Guess who’s back!!



You have no idea how long I’ve waited to get back to IHABL. There is no doubt in my mind that I needed to get away from the blog for a month or so in order to really dive headfirst into my studies. After all, writing consumes me. If you gave me all the time in the world to do what I wanted, I would wake up, work out, eat, write, repeat. So trying to fit in some witty posts about the obnoxious amount of tacos I consume in any given week just wasn’t going to fit in with my “July-identity.” July-Lauren was not very healthy. July-Lauren ate out almost every day, barely worked out, and didn’t sleep very much. Oh, and no, her water intake still hovered around zero. But July-Lauren reminded me about the true balance of life — and that is, we can’t be everything all at once. There are some points in our lives when we have to push things aside and not worry, because there is a bigger goal in mind. In my case, my personal training exam at the end of the month. Every time I wanted to spend an hour at the gym, I thought of all the knowledge I could be soaking up instead of burning a few measly calories. That’s not to say I didn’t miss it — I almost went crazy by the end of the month. But focusing on my exam really was what was best for me and now I can finally say,


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Strong, certified, and ready for action!

Since I missed the heart of summer, let’s do a quick recap of what I’ve been up to the past month (because I didn’t live in the library).

I ran a half marathon

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I brunched like a champ

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I moved into a new apartment


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I tried some new workouts around the city

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I hosted visitors and played tourist — Amanda and Jully were the highlight of my month!

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Oh, and I drank a lot. It was a crazy month.

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With all the craziness behind me, I’m finally settled on my couch watching Food Network and meal-prepping for the week. It feels so good to get back to my old routine. ESPECIALLY talking to you folks. I can’t wait to catch up on all your lives today! Prepare yourselves for lengthy comments πŸ™‚


  • Tell me the best thing that happened to you in July. What did I miss??


  1. Congrats on passing your exam! Sounds like a great month of studying and enjoying yourself! This month I finally got out of the state of Ohio, so that was all I needed haha

  2. First things first, congrats on NASM!! So awesome!! It looks like you had an awesome month and I’m happy you’re back to writing πŸ™‚ Let’s see, my life, lots of yoga, baking, and time with family and friends!

  3. I’m glad you had a wonderful July! Moving and brunching are really important because well…brunch! I look forward to more pictures of those hotties with the paddles above πŸ™‚

    1. I don’t really know why I call it brunching…I just eat breakfast foods as often as possible, regardless of the time of day. It’s the bomb! Haha I’ll relay the message that the men were well-received!

  4. Umm it sounds like you had an epic time away from blogworld….DOIN IT RIGHT! Congrats on the certification BOOYA! I want to brunch like a champ…right now.

  5. Woo! When I saw your comments pop up on my blog I hoped that meant your own blogging wouldn’t be too far behind. Excited to see you posting again!

    Congrats on your PT certification!! That’s so exciting, and I’m glad all of your studying and hard work paid off. Rock ‘n’ Roll was TERRIBLE. omg. Worst weather for a half marathon ever. Way to survive that race, because whoa buddy, that was no joke. Also, WHERE does one find those pancakes you posted?! Because that looks like everything I’ve ever wanted out of brunch.

  6. So fun to see all your adventures on Instagram! Welcome back and congrats on passing the exam! What are you going to do with your cert?
    My July highlight…for sure hands bachelorette party!

    1. I think I’m beginning to teach at a studio in Gold Coast….but it’s not for sure yet so I don’t want to jinx it! I’ll keep you updated though πŸ™‚ I can’t wait to read all about your bachelorette party!

  7. Congratulations on passing your exam and doing your half marathon! Glad to see you had such a fun packed month! Also how did you like crossfit??!!…

    Well, my past few weeks have been the most crazy of my life! David got a new job and as of 3 days ago we currently live in Perth Australia!! its exciting, scary, overwhelming and so incredibly awesome!!

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