Posted in Fitness

21 DAY CUT

AHHHHHHH.

Who else murdered their diet during Easter weekend?
I know I cant be the only one…. (lol)

Well, here’s to the next 21 days of cutting.

I personally have been vegetarian for about 7 months now and I have decided I am going to attempt a vegan diet.

It will probably take me a few weeks to be 100% vegan but for now I am going to try my hardest.

The next 21 days I will be following a STRICT meal plan as well as a STRICT workout plan. I will be following like I said a mainly plant-based diet which I will share below. I will also be following Laura Coppersmith workout routine I got for free over the weekend (one month free trial). Along with incorporating some of the workouts from the app called “better me”.

Day 1 

April 2nd

Today’s workout:

Cardio:

20 minutes on the elliptical (cardio button)

25 minutes on the treadmill (incline 10) (speed 3.0)

Weights:

Deadlift (with dumbbells) 4 sets of 12

Dumbbell bent over row 4 sets of 12

Seated cable rows 4 sets of 12

Cable pulldown 4 set of 12

Reverse close grip pull down 4 sets of 12

Better Me App:

15 crunches

30 second arm plank with knee dip

15 reverse crunch straight

Today’s Diet: (intermittent fasting) 

Smoothie at 1:00 pm

Bowl with quinoa, vegan meat and some vegetables

Protein bar

Rice cake

READY TO GET FIT. SUMMER IS ALMOST UPON US.

Quote of the day: “The body achieves what the mind believes” 

XOXO LAUR

Posted in Travel

NYC Weekend Getaway

NYC was insane this weekend! Tons of people made their way into the city to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Let me tell you this, not even everyone made it to the city lol, had a few people who hopped off the train on our way to Manhattan because they were already that drunk. Crazy right? While sucks for them because they missed out on one hell of a day.

Starting at 47th and 6 avenue, where we got a decent view of some of the parade. Although we didn’t stay for the whole thing because the crowd was getting a little to hectic where we were but, what we seen was pretty interesting.

Then we made our way to a nearby restaurant of our choice, Chevy’s. Where we stayed for quite a while because happy hour of course. (lol) If you are underage in the city, (I get lucky because I look older) but a lot of the times places in little italy will serve you without any questions asked. Although my friend I was with ordered her drank and kindly enough our server asked if I wanted the same so of course I had too! But if you do take advantage of this advice just don’t be stupid. Drink responsibly. This is a source to have a casual drink at dinner. (not to get drunk, don’t ruin it for the rest of us)

P.S. the Chevy’s I got served at was in Time Square 259 W 42nd street New York, NY

ALSO, for those of you who aren’t familiar with NYC probably have only heard of the very popular tourist sites. But if you are trying to see something new I highly recommend checking out Soho, Little Italy, Dumbo and the Brooklyn bridge. 

Soho is filled with brick streets, cute shops and tons of little Instagram worthy places to grab a bite to eat.

We ate at Cafe Select for our first brunch in the city. It was good and fairly average prices. The menu is a little weird though, I highly encourage you to check all the menus before sitting down.

212 Lafayette st New York, NY

I got the caprese, it was decent, the bread was a little hard and the sandwich its self was a little dry but the chips it came with were AMAZING.

Little Italy offers a wide range of amazing pasta at reasonable prices. Make sure you get the LOWEST price or snag a free pitcher of sangria because oddly enough they have people standing outside their restaurants bargaining prices with you just so you will eat there. I know odd right? BUT, use it to your advantage and get some good deals. Little Italy is also filled with TONS of cannolis and many different italian desserts. Don’t pass them up. As well as the year round christmas store and of course tons of little pop ups as well as your typical “I LOVE NY” stores.

Be sure to grab a cannoli at Ferrara Bakery and Cafe. BEST EVER, HANDS DOWN.

195 Grand street New York, NY

I personally am not a fan of China Town so be careful when walking around Little Italy because it leads right into China Town where you will be hounded to buy things left in right by sketchy looking people. I recommend staying far away from there.

Dumbo is another town filled with brick streets, good pizza, and a great opportunity to snap those Instagram photos you are looking for.

Front Street Pizza is a great place to grab a quick bite to eat (I know lots of food lol) Good luck trying to diet in NYC, it never works.

80 Front St, Brooklyn, NY

Brooklyn Bridge has the most WONDERFUL view of the city. In order to get to the view you must cross the bridge and walk down a few flights of stairs and BOOM. There is a breath-taking view as well as an opportunity to rent bikes, eat pizza or ice cream, look in some shops and enjoy some live music (in the summer). Brooklyn is definitely a popping place to visit when it starts to get warmer outside!

Be sure to let me know how you feel about this post.

I will be posting more now!

(I promise)

Quote of the day: “Sometimes the right path is not the easiest one”

You all rock,

xoxo laur

Posted in Inspiration, lifestyle

Life Update

Hola folks, and those of you who are new to my page hello, my name is Lauren Rhodes and I am a life enthusiast. (no really I am) hahaha well that’s what I call myself anyway. I feel as though I was put on this earth to do something extraordinary to not only change my life but alter those around me to view life as something much greater than most value it. I am sure for those of you whole have been following my page since I started it, you know how passionate I am for motivational speeches and personal perseverance. But to those of you who are new, I’d like to welcome you to my journey through life.

I know I haven’t posted in two weeks (shame on me) I have ZERO excuse after starting to read the book “I am that girl” but IM BACK. (p.s. It’s a really good book)

This time I am here to tell you that I have recently got the opportunity to shoot with some amazing talent this past weekend to create some awesome “fashion photos”.

I am extremely excited to share those with you guys when I receive them back fully edited, but for now I just wanted to give you guys a little update as in how my goals are going so far in 2018.

January was GREAT.

I pinned up in my room some small goals I have accomplished in such a short amount of time in January.

Goals Crushed In January:

  1. Read 2 books
  2. Made my bed daily
  3. Kept room and bathroom clean
  4. Started working out on a regular day basis
  5. Maintained a healthy diet
  6. Kept a positive mind
  7. Stayed focus

I’d say this is a pretty solid list that I made happen in 31 days. Crazy right?

Well now February is upon us and nearly halfway over and I felt like I got stuck in a root. But I figured out I just needed to focus on the things that truly mattered and put my happiness first (as you all should).

So here’s to a great rest of February,

xoxo laur

Posted in Books

52 ways to live a KICK-ASS life

ATTENTION LADIES. I just completed the book 52 ways to live a kick-ass life and man do I truly believe every women across the world should read it at least ONCE. This book is not only inspiring but shows you ways to go about life differently in order to live your true potential. It will help you grow in all areas of your life.

I believe everyone has a purpose here on earth and it is your job to find it. Most of us get lost on the road to finding our purpose and get stuck living the “mediocre life”. I’d be damned if I ever let myself drift down that path (which I’m sure we all have for a little bit) but the important part is to be able to reevaluate and get back on your path to awesomeness. I believe Andrea Owen does a wonderful job of explaining how to live YOUR kick-ass life. She offers so many tips and tricks, which include new ways of thinking or doing things. In my words, she offers a helping hand full of wisdom in which every girl needs to hear. Her story will leave you broken at first but by the end you will be praising her because damn did she kick some ass during her life. (goal wise lol)

I have taken so many important things out of her book and applied them to my day-to-day life to insure I too can live a KICK-ASS LIFE. So I will now leave you some of the quotes within her book and what they mean to me. But trust me, you don’t want to muss out on this book, such an inspirational read.

  1.  “Don’t let lingering negative feelings about what happened to you in the past limit who you can be in the future”. I took this quote and engraved it on my heart. Don’t let anyone or anything that has happened to you in the past determine your future. It’s so true. So I now leave by the “5 by 5 rule” if it doesn’t matter in 5 years don’t spend more than 5 minutes stressing about it. Leave the past in the PAST.
  2. “Other people’s negative thoughts about you are simply reflections of themselves”. Ever think like that? If you havent that’s okay, but really think about that quote. I mean come on we all have at least one person who despise us for no reason and guess what, THAT’S FINE. You are not here to make anyone but yourself happy. So let them think what they want, because at the end of the day it only reflects what kind of person they are.
  3. “Trust that you were meant for and are capable of greatness”. What a deep statement. We all lose trust in ourselves when we fail. We tend to rush into what makes us feel comfortable and get scared to step foot outside of our own bubble again. This is where you must learn to confine in yourself that you are CAPABLE OF GREATNESS. You my friend can have everything and anything on this planet if you can just, trust yourself.

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE 52 WAYS TO LIVE A KICK-ASS LIFE 

xoxo laur

Posted in Inspiration

Doubt

The biggest dream killer of man kind. Doubt. We tend to let our brains take over and allow ourselves to get lost in the though of doubt. Ever have a dream so big it scares you? GREAT. That means you are doing something right. But have you pushed that dream off due to “what ifs”? Such as “what if I fail trying”, “what if I wasn’t suppose to take that career path”, “what if people judge me”, the list goes on and on FOREVER. Your brain will think of every possible way NOT to start so you can stay in your comfort zone and not experience pain or failure. Truth is, WE ALL FAIL. If you don’t fail at least once on your path to greatness you haven’t tried hard enough. Trust me no one who is sitting on 6 figures got there over night without a pinch of stress or failure behind them. So whats keeping you from achieving your greatness?

Step back and look at your life and answer these three questions. If you answer no to any of them I want you to reread the paragraph above and figure out where it is you want to go.

Are you where you want to be in your life?

 

If you died tomorrow would you be satisfied with your life?

 

Are you living your purpose?

 

Remember, do what makes YOU happy, not others.

xoxo laur