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The Foam Roller Diaries <3

The Skinny Confidential talks diet, fitness, and health.

Back in the day I was a serious foam-rolling-teenager.

I discovered this random blue foam roller at the local LA Fitness ( all of us high school girls would go after 5th period to flirt with older guys— we’d roll our cheerleader-esque, black tiny shorts up way too high & ‘pretend’ to sweat on the Elliptical while drinking lemon flavored Propel ). The foam roller would sadly sit in the corner, un-touched. One day I asked a trainer about it.

He answer was simple: it releases pain.

Wait, what?

Seriously? OMG, so needed. I always have had the worst neck pain.

Long story short Mr. Foam Roller & I became fast friends.

Fast forward to about a month ago: I had forgotten about my old high school crush/foam roller…that is until Kayla Itsines mentioned it on Instagram.

Let’s just say we picked up right where we left off: I now use my foam roller all day, every day.

Well, not really all day but you get my drift.

Basically I’m obsessed ( like, OBSESSED ) with how powerful this therapeutic tool can be when it comes to overall physical health.

When you foam roll, you use your own body weight to roll against specific muscle groups ( it kind of feels like a deep tissue massage…YUMMM, right?! ).

This article says that “when we experience physical health challenges like pain & stiffness around weight-bearing joints ( hips, knees, and spinal joints ), for many of us, the instinct is to get some sort of treatment – if not a conventional pain killer or some invasive surgical procedure, then at least some alternative therapy like acupuncture, chiropractic adjustments, ultrasound, laser, or electrical stimulation.

A less obvious and often times more effective approach is to work at improving blood circulation around the problematic area through deep pressure work and dedicating oneself to stretching the muscles and ligaments around the affected joints.”

Hmmmm…so basically: before popping a pill or trying a quick fix, address the issue & give it some TLC with soft tissue work & stretching. This is work you’ll have to do multiple times a day on.your.own.

A lot of people want pain to go away but they don’t want to put the work in…

Foam rolling requires a bit of daily dedication but comes with some amazing, life-changing results.

Before you roll on the sensitive area, roll on an indirect spot first & then roll on the direct spot of pain. Then you want to foam roll on the sensitive area for 20 to 30 seconds ( or until the muscle starts to relax ).

Sometimes it can be uncomfortable so experts say to use your breath.

Not only do foam rollers help with pain, apparently they also really, seriously works for reducing cellulite appearances. Fitness expert Kayla Itsines says: “cellulite does not only affect people who are overweight. In fact, these annoying fatty deposits also affect people who are underweight, or even people at a healthy weight. So what exactly is cellulite? It’s when fat cells congregate under the skin, thus creating the dimple-like appearance above the skin. One of the main causes is poor circulation. This can be caused by a high stress lifestyle, as well as poor nutrition and of course not enough time put into stretching and recovery after workouts. Foam rollings helps to improve cell recovery and circulation plus feels great. Around 10-15 minutes per day will really help. I recommend The Grid by Trigger Point Performance.”

Some other benefits? Dr. Ben Kim from Experience Your Best Health raves about foam rolling. He witnessed:

 Improved blood circulation throughout your skin, fascia, muscles, and even tendons, and ligaments where you can access them with a foam roller.

 Through improved blood circulation, more efficient exchange of nutrients and waste products at a cellular level, leading to better overall cellular function and inter-cellular communication.

 Lengthening of short ( tight ) muscles, tendons, & ligaments.

 Some muscles ( such as hip flexors) & ligaments are prone to shortening, and are difficult to effectively stretch and apply therapeutic pressure to using standard massage and trigger point therapy techniques. But with a foam roller, you can apply deep pressure massage to such areas and lengthen shortened tissues, thereby preventing physical imbalances that can predispose you to injury.

♡ Promotion of optimal spinal range of motion. You can accomplish this by slowly rolling your spine against a foam roller and pausing whenever you feel restrictions to allow your joints and surrounding tissues to stretch.

I mean……………

Sheesh— is there anything foam rolling doesn’t do?!

Before you hop right in to FR, read this article on foam rolling mistakes to avoid ( AKA: don’t roll too fast, don’t roll too long, & NEVER use it on your lower back ). Listen: if you’re going to take time out of your schedule each day, make sure you’re doing it right! Don’t waste any time! Life’s busy enough already.

I spend a total of five minutes, twice a day foam rolling. Easy.

And remember…for foam rolling to show its sexy magic, you gotta show up & put in the work for best results. You get what you give!!

Have you tried foam rolling before? Thoughts? Do tell.

xx, L

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The Skinny Confidential talks diet, fitness, and health.

{ This weekend; working from the patio }

The Skinny Confidential talks diet, fitness, and health.

{ Sunday vibes }

Allergies are so, so annoying.

Today I woke up ready to kick ass…& sniff, cough, itch…oh fantastic, my lovely allergies decided they would show face.

So I dragged my butt to the gym & lethargically worked out…then I attempted to work…& slowly ( like real slowly ) made my way through the day. Mind you, this is after two cinnamon coffees.

Allergies are sort of like this: your eyes are super heavy, your throat itches so bad you kind of what to rip it off, you’re so tired you feel like you have narcolepsy, & your head feels like Miley’s twerking in your brain.

Ugh.

Basically I’m allergic to cats & pollen ( I think…I’m too scared of needles to get the test ) & it seriously sucks. Besides allergy pills ( been there, done that- it’s not for me ), does anyone have ANY allergy remedies? I can’t have another day like today! Help!! Please!!

Anyway, I was too tired to make dinner ( this means scrambled eggs in bed ) & now I’m literally about to…zzzzzzz. Nighty night, x.

P.S. quick story: I begged Michael for a hairless cat for years thinking “oh, rad a cat with no hair= no allergies.” So the other day we were at a friend’s house & met two cute, hairless pussycats named Harry & Pink ( LMFAO ) & of course I was all about them ( petting, hugging, holding them.. ).

Whelp, it turns out that if you’re allergic to cats…your 234538453 times more allergic to ( …wait for it… ) HAIRLESS cats. Soooo…this may or may not have contributed to today. FML.

The Skinny Confidential talks diet, fitness, and health.

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The Skinny Confidential talks diet, fitness, and health.

{ Using this tiny, blue unicorn as a ring holder }

The Skinny Confidential talks diet, fitness, and health.

{ Pixy at the park }

The Skinny Confidential talks diet, fitness, and health.

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Fitness Expert Lydia Millen Talks Stretching, Protein, & Eyebrows

The Skinny Confidential x Lydia Millen.

The Skinny Confidential x Lydia Millen.

Ok so, after reading through this interview there’s two things I’ll be doing differently tomorrow: stretching first thing & doubling my water intake.

And trust me (!!!), after you meet this rockin’ bae, you’ll want to do the same.

Lydia Millen is a blogger at L.E.M. & fitness expert who really gets it when it comes to the whole healthy living thing.

Also, you guys know how I’m a major fan of gorgeous, thick brows? Whelp, so is Lydia. She actually shares an eyebrow diagram below..& I’m kind of obsessed. Because bad brows should seriously be illegal.

Anyway, enjoy Ms. Lydia Millen!

| Tell us about yourself |

Lydia Millen: I’m Lydia, a 26 year old health, fashion, & lifestyle blogger over at Lydia Elise Millen. I started blogging about two & a half years ago whilst at University in Northampton, UK. I started off posting about my love and lusts of fashion, providing a much needed distraction from the final year of my degree. Throughout University I developed the mentality that I had to starve myself in order to be skinny & it wasn’t until I met my partner, that I was shown the light that actually good nutrition, exercise, & a healthy mentality was the key. And from that moment on I embarked on what would be the beginning of my love affair with life.
| Quick skinny tip? |

LM: It’s an oldie but a goodie— water, water, water! I aim to drink two liters of the wet stuff before I finish my working day and then everything after that is just a bonus. Water has been known to help maintain a healthy fluid balance so you know what that means ladies, none of that nasty water retention! But there are also lots of other benefits too such as healthy looking skin & re-energized muscles to aid with those killer workouts. Water has also been said to burn up to five hundred calories a day…however I’m still unsure as to whether that’s down to drinking it or the amount of times you have to get up to head down to the ladies room!!

| Weekly workout schedule? |

LM: I’m a relatively new member to the 6 AM workout club & currently loving it. I head to the gym at 6 AM for an hour Monday to Friday doing a combination of HIIT, fast paced resistance, & power circuits. I find long distance cardio such a drag; you don’t realize how long a minute is until you’re on a treadmill, so when I was introduced to this way of working out I was excited but skeptical. I thought it was going to be a breeze. Needless to say I was wrong and sometimes when I finish I don’t even know who I am anymore!

| Favorite go-to healthy food? |

LM: It’s not particularly extravagant but I have a huge bowl of fruit salad in my fridge at all times because I’ve got one hell of a large sweet tooth. This has been the only line of defense that’s actually worked, even if I just grab a couple of slices of melon or a handful of blueberries it seems to stop me inhaling the contents of ‘the naughty cupboard.’ Sometimes if I’m a woman on the edge I’ll add some 0% fat yogurt to it as well and pretend its full fat cream.

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| Cocktail of choice? |

LM: I don’t drink often but when I do cocktails are my jam— the sweeter, fruitier and creamier ( AKA the worst ones for you ) the better so it’s usually a strawberry daiquiri or a piña colada. Over the past few weeks I’ve been trialling some of my own waist friendly alternatives which I hope to bring to the blog soon.

| Rather-die-than-live-without beauty product? |

LM: Currently I’m lost without my Kerastase Elixir Ultime hair care products, I’ve got enough hair for half of England and it’s one of the first things people notice about me ( and touch!!! ) so I like it to always be in the best condition possible which can be tough living in England with all the heat & gym air conditioning. This product is definitely a budget buster but there are some things that deserve a little something special & my hair is definitely one of them.

| Secret model tip? |

LM: One thing I swear by for growing longer hair and keeping it in good condition is not going to the hairdresser & not washing it too often. Since I stopped getting the recommended six weekly trim & started washing my hair a hell of a lot less my hair has sprouted like no tomorrow. If you take good hair of your tresses it won’t actually need a trim.

Also, good brows! I’ve attached a little diagram:

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| Natural beauty remedy? |

LM: I love rubbing a little coconut oil into the ends of my hair and on any dry areas of skin. It smells delicious & leaves my skin feeling amazing with a subtle healthy glow. I pick it up from my local health food store so while I’m rubbing it on my dry bits I can also add a spoonful to my morning coffee to sweeten it up a bit!

| When I wake up I… |

LM: Stretch! This is a new practice for me, I used to check my e-mails and drag my sleepy butt to the bathroom, but I’ve set my self a mission of being able to do the splits by Christmas. I’ve never been very flexible but I didn’t know quite how bad I was until a friend talked me in to starting yoga.

As amazing as my body felt after, my pride was a little dented when sixty year old men were putting me to shame.

The Skinny Confidential x Lydia Millen.

The Skinny Confidential x Lydia Millen.

| WTF’s in your purse? |

LM: WTF’s a purse? Oh, you mean the over priced portable dustbin I drag around with me? Oh that! Well I try my hardest to keep it organized, giving that I  clear it out once a week, but it’s always full of receipts, a couple of hundred pots of cherry carmex lip balm, my iPad/iPhone  (a girl’s gotta be connected ), my Vivienne Westwood purse, & some Chanel bronzer to give my face a bit of a refresh when needed ( …always needed ).

| Style statements you’re loving lately… |

I love workout fashion as much as I do normal fashion so websites like Active in Style have become the destination for all my workout wardrobe needs. They’ve brought some of the best Australian fitness fashion brands to the UK and for that I’m forever grateful. These leggings from VieActive are a staple in my current collection.

We’re gearing up for autumn/winter over here in the UK so I’m currently on an spending spree for outerwear, this snuggly little number arrived yesterday from Missguided & I can’t wait to wear it everywhere.

With the launch of Net-a-Sporter recently I’ve decided I deserve some luxurious new equipment from their current range, A yoga mat for $100 dollars is essential right?

And why not throw in a pair of new Nikes from their recent collaboration with Brazil-based artists Flavio Samelo & Jayelle Hudson while you’re at it?

I’ve also just got this book by Lorna Jane, again from Active In Style which has so many helpful hints, tonic recipes, & meals.

LM:

| Healthy, quick recipe? |

LM: I drink a lot of protein as I struggle to get variations of it in my daily diet so I love knocking up a quick smoothie my favorite is:

1 scoop of PhD Woman Vanilla cream ‘Support & Recovery’ protein powder

2 scoops of low fat frozen yogurt

Handful of granola

5 Strawberries ( or more, whatever you fancy )

Coconut Dream milk

Directions: blend together. Enjoy!

+ To follow Lydia on Instagram, click here.

The Skinny Confidential x Lydia Millen.

Ummm…Because Who Doesn’t Want Longer Lashes?

The Skinny Confidential talks beauty tips and tricks.The Skinny Confidential talks beauty tips and tricks.

The Skinny Confidential talks beauty tips and tricks.

Thissssssss.

Thisssss DIY is liquid gold.

This isn’t some random-ass DIY that will sit on your office desk & collect dust, guys.

It’s literally the easiest, most effective DIY ever…for growing longer eyelashes & eyebrows at home.

Side: we’ve talked about bitches girls who don’t share their beauty secrets. You know the type…the kind of girls who hide all their good tips/tricks.

The more I blog, the more I realize being selfish gets you nowhere. Right, though?! Share the beauty/health/diet/happiness wealth! There’s enough to go around for everyone.

Ok, back to the DIY, I’m obsesseddddd with long, flirty lashes.

Totally not a fan of thick, chunky spider web lashes though ( but let’s be real: who is? )…remember Madame Medusa from Disney’s The Rescuers circa 1977? I watched that movie on repeat 8394850398202 times because Mr. Snoops was everything. So anyway, Medusa had this scene where she crazily rips off her eyelashes:

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The scene kind of scarred me for life. It was def one of Disney’s creepier moments, that’s for sure…& I’ve been a real psycho about lashes ever since.

SO. Every night since forever I’ve added almond oil to my lashes to keep them moisturized & pretty unlike Madame M.

BUT LATELY (!!!) I’ve changed the lil routine up…

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Now I coat them every single night with this easy DIY, which I discovered through beauty guru, Carly ByBel. All you’ll need is:

 ♥ Castor Oil
 ♥ Coconut Oil, melted
 ♥ Avocado Oil
 ♥ Almond Oil
 ♥ Travel size cosmetic bottle
 ♥ Disposable mascara wands ( I bought clear mascara & washed off the brush )

Directions: Use about 3 to 5 ounce bottle and mix equal parts castor, coconut, avocado, & almond oil. Mix/shake. Use disposable wands to apply nightly on brows &/or lashes.

Lemme tell ya: I’ve done this for a month & noticed SUCH a difference. Seriously. It’s crazy.

Some of the benefits of these oils? Cold pressed castor oil has been know for growing lashes for ages. The Egyptians used it to fight baldness! Crazy, right? Use Jamaican black castor oil for an extra boost-y, woost-y. Coconut oil is rich in vitamins, nutrients, & literally can renew lashes & brows. The monounsaturated fatty acids in avocado oil stimulate hair growth ( use it for actual hair growth by massaging it on your scalp too ( great tip for guys who are balding!! ) ). And lastly, almond oil nourishes & protects eyelashes from falling out.

The Skinny Confidential talks beauty tips and tricks.

The Skinny Confidential talks beauty tips and tricks.

Some foods to eat for lash growth? Salmon, green peppers, fish oil, & nuts. Eat up!

This magic potion is kept right next to my bed so it’s easy to sweep it on my lashes nightly. I’m also guilty of putting it on my brows & hair line ( hey! You never know!! ).

& voila!

No lash ripping, Madame Medusa shit going on over here.

Any other tips to grow lashes? Do tell.

x Lauryn

P.S. the gold bath bar cart is on sale…I just bought it & it’s a real dream. Mind you it’s probably one of the BEST purchases I’ve ever made. Seriously though. xx.

{ Note: before you try this DIY, make sure you’re not allergic to castor oil! }

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Tips for Grabbing Life By The Balls

The Skinny Confidential talks success, happiness, and grabbing life by the balls.

 

This post is about grabbing life by the balls.

The other day I was driving on the freeway, thinking about success & happiness.

Obviously I’m not Oprah or Bill Gates so I most certainly don’t have all the answers, but any success or happiness that’s transpired in my life has happened because of one important practice.

It’s something I’ve done since day one:

I’ve chosen to cultivate the habit of success.

Everyday I chip away to create the life I’ve envisioned for myself ( << VISUALIZATION at its finest!! ).

One of my favorite quotes is by Eddie Cantor:

The Skinny Confidential talks success, happiness, and grabbing life by the balls.

As this article states, “The Apple iPod instantly turned the MP3 player market upside down, right? Amazon changed the book selling business like a shot, didn’t it? Well, in fact they didn’t. No matter how it may seem from the outside. The fact is that it takes many years to be an overnight success even for Internet entrepreneurs. Years of hard work, endurance, learning, experimenting, and many failures along the way.”

YESSSS. So true. This shit doesn’t just fall out of the sky randomly. All of these companies/people have busted ass to get where they are now.

The myth of overnight success is super cute though; it’s a real knee-slapper, huh?

Examples?

Twitter? No big deal. The creator says it took “timing, perseverance, & eight years.”

Apple iPod? Three years for anything to happen.

Gmail? Many people said it won’t work & that they should “kill the project.” Whelp, they didn’t & years later look where they are now. Cha-ching.

Amazon? Oh, that old thing? It launched in 1994 but only incorporated book reviews in 1996, CD’s came in 1998. Oh, & they weren’t profitable in the first seven years. NBD.

Angry Birds? It almost went bankrupt.

The Beatles? Heard of ‘em? The band played in small clubs for YEARS before an exciting appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show.

You get my drift.

That so-called ‘overnight success?’ Apparently it actually takes a real long time.

I’m a firm, firm believer in if you want something, make it happen…& to make it happen, cultivate the habit of success.

So WTF exactly does this mean?

♡ It means relying on yourself.

♡ It means practicing small habits everyday that lead to a much bigger picture.

 It means patience.

 It means nurturing the right habits, not the wrong ones.

 It means thinking ahead & envisioning what you want your life to look like in the future AKA visualization.

A lot of people say “don’t live in the future! Live in the present!!”

Hmmm. I disagree.

Personally I’m trying to build certain things in my life & make pieces of a puzzle fit together, so envisioning where I want to be in a month, a year, or ten years allows me to do what I need to do to make my visions happen. In the end preparation & habits, actually make that come to life.

Does that make sense?

Basically today was mapped out five years ago. That sounds weird but I planned out where I’d be in five years & fucking figured out a way to make it happen. Visualization has been such a strong tool in building TSC & Blog-Doo, moving out on my own, fitness/health goals, & maintaining healthy relationships/friendships…ultimately creating a happy life.

And while imagining what success feels like is great, ya gotta bring it into the present. Prioritize what needs to come first & take real action.

This article by Forbes really got to me. It states: “you’d be shocked by how easy it is to work your ass off for much of your life and still end up with nothing to show for it. This only further proves the point that achieving success requires more than just hard work. Being successful is more than just a particular set of skills or talent in a field. Being successful is a lifestyle.

When I say success, I don’t mean through quantitative measures like money, but rather, being the best version of myself that I can possibly be. It means living the exact life I want to live every single day I wake up and get out of bed. My benchmark for accomplishment has always been a vivid, idyllic scene in which I have not only achieved everything I sought to do, but have done so while maintaining sanity and happiness.”

Working towards something everyday, even if it’s just a little bit, can create an amazing end result.

When I sat down to write The Skinny Confidential Book, I wrote everyday for eight months. Just a little a day ( think four pages ). Eventually it turned in to a full book. So my daily habits created the vision I mapped out.

( BTW, this post is completely fitness/health related too. Eating healthy each day & creating a habit of working out is cultivating successful habits. This whole post can totally be applied to fitness/health/wellness goals! ; ) ).

Obviously life throws you some curveballs ( trust me, I’ve had A LOT of curveballs. Just because I don’t share each & every bad situation doesn’t mean I don’t have bumps in the road. I mean…I have a scroll of things that didn’t go my way…!!! ), so try to dodge the curveballs & focus on cultivating successful habits that get to you to the end goal.

Think of it as a maze. Map your maze out & create priorities a long the way so you can get to the end.

I’m no where NEAR my end of my maze. I have a long-ass way to go but I enjoy sharing my personal experiences with you guys. Because who knows? Maybe it will help one person.

Have you guys seen this cartoon? It’s my favorite:

The Skinny Confidential talks success, happiness, and grabbing life by the balls.

Everyone has the same 24 hours in the day. What are you doing with your 24 hours? Are you cultivaiting successful habits? What’s your tip for success & happiness? I would love to hear!

At the end of the day, being the best version of yourself is way to go.

& obviously, you guys all inspire/motivate me BIG TIME!

xx, Lauryn

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