
Share your favorite cup of joy...I mean jo ;)

Check In: Stay accountable by uploading your workout, meal, challenge and/or lifestyle pics to Instagram; inspire and be inspired by the community. Use our hashtags (( #LGAccountaility #LGKickStartFit #LGMealPlan & #LGSweatSeshSelfie and tag me @laurengleisberg so we can all connect. 
Be sure to leave love on the pages of others too!


Combine your fitness plan with my nutrition approach designed for 
eating in a specific way to promote physical results, click here

Sunday, January 25, 2015

HIIT Cardio & Abs (#LGKickStartFit Day 23) - 1/26

 -scroll over image to "pin it" or right click to save it to your phone/computer- 

How To Become A Morning Person
Habit 1 of 5: (( ROUTINE ))  
 I've discussed the importance of a morning routine many times on here, referring to studies that call the first hour of our day the "golden hour" because of the impact it has on the rest of our day. One can better become a "morning person" when he or she gets into a routine that establishes peace and productivity. With peace, comes happiness and confidence, which are two important components to an overall healthy life. Productivity is an incredible, motivational force that can help us achieve a great deal even in just one day. Therefore, it's beneficial to find a routine that is simple, easy to follow, and has a great impact on your day!

Here is a snapshot of my morning routine...

Wake up to one of my many motivational alarms to an upbeat song!

Whether I'm hitting the gym or going straight to a meeting, I always jump into my clothing first thing in the morning.

Hydration is very important in the morning, so I make a special drink ((I'll share the recipe later this week)) I also recommend not jumping onto social media or into your inbox for at least 30 minutes upon waking. Instead, I love day-by-day inspiration books, so I read a short passage while sipping my drink.


Next, I either go to the gym or I spend 10 minutes stretching to get the blood flowing and wake up my body.

A steamy shower is the perfect wake up call; I also love what it does for my skin! To pump up the productivity, I bump some tunes while in the shower - it inspires me to take on my day!

Time for breakfast! While I eat, I typically jot down my daily to-do list and set an intention or goal for the day. My to-do list is task oriented, while my intention is more of a feeling and thought I work on for the day. For instance, today my intention was to be present in the moment.

Challenge: Practice a morning routine that will bring peace and productivity to your day! Share a part of it with the community! 

Check In: Stay accountable by uploading your workout, meal, challenge and/or lifestyle pics to Instagram; inspire and be inspired by the community. Use our hashtags (( #LGAccountaility #LGKickStartFit #LGMealPlan & #LGSweatSeshSelfie and tag me @laurengleisberg so we can all connect. 

Be sure to leave love on the pages of others too!



Combine your fitness plan with my nutrition approach designed for 
eating in a specific way to promote physical results, click here

My Lifestyle Journal: Wedding Vision Board + Planning Update

I've received so many requests for a wedding planning update, so I thought I would do just that and share some of my design inspiration to give you a little taste of my big day!
I think we should consider ourselves very lucky in that wedding planning, for Anthony and I, has been an absolute breeze. The most difficult part was deciding on a location. Anthony and I both live in Texas, but the majority of our guests are from Wisconsin. We were set on a Texas wedding, but in the end, having all of our family and friends there meant more to us than the beautiful Texas venue my heart was set on. 
Our wedding will be in July of 2015 in Wisconsin.

We did most of our planning when we were home in Wisconsin over Christmas. I cannot believe we planned a wedding in a week, but if there is anyone crazy enough to take on a task like that, it's this nut-head right here! In the months prior, I was on Pinterest like it was my full time job, pinning images that looked and felt exactly how I envisioned my wedding: warm, romantic, and intimate. I put all of my images into a document to bring with me to appointments. 

I also utilized theknot.com database to find all my vendors! My approach to wedding planning, business, and life has been all about enjoyment; if I'm not enjoying it, it's probably not worth it. I don't need a perfect wedding, but I need to enjoy the process and enjoy marrying my fiance. So, for me, it was important to find vendors that were easy and fun to work with. I read over 1000 reviews to select mine based on that and I would suggest to any other brides-to-be that method of selection! 

Anthony and I were at 2-3 bridal appointments per day! It was chaotic, but very enjoyable and productive because of who we were working with. I think the pressure with the timeline was actually helpful because I didn't have much time to make decisions. Anthony was pretty cute throughout the entire process...he was very hands on and into every stage of the planning ((a little too much if you ask me - I even had to fight him over the color of a hydrangea; he's not supposed to care lol)) 

Thank you for your well wishes throughout this exciting time in our lives! 

If you have any comments, planning advice, design suggestions, or anything else, 
I would love to hear them in the comments section!

XO,
Lauren

#LGKickStartFit Week 4 Schedule

SURPRISE!

I see your #LGAccountability check ins each day and I'm amazed at the great progress you ladies are seeing with this challenge, so we're ADDING ON TWO WEEKS!


{ What is #LGKickStartFit? }
There is so much inspiring energy in the air with the turn of a new year! 
Let's take advantage of that and join together to kickstart our best year yet.

Healthy living is nothing more than healthy habits repeated on a daily basis. Let's build those healthy habits and work on building a fit body through a health and fitness challenge with a community to hold us accountable to our 2015 goals!

What is #LGKickStartFit?
It's a health and fitness challenge to build a strong and fit body and create healthy habits for lasting results! We will build healthy habits through workouts, nutrition, motivation and more to promote lasting results and to stick to our new years resolutions! 

Daily Workouts:
Daily workout posts will be made to my blog Monday-Friday; 5 workouts per week will ensure you're working towards a fit body!

Pinterest:
These workouts will also be pinned to my #LGKickStartFit Pinterest board, so you can see them all in one place and pin them to your own boards! I've already created the board, so be sure you go quickly follow my account (here). I also love to pin motivational quotes, DIY crafts and home decor.

Habits/Challenges: 
Each day, we will walk through one healthy habit to pick up! These healthy habits that will serve as stepping stones to a healthy lifestyle.

Watch for a challenge each day on my blog to keep you engaged! I want you to feel obligated to join in the fun and fitness challenge that is #LGKickStartFit

Accountability:
To stay connected and accountable, we will use social media check ins on Instagram to work through this plan together! Ideas for picture uploads include, but are not limited to: meals, recipes, workout selfies, completed challenges, lifestyle pis, etc.

On Instagram, be sure to use the hashtag #LGKickStartFit & #LGAccountability so all of us in the community can see/like/comment on your pictures! Feel free to peruse the hashtag as well for inspiration from all the other ladies working through the plan! Invite your friends, family, co-workers, etc....anyone who will further help keep you accountable!

Prizes:
We are turning up the incentives with this challenge! Each week, one $25 gift card (to the winners choice of Lululemon, Nike, Dicks Sporting Goods or Sports Authority) will be given to the person who has shown the highest level of dedication and progress (IG check ins, comments to others, and overall commitment). One $50 gift card will be given at the end of the plan to the person who showed to greatest overall progress and committment! 

-there is no cost to this program other than giving me your all-
I want 2015 to be YOUR year and I'm glad to help you with that!