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Four Letter Word- #!?$

Fear can completely cripple you, deprive you of happiness, and keep you from going after your hopes and dreams. Not only that, but did you know that fear can make you physically sick?

Each time you feel fear, it triggers something called the “fight-or-flight” stress response in your body. If there is a cumulative buildup of the stress hormone, it can lead to disorders in our automatic nervous system. This can cause IBS, headaches, high blood pressure, etc. I don’t know about you but this makes me afraid of fear! How is that even possible?

The time that I feel the most fearful is at night, right before I fall asleep. Sometimes I can lay there and the thoughts of my deepest fears creep to the surface. It’s not the darkness that causes this fear, it’s the silence of the night. When I start to worry and let the fear come in, that’s when I start praying. I pray that my husband comes home safely after his shift, I pray for my son, I pray for my family members and friends, I pray for peace. If all else fails, I turn on Nick at Night and watch episodes of Full House, Friends and Fresh Prince of Bel Air until I drift off into sleep.

I like to call fear a four letter word because I tend to make situations ten times worse in my mind because of it. I can get myself all in a tizzy worrying about things that are out of my control. What I’ve realized is that most of the time you just have to let go and let God take care of you. Let your faith carry you.

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Happy Monday Y’all!

xoxo,

Lauren

Nobody Can Change Me but Me

I know I’ve said this before but lately I’ve been feeling like I’m slipping. But really… It’s almost been like i am sinking back into the old me, where I feel like I can eat whatever I want and not be active at all. I know i can’t do that to my body.

Ever have those few months where you feel completely unmotivated and out of control? Well that has been the story of my life lately. After weeks and months of beating myself up, the other day I finally had a glimmer of motivation. I realized once again that nobody can change me but me.

It’s not about being on a diet, it’s about a lifestyle change. It’s something I’m going to be dealing with for my entire life. I’ve said this many times before as well, it’s about jumping right back on it. When you feel yourself falling back into bad habits, just take one step at a time. Don’t be like me and beat yourself up about it!

Here is a little bit of motivation to get you through the rest of this week:

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XOXO!

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Apple Cinnamon Smoothie Recipe- You’ll love It!

Brian and I have become so into making smoothies lately. Ever since we invested in a decent blender, we have been on this kick. I’m loving it. I enjoy having one on my way to work every morning. Lately i’ve been craving something  with apples in it, so we just threw some different ingredients into the blender and BAM, we created the Apple Cinnamon Smoothie. 

While it may take a little bit of chopping, peeling off skin of different fruits, and measuring a few ingredients, all you really have to do is just throw it all into the blender. We have a Ninja Blender. Which, by the way, karate chops fruit up better than teenage mutant ninja turtle (corny joke, i know).

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Anywaaaayyyss…

Here’s what you’ll Need:

  • 1/2 cup Unsweetened Almond Milk
  • 3/4 cup Greek Yogurt ( I used 2%)
  • 2 tablespoon Almond Butter
  • 1 Banana
  • 1 Apple
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 10-15 Cubes of Ice

Ingredients

Here’s What You’ll Do:

  • Peel apple and remove core
  • Slice banana
  • Place all items into blender and blend
  • Pour and enjoy!

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This is so tasty to me and I hope you enjoy as much as I did!

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Have a great week!

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One of the Keys to Happiness

They say one of the keys to happiness is not trying to please everyone. My personality is one that wants to do the complete opposite of that. I’ve come to realize that one of my major flaws is that I truly want to make everyone else happy. Sometimes I put other people’s happiness above my own and this is something that I have to stop for my own sanity. Sorry guys. (Not sorry.)

This is something that I have always struggled with, probably since birth.  It’s not fair to do this to myself and it is not fair to the people I love. The truth is…you’re never going to please everyone. Let me repeat that…YOU’RE NEVER GOING TO PLEASE EVERYONE. If this is the case, why sacrifice your own happiness? At the end of the day, it’s your own self that has to deal with the consequences.

And furthermore, along the same lines, I am going to stop telling people yes to something, when in my head I know good and well I mean NO NO NO. If I don’t want to do something, I’m just not going to do it. It’s as simple as that.  Just because I think someone will get mad at me if I don’t do something is absolutely no reason to sacrifice my own happiness.

AND one more thing, I’m going to stop saying sorry when I’m not!!! This is one thing that I inherited from my lovely Momma that was passed down from HER Momma( well aren’t we just as sweet as pie). We say sorry for everything! For example, you may drop something heavy on our big toe and we will say sorry for our foot being there.  It’s true and we all know it. But my mom and I are taking a vow to stop it. (DISCLAIMER: Bad habits are hard to break. This is a BAD habit and it may take a little while but it will happen.)

We all have different personalities and we all have flaws. We are human. These are just some of mine. The best bet is always stay true to yourself. “To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you someone else is the greatest accomplishment.”

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XOXO!

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