Frozen Fitness

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If only losing weight was that easy!!  If you think I am about to give you an AMAZING workout routine based on a Disney movie about a queen with ice and snow powers, fear not!  Today we are discussing the struggles that accompany working out during winter.  I, like the majority of the world population, made a New Year’s resolution to exercise.  January was the easiest month, so far, to get through; I was motivated and determined.  February was an entirely different story.  My body suddenly decided to realize it is winter and go into hibernation mode.  I was tired all the time from the beautifully dreary weather, and preparing for a workout took extra time in order to overcome freezing temperatures and aching joints.  I hit a wall!  I saw results in January, but February was comparable to running up a hill of ice and expecting to reach the top.  My solution?  I kept going.  I know, I know,  That is a typical and boring answer, but it is the truth.  I got through February with the help of hot baths, layers of warm clothing, and stretching, and the accomplishment feels good.  It is too early to tell if March will be difficult, but I am finally starting to see results again so I am optimistic.  I know I am not the only one struggling with this issue so prepare for an extremely cheesy pep talk: We are in this together!!  You can do it!!  Next time you find yourself facing a workout whilst shivering uncontrollably, remember there are other people going through the same thing (in this case, me).  Don’t let the icicles win!!  Enough of this cheesy talk.  I am starting to annoy myself.  Enjoy the rest of your day readers!

“I believe in process.  I believe in four seasons.  I believe that winter’s tough, but spring’s coming.  I believe that there’s a growing season.  And I think that you realize that in life, you grow.  You get better.”      – Steve Southerland

– Lauren Michele :)

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Sweater Weather

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My 2014 – 2015 winter is complete.  I have now experienced snow on the west coast and in the south.  Despite a week’s worth of winter weather, today is the first authentic snow day.  REAL snow has been falling since early morning.  I am currently sitting in the TV room on the second story of my house watching snow fall outside the window, sipping a caramel latte, blogging, and watching “Ghost Whisperer.”  I am quite possibly experiencing a piece of Heaven right now.  Here is a picture of my backyard to help you imagine what I am experiencing today:

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No hate intended, but the incessant amount of social media posts regarding a longing for spring and summer to hurry up and arrive sadden me.  I am absolutely obsessed with fall and winter.  I love dark clouds and rain and snow and wind.  Perhaps it’s my inner poet, but I find much more inspiration in seeing chaos (falling snow, rainstorms, etc) outside my window rather than clear skies and sun.  Don’t misunderstand me.  I love nature in all forms.  I chose landscape photography as a focus in college!  But, my heart will always belong to the colder months.  I am, after all, an autumn baby.

I hope all of you have a pleasant day, snow or not.  Stay cozy readers!

– Lauren Michele :)

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Festive Attire

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Today’s post is all about looking festive for the holiday season.  This time of the year should cause all of us to look at the condition of our heart.  Once the results are what they should be, the exterior should match the interior.  If we feel joyous on the inside, why not look composed and confident on the outside?  Here is my December 16th favorite:

What is your favorite holiday article of clothing or accessory?  My favorite holiday accessory is my snowflake earrings.  They are beautiful and put me in the Christmas spirit.  Their clean silver and white color combo matches any outfit I wear and adds a hint of sparkle.

I have not gotten into ugly Christmas sweaters, but it is a universal Christmas tradition.  Beware!  I am going to get deep for a minute.  What a way to bring the world together!  Wearing Christmas sweaters that are labeled as “ugly”.  Most of the time, people would avoid wearing anything described as ugly.  Is the time of year and the fact that everyone does it really all it takes to make it acceptable?  Food for thought.

Stay merry readers!  Only 9 more days until Christmas…

– Lauren Michele  :)

“A piece of clothing is a way to express your real identity, a way to show everybody else your values and convictions.”

Silent Night

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My house is still covered in icicles; yet another opportune day to stay warm and let the spirit of Christmas sink into my soul.  That was rather poetic, was it not?!  Moving on.  My title is not only a reference to a timeless Christmas song but also my December 7th favorite:

What is your favorite Christmas memento?  Years ago, a small, blue matchbox music box caught my eye while I was shopping.  The top had a picture of shepherds, and when the inner box was pulled out, three wisemen spin around the nativity scene while “Silent Night” plays; if the box was pulled out the opposite way, a wind-up key could be found underneath.  I was enchanted by the small music box, but instead of buying it right then and there, I walked away.  I was not convinced that my decision was the right one, but I still walked away empty-handed.  I could not stop thinking about the music box; I even dreamed about it.  Finally, my mom convinced me that if I wanted it that much, it was worth a 30 minute drive.  I cannot remember exactly how much time passed, but I did finally get my music box, a music box that is my favorite Christmas memento.  You don’t have to do an extensive internet search to find a picture; just look directly above the first few sentences of this blog post.  Isn’t it charming?  Look up “matchbox music box” on Google, and you too can own one.

You probably noticed that my post has not one but two images.  I cannot bring up my favorite Christmas memento without mentioning that I also have a fascination with snow globes.  There is something very relaxing about staring at snow swirling around a scene while music plays.  The Christmas story is one of my favorite Bible stories, and I have wanted a nativity snow globe for quite some time.  My mom was kind enough to find and purchase one for me.  The picture at the beginning of this post is not the snow globe I won, but it is similar.  When I feel my Christmas spirit fading, I listen to my music box and stare into my snow globe.

I apologize if the sappiness and sentimentality is overwhelming; I will stop now before I cause anymore damage.

Stay merry readers!

– Lauren Michele  :)

“Silent night, Holy night
All is calm, all is bright
Round young virgin , mother and child
Holy infant so, tender and mild
Sleep in heavenly peace,
Sleep in heavenly peace!”