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6 Simple Steps to Plan Your Most Productive Week

Tell me if you can relate: Sunday afternoon approaches and your mindset goes from easy-breasy to total Sunday scaries. You begin thinking about all there is to do during the week yet overwhelmed with where to start.

There are so many schedules to coordinate: work, family, personal appointments, errands, etc. And, if you’re like me… by the end of the week, you feel frustrated that you didn’t get as much done as you hoped.

I certainly hope I’m not just speaking to myself. Well, I am proud to report that I was sick of feeling like that week after week so I decided to configure a little system to plan a productive week. 

Here you have 6 simple steps to plan your most productive week…

Live less out of habit and more out of intent.

Step 1: Make a List of Appointments + Meetings

I am old school and prefer a pen + paper for all I’m about to describe. However, I’ve also started using the notes section of my phone to make these lists because then I have them with me wherever I go

Grab all the school calendars, your work calendar, your personal planner, etc. and get a list of all the appointment + meetings you have going on this week.

I start with this because they’re what is in ink: they have dates + times attached; my other tasks can be completed around these items.

Step 2: To-Do List Brain Dump

A brain dump is a regurgitation of all that is swirling around in your head.

Put on paper (or in your notes section) all that you want to get done this week. At this point, it doesn’t have to have any order or organization.

Step 3: Revisit your Larger Goal List

When I’m done with my brain dump to-do list, I revisit my monthly and/or yearly goals. These are usually big work projects that spark a smaller, action step I can add to my to-do list.

If you’re reading this, thinking “I don’t set monthly/yearly goals.” That’s okay… it’s never to late to start.

For me, these big goals help me dream big/have a greater vision. It also gives more purpose to my daily tasks. Even if it’s a monthly goal to organize my storage closet. I can complete small weekly tasks to help me get there.

Step 4: Star the Priorities

Now that you have everything in front of you, put stars by your priorities (or bold, color code, whatever your method is).

I’m going to give it to you straight – you probably won’t check off everything on your huge to do list.

However, if you get done what matters most, you’ll feel more productive! 

When I began doing this, I starred just about every task on my list (all 100 of them haha). I’ve learned I cannot have more than 5-10 priorities each week.

Learning to prioritize is a skill, so you’ll get better with practice.

Step 5: Make a Detailed Day-to-Day Plan

Now is the time to strategize and plan.

I start with my appointments and meetings because those are the building blocks for my week. Then, I assign tasks based on what I predict I’ll have time for.

For example, one day last week, Beckham, my baby, had a doctor appointment at 8:30 AM. My other son, Leo had meet the teacher at 5:30 PM. I had 2 work calls mid-morning. I planned for that day to be one where I could do X, Y, and Z in the afternoon and not a lot of “home tasks” in the evening.

However, the following day was flexible, so I scheduled a lot more work tasks in the morning, planned to do household chores and errands in the afternoon and knew that evening, we could do something fun with the family.

I don’t need to plan out moment to moment but I do need to know Thur = busy with appointments, calls, meetings so less tasks but Friday = more tasks, more family adventure time. You know what I mean?

Step 6: Workout + Meal Plan 

An important yet overlooked step. You know the quote: “you can’t pour from an empty cup.” Well, it’s clique but very true.

We are healthy, active individuals and part of our overall wellbeing comes from workouts and eating well.

When I look at my day-to-day plan for the week, I also pencil in when I will workout each day.

And, even more importantly, I pick a dinner to make each evening.

My goal is that I cook dinner each night. 9/10 times I stick to it and when not, I roll with the Plan B but I am much more likely to make healthy meals when I simply write down “BBQ Chicken Pizza” for dinner on Monday. 

PS – that recipe is here, you’ll go crazy for it!


I hope this helps you plan a very productive week. I also find this helps reduce my anxiety because I have a rough game plan of what each day will look like. I make moves to put myself in the driver seat otherwise the day will take charge by default. 

If you have any weekly planning tips, please comment them below! I would love suggestions.

The BEST workout for your goals (+SITEWIDE SALE)

lauren gleisberg glute step up exercise

Broken record over here… train smarter not harder. 

You’ve heard me say that a million times and I probably won’t quit anytime soon. You see… I think one of the defining features of an LG program is that they WORK. I don’t waste time including anything that isn’t directly geared at getting you to your exact goals.

And that’s what I want to talk about in this post…. YOUR goals, so that I can recommend the best workout for that specific goal.



All of my plans are 15% OFF with the code SEVEN! I wanted to share this post in case you are looking to snag some ebooks during this sale but didn’t know which ones would be best suited for you goals.


GOALS (select the 1 that most closely matches where you want to be):

1. I want to focus primarily on fat and weight loss

2. I want to focus on sculpting muscle and shedding fat (and I like to workout for 45-60 mins)

3. I want to focus on sculpting muscle and shedding fat (and I like to workout for 30 mins)

4. I am a beginner and would like to start my journey to a fit and lean body

5. I really want to improve myself physically and mentally

6. I want to workout to a follow-along video format



Recommendation: 30×30 Fat Loss Shred 

This plan consists of 30 min workouts for 30 days. It can be done at home or in the gym. The training style is very unique, intense and focused on accelerated fat loss.  It’s the ultimate switch up fitness plan.


2. GOAL: SCULPT MUSCLE, SHED FAT (45-60 min workouts)

Recommendation: Weight Training Plan 2.0, home version or gym version

This plan simultaneously helps you sculpts a fit body and lose fat to keep it lean – all through the LG style of weighted workouts. The workouts are a bit longer because of the Cardio + Ab add on plan included as a bonus.


3. GOAL: SCULPT MUSCLE, SHED FAT (30 min workouts)

Recommendation: Weight Training Plan 3.0, home version or gym version

This plan is designed to help you get fit and lean through 30 minute workouts. This is hands down my favorite program and I’ve seen great personal progress… losing fat and sculpting muscle definition. I stay so consistent with this plan because the workouts are 30 mins yet so effective. I highly recommend this plan to everyone!



Recommendation: Weight Training Plan 1.0, home version or gym version

This is the best place to start if you are a beginner because this plan includes a Weight Training Manual, which teaches you everything you need to know about lifting and how to get to your goals. It also has an optional beginner phase with all workouts designed to help you get fit and lose fat. In my opinion, traditional weight training (like in this plan) is the most effective at changing body composition (more muscle, less fat)



Recommendation: LG Sisters Get Strong

This is a special plan I created with workouts to help you sculpt muscle definition and additional resources to help you feel just as great as you will look. Shock your system by focusing on both the inner and outer results at the same time – this works for me when I’m in a funk! Videos with all my tips and tricks on how I live a happy, healthy life are included. It’s a results from the inside out type of plan.



Recommendation: Video Workout Plan

This plan is for the woman who wants me to coach them through every rep. It’s like I am right there with you! It’s the perfect option for someone who has trouble pushing themselves or if you simply prefer workout videos. This follow-along style workout plan is semi-customizable so you can create hundreds of different workouts with these 9 workout videos.



Workouts are part of the equation to help you reach your goals. As you probably already know, nutrition is make or break. I HIGHLY suggest you combine one of the above plans with my Eat Your Way Lean Meal Plan.

My meal plan is designed to help you see results through food alone. There are 3 simple guidelines to help you know what to eat (macro combinations), how much (I have portion suggestions so you eat enough to promote muscle but not too much so you can shed fat) and even timing suggestions on how to reach your goals most efficiently. 

PLUS, there are 100s maybe even 1000 delicious recipes. A meal plan has never tasted so good or been this easy to follow.

Join HERE! Once you do, you’re a meal plan member for life and receive all future installments for free (I send out seasonal cookbooks, meal-by-meal plans and other exclusives)

Philly Cheese Steak Foil Packets Recipe – the meal I grilled the most this summer!


There are some recipes that you make, and make again, anddd make again.

You know the meal so well that you don’t have to refer back to the recipe. Your family requests this meal. And, it’s becomes part of your regular meal rotation. That’s this meal for me.

Don’t want to grill?! Pop these in the oven for 25-30ish minutes. Check them around 20 minutes because with red meat you can cook to your preference.

I’ll admit that my husband grills all of our meals. I prep the food. Then, I bark orders kindly instruct him as to what to do on the grill.

I need to grow up a bit and learn how to work our grill but the last time I did, there was some sort of fire flaming out the sides and it scared me from attempting anything else.

Anyway, whether you’re cooking on the grill or in the oven, you’ll love these!

Print Recipe
Philly Cheese Steak Foil Packets
  1. Heat grill to medium-high heat; in a large bowl, whisk together the oil, Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper
  2. Add the beef, bell peppers, and onion; stir well to coat
  3. Divide mixture between 4 large pieces of aluminum foil and fold the packs up and seal tightly
  4. Grill for 10 mins, or until beef is cooked through
  5. Gently open the packs, and top each with provolone; grill for 3 mins, or until the cheese has melted
  6. Top with dried parsley and oregano
  7. Serve on a bun or with a baked potato

Found! 6 Healthy Versions of Your Favorite Sweets + Candy

How ideal does this sound… munching on your favorite sweets + candy while cozied up on the couch watching a movie? How about chit chatting with girlfriends… a glass of wine in one hand, some chocolate in the other?!


No matter how much I progress in my health and fitness journey, one thing remains… my sweet tooth. I have better ways to manage it and I have healthier versions of my favorite. 


When I do want to enjoy a little bit without going overboard, these are my go-to sweets and candy selections. They’re all good. Some are standouts. You can’t go wrong with whatever you choose, so allow your sweet tooth to make the selection.

Here are 6 healthy versions of your favorite sweets + candy…

smart sweets healthy gummy bearsthey only have 3 grams of sugar PER BAG:

Smart Sweets Gummy Bears

smart sweets healthy candy

same brand. just 3 grams sugar/bag. but SWEDISH FISH:

Smart Sweets Sweet Fish

justins healthy peanut butter cups

these taste like the real deal:

Justin’s Peanut Butter Cups

yum earth organic lollipop suckers

great for kids + amazing for adults:

YumEarth Organic Pops

cocomels coconut milk caramels

just one satisfies my sweet tooth:

Cocomels Coconut Milk Caramels

yumearth organic licorice

I have a 10+ bags of these in my house at all times:

YumEarth Organic Licorice

5 Recipes You Need to Try Before Summer Ends

Despite everyone’s excitement for fall, summer is still very much here. In fact, the weather forecast by me in Houston is triple digit feel like temps for the next week. I rounded up 5 recipes you need to try before summer ends

let’s be real… I enjoy these recipes year round

These are all healthier, lighter recipes. Keep in mind, you can really enjoy any type of food. It’s all about portions and macros, and our overall intake. If you ever want more insight into my approach to eating, check out my meal plan.

Creamy Salsa Dip

just 5 ingredients + less than 5 minutes to make

Sundried Tomato + Feta Burger

because burgers are always on my summer menu


you (+ your friends/family) will go crazy over this

Mason Jar Taco Salad

such a great packable lunch option

BLT Lettuce Wraps

these are so light + refreshing on a warm day


Here’s to a post that always hits my “most read” blog post list… my Best Amazon Purchases of the Month.

I’m not sure if it’s officially official but I heard Amazon was changing its prime membership from free 2 day shipping to free next day shipping. Has that rolled out already?! A lot of my orders seem to be arriving the next day. As if I wasn’t already obsessed…

Okay, without further a due… below are my favorite (non-sponsored!) Amazon prime purchases from this past month. 

favorite amazon purchases sunglasses hair dryer book



This isn’t the first time I’ve shared the YumEarth brand before. In fact, I think I’ve even shared the organic strawberry licorice bites before but recently, I tried the black licorice. I love them but I mostly love them because I only want a few!

Snacking Tip…

I am a snacker. I could eat snacks all day over real meals. 

Instead of finding healthy snacks that aren’t satisfying, I opt for snacks I actually enjoy; I find that I eat less, enjoy more and then get on with my day.

These black licorice bites are satisfying and I only want a few. They’re definitely worth a try.

Only problem is that I had to order a pack of 12 lol.


Hands down… the best financial book I’ve ever read.

Book Summary: it teaches you (regardless of how much you earn) how to spend, save and plan for a future of your dreams.

My husband and I had those uncomfortable money talks very early on in our relationship because finances can drive a wedge in most people’s relationships and lives. 

The Latte Factor hits home because it’s very much how we save/spend/invest. 

I appreciate books that convey an important message in a way that is engaging and enjoyable to read. That’s what this book is.

Why I love this book so much…

  • fast read… I read it in a day
  • instead of boring facts, the book is a story with characters
  • they’re healthy money tips that anyone can apply regardless of income level
  • if you look up the latte factor podcast, I’m pretty certain he reads a first bit of the book if you’d like a preview

3. $11 SUNGLASSES (here)

Several years ago, I splurged on a pair of Celine sunglasses that nearly gave my husband a panic attack over.

These $11 options are near identical of those sunglasses.

The shape is perfect… they’re chic and flattering on so many different face shapes. I get so much use out of my Celines + these. And, every time I do so many of you ask for details on them.

I purchased these (twice!). The quality is good and the look is great.

There are details that are a bit different from the Celine version but I wear these all of the time and love that I don’t worry when I can’t find them or when my toddler has them in his hands.


Another healthy snacking tip! 

I initially bought these for my son + his love of popsicles. I wanted to be able to make lower sugar, all natural options for him.

Then, I realized I could use this for just about everything I like from teas to BCAAs and even adult beverages lol. These are great and easily fit in the freezer (unlike some other popsicle molds that have to stand upright).


I’ve purchased this over and over.

It was the top-rated natural laundry detergent I could find on Amazon. The reason I bought it was because people said that it actually cleans.

I’m all for natural products BUT they have to work, right?!


Normally, I pick my top 5 favorite purchases of the month. This product is listed at the 6th spot yet it was probably my best Amazon purchase of the month. It truly lives up to the hype – a salon quality blow out from home (dries + styles in 1 product)

However, I did an entire blog post with a full review + tip on how to use to best keep your health healthy/protected…

read that blog post here

I’ll keep this description sweet so just hope to that linked blog post if you’re interested in this hair dryer brush.


3 Reasons to Make Your Bed Every Morning + Why It Changed My Life

The simplest things can make the biggest difference. That’s exactly what I find with making my bed every morning. In fact, it changed my life because it changed my daily mindset. Here are 3 reasons to make your bed every morning.

image by: Jillian Harris



While it may seem like a mundane task, making your bed in the morning is your very first accomplishment of the day. The sense of accomplishment – no matter how big or small – sparks our inner fire to continue achieving. 

It is with this motivation that we will go on to accomplish more tasks. And, more. Anddd, more.

At the end of the day, we will have completed a great number of tasks… and it all began with making the bed.



Another reason to make your bed every morning is because of the wisdom that how you do anything is how you do everything. If you cut corners with the little stuff that attitude presents itself in the big stuff.

If we take the time for small tasks, we will be better equipped to handle big tasks.



If all else fails in your day, you made your bed. You began your day with a win.



This may all sound silly to you but it’s completely changed my life. Anyone who knows me knows I am insistent on making my bed every day. Heck, I even make my bed at a hotel. 

I am someone who is task-oriented and thrives off of accomplishments… off of checking off items on my to do list.

Beginning my day by making my bed sparks my inner desire to continue achieving. It’s so simple. It takes all of 2 minutes. Yet, the benefits go far beyond a tidy-looking bedroom.

So, did you make your bed today?




these exact thoughts are echoed in this video of a navy seal explaining the important of making the bed each day. This video is only 1 min + 45 sec but so powerful




the $25 Amazon bedsheets that I am absolutely obsessed with; they are pure luxury + feel like butter.  1000+ other community members have purchased them too. I swear I get better sleep because of these!


“PACE MODES” – how to intensify or slow down your workouts and training

How do we know when to intensify our workouts? How do we know when to spend less time in the gym? Or, relax a bit with our meals? Have more treats?! We all strive for balance, but can we really “have it all?!” Can we get fit and lose fat while enjoying drinks on the weekends and working out less?

The concept of what I am calling “pace modes” will help answer those questions. I am confident that the strategy I’ve devised will allow us to achieve both. AND, hopefully, we will begin to feel an even more balanced, healthy lifestyle. Let’s dive in.

lauren gleisberg resting



One of the most popular blog posts I ever wrote was on “embracing life’s seasons.” HERE is the full post if you want to read it. Otherwise, I will quickly summarize it here…

Basically, we have to recognize that, just like the weather, our lives have seasons. 

During those different seasons, our priorities shift as do our goals. We live our lives according to each season’s priorities and goals.

Balanced is reached when we embrace these ever-changing seasons and allow our priorities, goals and daily tasks to change as well.

Here are some seasons you may be able to relate to:

  • college finals: the priority is schoolwork & studying; everything else takes a backseat
  • bringing home your new baby: the priority is the baby & family; everything else is secondary
  • summer: the priority may shift more towards having fun, traveling, weekend plans; the gym, work, a clean home may not matter as much
  • the weeks before a spring break beach vacation: your priority may be getting in shape; treats and drinks may be less important to you now (until you’re on that vacation ;))

During some seasons, the gym and healthy eating may be one of your top priorities. During other seasons, it may fall lower on your list. BOTH are okay! 



You know I am all about a system and strategy. When I look at a calendar year and plan workouts, programs and challenges, I also look for the times when life’s seasons are less about health and fitness. For example, the holidays.

The idea is that we up our training and intensity before these seasons so that we can moreso coast and maintain during times when the gym isn’t so much of a focus.

We have a few weeks remaining until the holiday festivities kick off = time to intensify 

During the holidays =  slow our pace… maybe workout a day or two less each week and enjoy a few more treats.

Come January 1st, the motivation and buzz is there. Turn back up the pace!

You see what I mean?? It just takes a bit of a strategic system to both see results and be able to take some time off. 



There are basically three pace modes…

INTENSIFY: this is when you up your training and nutrition. I normally workout 5 days per week, so during the intensified pace, I am working out 6 days per week. I normally do 30 minutes workouts but now I may add in 10-15 minutes of cardio, working out for 45 minutes. If I have a small treat every other day, I may cut back to just have 2-3 treat meals per week. 

This is a season in which health & fitness are a top priority 


LIGHTEN UP: this is the polar opposite to the above pace mode. If I normally workout 5 days per week, I may be working out 3-4 days per week. Or, my workouts may be a little shorter or less intense. I may get creative… instead of a traditional workout, I may go for a walk with family who are in town visiting or go kayaking while on a vacation. There are definitely more treats and less strict portions during this pace mode.

This is a season in which health & fitness are not on the top of the priority list


STANDARD/TYPICAL: this is your normal pace and it looks different for everyone. For me, this is a 30 minute workout, 5 days per week. It’s semi-strict portions. It’s some treats but it’s also saying no to some cravings. You know what I mean.

During this season, health & fitness is a priority but it’s certainly not the only priority



Right now, I am going to go from standard to more intense.

It’s a strategy that will then allow us to then settle into a lightened up pace when the school year and eventually holiday season rolls around.

AND, all of this is designed so that we are continuing to make progress with our workouts… we are keeping our body fat low (and losing more)… we are making muscle gains… seeing that definition… enjoying our workouts… enjoying our meals… enjoying life.

What do you think about all of this? Honestly, I think it’s genius. I know that this strategy is what will help us feel that balance while feeling so damn proud of ourselves. No getting off track. No losing progress. Just enjoying life… intensifying and lightening up based on the season.


The Best Plant-Based Meal You’ll Make All Summer

BBQ Ranch Chicken Bowls. When I make a recipe 2x in one week, I know it’s worth sharing. This is a plant-based meal that is so filling and satisfying. It serves two, so I either make this for my husband and myself or I use the extra serving for the following day’s lunch.

Print Recipe
BBQ Ranch Chicken Bowl
Course Entrees
Cuisine American
Course Entrees
Cuisine American
  1. Whisk together the homemade ranch dressing and BBQ sauce in a medium bowl
  2. Place chicken in a large, resealable plastic bag. Pour half the BBQ mixture over the chicken (reserve remaining mixture)
  3. Refrigerate chicken for 30 minutes
  4. Preheat grill to medium-high heat
  5. Remove chicken from bag and discard marinade
  6. Place chicken on grill and cook for 5-7 minutes. Flip and cook for 5 minutes more or until chicken registers 165 degrees with a meat thermometer. Let chicken rest for 5 minutes
  7. Toss zucchini and bell pepper with olive oil. Season with salt and pepper.
  8. Place them in a grill basket and cook until softened and cooked through, ~5-7 minutes
  9. Thinly slice chicken
  10. Toss the grilled vegetables with corn in a large bowl. Top with chicken + diced avocado
  11. Drizzle on remaining barbecue ranch sauce
Recipe Notes

LG Homemade Ranch Dressing Recipe:

  • 1 cup plain, nonfat Greek yogurt
  • 1 tsp dried parsley
  • 1 tsp dried dill
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powders
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp pepper

Instructions: combine + mix

More deliciousness…

can be found in the Eat Your Way Lean Meal Plan. When you join, you’re considered a meal plan member. Every new nutrition installment I create is then sent out to meal plan members at no additional cost. 

It’s really important to me that you always receive new nutrition content. The more options you have, the more you’ll be enjoying and the better results you’ll see. 



The 1 Face Washing Step that Totally Transformed My Skin

My skin looks more clear and radiant at my 20-something/almost 30 year old age than it has all my life. This 1 skin tip that I added into my PM routine has helped reduce my breakouts and gently exfoliate to give me vibrant skin.

My skin is far from perfect but I love getting skin tips from those who have transformed their skin as opposed to those who have always had great skin. You know what I mean?! So here is a tip that has really helped me and I am so confident it will help your skin too.

PROBLEM: the majority of women fail to fully wash off their make up each night; this not only leads to clogged pored and acne breakouts but also can prevent skincare products from working effectively

SOLUTION: add a washcloth into your PM skincare routine to thoroughly cleanse + wash away make up



A washcloth (THIS is the one I swear by) is most beneficial when it’s used to wipe off the make up from your face that the act of cleansing and rinsing wouldn’t achieve. Also, the washcloth provides a bit of exfoliation, which further helps achieve clear and radiant skin.


My Cleansing Routine:

Step 1: rub cleansing balm into dry skin (I use THIS but want to try THIS one soon)

Step 2: wet fingers + rub onto face to help emulsify the product + breakdown make up

Step 3: rinse with water

Step 4: apply cleanser with fingertips

Step 5: wet washcloth + wipe off cleanser + make up

Step 6: pat dry with clean towel



  • wipe (don’t rub!) the washcloth over your face
  • when wiping off cleanser/make up, you may need to run under water to wash off residue
  • wipe until there is no more make up that wipes away
  • be sure you get along your hairline, chin and neck



On Sundays, I take my washcloth skincare routine a step further for a bit of an at home steaming spa treatment.

After I apply my cleanser, I usually use the washcloth to rinse it off right away. Instead, I will run the washcloth under hot water, wring it out (but not completely) and lay the hot washcloth over my face for a bit. This steaming effect opens and cleans your pores. Just when the washcloth starts to chill off, I wipe away the cleanser and make up.



Baby washcloths are a must because the fibers are gentle! Normal washcloths can be a bit abrasive, especially for those with sensitive skin or those use use acid-based or retinol products.

Personally, I love bamboo and muslin washcloths – they’re thin and have a loose weave so their gentle on the skin yet provide just enough exfoliation. It’s really personal preference but I highly suggest baby washcloths!

THESE are the washcloths I have. I love that they’re all white, $12 for a 6 pack + the best reviews on Amazon




All shower accessories can be breading grounds for bacteria when they’re left damp, so be sure you read the 2 options below if you decide to use a washcloth. The last thing I thing I want is to use a washcloth only to spread bacteria onto my skin.

Option 1:

Some say that you can reuse washcloths if you rinse thoroughly with water, wring out as much moisture as possible and hang it to dry thoroughly before the next use. This will help reduce bacteria, mildew and mold growth.

Option 2:

Personally, I like a fresh washcloth every time. The ones I like are relatively small so they’re no big deal to add to the daily laundry load I have to do anyway.

I am also a bit nutty and any linen, towel or washcloth that touches my face gets washed with an all natural, non-fragrant detergent. THIS one is amazing because it actually cleans and was the best reviewed one on Amazon I could find!

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