Thinking Out Loud - Barre, Belle, and Beauty Products!

Thursday, January 29, 2015


It's time for Thinking Out Loud Thursday my friends. This one is going to get a little random (in a good way) so hold on for the ride!

Whew! It's Thursday at 11:00 AM CST as I write this, and I am officially pooped. On Thursday mornings, I teach three classes back to back (6 AM Pilates, 7 AM Barre, and 9 AM Barre). I absolutely love it, and wouldn't want to change a thing about it, but boy am I pooped afterwards. It definitely reminds me I'm not in college anymore. :) I used to teach three classes in a day without even thinking twice about it. All three of my classes this morning kicked some serious cupcakes (aka booty in Lauren speak). By the time they were all finished, I was drenched in sweat (just how I like it)! How can three little pieces of equipment induce so much beautiful sweat?

I am using Pitbull's new son "Fun" right now in class for a curtsy lunge song and 1) I love the song and 2) it is making my booty live in a perpetual state of soreness. Pitbull for the win!

As always, Belle had a party at Pilates too and came home exhausted. She fell right to sleep for her nap as soon as we got home (let's all say a little prayer she doesn't wake up now since I just typed that). We have babysitting at the studio during certain classes (i.e. all of mine), and Belle absolutely loves playing with/watching the other kids! I think it has really helped her blossom into a complete social butterfly. Side note... does anyone else's kiddos bibs always swing to the side like this? Some times, I'll look down at her and she'll have managed to swing it all the way around her neck like she is wearing a cape instead of a bib. Silly girl!

So while the rest of the country is digging their way out of the snow, Austin is completely ignoring the fact that it is winter! Before anyone gets mad at me for complaining about beautiful weather, I AM NOT. I promise. LOL  It has been gorgeous here the last few days, and Belle and I have taken advantage of it with afternoon walks as much as possible (aka trying to distract her from her teething pain and fussing). However, I am a little sad that all of my super cute sweaters are just withering away in my closet collecting dust. You win some you lose some I guess. We will be enjoying the sun again today with an afternoon walk if little bit cooperates.

Since I'm still breastfeeding, I feel like there are like a million and one rules on what I can eat, drink, and put on my skin. It's a very small price to pay, and most things I don't mind avoiding, but home girl misses her anti-wrinkle eye cream!!! I am a very smiley person (just am, can't help it), and when I do so, I totally scrunch up my eyes. I know I am probably over reacting, but I feel like this extenuates the wrinkles under my eyes and makes them deeper (this is when E always interjects and tells me I'm being ridiculous). Since I had to stop using anything with retinal when I got pregnant, I've been without under eye cream for over a year (almost 17 months to be exact). I've tried a few different things, but nothing I have loved. I went to Ulta earlier this week and asked the manager what she suggested. Mario Badescu's hyaluronic eye cream was her top pick so I went with it. I've only been using it for a few days, but I definitely feel like it is a great moisturizer if nothing else. I will report back after a few weeks with what I think.  

That's about all I have for this wonderful Thinking Out Loud Thursday, but I do want to leave you with a great inspirational quote I saw yesterday. It was a great reminder for me to always try to be a doer instead of just a talker!

How did you get your sweat on today?

Fellow mommies, any skin products you swear by while you were pregnant or breastfeeding?

In health,

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Workout Wednesday - No Time? No Problem!

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Happy Workout Wednesday!

It's time for another edition of Workout Wednesday, and today I want to talk about working out when you feel like you have zero time to spare. We all have those days that are so jam packed we just don't think there is any way we can fit in a good workout. But what actually constitutes a good workout? Do you have to dedicated an hour, 45 minutes, 30 minutes, more, less? I live by the motto "Anything is better than NOTHING!" Sure, I love getting in great hour long workouts, but sometimes, that just isn't an option. Does that mean you should just give up on working out? Definitely not! Sweat is beautiful no matter how long it takes you to work up a good one!

This was the story of my life on Monday. Belle woke up with her chompers really hurting. The only thing that made her happy was being held and chewing on her cold teething keys (which would only keep her happy for about 5 minutes). Poor Baby!

By the time I got her down for her morning nap, I had an hour to workout, shower, answer emails, and get some work done for the studio before we had to head in for my 11 AM Barre class. I thought about skipping my workout all together but "anything is better than nothing" right? I decided to pick four of my favorite butt kicking moves, go all out for 4 round, and then call it a day.

Man oh man! It may have only taken me slightly under 12 minutes, but they were a sweat inducing 12 minutes. I was huffing and puffing the entire time and my muscles were burning. My triceps were even sore the next day from the burpees (I did chest to floor burpees with my arms in a tricep push-up position)! It may have been short, but it definitely got my blood pumping and made me feel strong. Mission accomplished!

Life is busy and full of reasons to skip your workouts, but stay committed to your goals and your mind and body will thank you over and over again! If you are a new mom, I feel your pain (and sleep deprivation)! Hang in there an try some of these tips for fitting in workouts with a new baby! In need of more quick and efficient workout ideas? Head over to my workout page!

Linking up for Workout Wednesday and Wild Workout Wednesday!

Femme Fitale Fit Club

Do you ever do quick workouts or are you an hour or nothing kind of person? Both are totally fine!!

What is your favorite way to sneak in exercise when your short on time? I try to do squats while holding Belle. She loves it and so do my legs! 

In health,

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Peanut Almond Chia Protein Bites

Tuesday, January 27, 2015


I hope your Tuesday is off to a fabulous start! Mine is going great so far. I kicked the day off with at 7 AM Pilates Mat class and 9 AM Barre class fueled by Peanut Almond Chia Protein Bites. Both classes were great and the Peanut Almond Chia Protein Bites have to be my new favorite version of my original chia power balls. Thanks to my garage workout and Barre class yesterday, the following picture is very appropriate.

I woke up with a very sore booty and my triceps are giving me some love as well! After my two classes this morning, my legs are definitely toast and ready for a little R&R this afternoon. After my classes, I was starving so I popped two more of these bad boys in my mouth before hopping in the shower.

They are full of protein from the PB2 powder, almond butter, and coconut flour, healthy fats (omega 3's) from the chia seeds and flax seeds, and complex carbohydrates from the dates, seeds, and coconut flour. These protein bits are perfect to grab for a quick snack before or after a workout! Plus, they are super simple to make! Belle helped me whip them up yesterday in about 10 minutes.

Peanut Almond Chia Protein Bites

by Lauren George
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Keywords: blender snack gluten-free soy-free chia seeds
Ingredients (1 Dozen)
  • 7 pitted majool dates
  • 1/4 cup chia seeds
  • 1/4 cup flaxseeds
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • 1/3 cup PB2
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3 tbsp. almond butter (could sub any nutter butter
In a small bowl, mix 1/3 cup PB2 with 1/3 cup of water and 1/4 tsp salt. Stir until it turns into a thin looking peanut butter.
Place pitted dates in food processor and pulse until finely chopped.
Add remaining ingredients and pulse until well mixed. It should form a VERY thick dough like consistency.
Roll into 1 inch balls and enjoy! (I store mine in the refrigerator to make sure they hold their shape and stay fresh.)
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Let me know if you give them a try. I'm off to get a little bit more work done before the crazy tiny human wakes up from her nap. I hope you all have a wonderful rest of your Tuesday.

I'm linking up with Sara, at Lake Shore Runner, for Tried It Tuesday!

What is your favorite pre or post workout snack?

Do you enjoy being sore? I actually LOVE it. It lets me know I worked hard and woke my body up!

In health,

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