Let me clear the air

Hi everyone! I never thought in a million years I would have to do this but I have been asked a lot of questions. People have sent me messages on Instagram and a lot of text messages about what was going on. I got asked a lot questions, some more bizarre than others. I just want to clear the air.

1. Lauren – are you pregnant?  NO. I am not even going to lie – 3 separate people asked me this. I was shocked. I guess that is what I get for posting pictures of baby food. If anyone knows me getting pregnant is the last thing I need in my life right now. I am trying to take a pretty big step in my career and a baby is just not in the cards.

2. Lauren – what are those numbers on your Instagram? For example: Day 4 of 49? I am in the middle of a healthy eating challenge at my gym. It is a seven week challenge and the winner gets the all the money from everyone participating in the challenge. There are a number of things that go in to determining the winner. Going to the gym 5 out of 7 days a week gets me extra points. I have to check in on Instagram SO sorry, you’ll see them for 49 days.

3. But you haven’t posted in a while, what is up with that? Read below.

4. Why are you eating baby food? This one is pretty lengthy so please grab your favorite drink. If you don’t care then skip the huge paragraph. Two weeks ago to the date, I started developing these cold sores in my mouth. I could still eat and I really didn’t think anything of it until I woke up on Thursday and my mouth literally blew up. I couldn’t eat anything spicy or anything that I had to chew. I went to do the doctor and he said that he is lucky that I got there so early because he gave me some medicine to help it out. I didn’t realize how bad this was going to get. Saturday at a work, I got some baby food because I could not chew anything and my throat was killing me. I was still doing the healthy eating challenge and I didn’t want anything to get in the way of that so that is why I was eating baby food. My desire to stay healthy. I left work Saturday and didn’t return until today, 10 days later. I missed my friend Tom’s wedding on Saturday night because I was in so much pain. Sunday morning at 3am I went to the ER because of the pain. I just knew something was wrong. I called into work for the second time ever at Wegmans. Monday it was so bad I didn’t even want to leave my bed. My cheeks looked like I had my wisdom teeth out and were so puffy. My neck was swollen. My lips looked like I had botox that went terribly wrong. My throat hurt so bad drinking water was painful. The doctor wanted to see me again and he gave me some shots of antibiotics and steroids. Tuesday it was the same thing but of course I was allergic to either the antibiotic or the steroid that they gave me and I then developed a rash from head to toe. I didn’t eat for four days and I have no idea how I drank enough water to stay hydrated. I felt ugly, tired, and fustrated. Friday I went to an ENT and he told me that this is the most aggressive case he has ever seen but I just had to ride it out. At this point I tried the baby food again and everything was just tasting funny and my throat was still killing me. The only thing that seemed to go down okay was chocolate milk. It wasn’t healthy eating challenge approved but at least I was getting some calories at this point. I missed another wedding on Saturday but when Sunday came around I FELT LIKE A NEW PERSON. I wasn’t 100% yet but I was no longer in pain and I could eat softer foods. Monday I went back to the gym and did my stretches, rode the bike, and did some empty barbell cycling and movements. As an exciting side note: my brain finally comprehended the different between the push press and the push jerk. FINALLY – on Tuesday I was back to normal. I spent the day with my little cousins from out of town. Today I finally went back to work and got back into the gym. The only side effect now is that I have no taste buds. I can feel texture but I can’t taste anything. It is so crazy but worth it not to be in the pain that I was in. I just want to thank the people who put up with me for two weeks. You guys know who you are because I have thanked you about 20374283 times already.

So there you have it. Sorry I’ll be around. Maybe not as much but I’ll be here. Follow my social media and don’t be afraid to ask me any questions! I love questions!! ❤

Flexin’ Friday – July 14, 2017

Think of how far you have come. 

Seven little words that kept me motivated today during a grueling workout. 

When I looked at the workout this morning my thoughts are completely different than what they are now. Six hours ago I was excited to do an easy EMOM with deadlifts and back squats. My worst lift (deadlifts) mixed with my best lift (back squats). On paper this was a workout that I should love.  All heavy barbell – my thing. Thirty minutes after completing it I never want to do a deadlift or back squats ever again in my life. I probably jumped weight too quickly while trying to stick with the girls I was working out with – so that’s on me. But it still really sucked. About 75% way through the workout I didn’t think I was going to finish. My back was on fire. I’ve always had some kind of back issues. It’s way better than what it was but still not 100%. I took the barbell from the rack, paused what seem like forever and walked it back without doing a single back squat. I thought that was it. I couldn’t even imagine doing an air squat at this moment let alone 5 at 145lbs. Then I got yelled at in the most motivating way (to be honest I don’t even remember what my coach said – I just know he wasn’t ever going to allow me to give up) and I got through them. But I thought there was absolutely no way I was going to do the deadlifts. As I was standing there, trying to figure out how I was going to do any more of this workout and not sure if I wanted to cry or throw up – my coach said think of how far you have come. So true. I’ve shared my journey here before. A year ago I was unhappy at the gym, unhappy at work, unhappy with life in general and I know that’s what he meant. He didn’t mean how much weight was on the bar because that’s never been an issue for me. It’s my mental game. It’s come a very long way this past year and that’s what got me through the rest of this workout. A year ago I would have given up or taken a rest or decreased the weight. But today, I finished it. 

EMOM 40 – even: 5 back squats – odd: 5 deadlifts. Maxed out at 145lbs for both. Now, I just need to work on my deadlift because my deadlift and back squat shouldn’t be the same. 

Think of how far you have come in the past year. It’s truly amazing. ❤️❤️

New Brew Wednesday – July 12, 2017

Helloooo MBC friends! 

I have another 4th of July beer to share with everyone! This one was definitely not as interesting as last weeks. It does however have a funky side that I absolutely loved! 

21st Amendement Brewery – Watermelon Funk 


Type: Sour ale

ABV: 6.7%

IBU: 17

Description: We have transformed our summertime watermelon wheat beer into Watermelon Funk, a mind blowing, shake your booty, interlocking sour bass lines with syncopated sweet fruit notes and downbeat aromas and we give you all that in a signature groove with the hip and sway of Lady Liberty. (From 21st Amendement Brewery’s website) 

This beer was fantastic. I wish I could have had a six pack of these at my party. It was so drinkable and such a summer time beer. Now we all know I’m a sucker for sour beers. And this was probably in my top three of ones I’ve ever had. It went down so easy and could be trouble with a high ABV especially for a sour. Their watermelon wheat is also super good. 

21st Amendment Brewery also has very eye catching packaging. Also, for the history nerd in me – 21ST AMENDMENT. I’m sold. I’ve only ever had two beers from them. This and their watermelon wheat. So I can’t be a good judge of the brewery as a whole but the two beers I have has were amazing. I would give any beer of theirs a try! 

Follow my blog and my social media for a good time ❤️❤️

Makeup Monday – July 10, 2017

Hellooooo MBC friends!! Before I tell you what I am totally obsessed with now a days – something totally awesome happened to me this week. SOMEONE ASKED ME TO TEACH THEM HOW TO DO THEIR MAKEUP. It was one of my best friends BUT STILL. Coolest thing ever. 

So what product am I super obsessed with? 

Kylie Cosmetics – Kylighter in French Vanilla


Sorry for the stock photo. Mine has a huge chunk missing from transporting it. It must have hit against something. Oh well. 

Kylie Cosmetics website describes it as a soft icy gold. It is so sparkly and you don’t need much to get the soft glow. Add a little more to the brush for that blinding highlight. I love Kylie Cosmetics but I was super skeptical of the Kylighters. A lot of the makeup guru’s didn’t have anything good to say about them. But I still took the plunge and purchased it. I’ve had it for a few months but just recently became obsessed with it. 

Now, I have been using it as a highlighter BUT where I really fell in love with it is on my eyes. YESSSS FELICIAS – you can use highlighter on your eyes. I’ve been using it on the inner corner of my eyes to really make it pop. I’ve used it with oranges, pinks, browns, and like every color in between. Here is a pretty terrible picture but it’s like the only one I have. 


Mmmm. Makes your eyes SHINE. I’m obsessed. I’ve you have seen me lately that’s what I’ve been using. 

Sooo long story short. I use my kylighter to highlight and for eye shadow. Try it out and let me know how it works for you!!! Follow my blog & social media. ❤️❤️

Flexin’ Friday – July 7, 2017

MOTIVATION. 

: the act or process of giving someone a reason for doing something 

: the act or process of motivating someone

: the condition of being eager to act or work 

: the condition of being motivated

: a force or influence that causes someone to do something

MOTIVATION. 

I have wonderful sources of motivation in my life, that’s not the problem. I love to workout out. I love lifting heavy weights. I love encouraging other people to go after their dreams. I enjoy people being successful. I actually kind of like when people beat me at something because I know I gave my best so that person must have also given their best. 

My problem is internal. I have the hardest time staying motivated, especially with my nutrition, especially working at a grocery store. It’s hard to resist temptations. It’s so easy to go buy whatever I want no matter how much I food prep. It sucks. When I start eating like crap everything else suffers. I lose my motivation to go to the gym. I even have some days where getting out of bed is the struggle. Just because I decided to eat something I know I shouldn’t. I haven’t found the ultimate motivation to keep me on track. I haven’t found that why. It’s easier to lay in bed and watch Netflix. It’s easier to eat a slice of pizza than to food prep for the week. I need to find that why and that motivation to keep me from slipping into these disaterious cycles. 

MOTIVATION. 

New Brew Wednesday – July 5, 2017

Hello to my MBC friends! I hope everyone had a great holiday and ready to get back to the grind. 

The Fourth of July is by far my most favorite holiday. I love the weather, spending time with your family and friends, and blowing off fireworks. What I really love is relaxing with a beer in my hand and not a care in the world. I tried the most interesting beer I’ve ever had yesterday. 

Owl’s Brew Radler – Short and Stout


Type: Shandy/Radler

ABV: 5%

IBU: 10

Description: Chocolate stout blended with brewed masala chai, pineapple juice, coconut water, and agave nectar. 

Holy cow. Let’s take every flavor possible and throw it in this beer. So I’m the weirdo who smells her beer before she drinks it. The chai you can smell from a mile away. And to much of everyone’s surprise the first sip was actually pretty enjoyable. So I passed it around to a few family members and they agreed. I hit a few wiffle balls with my cousin Josh and came back to it. The next few sips were not nearly as enjoyable and I couldn’t even finish it. All the flavors were just not mixing very well on the warm summer day. Shame on me I should have known better but was still pretty disappointed. I do want to try more from Owl’s Brew Radler!! I visited their website while writing this post and they have a lot of good flavors that are not nearly as crazy as this one. I hope Wegmans gets them soon. 

I ended up giving this a 3.25 out of 5 stars on Untappd but it was after the first sip. I probably would give this a 2 at the end of the day. 

Have a great Wednesday and I’ll be back Friday for some FLEXIN’. Follow my blog and my social media ❤️❤️

Makeup Monday – July 3, 2017

Happy Monday!!

A few weeks ago I read an article on Crossfit.com about women wearing makeup while doing Crossfit and the pressure of females to look feminine while working out. The link is here. It’s a good read if you workout and love make up!! 

One piece of makeup I never thought about was tinted moisturizer. When I read the article and how a lot of females wore it I was like DUH LAUREN. Like what a great idea. Shortly after that I purchased Elf’s tinted moisturizer in the shade fair. I fell in love. It’s so nice for the summer. My skin is a little blotchy so I like how it evens me out without leaving me looking too cakey. Also it’s the summer. It’s hot. You sweat. And makeup runs. 

I did work out in it last week and it wasn’t good. I had sweat marks everywhere. I am not sure if anyone noticed but I for sure did when I got into my car. I was slightly mortified. I might try that out again when I purchase another tinted moisturizer. 

I can’t wait until I try some different brands. Do you use tinted moisturizer? Let me know what you use so I can try them out! Follow my blog and social media ❤️❤️