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Personal Post… why 2018 was my best yet also a bit of a tough year

As we get ready to say goodbye to 2018, I’ve been thinking and reflecting on the year. I have so many happy moments that make it my best year yet. However, I also have to acknowledge that the end of 2018 was a bit tough for me, which I’ll go into detail on in this post. The reason I wanted to share this is because I know I am not the only one who has highs and lows. I know many of you struggle with a bit of anxiety, down days and tough times, so my hope is by sharing my new plan and perspective for 2019, we can all make it an even better year.

lauren gleisberg smiling in green palm print dress



Before bed the other night, I told my husband, “2018 was my best yet also a bit of a tough year for me.” The words almost didn’t make sense coming out of my mouth, but it’s true. 2018 has been filled with my highest of highs as well as many personal obstacles and difficult times. Perhaps that’s just part of adult life?! Or, is there something we can do about it?

In 2018, I watched my little baby Leo grow into a smart, determined and sweet as sugar toddler. The memories we created as a family couldn’t have gotten better. We found out about baby boy #2 due in February. Overall, we had a really fun year filled with a immense amount of love and joy- doing life together.



The last half of the year, I noticed myself experiencing some completely new struggles. My closest friends and family would characterize me as  someone who is able to go with the flow… someone who has a lot on her plate yet handles it well… someone who maintains a positive perspective through whatever life throws at her. Yet, for at least half of 2018, I really didn’t feel that was me anymore.

We all go through different seasons in life (one of my most popular blog posts is on that… you can read it here). There are seasons in which we are slammed at the office and our social lives suffer, seasons in which family comes first and we struggle to make it to the gym and do date night, seasons in which we seem to have a lot more free time and are fitting in everything flawlessly… you get the point.

Well, a good part of this past year felt as though I was struggling to stay afloat. Work was busier than ever. My family demands were greater. Socially, I felt pulled in so many directions and letting people down. I found out I was pregnant and physically couldn’t keep up the pace I normally go at. When I look back on how I prioritized everything, I noticed that I was at the bottom of my priority list.

The other night that I referenced when I was talking to my husband before bed… he responded to something I said with this: “you’re such a great person and you care so much about everything and everyone but I notice that you almost think more of how others will feel than how you will feel.”


I can think of Saturday mornings that I said yes to social plans (because I didn’t want to let a friend down) when all I wanted was to relax after a long work week, 4 doctor appointments, a house that had not been picked up, etc.

I can think of work opportunities I said yes to (because saying no would mean that the person on the other end didn’t feel prioritized) when all I wanted was to say no and use the extra hour each day of that week to get to the gym. 

It’s very clear to me that I didn’t prioritize myself enough in 2018.

There are things that need to be prioritized. If you want to live life comfortably, you have to work and earn a living, right?! (at least I do… if you’ve found another way, let me in on it lol). I chose to be a mom; it’s the best, most demanding job but my children will always take the top priority spot. That’ just how it is.

Yet, you can’t pour from an empty cup. You need to make sure you’re feeling well so you can perform optimally.

Otherwise…. you may end up feeling how I did for a good chunk of 2018…

  • stressed and anxious
  • having breakdowns and more difficult days than you’d like
  • not enjoying moments because you’re too overwhelmed with what’s next
  • rushing from thing to thing
  • feeling as though you’re always working yet not moving forward
  • losing confidence in yourself

Fortunately, I’ve improved my life so much in the past that I know exactly what it takes. I know what to do and how to do it. Most importantly, I know that it works so I have complete faith that if I just execute, so many areas of my life will get better.



A long time ago, I changed my life through health and fitness. I began working out every day (not just on days I felt good) and I decided to consistently eat healthy.

I learned that those two things alone are sparks that ignite a positive cycle in life. 

When you workout, you can chemically change what’s happening in your brain and body. It’s science. We know that you literally trigger chemicals called endorphins that make you feel happier. 

It works. Sometimes, you just need to start small to make big changes and that’s exactly what I intend to do.

I’ve let my workouts become really relaxed, but no biggie… I’ve got so many new programs in the works for 2019 and it’s all the motivation I need to get back into it.

If I am being really honest… my nutrition has been a bit laughable. I kid you not I ate 12 cookies in 24 hours, and a day later a full bag of chips (family sized lol). But, this is a change I can make.

Actually, in creating this new food challenge I’m sharing in January, I realized that if I can make a plan that is so easy to follow, I’ll actually follow it. Back to the basics, you know?!

Overall, I’ve got to place a greater important on what I know helps me feel like me. Health and fitness has always been that for me. The endorphins, the stress-relief, the look good/feel good approach, the structure… it just helps me achieve so much in other areas of my life.



I felt compelled to share this because I know there are many of you who may be ending 2018 thinking that you really want to make some changes in the new year but don’t know where to start. I want you to know that 1) you’re not alone of 2018 was filled with some difficult times and 2) that I am here for you in 2019. I am not gifted in a lot areas but I know one of my best traits is that I can create plans and help women execute them, so I am here to help you with that. Here’s to a year in which we BOTH make improvements and enjoy the journey.

All my love,



I wanted to share an end of the year sale on any and all programs. You know I’ve got a new plan + food challenge coming in January but until then, please enjoy!

CODE: LG2019

My suggestions:
1) if you’re focused on fat loss – 30×30
2) if you’re looking to build a bit more muscle – Weight Training Plan 3.0 (home or gym version)
3) if you want to step up your results – the meal plan

Christmas Cinnamon Ornament Recipe

Sharing a last minute Christmas post just in case you’re looking for a family activity to add to your Christmas festivities. My family has a Cinnamon Ornament tradition that we do on momentous years. We make these 2 ingredient cinnamon ornaments…. You make a quick “dough.” You use cookie cutters to shape the ornaments. We love to add finger prints, etching, etc. and then you bake them.

THE BEST PART… these cinnamon ornaments smell amazing for yearssss. If anyone has tried these, you’re probably nodding your head right now. My family and I first made these when I was maybe 10 years old. My mom still has them and they fragrance the little alpine trees she hangs them on.

The first year Anthony and I moved in together, we made a batch and bought a small Christmas tree for the cinnamon ornaments. This year, we made another batch with Leo, which you can see in the photos below. 


CINNAMON ORNAMENT RECIPE (we use the McCormicks recipe)


What you’ll need…

  • 3/4 cup applesauce
  • 2 bottles (2.37 oz. each) ground cinnamon
  • Cookie cutters
  • Drinking straw
  • Colorful ribbon



1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees F

2. Mix the applesauce and cinnamon in a small bowl until a smooth ball of dough is formed (you may need to use your hands to incorporate all the cinnamon)

3. Using about 1/4 of the dough at a time, roll dough to 1/4 inch to 1/3 inch thickness between two sheets of plastic wrap 

4. Peel off top sheet of plastic wrap

note: we also find you can sometimes just flatten it out with your hand to make it easier

5. Cut dough into desired shapes with cookie cutters

6. Make a hole at the top of the ornament with a drinking straw or skewer

7. Place ornaments on baking sheet

8. Bake 2 1/2 hours.

9. Cool ornaments on wire rack. (or, to dry ornaments at room temperature, carefully place them on wire rack. Let stand 1 to 2 days or until thoroughly dry, turning occasionally)

10. Insert ribbon through holes and tie to hang. Decorate with opaque paint markers if desired.

lauren gleisberg cinnamon ornaments


Best Christmas Morning Breakfast Casserole Recipes

Christmas is less than one week away and the to do lists are getting real lol. Here is one thing you can check off your list… I have the best Christmas morning breakfast casserole recipes for you and your family to enjoy. You can prepare them ahead of time and then on Christmas morning, pop them in the oven to bake and enjoy. My family and I have made these for years.

Also, at the bottom of this post, I wanted to share a few family photos from this holiday season. This year my (not so little) Leo is almost 1 1/2 years old. He doesn’t fully understand Christmas but he does get so excited about all the holiday festivities. It’s been such a special and fun time for our family, and I wanted to share a few favorite pics with you all.



egg and sausage casserole recipe




cinnamon roll breakfast casserole recipe




Thanksgiving 2018 – Anthony’s Aunt designs clothing and Leo’s outfit was actually one of her designs, which I think is so stinkin’ cute!
anthony, lauren and leo lococo


We took a “family babymoon” to Aspen this month. I didn’t expect Leo to enjoy/understand where we were but his pure joy and excitement for new places and faces made the entire trip. He loved snow. He loved the adventures. He couldn’t get enough of the hotel and town decorated for Christmas. It was hands down one of the best trips of my life!

One of our Christmas traditions is matching family PJs. St. Nick brings us them early in December and we wear them all season long. Luckily, he visited us in Aspen so that we could get cute pics in them.

lauren, anthony and leo lococo at the st. regis in aspen
leo lococo at the st. regis in aspen, colrado


30 week bump shot for baby #2


Breakfast with Santa was probably one of my favorite holiday activities this year…

leo lococo on a christmas staircase


Santa was a little scary this year… we did work up to a high five!


We got our ever-so-popular “I am terrified of Santa” pics lauren and leo lococo


Love this little family of mine..

anthony, lauren and leo lococo


Anthony, the bump and I have been enjoying some holiday parties too!

anthony and lauren lococo
anthony and lauren gleisberg red dress in front of christmas tree


I hope you all are enjoying this most wonderful time of the year! Talk soon! XO

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.



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





lauren gleisberg lococo christmas card

lauren gleisberg lococo christmas card

lauren gleisberg lococo christmas card


lauren gleisberg lococo christmas card

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…


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. 



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.



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.



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:















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!



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.


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.



  • 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



  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.


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
lauren gleisberg nutty chocolate chip cookies
Course Sweets
Course Sweets
lauren gleisberg nutty chocolate chip cookies
  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




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



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.



lauren gleisberg chest press exercise


lauren gleisberg glute bridge exercise


lauren gleisberg at home cardio


lauren gleisberg at home shoulder exercise


lauren gleisberg at home bicep workout


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


Workout of the Day: REST


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


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


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 + Meal Plan Bundle [SAVE 15%]

Holiday Meal Menus included 

$60  $50

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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



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 + Meal Plan Bundle [SAVE 15%]

Holiday Meal Menus included 

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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



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 + Meal Plan Bundle [SAVE 15%]

Holiday Meal Menus included 

$60  $50


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