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Our 2018 Christmas Card (+funny story)

A Christmas Card has always been one of my favorite holiday traditions. I love sending them. I love receiving them. I love them hanging up in my home. My husband has tried to convince me for several years to skip the card and instead post a picture to Facebook and say “Merry Christmas.” I think this is his frugal attempt to save the $$$ I spend on my card?! but it’s just too special to me.

For me, the card starts with picking a theme that then translates into a location, outfits, the overall look of the card, etc.

In the future, I plan to get more creative with our card because you can only do “traditional” so many times. I knew this year, I wanted a traditional card, a red and green aesthetic and to include a bump shot to showcase our growing family. Anthony’s one request was that we have a different background than the typical greenery/park I normally choose (whatever lol).

Before I share our card and photos, you’ve got to read what I called the “Lococo Christmas Card Chronicles” because our card this year could have turned out to be a disaster.

 

LOCOCO CHRISTMAS CARD CHRONICLES…

I am all about the details when it comes to sending actual mail and I am a sucker for a photo stamp. You really get ripped off buying photo stamps but I can’t ever resist seeing Leo’s precious face on the front of the envelope. I was in a rush to place our order for our holiday cards and photo stamps. I did so the night before we left for Aspen but I got it done.

Everything arrived the day after we got back from our trip. I quickly stuffed the envelopes and put on the stamps. As I was stuffing them, Anthony said to me, “wow… stamps went down in price?!” This is what you get for not paying attention to your husband because I remember hearing that but I just kept on doing what I was doing. We mailed the cards the next morning.

Well, a few days later, I saw some leftover stamps and noticed the 35 cent postage. Oh my gosh! I mistakenly bought 35 cent stamps and mailed them.

I researched what happens in that case – 1) they’re returned to sender or 2) they’re delivered to the recipients except the recipient receives a notice saying “you have mail to pick up at the post office that requires additional postage”

I joked with Anthony and said, “I pray someone at the post office sees Leo’s adorable face on that 35 cent postage stamp and just sends it though.” Prayers answered because that is exactly what happened! I am so thankful they made it to their destinations.

All photos by our amazing photographer and friend Jennifer Mathews

 

2018 CHRISTMAS CARD

 

MORE HOLIDAY FAMILY PHOTOS

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lauren gleisberg lococo christmas card

And, to leave you with a real life shot of what taking Christmas card photos with a toddler is actually like…

WHAT TO DO AFTER A WORKOUT | 5 STEP POST-WORKOUT ROUTINE

A pre and post workout routine is important for long-term health and fitness success. Here is what to do after a workout. It’s my 5 step post-workout routine that I do daily and hopefully, you’ll find a step or two helpful and can incorporate it into your routine. 

 

1. REFUEL THOSE MUSCLES

Refueling is both a hydration and nutrition game. Working out is actually considered a stress we place on our bodies. We literally break down muscle fibers when we lift weights and we only “see results” if we provide our bodies with the fuel to repair those muscle cells. The idea is that they will grow back bigger and stronger so that we get more fit. Still, it’s up to us to refuel our bodies properly.

Water – get it in! It’s actually just as important to hydrate before a workout as it is after so water should be something you’re consuming before, during and after your workout.

Protein – I don’t believe you need to get protein in within 1 hour of a workout. My view on that changed greatly when I followed Intermittent Fasting and saw amazing results (more on that HERE if you’re interested) BUT, I do think it’s critical to get enough protein in throughout the day, especially after that workout. Aim for a serving of protein at each meal and if you need more on that, THIS resource of mine is the best.

 

2. CARE FOR WORKOUT CLOTHING

In my ideal world, I would workout, take a shower, get dressed and then leisurely do my hair and makeup while sipping coffee (actually, if this is my dream world – I would have a glam team to do that for me haha). My reality is that I wake up, drop my son off at school, get in a workout and then go right to work or on the weekends, I am running errands.

Fun fact – 84% of gym goers* run errands within two hours after working out (so I am not alone on skipping an immediate post workout shower haha).

Febreze gifted me its Febreze Fabric Refresher and now I am hooked. If you’re like me and don’t have time to immediately wash your workout clothing, you’ll want this too. It’s called Febreze Fabric Refresher. You can just spritz it on your clothing or gym gear and get on with your day without worrying about being stinky.

Any fabric gym gear you have (clothing, sneakers, gym bag, etc.) you can Febreze it. The OdorClear Technology cleans out odors by deactivating and replacing them with a fresh scent.

Hilarious story…

the Febreze product my husband most recognizes is the Febreze Air Effects one you spray to make your home smell nice. We’ve used it since our college days and go from summery scents to the “fresh cut pine” one my husband loves this time of year. The other day, he heard me using the Febreze Fabric Refresher and asked “what are you spraying” to which I replied “I am spraying Febreze on my gym clothes.” He ran in and said, “I like Christmas scents but maybe not on workout shirts” hahaha.

This is a game changer product if you get really sweaty during your LG workouts and want to keep your clothing smelling nicely!

*Source: The Nielsen Company Fall 2015 On-Location Study.

 

3. STATIC STRETCHES

The best way to transition from a workout to your day is through stretching. There are 2 main types of stretches: dynamic and static.

Dynamic stretches are those that include motion… think yoga sequences, swinging your arms, jogging in place etc. These stretches activate the muscles and are most effective as a warm up to a workout.

A static stretch is a singular motion held in place for somewhere between 10 to 60 seconds. I find static stretching is best after a workout is complete.

 

5 Static Stretches I Love:

1. ACROSS THE BODY STRETCH

 

2. CHEST STRETCH

 

 

3. FORWARD FOLD STRETCH

 

4. LYING GLUTE STRETCH

 

 

5. PIKE STRETCH

 

 

4. COOL SHOWER

A cool shower stems from same concept of the ice bath that professional athletes are famous for. A cool shower can help reduce inflammation in the muscle, which decreases muscle soreness. I take a shower at a comfortable temperature to wash up and shave but for the last minute of my shower, I turn down the temperature to crazy cold. At first, I could only do a few seconds but now I can withstand a full minute. I read this in Aubrey Marcus’ Own The Day book… he swears by it for energizing and health benefits. Try it out!

 

5. LIVE YOUR LIFE

This is one you may not see on everyone’s post workout routine but I definitely want to encourage it. I am a big proponent of a healthy, balanced lifestyle. I’ve been consistently working out for over a decade and I believe this is one of the reasons I’ve stayed “on track” for so long. I live my life when I’m not in the gym and I don’t think much of it.

My workout takes literally 30 minutes. Maybe an entire hour of my day is dedicated to the gym… getting dressed, the commute and actually working out. I don’t think about the gym for those other 23 hours. And, that’s important.

After your workout, dive right into living and loving the amazing life you’re creating!

 

This post is sponsored by Febreze but all thoughts and opinions are my own.

GRAIN FREE NUTTY CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE RECIPE

What is the holiday season without a new cookie recipe to try?! This Grain Free Nutty Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe is one I know you’ll love because 1) cookies, obviously and 2) I snuck in a special ingredient.

lauren gleisberg healthy christmas cookie recipe

If you recall THIS blog post from last week, I discussed how we can eat healthy even during the holiday season. One of my tricks is sneaking in the good stuff (like collagen!) into more good stuff (erhmm cookies). You get to enjoy treats and healthy benefits.

Do you enjoy cookie making? I feel like cookies are a bonding experience over the holidays. This is my son’s second Christmas and it is so special because he’s such a little human now. As I was making these, he sat on the counter with the mixing cups and helped me pour in the different ingredients.

I am surprised these turned out with the extra stuff he added and his little fingers that snuck into the dough haha. I hope you enjoy both making and eating this recipe as much as this little guy and I did.

 

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 3 tbsp honey
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups almond flour
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ cup Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans

 

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F
  2. Combine wet ingredients in a bowl: coconut oil, honey, eggs, and vanilla extract; mix well
  3. In a separate bowl, combine the dry ingredients: vital proteins collagen peptides, almond flour, baking soda and salt; mix well.
  4. Combine the wet and dry ingredients and mix thoroughly.
  5. Fold in the nuts and chocolate chips
  6. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and drop dough onto baking sheet spacing cookies about 2 inches apart. Press down on the dough to flatten out cookies to ~1/4th inch.
  7. Bake for 10-12 minutes and allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for an additional 10 minutes before transferring

 

As you can tell, the special ingredient in these cookies is collagen. You won’t taste them but you’ll receive the great health benefits. If you’re unfamiliar, this is one of few supplements I highly recommend.

 

MY TOP 3 BENEFITS NOTICED:
1) Joint pain – collagen reduces inflammation in the joints which is great for runners and those who like high intensity workout

2) Youthful, vibrant skin – collagen is the most abundant protein in the body but as we age, we don’t produce as much (think wrinkles and natural aging). We can take a collagen supplement to help restore this and I definitely notice it in my skin’s appearance

3) Gut health – because of collagen’s role in reducing inflammation, it acts forcefully in the gut to do so as well as helping with overall digestion. I am convinced I notice less bloating when taking collagen consistently.

 

Print Recipe
Grain Free Nutty Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe
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lauren gleisberg nutty chocolate chip cookies
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F
  2. Combine wet ingredients in a bowl: coconut oil, honey, eggs, and vanilla extract; mix well
  3. In a separate bowl, combine the dry ingredients: vital proteins collagen peptides, almond flour, baking soda and salt: mix well.
  4. Combine the wet and dry ingredients and mix thoroughly.
  5. Fold in the nuts and chocolate chips
  6. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and drop dough onto baking sheet spacing cookies about 2 inches apart. Press down on the dough to flatten out cookies to ~ 1/4th inch.
  7. Bake for 10 - 12 minutes and allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for an additional 10 minutes before transferring.

And Baby #2 is….. (gender reveal)

As you can tell… Baby Lococo #2 IS A BOY! 

We couldn’t be happier to be welcoming another sweet baby boy into our family. All along, Anthony has been convinced this baby was a boy. He continues to say, “I think we are going to have 3 or 4 boys” (oh my!). I was up in the air whether it was a boy or girl; this pregnancy has been really different, which had me thinking girl but a boy couldn’t be more perfect for our family.

Leo and Baby Boy #2 will be 19 months apart and I know this is the best gift we could give him. Being so close in age, I love that they’re both boys… built in best friends. I see them into all the same things. I just love saying, “my boys.” :):)

And… if I am being honest, it’s been a little gift that I haven’t had to buy/prepare for anything really haha. I always believe God gives you what you need and I so strongly feel a baby boy is perfect for our family. 

Boy or girl, of course, all we want is healthy. Finding out the gender is so much fun and you know us… we couldn’t wait. #NotSponsored we purchased a Sneak Peek test online. I did the blood sample at home (if you want to freak your partner out, do this haha) and mailed it in. Just a few days later the results were emailed… BOY! It was a really fun way to find out even earlier. The gender was confirmed by the genetic testing done by our doctor and again on scans.

We are so blessed in so many ways and this is yet another one. Thank you for all of the love you continually show me and my family. It means more than I could ever express.

So much more to come!

xo Lauren, Anthony, Leo + Baby Boy Lococo

 

Beautiful photos that I will cherish forever by my amazing friend and photographer Jennifer Mathews Photography

 

VIDEO + BLOOPERS OF DUMBBELL GENDER REVEAL

BABY ANNOUNCEMENT

click here for baby #2’s pregnancy announcement + our thoughts on 2 kids under 2

 

FITMAS CHALLENGE: Week 2 Schedule

Who’s ready to jump back in?! I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend with lots of yummy food, family and friends and maybe even some shopping. This week, the focus is going to be getting back into our healthy habit. Take it easy on yourself… it’s why these challenge workouts are just 30 minutes and offer a 15 min workout guide. Check out the schedule below and set a realistic goal for yourself; maybe working out 3-4 days this week is more your speed. Make this week of workouts work best for you.

What is a schedule overview?

This schedule overview is the week at a glance. It will show you what muscle groups we are working each day. Feel free to write these items in your planner, so you can mentally prepare for each workout ahead of time. 

When and where will I find the workout of the day?

Your Fitmas Challenge workouts will be posted right here every morning (actually, they will be posted really late the night prior) to accommodate those workout out early in the day. Simply swing by here every AM for your workout.

For the Premium Challenge Pack girls, you have access to ALL the challenge workouts ahead of time so feel free to use your guide.

-FITMAS CHALLENGE WEEK 2 SCHEDULE-

-MONDAY-

lauren gleisberg chest press exercise

-TUESDAY-

lauren gleisberg glute bridge exercise

-WEDNESDAY-

lauren gleisberg at home cardio

-THURSDAY-

lauren gleisberg at home shoulder exercise

-FRIDAY-

lauren gleisberg at home bicep workout

-SATURDAY-

30 mins LISS OR “catch up” workout (OPTIONAL)

-SUNDAY-

Workout of the Day: REST

-WEEK 2 MEAL MENU PREVIEW-

Meal Plan Members, you should have already received your Meal Menu for this week. 5 recipes per week = my goal is to cook 1 of these new and delicious recipes each day.

You can join the meal plan today and instantly receive access to your Week 2 Meal Menu!

healthy holiday recipes

THIS WEEK’S MENU:

  • Plant-Based Bolognese
  • Crockpot Balsamic Pot Roast
  • Avocado Tomato Melt
  • My Best Winter Salad
  • Low Calorie Hot Chocolate

-UPGRADE YOUR CHALLENGE-

At any time, you can upgrade to the Challenge Premium Pack or Bundle and instantly receive the exclusives including the early access link to your weekly workouts and the meal menus

lauren gleisberg fitmas challenge

PREMIUM CHALLENGE PACK

$14

-OR-

Premium Challenge Pack + Meal Plan Bundle [SAVE 15%]

Holiday Meal Menus included 

$60  $50

Sign Up for the Fitmas Challenge

BLACK FRIDAY + CYBER MONDAY

Happy Black Friday/Cyber Monday to you! I like to think of LG Black Friday as a chance to save and stock up on the programs you have in mind for the future! 

 

EXCLUSIVE BUNDLES: limited edition bundles with major discounts… programs for the abs, booty and more!

LG VAULT PRODUCTS: plans you normally can’t purchase are back this week only! Have you seen these??

COMMUNITY GEAR: the 5 best selling community gear items are back for the week!

SITEWIDE SALE: enjoy the 20% OFF – the lowest discount I ever share – on all plans

-SITEWIDE SALE-

no code needed; sale prices reflected in cart

-EXCLUSIVE BUNDLES-

-LG VAULT PRODUCTS-

you may or may not have seen this past products; they are out of the LG vault and available this week only

 

GLUTE GUIDE

ABSOLUTELY AWESOME CORE CHALLENGE

ABS THAT POP PLAN

BEAUTY & BOOTY BLUEPRINTS

 

-COMMUNITY GEAR-

Our 5 best selling community gear items are BACK! Please note: these items are pre-orders!

$28.50  $24.99

$24  $20

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$26  $22

 

 

Fitmas Challenge: Chest + Back (W1D5)

Welcome back for an upper body weighted workout with an added burn out. The best way to jump back into the swing of things is to… jump back into the swing of things. I highly suggest THIS blog post of mine; I wrote a 4 step fool-proof plan to get back on track if you’re having a hard time today. This upper body workout is perfect for getting back into it!

 

upper body weight training workout

 

UPGRADE YOUR CHALLENGE

Get ALL of the workouts ahead of time in a PDF so you can save the workouts to your phone or print them off. And, enjoy the 15 Min Workout Guide for busy/travel days when you want to make substitutions!

lauren gleisberg fitmas challenge

PREMIUM CHALLENGE PACK

$14

-OR-

Premium Challenge Pack + Meal Plan Bundle [SAVE 15%]

Holiday Meal Menus included 

$60  $50

 

Sign Up for the Fitmas Challenge

Fitmas Challenge: Cardio Circuit (W1D4)

Happy Thanksgiving! Here’s a quick cardio circuit workout for you to get in a sweat session today! You don’t need any equipment so no matter where you are today, you can fit it in if you want to. If you’d like to shorten it even more, complete 2-3 rounds instead of the suggested 5 rounds. Get it in the go enjoy your Thanksgiving day! XO

 

at home cardio circuit workout

 

UPGRADE YOUR CHALLENGE

Get ALL of the workouts ahead of time in a PDF so you can save the workouts to your phone or print them off. And, enjoy the 15 Min Workout Guide for busy/travel days when you want to make substitutions!

lauren gleisberg fitmas challenge

PREMIUM CHALLENGE PACK

$14

-OR-

Premium Challenge Pack + Meal Plan Bundle [SAVE 15%]

Holiday Meal Menus included 

$60  $50

 

Sign Up for the Fitmas Challenge

Fitmas Challenge: Shoulders + Abs (W1D3)

Here’s the game plan, girl… it’s another lifting day today because then we get in 3 weighted workouts for the week. Tomorrow (Thanksgiving! Yay!), we can relax a bit more… I have a circuit workout coming that you don’t need to go to the gym for and you don’t need any equipment. Just a quick sweat sesh to feel good before the feast! Give it your all today and get ready to enjoy the heck out of tomorrow! 

 

at home arms and abs dumbbell workout

 

TODAY’S BLOG POST

My 5 tricks to eating healthy even during the holiday season…

healthy cinnamon role breakfast recipe

 

 

UPGRADE YOUR CHALLENGE

Get ALL of the workouts ahead of time in a PDF so you can save the workouts to your phone or print them off. And, enjoy the 15 Min Workout Guide for busy/travel days when you want to make substitutions!

lauren gleisberg fitmas challenge

PREMIUM CHALLENGE PACK

$14

-OR-

Premium Challenge Pack + Meal Plan Bundle [SAVE 15%]

Holiday Meal Menus included 

$60  $50

 

Sign Up for the Fitmas Challenge

3 TRICKS TO EATING HEALTHY DURING THE HOLIDAY SEASON

Healthy eating isn’t exactly a top priority for most right now. That’s why I am sharing these 5 tricks on how to eat healthy over the holidays! If you apply them, you can both enjoy all the festivities and food while continuing to see results.

 

1. STRATEGIC TIMING

This is bar far my top tip for keeping nutrition in check this holiday season (or really whenever you have a lot of celebrations/parties). You know I am a systems gal and here is the exact strategy I take when I have a holiday party.

STRATEGY – higher protein and lower carbs and calories during the day; indulge at party

One of the greatest mistakes I see women make when it comes to healthy eating is that they overeat good food. I was once stuck in that cycle too! I would think, “I am eating so clean and healthy, why am I not seeing results?!” Well, there is general healthy eating and then there is eating healthy food in a specific way to see results: getting fit and lean. You know I outline all of those details in my Meal Plan but the point here is that we can be strategic with our timing of eating on party days.

Let’s say you have a holiday party Saturday PM… appetizers, dinner, dessert, drinks… the good stuff.

On Saturday AM, get a little sweat session in. Then, have a smoothie for breakfast (something lower calorie like a scoop of protein, ice, almond milk, 1 tbsp peanut butter and half of a banana). For lunch, opt for something low carb like a big salad topped with chicken, nuts, veggies and an oil based dressing. In the afternoon, enjoy a snack like a greek yogurt to get in additional protein and ensure you don’t go to your party hungry. Finally… party time! Enjoy!

I just want to point out that I do go to parties and enjoy holiday festivities without a strategy but I also like to balance those indulgences with this strategic approach. 

 

2. SNEAK IN THE GOOD STUFF

There are always ways to be sneaky with the good stuff while making meals during the holidays. I’ve totally learned this as a mom… Leo loves smoothies so I’ll toss in a handful of spinach and he doesn’t even realize he is getting nutritious greens. Take note, mama! I have gotten in the mindset of how I can add my own powerful ingredients into recipes I love.

COLLAGEN – our healthy staples should be continued during the holidays… supplements included! For me, the key to seeing the benefits of collagen is staying consistent with it. I’ve shared before some of the benefits I notice most are reduced joint pain, more radiant/hydrated looking skin, and less bloating (if you’d like my full review on 90 days on collagen/the benefits… read THIS post). So, I make a point to keep up with it during the holidays but I just get sneaky about how I use it!

Collagen is really easy to sneak into meals. I add a scoop of the Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides into my AM smoothie; that’s my go-to breakfast and it’s super easy to add a scoop in;  I also am working on perfecting a grain-free chocolate chip cookie recipe using collagen. Watch for that within the next week or two!

PROTEIN – protein is important to keep up with during the holidays for 2 reasons 1) it’s the macro most responsible for satiety (feeling full) and 2) it helps feed our muscles. Again, sneak it in!

THIS is my favorite Protein Peanut Butter Blossom Cookie Recipe (treats with protein… how amazing, right?!)

 

3. KEEP UP WITH YOUR WORKOUTS
How can working out help with healthy eating? They encourage one another. You workout and the endorphin rush gives you more motivation to choose a healthier lunch option. You’re eating healthy and feeling your best, so you are more likely to make time for the gym. It’s a positive cycle!

HOLIDAY WORKOUTS – the key to keeping up with your workouts (and therefore healthy eating) during the holiday season is to keep them short and a little less frequent. Aim for 4 days/week and 30 minute workouts. I would suggest my 30×30 Fat Loss Shred for a more intense 30 min workout plan OR the Fitmas Challenge going on right now if you’d like a guide for that!

If you try out these tricks, let me know what you think! They help me so much and I hope the same for you.

 

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